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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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Monday
Jun042012

Sony MHS-FS3 3D Bloggie - Discounted, Discontinued and Disappointing

When I was researching this camera, deciding whether it was worth buying, I found it impossible to find any raw unconverted sample clips that had been produced by this camera. There were a few videos on youtube, but as we all know, these aren't an accurate representation of the true video quality.

Everything I did manage to view though looked absolutely terrible. Washed out, shakey and blurry. Well it turns out that this was in fact an accurate representation of this camera's capabilities after all. There are a few reasons as to why this is the case. First off, the 3D video is 1080p AVC MP4 Half SBS, which means that each eye gets allocated half of the 1080p frame - this results in softer video than normal 2D 1080p. This would be forgivable, if it wasn't for the camera's achilles heel.

This camera deactivates image stabilisation when it is recording in 3D mode. A camera this small relies heavily upon image stabilisation to prevent the footage degenerating into a shaky mess. This is probably even more important when recording in 3D mode. The final problem with this camera is that its lenses are far too close together to capture a proper sense of depth. I really don't know what Sony was thinking here, but the effects of having the lenses next to each other like this, is that anything more than a few feet in front of the camera ends up on the same visual plane. Untimately it becomes very difficult to spot that the 3D footage is actually 3D. It just ends up looking odd. The 3D effect produced by this camera is to 3D what virtual surround is to Dolby 7.1. You can tell something different is supposed to be happening, but you can't quite put your finger on what it is.

So in effect we have a 3D camera that takes soft, shaky, flat 3D video. I can see why Sony discountinued this one very quicky and liquidated all existing stocks through heavy discounting. I just can't understand why they went ahead and brought it out in the first place. However if you want a pocket camera that records reasonable 1080p video then this isn't a bad camera. Just make sure you keep the 3D mode switched off at all times.

You may have noticed from file dates in the video that a lot of the work on this 'review' was done in March 2012. I sold the camera on ebay and moved on to other things. I've only just managed to return to this and finish it off over this bank holiday weekend. This explains why I didn't go as indepth as normal on this review, and it is why I will find it difficult to answer any questions about this camera.

The main reason I decided to go back and finish this video is so that there is a bit of context to the sample clips that I wanted people to have the opportunity to download and see for themselves. One other reason is that I could finally delete the video files off my laptop to free up some space.

Below is a link to the sample clips. All of these are straight from the camera and uploaded to Mediafire. All video clips are unedited and in AVC MP4 format. The 3D video is SBS 1080p. The 3D pictures are in JPG+MPO format. You will need playback and display equipment capable of showing these file formats.

CLICK HERE to download sample Video & Photos

 

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Reader Comments (5)

Very professional coming back and finishing the review, you are a champ.

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavidG

can you do a review on cheap lenses made by samyang or tokina? i do believe you own a canon dslr rite?

June 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjkyip

@jkiyip. I don't own a DSLR, so no lens reviews.

June 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan,

If you want shoot good quality 3D video use loreo products (http://www.loreo.com/) with a DSLR.
Your site is great.
Bye
George

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGyurxi

You are right that the lenses are close together. However, the camera is meant to be used with subjects 3 - 10 feet away, and the stereo effect works very well at that distance. I agree that the camera is virtually unusable, especially if you walk with it. I believe that Steadyshot cannot be used with stereo cameras because there is a possibility that the left and right images will go out of sync. The highly-trained engineers at Sony overlooked putting a tripod mount on the underside of the camera when used in landscape (stereo) mode, so I had to add an "L" bracket to the camera permitting tripod or monopod mounting. I also had to add a length of pipe cleaner to the top of the camera as it was virtually unusable in a breeze due to wind noise. Finally those same engineers who forgot the tripod mount, also put a single button with left and right joystick motion which often starts the 10 second or 2 second self-timer - great for missing action shots.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Cekal

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