Cameras

Sep 012014
 

Papago GS260-US Rear View Mirror Full HD Dashcam - Product Review on CoolPile.com
The Papago GS260-US or GoSafe 260 as it’s also know is a cool dashcam that attaches to your car’s interior mirror and allows you to record your car trips without crowding your windshield.

Why do you need a dashcam in your car? Well … for first … it’s cool! Remember those crazy driving Russian videos all over Youtube? They’re all recorded with car mounted dashcams, just like this one! Second … many insurance companies accept dashcam footage to identify fault in car accidents. Third … high quality dashcams come with G-Sensors and motion detection which can activate the recording feature even if your car is sitting in a parking, so chances are if someone bumps your car it’ll no longer be a hit and run. Four … you record cool trip footage that you wouldn’t be able to record otherwise (unless you’d hold a camera in your hands while you’re driving, but we’re sure you wouldn’t do such crazy things, wouldn’t you?) … And so on …

Now let’s take a closer look at the Papago GS260 windshield dashboard camera. I used this camera for a couple of weeks and here are my thoughts about it:

The camera comes with an impressive set of features:

  • Full HD (1080p) and HD (720p) recording capabilities with zoom in/out while recording
  • Wide angle visibility (it literally covers the entire windshield – check the user videos below)
  • G-Sensor that “feels” the bumps and shocks
  • Auto save feature in case of accidents
  • Motion detection (useful for recording parking accidents) – if the camera detects any movement around the car will automatically start taking snapshots.
  • Multilevel EV adjustment to improve recording quality if needed
  • One touch snapshots (even while recording video)
  • GPS ready – hook up an external GPS unit and take advantage of advanced features such as speed recording, navigation coordinates and so on
  • Large front buttons for easy menu navigation and recording controls
  • MicroSD card for media storage
  • Mini USB for PC and Mac connectivityPapago GS260-US - How To Mount The 12V Car Charger Around The Dashboard
  • Audio-Video out in case you need to output the signal to a TV
  • Recorded movies and in .mov format (can be played with most PC and MAC video players)

ALSO CHECK the Papago GS330, another cool Papago dashcam we featured a while back.

The dashcam is dissimulated in a windshield mirror that clips over your existing interior car mirror. The attachment system is very simple and is powered by two mobile hooks secured by an internal coil to keep the cam safe. Simply pull the two levers, attach the unit to the mirror and you’re ready to go.

The mirror unit is auto-dimming and, being a bit darker then classic car mirrors, takes a couple of kilometers to perfectly get used to it, but, once you get used to it, it helps night driving by automatically filtering the strong back lighting from cars in your back. The right side of the mirror hosts a 2.7in LCD which displays the video being recorded and some recording related information such as video length, current time, recording status and so on … The LCD can be turned off and the entire mirror real estate can be used to monitor back-coming traffic.

The Papago GoSafe 260 is powered by your car’s 12V cigarette lighter plug (a charging unit and cable are included in the package) as well as by an internal battery which also allows recording while the engine is turned off (remember I told you about the motion detection feature and automatic recording even when sitting in parking with the engine turned off?). The cable is long enough to be hidden around the dashboard of your car, and, as it sports an on-wire adapter, can be hooked up straight to your car’s electrical system.

Check the videos in the article for a hands-on review as well as the three real-life dash recordings (day and night) to have a glimpse at the recording quality. Note that the actual recording is better than these samples. Some quality was lost during video editing and Youtube upload.

$164.78 | BUY NOW
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Aug 292014
 

Midland XTC-280 Wearable Action Camera - A Decent Alternative For GoPro Recorders
While the premium quality, the strong build and the extra set of features make the GoPro action cameras the favorite choice for all extreme sports lovers (and many more), we have to admit that lower end models pack just enough power for casual use and for most regular people out-there! You know what I mean, Mr Regular Guy going on a motorcycle vacation with a couple of friends, Mr Family Guy going to the beach with the kids, Mr Student going on a camping trip or the neighbor’s 10 years old kid recording his biking adventure to impress grandma and grandpa …

Let’s take a closer look to the Midland XTC-280. This action camera is small and light enough to be worn without feeling it and packs a lot of power. It records Full HD (1080p) and HD (720p), it sports a large ON/OFF recording button so it can be easily used by someone wearing motorcycle or ski gloves, wide angle lens, microphone, 5.2MP, image stabilization to make sure you get crisp and stable recording and comes with a submersible case (down to 200 feet or 60 meters) and an universal mount which allows users to use it attached to helmets, motorcycles, snowboards and basically anywhere you can stick an adhesive pad.

We used the Midland XTC-280VP for about a week and and the recordings as well as the camera usability and packed features were OK. The quality could have been better at some points, but hey, don’t forget this is a $90 action camera, not a $400 GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition! Check the attached video to see it for yourself.

$89.82 | BUY NOW
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Aug 262014
 

Leica X Vario Closeup Side Picture
With its 16.2 MP, APS-C-sized sensor, fixed 18-46mm f/3.5-6.4 lens and a shutter speed ranging between 30-1/2000sec the Leica X Vario is designed for enthusiast photographers in love with the German brand, but don’t necessarily want to spend a ton of money for a pricey M-System.

ALSO CHECK the Sigma DP2 Quatro Camera and the Hasselblad HV Full-Frame DSLR we featured earlier.

The Leica X Vario is slotted below the M model and above the X2, packs a Leica Vario-Elmar 18-46mm lens (28-70mm equivalent), 3-5 fps continuous shooting, 100-12,500 ISO and is … simply cool! Leica cool!!! Given the camera is entirely made in Germany by Leica (and by this I mean it’s not a repackaged Panasonic camera but a real Leica model) and the next step up on the Leica’s modeling chart is the M9 which costs about $7,000 for a camera with similar lens, the $2,099 priced X Vario is a good choice for anyone who wants a lower budget Leica camera.

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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

 

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