Camera Angles

I got a new camera today. I upgraded my old Lumix to a well new Lumix – a TZ30. There are so many point and shoot cameras out there and everyone has their own favourite and every review will pick out a new fault.

I looked last year at a new POS camera and I went to Jessops to try the contender out. I hated it! Then Jessops went bust and I could try cameras anymore..

As luck would have it my nephew and my brother-in-law both independently selected the TZ 30 and I had a chance to take a look and push some buttons. Time came to make a decision and I pushed the buy button at Amazon and the camera arrived today.

Hopefully I will get some quick snaps tonight and get the chance to see some bright skies this weekend – you can be sure I will share the results here!

Gopro Hero 3 Black Edition

If you have a GoPro Hero then you will probably be having some battery concerns. Well I do – and so do a bunch of others.

So i tested it today and as per the gopro website at 1080 30 fps I got approx 90 mins of continuous shooting. This is ok but you have to deal with big files to edit. As soon as you begin to start and stop the recording, take photos, use the wifi and use it in the cold you can expect less than 30 mins.

My advice is to buy some spare batteries and minimise your powering on and off. These Wasabi Power batteries are pretty good – full test tomorrow as soon as I have fully charged two of them.

My Cameras


I thought I would write a short post today about my cameras. I have been a keen photographer for a few years and about 3 years ago bought my first DSLR , it was a canon EOS 400 and I loved it. For various reasons, mainly I was carrying too much with me on holiday I upgraded to the EOS500D 2 years ago. This meant that I could carry both a photo and high end video camera in one piece of kit. I have recently started using it again and intend to make more use of it this year.


When I started mountain biking 2 years ago I decided to by a cheap point and click camera for taking on rides. Something small and yet capable of half decent pictures to take shots while riding of scenery and of me and my friends. My little Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS8 has seen its fair share of action and captured some great shots. Though I am now looking to upgrade this so that I can take something much more capable with me yet still slip it in my pocket.


As soon as I started mountain biking I knew I needed a GoPro. This Hero3 Black Edition is my second and is an awesome piece of kit with one flaw so far. The battery life sucks! I am going to do some tests but right now I am very disappointed with the battery life compared to the original Hero I owned up until just before Christmas.


Last but not least is my iPhone 4S. I started to use Instagram on my HTC desire but since getting the iPhone in November I have taken so many photos and love the capabilities of this device.

Each device has its merits some more obvious than others, I will add a separate post about each camera shortly with some sample images and a brief review of how I get on with them.

These are the devices that for now will document my year.

Stay tuned…