Twenty-odd years ago I worked in HMV. I remember being amazed when people came in the shop asking whether the latest cinema release was also available to buy on video. Fast forward a couple of decades and within a few hours of the SJCAM SJ5000+ being announced as a preorder, scores of people emailed me to inform me that the camera was out now, asking me when my review would be ready. It seems like some things haven't changed much.
The reason I mentioned the fevered anticipation for the SJ5000+ above, is because I wonder if the pressure on SJCAM to deliver a follow up to their big hit, the SJ4000, may have resulted in this camera being rushed out before it was ready. It's definitely in need of a few firmware tweaks to get rid of bugs and the battery management could have done with optimising before the camera went on sale.
If you've seen some of my other HiFi reviews you'll know that I prefer to enjoy my music with a healthy dose of visualisation. Whether it's VU Meters, Spinning Reels or LEDs, I like my music to move as well as it sounds.
So with that in mind the video below is my first (and likely my last) review of a Bluetooth speaker.
I bought mine as a refurbished model from the UK JBL outlet store. I have no idea if they will ever have these on offer again so if you really can't wait, the Amazon links are below.
I’ve received an email from someone who has sent money to a random paypal address and are now asking me where their goods are. Apparently the people who requested the money must have said that they are associated with Techmoan.com. I have no idea what the scammers claimed to be selling.
Let me spell this out. I do not sell anything. I do not charge for anything. I do not want your money.
The way that this website works is as follows. I buy things. I make youtube videos about those things. I then link the video description box back to Techmoan.com where I have useful links or sample clips. It’s the simplest idea in the world.
The way I make money is from the youtube and website adverts that are automatically served by Google Adsense, as well as from any purchases made via the affiliated ebay and Amazon links you’ll find under each article. That’s it. Nothing else.
If a manufacturer of a product wants to contact me (I’ve stopped interacting with resellers) then there is a CONTACT ME box on the ABOUT page. This sends me an email. If I respond to the email, the response will only come from the domain @TECHMOAN.COM.
Just in case you don't know how a scam works, you may recall the bloke who sold the Eiffel Tower for scrap or the chaps who sold the Statue of Liberty, or Tower Bridge. Those items weren’t really for sale and the person ‘selling’ them was not acting on behalf of the true owners. Anyone who paid money to acquire those items will have lost it
Scams nowadays are easier because the internet means that there's no need for face to face contact. So there is nothing to stop someone setting up the email address HRHTheQueen@GMAIL and then offering to sell the Crown Jewels for a tenner. It’s highly unlikely that you would fall for that, so don’t fall for someone setting up a I’mTechmoanHonestGuv@GMAIL and asking for your money or products.
I never actively ask anyone to send me anything. All contacts are first made as incoming messages from the CONTACT ME form on this website.
All I want to do is make videos and I really don’t need this extra nonsense. The last thing I want to receive when I’m sat at my desk (doing my day job) is an angry email threatening to get the police on me and shut down the website.
This is a one-man website - I’m that man. I do everything here, my name is Mat. The person who emailed me apparently sent their money to two people called Adam and Jamie - neither of those are me. You may have seen the warning I posted on my website last year about a scammer using the email address techmoanreviews@gmail that isn’t me either.
All you have to remember is that I just make videos and you don’t have to pay me anything. If you want to give your money to a random stranger, then put it in their hand in the street, don’t send it to a paypal address for someone you’ve never met or researched.
I don't do Facebook, I've stopped posting anything to @Techmoan on Twitter (other than automatic youtube updates) and I have just one youtube account (youtube.com/techmoan).
Now please let me get back to making videos...that's all I've ever wanted to do since I started this back in 2009.
I say epic because it took me almost three months to put this video together. Pretty much everything I can say about this camera is covered in my half hour video review below.
Click Here for downloadable sample clips. As always, don't try to stream these, as (obviously) you'll just get streaming quality, instead download the clips and play the files locally. If you find this link to be unresponsive - try using the Chrome browser and if that fails, take a break and try again later. The Dumptruck website I use sometimes has issues - but it's the only file sharing site I trust not to auto-delete my files after a few days.
If you want to buy the Drift Ghost S... there are some affiliated links below.
My inbox is full of people asking whether I'm going to review the Mini 0806 dashcam and the SJ5000+ action camera. For every email that I answer with "yes, I will when they arrive, but my reviews take two to three weeks to put together, so it will take a while, but you'll know when the review is finished because I'll post it on youtube and it will show up in your subscribed videos feed", I'll receive another three people asking the same thing.
So I'm just posting here to say that my Mini 0806 and SJ5000+ both finally arrived yesterday and it will take me a couple of weeks to shoot and edit a full review of each. I like to test things thoroughly and discover as many quirks and features as I can (like the undocumented orientation sensor on the Polaroid Cube ). So I may not be as quick as the typical youtube video 'review' of a mumbling kid opening a box in the dark filmed with a potato...but hopefully the results will be a bit more worthwhile.
If you don't want to wait for my review, there are some affiliated links below.
UPDATE - The Mini 0806 was faulty and has been sent back for a refund.
I've really lost confidence in this particular camera now. I received a pre-production model in October 2014 direct from the manufacturer that never worked properly (it wouldn't auto start recording)... so I felt that it wouldn't be apropriate to make a video about it. However the model that arrived yesterday was the final retail version bought from an ebay store. It wouldn't receive power or GPS data from the new mount supplied with it or the mounts from my pre-production version. This confirmed the fault was with the camera and not the mount. I checked the wiring and saw no obvious issues. I also noticed that the buttons and case felt a lot cheaper than those on the pre production version I received last year and the rotating mount was difficult to move. I did successfully update the firmware on it to the 16th January 2015 version which suggests to me that the camera wasn't a fake even though it felt and acted like one.
Well that's one less thing to test, just the SJ5000+ to work on now.
One of my more popular videos of 2014 was a review of the Polaroid Cube camera. The HTC RE appears to be aimed at the same audience as the Cube. It's a hard device to categorise, it's not really an action camera but it has a wide angle lens, can be attached to a bike and record rain or shine for 90 mins on one charge. Now whilst the Cube just recorded video or stills, the HTC RE ups the feature list by including WiFi, slow motion and timelapse. The extra features packed in the RE result in it costing more than the Cube and it's up to you to decide whether these features are worth the price premium. Watch the video below for the full review.
The slow motion feature whilst fun doesn't produce the sharpest results and the timelapse mode requires the camera to be paired via wifi to a smartphone app - but it can be disconnected once recording has started. I've never been a fan of smartphone app controlled devices - I find them to be a hassle to connect up, so it's a shame that the timelapse mode can't be accessed without the app.
I'm glad that companies like HTC are trying out new concepts and designs. For some people the HTC RE will be a very handy mini camera, it is definitely not for everyone, but it's clearly not supposed to be.
I enjoyed using the HTC RE, and I plan on featuring the timelapse feature again in a future video, once the weather has improved a bit.