Cameras

Aug 192014
 

Looxcie LX2 Wearable Video Cam for iPhone and Android - In Action
Wearing an action camera is no longer a big deal … when doing sports? But did you try mounting your favorite GoPro while taking a walk in the park or going to work? Whatever your reasons might be to do so, it still looks weird! So, if you need to record footage of you’re doing and still have your hands free for other activities, the Looxcie LX2 wearable video camera has you covered! And all this without making you look weird or stupid!

The Looxcie LX2 is lightweight (less than 1oz – that’s less than 22 grams!) and can be worn just as a Bluetooth headphone piece, can be clipped to caps, bike helmets, mounted on car windshields or on a tripod. The camera allows up to 5 hours of video recording, allows instant clip creation and sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or i-Cloud, is powered by rechargeable battery with a life time of up to 4 hours and is compatible with iPhone and Android devices.

Given the small format size of the Looxcie LX2 the only control available on the camera is the power button. All other operations like viewing, controlling the video capture, sharing videos and other setting can be done via the free iOs and Android apps that come with the camera.

Don’t expect miracles when it comes to footage quality. The Looxcie LX2 records in 480p (854×480 pixels) and allows live streaming in 320p (480×320 pixels) – which makes it OK for amateur video recordings.

$381 | BUY NOW

 

Aug 052014
 

Cammy Or How To Efficiently Video Monitor From Your Smartphone

If, only a couple of years ago, setting up a professional video monitoring system had a huge price tag and was reserved mostly to big companies, today, due to the amazing technology advancements and low prices on the tech and gadgets market, video monitoring solutions are available for everyone.
Take for example Cammy – in just seconds (literally) one can setup a video recording and monitoring system using the Cammy Online Cloud for as low as for FREE (assuming you already have an IP camera).

Cammy is a monitoring solution which allows users to keep an eye on their businesses, homes, kids, pets, you name it … Cammy allows you to hook up as many cameras as you need, store your historical footage on their cloud service, easily research on your smartphone by date and time recorded events in case of need, as well as fully online management of your recording devices and recorded footage.

The Cammy system includes free iPhone, Android apps that allow easy system setup, manage your cameras and check out recorded files, cloud storage where all files are securely stored and an online Browser application if you prefer it over the smartphone apps. Check out the below video for a complete review and walk through of their smartphone app and browser application, including the initial setup as well.
In order to use Cammy, you’ll need to hook up at least one IP camera. Check this link for an Amazon selection of IP cameras starting as low as $30 US.

The Cammy recording, video monitoring system and video cloud storage is offered to users for free. Simply get an IP camera, hook it up, check the video to see how to set it up and you’re ready to roll!

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Jul 072014
 

MicroSD Adapter With WiFi Super Powers - SCDAD002200  -With And Without microSD Card
The WiFi microSD Adapter is one of those simple gadgets that make you go: “WOW … Why no one thought about this before?”

ALSO READ about the Blue Light LED Bulb USB Flash Drive and Boost Your iOS And Android Storage With The SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive.

The adapter is designed to work with all gadgets that rely on SD storage (think about compact digital cameras, camcorders, DSLR cameras, older MP3 players, etc…) and allows wireless transfers to up to 3 devices at the same time. Simply put a microSD card in the adapter, insert it in your camera, make as many pics as your storage allows you than grab your iPhone or Android device, fire up the free app, connect to the WiFi network created by the adapter and you’re ready to transfer your files like a boss!
Nifty little gadget!

$24 | BUY NOW
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Jun 022014
 

BlackRapid RS DR-1 Double Camera Strap
Wait! Let me get my camera…, hey … I said wait!” Does it sound familiar? Did it happen to you? Did you ever grab your new (or older) camera and get out to chase the perfect shot only to loose the moment because your camera was not handy?

ALSO READ about HoldFast Multi-Camera Harness we featured earlier.

Well, the BlackRapid RS DR-1 Double Camera Strap was designed so you never miss a shot again. And, unlike the BlackRapid sport strap we featured earlier, it allows you to carry not one, but two of your favorite cameras. BlackRapid’s double camera strap is made of strong polyester with interior PU foam padding for increased security and comfort, has a R-Strap system design that helps evenly distribute weight of your DSLR’s on your shoulders and features a stainless steel FastenR connector which fastens to the standard 1/4″-20 tripod socket on the camera body or lens.

There are two models available on the market – the BlackRapid DR-1 is for larger framed people while the DR-2 is for smaller framed people, having a narrower over-the-shoulders strap.

Ideal for 2 camera shooters!

$134.99 | BUY NOW

 

May 132014
 

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 Or How To Instantly Print Pictures From Your Smartphone
If instant cameras like the Polaroid Z2300 and the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 are not on your taste, but you still want/need to print pictures while on the go, you’re in the right place and we have your back covered!

ALSO CHECK the LG Pocket NFC Photo Printer we featured earlier.

The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 was designed with mobility in mind. The smartphone printer supports Android gadgets and iPhones, comes with it’s own rechargeable battery (so no worries about draining your iPhone while out of office) and allows you to instantly (read 16 seconds) print up to 10 pictures per instant film pack. Simply shoot a picture wit your iPhone, wirelessly connect to the Instax SP-1, edit the picture if you need (custom social media and seasonal templates are available right in the printing app) and hit print! That’s it! 16 seconds latter you have a cool paper memory of the moment …

$199 | BUY NOW

 

Apr 232014
 

Lytro Illum Full Light Field Camera
A while back we featured the cool Lytro camera designed to capture multiple light fields and, once the picture was taken, allowed you to refocus on various parts of the picture without loss of image quality. Today, we get to take a look at it’s younger brother – the Lytro Illum which takes the concept even further by capturing the whole light field and giving the user the power explore the pictures from different perspectives, focal points and dimensions.

The camera allows full on-device editing, features a 4″ touchscreen for easy setup and picture manipulation, an 8X optical zoom and comes with it’s own desktop editing software to let you get even more creative with your shots.

$1,499 | BUY NOW
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Apr 182014
 

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera That Records Your Trips And Assists You Driving [Product Review]

Dashboard cameras are fast becoming a must-have for drivers. They record footage in case of an unhappy event (read crash), many insurance companies accept them as proofs for identifying accident liability, can be used to record trips for fun and, last but not least, can passively assist you while driving.

There are many car camera models available on the market to choose from, and even more manufacturers are turning to this niche every day. Today I’ll walk you over one of the top mid class DVR models (read packed with features but with a decent price) out-there – The PapaGo GS 330 or USGoSafe 300 as it’s sold in US. If you’re eager to see it in action, scroll down to the bottom of the post and check the 4 trip tests I did (sunny and rainy day as well as clear and rainy night) and an unboxing clip.

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera Safe File Saving

I used this camera for the past 2 weeks now and it was a pleasure to test it. It is compact, easy to mount and un-mount from the windshield holder (the holding mechanism was a bit stiff the first few tries, but after a couple of uses it worked perfectly), it’s made of solid black plastic (no danger if you drop it), very simple to operate (basically it starts recording as soon as you hook up the power source or start the engine if the charger is already plugged in) and set up. The four buttons below the LCD serve navigation in the menu as well as to use the emergency recording function or turn the screen ON/OFF.

The beauty of a dashboard camera or car DVR as some call it is that once you did the initial setup there is no need to tweak the settings like you would with a handheld camcorder. It simply stays in it’s place and records what’s in front of the car. That’s it. So, as recording quality counts mostly with a such gadget, I’ll let go through some of the dashcam features below and I invite you to check the video tests at the bottom of the post for the real deal – recording in action!

Let’s dive into it. As this camera is fully loaded with features I’ll list them in bullet-list form for easier following:

  • A 5MP sensor matched with a F2.0 lens offers great day time recording and performs very well in low light conditions
  • Three quality recording modes: full HD 1080p recording at 30 fps (frames per second); HD 720p at 60 fps and 30 fps
  • 142 degree wide viewing angle helps recording the entire road in front of the car as well as a good part of the sidewalks (you know … in case some crazy stuntman tries to pull one of his tricks when you pass by and jumps in front of your car!!!)PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera 142 Degree Wide Angle Recording
  • Connectivity – the GS330 offers a regular HDMI plug, a classic AV plug (output available in PAL and NTSC), Mini USB for power and PC data transfers, Micro SD card as storage unit for the recorded videos
  • 2″ LCD screen for playback videos, live recording monitoring and camera setup
  • Motion detection mode – leave your car in the parking and if the G Sensor feels someone bump into your car the GS330 will automatically start recording
  • Stop And Go – this is a cool feature. If your anything like me, your stops at the red light are full SMS and browsing sessions. The Stop And Go feature monitors the car in front of you and when it detects it departed lets you know via a beep that it’s time to let your friends alone and start driving
  • Lights Reminder – Detects low light conditions and let you know via a beep and a visual display that it’s time to turn the lights ON
  • Driver Fatigue Alarm – You can set this feature to remind you to take breaks every now and then to avoid driving fatigue
  • Speed Restriction Signs – this is another cool feature – the car DVR constantly monitors the sides of the road and notifies you whenever it notices a speed sign. The new speed restriction is also displayed on the dashcam’s LCD screen.PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera F2.0 Lens 5MP Sensor
  • Cycle Recording – the dash camera saves the recorded file every 5 minutes and automatically starts a new one. The last 10 files are saved on the Micro SD card and, when recording an 11th file, the oldest one is overwritten. This way, by cycling the files, you always have available the last 10 recording (that’s the last 50 minutes of your driving trip)
  • Auto Bump Files Copy – this features automatically saves the files when a hit/bump/accident is noted by the camera. This way, if you’re involved in an accident, you’re sure the recorded files are not overwritten by newer files and you can use them in your defense
  • Emergency Recording and Snapshots – Simply press the Emergency button on the camera and it will record a new fill which will not be included in the cycling recording
  • Auto Start – If you decide to leave your dashboard camera in the car, simply start your car in the morning and the GS330 starts recording automatically
  • Mounting Options – Windshield mount (included with the GS330) and Dashboard (a dashbag is needed for this option)

Take a minute and check the test recordings below to see the Papago USGoSafe 330 in action and let me know in the comments your take on it or if you have any questions about it.

$135 | BUY NOW
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