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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
Drift Ghost X

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

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 too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

 
Friday
Jan252019

Tape Recorders of Mission Impossible Ep.2

The second of (possibly) three videos where I look at one of the open reel tape recorders used in the original Mission Impossible TV Series. 

 

Monday
Jan142019

Everyone remembers the Bone Fone

There's something to be said for giving your product a quirky name - it will stick in people's minds.
    
Judging by the comments I've received under videos over the last year, it appears one name that stuck more than most is the Bone Phone. If I got a penny for every time someone mentioned this piece of late 1970s/early '80s tech to me, I'd have enough money to buy a burger...probably just a cheap one though, and no fries. 
    
Anyway to lay this one to rest for once and for all - here's a video about the Bone Fone.
     
Sunday
Jan132019

Bone Conducting Headphones - Aftershokz Trekz Air Review

With these headphones you can listen to bluetooth audio and still be aware of what's going on around you.

Advertised primarily towards sporting people, joggers, cyclists, etc - they are handy for many other activities too. I've heard back from a number of blind subscribers who use these to navigate around, take phone calls, listen to text messages while all the time staying in touch with their surroundings. 

Amazon Links (affiliated) 

 

Wednesday
Dec262018

Budget ebay Hi-Fi Build

In this series of four videos I set out to put together the best Hi-Fi I could for the least amount of outlay. 
  
Self imposed arbitrary rules:
  • Everything had to be bought from ebay. Due to the limited amount of time to get the video together I didn't have the luxury to bid on auctions I might not win, and/or wait for them to play-out so everything was purchased using By It Now. 
  • The Hi-Fi I was building would consist of a Amp,Tuner, Cassette, Turntable, CD. Why those components? Well, because that's what I wanted. It's my Hi-Fi build.
  • There should be room for future expansion and swapping out of components.
  • It should have flashing lights - because that's what I like.
Here's how I got on.
  
  
  
  

 

Wednesday
Dec192018

WiFi Digital TV WiFi Tuner for Smartphone/Tablet

Watch live TV without using data allowance.

Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2KXIGZz (Affiliated)

Wednesday
Dec192018

Retrotech: The CalcuPen 

Merge a pen with a calculator and you get the CalcuPen, a barely useable yet highly collectable piece of 1970s tech.

 

Wednesday
Dec192018

Aukey DR01 Dashcam Review

Aukey DR01 Affiliated Amazon Links:
  
I keep a list of my favourite dashcams here: http://www.techmoan.com/what-is-the-best-dashcam/
Thursday
Dec062018

Mr Dengon - and his endless loop 

Mr Dengon is a message machine sold in the mid '80s in Japan which records onto a magnetic tape cartridge.

 

Thursday
Dec062018

The Tape recorders of Mission Impossible (Episode 1)

I recently watched all 171 episodes of the Mission Impossibe TV series to catalogue the tape recorders they used.  In this video I look at the most commonly seen model. If there is sufficient interest, I'll explore the other models in future episodes. 

Thursday
Dec062018

Linesman Telephones

I used a couple of old linesman telephones to make an intercom. 

 

Monday
Nov192018

Columbia GP3 Portable Turntable - Don't believe the hype

A look at the ‘cult classic’ Columbia GP-3 portable vinyl record player from Japan. 
  
   
Other related record player videos:
Turntable Speed Measurement App RPM 
GP3 Turntables can be found on ebay https://ebay.to/2OoFZ3m (affiliated link) 
 
The Comedy Outro short is available on it's own here