WiMiUS 4K Sports Action Camera Dual Screen WIFI 130ft Waterproof 16MP 170° Wide Angle 2 Batteries Include With 20 All In One Kit Set (Q4 Black)

MY Use: I buy these cameras to use on DRONES (Quadcopters)

Short Review: If you are looking for a GREAT VALUE FULL 4K camera, the WiMiUS Q4 is that camera.. The camera operates very similar to a GoPro Hero 3 or 4 and offers both a front and rear screen.. The rear screen is used to help you take the perfect photos or videos, and similar to the GoPro the front screen allows you to see what settings the camera is set on.. This kit includes your camera PLUS over $50 worth of accessories making it an AWESOME DEAL!! It even includes two batteries! The camera works well and takes excellent photos and video!

Pros
1.) Full 4K – Be careful buying “Generic” 4K cameras.. A lot only do 4K at 15 – 20FPS.. This camera is FULL 4K at 30FPS like the Yi 4K Action Camera or the GoPro hero 4 or 5.. That makes this a FULL 4K camera and I can CONFIRM that it is TRUE 4K at 30FPS..

2.) WiFi Camera – Works GREAT with the FREE WiMiUS wifi camera app.. I tested the app on a few different devices including the Nexus 6P, Shield Tablet, and several other tablets.. I even tried it on an IPHONE with no issues

3.) Takes AMAZING PHOTOS – Samples Included

4.) Waterproof – Includes a waterproof case which I tested out to be fully waterproof

5.) WORKS GREAT on Drones!

6.) Battery Life is OUTSTANDING – Plus the camera includes 2 batteries so that extends the life of your camera.. I get about an hour and half shooting 1080P and right under an hour shooting 4K.. I know, that doesn’t sound like a lot BUT it is on par with other Action Cameras, even the GoPro branded cameras.. PLUS most previous WiMiUS batteries fit this camera which is a great plus! I now have over 15 batteries for this style camera

7.) Quality is Outstanding

8.) I have owned SEVERAL WiMiUS cameras over the last few years and have never had any issues with them or their customer service

9.) Includes over $50 worth of extras such as mounts!

10.) Fits MOST GoPro Mounts.. Uses same style mounting system which is a great plus

Overall: I received this camera this week after purchasing it earlier in the week and have already taken it out on a few photo shoots and one drone flight!! So far, the camera is excellent! I’ll update if anything happens to the camera!

Tips:

1.) I know some folks don’t like the fisheye cameras like these add to photos.. That can easily be removed with photo editing software! I use basic photoshop software to do it!

2.) This includes MOST accessories you need BUT you will still need a MicroSD card (Not Included) and I also recommend things such as a handgrip, floats (If planned to use around water) and whatever else you think you may need for your intended use for the camera!

3.) ALWAYS test your waterproof case BEFORE placing the camera in it!! To do this, place a paper towel in the case and submerge in water.. I even do this with my GoPro and it’s official case!! Losing a camera to water is one thing BUT losing your photos is another.. SO ALWAYS TEST YOUR CASE BEFORE USE!!

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VectoTech Rapid 1TB External SSD USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive

Planned USE (Photo management and editing on two systems): I recently purchased a Surface Pro 4 Tablet and have been enjoying using it in the field for photo editing via Lightroom and Photoshop.. My home computer is an iMac and it was the computer with my lightroom catalog on it. I thought, “wouldn’t it be awesome top put my entire catalog onto an external instead of managing two different catalogs”.. So I put my entire catalog onto a 1TB Toshiba Drive (Standard Magnetic Disk Drive, not SSD) and noticed a significant performance loss! I wanted to find something to get that performance back. After researching I found that an SSD drive should do the trick.. Problem is, most are VERY EXPENSIVE!! And the cheap drives are actually Hybrids meaning 128GBs are SSD and the rest is a Magnetic Disk Drive.. That would be worthless for me I need a full SSD such as this one from VectoTech!

Short Review (How did it perform): Simple answer is THIS DOES THE TRICK and I got all performance PLUS SOME back!! The VectoTech drive is about $75 – $100 less expensive than the better known drives on the market making it a GREAT VALUE! I got the performance back that I was missing and my catalog is actually running better now than it did on the internal drive on my Mac! (Internal Drive was Magnetic Disk and not SSD) The drive also works with both my Mac and Surface Book (See Tips Below).. The transfer speeds are AMAZING (Over 400 MBs) and the drive seems to be very high quality!! Very easy to pack and carry this drive!!

Tips:

1.) I needed this to be used for both Mac and Windows.. SO I had to reformat this as an exFAT drive.. I decided on exFAT due to the fact that I sometimes edit videos on the same drive and my videos might be over 4GB/each (FAT32 can’t host files over 4GB but exFAT can and MAC can’t write on NTFS but can sometimes read it)

2.) For best performance keep this as NTFS or Mac OS Extended Journaled and it will perform around 430 MBs but as exFAT I usually get between 375 – 400MBs but usually closer to 400MBs constantly! Only change to FAT if you have to use on MAC and Windows.

3.) Remember, the size of your files also affect speeds! A ton of smaller files will be slower than larger files.. My drive is being used for photos so 400MBs is GREAT for that!! On larger videos, it is actually much quicker!

4.) If you aren’t getting fast speeds make sure you have it in a USB 3.0 port (Usually the blue USB ports but not always. My Macs are black like 2.0 ports)

Pros:

1.) Quick Read and Write Speeds – Again I tested this with several formats and both NTFS and Mac OS Extended had speeds way over 400MBs but I had to use exFAT due to it working on both a MAC and Windows system but still get close to 400MBs most of the time!! Very quick speeds!

2.) Plug and Play – Plug it in and you are ready to go!

3.) Very Slick looking!

4.) Being SSD it doesn’t have all the mechanical parts of other drives! Meaning less can fail and and less can break! This makes me feel much better keeping my Lightroom Catalog on this drive (I am still backing it up on the old Toshiba External. Backups are important)

5.) Shock Resistant – Like I said, less to fail and break if dropped! Great for a portable drive. Heck, I have corrupted a Magentic Drive just by bumping it while it was working.. No worries doing that with an SSD

6.) Excellent Value – Same drive in a Samsung is around $400..

7.) Quality seems outstanding.. Very well built drive!

8.) Excellent Customer Service – I had to call them before I purchased and they answered quickly and very friendly!

9.) Assembled in the USA

Cons:

1.) Price – While this is less expensive than big brands, SSD is still expensive compared to magnetic disk drives. I do love the VectoTech has been able to keep the price down on these!

Overall: I HIGHLY recommend this drive! I got all the performance back plus some that I lost when I moved my Lightroom Catalog to an external!

Tested and Works on
1.) Surface Pro 4
2.) iMac
3.) Regular Windows 8 PC
4.) Xbox One
5.) PS4
6.) As a drive on my Router as a personal “Cloud”
7.) Wii U (My Wii U didn’t provide enough power to the drive so I had to test it using this cable, at first I thought it just wasn’t going to work but when I used this cable it worked fine)

Cable Matters Gold-Plated SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Y-Cable (20 Inches)

More test, photos, and updates coming soon! (Last Updated on 12/22 at 5:40est added WII U to my test after a request I received in my email)

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SCOTTeVEST Revolution Technical Jacket for Technology

 

Item:  Ever wanted a jacket that could HOLD EVERYTHING but remained stylish??  Look no further! SCOTTeVEST makes just those jackets!! They make all sorts of styles and all sorts of jackets for any occasion!!  I recently got an opportunity to check out their Revolution Jacket and its review is below!

Short Review: Great FIT and WONDERFUL JACKET!! I had a ton of fun exploring it and finding all the different pockets!! When I first ordered this jacket, I was afraid all the pockets would make it extra bulky but found out they did not! THIS FITS and WEARS like a normal jacket!! I also love the idea of the sleeves zipping off!! My outdoor hiking pants have done this for years AND I LOVE the idea of a jacket doing it!! I can see me wearing this on a hike and when I get hot, convert it to a vest! AWESOME!!

Pros
1.) TONS of pockets for managing all your gear! (Cameras, Glasses, Phones, MP3 Players, Passports and more)
2.) Nice cable management system for phones/mp3 players
3.) GREAT FIT! I normally wear a “L” Jacket and this jacket in large fits great
4.) Quality seems OUTSTANDING!
5.) The pockets are not just tossed on! This jacket was very well thought out!! GREAT!
6.) Love the zipped up hood
7.) Jacket smelled good when it arrived!
8.) Comfortable and Warm
9.) Sunglass/Glasses pocket includes lens cleaning wipe!
10.) Water bottle strap inside one of the pockets keeps your water bottle comfortable

Overall: Great TECH jacket that has plenty of pockets to hold all you need! Durable, Warm, and Comfortable!! Can’t really ask more from a jacket!!


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Yi M1 Mirrorless Camera

Unedited Sample Photos

Product Link Here

Planned Use: I want to get a little deeper into photography and not just tinkering with my 10 year old DSLR that I purchased used or just taking photos with my Action Cameras.. I really feel this camera is great for someone like me who wants to learn a little more about photography but also keep it simple! So far I think it is perfect for that!! Id much rather spend only $500 for a learner camera instead of $1000+ on a leica!

Short Review: EXCELLENT CAMERA for the price!! This camera is perfect for someone like me who comes from a generation of smartphones! I had NO ISSUES learning how to use this camera BUT I gave it to a friend who takes TONS of photos with a DSLR camera and he had issues learning because this camera has been dumbed down for the smartphone generation.. The touchscreen works GREAT and the camera has really been simplified by having limited buttons.. Photo quality, while I haven’t had a long amount of time to test it out, is GREAT SO FAR!! I plan to take it out tomorrow and shoot some fall photos that I will upload as a sample!! I just received the camera tonight so tinkering is all I have gotten to do BUT I PLAN to update this review as I get more time to play with it..

Build Quality: While the camera looks like a Leica, this camera is made of plastic and not metal.. It is made of a high quality plastic that feels GREAT in hand, but if you are used to a heavier camera, this might feel a little cheap in hand.. This camera is actually a blessing that its not nearly as large or heavy as the 10 year old DSLR it is replacing.. Yi has also sourced VERY high quality parts for this camera.. During my research I have found that the mechanical shutter is made by the Japanese Company COPAL, and the sensor is made by Sony.. The lens mount is metal which was one of my worries originally.. I wasn’t sure how a plastic lens mount would last so I am very glad it is made of metal.. Overall, the quality and design of this camera is GREAT.

Pros
1.) Photo Quality – So far Photo Quality is excellent!! I will have some sample photos later in the week to upload!

2.) EASY to use – Coming from a smartphone generation, the touchscreen was super easy for me to learn!!

3.) Model Suggestions – THIS FEATURE ROCKS!! Basically the camera will suggest different ways to pose your model.. A stick figure shows up on the screen with the suggested pose that will look GREAT!! I love this feature and wonder why YI is the first to think of it!

4.) GREAT VALUE – For $500 you get the body and one lens.. Panasonic has camera bodies that you can get for slightly less BUT you will have to buy a lens making it cost more.

5.) Wireless Connectivity and Bluetooth LE

6.) Supports RAW photos

7.) Video quality so far is great

8.) Scene & Shooting Modes – This camera has a TON of scenes and shooting modes, again, making it great for someone learning about cameras and photography..

9.) Manual Modes – You can manually use EVERY bit of this camera which is GREAT when you want those professional shots

10.) Shutter Speeds – Slowest shutter speed of 60s and 1/4000s as the fastest

11.) Manually Adjust ISO – ISO range 100-256000

12.) Focus – Includes Manual and Auto Focus

13.) Includes leather neck strap

14.) MFT Lens – Giving you thousands of Lens Options! ANY MFT lens should fit!

15.) Flash – There is not an included flash but you can attach a flash to the camera!! The camera DOES offer a Auto Focus assist flash though, but it’s just a red light

16.) Small and compact! No more lugging that old DSLR up the mountains when I hike!!

17.) Packaged like a PREMIUM camera and FEELS like a Premium camera!

Cons
1.) Limited YI branded accessories at the moment.. No extra batteries, looks like the case hasn’t been released yet, and cant buy the lens on their own at this time.

2.) As of now, the first firmware update MUST be installed manually using a SD card.. I received this email from Yi after I ordered the camera with instructions on how to do that

3.) Doesn’t seem to support RAW+ JPG.. I know, I shouldn’t be shooting in RAW+ JPG but I do like having both formats when I take photos!! Maybe a firmware upgrade will allow this

4.) Touchscreen at times doesn’t seem to be as sensitive as one on a mobile phone.. But that didn’t cause me any issues

Overall: So far I am impressed with this camera.. The few sample photos I took inside far surpassed my expectations!! The quality is excellent!! And the price is even better

This is the product I HAVE BEEN MOST excited about since it was announced.. I have been so excited that Amazon Trade-In has been my best friend helping me earn enough gift cards to buy this camera! I know in the past Yi has asked me to review some of their products but this is one I have purchased.. Now I am just as excited for the Yi Erida Drone! HURRY AND RELEASE IT!! div class=”alignleft”> amzn_assoc_ad_type = “banner”; amzn_assoc_marketplace = “amazon”; amzn_assoc_region = “US”; amzn_assoc_placement = “assoc_banner_placement_default”; amzn_assoc_campaigns = “primegift”; amzn_assoc_banner_type = “promotions”; amzn_assoc_p = “12”; amzn_assoc_banner_id = “10BSGCHPCJG0HZN45H82”; amzn_assoc_width = “300”; amzn_assoc_height = “250”; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = “reviewsbydevi-20”; amzn_assoc_linkid = “7b8665cfbea6101054607079ad966793”;