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2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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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 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.

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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%! 

 
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Sunday
Oct212012

How To Shoot Yourself in the Face (& other tips).

I've put together this quick 'behind the scenes' video to answer the questions I've been receiving regarding the equipment I use to create my videos.

I work with a very limited budget and have acumulated my videography equipment over a few years. So what I am showing you here is not a list of recommended equipment...it's just an insight into what you can achieve using some pretty basic kit. I will inevitably upgrade most of the things you see here...starting as soon as possible with a new Macbook, as my current one is on the verge of becoming a collectors item and adds a couple of hours of rendering time to the production of each video.

 

Below are links to the things shown in the video. These Amazon links are affiliated, and you may be able to find some of these items cheaper elsewhere. 

Apologies to the readers/viewers from other countries, these are all Amazon UK links - you'll need to do a bit of googling to find these products in your country.

 

Here are a couple more links.....

Ultraclamp at Dogcam - I think this works out cheaper than the Amazon prices, but be sure to have a look around for this, it's for sale in many places, often sold under the name of the Pedco Ultra-Clamp. When you are comparing prices, make sure you are paying for both parts of the clamp and also not one of the older models either.

If you don't mind getting a refurbished camera you should check out the link below to access...

Refurbished & Clearance Sony HX Cameras at the Sony Outlet Shop

(Note the Sony Outlet Store link above won't work if there are no HX cameras for sale)

If that happens, you should still be able to access the front page of the Sony Outlet Store HERE. Also be aware that this site seems to go up and down a lot and it's worth checking it often to see if the stock has changed.

Finally, remember to pop over to  BinaryCafe.com if you want to learn more about the Sony HX100V & newer HX200V superzoom cameras.

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Reader Comments (9)

Very intersting, thanks for sharing your secrets :)

October 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Now we need to know about your (bamboo) flooring and kitchen cabinets and countertop. (no, really)

October 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Why not asking for some donations for your Macbook?
At least you provide us with some great videos here.

October 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Frank, thanks for the suggestion...but I wouldn't feel comfortable doing this. I can't explain why, it's just how I am.

I'll stick with the trusty old Macbook for a while yet...it does do everything I need, it just takes a bit longer to do it than a newer model would (a bit like myself)

October 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the video.

I found the ultraclamp pretty interesting. I think you already showed it on o e of your videos, but this "in-depth" detail has given a bunch of ideas about it and my bike.

Keep up the good job ;)

October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Awesome title. :)

In the US, you'd see more YouTube videos with the title, "How NOT to shoot yourself in the face".

October 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCelia W.

I'm all set to follow your path with the Sony HX200V, but am also torn between the new Canon SX50 (50x zoom) and the Nikon P510 (42x zoom).

The more "research" I do the more I get confused as they all seem to have their advantages and their negatives.

I know you have experience with the HX100V but any with the others?

November 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMainsail

As for image quality I would go with the Canon. It has Raw which means you can do your own sharpening etc.
(The Sony has massive compression which cannot be turned down)

Look at the comparison on dpreview:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/b3av55c

All three cameras have the same tiny sensor (6.17 x 4.55 mm) where Sony cramps the most pixels on it and the Canon the less.
Also the Canon has a fully articulated LCD (though resolution is 1/2 of the Sony, nikon).
It has an Ext flash hot shoe, and the H.264 video format.

But how can you expect a recommendation if you lack to provide your needs and requirements for your kind of shooting?
Does Zoom has any importance to you?

November 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

I wonder if you were ever classified as "providing methods for suicide" and interviewed for a title like this.

January 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDoc

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