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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

Xiaomi Yi

SJCAM SJ4000

SJCAM M10

TCL SVC200
 
 
Sony AS15 / AS10

DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
G1W Budget 1080p Cam
A118 Wedge Cam
Koonlung K1S
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
HTC Re

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.

Sunday
May242015

Drift Stealth 2 - Smaller is better 

Drift have been kind enough to send me over their latest, cheapest and smallest action camera - the Drift Stealth 2. In the video below you can see my full review.

After using this camera for a few weeks I can now say that it has supplanted the Contour Roam as my favourite helmet mount action camera. The mounting system is more flexible (it allows tilt), the camera is smaller, lighter and performs much better in low light.

In my opinion the Drift Stealth 2 would be an excellent commuter camera for cyclists - the three hour battery life, water resistant case and recycled video function make it idea for this purpose.

Downloadable sample clips are available here  (allow this link a bit of time to load up)

Purchasing Links

eBay - Click your country

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Full Drift Stealth 2 Manual available here 

Saturday
May162015

The Teac O'Cass is the Worst Idea Ever and it's brilliant

How do you like the link-bait headline? After seeing the Gizmodo review of the Tefifon go viral, it seems like it's all about having a catchy headline. I'm joking... but it did make me think how we are so quick to retrospectively judge the work of others whilst sitting at our keyboards eating cheesy puffs.

The Gizmodo headline referred to the Tefifon as "Germany's Doomed 1950s music player". I suppose in that respect a 1980s video recorder was ultimately just as 'doomed'. The Tefifon was manufactured from the 1940s to the 1960s and just because it didn't ultimately take over the world, doesn't mean it was a failure in its day, it just died off, just like everything else eventually will. I'm sure Sony even made a good profit on the Mini Disc....just perhaps not as much as they would have liked.

Now with those things in mind... today I'm looking at a Teac Open Cassette, an idea that seems looks so idiotic you wonder if it was made to win a drunken bet. Every article about the O'Casse I've read states that Teac believed it would work out cheaper for people to replace the reel of tape rather than  buying a whole new cassette every time. I call poppycock on this. I feel like that's revisionist history.

My theory is that Teac brought this out because they hoped people would think it was cool. Japanese culture has a strong fondness for things that are miniaturised and kawaii and I think this was intended to appeal to those people.

It seems wacky ideas are being stifled nowadays, people always want to know the reason for something existing - it must serve a purpose or fill a specific need. However not everything is supposed to replace things that went before, and nobody ever needed a Lava Lamp or a Big Mouth Billy Bass.

The Open Reel Cassette is still a ludicrous idea, something that has no reason to exist, and yet it does....and that's what makes it brilliant. 

With that out of the way, ladies and gentlemen I present to you the Teac O'Casse.

Monday
May112015

S10 budget 1080p Helmet Camera Review

Here's a short video review of the S10 budget helmet camera.

Due to my inability to trim the length of .avi files, I can only provide one 155MB Downloadable sample clip (and a few jpgs) available here (give this link 20 secs to load).

You can buy an S10 camera here. (ebay - price approx £65/$85).

Saturday
May092015

1950s Jukebox Wall-O-Matic MP3 Player

Thumbnail - Click for actual sizeWhen it comes to wallboxes (jukebox remote controllers) it's the models made by Seeburg rather than Wurlitzer that people think of. Whilst I have no room for a jukebox, a Seeburg Wall-O-Matic is definitely something I can accomodate, however there was little point getting one unless it actually could be used for something. Well I needn't have worried - of course the internet had me covered....

 

Useful links 

I bought my wallbox from here: http://goodstuffnowllc.com
MP3 (or iPod) adaptor can be purchased here: http://cdadapter.com
If you are want to do it all youself - you can pick up vintage wallboxes on ebay: http://goo.gl/YMdrXq

 

Monday
May042015

Answering a few Tefifon Questions


No one asked for it...so here it is, another video about the Tefifon - that obscure vintage piece of German HiFi from the 1950s.

OK, in truth I've a couple of new items to show, some things I want to elaborate on and you'll also get to hear a sample of Tefi music recorded directly (over a cable) from the Tefifon.

If you want your own Tefi ringtone you can download my MP3s here - CHIMES   HORNS 

(WAV versions here)

Friday
May012015

Why I provide sample clips

There are still plenty of people who don't understand how youtube video can look worse than the original source.

It's common knowledge that a tape recorded from a CD or a video copy of a blu-ray will be worse than the original - however when it comes to digital copies of digital sources, some people struggle to understand how things can degrade.

Let me show you how bad things can get - and why downloadable sample clips are the only way to see the true quality of the original recording.

 

Links - 

To see how I mounted the camera in this video - watch this

My 1080p60 Riding Video Clip on youtube is here (Warning - turn your speakers down!).

My full Xiaomi Yi Video Review is here

Downloadable Xiaomi Yi Sample Clips are available here

Friday
May012015

How to make your own POV Motorcycle Camera Mount

A few people wanted to know what equipment I used to mount my camera for recording my motorcycle point-of-view shots. Well it's a lot simpler and cheaper than you might imagine. 

In the short video below I demonstrate how to make your own "Techmoan POV pocket mount"™ - it only takes a couple of minutes and costs next to nothing.

Sunday
Apr122015

Taxi Cam - Dual Lens Rear-View Mirror Car Recorder

One of the more common email requests I get is to do more reviews of rear-view mirror car cameras. It's not for want of trying, but this particular sector of the 'dash-cam' market seems to be particularly under represented. Most of the cameras currently on sale have similar out-dated internals, use the old MJPEG codec and offer (upscaled fake-hd) resolution of 1280x960. 

For this video I managed to find an h.264 camera that is supposed to offer 1080p, has rotating cameras which makes it suitable for both left and right hand drive vehicles and importantly if it's to be used as a Taxi-cam has IR leds that point inwards. Watch the video below to see how it fares. 

ebay purchasing links (click your country).

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