Drones are incredible machines. The drones equipped with the latest technology can follow you and get impressive action shots. More and more people are getting drones and using them as a fun personal hobby. However, some drone aficionados are now using their drones to capture beautiful aerial shots. Thus, more and more people are now using drones for film and video production.
Owing to the fact that the UAV technology is a pretty nifty piece of technology to have as it can get to the best of aerial positions thanks to its rotors and compact size, it, therefore, comes as no surprise that it has been found useful in the video production industry. The aerial option guarantees that a bird’s eye view is gotten to create videos from an unusual perspective without having to charter helicopters.
Now, your child might want a drone to capture their intricate sports tricks. Drones are not inexpensive, and if they’re not careful managed they can easily crash, costing you a lot of money. We recommend the X902 Black Spider Mini RC Quadcopter for your kids to start out with. Think of it as their training wheels!
X902 Black Spider Mini RC Quadcopter by TEC.BEAN
The X902 Black Spider Mini RC Quadcopter is one of the best kid suited drones available on the market. The suitable age range for use of this drone by kids is a minimum of 10. The black silhouette and red highlights make it appear like Marvel’s Black Widow than the darker version of Spider-Man. The curved legs facing downwards also give off a convincing appearance of a spider on the prowl but this is one of the protectors of its rotors. The presence of the LED flashing light gives off the playful vibe of a laser beam which kids are sure to enjoy. The 2-speed mechanism is a valuable feature especially for new drone fliers as it can be put on slow while the more accomplished pilots can turn up the speed to high. The control distance and flying time are 30 meters and 7 minutes respectively. The drone requires 30 minutes to attain full charge.
Choosing an action camera isn’t like choosing which shirt to wear for Tuesday’s card game. Your camera simply has to fit your needs, your budget, and your personality.
Let’s admit it, your go-to action camera brand would be GoPro, because it’s the easiest most convenient choice.
But isn’t it fun to be different from time to time? Whether you’re looking to be different amongst the sea of GoPro users or just want to save some bucks but still be able to capture your crazy stunts on a daily basis, we think these 5 GoPro alternatives can be just right for you.
1. Xiaomi Yi
This box-type camera has taken the action camera world by storm with its premium yet affordable proposition. It packs a 16MP Sony camera sensor with 155-degree wide-angle lens that supports 1080p video recording up to 120 fps— it really is the best camera out for there for its price.
The camera features different modes like time-lapse, selfie timer, timed video and more. The downside is you will have to buy a separate waterproof casing to take it underwater. It has wifi and Bluetooth support and can accommodate up to 64 GB of microSD card.
Accessories are also available for Xiaomi Yi on Amazon.
2. TomTom Bandit
TomTom Bandit has got to be the most innovative action camera there is today with its insanely clever editing feature and a GPS that is a first of its kind. TomTom Bandit has packed its camera with a series of sensors to not only record locations but also track speed and G-force to pick up on environmental changes such as
when something exciting happens or something extraordinary. Its sensors automatically tag the footage.
Film in 4k at 15 fps, take photos in 16MP, film non-stop for 3 hours; this bullet-shaped camera is splashproof requires a change of lens with the Dive lens cover that can be bought as an optional extra and offers up to 40m waterproofing.
3. Garmin Virb XE
This action camera isn’t obviously cheap as we hoped but it’s surely worth every penny. This camera is equipped with GPS tracking and motion sensors that not just sports and action enthusiasts can enjoy. The camera itself is waterproof without a casing, which means, it’s lighter than GoPro. It also has built-in Wi-Fi to connect this camera to your phone.
4. Rollei Action Cam 420
This is a very special German piece of engineering in a camera offers a remote control that you mount on your wrist so you can easily control the action camera in real time with just your wrist.
The camera itself takes photos at 12 MP and captures videos in various resolutions like 4k, 2k and Full HD (1080p). It has an 180-degree turn over shooting along with a time-
lapse mode. Although it’s 4k only records up until 10fps. This is still a great camera alternative to GoPro.
The amazing thing about it is it has a two-inch LCD display and that it is extremely well built with its rubberized exterior that gave it a really sturdy and nice finish. Just like GoPro, it comes with a waterproof case that you can submerge up to 40m.
The Rollei Actioncam 420 is determined to give you your money’s worth because the camera comes with the wrist remote control, waterproof case, basic mount, tripod adapter, flat and curved safety pad and a USB cable.
5. iSAW Edge
This Korean-made box-type camera is the perfect GoPro alternative if you’re looking for a feature-packed camera at a reasonable price. It has 4k video resolution at 10fps. Even though lower than most, is still okay. It’s a Sony Exmor CMOS with a16MP resolution for photos. It looks and packs features like a GoPro but is not quite.
What’s cool about it is that it is fully compatible with most GoPro mounts, has an LCD panel and it also comes with a 40m waterproof casing although it still comes with a non-waterproof housing (so you can easily see the LCD), screw-fitting lanyards and padded carry pouch and mounts for virtually every situation.
What are your thoughts? Do you own a GoPro, or do you own one of the cameras from our list above? In your experience, what do you think is most useful?[Top]
The first time I laid my hands on a wakeboard I was 10 years old. It was my older cousin’s board, and I begged him to take me along to his riding session with his friends. He reluctantly agreed as I could be a very convincing, on the verge of annoying, 10-year-old.
I remember how cool I thought he was. I totally looked up to Max. He was cool, very charismatic and always lit up the entire room. I felt like the coolest kid on the block when he came by in his jeep to pick me up. He brought along a smaller board for me, and I was ecstatic.
The moment came when I buckled up my life jacket. I was nervous buckling it up, but extremely excited to get in the water. The wakeboard was slightly heavy, so I felt confident in my fast learning abilities. I had picked up surfing in one day, so I though with wakeboarding it would be about the same. The one thing I didn’t want, was to look like an idiot in front of my cousin and all his awesome friends.
Well, my hopes soon went down the drain. I don’t think I’ve swallowed more water than those first 10 rounds. It’s really comical now, but back then I was trying my hardest to not throw a fit.
Looking back at it, we always laugh because I was this tiny 10-year-old, with on the verge of throwing a tantrum in the water. My cousin stopped the boat and he gave me some very wise words. He said “Feel the water. Don’t resist so much.” It ended up working because I was able to half stand up during the next round, and within 5 minutes I was already fully getting up.
It was a very memorable day. How was your first time wakeboarding? Who taught you how to wakeboard? Share your stories!
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Share your wild experiences with us too! We love hearing all the rad tricks our friends have been able to accomplish! There’s nothing more satisfying than landing a trick you’ve been trying to get right for a while. Trust us, we’ve been there, and pretty much are still there for some of the most advanced moves.
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If you like kicking things up a notch when it starts getting dull and predictable, then you would want to know how to spend your day out on the lake, bay or beach with a lot more thrill than kayaking and stand-up paddleboard.
Personal watercrafts (PWC), wave runners or most commonly known as jet skis – will do just that and more. Anyone who loves riding a motorbike on concrete/dirt road must know that jet ski is no cheap thrill. It certainly brings a lingering sense of excitement that makes you want to go back out in the water every chance you get.
It may come as a surprise that choosing a jet ski perfect for you is a lot easier than it seems. You need only go for two things: quality and durability. Find one that suits your cruising style, your need for speed, stylishness, and practicalities (i.e. two-seaters or lone wolves style for maximum mph).
Sea-Doo’s new Spark is the best jet ski on the market with a price tag far below other entry-level without compromising its performance. Don’t expect it to break any speed record because it offers less power (60 horsepower) but it definitely matches most other jet skis in the power-to-weight ratio aspect.
Highly maneuverable, weighing only a scant 405 pounds, spin it on its nose or chuck it sideways. Enjoy riding this light, affordable and fun little personal watercraft to its extent.
YAMAHA WAVERUNNER SUPERJET
Pro: Comfortable, ergonomic handlebars
Con: Stand-up model
This water steed is a dying breed of stand-up jet skis and it’s not exactly the most charming of the bunch. Stand-up PWCs are hard to maneuver, hard to ride but it sure is the perfect choice for those looking to fly solo and practice their daredevil stunts. The SuperJet is one of the last standing jet skis still available for purchase – with a 74 horsepower 700 cc engine, a couple of 38mm Mikuni carburetors and weighing barely over 300 pounds – it’s still one of the most exciting watercrafts out there.
If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, the Kawasaki STX-15F is the one you’re looking for. It is the best all-around PWC there is today with 160 horsepower on tap, it’s powerful enough to tow wakeboarders and water skiers, can deliver speed up to 62mph and has an excellent handling capability. Its hull has a lightweight composite construction and has a craftsmanship of Kawasaki’s racing boats. Did we mention it has a seating capacity of three people?
Belassi B3R Sport
BELASSI B3R SPORT
Pro: Three-cylinder engine, GPS function
Con: Comes in only red or white, heavy
The 315-horsepower Belassi B3R Sport is currently the world’s most powerful production PWC in the world. It’s powered by a forced-induction 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine, features a dynamic break system, a multifunction backlit display with GPS function, adjustable position handlebar and is well capable of going over 80 mph.
This mean machine is capable of seating up to 3 persons and has a dry weight of 840 pounds.
KAWASAKI ULTRA 310X
Pro: Low RPM and ecological power options
Con: Easy to overcorrect direction, falls short on reverse
Kawasaki has been producing groundbreaking crafts for years and one of its best creations by far is the Kawasaki Ultra 310x. True to its triple-digit name, at 310 ponies, still, boasts one of the biggest horsepower numbers in the game. It’s a liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder with nearly 1,500 cc’s of displacement. Hold the throttle wide open powering up from 67 mph to 100 mph (of course with some modifications) and feel like riding a bullet. Power comes at the expense of the fuel but you have to the kind of rider/buyer whose priority is speed.
What’s your favorite jet ski? What type of jet ski do you own? Which jet ski do you recommend? What’s been your most memorable Jet Ski experience so far? Where di you jet ski for the first time?[Top]