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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
Sena Prism Tube

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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

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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Friday
Dec222017

Yi 360 VR vs Ricoh Theta V (360º Cameras)

Its the last video before Christmas and I'm looking at two 360º cameras, the Yi 360 VR and the Ricoh Theta V. 
     
     
Managing Expectations with 360º video
   
I've seen people express disappointment with the video quality of consumer 360º devices but they are usually comparing them against professionally shot 360º footage, which just isn't a fair fight. Because while you could take a standard photo on a consumer DSLR camera that can rival the very best photos taken with the best equipment, when it comes to 360º video it's a very different story.
    
When viewing a 360º video you are zooming in on section of the overall image. So while the resolution of the video file might be 3840x1920 you may just be looking at a 640x360 slice from that. The rest of the video is made up of what's going on over your head, down at your feet and behind you. 
   
Consumer 360º camera manufacturers are at the limit of what can be handled by current imaging chipsets. Even if you could get a 360º camera that recorded 8K video, this would still look softer than a standard flat 1080p video once you'd zoomed in on a section of it. 
   
Professional quality 360º videos use multiple individual cameras (e.g. The GoPro Omni uses 6 Go-Pro cameras) and the video from those six cameras is stitched together using a computer. 
   
So this is where it's at with consumer 360º cameras, they are just a bit of fun and won't be capable of producing the same results as a professional rig, but then again the pro equipment doesn't fit in your jeans pocket. 
   
Purchasing Links
   
Amazon US
   
Amazon UK
   
Amazon CAN
Yi 360 (Not Listed)
   
SAMPLE CLIPS
I've managed uploaded a sample video from each camera shot in their '4K' modes to youtube.
You can view these in 360º using the youtube App on a smartphone or tablet...and in the Chrome browser.
Here are the samples 
1) Yi 360  
I don't think youtube can display these in their full resolution modes in 360º and also I've noticed that the Theta Video and Audio are now in sync once uploaded to youtube, so it appears the sync issue is in the IOS app and not the original footage.
Also for some unknown reason the Yi footage looks softer than the Theta on youtube. I don't know why this is.
   
I haven’t found a way to upload the Yi 360’s '5.7K' mode footage to YouTube and have it stitch together. 
 

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Reader Comments (4)

maybe it's just the youtube, but both cameras seem to have a bit of a stutter when you move around the camera but the Yi was a bit worse.

December 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSzabi

Mat, do you want to review my TomTom Bandit? Still brand new and sealed in it's box. You can have first cracks at it. I enjoy watching your channel so thought said offer would be a good way to give back, as it were.

December 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Thats a kind offer, but after looking through the viewing figures on my 2017 videos, video cameras are no longer of interest to most people, they took the last two places out of the 60 odd videos I made. I also never borrow anything as I don't like the responsibility. However thanks for the offer.

December 27, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi, does this work?
help

March 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAngus
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