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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
Marcus 5 Dual Camera
Vico WF-1
Marcus 4
DOD LS430W
MINI CAMERAS
(Some of these also work as dashcams)
Innovv C1
Mobius
Polaroid Cube

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).

VERY IMPORTANT. These links go to the product, but not necessarily to the Amazon Direct supplier. I recommend selecting from Amazon themselves not the reseller storefronts..even if it costs a bit more. 

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

CLASS 10 CARD

 

CLASS 6 CARD

 

 

            

Important Info For Companies

I never approach companies to ask for review samples, so if you get a request from someone pretending to represent Techmoan.com, it's bogus. I've been informed about one fraudster who uses the email techmoanreviews@gmail - so please be careful.

Monday
Jan192015

Mini 0806 and SJ5000+ have arrived...

My inbox is full of people asking whether I'm going to review the Mini 0806 dashcam and the SJ5000+ action camera. For every email that I answer with "yes, I will when they arrive, but my reviews take two to three weeks to put together, so it will take a while, but you'll know when the review is finished because I'll post it on youtube and it will show up in your subscribed videos feed", I'll receive another three people asking the same thing. 

So I'm just posting here to say that my Mini 0806 and SJ5000+ both finally arrived yesterday and it will take me a couple of weeks to shoot and edit a full review of each. I like to test things thoroughly and discover as many quirks and features as I can (like the undocumented orientation sensor on the Polaroid Cube ). So I may not be as quick as the typical youtube video 'review' of a mumbling kid opening a box in the dark filmed with a potato...but hopefully the results will be a bit more worthwhile.

If you don't want to wait for my review, there are some affiliated links below.

 

UPDATE - The Mini 0806 was faulty and has been sent back for a refund.

I've really lost confidence in this particular camera now. I received a pre-production model in October 2014 direct from the manufacturer that never worked properly (it wouldn't auto start recording)... so I felt that it wouldn't be apropriate to make a video about it. However the model that arrived yesterday was the final retail version bought from an ebay store. It wouldn't receive power or GPS data from the new mount supplied with it or the mounts from my pre-production version. This confirmed the fault was with the camera and not the mount. I checked the wiring and saw no obvious issues. I also noticed that the buttons and case felt a lot cheaper than those on the pre production version I received last year and the rotating mount was difficult to move.  I did successfully update the firmware on it to the 16th January 2015 version which suggests to me that the camera wasn't a fake even though it felt and acted like one. 

Well that's one less thing to test, just the SJ5000+ to work on now.

Sunday
Jan112015

The HTC RE -view

One of my more popular videos of 2014 was a review of the Polaroid Cube camera. The HTC RE appears to be aimed at the same audience as the Cube. It's a hard device to categorise, it's not really an action camera but it has a wide angle lens, can be attached to a bike and record rain or shine for 90 mins on one charge. Now whilst the Cube just recorded video or stills, the HTC RE ups the feature list by including WiFi, slow motion and timelapse. The extra features packed in the RE result in it costing more than the Cube and it's up to you to decide whether these features are worth the price premium. Watch the video below for the full review.

The slow motion feature whilst fun doesn't produce the sharpest results and the timelapse mode requires the camera to be paired via wifi to a smartphone app - but it can be disconnected once recording has started. I've never been a fan of smartphone app controlled devices - I find them to be a hassle to connect up, so it's a shame that the timelapse mode can't be accessed without the app.

I'm glad that companies like HTC are trying out new concepts and designs. For some people the HTC RE will be a very handy mini camera, it is definitely not for everyone, but it's clearly not supposed to be.

I enjoyed using the HTC RE, and I plan on featuring the timelapse feature again in a future video, once the weather has improved a bit.

DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS
I have uploaded some sample videos and photos to DumptruckDo not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you need to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 
  
PURCHASING
I imported my camera from the US via ebay, but it's now officially available in the UK so you can buy the camera and accessories from the official HTC store. 
 
There are links below if you prefer to buy the HTC RE camera from Amazon.
 

  

Thursday
Jan012015

Zmodo Outdoor Night-vision WiFi IP Camera

I thought I'd mix things up a bit and start looking at some new IP cameras this year. Modern IP cams are often capable of transmitting HD video over wireless-N Wi-Fi and this has piqued my interest in this segment. So in amongst the dash-cams, action-cams, vanity projects that hardly anyone watches and my other flights of fancy, I'll be throwing in the occasional IP camera review. 

Since this is a relatively new segment for me, I'm still working out the best way to showcase features, so videos like the one below may be a bit rough around the edges, but with each new camera I test I hope to learn a bit more about what features are important and which can be ignored. 

This video is about the Zmodo ZP-IBI13-W camera. I got this for £59 in a December deal on ebay. It now appears that I bought an end-of-line model as the current Zmodo Outdoor WiFI QR cams have received a slight facelift and come with a new ball-joint mounting system. I expect the performance of the newer cameras will be the same or better than the model reviewed here. 

Below are some purchasing links for the current Zmodo range.

EBAY (Click a Country)  UK   US   DE   AU   NL  

   (UK Amazon Price is Crazy! - use ebay links instead)

Saturday
Dec202014

Six Things of Christmas - 2014 Holiday Special

For 6 days before Christmas 2014, I uploaded a short video each day - the intention was to make a show-and-tell Advent calendar featuring interesting or unusual things that I'd bought via ebay.

Now that it's all over I can reveal the objects are:

1) David Niven's Signature on a Cheque from 1958

2) The Eumig C3R 8mm Cine Camera

3) A Nixie Tube Calculator - the Olympia CD401

4) The Planetron Space Age Radio & 8-Track Player

5) A Curta Model 1 Mechanical Portable Calculator

6) A Starwars Pachinko Machine.

   

   

The most viewed video is the first one by about 30% over any of the others  - which makes me think that this whole idea might have backfired and wound up most of the subscribers. However if you do plan on viewing any of these - I'd recommend number 5 - the Curta Calculator, it's probably the one that is best put together and features the most intersting gadget.

If you need to know about the theme tune - yes it's me playing on kazoos and trying to make a shambolic Christmas style intro. I thought it was funny - but it seems like I might be the only one. 

Sunday
Dec142014

Instant Photo Shoot-Out: Zink Printer vs Film Camera

I've wanted to try out the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 for a while now, so when I saw a deal on ebay that included the camera and film for 100 photos I decided it was finally time to buy one. A few days of testing revealed that the pictures it produced were a much less impressive than I anticipated, so I then bought an LG PD239 ZINK printer, to see if that was any better. 

You can see the results in the video below. 

If you do decide to buy either of these, I found the best deals were on ebay, and whilst the company I used quickly sold out of their stocks of both devices, it's worth waiting for the special offers or bundles that turn up from time to time.

LG PD 239 Portable Bluetooth ZINK Printer

Ebay links (click a country) US UK DE AU NL 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Camera

Ebay links (click a country) US UK DE AU NL

Monday
Dec082014

Want the Nintendo New 3DS now - then buy one. 

I'm never one to wait if there is an alternative, so rather than hang on until its offical unspecified 2015 UK release date I've imported the Nintendo New 3DS-XL.

Now whilst I'm unable to properly demonstrate the amazing improvement in the persistence of the 3D effect I can give a quick tour of the machine and run a few benchmarks against the old model, so watch the video below if you want to see more.

I should mention though, that the 3D effect is incredible. I've seen all sorts of 3D tech over the years, and I own 3D cameras a 3D TV, projector, etc, etc but the New 3DS totally blew me away.  It's leaps and bounds ahead of the old model, but you'll only know really what I'm talking about when you see with your own eyes, so if you do get the opportunity to try one, make sure you take it.

If you are in the UK and want to buy New 3DS (that name really isn't the best idea ever) - I really don't see any reason to hang around until the official release. I imagine that the current ebay prices for the imported models won't be too dissimilar to the store price when it eventually does come out here.

There are three New 3DS models available. Click the links below to be directed to an ebay store with a good reputation. 

Buy one on ebay here

UPDATE: One thing that I've discovered since uploading this video. It is possible to play any Youtube 3D videos (R/L L/R O/U) by going to the Youtube website using the new browser (rather than using the old Youtube App) and it works amazingly well. 

Saturday
Dec062014

SJCAM M10 - All you need to know

Judging by the comments and emails I receive, it appears that a lot of people are interested in the upcoming SJCAM SJ5000+. Most messages I read point out to me that the SJ5000 is already out and then ask when my review will be coming out...

The SJ5000+ is not out (yet) - it's only a Pre-Order and I can only start a review when my camera is delivered from China (presumably in early 2015). I always try to purchase the things I review so I get the full consumer experience. Pre-production review samples can bear little relation to the finished product due to firmware and hardware changes that take place at the last minute. I don't want to spend weeks reviewing a camera that turns out to be different to the one that goes on sale.

Assuming I get my pre-ordered SJ5000+ camera in early January, the earliest I could get the review done by would be the end of January or in early February. The best way to find out when a video review is ready is to stay subscribed to my youtube channel and as soon as it's ready, you'll be notified. I never have any idea how long a video will take me to put together because even when I'm in the middle of assembling it I don't know how much more I'll need to shoot. I only know I'm finished when there is nothing more to say.

But back to the present, the video below is about the newest SJCAM model that's actually on sale today, the M10. In a similar vein to how console manufacturers repackage the outgoing machine in a smaller, sometimes cheaper package whenever a new model is imminent, SJCAM have effectively repackaged their old SJ4000 internals in a smart new case.

So watch the video below to see why I feel that despite this being last year's warmed up tech, I think that the M10 is the best SJ4000 made. 

You can also see my complete SJ4000 WiFi edition review here (whilst the M10 I reviewed is not the WiFi version - all other features are the same).

Buying the M10 Camera

If you want to buy an M10, then click on one of the links below.

ebay (Click your country)

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