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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
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.


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%! 




People are always asking me to do more kitchen gadget reviews. As much as I'd like to make more of these videos, there seems to be a dearth of suitably wacky gadgets at the moment.  However a recent trip to Costco and a £10-off offer ended up with me coming home with a YoNanas machine. So ignoring the fact that I have no sense of taste and am unable to eat sweet food, today I'm demonstrating this machine that claims to create frozen fruit sorbet deserts.



The Waterproof Nautilus WiFi Mini Camera

In the video below I review the latest budget mini camera from the people behind the 808#26 keyring camera. It's called the Nautilus cam (good name that) and the camera itself is waterproof to 5m without an additional case and has WiFi connectivity.


Downloadable sample clips and photos: Available Here 

Purchasing link - Click here to go direct to the product on ebay.


The Freestyle Libre is a gadget that will help me to live longer & better

It's not often that I buy a gadget that significantly improves my life - but the Freestyle Libre is one such device. It's the latest type of blood glucose monitor. These are devices which are essential to managing the chronic illness diabetes, of which I'm a sufferer. 

It used to be estimated that type 1 diabetes took 20 years off a persons life, but with modern blood glucose management its more likely that diabetics can live into old age. Ignoring blood glucose levels whilst seemingly having little affect in the short term, over a longer period of time will lead to serious complications, including amputations and blindness - both things I'm obviously very anxious to avoid. 

Whilst the video below is only intended to be of interest to diabetics, of course anyone is welcome to watch.



The Mini 0806 Dashcam Review - Better late than never.

Two false starts and over half a year later I've finally completed my review of the Mini 0806 Dashcam. It turns out that this one was worth the wait and if I didn't already have a K1S dual camera installed in both of my cars I'd definitely be using a Mini 0806 instead. 

For downloadable sample clips Click Here 

Purchasing the Mini 0806 - a few tips

I found the best deals for this camera are on eBay - Look for sellers offering the “3rd Gen” model to get the latest version. Check what's bundled - remember the CPL filter is usually an optional extra. The mounts come with or without GPS capability, so read the description carefully. Finally buy your own Class 10 MicroSD card from a reliable source, e.g. Amazon direct (not a marketplace seller) - I always have links to SD memory on the right hand side of this page and I've yet to buy a fake by following my own advice.

Click on your country below to see what offers are available where you live.

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The 0806 is also available on Amazon - but I'd stick to ebay (above) for the best prices and bundles.

Amazon UK     Amazon US


The Dazzne P2 - Budget Action Camera Review

The Dazzne P2 is a budget action camera that comes with a surprising number of accessories inside the box for a very reasonable price. Surely there must be a the video below where I find out that sometimes good things do come in small packages.



Downloadable Sample Clips - CLICK HERE

PURCHASING LINKS (click your country)


 (Note the links above are cheaper than the links below)


UPDATE 2017 - I've been advised that replacement batteries are nigh on impossible to find. Please factor this information in when making your purchasing decision. The supplied batteries aren't the most robust.


Obscure HiFi - The Stereo MicroCassette

Interest in my vintage HiFi equipment videos has really picked up since the Tefifon demonstration a couple of months ago. So with this in mind, I used my consumer electronics time machine to retrieve a Brand New HiFi component from 1982. In the video below I take a look at an audio format that came and went with barely a whisper in the early 80s and has since been largely forgotten.

If you want to see this item on ebay - click here.


The Boogie Board Jot 8.5 Paperless Memo Pad

The item that I planned to bring you this week self destructed, ended up in a thousand pieces and ultimately went in the bin (make a note...WD40 can make some things worse). So instead of that I'm bringing you a simple video about a simple gadget.  

The Boogie Board has always seemed to me like a solution to a problem that didn't exist, however after using one for a couple of days I've come to appreciate it for what it is. It does still feel like it's a product that no one really needs, but I could also say that about 90% of the things in my house. Video review below.

I mentioned in the video that I bought mine at Costco, they only had a couple left and were selling them off at £24 a piece to make room for new merchandise. It turns out that this wasn't much of a discount from the normal price and the best place to get one from now is probably Amazon.



The HP LC100W '4K' Mini Camera Disappoints (and of course it doesn't really do 4K)

Some of the most popular videos I've made over the years have been about Mini Cameras. There's something about cameras like the Mobius or the Polaroid Cube that really capture the imagination. I still find it amazing that I can buy a 1080p camera that's smaller than the tape cassettes my SD camcorder used only a few years ago. 

The HP LC100W is a strange device, it's not really suitable to be used as an action camera due to the narrow field of view lens and it's not a dashcam because it doesn't auto start recording. The specs for this camera still looked interesting though and if more care and consideration had been put into the design process it could have been a real contender, sadly a number of poor decisions relegate this one to being an also-ran.

You can download sample clips here

If you want to buy one, it is available on Amazon - links below.



Drift Stealth 2 - Smaller is better 

Drift have been kind enough to send me over their latest, cheapest and smallest action camera - the Drift Stealth 2. In the video below you can see my full review.

After using this camera for a few weeks I can now say that it has supplanted the Contour Roam as my favourite helmet mount action camera. The mounting system is more flexible (it allows tilt), the camera is smaller, lighter and performs much better in low light.

In my opinion the Drift Stealth 2 would be an excellent commuter camera for cyclists - the three hour battery life, water resistant case and recycled video function make it idea for this purpose.

Downloadable sample clips are available here.

Purchasing Links

eBay - Click your country

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Amazon UK        Amazon US 

Full Drift Stealth 2 Manual available here 


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.


S10 budget 1080p Helmet Camera Review

Here's a short video review of the S10 budget helmet camera.

Due to my inability to trim the length of .avi files, I can only provide one 155MB Downloadable sample clip (and a few jpgs) available here.

You can buy an S10 camera here. (ebay - price approx £65/$85).