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Pick of the Camera Reviews

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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
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
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.

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
Apr272018

Cronixie - The eye-catching edge-lit clock kit

I enjoy putting together the occasional kit - especially when it ends up making something that can't be bought in any shop that's both useful and engaging.
  
The edge-lit Cronixie clocks tick all those boxes and a few more besides. In the video below, I assemble the kit as well as demonstrate all the features of the clock. If after watching it you decide you'd like to buy one for yourself, there are links below the video. 
     
   
Cronixie Kits on ebay (Affiliated Links) 
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Cronixie Manufacturer’s Website (German) 
     
Cronixie Operating Instructions Translated into English
   
Notice - This is an independent review. I purchased my kit at full price via ebay.
   
Lixie Displays: 
If you are interested in a more DIY experience - here's a link to Conor Nishijima's LIXIE displays
   

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Reader Comments (2)

I think I saw on the news that younger people cannot read analogue clocks because they get the time off their mobile phones.
It did make me think that you could produce an analogue version if you could find small enough LED's
Thanks for another informative video Matt.

April 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

I instantly bought this after seeing it on your channel.
It took me the best of a Friday afternoon to assemble and yes, the peeling off of the protection on the acrylic is really the most annoing part of the whole (meditative) experience. After I realised that I got the numbers set up the wrong way around and had to reassemble them, I accidentally broke one of the numbers. As Murphy's law would have it, it was the LAST number nine. Also I found that two of the number eights were ingraved on the 'wrong' side of the acrylic plate but that doesn't even matter, really.
The cool thing is, that I emailed the DIAMEX support about it, and also told them the way I used a leftover acrylic piece to easily peel off the acrylic protection with it and they replied to me on 12:00AM on friday night on a bridging day. They're even shipping me the spare number for free!
That is just really awesome!

May 12, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterdvdemon
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