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Joby GripTight Mount PRO for Smartphone
Joby GripTight Mount PRO for Smartphone
Price: £26.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, 11 Mar. 2017
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This is a beautifully made phone clamp. Most of it is rubberised or non slip grip and the lock knobs are surfaced in softer grippyness. Stainless steel is used for the sliders. It holds an iPhone 7 plus in a Spigen case without problem and would hold a wider one. What is also good is that it is so easy to load a phone into it and to sensitively clamp it in. No springs of dubious tension or screw clamps of crushing force. Simply slide the jaws apart, pop the phone in and slide the jaws together onto the phone at the grip you need. Then lock in place. Comforting for owners of phones with screens that wrap around the sides. The phone can be swivelled 90 degrees in the horizontal and around 110 degrees in the vertical. One thing to watch out for: the lock screw for the jaws also locks the 90 degree swivel so the phone could slip out of the jaws as it is being rotated. One learns to hold the jaws together onto the phone while rotating, which, by the way, is reassuringly smooth and slightly resistant.

Excellent piece of kit, excellent value for money. Highly recommended.


CamKix Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control for Smartphones - Create Amazing Photos and Selfies - Compatible with all IOS and Android Devices with Bluetooth / Including Wrist Strap
CamKix Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control for Smartphones - Create Amazing Photos and Selfies - Compatible with all IOS and Android Devices with Bluetooth / Including Wrist Strap
Offered by ECO-FUSED UK
Price: £6.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little remote, 11 Mar. 2017
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After an initial non-pairing problem that was solved by removing and refitting the supplied battery this works beautifully. The instructions may be a little out of date but this works with the built in camera and app for the 1phone 7Plus running on IOS10


Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera
Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera
Price: £419.00

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon Quality, 1 Feb. 2017
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An intriguing little camera that I did not buy for any action use whatsoever. Being pathologically averse to throwing myself down snow covered mountains on a piece of wood, or similar foolhardiness involving kites, air bottles, cars or bikes, cliffs, canyons, very deep water or the ozone layer. I was just interested in its pictorial properties and possibilities.

The first thing you realise is that a smartphone or tablet running the latest OS is essential. In the case of iOS it must be 8.4 or later. On this you download the Nikon app Snapbridge 360 (free) to be able to access all the camera features and settings and play back the photos or videos. There is also the facility for remote control in the app.

The camera can also be connected to a desk/laptop computer via USB and its card contents downloaded. To play the full 360° image on a PC a free app called Nikon Keymission 360/170 Utility is necessary. Bear in mind that playing videos and swirling around the image will make significant demands upon your processor and you may not be able to get smooth movement.

Images and videos can also be played back on a HDTV but the quality is a bit rough and the image cannot be moved around.

The camera takes two hemispherical images and then stitches them together to give a 360° all around, up and down panorama. The in-camera stitching is not perfect and one can occasionally see the join on near objects. The fact that it does it at all is amazing. You can also see the nadir point under the camera which includes whatever mounting is being used.

The camera is so keen to take pictures that even when turned off a light press on the Video or photo button switches it on and takes a picture. This makes handling it a little tricky as it keeps taking pictures but you soon get the hang of it. There are audible warning signals and an initially baffling series of coloured led’s that flash in different sequences to alert you to whatever is, or is not, going on.

Picture quality is very good. The Nikon fisheye lenses are excellent and a sharp print on A3 paper can be obtained. Exposure is automatic and works exceedingly well considering these are fisheye lenses that take in everything from sun and bright sky to dark shadows in the same image. It has active D lighting as an option that tries to keep detail in the brightest and darkest image areas. Clever. When the images/video are viewed on a smartphone or tablet then you do need one with a high screen resolution in order to see all the detail. Its low light performance is excellent; typically some noise is noticeable at very low light levels.

Video file sizes are large at best quality setting and will not always download via WiFi onto a smartphone because of lack of bandwidth or so the little pop-up tells me.

The Snapbridge 360 software is the weakest part of the package. Cranky and clunky it is occasionally non-functioning. Visually it does not exude Nikon excellence.

Recharging is done with its supplied small plug charger or via the USB socket on a computer. Tucked away in the instructions is a note to say that you should avoid leaving it plugged in when charging is complete as this could damage the battery. So no auto off then? Seems a bit shortsighted given that most users will plug it in overnight and have better things to do than babysit a battery. Also there are various exhortations to only use Nikon leads and connectors to avoid the risk of, well anything really. The cynic might say this may be more to do with Nikon wanting to squeeze a bit more of your hard earned from your grasp than any genuine concern over third party cables. Or it really is to ensure cable quality, at a price of course.

As a camera it is great. I do like it. Pair it up with Pano2VR software and great fun can be had.


Sony ICF-C1 FM/AM Clock Radio - Black
Sony ICF-C1 FM/AM Clock Radio - Black
Price: £21.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Great to set up, average to listen to., 29 Jan. 2017
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Easy to set up clock radio (which is a blessing as its predecessor was a horror) that keeps its settings if there is a power cut. Only four stars as the sound quality is average to poor, rather like a wasp in a bottle. Come along Mr Sony you could have got that right I am sure.


Holaca Carrying Case for Nikon, Protective Bag with Water Resistant EVA for Nikon Keymission 170 360 Camera (For 360 CAM)
Holaca Carrying Case for Nikon, Protective Bag with Water Resistant EVA for Nikon Keymission 170 360 Camera (For 360 CAM)
Offered by DWRUK
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little case., 29 Jan. 2017
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Great little clamshell case that has cut outs to hold everything in the box your Keymission came with. Even with the camera's silicon knickers on. One very small point, but for me, irritating like a stone in the shoe, I naturally think that cases should have handles fixed on the opposite side to the hinge so I get a bit lost with this at times. I will learn. Does its job well though. Recommended.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Vastly Overpriced, 29 Jan. 2017
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Hugely overpriced item. Even the necessary wrist strap is an optional extra. Mr Nikon is not making friends with this thing. Does it work? Well. er. yessss. You need an up to date smartphone or tablet to run Snapbridge software (free! Good Heavens!!). That allows you to transfer the bluetooth remote from the phablet to the remote. Eventually.
The software is clunky and the instructions are not complete. Once paired to the camera the remote works OK but do not turn it off before switching control back to the camera/phablet by pressing the Fn button. Fn? What does that mean? Failure to do this will leave you in bluetooth limboland resolved by removing and replacing the camera battery. Oh and it is not waterproof, at all, nix, nuffink. Oh yes, one other thing, the instructions for using it are not packaged with it or in the camera's instruction manual but tucked away in the Keymission 360 reference manual. Helpful. The remote does come with screeds of miniscule printing in many languages on the danger of eating batteries. Presumably for customers who are contemplating suicide having realised what their hard earned has bought.


Andoer Aluminum Monopod Tripod Folding Three Legged Supporting Stand
Andoer Aluminum Monopod Tripod Folding Three Legged Supporting Stand
Offered by Andoer Official

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully made monopod using tubular sections locked with a twist ..., 29 Jan. 2017
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Beautifully made monopod using tubular sections locked with a twist collar. None of the faffing about with stickiy outy lever clips that snag on everything and eventually break through plastic fatigue.
This item comes from China and arrived a week before the advised date. Great. I am not a great user of monopods but bought this for my Keymission 360 panoramic camera for which it works a treat having a small visible footprint in shot. I would not trust the small feet to support a DSLR without me being there to grip it tightly. I am a bit nervous even when the small Keymission is on it and a small breeze wafts by.
Excellent. Highly recommended.
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Canon PR100-R Laser Pointer Presenter
Canon PR100-R Laser Pointer Presenter
Offered by Kikatek
Price: £47.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but expensive, 12 Oct. 2016
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My old Logitech R-R0001 wireless presenter had started to behave erratically. The forward keypress did not always activate anything on the slide presentation. Much embarrassment and running to and from the laptop to press a keyboard key instead. Not good. Rather detracted from the drama and flow of the presentation and the shuffling of the audience trying to see around me was a tad distracting.

Time for a replacement and not without pleasure either as the Logitech was designed by people who had been away from college when they did ergonomics. One of its more startling delights was the volume rocker bar which was handily placed just where I gripped the device and sure to fill the hall with screaming sound or mute the whole thing at important moments.

After a lot of shopping around the internet comparing and contrasting I discovered a large range of badge engineered products that in my opinion probably cost £4 to make whatever their retail price. I finally settled on the Canon PR100-R with a feeling of being quietly ripped off but liking the design, backlighting and highly visible laser.

It arrived very rapidly, well done Amazon, and was eventually prized from its blister pack. Contents were the remote, two AAA batteries, a zippered pouch and two enormous sheets of instructions written in every language on the planet. I do not know about the other languages but when I finally found and read the English version I awarded it my 2016 prize for Most Mangled English. Well done Mr Canon.

On first inspection it is light, made of shiny plastic that does not look as if it will survive a drop. Oh for a rubbery surface. However it is comfortable to hold and works well. The backlit screen for the timer is great and the forward and back buttons are fairly easy to locate in the dim. Mr Canon makes much of the laser being highly visible and it is much brighter than my older Logitech one.

There are some oddities though. The forward button has a handy but very small and low pip on it to help identification by feel. However the battery door has three larger and higher pips as well as a grip pad. This seems illogical given the use each will have. They are also irritating as they fall under one’s fingers when holding the device. A gentle filing removed the battery door pips so all is ease and comfort but for the price I should not have to do that.

I would respectfully suggest to Mr Canon making the forward button concave and the back button convex. Also the laser has a light pipe telltale bar on the top to show the operator that the laser is working. This seems totally unnecessary as you can actually see the laser. What would be good would be an led that shone when a control button was pressed, so you knew that the radio transmitter was working, which you cannot see.

It does not have a volume control, which suits me, and the on/off switch has three positions: Off, Keynote and Powerpoint. However the device is not actually that specific. The forward and back buttons transmit an Up Arrow keypress and a Down Arrow keypress which both Powerpoint and Keynote use. It has two other buttons for powerpoint users that will start a show or give a temporary blank screen. I have used it with Proshow Producer and it can be easily set to be recognised through Proshow’s prefs menu.

Is it worth the big price tag? Only time will tell. If it stands up to regular use without failure or damage then perhaps but I have the feeling that there may be other cheaper ones out there which are just as good. Canon have a reputation for quality so you are buying into that and it does work very well. The button presses are reassuring, the timer screen and setting are clear and it gives vibrations when the time set is up, five minutes before that and halfway through, if the time set is over 30minutes. The laser pointer is very bright. The whole package also looks quite stylish too.


Wolf Garten RR5000 Professional Bypass Aluminum Secateurs
Wolf Garten RR5000 Professional Bypass Aluminum Secateurs
Offered by Gardener's Dream Ltd
Price: £27.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 12 Oct. 2016
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Excellent, comfortable, sharp (well of course, it is new). You will not be displeased.


Torrex Induction Steam Juicer made of stainless steel Ø26/15L
Torrex Induction Steam Juicer made of stainless steel Ø26/15L
Offered by Profi-Gruppe
Price: £36.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well, 12 Oct. 2016
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Works well, cleans up well, good grade of stainless steel. No snags. It does take about an hour to make the juice from a full load and you have to keep an eye on the water level in the bottom section but much easier than boiling and straining fruit through a drip bag.


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