Pick of the Cameras

(Click the pictures for reviews & links)

ALL THE ONES THAT I LIKE ARE SHOWN BELOW. 

ACTION CAMS

Sony AS100V

SJ4000

TCL SVC200
SJ1000
 
Sony AS15/AS10
Liquid Image EGO

DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
G1W Budget 1080p Cam
Mini 0803
Vico WF-1
Vico Marcus 3
DOD LS430W
Mobius
MINI CAMERAS
Innovv C1
Mobius

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What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about and experienced too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. 

NOTE - Some cameras work more reliably with Class 6 Cards as a Maximum (The Mini 0801 is an example).

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Adding some boom to a 1975 Panasonic TNT

This is what I did on Sunday.

Repair videos like this look simple but they are the most difficult videos I make. Trying to take something apart and repair it with a camera in the way isn't easy. I have to make sure things are framed for the camera, and my hands aren't obscuring the view, whilst also trying to perform a delicate task. There is also no way to know whether the repair I set out to attempt is going to be successful. If something goes wrong they are no second chances - the video will just get deleted.

Nevertheless when these types of video work out, I think they are especially entertaining to watch. I made a conscientious effort to edit this video down to within an inch of it's life. I went through the video multiple times in an attempt to shave off any unnecessary seconds of footage. Hopefully as a result you'll find this one moves along quickly.

I'm fully aware that no one watching the video will ever replicate my repair, so I'm just attempting to achieve the same things as the average TV cooking show. If I've done my job properly, you'll find this video easy to watch and you'll have learnt nothing by the end.

Saturday
Jul192014

Batteries Cables and Confusion

Extending the power lead on a dashcam.

I’ve had a lot of questions recently about extending the power lead on the Mini 0803 dashcam - because the supplied 3.5m lead isn’t long enough for some vehicles. So to answer those questions here is the solution I use myself. (Links to all the products mentioned are at the bottom).

i) Buy a new USB A Male to Micro B Male lead of the right length (link to 5m cable below)

ii) Buy a vehicle accessory socket (lighter plug) to 5V adaptor. Most dashcams and phones need a 1 Amp supply, so I use an adaptor that outputs 2x1Amp. That way I can power my dashcam and my phone at the same time. I use a Griffin - beware there are lot of cheap fakes of this which are useless and probably dangerous too. For that reason I’d only buy from Amazon Direct themselves and not even any of the resellers on there. If you find a cheap one (below £5) then buy elsewhere.

If you drive a vehicle with a 24V power socket (HGVs etc) then you will need a 24V capable USB power adaptor, rather than the 12V adaptors commonly used in cars.

Don't be afraid of amps.

Whilst I’m on the subject of amps, the level of confusion about these is surprising, because when it is stripped down to the basics, there is very little to know. Below is my quick generalised guide.

(If you believe yourself to be an expert in this field and feel the urge to post a comment to educate everyone about electricity - Don’t. This really isn’t the time or place).

Most modern USB devices need 1 Amp to charge and often devices like phones and tablets will charge quicker when they can draw more amps. You really don’t need to research the specs of your devices though, because it’s foolproof.

USB chargers always supply 5V. Whether they plug in a wall, a car, a bike, use solar, a wind-up handle, a battery pack, and irrespective of what country you are in - you’ll always get 5V out of a USB socket.

Now as far as amps go, that’s easy too. A device will only draw as many amps as it can handle. So if you plug a phone that only needs 1 amp to charge into a 2 amp USB charger, it won’t damage it, because it only takes the level of amps it needs. If you plug it into a 500 millamp device (0.5 amps) it may not charge at all.

If you plug an iPhone into a 2.1 amp iPad charger, it will charge quicker than they it does on the iPhone 1 amp charger. The same goes for many other devices that come with a 1 amp charger in the box. Computer USB ports supply 500ma or less - hence the slow charging when you attach your phone to your computer.

Below are the links to all the items mentioned above.


 

Battery Packs

To all those people who ask me whether you can run a Mobius camera (or insert camera here) on a USB battery pack the answer is yes. If it can run off USB power from a car or a wall plug then it will also run off USB power from a battery pack. All USB power looks the same to the device - it’s just 5V. The only thing you need to check is whether the battery pack you choose outputs sufficient amps to power the device.

With battery packs the amount of power they store is shown as mAh (milliampere hours). The larger the number, the longer the battery can power your device. A bigger capacity battery will also be physically bigger/heavier and take longer to charge up itself - so it's up to you where you draw the line. Outputting 2 amps from a battery pack will drain it quicker than outputting 1amp. Below are a few battery pack examples that have 2.1amp output sockets on them.

Wall Plugs

To those people trying to charge an SJ4000 action camera on their PC USB ports and wondering why it never charges up - then you know what you are doing wrong. Buy a 1 amp (or better still a 2.1 amp) USB wall power adaptor and charge it on that. I'd recommend you try to replace your 1amp chargers with 2.1 amp models wherever possible as you might find that your existing electronic devices can charge in half the time.

Right, hopefully that’s that cleared up now.

Tuesday
Jul152014

Assembling an Intel NUC i5 Mini PC

I needed a new fast small general-purpose Windows PC, so I bought an Intel NUC - the D54250WYK to be precise. This also seemed like a good reason to make a new video...so I did and here it is. 

 

Below are links to all the components shown in the video. 

Intel NUC D54250WYK Core i5 1.3 GHZ

240GB Crucial mSATA SSD

   

8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 SODIMM 204 Pin Memory

Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7260 Network (& Bluetooth)

    

Logitech K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard

UK Cloverleaf Power Lead

  

I've noticed whenever I make videos about computer equipment the youtube comments attract angry weirdos, so if that happens with this one I may have to switch them off. 

A full manual/product specs can be downloaded from the Intel website HERE

The general Intel support page for this particular NUC kit is here

 

Monday
Jul072014

Transcend Drivepro 200 Dashcam Review

At the time of writing, this is currently the #2 Car Driving Recorder on Amazon UK, and that is especially impressive when you consider that the #1 and #3 Driving Recorders cost £10.39 and £23.99 respectively.  The owner reviews are overwhelmingly positive as well, so even though it's already been on sale for six months, I decided that it's a camera I really should take a look at. 

You can download a full PDF manual from the Transcend website here. and the product page is here

For Downloadable Samples CLICK HERE

Click on the image below to if you want to buy one from Amazon in the UK. 

Monday
Jul072014

This touchscreen e-ink watch is anything but smart. 

This video nearly ended up getting deleted, but I just couldn't let my Apple Watch pun go to waste.

Monday
Jun302014

Dual HD Dashcam is almost half as good as two cameras

In my G1W review in December 2013, I mentioned that I'd like to revisit Dual Lens Dashcams in 2014. It's taken me over six months to source a camera that claimed to have better specs than the previous dual cameras I reviewed two years ago when I looked at both a wired and all-in-one unit. The subject of this new video is another wired rear camera setup and whilst this camera itself doesn't impress me, I do appreciate the desire to have a rear-facing camera. 

I predict that some hasty commenter will suggest that I take a look at the Vico Marcus 5 Dual HD camera...however, a closer look at the Vicovation website reveals a 'Coming Soon' notice. Hopefully I'll get a chance to review that model when it does come out because it will be interesting to see how a proper dashcam manufacturer overcomes the technological challenges in squeezing two full HD streams onto one SD card. 

However that's (possibly) the subject of a future video - right here and now, this is all you get, and it's not pretty.