The Firefly X is pretty middle of the road: excellent audio quality, decent video and OK image stabilization. The only stand-out feature is the waterproofing (without external case). And I would not trust it all that much as it is pretty basic and some of the clips holding the battery door in place is pretty sketchy. They do not hold on as tight as I would hope so I do not trust this camera to stay waterproof. Overall I cannot find any glaring flaws in the camera but there’s also not too much that it excels at. Perhaps it’ll be more worthwhile when it goes on sale in the future but at a $170+ price point I think it is too much money.
The XP-Pen Star G960S is a competent choice for a budget graphics tablet. With a natural feel, well handled pressure curve and plenty of customization, it offers the sensation of drawing pen on paper as a digital input device.
The Ivy Rec is a bit of an odd duck in Canon’s camera lineup: more like the Fuji Instax has somehow mated with a Go Pro rather than anything else Canon makes. That makes sense seeing as this camera is meant to be paired with the Ivy Instant Printer, making it some sorta weird digital print hybrid. However, the Ivy Rec itself, from a camera perspective, is kind of a wreck. It isn’t a good enough digital camera to buy just to own a digital camera, and furthermore the Ivy printer can easily be used with a smartphone. And since any smartphone has autofocus, their image quality will be better than the Ivy. So what is the point?
If you own an Ivy Rec and you have connected the camera to the app you will notice that there is an easy way to change the photo quality but not the video. So here is how to set the camera to its highest resolution, 1080p60.
One of the best real 4K action cams we reviewed is on sale, the ThiEYE T5e. This is the cheapest I’ve seen it available, only $45 after 50% off coupon on Amazon.
The Vantop Moment 5C is a budget 4K action cam that claims to produce 4K 60 FPS video at under $100. While it is true that the camera can make a 4K video file with 60 FPS, this format is interpolated (upscaled) from a lower resolution. However this camera appears to do near-true 4K 30 with image stabilization and very decent 1080p 30 with EIS. As well, it produces colourful and vibrant video that most people will find pleasing, especially if they are not pixel peepers.
I would go with the Shimano brakes instead on the same link even though they’re a few $ more for the set and a bit uglier. Thing is, even if these brakes are a clone of something reliable, the fact is that the quality control, packaging and shipping could cause potential issues. However I didn’t die while trying out these brakes and I feel like this brand of brake might be something used in cheap bikes you’d find at Walmart or other department stores. Longevity may not be great, however, they’re not going to fail immediately. If you buy a product like this I would recommend checking them before every ride to ensure the bolts are tight and the cables are not leaking. I wouldn’t recommend going this cheap. Living is more important than $5 here and there!
This is a desktop PC build suitable for 4K gaming, high resolution video editing and more. There were a couple places that corners could be cut to make it cheaper, but I was primarily interested in a computer that would survive long term and be suitable for upgrades. After being burned by the lack of upgradability to my last AMD desktop (it was an AM3+ socket, which did not have an upgrade path) I was hesitant to go with them again, however the value for…Continue Reading “A $1,500 Gaming and Video Editing Monster – The Best $1500 Desktop Build May 2020 (Hopefully)”
DBPower EX7000 ReviewCategories Action Cams
The DBPower EX7000 is an ultra-budget action cam based on the iCatch SPAC6350 processor and a 14MP Panasonic sensor. This is an interesting combination that could have resulted in potentially better performance than other generic 6350-based cameras, however the overall results are rather disappointing. Fake 4K, 1080p60 frame dropping and quality control concerns mar what could be a decent budget camera. Only get this one if you plan on shooting at 1080p30, or if you plan to mostly shoot still photos.
The RunMe R3 is far from the worst camera we have seen (especially at its current price of $20) however it lacks consistency. Video quality can be hit-or-miss depending on lighting conditions resulting in brightness and colour issues. These problems were common in budget cameras from 3 or 4 years ago.