Camera gear

Last Sunday I posted a review of the Smoovie Pocket Video Stablizer and wasn’t very impressed with it. Now I see that Olloclip is offering a video grip that looks interesting. The Pivot doesn’t have a gimbal like the Smoovie, you’re on your own for stabilization, but a lot of phones already have built-in image… Read More

Video cameras sure have evolved since the first VHS camcorder that I bought 16 years ago. That thing was HUGE and crazy expensive. If I remember correctly, we bought it on payments and it took about a year to pay it off. Today I have a video camera that captures much better video than the… Read More

It might seem strange, but I don’t have an action cam. There have been many times where I have needed one, but for some reason, I haven’t bought one. That might change after reading about the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30. This action has all the regular features that you want in a great action camera… Read More

Meet Hangie, a 3D printed wall mount that’s great for displaying your DSLR and other cameras.  They have a Metals collection which is best suited for heavier cameras, and uses a #4 wood screw to mount any camera that has a tripod mount socket. For lighter cameras they offer a plastic collection.  This looks like… Read More

Choosing the right home security camera can be difficult when there are so many different brands and price points to choose from. The Nest Cam which was originally Dropcam before being purchased by Google / Nest is a popular brand because they have a reputation for quality hardware, features and cloud services. I reviewed each of… Read More

Virtual reality is taking off in a big way, so why not get in on the fun and create your own 3D pictures and video. How can you do that? With Weeview’s Eye-Plug 3D. This flash drive sized camera plugs into Android phones with a micro USB connector and allows easy capture of 3D video… Read More

I am seeing more and more drones around where I live zooming through the sky.  There are many uses for drones of course besides just having fun.  For example, a bunch of realtors around here use drones to give a bird’s eye view of properties, which is pretty cool.  At the recent CES show the… Read More

The DOBBY is a new compact drone optimized for low-level photography that has some impressive features. When not in use it folds up to the length and width of an iPhone (5.3in x 2.5in x  1.33). When ready for flight, it unfolds and flies automatically. The drone is controlled by an iPhone or Android app that… Read More

Selfie takers take notice, GOATcase has developed an anti-gravity case that will stick to any smooth surface. To accomplish this it uses “nano suction technology” which is really just a fancy term for many tiny suction cups. GOATcase claims that the case will adhere to smooth surfaces like wood, a whiteboard, metal, mirrors, and a computer screen. They… Read More

GoPro cameras have literally changed the way we experience recorded video: The ultra-wide field of view of these cameras has accustomed the viewer to the expanded perspective these wide-angle lenses record. Now we are on the cusp of a new revolution in video – 360° immersive virtual reality – and Insta360’s Nano camera offers a convenient, innovative… Read More

If you have been following any of the Tour de France as it rounds its way through Europe, you have seen a segment or two captured by a handlebar, helmet or seat mounted GoPro. These shots often capture the essence of the race: clearly depicting the speed, endurance, congestion and competitive nature of the event. But not… Read More

Dedicated point and shoot cameras (and maybe even DSLR cameras) aren’t nearly as popular as they were before smartphones came on the scene. Now we mainly use our phones to take pictures because they are always with us and are smaller and lighter. But with smartphone cameras come some drawbacks like the lack of a… Read More

If you want to capture images and video of wildlife, you need a camera that has been designed with weather resistance, motion detection and night vision. Trail cameras are designed specifically for this task. The WildKamera Wild-Vision Full HD 5.0 trail camera is my second trail camera review. Let’s see what critters it was able… Read More

After years of offering one of the most popular indoor security cameras, Nest has introduced the Nest Cam Outdoors. This weatherproof camera has been designed for outdoors installations which means you’ll finally be able to see what’s going on at night. That’s the biggest complaint that I have with all the indoor security cameras that… Read More

Tomorrow we celebrate our country’s 240th birthday. With the 4th of July comes cookouts and fireworks displays. I can’t help you grill the perfect hamburger or steak, but I’ve got 5 quick tips that will help you capture memorable fireworks pictures with your smartphone.  Avoid shake and stabilize your phone You will definitely need a… Read More