Garmin VIRB – What Say You Go Pro?

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Garmin is taking a bite out of Go Pro with the launch of their new rugged action camera, this is a new line for them, but Garmin does know adventure. Go Pro has been a huge hit with a lot of people and I for one love it, the only thing I wish for is more battery life, and it comes with a lot of accessories. Now Garmin has made this camera based on their input, and from the preview looks like and the specifications it looks good.

The VIRB captures 1080p wide-angle video, featuring digital image stabilization, and the ability to take 16-megapixel still images without interrupting video recording. Even with the always-on 1.4-inch color display, the VIRB allegedly lasts up to 3 hours recording 1080p video, compared to the GoPro, which only claims 2 hours and 15 minutes with 720p resolution.

It also presents information in the video as elevation, speed, and gps location which they consider to be a key factor. The device itself is IPX-7 Waterproof rating, meaning it can be submerged for up to 30 mins at 3 feet deep. And the way the picture of the device looks, it seems it can take a beating. There two versions, the VIRB & VIRB Elite which will be launched in September at $299 & $399 respectively. There are a lot of features to this device which can be found at the Garmin website, so they can prepared, lets see how it fares against the Go Pro because honestly nobody has really dented their market share since they really good at it.

Link: TheVerge

GoPro Hero3

There have been a lot of action cameras of this kind with different features, and GoPro has just leap frogged the competition with the new Hero3. They claim it to be smaller, lighter and record better quality footage than its predecessor.

GoPro claims the the Hero 3 is 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the old model. To top that off, the top-of-the-line Black Edition is capable of capturing video at up to 4K resolution—as long as you don’t mind slowing recording down to 15 fps. I honestly think the 4K speed is pointless for action use because its only 15 fps which will look very choppy, no screen can play that high a resolution yet.

There are three different versions of GoPro now, the Black, Silver and White. That being said, a faster processor in the Black camera allows it to capture lower-resolution footage at higher frame rates than in the past, and it offers 1080p60, 1440p48 and 720p120 modes for slow-mo situations. Lower-spec models are also none too shabby: the Silver packs an 11MP camera and can capture 1080p30 video, while the rather more humble White packs a simple 5MP camera. One new interesting feature is wifi in all the devices, they have heard our cries, you can now turn on and record through a remote wifi device. They all work the GoPro app because of their Wifi feature, but the Black Edition comes with a dedicated remote.

I wasn’t going to wait, I already ordered two Black Editions which will ship Mid-November and I am looking forward to getting my hands on them.

Downloads Week 12/09

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A mix of movies that I have downloaded the last couple of weeks, still looking for a few others but I have stuck to downloading high definition. Some I know are gonna be pretty good, and some are not that good at all but I’m still going to watch them. Moon, Spread, and Funny People are the top of my list to watch at this point.

Download List:

  • Gamer 720p
  • G Force 720p
  • The Tournament 720p
  • A Perfect Getaway 720p
  • Funny People 720p
  • Moon 720p
  • Jennifer’s Body 720p
  • World’s Greatest Dad 720p
  • Coco Before Chanel 720p
  • Ink 720p
  • Spread 720p
  • The Hangover 720p
  • Inglourious Bastards 720p
  • The Taking of Pelham 123 720p
  • Star Trek 720p
  • Termination Salvation 720p

Download Junky

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The last couple of weeks I have been too busy to download or look at anything else, the TV shows were luckily setup in a script so they automatically download and pretty much get those right away. I have a huge stockpile of Anime to last me about two years at least so I haven’t downloaded since before mid August, so I have a lot to catch up on, probably gonna take a long time for that but at least I thought to start with movies, I went back about one month and one week, with all the downloads the list added up to about 283 GB worth of movies in HD (720p 0or 1080p), the list is below of movies and some foreign movies that I enjoy.

Movies:

  • 500 Days of Summer
  • 9
  • Aeon Flux
  • An American Affair
  • Antichrist
  • B Girl
  • Ballast
  • Battlestar Galactica The Plan
  • Bruno
  • Casino
  • College
  • Command Performance
  • Contact
  • Damage
  • District 9
  • Doghouse
  • Dugs Special Mission
  • Food Inc
  • Funny People
  • G.I.Joe Rise Of The Cobra
  • Harry Potter and The Half Blooded Prince
  • Heat
  • I Love You Beth Cooper
  • Imagine That
  • Julie and Julia
  • Katt Williams Its Pimpin Pimpin
  • Looking For Eric
  • Love N Dancing
  • Pixars Partly Cloudy
  • Pontypool
  • Spread
  • Stan Helsing
  • Star Trek
  • Surviving Sid
  • Terminator Salvation
  • The Answer Man
  • The Crew
  • The Machinest
  • The Number 23
  • The Taking Of Pelham 123
  • The Ugly Truth
  • Up
  • Whatever Works
  • Wrong Turn 3 Left For Dead

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Foreign Movies:

  • Banlieue 13 Ultimatum
  • City of Life & Death
  • Crows Zero
  • Goemon
  • K-20 Legend Of The Mask
  • Kung Fu Cybord Metallic Attraction
  • On His Majestys Secret Service
  • OSS 117 Lost In Rio
  • Overheard
  • Written By

Kodak Zi8

I’m always looking for these pocket cams, and I have a Flip UltraHD on the way, but the Zi8 from Kodak seems to top it with a matching price. It has yet to be tested and I’m pretty happy with the Flip Cameras but there is always room for improvement but tough to keep it in the same price range. I do like that it has an external microphone jack so you won’t hear the air if you can place a microphone somewhere else when your recording a moving vehicle.

Features:

  • 1080p Recording
  • Electronic Image Stabilizer
  • SDHC Card Slot
  • External microphone jack
  • 5 Megapixel Stills
  • Track Faces of Subjects and “more details and accurate colors in low light”
  • List Price $180

Link: Gizmodo

Popcorn Hour A-100


I placed an order for the Popcorn Hour after doing some research about it, seemed like a very interesting and intuitive product. Streams all kinds of media to the TV through the network, and you can install a hard drive in it you want. The difficult part is that this product is on back order, I placed my order a while back and forgot about it.

After a month and half I come back from work to find this box in my room, only to rip it open to find that its the Popcorn Hour A-100. It is very small, compact, and has all the outputs for a any type of TV, and the best part is that it plays 1080P videos. It can play from an internal hard drive, USB attached drive, a network storage, and media across a network. I have some testing to do on it, I have some very heavy 1080P movies to test on it, and see its capabilities from there I can tell if its really all its cracked up to be.

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