It's a little over a year since I reviewed the Contour Roam2 Helmet camera and in the meantime a lot has happened. The Contour company went bankrupt, was re-launched and have introduced a new model. So is their Roam3 a brand new camera or just last-year's warmed up leftovers repackaged...watch the video review below to find out.
I've assembled the latest kit from Spikenzielabs, and it's completely useless. If you watch the video below you'll find out why this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
If after watching this demonstration of the Useless Machine you want to pick one up for yourself then here is the direct link to the product on the Spikenzielabs website.
This is the first true Dual 1080p Dash-cam that I've tested and it's very impressive. Both the front and rear cameras record in full 1920x1080 at 30 FPS, the video never skips any frames and all recordings are seamless (there are no frames missing between files). In order to record two 1080p files to the same SD card at the same time the bit-rate has been lowered slightly, but I haven't noticed any unpleasant artifacts as a result. The camera records the same great quailty video whether it's day or night.
Now, of course, nothing is perfect and I do have a few ideas and thoughts that I share about the product (and possible future updates) during the course of the video, but I don't want to detract from what's been achieved here, this is a trailblazing camera and it's available now (for a price).
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I've uploaded a few samples that I've trimmed for length and the same files are available to download from either of the links below. Notice I wrote Download, don't stream these, because you won't gain anything. Its only when you play the downloaded clips from your own HDD that you see their true quality.
Here at last, is my review of the SJ4000 WiFi review. Whilst there isn't a massive amount of difference between this and my original non-wifi version, somehow I've managed to stretch this out into a half hour video.
If you just want to know about the WiFi function and whether there are any other differences between this and the older models, you'll find your answer in the first few minutes, so no point skipping to the end.
In this video I also take a minute to explain why you should think twice before ordering the SJ5000 camera that's doing the rounds at the moment.
My video review is below.
Click a link above to download my original sample clips recorded with the SJ4000 WiFi Camera.
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Here is my review of the Vicovation Marcus 4 car camera. One thing that sets this camera apart from others I've tested is its unusual Cinemascope-esque 21:9 ratio 2560x1080 video mode. It may sound like a gimmick, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Watch the video below to find out more.
As I feared, the youtube re-encoding has introduced a a lot of blocking artifacts into the video samples I show in the review. It's especially noticeable in the first shot where I talk to the camera whilst the car is driving under the trees. If you want to see the original quality of this clip, it's one of the ones I've uploaded in the 'Downloadable Samples' link below. (Filename is '1080p30 Day 3.mov').
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Infomation about the Vico Dash-cam range is available on the VicoVation website.