Smarson WIFI HD Digital Action Sports Camera

You know a product is a hit when there are countless imitators and knock-offs of your innovation. Sometimes, it’s a product slapped together to cash in on a craze and it’s junk. Sometimes, it’s about making a quality product that comes in at a fraction of the price to open the market to buyers who’d never have thought about, say, an HD action camera before. Smarson isn’t the former, it’s definitely the latter.

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We got a cheap-o HD action cam this summer to play around in the pool with the dog and record the memories. Sadly, though “Bresser” claimed full HD, the picture quality was poor, with washed out color and grainy video. And that was where Smarson’s camera shined. The picture was crystal-clear in outdoor light and there was no judder with quick “action” scenes (As much action as a 12 year-old dog can muster!). And there was a host of accessories included to make mounting your camera on nearly any surface possible. At 12 mp, and full 1080p (1920 x 1080) recording (30fps), you get all the clarity of high definition recording, or you can downgrade your image to 720p and go up to 60fps for great slo-mo. you get mutiple shooting modes, (treble shot function, time lapse, continuous shooting, self-timer, and driving mode), a 170 degree wide angle lens, and a similar user interface to the industry leader, the GoPro series of cameras. And, at this price point, you also get WiFi capabilities via Smarson’s iSmartDV App (for iOS and Android 4.4 and up), which is a real bonus to me, even if the range for the wifi is pretty limited (around 10-15 feet, line of sight). It’s small but rugged, and the build seems solid, unlike the other bargain brand action cam I tried that felt flimsy and the battery cover would constantly fall off. The included lucite case is dust and dirt proof and water-resistant up to 30 meters. My pool is only 9 feet deep, so I can safely say from experience it’s solid up to 9 feet! The included 3.7v 900mAh battery is rated for as much as 90 minutes of continuous recording, Thought I’ve gotten up to three hours of off-and-on recording in one afternoon with juice left after. But never worry, the camera will run off the included micro-USB cable and wall adapter, so you’re never without juice. I also had good success with up to a 32gb micro-SD card, and on that card you could record and store a few hours of full HD videos.

And while there is plenty of bang for your buck here, a couple of things are not particularly great. At the $50 price point, you get a lot of value, and a cheap 4gb micro SD card should really be included like most action cams do at this price point, so you can go right out of the box. And while almost every GoPro accessory should work perfect with this awesome Smarson HD Action Cam, the battery is non-standard and getting a replacement or spare might prove troublesome. Also, the 1.5″ TFT LCD at the rear is soooo tiny, with the screen to bezel ratio being almost 50-50. But, again, the value here is undeniable and the quality for the price is top-notch. I feel the positives far outweigh the negatives enough that this Smarson camera earns a full 5 stars from me.

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I received the above product(s) free of charge from Samrson. I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion. I received no other compensation in exchange for my review. My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

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The Amazing MagicFiber Premium Microfiber cleaning cloth

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As we move up in cost with our gadgets, keeping them clean and protected is essential to their long life. No one likes dropping heavy coin on new tech just to let them get schmutzy and smudged. Especially with expensive camera lenses and screens. Going from a point-and-shoot to a DSLR or mirrorless camera usually means you end up spending as much or more on peripherals as you did on the device itself. Lenses, filters, cleaning supplies, bags, memory cards, lens covers, lens hoods, MORE memory cards…you can go broke keeping up. Enter Digital Goja. They make being a camera owner fun again, without breaking the bank!

So when Digital Goja offered me a chance to try out their Amazing MagicFiber premium cleaning cloths, I said you betcha! And let me tell you, they are, indeed, amazing!

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You see, I was used to those little kits that came “bundled” with my old point-and-shoot cameras. You know th ones, with little disposable tissues, and a bulb thing, and some liquid that evaporated in a couple days. After a while, you used your sleeve, your pants leg, or a facial tissue to clean the myriad of fingerprints and mess off everything. I can hear Hubby cringing as I type this from across the room. You see, every paper product is made of wood. So, every time you use a napkin, or paper towel, or tissue, you’re rubbing wood particles all over your (very expensive to replace) lenses. Ouch. And if I were to ever get little wood pieces near our new DSLR lenses or mirrors, I think Hubby would have a conniption. So imagine my glee with these Amazing MagicFiber Premium cloths! I got an assortment, from small for carrying with the camera case, to larger ones for the TV, tablets, phones and computers. Don’t stop there, though, as they’re good for sunglasses, eyeglasses, binoculars, windows, mirrors or any screen you want to look it’s best! They come in black, gray and blue, and from sizes ranging from a small 6X7″ square to a giant 16″ square. They come in resealable packets to keep them clean, and can be washed with just a little warm water and then air dried Though it is safe for the washing machine). Ultra gentle, with no loose fibers, strings, or coarse edges.

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The Amazing MagicFiber Premium Microfiber Cleaning Cloth has keep every device looking shiny and new, especially with Mr. Fumble Fingers getting prints all over the camera lenses. And as anyone who’s upgraded their camera will tell you, a 3″ screen right where one presses their cheek to look through the viewfinder means many a smudged screen, especially with makeup! Yikes! Thankfully, I always have my MagicFiber cleaning cloths handy, and I think all of you should, too. And Digital-Goja Stands behind every product 100%. If you don’t love the Amazing MagicFiber Premium cleaning cloth (but you will), they’ll take it back at their expense, no questions asked! Now that’s confidence!

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I received the above product(s) free of charge from Digital Goja.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

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