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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Sony AS100V

Drift Stealth 2

Git2 Pro

 

Dazzne P2

Xiaomi Yi

SJCAM SJ4000

SJCAM M10+
SVC200
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
G1W Budget 1080p Cam
Mini 0806

A118 Wedge Cam
Koonlung K1S
Marcus 5 Dual Camera
DrivePro 200
Transcend DrivePro 220
Transcend Drivepro 520
Marcus 4
MINI CAMERAS
(Some of these also work as dashcams)
Mobius
Polaroid Cube+
Mobius
HTC Re

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

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). A lot of cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB - so don't just buy the biggest card you can - read the specs in the manual first. 

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

 

 

            

Monday
May232016

Cheap Gadget: USB LED Dimmer light

I have been asked to feature cheaper gadgets every now and then...so here's the cheapest yet. 

 

You can buy these USB 6 LED dimmer lights from the links below (Click your Country) 

UK  US   CA   AU   DE   NL   BE   FR   ES   CH   IE   IT 

They are also available on Amazon - but usually cost more and often still come from China.

Amazon UK  Amazon US 

The Pebble USB Battery Pack can be found (heavily discounted) on Amazon UK or Amazon US

Friday
May202016

Harman Kardon Aura Airplay Speaker

I bought a refurbished Airplay speaker I'm very happy with. Here's my video about it.

I bought it from the Harman Kardon Outlet Store where they sell refurbished models. It's much like the Apple Refurb store where the items look brand new...but even better as these products come in standard packaging.

For people elsewhere in the world - you could always try your luck on ebay.

via GIPHY

Tuesday
May172016

A great small Dashcam (with a screen) - Vantrue N1

Small dashcams with an LCD screen are few and far between. The Mini-08 range is one of the most common, but suffers from reliability issues. So much so, that I refuse to review any more due to the high failure rates.

So it's refreshing to see a new mini camera that works well. It isn't overloaded with features like GPS or Lane Departure Warning, it's just a good solid sensible little camera that comes with an 18 month warranty.

Of course only time will tell how reliable the N1 proves to be, but I have a lot more confidence in this camera than I would with yet another Mini 080*. 

I also have a voucher code VTX7JFGL this will get you $30 off the $99 price on Amazon.com.  

Apologies but this camera is only available in the US at the moment.

Click here to buy this camera on Amazon (but don't forget to copy the discount code above). The discount starts at 12PM PDT on the 17th May 2016 and expires at 12PM PDT the 20th May 2016, but I don't know if that's lunchtime or first thing in the morning...so I'd suggest if you want this camera to buy it on the 19th just to be sure.

If you want to look at some sample clips - then click here.  Do Not Stream These Video Files - they are for downloading - if streamed they look terrible and you'll only have yourself to blame.

 

FIRMWARE 14th May 2016

Here is the firmware (I take no responsibility if you brick your camera with this). 
Only use this if the Time and date Stamp is not appearing on your videos and your existing firmware is OLDER than 14th May 2016. There is no need to install it if your camera is already working perfectly.

The file is here - http://pc.cd/eJ9ctalK
INSTRUCTIONS
1) Copy bin file to memory card
2) Put card in camera
3) Turn camera on ....AND WAIT UNTIL IT AUTOMATICALLY REBOOTS ITSELF
4) Turn camera off
5) Take card out of camera
6) Delete Bin File (empty the Trash on your computer to make sure it's gone)
7) Put card back in camera
8) Check the firmware number in the menu to confirm that it has updated to the 14th May 2016 Firmware.

 

 

 

Wednesday
May112016

Retro Tech: The 3M Cantata 700 Background Music Machine

Another delve into unusual audio technology from the past. In this video I take a look at the 3M Cantata 700, a format that boasts the largest music cartridge ever made.

If you think 8-track tapes were a bit bulky, wait until you see this. 

If you want, you can CLICK HERE to download a 1hr MP3 of Music recorded from one of the Cantata tapes (I forget which one). This is all I am able to capture at the moment as the machine has now taken to chewing up tapes and making horrible rattling noises.

Sunday
May082016

You can power a Dashcam via your OBD port - But perhaps you shouldn't

 

Watch the short video below to see this demonstrated.

Make sure you read the youtube comments as a number of people there explain why powering something from the OBD port is a bad idea...and then a few more people say that it should be fine, there's no problem.

It's really your decision as I just don't know enough about auto electrics to categorically confirm either camp is correct. 

You can obtain OBD to USB power leads from the links below:

Friday
May062016

Gramovox Vertical Record Player Review

The Floating Record Vertical Turntable was a successful Kickstarter campaign.The idea behind it was to make a quality turntable that takes up less shelf space, looks great and sounds good. Did they deliver - watch the video below to find out.

The official website is http://www.gramovox.com

If you are looking for interesting looking exclusive vinyl releases (colours/picture discs etc) then check these guys out Newbury Comics 

Titles of Records Shown
Picture Disc 12” - Back to the Future Soundtrack - Various
Glow in the Dark Green 10” - Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr
Red 10” - Rock Tonight - Lord Funk Feat Davjazz
Black 12” - No one can do it better - The D.O.C 
Red 7” - Soul Almighty - Bob Marley
Red/Yellow/Green 12” - Legend - Bob Marley
Clear 12” - After the Rain - Muddy Waters
Gold 12” - Greatest Hit Singles - Isaac Hayes
Picture Disc 12” - Thriller - Michael Jackson
Clear with Coloured Dots - Casanova 70 - Air
Red/Gold - Number Ones - Stax
Yellow 7” - Soul Rebel - Bob Marley
Blue - Willy and the poor boys - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Black/Gold - Transformer - Lou Reed
Red - Organix - The Roots
Clear Green - Changesonebowie - David Bowie
Note - not all links take you to the coloured discs - these are usually limited edition releases.
                                  
Friday
Apr292016

VCD vs UHD and what's the big deal with UHD anyway

First a (ludricrous) 'competition' between the oldest and the newest video formats on which you can buy current releases. It's VCD vs UHD Blu-ray

Secondly if you think the new UHD Blu-ray format and UHD TV's are all about the resolution....think again.

 

VCDs were purchased from YesAsia 

 

 

Friday
Apr222016

Retro-tech. That time when HD came on VHS

Perhaps it's a good thing that D-Theater never made it to the UK, the spelling of the name would have been an insurmountable issue. 

This might be the first retro-tech product I've featured in a video where I can remember seeing one in action back when it was new. Whenever a TV manufacturer wanted to show off their new HDTVs at an AV show, they needed HD Video to show on them. Before Blu-ray or HD-DVD came to market if you peered around the back of a TV at a show in the UK you could usually either spot a PC or occasionally an imported D-Theater machine providing the HD signal.

Getting a working D-Theater machine delivered to the UK has taken a lot more time (and money) than I anticipated when I set out to make this video last year. I'm really glad, and quite relieved, that I can finally present it to you here today. 

 

Useful Links

Captured D-VHS Demo Tape showing New York in 1993:  https://youtu.be/fT4lDU-QLUY
D-Theater tapes can be found on eBay: http://goo.gl/AfCHUy
A full list of D-Theater titles is on LDDB.com:  http://goo.gl/jGHA82
DVHS on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-VHS
JVC's D-Theater machines: http://goo.gl/uKMBki

UPDATE

The supplimentary video showing NYC in 1993 in HD has really blown-up on the internet in the last couple of days.. and it keeps getting re-posted. A shame that I couldn't monitise it, but after all it is not my video and the soundtrack is copyright. The real star is the unknown cameraman who captured such great shots with the early HD video equipment back in 1993.

For those wondering what HD video camera tech existed in 1993 -  there are a few options, but it's likely that this footage was shot with a HDVS camera- perhaps a Sony SONY HDC-500 attached to a HDV-10 portable recorder which recorded on UniHi 3/4" tape.