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By October 5, 2016 Read More →

GoPro HERO5 Cameras – Cloud-Connected and Simplified.

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HERO5 Session
The Best, Only Smaller. For $299.
HERO5 Session shares the same small design and brilliant convenience of the original HERO Session camera, but benefits from significant performance upgrades:
  • Video Resolutions up to 4K at 30 Frames per Second
  • Professional Quality 10MP Photos
  • Auto-Upload of Photos and Video to Cloud when Camera is Charging*
  • Voice Control with Support for 7 Languages (additional languages coming)
  • Simple 1-Button Control
  • Waterproof Without a Housing to 33 Feet (10m)
  • Compatible with Existing GoPro, Mounts Including Karma
  • Professional-Grade Electronic Video Stabilization
  • Distortion-Free Wide Angle Video and Photos with new Linear-View Setting
HERO5 Session will be available October 2nd for an MSRP of $299.99. Learn more HERE.
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By October 4, 2016 Read More →

GoPro, Now an End-to-End Storytelling Solution with Cloud-Connected HERO5 Cameras

GoPro, Inc. today unveiled new products and services that dramatically simplify the process of capturing, editing and sharing engaging content, establishing GoPro as an end-to-end storytelling solution. GoPro’s founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, introduced a new line of HERO5 cameras, cloud- based software, and drone, Karma, to international press at the base of Squaw Valley, CA, near Lake Tahoe. Here is the event as it was broadcast live:
With these new products, were delivering on our promise to make it easy to capture and share engaging stories, said Woodman. HERO5’s ability to auto-upload photos and videos to a GoPro Plus account dramatically simplifies mobile, on-the- go editing, sharing and enjoyment.
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This is a game-changing experience that we will continue to build upon. Woodman adds, We’re stoked to launch Karma and show how much more it is than a drone. Karma packs Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization into a backpack for $799. It’s so easy to use, a beginner can have fun straight away.
In addition to significant gains in performance and convenience, GoPro’s all-new HERO5 line of cameras can auto-upload photos and videos to GoPro Plus, a cloud-based subscription service that makes it easy to access, edit and share GoPro content anytime, anywhere using a phone or computer.5Exciting features include:
  • 2-inch Touch Display + Simplified Controls
  • Video Resolutions up to 4K at 30 Frames per Second
  • Professional Quality 12MP Photos
  • Auto-Upload of Photos and Video to Cloud when Camera is Charging*
  • Voice Control with Support for 7 Languages (additional languages coming)
  • Simple 1-Button Control
  • Waterproof Without a Housing to 33 Feet (10m)
  • Compatible with Existing GoPro Mounts, Including Karma
  • Stereo Audio Recording and Advanced Wind Noise Reduction
  • Professional-Grade Electronic Video Stabilization
  • Distortion-Free Wide Angle Video and Photos with New Linear-View Setting
  • RAW and WDR Photo Modes
  • GPSHERO5 Black will be available October 2nd for an MSRP of $399.99. Learn more HERE.
By August 22, 2016 Read More →

Kodak enters the next frontier with the SP360 4K 360° Action Cam

2016-08-22 (1)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.

Natively compatible with Facebook and YouTube 360 video products, the Kodak Pixpro 360 4K captures 360-degree field of view in multiple directions via its dome-shaped lens design and can be panned not only 360-degrees horizontally, but also up and down with a host of different vantage points and views for playback post capture.

It is easy-to-use and small enough to fit in the palm of a hand or pocket for extreme portability, as well as being NFC and Wifi enabled so it can be used everywhere and anywhere.

Powered with a professional-quality BSI Image sensor for better videos, the 12MP BSI CMOS sensor and advanced optics helps the device capture rich, detailed images in 4K (2880:2880), and also includes features including time-lapse video, burst mode as well as 4K still photos.

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SPECIFICATIONS SP360 4K:
Effective Image Sensor Pixels – 12.40 Megapixels
Total Image Sensor Pixels – 12.76 Megapixels [1/2.33” BSI CMOS]
Lens Focal Length 0.850 mm [ 35mm film equivalent ] [8.20 mm]
F number – F2.8
Lens Construction – 7 groups 9 elements
Optical Zoom – Fix Focus
Field of View Max. 235 Degree (Without Lens Cover)
Focusing Range – 50 cm — ∞
Anti-Handshake – Electronic Image Stabilization

Number of Recording Pixels:
Still Image (1:1) 8MP: 2880×2880, (4:3) 4MP: 2304×1728, (16:9) 2MP: 1920×1080
Video Round Video: 2880×2880: 30fps (1:1), 2048×2048: 30fps (1:1), 1440×1440: 60fps/30fps (1:1), 1072×1072: 60fps/30fps (1:1)
Flat Video: (3840×2160): 30fps (16:9), 1920×1080: 60fps/30fps (16:9), 1280×720: 60fps/30fps (16:9), 848×480: 60fps (16:9)
High Speed Video: 720×720: 120fps (1:1), 1280×720: 120fps (16:9), 848×480: 240fps (16:9)
File Format:
Still Image – Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Movie MP4 [Image: H.264; Audio: AAC [Stereo]
Shooting Modes – Still, Burst Shot, Movie, Time Lapse, Loop Recording, Hi-Speed Movie
Splashproof – Equivalent to JIS/IEC IPX5 (Body)
Shockproof – Up to 2m (With Lens Cover)
Dustproof – Equivalent to JIS/IEC (IP6X)
Freezeproof – 14° F / – 10° C
Status LCD – 1.0 inch TN LCD
Level Gauge – 3-Axis
ISO Sensitivity – Auto, (100 – 800)
Exposure Metering Method – Artificial Intelligence AE (AiAE)
Exposure Contol – Method Program AE
Burst Mode – Approx. 10fps (Full Resolution)
White Balance Control – Auto (AWB), Daylight, Cloudy, Flourescent, Incandescent, Underwater
Recording Media – Micro SD/Micro SDHC Card/Micro SDXC Card (Up to 128GB Support) [MMC Card Not Supported] * Use Class 10 Card or Better
Language Support – English
Jacks – USB 2.0 (Micro 5 pin USB), HDMI (Type D)
Wi-Fi – Yes (802.11 b/g/n)
NFC – Yes
Remote Control – Yes (via Smart Device), RF Remote Control (Sold Separately)
Power – Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LB-080, 3.6V 1250mAh, In-Camera Charging
Shooting Capability – Approx. 160 Shots (Based on CIPA Standards)(Wi-Fi On)
Battery Performance – Approx. 55 min. for Video (@ 4K/30fps) (Wi-Fi-On)
Operation Environment Temperature: 14° – 104°F / -10° – 40°C, Humidity: 0 – 90%
Dimensions – (WxHxD) Approx. 1.88 x 1.96 x 2.06 in. / 48.0 x 50.0 x 52.5 mm (Based on CIPA Standards) (Without Glass Lens Cover)
Weight – Approx. 3.59 oz. / 102g (Body Only), Approx. 128g (With Battery and Micro SD Card)
Supplied Accessories – Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, USB Cable, AC Adapter, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card, Service Card, Lens Cover, Protective Cover, Lens Ring, Battery Charger, Carrying Case, Cleaning Cloth, SP360 4K Overview Card and SP360 4K Online Company Store Card
Compatible Devices – iOS Devices (version 8.0 and up) / ANDROID Devices (version 4.2 and up) supported. iPad mini 1/ iPad 2/ iPhone 4s and below not supported.

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By May 24, 2016 Read More →

Petcube Camera Review

IMG_20160521_152450Let’s face it our cats and dogs are as important to us as any other member of the family. Insuring they looked after and entertained during the day whilst we are at work is one of our higher priorities. Petcube camera promises to do this whilst essentially just being an IP camera whilst also operating as an activity centre and it looks pretty good to boot.

Inside the Petcubes attractive exterior are three things. Firstly an IP camera, This requires minimal setup, works almost first time, seems to be fairly reliable and whilst the quality isn’t superb it is certainly serviceable.
Secondly, a microphone and speaker.  For your animals to be able to hear your voice whilst you are not their offers a lot of reassurance. This can also be useful for directing family members to find something in a room.
Thirdly, a laser beam. The primary focus of the laser beam is a distraction for your animal.  dogs aren’t terribly amused by it however cats and children love it.

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These three things are housed within the black and silver housing. The silver aluminium around the outside is strong and elegantly designed. The black glass on the front proves fingerprinty, however it looks well and with the three small divisions for the camera laser and Petcube logo/notification light this device wouldn’t be distracting sitting on a shelf.

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Around the back of the device there is a rubberised exterior that houses the power button the micro USB charger and the speaker. On the bottom is a rubberised surface with the tripod hole added for convenience.

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Using the device is very simple, everything runs through an app that is compatible with both Android and iOS, sadly no reference to Windows just now. Once set-up the application is easy to navigate and proves to be a fun distraction even if not being used for it’s main purpose. Petcube have taken the opportunity to make the app a more Social experience,  allowing the user to view other shared cameras and you can even interact with the animals belonging to the shared profiles if the user has opted to give access.

The image quality can be a little uneven. Whilst you can connect to the device whilst out of the house the stream picture quality can really become degraded depending on the quality of  the network you are connected to. Even inside the house on the 5 Ghz wifi the picture quality  was less than stellar. Camera support is 720p and I rarely saw anything close to that.

Initially I thought the asking price of £170 was quite steep, having spoken to a number of interested parties I realise that people are happy to pay this amount for such a device.  Cheaper options certainly are not as elegant, perhaps omit the laser or the two way audio function, or might be more problematic to setup.

One thing that could be added to the Petcube help function a little better would be a battery inside it. If the power goes down this goes down. Also you are limited to putting this close to a power outlet, even temporarily.

Petcube Camera is a fun and interesting device. Those dedicated to their animals and not wanting to install a lesser, uglier product I can fully recommend the Petcube as a good looking and feature filled device.

 

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By April 10, 2016 Read More →

Setting up a Home Security Camera on a budget Part 1: Perch

IMG_20160409_121743Installing an IP camera on your house is one of the cheapest and best solutions to using an old smartphone and keeping track of your house when home and when not home. There are many articles on net about how simple it is to convert an old phone into a  security camera and truth is this probably the best utilisation of an older phone, and it certainly beats the expensive of a Foscam set-up any day of the week. Of course this kind of IP camera set-up is not going to be 100% reliable and will suffer moments of downtime, set-up annoyances and tricky methods to store the data.

I have been using a set-up with Android phones, IP Webcam Pro application alongside the tinyCam Monitor PRO application to view, there are free versions with Ads available too. Including a couple of cheap phone stands/cradles from Amazon or Ebay this set-up costs roughly £10 not including the price of the phones. Primarily I have been using some budget phones I had lying around taking up space from ZTE and Acer running Android 4.3 Jellybean.  Using all phone holders with suction cups for cars to attached the devices to windows is a little spark of ingenuity I was quite proud with. Running power to the phone’s made for some creative decisions rather than having walls lined with USB cables and extension cables running across the floor. There is no one solution for all here.

Once installed an IP camera becomes easily one of the most useful tools in day-to-day life. The obvious one is monitoring your house when you were not there on holiday perhaps or just at work. Other applications allow you to view who is calling at the front door, keep an eye on a car in the front garden, watch animals or your children play in the garden. Many many more other applications will be found and more applications will present themselves once the person gets to grips with the setup.

Right now, I would recommend one of two options.

The first would be the best way to dip your toe in the water. Download an application called Perch to your phone. Perch might be in Beta however it is a great start. It is also free for the time being however I would imagine that there will be a paid model once the application comes out of Beta.

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Perch gives you a simple stream from the camera on a phone and presents it on their website or through the app on another device for the user to view. There isn’t too much in the way of options and whilst this could be seen as a good thing for the newbie a seasoned vet of IP cameras may find Perch annoyingly limited.

As a beta Perch is rather well laid out, the stream is quite reliable and footage is quite good. There are some basic features like motion detection with notifications, the ability to record sound from the camera and recording at scheduled times. There isn’t much more than that and the features have not been expanded in the year since I last used their service. They have, however, become more reliable and solid. So work is being done to stabilise the platform before launch. One might suggest that it is pretty much rock solid right now.

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Unfortunately there is no way to export the videos from Perch and this is a really off putting for the user. You can check your timeline to see something that happened and this goes back seven days. If a crime has been committed then you might have to go to Perch. Currently there is no information on their website about export the videos.

One problem I have encountered is the motion detection is incredibly sensitive. Some days it looks like the camera has been recording non stop for over 6 hours. Whilst I cannot be certain I believe a shadow of a bush moving on the area I am watching is triggering the record function. This makes Perch more of an indoor camera than outdoor for most.

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However, what if you really need more in the way of features and are prepared to make the effort to set up a more robust system? Next week we will be taking a look at a home made camera setup that does not only secure your home, but doesn’t open things up to anyone to potentially hack very easily.

By February 17, 2016 Read More →

Eggcellent drone PowerEgg unveiled by Powervision Robot

image006Powervision Robot Inc., a leader in robotics and big data best known for its industrial drones, announced their first consumer drone, the “PowerEgg,” today. The PowerEgg features an innovative egg shape which, in addition to being aesthetically different than the many X-shape four-axis drones currently on the market, makes it foldable and easy to transport. The lightweight PowerEgg can be easily folded and carried in a backpack and will be available in early Q2 of 2016.According to Powervision CEO Wally Zheng, “Powervision wanted to create a beautiful yet functional design for the PowerEgg.  We think the oval shape is not only clean and pure but also has the structural and functional benefits. 

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This simple yet vital design means that this is more than a flying robot but a work of art.” Although PowerEgg was developed for the mainstream consumer market to allow everyone to enjoy the drone flying experience, it still includes advanced technologies that rival industrial drones, including a 360-degree panoramic 4K HD camera on a 3-axis gimbal, real-time long range video transmission, advanced “optical flow” sensors for indoor navigation, as well as an intuitive and easy-to use-remote control,. The Powervision team spent over 18 months perfecting this one-of-a-kind product. Although extremely lightweight, it has a compact and revolutionary structural design.  The unique design includes larger propellers that required advancements to transform from the compact egg shape to the larger flight mode.  In addition, on the software side, Powervision used its extensive software expertise to make the drone easier to fly.  Currently, the average consumer drone requires at least 10 hours of flight time for consumers to learn how to use.  By using their extensive knowledge in design and user experience, Powervision is able to lower that significantly.  As Zheng explained, “We want flying a drone to be child’s play, something even a five-year-old can do.”

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Zheng believes that the entire drone industry is going through a transition from the easy to transport drones to a revolution in ease of use.  “With this next generation of drones, much like the Internet expanded access to information in the virtual world, drones 2.0 led by innovations like the PowerEgg can expand access to the physical world and bring together humans and machines in this journey.”

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By December 8, 2015 Read More →

Syma X5sc Explorers 2 Unboxing

vlcsnap-error161SYMA X5SC QUADCOPTER HD CAMERA is currently selling over at Red5.com. This modestly priced Quadcopter an updated, upgraded, bigger and better version of the popular Syma X5C Quadcopter with an HD Cam. This improved version still has all the same capabilities as the X5C, but with a few changes to get more out of its feature set. The rotor guards have been increased in size to further protect them from damage and the landing skids have been raised to give you the best possible viewing angle.

The Syma X5SC is a 2.4GHz Quadcopter with a built in HD 720p camera allowing you to film all of your flights, as well as taking some still images along the way.

This quad comes with a 6 axis gyroscope and 4 channel flight making it ideal for newbies who are just starting out on 4 channel flyers, as well as the pros who want to do some sweet tricks.

With a range of approximately 50 metres, boasting incredible stability, and indoor and outdoor usage, the Syma X5SC Quadcopter With HD Camera is worth checking out.

You can pick one up for only £58.95 here.

Check out the full review over at TracyandMatt.co.uk in the next week…

By October 23, 2015 Read More →

Boomerang loops little videos for Instragram

downloadContinuing 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.

For example:

 

Who’s not looking at you kid? #boomerang

A video posted by Gareth Myles (@garethmyles) on

 

Give it a quick download over at Google Play!

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By October 20, 2015 Read More →

Blackvue Dashcam Unboxing and Review

vlcsnap-error491The 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

You can purchase the single camera option from Mobilefun for £180:

Or the dual for £274

By October 13, 2015 Read More →

Debo Steadyvid EX Video Stabilizer Unboxing

vlcsnap-error287The 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