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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
Aug022013

The MicroMuff - Wind Noise Killer

This is primarily a review of a piece of wind-noise reducing fluff, but I've also taken the opportunity to show you a few samples taken with my latest 'holiday camera' the Sony HX300. Some people were amazed by the 30x zoom of its predecessor the HX100V, when I showed this in an earlier video, so I've taken a few moments in this video to demonstrate the 50x zoom as well as a few other fun features from the latest Sony Superzoom.

If you want to buy a MicroMuff here is a link to some eBay sellers (CrookedImaging in the UK achieved next day delivery on both of my orders).  On the manufacturers website Micromuff.com you can see more details about the full range.

If you fancy getting a Sony HX300, I'd recommend regularly checking the Sony Refurb store, you may be able to pick up a bargain like I did, it's also currently on sale for £320 on Amazon 

My 808#26 review will be along as soon as I can get it edited together, and it will now incorporate some new video I shot with it whilst on holiday (more interesting than my usual Manchester footage). I've also taken advantage of this delay to reshoot my bike segment as the original stuff was poorly framed.

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Reader Comments (14)

Welcome back! Looking forward to your #26 review.

August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorman

MicroMuff........ there's a joke struggling to get out, must resist............................

August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

welcome back Matt.........cant help wondering if the chap on top of the building waving a flag might have been...... MAN ...... still urgently trying to get your attention ( sorry could not resist that one ) Regards Ipol the camera zoom is very impressive

August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

Excellent review, excellent humour :-) welcome back

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

Matt,

Nice review and sounds you have a wonderful holiday in the sunny Mediterranean sea.

I did a test on this Sony HX300 one month ago. It is sharp, focal length is impressive (that's is why I bought it in the first place) and nice colour, flip monitor (good feature too).

Only one complaint was fully automatic on video filming (AWB, Focus, Exposure...Focusing on the longest tele is a problem like any other camera manufacturer). I am still using my Panasonic FZ150 (Full manual). :)

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Nice review, the camera zoom especially is impressive, I like the views from your holiday too :)
Have been thinking to get a product like this to stop the windnoise from my digital camera but so far have resorted putting a piece of Scotch tape in front of the mic. It cuts most of the windnoise but still doesn't block the sounds out.
Unfortunately this trick doesn't work so well with 808 keyring camera, I think the case is leaking air from other openings (lens, usb, reset, etc.) inside the case and microphone still catch the windnoise even I have tape in front of the mic opening. Obvioisly I can't put peace of tape in front of the camera lens :D

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

Glad you enjoyed your holidays Matt.

Welcome back.

BTW 'Finnish guy', my 808 #16 works wonderfully on the audio department for me. If I set the mic sensitivity to minimum, I can hear my bike engine perfectly even at high speed.

Regards.

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Hey Matt thanks for this wonderful review of this muff i wasn't sure if these existed, i purchased one off ebay from your link gonna use it for my holiday next month.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMuj

Hope you had a good one, glad to see you back safe.

The problem with these on forward facing microphones at high speed is the fuzz flattens out making it do pretty much nothing as you found out. Ideally you'd be better off making your own from a small piece of foam and sticky backed Velcro.
I reckon 45 or 60 PPI (pores per inch) foam would be best. If you want to have a play with the idea let me know (you know how to get hold of me). I have some offcuts of various PPI's of foam from a sample pack I got as I'm working on custom air filters at the moment.

You could make your own for about 50p a go.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvilution

I've dismantled the Mobius and stuffed a sliver of replaceable motorcycle 'air cleaner' foam in there to dampen the wind noise.

No good. :-(

Will try some other materials, the best camera in the world (for me) is ruined by the dreadful wind noise.....!

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Nice review, as always. Nice to see the shots from your cruise, pretty colours!! Nice camera as well!

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Cool, I've been using fluffy bits on my Panasonic Lumix camers the last 3 years. (3 different models)
I use a competitor version called the wind cutter
http://www.thewindcutter.com/shop/
It works!

September 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Hi techmoan, ,ive had the mobius for a while,i tried to upload the new data ,it hasn't worked since,,the red led at the back flashes in sync with the orange led on top ,???? im not computer literate ,any idea wot i can do ,,,please !

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergraham

The Best

April 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor Andersen

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