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About Technopsis

I have been actively following the technology evolution for years and am especially interested in gadgets and computer technology. After several suggestions by friends I decided to start my own tech-blog, Technopsis. It started as a test to try out some behind the scene functions, and to post some information for friends etc, but the userbase kept growing and growing. I decided to optimize the blog for the normal internet user and open it up for everyone. Now I try to fill the blog with useful information like personal reviews and guides to various tech related topics. I hope you find the information you are looking for here on http://technopsisblog.com!

Xiaomi mi-two smartphone

First Qualcomm quadcore APQ8064 smartphone will be released in Europe

Xiaomi mi-twoLasBekijk in het Nederlandst Thursday a relatively unknown smartphone manufacturer from china, Xiaomi, announced the first smartphone featuring the new quadcore processor of Qualcomm. The new processor features an improved graphical unit, the Adreno 320-gpu.

The Xiaomi Mi-Two smartphone

At first it was thought the new smartphone announced by Xiaomi would only be released in China, but sourced over at Engadget have indicated that this phone will most likely also be released in Europe. The phone was announced to cost about 255 euros in Chinese currency. It still remains the question if this price holds when it is released in Europe.

The phone, the Mi-Two, is the first to feature the new Qualcomm soc with the new 28nm architecture. The processor features four cores and a fifth core for graphics, the new Adreno 320. This should result in much better graphical performances compared to the old Adreno 220 and 225 from earlier releases. The APQ8064 does not support any mobile networks itself, but needs a separate chip to make these connections.

Later this year it is expected that more smartphone manufacturers will be releasing phones with the new Qualcomm chip. HTC and LG are presumably working on phones feature the new chip which should outrun the Nvidia Tegra 3 which is the current standard for mobile devices.

The Mi-Two will feature a 4.3” ips-lcd panel with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The camera will feature an 8MP sensor and is able to record video in 1080p. 3G networks are supported and are able to reach speeds of up to 42Mbps and with this it is one of the few smartphones out there supporting this high data transfer rate.

It still remains a question when and if the phone will be released in Europe for sure, and what the price is going to be, but this ‘speculation’ sure makes me want to watch out for this newcomer on the European market.

Bluetooth-mouse

Mini laptop mouse with Bluetooth – Sweex MI702

Bekijk in het NederlandsSweex mini laptop mouseNetbooks are slim, small portable laptops that can be used for any kind of simple computer task. They are incredible versatile can be popped open whenever you want. The only problem is their damn mouse pads. They are extremely inferior to a normal mouse and can kill your experience using a netbook. In order to use a netbook properly, you are going to need a mini laptop mouse. But which one should you buy?

My experiences with mini laptop mice

I have been using a netbook for quite a while now and am a very happy owner. My netbook made my life a lot easier and way more portable. I did however require a decent mini mouse to make the damn thing useable, since I hate having to work with touchpads. So far I got two mice. One was a bad starter and the other one was a great investment using Bluetooth.

I started out with an HP mouse that looked just like my HP Pavilion DM-1 netbook. It had the same design and looked like it was meant to work with the netbook I bought. It came with a mini adapter to establish a wireless connection straight to my netbook. It worked fine, sure, but it had some pretty big flaws.

First of all, the HP mini mouse lacked two buttons on the side of the mouse to quickly navigate back and forth between pages. Annoying, but I knew this from the beginning. The latter and bigger defect of the mouse was the fact that the scroll wheel hardly worked. Whenever I scrolled down, the page went somewhat up, somewhat down, staying pretty much in the same place in the end. In addition, I got rather annoyed by the mini USB adapter for the wireless connection always sticking out of my perfectly small netbook, making it a bit harder for the netbook to slide into its sleeve.

When the batteries of my first wireless mini mouse were depleted, I decided to not buy new batteries, but a new laptop mouse. I decided I did not want to use another wireless adapter that had to stick out of the side of the laptop anymore, but wanted to use my already present Bluetooth technology. I searched for a bit and found my new mini laptop Bluetooth mouse, with the two side buttons for quick navigation and a proper scroll wheel: the Sweex MI702 Bluetooth Laser Mouse.

The Sweex MI702 Bluetooth laser mouse

Mini bluetooth mouseThe Sweex MI702 Bluetooth laser mouse cost me 20 bucks, but has been well worth the investment. The mini mouse comes in a dark blue color, and has six buttons in all. Besides the regular left-right-middle click buttons it has two buttons on the side for quick navigation and a DPI switch button on the top. It has a maximum resolution of 1600 DPI. It works on normal AAA batteries and the battery life has been great. I have been using it for several months and have not yet had to replace my batteries. It uses invisible laser to navigate so you don’t see any light coming out of the mouse during normal use.

The Sweex MI702 Bluetooth Laser Mouse looks very solid and has good grip. The side of the mouse and the scroll wheel are padded with anti-slip material to ensure your grip. On the bottom is a connect button to create a connection with your laptop, which is only used the first time you pair the mini mouse with another device and the on/off switch. The mouse is light, but not too light and small so you can just throw it in your bag along with your netbook or laptop.

I have been using this mouse for months now and have yet to find a better alternative laptop mouse using Bluetooth. All in all a great investment for only a few bucks.

Wireless Bluetooth laptop mouse

Samsung-galaxy-S-III

Android – Samsung announces the long awaited Galaxy S III

Samsung galaxy s 3Bekijk in het NederlandsThe long awaited follow-up of Samsung‘s very successful Android flagship has been announced and will be released later this month. The Samsung Galaxy S II will be followed up by the Samsung Galaxy S III which will be a lot faster than its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III was announced during the unpacked event and will feature Samsung’s own Exynos 4 Quad core processor. The Quad-soc runs on 1.4 GHz which is the same as Nvidias Tegra 3 chip. The Samsung Galaxy S III will feature a 4.8″ Super Amoled HD screen with a 720p resolution of 1280×720. It is 8.6mm thick and weighs 133 grams which is just a bit heavier than HTC’s counterpart the One X. An optional gadget is a styles which can be used to control the phone, but that needs to be purchased separately.

Besides running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0 the Samsung Galaxy S III runs Samsung’s very own touchwiz skin. The skin features several new features, like a siri-like voice control and software that tracks the user’s eyes in order to see if the screen could be turned off to preserve battery life. Popup video enables video content to pop-up even if a different app is running in the foreground.

Galaxy S III Specifications

Samsung galaxy s 3The Samsung Galaxy S III is packed with the newest technology out there. The 2100mAh battery will supply all those gadgets with juice. Amongst those tech-gadgets are Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n-wifi, NFC, DLNA and two cameras, an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front to allow video calls.

The NFC function allows you to pay small transactions in shops using your phone. Galaxy Beam allows you to connect two phones directly where the transfer of data is sent through wifi-direct to increase speed. DLNA allows your Samsung Galaxy S III to connect and stream to several different devices to play music or show video or pictures on a big screen wirelessly.

The Android phone will be available at the end of may. The Samsung Galaxy S III will be a direct competitor of the HTC One X which costs around 550 Euros. It is expected to be priced similarly.

 

rebuild website

Technopsis is rebuilding the Dutch counterpart

rebuild websiteBekijk in het NederlandsWe are currently in the middle of rebuilding the Dutch counterpart of our website. As Dutch users may have noticed the Dutch home page is not working as it should due to conflicts between our theme and the polylang plugin. I have been searching for a new theme, but have concluded that this problem persists with most other themes. Therefore I decided to rebuild the Dutch counterpart and nest it under a NL subdomain, using a fresh install of WordPress.

The rebuild is going to take us some time, but the framework is already done. What still needs to be done is get the design right and insert the logos etc. In addition, we need to completely repopulate the Dutch website and relinking every old URL to the new URLs using 301 redirects to keep it pretty for our search engines.

We hope the transition will go smoothly, but surely there will be some complications. Please allow us some time to optimize the website. After everything is back in order we will start posting fresh and interesting content once again.

Note that in the meantime our research concerning Video Search Engine Optimalisation is progressing. Check back soon to see more on that!

wordpress themes

Technopsis is looking for a new WordPress theme

Wordpress themeBekijk in het NederlandsTechnopsis recently moved from a free blogger domain to our custom .com domain. During this move we also switched from using the blogger software to the more versatile WordPress software. This was a huge improvement for us and our website become better looking than ever and way easier to navigate. We still are very happy with our move but are approaching the limits of our free WordPress theme. The theme we use now is not as customizable as we would like it to be, and several things are downright not coded right.

That’s why we are looking for a new (premium) WordPress  theme. We would like it to have the same looks and feel as our current theme. It must incorporate a slider like we have on our main page now, and must have a social media floating slider (or be compatible with a slider plug-in that is also usable on the homepage). But most importantly, it must be flawlessly usable with the polylang plug-in which enables us to host the site in two different languages!

At the moment we are very busy looking around for a new theme, be it free or premium, but we have little luck finding a proper one.

That’s why we are asking you to help us!
Do you know of any WordPress theme that fits the description above?

Please let us know in the comments below!

 

UPDATE: 

I am currently looking at the Volt theme from Themeforest. This theme is highly customizable and has the same basic look and feel of our current theme. In addition it is much more versatile and professionally coded.

The only thing I am not sure about yet is wether it is compatible with polylang, but it does have it’s own multilanguage solution!

If you have worked with a Themeforest theme, please let us know how the experience was in the comments below!

 

 

Increase website speed

Blog – 5 tips to increase website speed

Bekijk in het NederlandsSo you finally got a blog or website up and running and are filling it with content faster than you would have dared to dream. You are doing great, but all these additions are making your site load slower than ever. Viewers are clicking away before the main content has even loaded! Learn how to easily increase website speed with these 5 simple tips!

1: Caching is key!

increase website speedWebsite caching is a simple but very effective tool to reduce load on your webservers and to increase your website speed to get your content to the viewer quicker. What caching does is that it pre-renders a website in a simple HTML format, so that whenever a viewer enters your website it gets serverd this already rendered version of your website instead of your servers pumping out a fresh version. These cashes can be refreshed every few minutes, but it is still faster than making a new version for every visitor. This also greatly reduces the time needed for a visitor to download your site, as it just has to download a simple HTML instead of waiting for your servers to have a fresh version of your site ready.

There are several ways of increasing your website speed using this method, but especially for wordpress users this is really simple. You can just install certain plugins like w3 total cache or WP super cache. W3cache is more powerful but harder to set up and it had problems with other plugins I was using. WP super cache was extremely simple to set up and configure, but it lacks some of the more advanced options W3 total cache has. I would however advise to use the latter one for new users.

2: Load your Javascript libraries from google directly!

Javascript libraryAnother very easy and effective way to increase your website speed incredibly is loading everything you can from Google’s international servers instead of your own localized ones. Websites often use standardized sets of instructions that need to be loaded everytime someone accesses your website. Why not use someone else’s servers to load these instructions then? Google’s servers are set up all around the world and are blazingly fast! Google is nice enough to host those Javascript libraries so that we can load them straight from Google, increasing the speed of your site incredibly – depending of course on the base speed of your own server.

For WordPress users this is once again just installing a plugin. It couldn’t be easier. The plugin checks which libraries are used on your site and then redirects their location to the Javascript libraries on Google’s servers and within seconds your site has become much faster!

3: Combining code to speed up your website

The third way is a method that combines different sets of code into one, reducing the amount of times a user has to access your servers to load your website. For this example we combine your Javascript code with your CSS, making it far easier to load your page.

WordPress users can download the better WordPress minify plugin. It will automatically combine different sets of code into one, increasing the website speed within seconds!

4: Combining pictures to increase website speed

Another powerful tool is combining all static pictures on your website into one big sprite. This again reduces the amount of times someone has to access your servers to download pictures, and can greatly reduce the total size of the pictures since they are compressed into sprites. Don’t worry though, their alt text and title will stay intact if used correctly.

Some guy over at Google made a very nifty tool for just that in his spare time. Over at spriteme.org you can bookmark their tool. After that it is just simply going to the website site you want to optimize for speed and run their tool. It will suggest which pictures to combine and after you approve it will do just that for you. Afterwards it is simply adjusting the location of the pictures in your CSS and upload the sprite to your servers. This can reduce the loading time of your blog or website a lot and increase your overall website speed!

5: Compressing your site for website speed!

gzipThe fifth and final method of increasing your website’s speed is simply zipping it up like you would do any other file on your computer. You can compress the data you send to your user, reducing the time it takes to load your website. There are serveral standards of compressing online data, but gzip is probably accepted the most. Note that a browser needs support for the compression, since it will have to decompress or unzip the data it receives.

For WordPress users this is gain as simple as installing a plugin. Within seconds you are saving bandwith and increasing your website speed!

I personally use or have used most of these tactics on my own website, and the speed with which the site loads has increased tremendously. My site receives a score of 90 in Google’s page-speed test. It’s not a 100 yet, but we are well underway!

What do you think is the best method to increase your website speed? Let us know below!

overclocking for android

Android Supercharger – Supercharger Scripts Speed up Your Phone!

Supercharge AndroidBekijk in het NederlandsI have been using the Android platform for quite a while now, and while I love it I hate the fact that my 3-year old phone is not receiving updates anymore. I fixed this by installing custom roms, but those are sometimes a bit much for my old and slow phone. Overclocking works wonders for this, but to speed up Android even more, it is time to install a Android Supercharger Script!

What is an Android Supercharger Script

Speeding up a phone always sounds good, but running scripts? Android Supercharger? what in the world am I talking about and what are the downsides? I’ll explain it nice and simple. A supercharger script is a script that completely redo’s the way your Android phone handles it’s memory. It adjusts values for when to kill apps, and rearranges the priority and maximum load. I have to admit, I don’t know how it manages, but when running a supercharger script my Android phone become more stable and considerably snappier and faster!

The best part is that this android supercharger script will work for every Android based phone out there! And there are no downsides!

How to apply an Android supercharger script to speed up your phone

My phone becoming faster and snappier without any downsides? It must be immensely hard to install! False! It couldn’t be easier! When you have the proper files it just as simple as installing an app. Before we continue make sure you install the following apps and have root access:

busybox installer

Script manager

And you should download this android supercharger.txt file and place it on your SD-card preferably in the root folder.

Android SuperchargerAfter that you should run busybox installer and install version 1.8.2 of busybox. After it installed run script manager. Select run as root and load your supercharger.txt file. Of course you need to allow the root access. If needed reselect run as root, but NEVER select run on boot. Save the settings and select run. After that you will get a screen that reminds of the old DOS with its black background and white text. First it asks you what scroll speed you want to use. it doesn’t really matter which you choose, but I usually go for 0 because this sets everything to instant. You can enable your onscreen keyboard by tapping the screen. on the next screen you get 19 options on which kind of memory optimalization you want for your phone. It is pretty much a trial and error for which ones work best for your phone. The aggressive ones make your phone even faster but may cause slight instability. I usually choose option 9 – MegaRAM 2 which keeps your phone stable but speeds it up by quite a lot.

After selecting the option you want it is needed to reboot your phone. Keep the script running in the background and reboot the phone. After it is booted back up again redo the entire cycle from when you first used script manager and this time it should say that it is ‘bulletproof’. Basically it is saying that it is working this time around. Close the screen but select ‘run in background’. You have to run this script every time you reboot your phone. Therefore I would suggest installing the Script Manager widget to enable quick activation of the script. You can do this after you completely installed the script and have it up and running. The widget is available in the market.

Make sure you remember to give the supercharger script root access and rerun it every time you reboot your Android phone. Find the official XDA-Forum topic here!

Which option was the best for your model phone and how much faster did your phone become? Please let us know below in the comments!

 

Custom Rom HTX Zero 0.21

Android Custom Roms – Upgrade Your Phone

Android Custom RomBekijk in het NederlandsA while back we dedicated an article to overclocking android, and for that we had to use an android custom rom on my HTC Hero. The roms back then were not stable enough to be used on a daily basis, but lately my hands have been itching again. I decided to search the web for a new rom to try, and found one that should put Android 2.3.5 with HTC Sense 3.5 on my old HTC Hero. Besides Ice cream Sandwich this is the newest version of android and sense available, so I just had to give it a try!

Does the android custom rom work

I am going to start with my conclusion of this rom, the HTX Zero 0.21. You may want know if the rom is any good before you read through all the steps needed to install it. In short: it depends. As with all custom roms, it has its ups and downs. I must say, for the newest android and Sense, it runs rather smooth, plus you can properly boast about it since you are running this software on a three-year-old phone. It has never fully rebooted for me, but the Sense interface does perform a soft reboot every now and then. This can be annoying, but it is just that…minor annoyance.

The upside is that you are running the newest version of Android and Sense. This includes for example the new unlock screen, which is indeed a big improvement. Also the widgets look nicer, and when overclocked and supercharged, the phone also runs rather smooth. Keep in mind that my  HTC Hero only overclocks to just under 600mhz, where most HTC Heros are able to go to 700mhz. This should smoothen up the phone even more and should enable perfect use of this rom.

Custom roms have some downsides

HTC SenseThis all sounds great, but sadly, there are more downsides as well. This morning I was late for work because my alarm, which was properly set, did not go off. Annoying if you use the phone’s alarm as your only way to wake up in the morning, but probably not a major issue for most people.  Another thing, which I haven’t been able to verify properly, is that I have the feeling I am not receiving all my text messages. I know I didn’t  receive at least one, but I am unsure if this is due to my phone’s software, the other user or the major network usage in the area at that time.

When updating apps and using for example the internet browser at the same time, the phone is sometimes unable to handle the stress and becomes  unusable for a short period of time. This usually results in a soft reboot and that’s fine, but it also occurs whenever your just listening to music or something and this can be of a bigger annoyance.

It also has some other issues, like disabling auto-sync and 3g connection sometimes for no proper reason and connecting a Bluetooth headset sometimes just won’t work.

It’s rather random.

 

Android 2.3.5 and Sense 3.5 on your HTC Hero

In short, this rom works, and when overclocked and running a supercharger script it is pretty smooth, but still has too much flaws for me to keep using it as a daily rom. If you overclock your HTC Hero higher it may prove to be more stable, but I’m going to try another rom soon.

Check back for a review on my next rom!

Please leave any advice on which rom to try in the comments!

In the meantime, if you want to give this rom a go you will find some useful information and links below.

Getting the proper files

The most important thing to do when setting up a custom rom is to be prepared. You need the custom rom, a romloader of some sorts, backups if you want and possible an official rom to flash when all things go to hell. The hardest part was to find a proper romloader. I always used Clockworkmod for my roms, but they decided to stop supporting android 2.1 – the one which my HTC Hero was running on. Because of that, it was unfindable in the Android market. For some reason every other romloader was gone as well. Strange… I had to load Clockworkmod in a different way. Easy as pie, if you can find the proper APK file for that, but this proved to be harder than I thought. Luckily, I am going to save you the trouble of finding that file. It can be found right here!
http://www.4shared.com/file/bsSALCNd/ROM_Manager_2504.html?refurl=d1url

For the rest of the steps I’m going to redirect you to my previous post about loading custom roms and overclocking android. Everything should still work the same as back then, and if you are unable to find some apps in the market, just download their APKs manually and install them that way.

For the rom itself and more on the subject please check out XDA-Developers

http://forum.xdadevelopers.com/showthread.php?t=1283338

 

Mini camera YS80

Mini DV MD80 camera review – The future of video or a waste of money

Mini DV MD80

Bekijk in het NederlandsEvery once in a while you are doing something that you wish you could record, but you don’t have the money for a proper camera, or just don’t dare to bring it out into the wild. I for one am a snowboarder and try to go on a snowboarding trip once a year. Since it is really expensive I try to make the most out of it every year, and every year again I wish I brought a camera, but then again I’m afraid it might break or get wet. That’s when I started looking for something small, something cheap, and something that shoots decent video. I found something called a Mini DV MD80.

The mini DV MD80 camera

At first it looked as if several different types of the mini dv MD80 existed. They all seemed legit and official, but they all looked the same. This struck me as something odd,since these cameras are all from different brands. Quickly I found a comment saying that these things are offered on E-bay as well for even less money! Ichecked it out and what do you think? Literally tons of ‘fake’ MD80 camera’s are offered on E-bay, shipping from china to all across the globe. I Decided to just go for it and ordered my Chinese MD80 which was just under €20,- including shipping from China to the Netherlands. It took about two weeks, and then a small packet was delivered to my doorstep. No extra costs had to be paid, the packet was there, just under €20,- and that was that. Time to unpack!

The Mini DV YS80 Camera?

As I ripped open the packaging I saw a little box with the MD80 featured on the front, but it turned out that this was not the mini DV MD80 that I ordered, but mini DV YS80 which I never heard of before. Oh well, no harm done, it looks exactly the same. The packet however was badly bruised all over. Dents as big as my fist were applied on both sides of the box. This promised to be interesting! I unpacked it further and sure enough there was a little camera inside the box with several attachments to mount it on different things. It didn’t feature a microSD card though, and the camera does not have any onboard memory, so I couldn’t test it quite yet. I bought myself a brand new microSD card and was ready to go. This did however up the cost a bit, and the camera no longer seemed as cheap as I hoped. It still wasn’t expensive though, and was still expendable enough to take it with me on the mountain.

Gadgets

Before we try to capture anything on video it was time to check out the gadgets that came with the small and fake mini DV MD80 camera. First we had a small clip that could be attached to the camera in order to clip it on to anything. This seemed solid enough not to break anytime soon. Further we had a leash to strap it on to your wrist and a clip that should enable you to run a sort of band through the camera in order to strap it to, let’s say, a helmet. The funny thing however is that I did not receive band to use it with. As far as attachments go, the only useful thing was the clip, but this didn’t enable me to hook it up to my helmet! The best thing I could think of was attaching it to my scarf, but then the camera would be in front of my nose the entire time. Not the best place for a camera to be, but it would do. Another gadget that came with the packet was a silicone protection cover, which seemed nice, but when it is pulled over the camera youcan no longer use any of the other attachment gadgets since the camera has then become too big to fit into any of them. Interesting move on a designer level there! I also received a manual, with one part in English featuring the most important features, and another part in I guess Chinese which also included a description of all the added gadgets of which some weren’t even in the box!

The testing

YS80 MD80On to the testing phase of this review! For the first few tests I just held the mini DV YS80 camera in my hand, as I did not have any other major options besides clipping it on something. It was evening and I filmed inside the house using regular lights that one would lit in the evening. The results were not as good as I hoped. The frame rate was a bit under the level that I expected and the film itself was very grainy. I hoped this was because of the low light in the house and decidedto not judge the fake mini DV MD80 camera yet.

Shortly after that we went on vacation to the mountains, and so the following test was on the snow. The camera was clipped to my scarf, without the protection of the silicone cover and was dangling in front of my nose. I can assure you, this was not ideal. I switched the camera on and pressed record, but in the bright light of the great outdoors it was very hard to see what color the light was, or even if the light was on or off. I had to cover the camera with my hands in order to see whether the camera was on at all. Of course the tiny buttons were impossible to press with my gloves on so I had to take them of whenever Iwanted to use the camera. After a bit of a struggle the camera was presumably recording and was clipped to my scarf. We were all ready to go. I recorded a couple of descents and wondered how the footage would look. At the end of theday I tried to watch it on my phone, but my phone did not have native support for .AVI in which the camera records its footage. I had to download another app to run it, and found out that the only thing the camera recorded were my feet and a lot of snow. It appeared that the camera was dangling from my scarf and thus recorded nothing useful. If it would have been secured to my helmet, it would probably have shot some awesome footage, but now everything was lost. I must say though, that even though I only saw my feet and snow, the footage did seem pretty sharp and decent. Sadly, the next day I got injured on the slopes and was unable to continue snowboarding. I therefore have zero usable footage of the descents. I shot one more video in the apartment and tested the camera a bit indoor during the daytime.

In the apartment I pressed the record button once again and this time it shot some decent video. The image is shot at a resolution of 720×480 at a steady 30 frames per second. The bitrate however is low and the image continues to look grainy. This was to be expected however due to the cost of the camera. Basically it shoots video like an older model phone. The image appears to be zoomed in a bit, but I don’t know for certain if this is the case. In addition, the aim of the lens seems to be a bit off. Either that or I am very bad at aiming a camera without a screen. I suspect the first one though, since the lens seems to be placed at an angle a bit into the body. The audio is pretty decent, but that is not necessarily what you buy a camera for. I can only conclude that the video is okay. Not that bad, but certainly not great either. it is hard to aim and you will probably shoot your videos a bit at an angle. If attached to a helmet it should be alright, I guess.

I made a little sample video, but I have the strange feeling that the quality is even lower than the other videos I shot with the camera. It may also vary with different microSD cards.

Conclusion

In the end I would necessarily recommend this mini DV MD80 camera to anyone. Maybe the official one is better, but it can’t be much better due to cost and size. If you just want to record some of your extreme sports without worrying about damaging your equipment I guess this is a pretty safe bet, but don’t expect great videos. You may want to buy a roll of ductape as well to properly attach your fake mini DV MD80 camera to something.

PS: the clip, the only useful part to attach the camera to other objects is starting to show signs of use, although it was hardly used. The clip is becoming more ‘flexible’, something you do not want to happen. Oh well….

If you are interested in the mini-DV MD80 Camera you can take a look here —>