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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
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%! 

            

 
Wednesday
Oct252017

Time for a quick nixie tube video

Here's a short video featuring two nixie tube based devices I've purchased recently. The first is a new hand built four digit nixie watch and the second is a vintage nixie stop-clock. 
   
   
As always I bought these on ebay - so here's a couple of searches that you can try to see if there is anything available. 1) Nixie Watches  2) Pragotron Stop-clock
Update - there is one more watch like mine for sale: http://ebay.to/2xLwyDL
   
You'll also find some Nixie devices for sale on Etsy. 
  
Finally it seems that this chap https://pikabu.ru/profile/ArtemPopov (Russian Website) is the person who made my watch. 
   
Oh and a couple of omissions or corrections: The battery life on the watch depends on how often you activate the display - but at the best it's two months between charges.  Also at one point in the video I refer to the earth pin on a plug being 'missing' - I should have worded this better as this is how the plug was designed - however I'll still need to replace it with a UK plug in order to earth it to a UK mains socket. 

 

Wednesday
Oct182017

CX Discs - Better, Worse & The Same as a normal record

CBS envisioned all records made after 1982 utilising their CX encoding system, but if you've bought any music on vinyl since the mid 80s, you won't see a CX logo on the sleeve...so what was CX and what went wrong. Watch this video to find out. 
   
    
As always there are some great contributions in the comments - especially this link to a DIY CX decoder kit.
Tuesday
Oct102017

Review: Feiyu Tech Wearable Gimbal

Here's a look at the Wearable Gimbal from Feiyu Tech. Most 4K action cameras do not have image stabilisation for the 4k/UHD modes, a notable exception being the expensive Sony FDR-X3000R which uses optical image stabilisation. So that's where this device comes in, it stabilises the motion of any action camera that fits within its mount, but it's not perfect. Watch the video to learn more.
   
   
Feiyu Tech have already brought out a newer version, the WG2. I haven't tested this, but hopefully it rectifies the tilting issue of its predecessor. 
The following  links will direct you to the Wearable Gimbal range on 
Friday
Oct062017

Baby Driver - The Califone CardMaster Tape Scratch Machine

Here's a quick video about a tape gadget that can be seen briefly in the 2017 film Baby Driver. 

 

Thursday
Sep282017

Hipac - Pioneer's forgotten 1970s cassette rival

There's nothing I enjoy more than discovering and passing on details about a forgotten format. The fun of seeing the immediate reaction and then watching the video being shared across the internet is hard to describe. 
   
The format featured in this video is called Hipac and if you search for more information about it on the internet you'll find next to nothing. Then again it's very unlikely you would be searching for it as it's missing off all the historical audio format lists I can find. Even obscure formats like the Sanyo MicroPack 35 usually get a mention and that one was just a dictation system.
    
I've gathered everything I've learnt about HiPac and present it here in the only English language youtube demonstration of this forgotten 1970s cartridge system.
   

Wednesday
Sep202017

Mail Call - Voice Mail from 1967

The Mail Call from 1967 predicted the future of communication would be Voice Mail…but just not as we know it.
 
 

 

 

Wednesday
Sep202017

Bacon Express Review

Rubbish video - rubbish product, lets move on.
   
Wednesday
Sep132017

Sony’s New Cassette Boombox

When I found out that Sony had launched a new cassette player in Japan, I felt it was my duty to try it out. So in this video, that’s exactly what you’ll see, in addition to a comparison against the most recent model Sony sells in the UK. 

The CFD-S70 can be found on Amazon 
UK  US  CAN
 
The CFD-S401 is only available in Japan - http://amzn.to/2wUJWax
I imported mine via the intermediate shipping company - Jauce
   
Anders Enger Jensen's music is available at http://eox.no/

 

Wednesday
Sep062017

Look at the VUs

In this video I'm reviewing four music visualistion devices bought on ebay.
  
  
  
Purchasing links for the Recommended Device: 
Blue/Red Horizontal VU Meter (Boxed)
UK US CA DE AU NL       
Green/Yellow/Red Horizontal VU Meter (Boxed)
UK US CA DE AU NL 
   
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Others Devices Shown:
i) LED Panel
UK US CA DE AU NL 
ii) Glass Tubes
UK US CA DE AU NL 
iii) Mini LCD Type Displays (Not the same model shown in the video)
UK US CA DE AU NL 
Note these LCD displays don't have a digital VU needle display.
    
Music Cassette Tape Provided by http://eox.no
Thursday
Aug312017

Forgotten Format: The Sanyo Micro-Pack 35

In the early 1960s Philips in The Netherlands were working on creating a new compact cassette tape system. Meanwhile over in Japan, Sanyo were doing the exact same thing, but their solution was very different.

Hear the contents of the Japanese cartridge shown in the video.

Wednesday
Aug232017

Which Walkman?

Over the last few years I’ve inadvertently helped fuel the cassette revival. Many of the people who bought their first second-hand home tape deck over the last couple of years, would also now like a decent personal stereo so they can play their new cassette collection on the go.
   

I’ve received lots of requests to make a video about the cassette Walkman. With such a broad topic to cover I thought the best thing I could do was to show the various models I’ve bought and explain why I chose them.    

The links posted under the video below will likely be of more use than the video itself, but both things combined should help point the first-time walkman buyer in the right direction. 

 

The Walkman Archive: http://walkman-archive.com
Stereo 2 Go Forums: http://stereo2go.org
    
Additional Links:
TapeHeads Forum for for all things tape related http://www.tapeheads.net
     
Troubled Hearts Music Cassette Provided by http://eox.no
   
DD Centre Gear Repair on ebay: http://ebay.to/2wnhVZT
New Gumstick Batteries: http://ebay.to/2w0hNhI
   
Ebay Walkman links 
Sony WM-D6C Professional Walkman
UK  US   CAN   DE   AU   NL 
Sony WM-EX Walkman range (Some good, some not so good)
UK  US   CAN   DE   AU  NL 

Quick tip - If you know the model you want, but it isn't there - used the "Saved Search" Feature on ebay - so you are notified the next time someone lists that particular model for sale.