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Sony AS100V

SJ4000

TCL SVC200
SJ1000
 
Sony AS15/AS10
Liquid Image EGO

DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
G1W Budget 1080p Cam
Mini 0803
Vico WF-1
Vico Marcus 3
Marcus 4
DOD LS430W
Mobius
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Innovv C1
Mobius

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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).

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Sunday
Nov162014

GoPro Hero Budget Camera vs the SJ4000 (Review)

It's clear that over the last couple of years budget action cameras have been drinking GoPro’s milkshake.

Professional TV production companies are using the high end GoPro models more than ever, but it's at the low end with people like myself who are often opting to choose the cheaper, almost disposable alternatives. The kind of person who plans to go snorkelling on holiday, thinks it would be a fun idea to capture the experience on video but doesn't fancy shelling out hundreds for a camera they might only use once or twice.

Even some people who already have a GoPro are getting the SJ4000 as a second camera to use in places where they wouldn't want to risk their more expensive model. In this context a camera like the SJ4000 With its sharp 1080p video, built-in LCD screen, waterproof case and box full of accessories is a very tempting alternative.  

So after seeing their potential customers go elsewhere, GoPro have launched their own budget camera to compete .

In this review we'll find out exactly what you get for your money and whether this stripped down GoPro is worth the price premium over the SJ4000. I'll run a few head to head video quality tests and list what features each device has in its favour. Ultimately though its down to you to choose the camera that you prefer. I'll present the evidence but you have to make the decisions.

 

DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS
I have uploaded the same samples to two locations. You can download them from Dumptruck or MegaDo not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you need to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 
 
There are links below if you want to buy the GoPro Hero on Amazon.
 

   

 

Wednesday
Nov122014

Classic Retro Hi-Fi Turntable: Sansui XR-Q7 

Vinyl record sales are increasing at the same time that sales of most (all?) other physical music formats are contracting.. I'm not going to begin to try and explain the reasons behind this anomaly, but I will say that in my opinion turntable manufacturers just aren't keeping up with this demand.

There are some beautiful turntables available nowadays, but all the high-end machines I've found are manual - the biggest concession you'll find to convenience is the occasional auto-stop or button to select the speed.

I know that there are people out there that consider any kind of automatic turntable mechanism tantamount to blasphemy and they'll stroke their beards in anger at such a crazy idea. These things introduce noise, feedback electrical interference they'll say. Popycock I say - the existence of the SansuiQ7 proves that an automatic turntable doesn't need to compromise on audio performance in the slightest. 

When it comes to cars, some people choose an automatic gearbox and some prefer manual and this is accepted as normal, yet the current turntable manufacturers are only appealing to people who would prefer the pure experience of driving a car with a manual gearboxes, wind-up windows, and no ABS or power steering, radio, heater or roof.

If Sansui (and others) were capable of bringing out a top quality fully automatic direct drive turntable in the early 1980s are the current crop of high-end turntable manufacturers happy to admit that thirty years later they just don't know how to make something as good. If so, they should be embarrased.

Rant over - here's my quick video about my beautiful new (old) turntable. They just don't make 'em like they used to. 

 

 

Monday
Nov102014

Tenvis TH671 IP Camera Review

I receive quite a few requests to revisit IP cameras, so I decided a while ago to review the next budget HD IP camera that showed promise. This particular camera was suggested to me by a subscriber, I picked mine up for £43 and made the short video you can view below. 

If after watching the review you are prepared to live with it's various limitations and just intend to use it as an indoor remote viewable camera then you can buy your own using the links below.

ebay   UK  US  DE  NL  AU  

 

Sunday
Nov022014

Innovv C3 Review -The Wired Lens Mini Camera

Cube shaped action cameras aren't suitable for all situations so Innovv thought outside the box when designing their new camera to allow for greater flexibility in camera placement.

If you've got the time (31 mins) you can click the video below to see my full review of the C3 Mini Snake Camera.

One thing that I didn't mention during the review was how this could be considered to be the first Motorcycle 'Dash' Camera. Over the years I've reviewed plenty of Car DVR Dashcams, but whenever people asked me if something similar was available for motorcycles I've always drawn a blank....until now. The C3 has all the necesssary features to make a great bike DVR . It has the ability to loop over the oldest video on the memory card, the water resistant camera can be lashed to the frame or hidden away in a fairing and the control unit can be stowed seperately in a dry area of the bike - perhaps under the seat, powered from a switched 5V USB. 

My bike already has a switched 12V power socket fitted, but if you need to fit one I believe that a Fuseblock is a device you can install to get switched power and then add a 12V to 5V USB 1 Amp converter for the Innovv C3.

But that's just one use for a C3, but I'm sure you can think of many others. 

DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS 
You can download samples clips from Dumptruck or Mega . Do not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you have to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. If these doesn't appear to be working the problem is at your end - try a different browser or wait a few more seconds.

Purchasing the C3

If you are interested in buying a Innovv C3 Mini Snake camera, there are a few options...but be sure to pick the right lens unit for your requirements (120º or 90º) - In my opinion 90º worked best as a motorcycle helmet mounted camera. 

1) You can order direct from Innovv by clicking here.

Current Price - $129 for 90º or $139 for 120º, but be sure to use coupon code 4F2EE74D at checkout for a $5 discount. (I've noticed that the Innovv website works better in the Chrome Browser)

(Please don't repost this code anywhere, it may be changed and you'll look dim for posting a useless code).

The C3 can also be found at the links below (Some of these links may also list the C1 or C2 - so choose carefully)

EBAY

Click your country to see what options are available to you. (Choose 'Worldwide' if nothing shows up)

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Amazon (US)

 

Sunday
Oct262014

The A118 / B40 Wedge Dashcam Review

This camera has been on the market for quite a few months however I've only recently installed one in my car and I now plan to keep it there until either it stops working or something better comes along.

I must reiterate that this is a budget model and I really have have no idea how long it will continue to work for. I've received feedback that some cameras I've reviewed and rated highly like the 0803 can have short life spans especially in hot environments.

Given that I'm always testing a different model and I don't live in a hot part of the world, I just can't test a camera's long term relibility in a sunbaked car.  No one should expect a budget camera ito last as long as a premium model (with a two year warranty) but if your budget is limited and you want to know more about a particular device from people who have first hand experience of using it, I'd recommend looking through the forum on Dashcamtalk.

 

DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS

 

I have uploaded the same samples to two locations. You can download them from Dumptruck or MegaDo not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you need to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 
 
There are links below if you want to buy the A118 / B40 'Wedge' Dashcam
   

Purchasing Links

Foxoffer (Ebay US)   Foxoffer Ebay (UK)   Foxoffer.com  (My cam was supplied by Foxoffer) 

Other Foxoffer ebay links

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Other ebay sellers (Click your country).

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Amazon UK

Amazon US

Monday
Oct132014

The Contour Roam3 Helmet Cam Review

It's a little over a year since I reviewed the Contour Roam2 Helmet camera and in the meantime a lot has happened. The Contour company went bankrupt, was re-launched and have introduced a new model. So is their Roam3 a brand new camera or just last-year's warmed up leftovers repackaged...watch the video review below to find out.

 
DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS
I have uploaded the same samples to two locations. You can download them from Dumptruck or MegaDo not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you need to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 
 
There are links below if you want to buy the Contour Roam3.
   
  ebay US     ebay UK
 
   
 
Monday
Oct062014

The Polaroid Cube Review

The Polaroid Cube is a fun little camera but you'll probably need to pick up optional accessories to make it into a functional action camera. If only the quirky and attention grabbing magnet base was a less wacky but infinitely more flexible tripod screw mount it would be much more handy straight out of the box. You can see my full video review below.
 
 
After uploading the video I realised that I hadn't mentioned the size and weight, so it's a 3.5cm (1.38") cube that weighs 47g (1.65oz) 
 
DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS
I have uploaded the same samples to two locations. You can download them from Dumptruck or MegaDo not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you need to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 
 
There are links below if you want to buy the Polaroid Cube on Amazon.
 
 
 
Want to know more about the Mobius camera featured in the video?  Click Here to see the review.