Wednesday, 30 December 2009

W80 or the W60???

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Waterproof Gadgets

as tested by Channel 5's The Gadget Show:

Digital Camera's tested to destruction in the Iceland Challenge!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Wave sailing with the Flymount

NEWS!! - For all you wave sailors out there.

We are in the process of designing a new strap for the Flymount.

Feel rest assured that even in the most extreme wipeout - your camera will stay firmly attached to your Flymount.

Watch this space......

Pentax W80 vs W60

Take a look at this:

Comparison of the Pentax W80 and W60 cameras showing similarities, how to attach to the Flymount and showing actual action footage on Quads and Dirt buggies and mountain bikes.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Pentax are launching the all new WS80, a budget version of the recently released W80.

The WS80 has a lower resistance to water than the W80, and a 10 megapixel rating instead of the W80's 12.1.

However, the WS80 is lighter than it's more expensive sibling, at less than 125g including battery and card, and can capture high definition 1280 x 720 video at 30 frames per second.

For an entry level waterproof compact, the WS80 looks great.
A quick search on google has found if for sale at £179 including free post and packaging.

Friday, 24 July 2009

New Panasonic Underwater Camcorder

Panasonic SDR-SW21EB-D Underwater SD Camcorder - Orange

  • Waterproof up to 2 metres (IEC60529 IPX8)
  • Dustproof (IEC60529IP5X) and Shockproof up to 1.2 metres (MIL-STD-810F METHOD 516.5 SHOCK)
  • YouTube Uploading Function
  • 0.6 sec Quick Start
  • MPEG2 Recording (DVD Quality)
  • Easy Copying to DVD Disc with VW-BN1

Monday, 20 July 2009

Waterproof cameras - Overview

Fun in the Sun

We look at seven waterproof digitial cameras for your next outdoor adventure

by Shawn Barnett
Posted: 07/17/09

Today's point and shoot digital cameras are easier to use than ever, with face detection, smart exposure modes, and image-stabilized optics that compensate for camera movement. But get caught out in the rain with any of them, or take them out for a water-bound adventure, and you'll either need to stash them in a jacket pocket or buy a dry bag just to take them along.

Before 2009, only two major companies made waterproof digital cameras: Olympus and Pentax. For 2009, Panasonic, Fujifilm, and Canon have joined the fray, each offering a single waterproof camera, two of which are also rugged, meaning they can take a drop to concrete from a specified height.

What they all have. All seven of the digital cameras in this roundup are competent cameras that will capture usable images, bringing back memories that other cameras would miss. They each have one crucial element that makes them valuable: their ability to play in the water right along with you.

They're also all easy to use, generally speaking, defaulting to full Auto modes that make sure you get the shot more often than not. They all shoot movies with sound, as well as stills, and they all have internal optics, meaning that their lenses are all concealed inside the body of the camera, so you have little need to worry about damage to protruding lens elements.

You'll find sealed doors that you have to learn how to care for, and they all use lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, so you'll have to remember to bring the charger along on longer trips. If you're shooting video more than stills, you'll need an additional battery.

Note also that none of these waterproof cameras has an optical viewfinder, so how the LCD performs in direct sunlight is also important.

Where they differ. Along with image quality, a camera's responsiveness and interface are important. More responsive cameras, especially those with faster shutter lag, are going to get the shot more often than the slower models. So if action is your thing, you're going to want to pay attention to the shutter lag numbers, as well as whether the cameras helped or hindered while getting the shot.


Dirt Buggy in Nottinghamshire

The Pentax W60 was mounted to this dirt buggy using the Flymount and put through its paces in Nottinghamshire.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Quad biking, Nottinghamshire

Notice the flymount attached (with Pentax W60) to the front of the Quad. More shots to come...

Sanyo Waterproof Digital Video Camera - NICE!
Product Description
Take underwater High Definition video and still photos to a whole new level! The compact Sanyo Dual Camera Xacti WH1 has earned the highest possible IEC 60529 waterproof rating—IPX8—allowing footage to be captured without worrying about the effects of water or snow. The WH1 is capable of underwater depths down to an astounding 10ft for an entire hour and delivers High Definition video, 2 megapixel* digital photos, with a 30x optical zoom. The combination of waterproof HD video and 30x optical zoom allow the WH1 to go where no camera dare go before. Its compact design makes the WH1 extremely portable and easy to use. Videos, still photos and the various settings and menus can be easily accessed with the user’s thumb. The WH1’s convenient design makes sharing videos and photos via social networking web sites, portable video devices like iPod’s, TV’s and computers, a breeze.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Flymount does motocross in Bize Minervois France

Flymount FAQ

  • Why choose the Flymount?
There is no other product on the market that offers such a strong, rugged, all weather mounting system for attaching your digital camera to cylindrical objects in extreme conditions. The Flymount offers the perfect solution to action sports mounted photography.
  • How much will it cost?
The RRP for the Flymount is: £59.99 (including VAT)
  • Which cameras can I attach to the Flymount?
ANY camera with a standard tripod mounting point will work with the Flymount.
  • Which camera do you recommend I use with the Flymount?
The Flymount has been specifically designed for use with compact point and shoot cameras and especially the new generation of waterproof / shockproof compact cameras like the Pentax W60. Your choice of camera will depend on the environment in which the camera will be used in.
  • Can I use the Flymount in salt water?
Yes! The Flymount has been designed for use in salt water and high UV.
  • How heavy is the Flymount?
The Flymount without camera attached weighs around 200g. Because of the Flymount's compact size and light weight it will not affect equipment performance in any way. For example, you will not feel it on the tip of your windsurf mast or on the handlebars of your bike etc..
  • What's the range of the Flymount?
The range of the Flymount is 20mm to 40mm.
  • What if I need to attach the Flymount to a smaller diameter?
We will be introducing a rubber insert to increase the lower range of the Flymount.
  • Will the Flymount damage my equipment?
No! The jaws of the Flymount are lined with soft urethane inserts for grip and protection of equipment.
  • What is the Flymount made out of?
To give the Flymount a long life span we have used high quality UV resistant nylon PA66, and stainless steel.
  • Can I trust the Flymount to hold my digital camera safely and securely in extreme conditions?
This is what the Flymount has been designed for. Using the cradle mount protective base plate, the stress is taken away from the tripod mounting point and any possibility of the camera unwinding is eliminated.
  • Is there a guarantee?
There will be a 1 year full guarantee.
  • WHERE can I buy the Flymount?

more stockists to be announced...
  • WHEN can I buy the Flymount?
November 2009.
  • I have another question...
Contact us with questions at:
  • Join our mailing list for further updates
  • What's the catch?!
NO catch, this is quite simply a great product!

We welcome your feedback.

With thanks from the team...

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

A minute in the life....

Check out the above.

On Saturday May 16th 2009 people from around the world took a shot of what they were doing.

This was the brief:

I want you to join me once again in documenting the diversity of our daily routines and rituals. Continuing with the
theme of the original project, each picture must be taken at 2:00 PM Eastern Time -- 7:00 in London, 11:00 AM in Los Angeles, etc. -- but this time
I’m upping the ante. For A Minute In The Life: Take 2, I’d like everyone to take two pictures (hence the title). The first picture should be of
whatever you are looking at when the minute arrives. The second should be taken immediately after the first, but in the opposite direction.

The gallery wonderfully depicts our every day lives. How is it that the mundane details of our day are so fascinating???

New Pentax W80

Pentax has released the 12.1mp Optio W80 digital camera aimed at fans of outdoor adventure and extreme sports. The compact is dustproof and waterproof to a depth of five metres and capable of operating in temperatures as cold as -10°C. It is also shockproof and can withstand a fall from a height of 1m.

Featuring an optical 5x zoom lens and 2.5in screen, the Optio W80 will cover focal lengths from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent in the 35mm format to approximately 28mm wide angle to 140mm telephoto).

Coupled with the Intelligent Zoom function, which allows even tighter zooming in on the subject, the zoom range can be extended to approximately 31.3 times.

The camera also captures video in high definition at 16:9 TV standard proportions at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. In movie shake reduction mode, the camera automatically compensates for camera shake. In underwater movie mode the compact chooses the optimum camera settings for recording.

In stills mode, the compact compensates for camera shake by processing affected images. When it detects low-lighting conditions it automatically raises its sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400, making it possible to use a higher shutter speed.

An auto picture mode selects the most appropriate shooting mode for point and shoot situations such as landscape, portrait, sport and an auto macro mode, which automatically switches the camera’s focus range to macro in close-up applications. It also features face recognition and smile capture technology.

Action Cameras

I'd like to bring your attention to this website:
They will be backing the Flymount - so watch this space.

This is what they have to say about themselves:
Our customers all have a passion for extreme sports. We wanted to provide products that would enable our customers to record and share their experiences and get more out of something they all ready love. Everyone has different budgets and requirements and we set out to provide the widest range of products so there is something for everyone.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Which Waterproof Camera?

This is a useful site if you are considering a waterproof camera, with lots of useful comments to help you choose the right one for you.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

A Fly On The Wall

You don't have to always be on the move to use the flymount. It's perfect for those good old fashioned static shots too.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Canon RC-5 Wireless Remote Control

I found this on the John Lewis website. Could be quite useful.. Better still if it were waterproof.

Control your camera shutter remotely with this infra-red Canon remote. Suitable for use with the Canon EOS 10, 100, 30, 50/50E, 300D, 400D and caption compact cameras.

The Rollei X-8 Sports camera £179.99

I just noticed this. What do you think?

This is what had to say about it:

The Rollei X-8 Sports is one of the most feature packed compact sports digital cameras on the market today. Its an 8 Megapixel digital camera with the integrated Rollei 3x Apogen Zoom lens. A huge 3 inch TFT colour Screen on the reverse and a large capacity 8 GB SD card support.

But this camera is very different from others as this camera is for the true adventurers amongst you. It is built for adventure and watersports as it is Waterproof to 10m, Shockproof to 1m and even Frostproof down to -5 degrees C !! When you summarize the features... the Rollei X8 Sports is a great camera for all occasions, and the stunning design makes it also the digital camera to be seen with.

For more detail go straight to:

Thursday, 4 June 2009

What is the Flymount?

The Flymount is a tough, lightweight mount for attaching cameras to sports equipment. Any camera that can be mounted to a tripod can be attached to the Flymount. This means that you can use the camera of your choice. The Flymount has been specifically designed with action sports in mind; unlike any other camera mount, it will hold your camera still under the most extreme of conditions. Whether in waves, snow, mud or sand, whether you are jumping, twisting, looping, speeding or flying, the Flymount won't move an inch and neither will your camera.

In essence the Flymount is:
  • Designed to give a bomb-proof attachment - to both camera and sports equipment
  • Ultra light-weight - will not impair performance
  • Ultra Strong - made from high-grade glass reinforced nylon and stainless steel, the Flymount has been built to withstand heavy use in extreme environments
  • Built to last - will withstand a minimum of 4,500 hours of direct sunlight without deteriorating
  • Compact - Low swing weight, fits in a pocket
  • Non damaging - soft mouthed to protect equipment
  • Waterproof - for ALL weather conditions
We would particularly advise the Flymount to be used with Waterproof / shockproof cameras for all action sports.

Mountain bike
Road bike
Windsurf mast or boom
Sail boat
Jet ski
and many many more....

Watch this space on where and how to mount your camera..

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Best shockproof cameras on the market

Take a look at this -

"Out of thousands of reviews for 87 products, over 100 people recommended Digital Cameras specifically for Shock Proof. These are the most highly recommended products we found".

Mast mounted cameras for windsurfers

Mast mount your camera using the Flymount and you'll get a bomb proof attachment. And there are so many ways to be creative.

Share it, blog it and vlog it!

Road biking in France. These guys are checking out their shots after cycling alongside the beautiful canal du midi.

The BMX lot couldn't wait to see what they looked like on the ramp!

Windsurfing in Tarifa, showing off some brilliant jumps.