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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K

 

 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

 

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
MINI CAMERAS
(The Mobius also works as a dashcam)
Mobius
Polaroid Cube+

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 a couple.

 

 

 

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%! 

            

 
Friday
Mar172017

And finally…MiniDisc

There’s a good reason why this video took me a few years to make…MiniDisc is a monster. I’ve ended up producing a 45 minute video that still only touches on a tiny part of the story.
    
I decided that rather than getting too technical (which I can’t, because I’m not) this one is based more around my personal MiniDisc story.
    
MiniDisc is the last in a long line of portable mechanical music players. We'll never see anything like this again. I saw MD launched and I saw it die. I’ll miss MiniDisc, but it had a good life..one much richer than history has recorded.
   
This has been a killer to make, I’d estimate about two years of prep, a week of shooting time, three solid days of editing and then two and a half days of voiceover work and tweaking. 
   
Get a drink, grab a snack, put your feet up and then click below to watch my MiniDisc video.
     

 

Buying Mindisc:
   
Personal MD Section on ebay
          UK  US  CA  DE
   
Home MD Section on ebay
          UK  US  CA  DE
    
More Info:
My earlier video about DAT (Digital Audio Tape) 
      
Updates:
Apparently with a bit of work it is possible to get Sonicstage software working on Windows 10.

 

Wednesday
Mar082017

Sony MP-CL1 Pocket Laser Projector

Pico projectors have always attracted my attention like a moth to a lightbulb. The Sony MP-CL1 is my third, but the first one I’ve owned capable of projecting HD video. It is a very impressive device, that almost no one needs.
   
I prefer to look at niche technologies and my retro-tech videos often feature devices that sold in limited numbers. For me a Digital Compact Cassette player from 1993 makes a far more interesting subject than a CD player from the same year.
   
This Sony projector is the type of object that I could imagine a YouTuber in the future making a retro-tech video about, but there’s no need to wait until then, my video is below.
    
Monday
Feb272017

Seeburg 1000 BGM Machine

I’ve only ever heard background music used in public spaces, in all my years working in offices it was never something that invaded my workplace. In fact for the first decade or so of my working life, offices were places that you usually weren't allowed to even talk in unless you were on the phone.
   
It seems like things things were different in some parts of the US where many offices and factories embraced the idea that a programme of carefully selected BGM could increase productivity. I can just imagine the exasperated office workers looking forward to the quarterly installation of new Seeburg music discs to give a much needed variety to that all too familiar 37 hour playlist.
   
I was on a cruise ship last year and it only took me two days to memorise the order of the music so I could predict what song was coming next…imagine listening to the same background music for a year.
    
However reading through the comments on my 3M Cantata video, I learnt that there is now a lot of fondness for these once derided background music recordings. What once was considered kitsch is now highly collectable and I have to concede that once I’d heard a disco version of a classic movie theme, I became hooked too. 
    
Watch the video below to see the Seeburg 1000 BMS1 system in action. 
   
Watch the video below to see the best way to play Seeburg 1000 discs without a Seeburg machine.  
   
    
If you want to listen to more - you can stream music from the Official Seeburg 1000 Website
(it's free).
   
Wednesday
Feb222017

Badge/Pin/Button? MP3 Album √

After last week's elaborate 30 minute video about a forgotten format - this week's video is more of an amuse bouche or perhaps a pallet cleansing sorbet between larger courses. 

It's an album in a badge - something you could have bought as recently as three years ago, but you didn't and that's why it's here. 

When I uploaded the video, they could be found on ebay here - but the opportunity to buy a 2GB mp3 player for $5 has become a lot more popular since the release of the video and they'd all sold out the last time I checked. 

Thursday
Feb162017

RetroTech: VHD - The 3rd Disc

In this latest instalment of my series of videos about forgotten formats I'm taking a detailed look at VHD, a largely forgotten pre-recorded videodisc system from the 1980s. If you've seen my 2015 video about RCA's financially disastrous CED you may be surprised to find out VHD used a very similar technology but managed to do it successfully. Watch the video below to find out more. 

VHDs can be imported via eBay 

UK: https://goo.gl/aoYb1W

US: https://goo.gl/QEkrle

My machine was purchased from a Japanese Auction site - using Jauce.

Thursday
Feb092017

The Mobius 2 everything-cam is finally up to the job

It’s been a while since I finished a camera review. It’s not for a lack of trying, I’ve been testing cameras but most of them weren’t good enough to warrant spending the time needed to complete a review. 

The Mobius 2 was one of the cameras that initially didn’t impress. Upon its release last year the video quality was a noticeable step back compared to its popular predecessor. Six months later, it’s a different story. Finally the firmware has caught up with the camera and it’s now capable of producing some great results. Watch the video below to find out more. 

------PURCHASING-------

The manufacturer is in Hong Kong and sells the Mobius 2 worldwide directly through ebay. Click your country below to be taken to the Mobius 2 on their store.

UK   US   CA   DE   AU   NL   AT   BE   CH   ES   FR   IE   IT    

Also available from Amazon in the US

-----USEFUL LINKS------

Manual & Windows Software http://mytempfiles.info/mobius2/index.html

RC Groups Mobius 2  Forums Thread

-----SAMPLE CLIPS-----

Available here on pcloud

(Please do not stream these...they only play at full quality when downloaded and played locally)

 

Thursday
Feb022017

Active Speakers with built-in Vinyl Pre-amp

There are a surprising amount of items I’ve had to buy over the years to make videos. Some of these things won’t ever be seen on screen like the camera, tripod and lights, but there are many others that make occasional bit-part appearances like power transformers and extension leads. 

The speakers shown in this video have been bought to assist in the making other videos. Almost any audio device, can be connected to these powered speakers including those with bluetooth, optical output and most importantly record players, whether they have a built-in preamp or not. This not only makes these ideal for my needs, but also suitable for anyone working with limited space who wants to minimise wiring clutter.

The Roth VA4 speakers are Available from AMAZON in the UK 

RED http://amzn.to/2kQjAS7

BLACK http://amzn.to/2jUgCYI

WHITE http://amzn.to/2jCaOC5

In the USA - KANTO sell speakers with the same features

BLACK: http://amzn.to/2jVA3CO

RED: http://amzn.to/2jBR2qC

WHITE: http://amzn.to/2kqGj6k

GREY: http://amzn.to/2kqP805

 

Friday
Jan272017

Vinyl-Disc

A short video about a relatively recent music packaging format that largely went unnoticed. There have been occasional uses of this recently, so it could yet re-emerge.

Tuesday
Jan242017

Pre-recorded cassettes can sound good (really)

Unfortunately many people didn’t notice the improvement in the quality of pre-recorded cassettes, as they had stopped buying them by the time the developments covered in this (very wordy) video were implemented.

 

 

Tuesday
Jan172017

Window Cleaning Robot

A robot designed for cleaning inaccessible windows on Chinese sky scrapers finds it’s way to my corner of the UK and disagrees with my choice of glazing.

 

 

Friday
Jan132017

Design Classics - Grundig Ocean Boy 210 Radio

Number two in a very occasional series of videos where I look at cool tech that doesn't do anything remarkable…but does it with style.