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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

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U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

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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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Friday
May032013

Unboxing with a twist...guess the contents.

I don't do unboxing videos. I won't share my opinion on this form of video 'entertainment', because I know that some people (crazy people) do like watching them. 

However when a large interesting-looking box arrived from abroad...I couldn't resist sharing. I've added a twist to this unboxing though, see if you can figure out the parcel contents from the clues I give, before I've finished unpacking it.

This video was just uploaded as a bit of fun. The real reason that this clip exists is a little more mundane. I had my camera and tripod nearby and thought it would be a good idea to record the unpacking if I needed proof that the fragile contents had been damaged in transit so I could claim on the parcel insurance. As it was, the packing job was one of the best I've ever seen and the contents were in perfect condition.

In future I'll continue to quickly skip past the unboxing steps of any product demonstration and get on with the review. I'll leave unboxing videos to the 'experts'.

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Reader Comments (11)

@ Techmoan welcome back glad to see you are in fine form hope the sinus problem is well and truly behind you

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

I hope so too. I've now got a heavy cold so it's hard to tell if things have been a complete success. If I ever get myself completely fit, I'll probably die from shock.

May 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Beautiful technology, very beautiful.

And glad you're back!

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasam

It's very nice to see you back.

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRokas

Glad to see you back!

I hope everything went allright.

Now let's see the videos ;)

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

That's a great buy! I almost bought an Akai reel to reel brand new in '76 but finished going with a cassette deck. Love those big reels when the machine is fast forwarding and rewinding. As I said on YT, it's great to have you back. Cheers, b.

May 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbiggles1024

Awesome piece of history. Proper engineering, real quality (excuse the pun!)

May 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterP1lts

I'm glad you can appreciate the beauty of this. It's a working piece of art for me. It's also probably the most inconvenient way to listen to music....which is why I love it. Importantly it can still hold its own when the audio quality is compared to modern formats. Through my speakers, amp and ears, at 7.5 ips its sound is as good or better than anything else I've got in the house.

May 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

That is a beauty, for sure. Matt you should go to the Cape Canaveral Space Center outside of Orlando, Florida. Of course the rockets impress, but the command consoles salvaged for the mockup launch room put on a veritable Christmas display. Plan on a very full day there.
Welcome back.

May 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim in SF

I actually like unboxing videos, but I definitley prefer reviews. Looking like a good bit of kit you have got there.

May 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom

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