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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


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

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


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%! 


Only review good products

Video Title: 'This is a Review of Object A'
Me "Today I'm going to be reviewing object A"
(Long section in the middle)
Me "So there you go that was my review of object A"
Comments "Why did you review object A - there are a thousand alternative devices that may be better"
Me "But I can only review one - hence the review of object A, so now you know how good object A is"
Comments "But it turned out to be rubbish that's why you should have reviewed something else"
Me "But you've only drawn that conclusion because you just watched my review of it"
Comments "I don't understand why you'd buy this one anyway, you should have known it would be rubbish"
i) Just read out the press release and don't go into too much detail (like the other reviews of this product).
ii) Don't point out any faults you experience along the way (because no one wants to know about your problems).
iii) Don't really review a product, just promote it and let the buyer figure out for themselves that it's a lemon.

An honest review of my personal experience with the Sky Soundbox (so far)

The title says it all. I bought a Sky Soundbox and here's a video where I talk about my experiences with it.

As predicted this video has brought on a thousand cries of why did you get that why not use item X instead. Why why why and why.

The answers of course are all in the can lead a horse to water etc, but needless to say this review of a Sky Soundbox is a review of a Sky Soundbox, not a review of any of the other speakers on the market that do similar things. 

There was also the usual, 'you are doing it wrong'...and of course the old classic, 'well it worked fine for me'. Now this isn't my first rodeo, if there's one thing I'm good at, it's setting up AV systems. In fact I'd say it was my number one skill far and above everything else.

Here's some more information copied from the updates in the video description text box.

So just to clarify my issues with the Soundbox. 

1) I couldn’t get the Sky Q Soundbox Option menu to appear on my main TV...does this also mean the speaker isn’t receiving the custom equalisation profiles delivered from the Sky Q box...your guess is as good as mine on that.      
2) I was prepared to live with number 1, it’s not too big a concern, the sound was good anyway....but the real problem for me, the one that killed this stone dead for my requirements is the fact the Soundbox doesn’t auto-wake from standby when a video signal is sent through it from the Sky Q box.   
Also for those asking...the LG 65EF950V TV is running the latest available firmware 04.25.56
...but don’t worry too much about the LG Firmware as the failure to wake issue is common to all three TVs I own.  
UPDATE 1: (15 November 2017)  I have been informed that the Soundbox *is* supposed to automatically wake up whenever the attached Sky Q box is brought out of standby. Some Soundbox owners have reported that this feature is working for them (and some others say it isn’t). As mentioned in the video, I have tested this speaker on one Sky Q 2TB box and two different Sky Q Miniboxes connected to three different TVs..and it doesn’t wake up for any of them. So that’s 0% success on this feature for me. Your mileage may of course vary.     
UPDATE 2: (16 November 2017) Sky have issued a new firmware for the Skybox (however haven't said what it fixes or improves) I installed it and it initially made the problem worse. The Soundbox locked up and wouldn't accept any commands at all. This issue was resolved by re-enabling Simplink  on the TV (an LG 65EF950V) and rebooting the speaker. However once that issue was overcome the Soundbox still won't auto power on from standby or display the on-screen menu...just as before. 


My current Status: Awaiting a firmware update that resolves my issues, but seriously contemplating returning the speaker for a refund.

My experiences are not isolated - I direct you to this thread on the Sky forums for other people in the same boat...and some that think my boat is imaginary. 

UPDATE 3 - 20 November 2017

It's been returned for a refund. I've lost confidence in this product. 


ADDENDUM (Copied from the comments)

I have tried everything you can think of and other things on top of that.

New HDMI cables, three TVs, three Sky boxes, unplugging everything, forced updates of firmwares for all devices, every HDMI port on every device, every combination of the above combined with HDMI control on and off in every device.

The reason I didn’t go with a soundbar is because my setup necessitates a small stumpy square speaker that can fit on (not under) my centre...because there’s no room in front of it to accommodate a sound-bar. The supposed integration of the Soundbox with the Sky ecosystem was also a draw. 

I don’t need ARC or Airplay or Bluetooth because I already have a full blow AV receiver that handles any other duties which also comes with Dolby Atmos and DTS-X 5.1.2.

I should also point out that my TV is not an unusual model - the LG65EF950V was one of the "TVs of the Year" in various publications in 2015. Also LG are the Official TV manufacturer promoted by Sky TV in some kind of partnership. Also my TV has worked perfectly with everything else I've ever plugged into it. UHD Blu-ray player, DVD player, Mac Mini, Apple TV (two versions), Fire TV (three versions), Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, HD-DVD player, Laserdisc, D-VHS player, Nintendo NES Mini, Nintendo SNES Mini... etc

But to sum up - I've got to reiterate that this was a review of a Sky Soundbox...and a demonstration of the faults the Sky Soundbox exhibits when paired with an LG65EF950V TV.  There are hundreds (thousands?) of alternative speakers on the market...but irrespective of why I chose this particular speaker instead of any of those other models, I did and this was my review of it.


New Dashcam Review - Yi 2.7K Ultra

Below you'll find a review of the Yi Ultra Dashcam. It has earned a place on my recommended cameras list and you'll find purchashing links below the video. For more information about the basics of dashcams follow the links in the menu bar at the top of the page. 

I bought my camera from AMAZON - Links below.

UK:  US:

It's also available on the Yi Store on AliExpress

Downloadable Sample Clips: Are stored here on PCloud (download and play locally - do not stream)

Recommended High Endurance Memory Cards UK:  US:


The National Panapic...I'm sorry the what-now?

If you don't want any spoilers, just press play on the video below then come back and read the rest of the text afterwards. It'll probably be more fun that way. 
So what we have here is multi-media, 1977 style. It wouldn't be until the introduction of CD-ROM in the late 80s and early 90s that photos, music and text would be combined in such a way again. . I really enjoy showcasing these kind of anomalies, where you see the germination of ideas or products that existed many years before their successful re-introduction. I hope you enjoyed watching this video about the Panapic as much as I did making it.



Audities - More Interesting & unusual recordings

In this video you will see the First Commercial Album Release on Elcaset, A Clockwork Orange replica Tape, Old Recordings about weight & teeth, an Endless Loop mini Album.
....and my small contribution to a Hiphop record.
1) ELCASET &  Jeremy Heiden & DCC
2) Clockwork Orange Replica Tape (links to the ebay seller's current items)
3) Progressica Prolog Endless Loop Tape 
4) Jazz Spastiks 
My earlier videos referred to in this video.



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:
You'll also find some Nixie devices for sale on Etsy. 
Finally it seems that this chap (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. 



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 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.

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 

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. 



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.


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.