Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Product Review: Midland XTC 450VP Action Camera



Midland offers a wide variety of action cameras, geared towards the outdoors aficionado. In the past, I have reviewed their excellent XTC 300 and am thrilled to try out their new XTC 450 Action Camera. 


Features

The Midland XTC 450 offers a considerable upgrade from the XTC 300, now offering 1080p recording at 16:9 aspect ratio with a rotatable, 7 element lenses. Sadly, the viewing angle is limited at 1080p (30fps) to 105 degrees. At 720p (60fps), it jumps up to 142 degrees. A 1700mAH battery, with life up to 4 hours (very reliable for me during testing) will keep users recording at length during trips. Focal length 5 inch to infinity and MP4 video at H.264 compression round out the specs on this action camera. Settings are adjustable via the back panel (video quality, WiFi, etc) or through the smartphone app, Action Connect.

(More after the jump)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Product Review: SJ4000 Action Camera Review WiFi Model


I love action cameras, especially affordable ones. While GoPro often comes to mind when action cameras are discussed, there is actually a huge number of options available for anglers on the market today. One of the most exciting and affordable action cameras today is the SJ4000. It has been extremely well-received online, with multiple reviewers praising it. So, it's only fitting I feature this intriguing GoPro-alternative in our continuing review series on affordable action cameras. 


(Read on after the jump!)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

San Gabriel Canyon: Exploring and Fishing



Took a little hike to the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. Fortunately, the water was flowing well, despite the recent drought. Unfortunately, the trash and destruction wrought by weekend crowds and careless gold prospectors still peppered the shoreline. I also could not find any trout, no wonder given the poor state of the stream. Did manage to land a tiny (or large for his usual size?) Arroyo Chub while fishing for trout. He was safely released, as seen in the following video of the trip. Tight lines!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Product Review: Whistler Rush Action Camera Review


The Whistler Rush action camera is a intriguing addition to the action camera market. I was able to take it on several fishing trips and capture a variety of footage in challenging conditions. How did it perform? Read on for the full review of the Whistler Rush action camera. 

The Whistler Rush films at 1080p/30fps, 720p/60fps. The 170 degree viewing angle is cut down to a 127 with the 1080p video. Camera has 5.0 M CMOS sensor, f/2.8 6-layer glass lense, with H.264 compression. Photos are 8 MP. Dual Micro SD card slots are available (neat touch!), allowing for even more recording options, in addition to a built-in dash cam feature for on/off recording with ignition. There is also a white LED light on the front that can be used to better iluminate subjects, another unique touch on the Rush action camera. HDMI, Aduio video ouput, time lapse photography and a swell 1.5 inch color monitor round out this impressive array of features on the Rush. It's really shocking that GoPro still can't seem to include a view screen on all its models; I am very glad to see this feature on the Rush. It's easy to navigate the built in menu and adjust settings as needed on it as well. 

Videos and more after the jump (click below)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Action Camera Review: Rush Action Camera (Coming Soon)

 
Ready for more affordable action cameras? Check out Whistler's Rush, a new compact action camera with a lot of intriguing features! Stay tuned for this upcoming action camera review while I put it to the test while fishing and hiking here in Southern California. While you are waiting, check out past reviews of some of my favorite action cameras on Hunting the River King: BlackVue Sport, Midland XTC, and the IronX.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fly Fishing Santa Ana River: Urban Creekin'

The Santa Ana River is one of the few year-round flowing streams in Southern California. Sure, most of it is runoff from neighborhoods and water-treatment plants. However, there still exists a good number of warmwater fish living a midst the concrete spillways and overpass shadows. Here is a short video I created, filmed with the Midland XTC action camera, shot alongside the Santa Ana River.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Catfish Surprise


Hit up my favorite bass lake for a little warmwater fishing this Fall in California. Couldn't find the largemouth, but I hooked into a rather big surprise on my plastic bass lure! Hello, Mr. Whiskers!

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