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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

Drift Stealth 2

Dazzne P2

Xiaomi Yi

SJCAM SJ4000

SJCAM M10

TCL SVC200
 
 
Sony AS15 / AS10

DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
G1W Budget 1080p Cam
Mini 0806

A118 Wedge Cam
Koonlung K1S
Marcus 5 Dual Camera
Transcend Drivepro 200
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

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Saturday
Aug222015

Demonstrating the Head-Up Display in a Mini Cooper 

A couple of years ago I attempted to review a HUD (that's a head-up or heads-up display) which could be fitted into any car and powered by the OBD (on-board diagnostic) port. 

It wasn't a great success - however I still get regular emails about the video telling me how I should have applied the anti reflective film to my car windscreen, despite the fact I no longer have the film, the car or the HUD.

Nevertheless the idea of a HUD had sufficient merit for me to request one as a manufacturer fitted option when I specced up my new Mini earlier this year. A number of people spotted this HUD in my other videos and have asked me to make a video about it....so here it is.

 

Since releasing the video a number of people are saying that one this isn't a true HUD because it's not projected on the windscreen. This is nonsense - a quick google image search will show that the HUDs in fighter jets are not projected on the canopy - but on a piece of plastic(?) above the instrument panel and in front of the pilots line of sight. A HUD can be reflected off a windscreen, or a piece of perspex - either way it's still a HUD - a Heads-Up Display. If you really wanted to be pedantic you could say that the HUDs that reflect off windscreens aren't true HUDs because the original ones in fighter jets didn't work that way.

A number of people mentioned that the image displayed on the looked very small. During the commentry on the video I explained how difficult it was to shoot the HUD and talked about the compromises that had to be made with my camera placement which resulted in a smaller image than the driver would see. However it seems that this section of commentry has largely fallen on deaf ears.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, so the 12 second video below should be worth a million. It demonstrates the magnification factor as seen from (just in front of) the driver's perspective. 

 

Saturday
Aug082015

Kanto YU3 Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers

I bought some speakers, and I thought you might want to see them, so here they are.

These are active (built in amplifier) speakers that are beautiful to look at have a good well rounded sound quality and plenty of inputs (including two optical-in) as well as Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX and a full remote control.

I've seen some criticism in the youtube comments about the price of these. My suggestion is never to buy anything you can't afford - even if someone like me makes a nice video about it. These speakers were imported from the US - I bought mine via Amazon (CLICK HERE) If, like me you would have to import these, you can work out the total cost (including taxes, postage etc) by adding some to your Amazon basket - this will then calculate the taxes and postage costs to your location before you have to commit an order.  

When I did that today, the total including delivery and taxes came to $389 USD - that's £251. When you consider this is about the same price as the basic  'Jawbone Big Jambox' bluetooth speaker the Kanto's start to look like a much better deal.   

Some people on youtube seem genuinely disappointed that I didn't demonstrate the sound from these speakers by playing music through them. I'd like to share my opinion below about why I didn't do this - and why (to me) the idea of being able to demonstrate speaker sound quality via youtube is just plain crazy. 

People who want to listen to sound from these speakers on youtube, must believe that they can accurately assess the quality of a speaker by hearing the noise it produces recorded with a camera's microphone, encoded to a youtube stream and played back over their computer speakers or headphones.

That to me is the equivalent of trying to demonstrate a 4K TV's picture quality by showing someone a Polaroid photo of it. HiFi magazines have been reviewing speakers for years without the need to attach a tape cassette on the front cover so you can hear the true sound quality of a set of £10k speakers played back via your own £150 midi-system

The only true way to assess the sound from a speaker is to listen to it yourself, however what I am able to do in a video is demonstrate the features, setup, build quality and size. I can comment about my opinion of the sound quality (in my room with it's unique acoustics heard through my old worn-out ears)...but if you really want to know what something sounds like - then you have to hear it in person.

Perhaps I'm out of step with what the audience wants, and if anyone wants to start a youtube channel demonstrating speaker sound quality by recording it with a cell phone then it seems like there's definitely a ready audience for it - but call me crazy, I'm going to just stick to doing things my old fashioned way. 

Monday
Aug032015

The Picocassette - the smallest (analog) tape cassette ever made

My quest to demonstrate unusual tape based audio formats might have reached its conclusion with the Picocassette. This is the smallest analogue tape format ever released. Created by Dictaphone for their sophisticated handheld voice recorder, the high price and well established competition, meant the Picocassette was a commercial failure. Introduced to the market in 1985, the same year that Back to the Future debuted at the cinema, I've used my own time machine to get hold of a BNIB example of this 30 year old technological wonder. 

If you are lucky, you may still be able to get hold of one of these on ebay.

Sunday
Jul262015

YoNanas!

People are always asking me to do more kitchen gadget reviews. As much as I'd like to make more of these videos, there seems to be a dearth of suitably wacky gadgets at the moment.  However a recent trip to Costco and a £10-off offer ended up with me coming home with a YoNanas machine. So ignoring the fact that I have no sense of taste and am unable to eat sweet food, today I'm demonstrating this machine that claims to create frozen fruit sorbet deserts.

 

Saturday
Jul182015

The Waterproof Nautilus WiFi Mini Camera

In the video below I review the latest budget mini camera from the people behind the 808#26 keyring camera. It's called the Nautilus cam (good name that) and the camera itself is waterproof to 5m without an additional case and has WiFi connectivity.

 

Downloadable sample clips and photos: Available Here 

Purchasing link - Click here to go direct to the product on ebay.

Sunday
Jul122015

The Freestyle Libre is a gadget that will help me to live longer & better

It's not often that I buy a gadget that significantly improves my life - but the Freestyle Libre is one such device. It's the latest type of blood glucose monitor. These are devices which are essential to managing the chronic illness diabetes, of which I'm a sufferer. 

It used to be estimated that type 1 diabetes took 20 years off a persons life, but with modern blood glucose management its more likely that diabetics can live into old age. Ignoring blood glucose levels whilst seemingly having little affect in the short term, over a longer period of time will lead to serious complications, including amputations and blindness - both things I'm obviously very anxious to avoid. 

Whilst the video below is only intended to be of interest to diabetics, of course anyone is welcome to watch.

 

Sunday
Jul052015

The Mini 0806 Dashcam Review - Better late than never.

Two false starts and over half a year later I've finally completed my review of the Mini 0806 Dashcam. It turns out that this one was worth the wait and if I didn't already have a K1S dual camera installed in both of my cars I'd definitely be using a Mini 0806 instead. 

For downloadable sample clips Click Here  (Tip: use the Google Chrome browser - wait 20 secs for this link to load & download the clips to play them from your computer rather than streaming them)

Purchasing the Mini 0806 - a few tips

I found the best deals for this camera are on eBay - Look for sellers offering the “3rd Gen” model to get the latest version. Check what's bundled - remember the CPL filter is usually an optional extra. The mounts come with or without GPS capability, so read the description carefully. Finally buy your own Class 10 MicroSD card from a reliable source, e.g. Amazon direct (not a marketplace seller) - I always have links to SD memory on the right hand side of this page and I've yet to buy a fake by following my own advice.

Click on your country below to see what offers are available where you live.

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The 0806 is also available on Amazon - but I'd stick to ebay (above) for the best prices and bundles.

Amazon UK     Amazon US

Sunday
Jun282015

The Dazzne P2 - Budget Action Camera Review

The Dazzne P2 is a budget action camera that comes with a surprising number of accessories inside the box for a very reasonable price. Surely there must be a catch....watch the video below where I find out that sometimes good things do come in small packages.

 

 

Downloadable Sample Clips - CLICK HERE (wait 20 secs - works best using Chrome browser) 

PURCHASING LINKS (click your country)

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 (Note the links above are cheaper than the links below)