Continuing to evolve, Instagram has unleashed a new app that makes for fun and creative way to make short videos to share with your friends and family. Boomerang take 10 quick images and stitches them together to make a 1-second looping clip.
Like most video interaction in photo apps this is very simple to use, there’s just one button. Press it when you’re ready to record, and it does the rest. When you share the clip to Facebook or Instagram it’ll be on an infinite loop for anyone who wants to watch it.
The Blackvue is, simply put, a high end dashboard camera. Recording the daily routine with every feature you could imagine. In the following video we take a look at the key features of the camera, the additional hardware, the quality of the footage and the desktop software.
The Blackvue gives users the ability to record their journeys in full 1080p at 30 frame per second. A built in G-Sensor reacts to movement as you drive and adds additional peace of mind to the recording practice. Adding WiFi support allows for the unit to connect to a phone and utilise the Blackvue app to modify settings and preview footage on the go. Built in GPS ensures increased accuracy when travelling and integrates the position into the desktop suite to help locate any incidents that may have occurred with the added help of the G-sensor.
The camera is a wide angle 133 degree lens with an optional rear camera. A 16GB class 10 Micro SD card has been included however there is support for cards up to 64GB
The Debo Steadyvid EX Video Stabilizer is a video stabilizing system designed to help reduce shake and stabilize video on cameras and camcorders weighting up to 2.1 lbs (0.95kg). The Steady Vid EX features aluminum construction, comfort grip handle, super-smooth gimbal, polished chrome counter-weight, sprit level, rubberized camera mount and thumb stabilizer. The Steady Vid EX is probably the most affordable full-featured stabilizer on the market.
Features： 1.Supports digital cameras and camcorders up to 2.1 lbs 2.Comfort grip handle 3.Super gimbal for smooth, accurate motion 4.Polished chrome counter-weight Specifications： Load Capacity: 2.1 lbs (0.95kg) Construction: Aluminum body, rubber padded handle, polished chrome counterweight Package Contents ： Stabilizer x1
GoPro has unveiled the Hero+, their new action camera that featuring Full HD video capture alongside Wi-Fi connectivity for £169.99, including free P&P this bring the Hero+ into budget camera territory and will no doubt become a market leader.
The Hero+ is shoots in 1080p at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 720p at 60 or 50 frames per second, as well as 8-megapixel photos and time lapse videos. GoPro now provide an app for playbale and monitoring the shots you are setting up. A Smart Remote over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is also available for £64.99. The integrated housing, which is not an optional extra, allows the camera to be waterproof down to a depth of 40m.
The Hero+ doesn’t have 4K support, a touchscreen or dual mics like other models in the line but at a budget price, there certainly will be a depend for the camera to capture some of the users crazy antics at 60fps without breaking the bank.
The Hero+ will go on sale on GoPro’s site as well as retailers across the globe on October 4.
Here is another option for the Selfie craze that still grips our society. The EasyAcc Selfie Stick Quicksnap is a modestly priced monopole with Bluetooth build in. Designed to cater to phones such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S5 the 9.7 cm maximum length of the clasp will accommodate most phones. The Quicksnap brags a 270-degree adjustable head to help find a better angle when taking a selfie. Despite it’s 80cm reach when extended the stick is only around 20 cm when folded making it easy to store.
However, as this is Bluetooth the stick requires a charge to continue to operate. The 60 mA battery will probably only take a short time to charge however the charge will only stay for 3 days, so you must think ahead or have a portable charger in the event you need to use it on the fly.
Material - The smart phone ABS holder is stable and durable. The clip on the holder can fix the phone very well so that you can enjoy your selfie photos. - Stainless steel stick can be 7 times extended, which offers you long enough selfie distance and a stable position for various situation of photos. - The ABS handle is comfortable to hold.
Design - The smart phone ABS holder can be folded, when you don’t need to use it. - Via Bluetooth the selfie stick can be connected to the camera from smart phone directly, and you don’t need to set up wireless Bluetooth remote. - It’s only 20 cm once it’s folded. Considering our travelers, we made it so easy to carry.
Parrot have a wide range of drones available and here we take a look at four of them. Each device has a particular twist on ability and it’s easy to see what this is. Whilst being designed for fun there are practical uses in Search and Rescue for each device. These device become more sophisticated every year and the flexibility is endless.
Air Drone 2.0
720p – 30FPS – H264 encoding base profile
Low latency streaming
Video storage on the fly with remote device or with USB flash drive
JPEG photo capture
As you fly, the HD video is recorded and sent directly to your device
Parrot Bebop Drone produces the best flight performance ever seen in a leisure drone. The feather-weight ABS reinforced structure makes Parrot Bebop Drone robust and safe. In case of an emergency, the emergency function automatically stops the propellers and lands the drone. EPP hulls are included in the pack and ensure that indoor flights are safer
Discover Parrot Hydrofoil Drone, one of our second-generation Minidrones. The hydrofoil is a hybrid drone that uses its propellers to move on fresh water. Its nautical structure props the Hydrofoil Drone up 5 to 6 cm above the water, in a balanced manner. Fast and easy to pilot, it speeds up to 10kph (6.2 mph) on water. You can also fly your Minidrone for an incomparable piloting experience!
Jumping Night Buzz
Discover Parrot Jumping Night Drone, one of our second-generation Minidrones. Energetic, ultra-stable and easy to pilot, this astounding drone is equipped with two powerful LEDs for exploring in the dark. Be it at night or day, shed light on your path and get ready to perform incredible moves and create light and sounds effects with this animated Minidrone. Parrot Jumping Night Drone is a responsive Minidrone with a strong personality that rolls, rushes, zigzags, circles and makes quick turns. In a flash, it leaps up to 80 cm/2.5 feet in the air. It is a true explorer and can see everything, even the darkest places, thanks to its two headlights. You can record videos with sounds directly onto the internal memory. The embedded camera puts you at the heart of the action!
A dashcam is a sensible move for most on the road today as there are many terrible drivers out there. Recording how an accident occurred could be vital evidence for an insurance claim. Those who spend all day on the road would actually seek a higher end product, however those who take to the roads once a day, or perhaps a couple of times a week are probably reluctant to shell out too much on a capture device to keep things in check.
Mobilefun have sent over the Ge Force Car Dashboard Camera, a cheap and cheerful alternative for only £24.99. This camera does exactly what you would expect. Set it and forget, you plug this in and it will happily record your daily commute over and over until the horrible day you might need to use the footage. Adding in the ability to grab a little motion detection footage you can rest easy knowing that your cars view point it being recorded in the shopping center car park, and anyone meddling with your car in the record area will be captured, as long as the battery lasts.
Company Branto unveiled on Indiegogo Super Smart 360 Cam named Branto Orb, that allow 360 videocalls, supports cutting-edge level of communications (through the glasses of augmented reality) with your home or office, advanced security and appliances control. Early adopter pledges are available at US$279. Shipping is expected from December this year.
Branto can be a back-end for virtual/augmented reality devices, uncovers a new reality layer for users. It opens new possibilities for communication because it makes communicating with your loved ones while they’re at home and you’re at your office or on a business trip much easier than previous technological devices. You can also be involved in an important meeting via Branto while you’re thousands of miles away.
Users can also create a smart network of two, three, or four Branto’s that will enable them to see every part of home more expeditiously.
Canon has recently announced a new multi-purpose camera known as the ME20F-SH. This specificaly designed camera has a novel featuring allowing the user to capture full HD colour video in pitch black conditions using an ISO of 4,000,000. An ISO of this scale is off the chart for current cameras, utilising a full-frame 35mm CMOS sensor packing just 2.26 megapixels. In addition to this the camera also increases the size of each pixel up to 19μm (5.5x larger than a high-end DSLR) to allow more light to be captured.
The potential for Security, a wild life photographer, explorer and even deep sea diving is extreme. This will allow shooting in persistently dark conditions.
Picking a compact camera on a budget should be a simple task if there wasn’t such a huge number on the market. No matter your budget there is always a model for you however there is a slightly nicer feature included for a couple of pounds extra on a different model. Limiting yourself to a budget is a difficult thing as one can very easily see the line drawn becoming blurred when you try to get the best value for money.
The Polaroid iE826 has received some negative press of late with a couple on Honeymoon having dropped a whopping £80 on the snapper and expecting the world from the output. The outlet purchased from merely deflected the issue with a “you get what you pay for” excuse.
Oddly, in the case of the Polaroid iE826 we see a camera that obviously suffered from a price conscious feature set yet also a victim of shrewd pricing from some retailers. QVCuk sell the camera of £44.88, the couple claim the the camera was reduced from £80, you have to wonder if they are more annoyed that the camera was available cheaper elsewhere and if they would have kicked up quite a stink if the price had have been as low it is on QVC’s website.
The camera is however not as bad as the couple has made out. Certainly it won’t take home any prizes however if does take some workable images in the right light. Everything is almost good here. Not quite good, but getting there.
The camera looks nice, the colour array available is very attractive and that is the best thing it has going for it right now. The fascia is bright and popping. Aside from the colour scheme the setup is very much standard, the layout of these compact cameras is so tried and tested that it is impossible to get wrong.
The build is quite light and plastic. Whilst solid it would not survive a few night of brutality in a nightclub and a couple of drops would likely have a detrimental effect on something inside. This is a disposable camera, you won’t be dusting this off next summer to capture those treasured moments taking the kids to Disney.
The optics inside are where we are let down, the crucial part of the camera. Whilst serviceable in daylight the camera ISO of 400 really leads to less than acceptable low level light shots, the flash only adding to the disappointment. Just avoid using this indoors and forget about taking it to a nightclub.
Outdoors the images captured are pretty good, nothing pops but at the same time we have seen worse over the years. Setting everything to Auto isn’t the best idea, if you stay on top of the settings you might be able to salvage many of the shots and produce something quite commendable. Fast action also leads to disappointing results, sports days and skiing will become a blurry memory.
There is in built social networking tools allowing the user to share directly to YouTube, Facebook and MySpace. Yes, MySpace.
Perhaps because the battery was new the charge didn’t last too long. Having charged the camera for an hour before use the battery had dropped to three quarters taking the test pictures and video content for the unboxing video before. There is a lot of motor noise coming from the lens as the auto focus attempts to ‘lock on.’ This likely drains the battery quite a bit so ensure you have a spare or a charging solution before you go on a full day excursion.
It is amazing cameras at the bottom end aren’t improving like the modern Smartphone. For the very little extra you might be able to get a better camera built into a smartphone however this bleeds into the budgeting conundrum of not wanting to spend a penny more than £44.88.
I couldn’t recommend the Polaroid iE826 to anyone unless they are back into a corner, the Daily Mail may have covered the camera with a more negative light then the camera is due however that’s the modern media, it is bad but not THAT bad.
Thanks to QVCuk for the review sample. When purchased from QVC an Essentials Kit is provided, we will be having a look at this tomorrow.