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Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
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Polaroid Cube+
Drift Ghost X

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level


What SD CARD should I buy?

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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The Teac O'Cass is the Worst Idea Ever and it's brilliant

How do you like the link-bait headline? After seeing the Gizmodo review of the Tefifon go viral, it seems like it's all about having a catchy headline. I'm joking... but it did make me think how we are so quick to retrospectively judge the work of others whilst sitting at our keyboards eating cheesy puffs.

The Gizmodo headline referred to the Tefifon as "Germany's Doomed 1950s music player". I suppose in that respect a 1980s video recorder was ultimately just as 'doomed'. The Tefifon was manufactured from the 1940s to the 1960s and just because it didn't ultimately take over the world, doesn't mean it was a failure in its day, it just died off, just like everything else eventually will. I'm sure Sony even made a good profit on the Mini Disc....just perhaps not as much as they would have liked.

Now with those things in mind... today I'm looking at a Teac Open Cassette, an idea that seems looks so idiotic you wonder if it was made to win a drunken bet. Every article about the O'Casse I've read states that Teac believed it would work out cheaper for people to replace the reel of tape rather than  buying a whole new cassette every time. I call poppycock on this. I feel like that's revisionist history.

My theory is that Teac brought this out because they hoped people would think it was cool. Japanese culture has a strong fondness for things that are miniaturised and kawaii and I think this was intended to appeal to those people.

It seems wacky ideas are being stifled nowadays, people always want to know the reason for something existing - it must serve a purpose or fill a specific need. However not everything is supposed to replace things that went before, and nobody ever needed a Lava Lamp or a Big Mouth Billy Bass.

The Open Reel Cassette is still a ludicrous idea, something that has no reason to exist, and yet it does....and that's what makes it brilliant. 

With that out of the way, ladies and gentlemen I present to you the Teac O'Casse.

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Reader Comments (14)

Ah yes, brings back memories. I can't think why CDs ever caught on. This was such a perfect idea. The sound quality of cassettes was so much superior too, not to mention the ease of searching or switching between tracks. :)

August 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHarvey

If the O'Casse was invented as just a way to make a cassette deck display model look cool then it served its purpose. Back in the 80's and 90's I always got the TEAC cassette deck brochure delivered to me and used to drool at the pictures of the fabulous machines - all of the photos had these tapes in them and made them look even more delicious.

October 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Brannigan

There's another important point that's been missed as to why this was a ridiculous idea. How long did a spool play for? In a conventional compact cassette, when the left hand side is full the tape occupies some of the same space in the middle as when the right hand side is full - ie there is a virtual overlap of spool space, so the spools have to be considerably smaller if real spools are used to avoid this overlap.

July 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Vagg

The Japanese have a word for this: chindōgu. (See for more!)

August 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterObsolete Cynthia

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