Pick of the Cameras

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ALL THE ONES THAT I LIKE ARE SHOWN BELOW. 

ACTION CAMS

Sony AS100V

SJ4000

TCL SVC200
SJ1000
 
Sony AS15/AS10
Liquid Image EGO
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
G1W Budget 1080p Cam
Vico TF2+
Vico WF-1
Mini 0801
DOD LS430W
Mobius
MINI CAMERAS
Innovv C1
Mobius

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What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - this is the one I use and recommend. It comes with a full-size adaptor, so you can use it in any of your devices. SanDisk UHS-1 is the same speed as Class 10.

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).

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Monday
Apr142014

Moto-Vlogging with the Sony Action Camera

Judging from some comments under my Sony AS100 action camera review, a few people still believe it's not possible to access the microphone socket on the camera when it's mounted to something. This was an issue that Sony resolved last year with the introduction of their Skeleton Case...but it seems like it must be time for a demonstration. 

 

Here is a list of items featured in the video.

The Audio Technica ATR3350 Microphone (also used for the piece to camera at the beginning)

If you haven't been keeping up to date with the available accessories for the Sony Action Camera range, you may be surprised by how many items are now available. You can bring yourself up to speed by looking here on the UK Sony Shop..and there is an even greater range of accessories available in Japan

Sunday
Apr132014

The Epic Sony AS100V Action Camera Review

Assembling this video has taken me a lot of time...and watching it will take you almost as long. I know that many people don’t want to watch a half hour video about an action camera, but this video was put together for the small minority that do. If you are one of those people, find a comfy chair, pour yourself a drink and then press play on the video below. 

One thing that I forgot to mention in the video is that SteadyShot image stabilisation is not available in the 120/240 FPS High Speed modes or the 120 FPS Super Slow mode. Since video shot in these modes will usually be replayed at a very slow speed, its absence is not usually noticeable.

A slight correction - the Pro Files still have the .MP4 extension, but use the XAVC S Codec.

More Info

Sony UK page about the AS100V

Camera Specifications

Full Owners Manual PDF 

You'll find a few buying options below

Amazon UK 

Amazon US   (Note - in the US it's available with or without the Live-View Remote)

Sony US Store  

ebay UK

ebay US

Sony UK have stopped selling the camera direct for some reason. (I bought mine from here).

You’ll find some DOWNLOADABLE SAMPLE CLIPS AND PHOTOS HERE on Dropbox.

I will also add some (very) short pro-mode clips as soon as I can shoot some new ones. The only Pro (50 Mbps) clip I have is 55 secs long and 359MB and can’t be trimmed for length with my usual software.

The usual instructions apply for the downloads:

Don't stream them, if you do the quality will be no different to watching them on youtube. To download, change th dropbox large thumbnail page into a list (icon at the top right) then click on a file and choose Download (icon bottom right 'More Actions'). Once they are downloaded you can play them from your hard-drive to see the true untouched video quality. 

UPDATE 15 April 2014 - I've added some ProMode clips on the Downloadable Samples link above - they are all 1080p60 50Mbps clips (with Steadyshot on) in ZIP files. Each clip includes it's associated XML file. Presumably the XML will have the time-code information in it FOR PROFESSIONAL USERS who know what to do with this stuff. I'm not a professional user - so please don't ask me anything about time codes, I haven't a clue - all the information you need is in the Sony User Manual, but if you are a pro then you'll know all about this already and won't need to read a manual. 

Monday
Mar312014

The Mobius Camera finally gets a waterproof case

Here's something that everyone has been waiting for - a waterproof case for the Mobius camera. The Mobius can now be safely employed as a helmet camera on a rainy day, record water-based activities like canoeing, diving and surfing or used on a sandy beach.

Since the Mobius manufacturer don't seem interested in making their own case for the camera, it's taken JooVuu, an enthusiastic UK based Mobius reseller to fill the hole in the market.  Watch the video to see if I find any nasty surprises with the JooVuu case.

Note - this video has been re-uploaded as the first one was misleading due to an ommission, also my box was missing an instruction booklet - normally you should receive one of these.

Monday
Mar312014

HD-96 Helmet Camera

The HD96 is an underwhelming, uninspiring and badly realised device. I've owned mine since November 2013, but up until now I've always found something more interesting to make a video about. I decided it was finally time to 'knock this one on the head'.

The first time I tried to take this camera out on my bike, it peeled off its helmet mount and was left hanging precariously by the microphone wire before I'd even left the garage. Three weekends passed before the weather was suitable for a second attempt.

There is always the (unlikely) possibility that the camera I'm testing here is a knock-off copy of a real and much better HD-96. However I can only comment on the product, I've bought and I can confirm that it's just not very good. 

If you pay close attention to the video, you may be able to sense some frustration. I'm a bit 'under the weather' at the moment.... combine that with a bad product that I no longer really wanted to review, and things were never going to end well.

Monday
Mar242014

WDV5000 WiFi Action Camera Disappoints

Wi-Fi has become one of those features that camera manufacturers feel obliged to include on their devices because the general public now expect it to be there.

I can appreciate the fact that WiFi enables me to wirelessly transfer a photo from my camera onto my iPad giving me the ability to edit a picture and post it up online whilst away from my home. Indeed this is a feature I used to tweet some photos whilst on a cruise ship holiday last year. 

The benefit of having the ability to transfer HD Video wirelessly between devices is far less useful to me. The files are often just too large to transfer over a WiFi connection...and I prefer to wait until I get home so I can edit my footage on my laptop (which has enough storage and performance to cope with the large HD files).

To put it simply, I just don't need WiFi on my action cameras, but I am aware that I don't speak for everyone. WiFi might be an important feature for you, and I understand that a remote viewfinder and camera controls can sometimes come in handy.

WiFi is the big selling point of the WDV5000 camera - but is that enough to make you choose it in preference to the SJ4000, watch the video review below if you want to see my take on the situation.

If you wish to buy a WDV5000 the ebay links are below.

WDV5000 Buying Links (ebay)

 UK  US

WDV5000 Downloadable Sample Clips

I've uploaded some of my clips to Dropbox - download these files to your machine before playing them...otherwise you'll just be watching a reduced quality streamed version.

SJ4000

When it comes to budget cube-like cameras I much prefer the SJ4000 camera and the links for this are below.

   

 My SJ4000 Review

SJ4000 Buying Links

  Amazon US

  Amazon UK

  ebay US 

  ebay UK 

  ebay DE

    Joovuu

 

 

Sunday
Mar162014

SteelSeries Stratus iOS Gamepad Review... but have MFi controllers arrived too late?

When the iPad was released in 2010, it seemed that it would only be short time before wireless gamepads would be released, turning it into a fully fledged portable games console. 

However it took a full two years until the first bluetooth gamepad, the DuoGamer, came out. This expensive and blocky controller only worked with a handful of Gameloft games and was a commercial flop. I bought one and thought it worked well, but needed a better design, more support and some competition.

For the multi-developer support to come, there would need to be a standard for how iOS interacts with controllers. It was only when iOS 7 was released in September 2013 that the relevant hooks for bluetooth controller interaction were added into the operating system.  It’s taken a further six months for the first compatible controllers to come to market.

You may have already seen some iPhone/iPod controllers which attach onto the device like a case, but the SteelSeries Stratus is the first stand alone MFi (Made for IOS) controller that has been released. It's therefore the first one suitable for use with an iPad. Watch the video review below to see how I get on with it.

 

It’s been four years since the first iPad came to market. Between then and now, games developers have been figuring out ways for people to control their games without any physical buttons.  In the early days they attempted to shoe-horn full multi-button twin joypad console experiences onto the iPad. Feedback and experience gained over the years has resulted in games now using a much simpler control scheme tailored towards the limitations of a touch-screen. Automatic shooting, aiming, acceleration and braking are common sights in the latest games. 

The MFi specification controllers like the SteelSeries Stratus will only work with games that have controller support included, these are likely to be the latest games - which ironically are often the ones that benefit least from the use of a physical controller.

Whether games that use a more complicated control system re-emerge now that suitable controllers are available to operate them, only time will tell…but given that developers want to make their games accessible to the widest possible audience, it seems unlikely.

One possible saviour could be the AppleTV. If Apple ever decide to let developers make games for this device (or a future updated version of it) then a physical wireless controller would be needed. An Apple TV iOS game made with a controller in mind could also translate to an iPad with a MFi device, just something to think about.

More info on the Manufacturer's website here: Steelseries Stratus They also maintain a list of compatible games with clickable links to the App Store.