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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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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Instant Photo Shoot-Out: Zink Printer vs Film Camera

I've wanted to try out the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 for a while now, so when I saw a deal on ebay that included the camera and film for 100 photos I decided it was finally time to buy one. A few days of testing revealed that the pictures it produced were a much less impressive than I anticipated, so I then bought an LG PD239 ZINK printer, to see if that was any better. 

You can see the results in the video below. 

If you do decide to buy either of these, I found the best deals were on ebay, and whilst the company I used quickly sold out of their stocks of both devices, it's worth waiting for the special offers or bundles that turn up from time to time.

LG PD 239 Portable Bluetooth ZINK Printer

Ebay links (click a country) US UK DE AU NL 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Camera

Ebay links (click a country) US UK DE AU NL

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Reader Comments (7)

Very helpful review, as always. Thank you.

One question — does the case have a belt loop on the back? None of the photos online show the back of the case.

December 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Kelly

The Zink case from Atout doesn't have a loop on the back.

December 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great review Mat, even if I am never going to get either of these products, they are just too expensive and fiddly to bother with. Personally, I download my phone pics to the PC, then print them via Snapfish or Truprint (other providers are available). Cost for a decent print? About 6p each, though admittedly, you have to wait a bit before they arrive in the post.

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQuaser

Any chance of a review of the m8 android media centre. It's a great machine for accessing TV from around the world via XBMC and also a great way of streaming your media via Plex to your TV ... all for £60.

December 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRex

I almost universally like and agree with your reviews but on this one I'm at odds with your conclusions. Fundamentally, I think you miss the essence of what film photography is and wind up focusing on the convenience aspects of digital vs. film. In this regard, digital is always the hands down winner. The ease and ubiquity of digital photography while fantastic - are also the fatal flaw. We're awash in digital images, so overwhelmed we don't know how or where to store them. We lose our phone and - poof - there goes a year of party and food shots, and the four really good pictures were lost in all that noise anyway. Therefore I'm going analog - and I've been a bleeding edge first adopter of high tech going back to my '00 Honda Insight, my Agfa ePhoto 1280, the MPMan F10, the Palm 1000 - so I'm first and foremost NOT a luddite.
We recently toured Germany and Austria, avoiding the worst of the Texas summer and opted to eschew digital photography. Instead we brought an Instax Mini 90 and a Canon AE-1 Program. Every picture was a conscious effort - aperture, speed, cost and preparation. The trove of photos we brought home are a prized commodity and we're proud of them. They're imbued with a kind of authenticity that I don't feel with digital, and I'm aware that sounds a bit hipstery, but that's the emotion I feel when looking at them. They were taken for us, not for consumption on Facebook and not run through a bunch of Instagram filters for that verisimilitude of authenticity. They just are.
It was fun handing the Instax camera to people in cafes and butchering the German language asking them to take our portrait - and the shock on their faces as the image unexpectedly zooms out of the camera. This is the essence of film. While I acknowledge that the Zink printer has its place, I don't think it's fair to directly compare it to the Instax, then ding the Instax for not producing images that are digital equivalents.
I write these observations knowing full well that you love a lot of 'obsolete' things. We both dig turntables and analog recording in general so I know you entirely get the gist of my comment. Otherwise, bravo for another breezy and informative review. All the best!

January 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Sanborn

Amazing and very, very helpful! Thank you!!

July 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatinka

They were taken for us, not for consumption on Facebook and not run through a bunch of Instagram filters for that verisimilitude of authenticity. They just are.

November 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRemanufactured Cartridges

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