Nov 23 17

Fosmon Xbox One Controller Charger – Xbox Rechargeable Battery Kit Review

by Harlan Yee

If play Xbox you know how many batteries you can go through. And when you don’t have any fresh batteries around you might be taking a last minute trip to the store to stock up on AAs. But Fosmon has a great solution for rechargeable batteries. Please a take a look at my review video!

The Fosmon Xbox One Controller Charger and Batteries come with a charging station and two 800 mAh battery packs. The charging station is a dock with dual slots and provides high-speed charging of two controllers at once.

Fosmon Xbox One Rechargeable Batteries

 

Each battery provides about 30-33 hours of playtime and takes about 4 to 5 hours to charge. Green lights on the charger flash while read more…

Oct 4 17

Drocon Blue Bugs 3 Brushless Motor Drone Review – 15 Minute Flight Time

by Harlan Yee

The Drocon Blue Bugs 3 brushless motor drone is an affordable alternative to the much more expensive DJI quadcopters. The Blue Bugs 3 can support GoPro and other action cameras. The brushless motors provide more power, longer running times and more accurate flight control than conventional electric motors. The Blue Bugs 3 is packaged with a camera mount but it does not include a camera. Only certain GoPros and other action cameras will fit with the included mount. I’m using this with the DBPower SJ4000 action camera.

The remote is large and a bit bulky like a DJI remote but it does feature a solid antenna mast. The Blue Bugs 3 comes with a MJX R/C battery and has 1800mAh capacity. The battery fits very snugly underneath the drone body and won’t read more…

Aug 30 17

Drocon Traveler U818A Plus FPV Drone with Built-In HD Camera Review

by Harlan Yee

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Jun 12 17

Imorden Carbon Fiber DSLR and Video Camera Slider Review

by Harlan Yee

Camera sliders add an extra dimension to your shots. And this carbon fiber slider from Imorden is a handy tool that can help you create cinematic shots. I mainly shoot product videos for my YouTube channel and it helps me stand out from other product reviewers with my moving shots. The tracks on the Imorden sliders are made of light-weight carbon fiber tubing and are very smooth.

The ends have adjustable legs that can be pivoted and the feet are also adjustable for uneven surfaces. There’s a quarter-inch screw on the dolly to attach a tripod head for your camera. The dolly is quite large and offers several mounting holes for accessories including quarter-inch and 3/8” inch. Movement of the dolly is incredibly smooth even with heavier cameras. But the actual smoothness in your shot depends on how steady your hand is when sliding.

Imorden Carbon Fiber DSLR Camera Slider Review

The ends of the slider has five quarter-inch screw holes but none on the bottom. That means you need to be creative when connecting two tripods on the ends. However, with the mounting screws on read more…

Mar 28 17

Imorden Falcon F-2 Shoulder Sling Review for DSLRs – How to Carry a Camera and Not Look Like a Tourist

by Harlan Yee

For years I really disliked the neck strap that came with my Canon camera. I always thought that it put my camera in an inconvenient spot whenever I wore it. To me, having the camera hang between my chest and stomach felt really uncomfortable especially walking around. It would swing weird and is in the way of things. Not to mention I felt like I looked like a tourist.

However, with the Imorden Falcon F-2 Shoulder Sling, carrying around my DSLR is now very comfortable and it sits safely on my hip. Here’s my video review of the Imorden camera sling:

 

The Imorden Shoulder Sling uses several metal buckles to connect the different straps. These are not going to break!

Imorden Shoulder Sling 1

 

Attaching your camera is easy with the metal ball joint connector. It securely fastens your camera to the shoulder strap and they also include a safety strap so you won’t read more…

Mar 20 17

Imorden Hand Grip for DSLRs and GoPro – Pistol Grip for Steady Hand Held Shots

by Harlan Yee

Using a hand grip with your camera can dramatically improve the way you shoot hand held video. Hand grips are usually simple devices and the Imorden Hand Grip for DSLRs, GoPros and smartphones offers your wrist a break when getting your shots. Using a hand grip eases the tension on your wrist by allowing it to be in a more natural position when holding the camera in front of you.

Canon 7D with Imorden Hand Grip Stabilizer Pistol Grip

The Imorden Hand Grip is made completely out of metal and covered in a soft rubber grip that won’t slip. It’s very comfortable to the touch but because it’s made of metal, the Imorden grip is a bit heavier than others that are made of plastic.

Check out my video review of the Imorden Hand Grip below.

Imorden has an entire line of affordable camera accessories that are high quality and useful for video makers. And they continue to develop new products to help video producers. I’ve used the grip on many different types of cameras and I’m surprised just how much better it is using this while shooting. It’s even better on a DSLR if I use a viewfinder on it too.

iPhone with Imorden Hand Grip Stabilizer and Rode VideoMic Pro Pistol Grip

The Imorden Hand Grip is small enough that you can carry it with you at all times in your bag. When you’re in a run-and-gun situation, it’s easy to screw the grip on and start shooting. So far I have been very impressed with the types of products they have.

GoPro with Imorden Hand Grip Stabilizer Pistol Grip

Feb 27 17

Imorden IR-02 Shoulder Rig Review – 15mm Rails for DSLR Follow Focus and Teleprompter Mount

by Harlan Yee

Shoulder rigs are an essential part of any video shoot. But shoulder rigs don’t have to be used just for handheld shooting. I recently got a hold of the Imorden IR-02 Shoulder Rig and got to test it with a variety of accessories. The IR-02 is great for getting steady handheld shots with 3 points of stabilization but you already knew that. However, when I started attaching some of my other camera gear to this rig, that’s where the fun began!

First of all, the Imorden IR-02 Shoulder Rig uses 15mm rails in a standard width for smaller cameras. The rig feels pretty solid and is made of mostly metal except for the handgrips and the cover on the shoulder brace. Mounting this rig on a tripod is where I’m going to be using it most of the time and it’s what I’m most excited about.

Imorden IR-02 Shoulder Rig with Follow Focus

The first attachment I mounted to the rig was the Kamerar FF-3 Follow Focus. This gear knob assembly attached easily to the rails and provided a good positioning of the gear to the lens. read more…

Nov 1 16

Make an Iron Man Arc Reactor for Tony Stark Cosplay – DIY Ultra Thin Wearable with LEDs

by Harlan Yee

I really feel like Tony Stark with this easy to make Arc Reactor that won’t break your budget! It’s not meant to be pretty looking but it looks good when glowing under your shirt. My DIY Arc Reactor is powered by AA batteries and a string of micro LED lights so it won’t get hot against your chest. And it’s super thin! I don’t really like costume parties but the Arc Reactor is impressive and it’s virtually unnoticeable when the LEDs are powered off. The main part of the Arc Reactor is made of CDs or DVDs. I used a regular sized DVD and a mini-CD-R disc. Also, we will need the clear filler disc found at the bottom of every stack of blank discs.

 

The only thing you need to buy are the micro LED lights. This project uses a small string of 20 lights. You can use whatever color you want but the Blue LED lights are more authentic looking when building your Arc Reactor. You may even need to purchase some of the mini-CD-R discs if you don’t have any around.

Nov 1 16

How to Use an External Microphone on Android Phone with 3.5mm Headphone Jack

by Harlan Yee

Connecting and recording audio from an external microphone on an Android phone should be an easy thing to do but many people have found that it is not as simple as it seems. On the surface, one would think that you just plug the microphone in and it should naturally work. But if you’ve tried it you know it won’t work.

There are not dedicated jacks for headphones or microphones on Android devices. Headphones work perfectly fine on Android but so do microphones. You just have to know how. The only place you can plug in a microphone is in the headphone jack. But to get the microphone to work you’ll need an adapter cable. The single port fully functions as a microphone input as well as an audio output for headphones. In my video, I’ll show you exactly how to get a 3.5mm microphone up and running on your Android device.

 

The adapter cable I used in the video is from StarTech.com and I carry it with me all the time now. The StarTech adapter splits the audio connections to and from the phone into separate jacks/ports. When it’s plugged in, you now have the ability to plug in a microphone and headphone in at the same time. Both will function at the same time also.

The StarTech TRS to TRRS adapter is available on Amazon for under $7 and is a useful cable to have around for many devices that only have one headphone jack.

Nov 27 13

Kamerar SD-1 Slider Dolly Video Review

by Harlan Yee

Lately, I’ve been on the lookout for high-quality yet inexpensive gear for my camera. It wasn’t too long ago when most of the DSLR accessories I wanted were too pricey for my budget. Thank goodness there are now new companies out there that manufacture and sell video gear accessories that almost anyone can afford!

One of the new companies I just discovered is Kamerar. When I first saw their products, I was thinking I wanted to buy all of it because of their quality and price. Previously, I shot an unboxing video for the Kamerar FF-3 Follow Focus but this time, I purchased the Kamerar SD-1 Slider Dolly for DSLRs and other video cameras.

After a few days of playing around with it, I shot a video review to share my experience with it.

As you can see from the video, the Kamerar SD-1 is pretty much a big solid piece of metal. One thing I found out that I didn’t say in the video is that you definitely need a good stable tripod if you want to mount this onto a tripod.

In conclusion, is this the best slider out there? Definitely not! However, for the budget videographer, the Kamerar SD-1 is a highly functional camera slider that combines a skateboard dolly and track slider in one. Good enough for most shots.