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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Sony AS100V

Drift Stealth 2

******BEST*******

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)******BEST*******

Dazzne P2

Xiaomi Yi

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
DDPai M6 Plus (My Pick)Vantrue N1
XiaoYi
G1W Budget 1080p Cam

A118 Wedge Cam
DrivePro 200
Transcend DrivePro 220
Transcend Drivepro 520
MINI CAMERAS
(The Mobius also works as a dashcam)
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

 

 

            

Thursday
Jul282016

The Bluetooth Star Trek Communicator

In this video I'm taking a look at a top quality prop replica that isn't destined to spend its time sitting on a shelf gathering dust. This Star Trek Communicator actually communicates. It might be pushing things to say that it is an essential accessory...but it's certainly not useless either.

Just imagine the reaction you'll get if that familiar hailing beep is heard, you pull a Star Trek communicator from your pocket and proceed to handle a call on it. A definite conversation starter, in more than one sense.

You can find out more on the official website - including details of where to buy one. The cheapest price I've seen in the UK is £115 at Zavvi. 

Wednesday
Jul272016

Just a quick comment about comments

First I want to make something perfectly clear....I am not complaining and I am not upset...I am just passing on a bit of important info.

Whenever I've mentioned youtube comments in the past, people think I'm moaning - so please put this idea out of your mind, I am writing because I feel I owe you an explanation as to why the youtube comments will go downhill from here on.

Ever since I started uploading youtube videos, nine years ago, I've tried to moderate the youtube comments, I'd block trolls, remove nonsense, spam, adverts and hate messages, all with the intention of making my channel a pleasant place to visit...but today I'm having to let go. The channel has become too popular, there are just too many comments being posted for me to keep this up...it's a fire-hose.

I'd like to be able to say that moderating it has become a full time job...but it's more than that...it's a full time job for a team of half a dozen people. So as I'm just one man, I'm backing away from the youtube comments. I'll continue to read the top comments every now and then, probably weekly, but it won't be on a daily basis any more. 

I love making videos that entertain people - I enjoy getting feedback and suggestions, I've built the channel through listening to and responding to the viewers who enjoy the videos and I'll miss (some of) the banter, but if I'm going to be able to find the time to continue making videos, I've no choice but to take a step back and let the comments go full Lord Of The Flies...it's become far too time consuming to keep on top of. I won't be blocking or deleting anything any more - it seems right to leave it totally unsupervised. 

I will still read and (try to) respond to comments posted on Patreon, Twitter and this website, but as far as youtube...it was fun, but the party was probably really over a couple of years ago.

I love making things, but I don't enjoy talking about them afterwards. The fun for me is in the creating rather than the explaining. 

Hopefully dropping youtube comment moderation commitments out of my list of jobs will allow me more time to spend on making fun and informative videos...but inevitably the youtube comments will suffer, so if you see anything particularly offensive to others, please do everyone a favour and flag it as inappropriate. 

Saturday
Jul232016

Yi 4K - The best action camera ever?

In July 2015 I bought the Sony 4K action camera, immediately took it on holiday and shot some footage with the intention of using this in a review. When I returned I decided that I couldn't assemble a proper review as I neither had a 4K TV or a way to edit my 4K footage.

A few months later iMovie was updated to include 4K editing abilities and a couple of months later I bought a 4K TV. So now with all these pieces in place I could finally make that review, the only problem was that I felt that technology had already moved on. Whilst the Sony could record in 4K, everything else about the camera seemed old, compared to even the cheapest budget action HD cameras that I'd reviewed since. It was sluggish to operate, had an old over-complicated operating system, ran hot and would eat through a battery in under an hour. I had plenty of other fun things to look at instead, so again it went back on the shelf.

Fast-forward to a couple of months ago when Yi offer to send me a pre-production version of their new 4K action camera. I was a little reluctant to try a 4K action cam review again, but since I was already shooting most of my video reviews in 4K and I'd had a good experience with the original Yi camera, I decided it was time to give it a go, and I'm very glad I did. The Yi 4K action camera shows how quickly technology can advance in a year. Xiaoyi claim the Yi 4K is the 'Best Action Camera Ever' - and I can't disagree. Whilst there may be a contender out there somewhere, I know that I haven't used a more capable action camera. 

In the video below you'll see a demonstration of many of the features of the Yi 4K, presented in 4K, I hope you enjoy it. 

If you want to download sample clips - Click Here (please don't try to stream the clips - these have to be downloaded to be viewed in 4K)

If you want to buy the Yi 4K Action Camera please bear in mind that this is a fully tricked out 4K camera - not a budget model and the prices reflect that. Also it's still early days so there aren't many suppliers, your best bet if you aren't in the UK or US is probably to get one from AliExpress - The affliliated links are below.

Purchasing

You can buy this camera at one of the following links:
Amazon USA   Amazon UK (ships from China)
WORLDWIDE ORDERS:  Aliexpress 

 

Monday
Jul182016

MINIDISC

I get asked "when are you doing a minidisc video" every day. Some people ask me if I've heard of a forgotten format that was like a mini CD held in a plastic tray called 'minidisk' (SIC) so its probably best that I put the record straight....I was all-in on MD back in the 90s. I loved MD, and I still do, I used it daily until I got my first iPod (which was an iPod colour). I've still got a box full of MDs and I was present at a Sony launch demonstration of minidisc a few months before it went on sale to the public in the UK.  
 
However I only plan to do a minidisc video when I've got all the components together that I need to cover the history of the format sufficiently. I currently have half a dozen machines, some I used myself and some new in box, so far I've spent over £500 assembling machines, but I still need more time to get things together to really do the format justice.
 
Many of my audio format videos have taken years to assemble, and there's really no rush, MD isn't going anywhere, no reason to panic....a MD retrospective video will happen, when I can do a good job of it. I really don't want to do a format that is so close to my heart a disservice...so please bear with it. When the time is right there will be a video...but only when I'm happy that I can do it right. 
Friday
Jul152016

Design Classics: The Panasonic SG-515

Sometimes I'll pick up a piece of technology that isn't unique, that doesn't tell a special tale or demonstrate a forgotten technology. An object that's probably not the first or the last, the biggest or the smallest, but yet there's something about the design or its implementation that I find interesting. In order to give me an opportunity to showcase some of these items here I'm trying out a new format that I've called 'Design Classics'. 
It's like a more interesting unboxing (for things without boxes), or a show-and-tell for adults. 
As I look around the room some objects that might make suitable subjects for one of these short videos in the future are a couple of mint Walkmans, a BNIB unusual early Minidisc player, and the most impressive looking portable radio I've ever laid my eyes on. 
In the video below I look at a radio...but one that has a particularly clever party piece. I hope you enjoy it. 
Saturday
Jul092016

Out with the old and in with the new (amp)

I recently bought a new amplifier and it is the most expensive piece of HiFi equipment I've ever purchased. This was something for me rather than an oddity acquired just for the purpose of making a video. Whilst it's not as flashy or quirky as most of my HiFi equipment, I suspect it will outlast the other components and quite probably me as well. Some people wanted to see a video about it, so here it is. 

You can aquire refurbished Azur 851A Amplifiers on eBay in the UK - CLICK HERE

Sunday
Jul032016

Retro Tech: The Wire Recorder

This retro tech video features the first format that brought affordable and practical audio recording to the home, the wire recorder.
The video covers the history of wire recording and you'll get to see and hear a sixty three year old machine in action. Click on the video below to see more. 

Thursday
Jun232016

Dashcam Review: DDPai M6+ is the best mini cam I've used

In the video below you'll see a full Review of the best Mini Dashcam I've used. I've been using this in my car for six weeks and I can't fault the performance. I'm so happy with it that I have plans to buy a couple more when I can get the money together. Then I can replace the camera in my other car as well as try the dual camera functionality in my roadster. 

The highlights of this camera for me are the magnetic mount, the video quality and the time-lapse parking mode. Other notable features include WiFi, GPS and a wireless remote.

I bought mine from the ebay store linked below: (Click your country to see the current price). 

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

I’ve purchased from this store plenty of times over the years without any problems. Delivery usually takes approx 10-14 days to the UK.

The US, AU & IE links have been directed to a different store I often use, as the other one doesn't ship to all places.

 

A few people have spotted this seller on Amazon.  I don't know anything about them other than they appear to be indicating that they make the camera when they don't, just like my ebay sellers they are based in China and will send the camera from there, but they suggest potentially slower delivery times (orders from my ebay sellers usually arrive in 10-14 days, not the 30 days+ indicated on Amazon and I don't know how the Amazon seller will handle price declaration so I have no idea about potential import duties. It's your choice, but I've used the linked ebay sellers myself many times and I will be using them again in the future.  

 

I cannot report on the long term reliablity of a product that has only been on the market a few weeks...but I do hope it carries on working for a long time, as I really like this one. 

If you look in the ebay listing(s) above you will find a lot of extra detail about the camera specification  - for example it states that if you buy a second camera, you can add it to the app and then quickly switch between the two views. The specs also mention that the camera auto-removes fisheye, and now that I know this, the absence of the usual wide-angle lens distortion in the clips is obvious. There’s a lot more info there - so it’s definitely worth a read.

Downloadable sample clips here: http://pc.cd/WSdctalK - Please don't be that guy who always tries streaming the videos and then gets back to me to say that they look terrible when streamed. These are provided for Downloading - they look like they were recorded with a potato if streamed over pcloud.

My 'BEGINNERS GUIDE to Dashcams' can be seen here: https://youtu.be/HQ0Tm9FFpKM

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