This holiday season was filled with another round of cool gadgets. If most people know me…I love gadgets and love playing with new toys. So this year, the three presents that come to mind are the GoPro Hero2 camera, Olloclip lens adapter for the iPhone4(s), and the Kindle Fire. Sarah gave me the GoPro Hero2 and the Olloclip for my iPhone4s and I gave her the Kindle Fire. So here are some first thoughts after having this gadgets for a short period of time after the Christmas gift exchanges.
This is a great little video camera for those of you video enthusiast. You can purchase this item anywhere from BestBuy, B&H Photo Video online, GoPro.com, or numerous other places online or brick and mortar stores. This will be the one gadget in my “Go Bag” for video shoots this year providing new perspectives as a second camera during interviews and/or when trying to grab interesting shots. GoPro is most famous for being used in extreme sports like surfing, sky diving, snow boarding, and even on planes for interesting shots.
What I Like:
- LOVE THE WIDE ANGLE – 170 degree view!
- This is a compact camera about the size of a D Battery and can capture video and still images.
- Records video at 1080p 30 frames per second and numerous other smaller resolutions.
- Captures still images with at 11 megapixels.
- I love the waterproof case (up to 197 feet), perfect for recording white water rafting.
- The mount with sucution cup…already used it on the front of my car.(CLICK HERE to watch)
- Comes with built in microphone.
- Has an audio input.
- Has a built in HDMI out.
- The digital still camera can take pictures in intervals over a period of time for time lapse.
- Makes for great second camera in video shoots for wide angle perspective.
Wish list for improvements:
- Wish the LED Screen was not an ad-on but a standard part of the camera.
- Wish the actual camera had a mountable connection, instead of having to put camera in case to be mounted.
- Low light is always going to be an issue with these small image processors. But it still does a decent job.
- The waterproof case does not allow you to plug in a a microphone into the audio input.
If you would like to look at the complete description of the camera, CLICK HERE.
Olloclip for iPhone
For you camera/video enthusiasts, the Olloclip is a great addition to your iPhone4 or 4s. This attachment allows you to take the iPhone camera to the next level. It is a wide angle and fisheye adapter that allows you to take images and capture video from a wider perspective. I have been searching for something like this, then I found it in my stocking this year.
What I Like:
- Easy slide on and off of the attachment.
- Two lens in one attachment. You can flip the attachment around from wide angle to fisheye.
- Clear images with this simple slide on attachment as a lens.
- Makes the iPhone4(s) a great second camera in video shoots since it acquires the image at 1080p.
- The wide angle lens can be removed to make provide a macro lens.
Wish list for improvements:
- You have to remove your case of choice to use this attachment. Love to see this company make a case where this attachment integrates as a part of a bigger offering.
- Easy to accidentally grab the iPhone in a way where you can get finger prints on the lens.
- The adapter slides around sometimes which can distort the image and/or create some artifacts.
You can check out the FAQ’s about the Olloclip by CLICKING HERE.
I bought this e-reader for Sarah this Christmas, she loves my iPad but wanted something smaller to read books. Bottom line, this is and e-reader built around reading books from Amazon. If purchase as a tablet like an iPad, you will be annoyed. The tech community might “root” this device and install the complete Android platform, but for the non-tech users…this is not built to be a tablet. I would say this is similar in size to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. So here are some of Sarah’s first impressions. By the way, many of her comparisons stem from my “original” iPad3G.
What she likes:
- Size – she likes the ability to hold it in one hand.
- Convenience of being able to buy/purchase book and read immediately.
- The rewards program – Her Amazon Prime membership allows her to “borrow” one book a month which they term as the “The Lending Library”.
- It is backlit to read book at night with no bed side lamp.
- It comes with install apps like Facebook, Amazon, and Pulse news reader.
- When you go to the “store,” it provides recommended books across the top…similar to the Amazon.com experience.
What she dislikes:
- Battery life seems to dwindle fast.
- The power cord is not that long (4 feet long). Need to be close to an outlet if the battery dwindles down fast.
- The power button is on the bottom, so unwanted bumps cause it to shut off.
- The power cord plugs in the bottom and can get in the way when holding.
- Not as responsive as the iPad when touching hyperlinks.
- Web browsing is not as responsive as the original iPad.
So there ya go…love to here your thoughts!