Cameras

By July 19, 2017 Read More →

Mio MiVue C330 Unboxing – a great dashcam?

vlcsnap-00006The Mio MiVue C330 is a cheap but impressive dashcam for a little more than £100. Giving you piece of mind that any incidents on the road will be captured and ready to be presented is needed. Occupying a small amount of space on your windscreen, the Mio MiVue C330 features:

  • 1080P Full HD recording
  • Auto record when starting car
  • 5 axis g-sensor
  • 2.0″ Screen
  • MiVue manager desktop application

You can grab one from Amazon for £105 currently.

 

By April 5, 2017 Read More →

Thinkware F770 Dashboard Camera Review UPDATED

thinkware-f770-9Thinkware are pushing the boundaries of what dashcams can do and cost. The F770 is one of their more attractive offerings and a newer the F800 is about to arrive on our shores.

The F770’s mount sticks onto your windscreen directly and I’m sure a number of users will be instantly put off the device. No suction cup has been included, only a piece of 3m tape. The mount is a simple piece of plastic with a few clips that click into the main camera’s body.

Thinkware were kind enough to clear up this issue with the following statement:

It is common sense to avoid obstructing the field of view of the driver, so the recommended location for a dash cam is behind the rear view mirror and as you can see from the below picture the THINKWARE F770 is totally hidden behind the rear view mirror from the driver’s perspective and looks like part of the original equipment. If a suction mount was used this would not be the case.

More importantly the decision was made due to legal considerations. If you use a suction mounted car camera in the UK, if the device (camera and / or cradle and / or suction cup) intrudes more than 4cm into the secondary (pink) wiper clearance zone, or intrudes more than 1cm into the primary (red) wiper clearance zone of the windscreen, you are committing a serious traffic offence (dangerous driving) under the UK Road Traffic Act 1988, and your vehicle is not roadworthy (it would fail an MOT).The company selling a windscreen suction mounted car camera has a legal duty to ensure a) that the camera can actually be attached to a section of the windscreen of the vehicle which does not result in an unlawful intrusion of the primary (red) and / or secondary (pink) wiper clearance zone, b) that the screen does not remain on or visible to the driver and c) that the user is aware of the law. If the company sells a suction mounted car camera without doing this, they have committed a crime.

 

Looking at the device, on the “front” you have the camera lens, this rotates through (around) 87° to allow for coverage depending on the angle of your windscreen.

On one side there is only a little groove for heat dissipation and the reset button.

The other side has a hatch for access to the power socket and the microUSB port. There is also a groove for a penny or tough thumbnail to turn the camera lens.

On top, there are more vents for heats and cooling. Two LEDs, WiFi and GPS. Dedicated buttons for Manual Record start/stop, turning off and on the microphone, WiFi on/off, formatting the SD card and the power button. The device turns on when the car is started so this power button is purely for exceptions to that rule.

Along the back is the slot for the MicroSD card, some more vents and the hole for the cables for the side hatch.

Recording at Full HD 1080p at 30 frames per second. The F770 records at 9.5Mbps bitrate with a mono 48kHz audio track at 728Kbps. Footage is captured to expandable storage and the F770 takes a microSD card and there should be a 16GB card included. A 16GB MicroSD card will store up to 200 minutes of footage. As with most dashboard cameras the recording loops and overwrites the oldest files provided they have not been tagged as an incident. In this case, the footage is moved to a separate folder for safe keeping. The OS on the camera as a few settings to change the storage capacities for kept footage.

To connect your camera to your phone the F770 has Wi-Fi access built in. Using Thinkware’s app a simple ad-hoc connection it made and the two devices shake hands. Connecting to the camera with your phone allows the user to stream the footage live to the phone, personalise the settings, and align the camera so image captures as much as possible.

Other settings include the sensitivity of the G-sensor, configuring the Parking recording, silencing warning for lane departure and speed zones.

The app includes an explorer function to allow the user to stream or copy video footage to their smartphone. This was something of a laborious task and it was a lot quick to remove the SD card, plug it into a computer or phone and copy the files directly

Remarkably this is a handy feature that turns off the device input voltage drops to avoid draining the battery in standby mode.

A special Dual save function is also included whereby built-in memory is used for incident recordings, in the even the removable memory is damaged you will still have the files. A good backup consideration.

Footage shot on the Thinkware Camera is good, a fine example of how paying extra give the user a big step up in quality. Night video is also acceptable with no blobs of light or underexposure. Crucially there are no lost frames either. The 30fps is consistent.  Footage can be seen in the Unboxing video above.

GPS has been built in and location data is added to the footage. This can be viewed using desktop software.

It all sounds great, what the catch? The warnings are a pain, the camera will shout as you if you slip over the speed limit, and one occasion the camera’s speed limit database is incorrect. A bong will sound when changing lanes and whilst this is great for a tired driver who might drift, it can be irritating when on a long motorway drive.

One gripe I have with this and most other cameras is the power cable, at the one end is the connector for the 12v socket however as in some cars there might only be on 12v socket the dashcam will monopolise it. I have a phone charger and Bluetooth hands-free kit that sit in a three port USB converter with my current dashboard camera, however, the Thinkware has upset this happy arrangement.

It’s pricey and gets pricier if you want a rear camera as well. For the money, I would have expected a better mount, rather than have a lump of plastic permanently attached to the windscreen, it’s a relatively small footprint, but makes this difficult when you sell a car or want to switch the camera to a second car.

The Thinkware F770 has a few shortcomings however it’s indiscreet and produces the goods. It’s up there with the best of them and if you are purchasing then you better be sure this is the one for you.

The Thinkware F770 is for sale on Amazon.co.uk for £199

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By January 16, 2017 Read More →

Kodak Pixpro announces expansion of 360° VR camera range

fdJK Imaging Ltd., the worldwide licensee for KODAK PIXPRO Digital Cameras and Devices, announced today its 2017 line of Digital Cameras and Devices with an expanded offering within the highly popular and growing 360° VR interactive camera category. This year’s lineup will include the brand new KODAK PIXPRO 4KVR360 Camera, adding yet another option to the award winning KODAK PIXPRO 360° VR camera family within the highly regarded KODAK PIXPRO brand.

Further expansion of the highly regarded 360° VR Camera category within the 2017 KODAK PIXPRO line up is proof of JK Imaging’s commitment to video enthusiasts worldwide, by adding a third 360° VR camera to their popular KODAK PIXPRO line up and joining the award winning SP360 4K that has been embraced by creative visionaries and content creators worldwide. The 4KVR360 will enter the market with a base MSRP of 499€ and will follow the existing KODAK PIXPRO 360° models with optional bundles that include valuable accessories and complimentary PIXPRO software for editing and stitching on Mac and PCs. All KODAK PIXPRO 360° VR camera models are YouTube™ compatible for 360° interactive videos and Facebook™ compatible for 360° photos and videos. The new 4KVR360 is aimed at passionate consumers looking to capture their adventures, travel and special moments with 360° video and photos to broaden their options when it comes to capturing memories and sharing them on the go. KODAK PIXPRO cameras are available on: http://www.shoppixpro.com/.

The new 2017 KODAK PIXPRO line of cameras will continue to offer consumers a variety of feature-rich, long-zoom options within the Astro Zoom family. The newest flagship Astro Zoom camera to be shown in the KODAK PIXPRO booth is a 90X optical zoom model, showcasing the brand’s commitment to offer outstanding performance at a fraction of the price of traditional and more expensive DSLR bodies and lenses. Rounding out the Astro Zoom line up, the company will show an entry level 25X zoom with the AZ252, and a myriad of other models up to 65X zoom including the AZ401, AZ421, AZ422, AZ525, AZ527 and AZ652 all designed to give photographers of every level more choices at more value.

This year’s KODAK PIXPRO line will continue to offer four ever popular and affordable compact point and shoot models with the entry level FZ43, FZ53, FZ152 and new FZ201 under the Friendly Zoom category. These models give consumers a variety of choice between AA and Li-ion batteries depending upon preference and start at 69€ MSRP for the entry-level model.

For action sports enthusiasts and people on-the-go, JK Imaging will continue to offer the KODAK PIXPRO SP1 waterproof Action Cam with highly affordable bundles that include useful accessories for both land lovers and underwater use.

To add yet another option for savvy consumers, the KODAK PIXPRO Digital Devices booth will feature and demonstrate their commitment to giving consumers added benefits and more power in dedicated cameras that work in tandem with their smart phones and devices. iOS™ and ANDROID™ compatible SMART LENS® models from the KODAK PIXPRO line start with 5X optical zoom detachable lenses with built-in flash, SL10 (10X optical zoom) and the powerful 25X optical zoom SL25 model. These cameras combine high quality photography with greater portability to give more freedom to consumers to take their high quality photography mobile and easily on the go.

The company will continue to offer the S-1, Micro Four-Thirds, mirror-less lens camera with an assortment of detachable lenses in a bundle (depending upon retailer) for those avid photographers looking for a compact solution without compromise. The S-1 starts at 499€ MSRP (body only).

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By January 4, 2017 Read More →

THINKWARE has been awarded CES 2017 innovation award

THINKWARE’s CEO, Heung Bok Lee, announces today that global dash cam brand “THINKWARE DASH CAM” has received the “2017 Innovation Award” in the car audio/video category for the “DASH CAM 5800 Air”, from the world-renowned Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This has been the second consecutive year that THINKWARE has received the prestigious CES innovation award; reserved for only the best products in each category.

The THINKWARE DASH CAM F800 Air is the first model to feature a design compatible with IOT (Internet of things) technology for the realisation of a completely ‘Connected Car.’ The F800 Air model’s IOT connection gives drivers complete peace of mind with the ‘Emergency Alert’ feature. It sends location and status information via text message to your pre-selected emergency contacts when the system detects a crash, rollover or the SOS button is activated. It also has the ‘Parking Incident Notifications’ function, which, in real time, sends alerts if your vehicle is hit while parked, even subtle impacts such as door dings or a door closing. Furthermore, with THINKWARE’s patented LBS (Location Base Service) technology, all drivers will soon benefit from ‘Geo Fencing’, an alert system which informs you if your vehicle enters or leaves a designated area along with the ‘Driving Report Service’ a feature that analyses driving patterns of its drivers to support safe driving.

In addition to the innovative technologies, the aesthetics of the F800 Air has been designed with an attractive and modern look with a slim frame design, aluminium materials for the round camera module, and an overall ‘U’ shaped body that integrates the entire design.

The F800 Air’s breakthrough innovations and bold designs certainly helped it achieve the CES 2017 innovation award.  The dash cam is currently in its final stage of development and is scheduled for a global launch next year.

THINKWARE stated, “With the innovative “connected car” technologies, the dash cam will take on an important role in providing both driver convenience and safety and the continued evolution of the capabilities of the dash cam seem boundless with IOT.”

This year will be THINKWARE’s 6th consecutive presence at CES 2017, reinforcing their global position as the world’s top dash cam company in global sales and market influence.  Last September, THINKWARE established their Chinese branch along with a ‘premium offline store’ in the city of Simchun to expand their B2B market in China.  Also, in Singapore, THINKWARE has been offered sales partnership programmes at Toyota dealerships and at branches of car accessory brand, Autobac. Additionally, with the success of their partnership with BEST BUY distribution channels in the United States, THINKWARE plans to continue their sales expansion into Europe, South America, and other Asian countries and is expecting to more than double 2016 sales figures.

The CES 2017 Innovation award is awarded for outstanding design and technology through evaluation by the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) and IDSA at CES (Consumer Electronics Show), one of the world’s top 3 recognised technology exhibitions.

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By December 15, 2016 Read More →

Premium Christmas Gifts from THINKWARE Dash Cams

f770iconTHINKWARE F770, RRP £199 – With its sleek, unobtrusive design the F770 is THINKWARE’s global flagship dash cam supporting an optional second camera for filming behind the vehicle.

 

With a built-in GPS antenna, the F770 embeds speed, time and location data to the recorded videos to give you all the information you may need and the Dual Save™ technology allows you to save recorded footage in both the micro SD memory card and the last event in the built-in internal memory. This safeguards against the loss of data in the aftermath of a severe collision if the memory card is damaged and the Dual Save Technology guarantees a backup copy of the video in the internal memory.

The built-in Wi-Fi enables you to easily control, manage and configure the settings of your Dash Cam via your iOS or Android smart phone and provides a truly convenient way for you to view recordings, download, access or delete recorded videos, all on your mobile phone.

The THINKWARE DASH CAM F770 also features ‘Super Night Vision’, a night image correction feature and ‘Time Lapse Photography’ that records one frame per second for up to two days. The ‘Super Night Vision’, which is optimised for dark parking environments, delivers up to 10 times higher brightness than existing products, featuring a new image signal processing (ISP) technology and a real-time video processing function.

The ‘Time Lapse Photography,’ embracing improved video storage methods, can record the details of the parked vehicle by maintaining the continuous recording while parked, instead of recording 20 second events triggered by motion detection or the camera’s g-sensor. Parking mode operates for up to 2 days after the ignition is turned off.

The THINKWARE DASH CAM F770’ has also adopted the ‘Advanced Driving Assistance System’ (ADAS), which assures driver’s safety and convenience with numerous driver alerts. The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) alerts drivers when drifting out of lane and the Front Collision Warning System (FCWS) advises drivers of when to brake by calculating the speed of your vehicle and the vehicle in front in real time.

Equipped with 1080p Full HD cameras, Ambarella chipsets, advanced video clear technology and Sony Exmor CMOS Image Sensors, the THINKWARE DASH CAM F770 also features Safety Camera Alerts using the built in GPS. In partnership with award winning camera alert specialist, Cyclops, it provides drivers regularly updated information on verified speed/red–light camera locations and known mobile speed traps.

 

THINKWARE DASH CAM F50, RRP £79.99With prices starting at just £79.99, the F50 is the perfect feature-packed dash cam for those wanting piece of mind whilst on the road and whilst parked. It is equally as popular with commercial vehicles owners offering security, accountability and possible reductions in insurance premiums.

The F50 is equipped with an Ambarella chipset and Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor that records detailed full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second, a 130-degree viewing angle and a built in Active Impact monitoring system. The THINKWARE F50 dash cam certainly fits a lot of features into its small and elegant design.

When hardwired, the F50 features Parking Surveillance Modes with Motion and Impact Detection triggering the recording of 20 second video clips, ensuring car, van or taxi owners are able to record incidents in parking mode for 48 hours. The built-in impact sensor, which detects the level of force when your vehicle sustains an impact, is a 3 axis G-sensor whose settings are different for parking mode and continuous mode. You want it to be as sensitive as possible whilst parked but don’t want it to record incidents every time you go over a pothole. All footage is instantaneously saved to a memory card reducing potential data corruption.

The dash cams are also able to work in extreme conditions thanks to the integrated Thermal Protection. If the temperature rises and exceeds a certain level, the Self Protection Shut Down function will automatically switch off the device to protect the camera optics. In the event of power loss during an accident, the dash cam’s fail-safe recording uses the Super Capacitor to ensure that any recordings in progress are stored securely, so you can be confident your data is safe.

When the THINKWARE F50 dash cam is connected to the optional GPS Antenna it provides drivers regularly updated information on verified speed/red–light camera locations and known mobile speed traps thanks to the partnership THINKWARE has with award winning camera alert specialist, Cyclops.

The THINKWARE F50 allows for discreet installation due to its minimal size and black appearance. It can be placed behind the rear view mirror on the windscreen using the 3M tape so the driver’s vision is not obscured. However, to fully ensure the THINKWARE F50 dash cam is not a target for thieves, there is also a locking box accessory available to make its removal from the vehicle difficult; an attractive option for commercial vehicles.

The THINKWARE F50 Dash Cam is currently available from www.thinkwaredashcam.uk for £79 plug and play or £99 with optional GPS antenna. For more information visit the company’s website at www.thinkware.com

By December 9, 2016 Read More →

Archos Drone Unboxing

image14Never afraid to try new things, Archos have ventured into the growing market of Quadcopters and released a Drone. The lightweight nature allows it to fly around easily and rapidly. For the most daring of you, preprogrammed figures will allow you to try new things such as a 360-degree flip. The ARCHOS Drone is also capable of reaching a 25km/h max speed and can fly as high as 50 meters. Fly high with the ARCHOS Drone! Equipped with a camera, the ARCHOS Drone is capable of filming HD videos.

Use your smartphone (Android and iOS) to control your ARCHOS Drone thanks to the ARCHOS Drone Remote app, available on Google Play and on the App Store. If you’d rather control your ARCHOS Drone with a remote, that’s also possible!

Included in the box, the controller allows you to fly your drone while also serving as a stand for your smartphone to view live footage, for ideal flying conditions.

The Archos Drone is available now for £89.99 from Archos directly.

By December 8, 2016 Read More →

Kodak Ektra smartphone goes on sale

untitled-picture3There have been hearing rumours for some time, however, Kodak Ektra is arriving…now! With little build up or pre-release material, the Ektra puts photography first. Much like feature phones from years gone by Kodak it hoping their smartphone will rekindle some of those nostalgic moments for Kodak enthusiasts. Their new ‘photography first’ smartphone is designed to appeal to mobile photographers, perhaps those who are looking to the LG G5 CAM Plus and Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod. Designed to look like a camera from one side and a phone from the other, the Ektra includes a 21MP rear camera, a 13MP front camera, and features such as an F2.0 maximum aperture, phase detect autofocus and optical image stabilisation. Additionally, Google’s Snapseed editing software is integrated directly into the photo gallery app.

Spec-wise there’s a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, a 5 inch, 1080p display, a 3000mAh battery that supports “Pump Express” quick charging and Android 6.0! The Ektra, is built by the British manufacturer Bullitt, which has previously made phones for the likes of JCB and the Ministry of Sound.

The Ektra phone costs £449, runs Android and due to be listed tomorrow on Germany’s Amazon store priced €499, but The Irish News is reporting that it has already gone on sale at a pop-up store in London.

  • 21MP main camera with Kodak non-reflective lens coating. Aperture f2.0.
  • Optical Image Stabilization and Auto Focus.
  • 13MP front-facing camera.
  • Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) & HDR Imaging.
  • 4K Video Capture.
  • Leading Helio X-20 Decacore Processor

  • 3000 mAh battery

  • 3GB RAM

  • 32GB Memory, expandable with MicroSD cards

  • 4K Video Capture.

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By November 29, 2016 Read More →

smanos Launch Smart Home Panoramic Camera in the UK

s3Smart home security experts, smanos, today launch the UFO Panoramic Wi-Fi HD Camera as a new addition to its comprehensive range of easy-to-use smart home security products. smanos were recently awarded ‘Best Smart Home Brand’ by the Distree Diamond Awards at the event in March 2016, gaining recognition and praise from retailers and distributors alike.

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Available separately or as an add-on to existing smanos home security systems, the new UFO Panoramic WiFi HD Camera utilises surveillance-grade fisheye lens technology, superior night vision and accurate motion detection to bring clarity, immersive vision and ease of use to home monitoring.

The smanos UFO can be mounted on the ceiling, on the wall or any flat surface (with a desk stand) and provides three selectable HD views: a 360-degree bird’s eye view, a 180-degree panoramic view and an auto-corrected 90-degree quad view. By using an iPhone or Android smartphone, homeowners can zoom in and out digitally and view the scene anywhere, anytime. The footage is stored on-site (via an optional microSD® memory card), and can be accessed, shared and archived remotely via the cloud. Fee-based cloud storage options will be available shortly after the launch.

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“Our new camera has a sleek and discreet design that blends in well with typical home furnishings, and adds a powerful security option to the existing smanos system,” said Brian Borghardt, General Manager of smanos. “Today’s homeowners live versatile and mobile lifestyles, so we are constantly innovating exciting new products to provide convenience and also peace of mind that their homes are protected both inside and out.”

The smanos UFO Panoramic Wi-Fi HD Camera is now available in the UK at an RRP of £149, from GetSmanos.co.uk and other retailers.

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By October 30, 2016 Read More →

Christmas gadget gift idea – 360 camera

asdsadIf you’re in search of the ultimate tech gift this Christmas, then look no further than the Kodak Pixpro 360 range.

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  • 360 4K Camera – dual pack
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The 360 4K Camera is a pocket-sized marvel that’ll shoot nearly an hour (55 mins) of full 360 degree, ultra-HD 4K resolution video on a single charge.

Check out this stunning footage:

The Kodak Pixpro 360 4K Camera is available from Argos for £349,99 now.

The Kodak Pixpro 360 4K Camera is the world’s first and most complete 4K recording device to capture stunning 360° immersive videos and still images without the need for multiple cameras. With a professional-quality 12MP BSI image sensor, super-simple uploads to Facebook and YouTube 360 video and NFC and Wi-Fi as standard, it’s not hard to see why the Kodak Pixpro 360 4K Camera has won plaudits as a pocket-sized powerhouse.

The Kodak Pixpro 360 4K is easy to use too, featuring intuitive interfaces and simple controls to get the best out of every moment without the hassle of more complex systems. Features such as time-lapse video, burst mode, automatic white balance and stunning 4K still photos are available at the touch of a button.

Whether you’re looking for the ultimate tech gift for a loved one or want to preserve those festive memories, the Kodak Pixpro SP 360 Camera offers serious bang for buck value. Although it’ll fit in the palm of your hand it’ll record 360 degree super-high resolution video for up to 160 minutes on a single charge.

360 4K Camera – dual pack

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The Kodak Pixpro 360 4K Camera is also available in the immensely impressive duo pack, which harnesses two individual 4K Kodak action cameras into a full 360×360 action rig that’ll shoot entirely spherical point-of-view footage in stunning 4k resolution. Available now from Jessops for £749.00.

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Sharing the fun is simplicity itself too, as the Kodak Pixpro SP 360 supports Facebook and YouTube, as well as having a handy companion smartphone app to help keep everything organised. It’s also shockproof, freeze-proof, dust proof and splash resistant into the bargain!

The Kodak Pixpro SP 360 Camera is available from Argos for a mere £249.99 now.

Check out this stunning footage of the camera in action!

The Kodak Pixpro SP 360 Camera captures stunning 360° immersive videos and still images without the need for multiple cameras. With a professional-quality 17MP image sensor, super-simple uploads to Facebook and YouTube 360 video and Wifi as standard, it’s not hard to see why the Kodak Pixpro SP 360 Camera has won plaudits as a pocket-sized powerhouse.

The Kodak Pixpro SP 360 is easy to use too, featuring intuitive interfaces and simple controls to get the best out of every moment without the hassle of more complex systems. Features such as time-lapse video, burst mode, automatic white balance and stunning High quality still photos are available at the touch of a button.

By October 10, 2016 Read More →

Kodak PIXPRO SP360-4K Review

p1030136The Kodak SP360-4K is a 360 degree camera offering 4K video at 30fps. the SP360-4K doesn’t use any revolutionary methods to capture 360, instead of a simple twinning of two cameras back-to-back and some editing software to stitch the images together.

 

The camera has a 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, and takes 8 megapixel still images using a 360×235 degrees ultra-wide f/2.8 lens. In addition to Video and still images the SP360 as manages time lapse, high speed, loop and continuous recording functions.

Utilising Wi-Fi there is no need for a large LCD screen on the camera, therefore they allowing the size to be significantly reduced. Instead the user controls the recordings with a mobile app  and playback the recordings from the MicroSD card inside the camera. NFC is onboard to help with pairing the two cameras and the mobile phone. However, it took me quite some time to get them all working and even then I wasn’t quite convinced I was in control of both cameras.

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In addition to the mobile app there is also a remote watch. This does not have a screen and could lead to some blind photography. However, one has to remember that this is a 360 degree camera setup so you are going to have to worry so much about framing.

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The cameras construction is quite durable, whilst plastic there is a metallic feel from the paint and, whilst you certainly wouldn’t want to you, this would take a knock or two. The cameras do feel vulnerable as there is so much glass around the lens, fingerprints are likely. There are a couple of lens caps included however I felt they popped off far too easily. There are sealed compartments for the ports and the device is both freezeproof alongside splash resistant.

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This particular pack has a load of accessories, including rubber lens caps, a protective lens cover, a number of mounts and the remote control watch. Looking around the camera on one side there is a 1 inch LCD screen, this is a low powered screen used for changing the modes and settings on the fly.

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There’s an on/off button that doubles as a Mode button and the up button for navigating the menus. Under that is down button. There’s a large record, again a double function button, that is the OK button for selecting items in the menu. Finally, there is a Wi-Fi button next to this.

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On the other side is the standard tripod screw hole, however this is plastic. Under this is a cover hiding the MicroUSB, HDMI port and the MicroSD slot.

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On the bottom is the battery compartment. The battery is charged externally and there is only one charger, a little bit of an inconvenience if you purchase the dual pack. The battery is 1250 mAh. According to Kodak the battery is good for 160 shots or 55 minutes at the highest resolution (4K, at 30fps) video, with Wi-Fi on (required for the app to connect.) This was a little disappointing however I can’t say I actually ran out of battery at any point.

There are no MicroSD cards included and given that camera records in 4K, fast cards will be required. When recording 4K videos, the camera records a maximum of a 4GB file. Without interruption another file is created. In 4K this will see around 10 minutes of footage, lower resolutions work out around 30 minutes.

Kodak’s PIXPRO 360 Stitch software is free to download from Kodak’s website, and lets you manipulate your footage a little. You can change the direction and rotation the video. The rotation was a god send as I had  mounted a camera upside-down. There are options for calibration and few effect settings, and finally you can export the video to YouTube. It would seem that Youtube is really the only viable option.

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In saying that, I found nothing but problems importing the video footage into the Stitch software. Output directly imported from the camera was apparently not compatible with the software. I obviously made a mistake with one of the settings when capturing, I can view the video in a localised media player however that loose some of the 360 degree aspect.

From what I managed to capture the camera, I have posted some highlights below. They work quite well in a Google Cardboard. Certainly there are fragments and the whole image isn’t dazzlingly high quality, however I would say that this might be a result of the software having very little to adjust in the editing process.

The biggest problem with the Kodak system itself is the mounts. Once in you will have trouble accessing the functions, battery, and SD card. You will be removing the camera from the mounts frequently and it’s just a bit of a pain.

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The Kodak PixPro SP360-4K is a good looking piece of kit. It’s hardly an action camera you can attach to your helmet and jump off something. It will likely appeal more to the landscape photographer who wants a camera they can leave outside in the evening without concern. The resulting images are acceptable if a little plain and flat.

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