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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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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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Sunday
Aug302015

The Bublcam Review - Take a good look around this 360º camera.

The Bublcam isn't the first 360º camera I've used, but it's definitely the best. The interactive 360º stills can produce impressive results, however I feel that the video quality is still too soft for it to be considered anything other than an interesting novelty.

The full video review is below. Underneath it you'll find links to sample clips that you can view in your browser (the video clips require Chrome). I find the touch controls on a phone or tablet are the most intuitive way to manipulate the images and a portrait orientation seems to produce the best results. If you download the Bubl Xplor App on your Android or IOS device you can also access additional VR functionality and view Bubl uploads from other Bubl users.

360º Stills

Arndale 

Lloyd Street (embedded above)

Central Library

Manchester Central

Manchester Cenotaph 

Albert Square

360º Video Clips (these only play in Chrome, the latest version of Firefox or the Bubl Xplor App)

Arndale 

Lloyd Street

Driving

If you want to inspect some files straight off the memory card  - there's an .mp4 and a .jpg here

The official bublcam website is here - http://www.bublcam.com 

Clips from other Bubl users can be found on http://www.bubl.io/experiences

 

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Reader Comments (16)

If you don't want to look like a berk holding a monopod, or be seen standing at the side in every shot, get yourself a cycle helmet, stick a go-pro mount on the top then attach the camera to that. You won't be in shot, although you may still look like a berk.

August 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRev Gear

If it can be used upside down, you might get some impressive shots and videos by having it attached to a multirotow with a gimbal. Its a bit heavy, a 450 type quadcopter or better a 550 hexacopter would be at least needed. It's quite an interesitng device, hope you get a replacement soon.

August 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpek0

Hello! Great review, found something you may be interested in. As of August 30,2015 I can view the videos in the Firefox web browser (tested on 2 computers) with no problems. Has bubl made this feature available on all web browsers now?

August 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJustin Goetz

Video works in Firefox as well, not just Chrome :)

August 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDorin

Your experience with the weird public (staring, following, approaching, questioning 'are you allowed' etc) sums up my life with drones. It got to the point where I have a backpack which I hike up into the hills where no-one else will be. Would love to attach this to my big hexacopter and fly :) :) :)

August 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbenbojangles

Yes... I'd love to see you mount the camera on a helmet.

August 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Mounting it on a helmet will produce terrible disorientating results. The camera needs to be kept flat and static, the viewer can then rotate the image how they wish. If it was on a helmet I'd be tilting and rotating my head which would just ruin the effect.

August 31, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Perfect camera for any realtor (estate agent) who would be advertising a house for sale.

September 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Great review. Thanks.
Did you get a chance to review the Giroptic camera as well?

September 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKarl

I backed the Giroptic camera on Kickstarter back in May 2014. It's not out yet, but apparently should be 'soon'. I'm an early backer so should get one of the first batch when/if it does come out. I've also recently pre-ordered the new Ricoh Theta S. This looks a lot more convenient. The original Theta was too low res to be anything other than a novelty, but the Theta S looks like it could actually be a genuinely useful second camera to pop in a pocket when you travel and grab a quick 360º snap of an area. I'd have loved to have taken one to Times Square, NY. These cameras work best in an area where there's lots going on all around.

September 9, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Perfect or not, it would still be fun to have one. Conventional picture are boring these are fun.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFares

so, with a gopro mount on your crash helmet with a tripod mount, you could get some half decent motorcycle footage..

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterScaredyCat

Ok, sorry just saw the comment re: too much movement, so how about attached to one of those 3rd person gopro mounts?

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterScaredyCat

Hi
if someone is looking for a 2nd Hand Bublcam for 400€. Iam selling my one.
please write me on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/gordon.freeman.5623

Greetings

January 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThats Wolfi

Hi,

I've been looking at 360 camera and apart from the bublcam, i have seen the sphericam which seems quite cool. I wondered if you know anything about the sphericam and its video quality.

Thanks

February 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAde

What an awesome, thorough review. Clear, well explained and you seemed to do it in one shot flawlessly. Well done!

April 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlex L

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