What is an Action camera?

Action cameras or “action-cam” are digital cameras designed for filming action while deep within it. Action cams are therefore usually compact, rugged, and waterproof Typically recording video over still images, capturing the action without having to interact with the camera. They usually have a waterproof housing, protecting it from the kinds of extreme weather and environments you would expect to find on the snow covered slopes of Ruapehu, or the rugged west coast Surf Beach Piha. Most record via a MicroSD card, and connect to a PC via Micro USB cable

Action cameras are often associated with action-sports, commonly attached to helmets, surfboards or handlebars, becoming an integral part of many exciting extreme sports; such as rock climbing, base jumping or wingsuits. Several cameras are often used to capture different perspectives; for example, a helmet camera may see the perspective of a cyclist, in combination with a second camera attached to the environment of the rider, such as a the bike itself, wingsuit, or chest, or even looking back onto the rider recording his reactions and expressions. Action Cams are sometimes referred to as “Helmet-Cams” or other similar names.

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Because the end result of the recorded footage is often exciting, short and highly shareable, the videos are ideal for Youtube, and quickly develop viral status online. This in turn drives the popularity of the action camera and this trend is expected to grow stronger still, as the cameras become more popular outside the extreme sport sector, within the mainstream/consumer channel.

The category is strongly associated GoPro range of cameras, and many action cameras come with a GoPro 3-Prong mount adapter to take advantage of the accessories used by the popular GoPro action cameras

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Other popular manufacturers of action cams include the Sony HDR-AS10, HDR-AS15 and HDR-AS30V

Garmin VIRB, Xiaomi YiCamera, Panasonic HX-A500E, Toshiba Camileo X-Sports, Polaroid Cube,Mobius, Ricoh WG-M1, and the TomTom Bandit

 

Common Sports that are popular to film;

Earth:

Skateboarding, Longboarding, Mountain Boarding, Sandboarding, BMX, Motocross, FMX, Aggressive Inline Skating, Mountain Biking, Caving, Slacklining, Absailing, Rock Climbing, Free Climbing, Bouldering, Mountaineering, Parkour, Sand kiting, Zorbing

Water:

Surfing, Long/short, Body boarding, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Cave diving, Flowboarding, Paddle surfing / Stand up paddle, Kayaking, Cliff Jumping, Coasteering, Scuba Diving, Knee Boarding, White Water Rafting, Skim Boarding, Jet Skiing

Snow and Ice:

Snowboarding, snow skiing, Ice Climbing, Snowmobiling, Snow Kiting

Air:

Base Jumping, SkyDiving, Wing Suiting, Bungee Jumping, High-lining, Hang Gliding, Paragliding

 

What sport is your favourite?

Do you plan to use your camera for action or adventure?
www.actioncam.nz  brings you the most afforadble of them all, yet maintain an attractive selection of features and a picture quality that is imporessive and hard to fault. Being the camera is built tough to begin with, faults are rare, but the company offer a free return service anyway so concerns should be really down to what colour item you should buy!

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Meet the Tiniest Drone Today! – The SKEYE Pico Drone.

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Measuring only 2.2 x 2.2 cm (0.87 x 0.87 inch) and weighs 7 gram (0.25 ounce), this really is the tiniest quad-copter you’ll come across today.

Quick Specs: 

– Gyro: 6-Axis Gyro
– Frequency: 2.4GHz
– Channels: 4
– Battery: 3.7V 80mAh
– Flight Time: ~7-8 minutes
– Charging Time: ~30 minutes
– Controller Battery: 2 x AAA (Not Included)
– Remote-controlled Distance: Up To 50m
– Weight: 7 gram (0.25 ounce)
– Dimensions: 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm (0.87 x 0.87 x 0.75 inch)

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But don’t let the size SKEYE Pico Drone fool you as this cool nimble quad-copter can also do all the things its bigger sizes siblings can do like doing spins, flips and breath taking aerial maneuvers. This is possible because this drone is equip with a 6 – Axis Flight Control System and a Gyro Sensitivity that is auto adjustable.

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Also armed with Ready to Fly Technology (RTF) and 3 levels of sensitivity, the SKEYE Pico Drone is incredibly easy to control and maneuver so don’t worry if your new to quad-copter, you can just throw SKEYE Pico Drone in the air and use its easy to use controller once air-born.

Features:
– Throw To Fly
– RTF (Ready to Fly) Technology
– 6-Axis Flight Control System with Adjustable Gyro Sensitivity
– Stable & Easy to Fly
– Aerobatic “Flip” Capability
– LED Lights for Night Flights
– 3-Level Adjustable Controller Sensitivity: Beginner, Mid-Level, Headless Mode

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You can also take this awesomely cool tiny quad-copter for a spin at night thanks to its LED lights, Charge time is half an hour for a full 8 minute fun flight.

What is an Android TV Box?

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This little device called Android TV Boxes can make your big screen TV smarter!

Android Boxes pretty much runs the same software found on your android phone, these in turn transform your living room TV to mini computer operating with an Android OS.

You can now easily surf the web, stream movies from Youtube or even from your phone directly via Airplay (DLNA) to the living room TV, Skype call and watch shows from Netflix.

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With Google’s Play Store you have access to more than 500.000 apps and install them directly to your Android Box, not only you can use all those productivity application but also play HD Android games in your living room with your friends just like that Playstation Network.

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Fitbit Flex – Your Next Fitness Companion!

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You might have heard of this awesome smart bracelet that lets you track your fitness goals and helps you to be more motivated and focused to achieve them.

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Fitbit Flex is a simple activity tracking bracelet that lets you measure your sleep, exercise and diet that is both informative and comfortable to use as Fitbit Flex is lightweight than most smartwatch or other fitness bands, you’ll always be keen to check your progress on a daily rate

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Setting up and navigation of Fitbit Flex is also user friendly as you can set this up just by plugging it in your PC and have the app downloaded up and running, really easy setup here, kid you not. Dashboard is really informative and also easy to read.

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Battery last for about 5 days in a single charge and the Flex recharges pretty quickly just take extra care when loading this up on its custom charger as you might place it upside down, you can also set up and alarm to go off every time the Flex needed charging so you won’t have to deal with the battery running out on you, really useful as you’ll forget your wearing the Fitbit Flex due to its really comfortable design.

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Overall a wearable fitness tech that is really fun and easy to use, this will really give you the extra push and motivation to achieve the fitness lifestyle you always think of having.

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Do you have extra tips and tricks on how you use your Fitbit Flex, tell us on the comments below.

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Welcome Google’s new Android OS – 6.0 Marshmallow!

Now after a-lot of speculation on what “M” on Android “M” OS means, Google finally confirmed that it stands for Marshmallow and will be Android 6.0 and is set to be released this fall.

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So now you wonder if your current phone is on the list of devices that will be eligible for the update, we were able to get a list of Samsung phones that will get the updates once Marshmallow has been released though dates and schedule may still vary.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy ALPHA
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Samsung was also able to come up with a very cool infographic on what can you expect once Marshmallow hit your phones.

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News has it that Google is developing two new Nexus devices that will showcase the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow – some says it will come from two different Smartphone manufacturers namely Huawei and LG. We will be updating this page once we have the news confirmed.

What do you think of Android 6.0 Marshamallow, is there any other features you think that should be added? Hit us with your comments below.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – Is this the Phablet you’re waiting for?

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A new Samsung flagship phone just gets announced in the form of Samsung Galaxy Note 5, of course Samsung Galaxy Note’s trademark stylus will still be present on this new iteration of the device as an automatic ejectable S-Pen.

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Quick Specs:

  • 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 2560 x 1440
  • Exynos 7420 octa-core processor
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  •  3G, LTE
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of storage
  • 16-megapixel rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop, TouchwizUI
  • 3000mAh battery

Note 5 comes in 32GB or 64GB of storage on a 3,000mAh battery, this seems much smaller than last year’s Note 4 but the new note comes with support for quick and wireless charging, pretty good if you ask me.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is also encased in an all-aluminum metallic body, some reports also indicated a variant that comes with a faux leather back much like the new LG G4 Models.

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2.7 GHz Snapdragon processor powers Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with the powerful  Exynos 7420 chipset with 14nm architecture; octa-core CPU (quad 2.1GHz & quad 1.5GHz), Mali-T760MP8 GPU a tried and tested processing hardware, paired with a hefty 4GB of RAM, this truly is a beast when it comes to games and multi tasking.

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If you want to know more you can watch the video presentation below.

What do you think of this new smartphone, will this be your next phone or will you pass?

Tell us on the comments section below.

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The E1 – 4K Camera almost GoPro size with Changeable Lens.

Talk about serious compact photography, Z Camera, a Las Vegas based company took this idea one notch higher and created the “E1” through Kickstarter funding and already exceeded their goal of $42,000.00 and is currently sitting at $208,869 as of this writing.


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E1 offers the best of both worlds, from the portability and connectivity of a GoPro, to the flexibility and usability of traditional DLSR camera.

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The E1 comes with a micro four-thirds lens mount that can handle a wide variety of lenses from world renowned brands like Olympus, Sigma, Lumix, Panasonic and Leica, so if you have them lenses you can mount them in the E1.

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Connectivity is also a plenty with E1 as this is equipped with WIFI and BLUETOOTH 4.0.

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You can still head on to their Kickstarter Page and pledge to this awesome device, the $449 and $549 options are all sold out but you can still get some slot on the $599 variants upwards, target delivery of E1 is late November or early December this year.

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Star Wars like Drone Racing Experience!

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Remember that awesome POD racing scene in Star Wars, well this is the closest we can get to that, drone racing is now a big thing as an underground hobby in Australia, literally underground as races are being conducted in basements due to some legal guidelines regarding fly zones for drones

Using a drone, a high def camera and a monitor, enthusiast can pilot this mini drones in FPV (First Person View), as one of the pilots says “It’s like the real thing”.

Check out the video below of some enthusiast drone racing in snow :

Aerial Sports League based in the US is conducting and organizing drone races they even went on to set up a drone racing course in Oakland California.

Aerial Sports League FPV Video, awesome right?

You can check out our site as we have a handful of available drones with HD cameras available.

You can also message us directly at our Facebook Page if you have inquiries or question on how you can get your hands on this cool product.

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Cool Tron like headphones – Glow Laser Light!

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Laser light headphones that pulse to the beat of your music!

The first smart headphones with laser light technology has been in the works through Kickstarter.

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Glow uses state of the art laser technology and Corning® Fibrance™  to make a vibrant statement. Use the Glow App for iOS or Android to control the laser intensity, so you can go bold or subtle depending on your mood.

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This headphones doesn’t just look cool and futuristic but also packs all the bells and whistle of its high-end counterparts in the head/earphone department such as Beats and Marshall, this means its audio drivers will let you hear every high and low ends notes for that fully immersive listening experience!

This have a five-button controller clip designed for maximum control, you can adjust tunes, snap photos, reply to text messages without looking at your phone.

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Glow’s “early bird” price level of $127 is sold out, but you can still  pre-order here one pair for $159. They start shipping this summer.

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Meanwhile you can check our current line of headphones while waiting for this awesome product!

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