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

Review: Flip MinoHD

I got my Flip MinoHD a while back now but I didn’t have a chance to really use it except a little recently. The box is nice and compact, comes with a few wires, a pouch, and the manual. The camera is smaller then I expected, its smaller then my Blackberry 8900, fits very nicely in my hand. Switched it on and it has some very simple settings, and you pretty much point and record right away. It records at 720p video which you can connect to your computer through USB, the USB connector is built into the Flip MinoHD, its at the top and flips out, then you connect it to your computer to either take the videos or charge it, to charge the Flip you also connect it to the USB.

It has very simple operations when recording, you just have one big red button to record and point in the direction that you want. There is a simple built-in software which I used to create the test video below. The sound recorded quality is excellent and so it the video quality, if you are looking for a simple point and shoot video camera for under $200 then this is the perfect camera. I was looking to use a camera to mount to my bikes while riding and mount it to the car while driving to make some fun videos, and it really did the job. You can do edit the video insert any effects but that must be done in something like Adobe Premiere.

  • Holds 60 minutes of HD-quality video (1280 x 720 resolution at 30 frames per second; 16:9 widescreen) on 4 GB of built-in memory
  • Weighs only 3.3 ounces, sleek design, fits into your pocket or purse
  • Features one-touch recording and digital zoom
  • Flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your computer to launch built-in FlipShare software
  • FlipShare software lets you save and organize your videos, simple editing, make movie, email, or upload online

Flip MinioHD Test from Marzouq on Vimeo.

I honestly think they did a great job with this camera targeting a specific usage for it. I do think there is room for improvement but I gave it high marks because of the video quality I kept getting and sound capture, and overall extreme ease of use. Now you can the Flip UltraHD which does a little bit more for the same price, so I would go for this one at this point.

Price: $199
Link: Amazon
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