Month: April 2016

Clickpro Polar action sports camera – long-term review

A screenshot taken off the video footage from ISF 2015 - Burnout Competition.
A screenshot taken off the video footage from ISF 2015 – Burnout Competition.

In these times the quintessential “roll” camera has been replaced by the Digital camera and is now being taken over by the Smartphone. From the budding reporter to the Selfie-addicts the mobile camera backed by the SHARE button has indeed made life easy. Now let us turn that up a notch, a notch on the speedometer. An action camera is used for taking pictures while riding or driving. Not going into the details or the history or the origins, in the next paragraph we will get to the road that led us to the Clickpro camera.

 

(Chest mount) screenshot taken while astride the Benelli TNT 300. This shows the clarity of the camera at high speeds.
(Chest mount) screenshot taken while astride the Benelli TNT 300. This shows the clarity of the camera at high speeds.

At the beginning watching bikers on superbikes and a few KTMs using action cameras caught the fancy of the rest who in time followed suit. Be it the reigning king, the under-dog challenger and the rest who wanted a piece of action the all wooed the buyer with all they could offer. Either buy the original for a full warranty at the premium in India or import it with international warranty. The other option cost about a third and came with its own underpinnings not limited to reliability and build quality. As far as the rest of the brands go they are a by-product of the e-commerce evolution in this department.

 

Indoor Wdie angle shot taken under low light conditions
Indoor Wide-angle shot taken under low light conditions

While still in the process of search, research, advice and tips I chanced upon a Clickpro that a fellow rider from another city was selling. While attempts to reach him were in vain, I had already read all that was down on the manufacturer website. So after arduous discussions and emails that were exchanged I did not get their flagship product, the prime. What I got was even better – the Clickpro Polar.

 

Wedding Procession captured with the Clickpro Polar's wide angle lens
Wedding Procession captured with the Clickpro Polar’s wide angle lens

The Clickpro Polar with all the available bell and whistles was a Wifi enabled and had the power to record up to 3 hours with the extra power pack bundled in as part of deal inked, yes my friend everything comes at a cost so I did pay the price. A price worth every penny specially, when they are spent for something that comes once in a lifetime – Wedding bells. Having absolutely no clue of what to do I learnt to use the Clickpro Polar on the go- quite literally, thanks to the insightful manual that came along in PDF format. From the 1st chime to the last tear that would have dropped while the emotions ran a spectrum of colours, capturing the moments of a friend’s wedding, well that camera had already impressed us from the very 1st selfie!
CAMERA SPECIFICATIONS
Photo Resolution 12M 4000*3000 8M 3200*2400
5M 2592*1944 (Default Setting) 3M 2048*1536
Video Resolution 1920*1080P 30fps (Default Setting) 1280*960P 30fps (4:3)
1280*720P 60/30fps 848*480P 60fps
Lens F/2.8 f=2.5mm 170degree wide angle field of view
File Format Video Format :H.264(avc1), MPEG-4 / Photo format: JPEG
Notification VIBRATION / BUZZER /LED
Battery Capacity 3.7V/ 1080mAh
Consumption 1.6W
Recording Time Approx. 120MIN
Charger Specification DC5V/1A or above
Charging Time 2-3 hours
Data Rate High speed USB2.0
HDMI Support
AV-OUT Support
Memory Card Micro SD Card
Memory Card Capacity 1GB-32GB
Waterproof IPX8 (Under water 60M for 3 hour with waterproof case)
Weight 90g
Dimension 62mm*42mm*40mm
WIFI 802.11b/g/n
WIFI Transmission Distance 15M
APP Compatibility Supports Android 2.3 / iOS 5.0 or above

Clickpro Polar in action:

Motoday 2015 ride

Pune Biker’s Breakfast Run – October 2015

To view the camera on the manufacturer’s website click here

 

to be continued…

Ceat Zoom Rad Tyres review

Ceat Zoom Rad Tyres review

The Ceat Zoom Rad Tyres review indeed is one to remember for as long as one rides a motorcycle. After over one and a half year and clocking over 14000 kms with the set of test tyres issued by Ceat, it was time to move on. Unlike the standard approach to a review here it is more like a journey than a review. For every kilometer clocked it meant the beginning of a journey. At first given the dimensions no motorcyclist who follows the rulebook to the line in his or her right frame of mind would plonk in a set of aftermarket non-stock spec set of tyres.

Ceat Zoom Rad Tyres review

As my most inherent nature I chose to deviate and the result was nothing but a complete failure. The tyres completely failed to disappoint! Post installation it did take some time to adapt to the new configuration. The 60 mm height reduced the saddle height making a motorcycle more flickable. Meant for a 160cc motorcycle with a maximum speed rating of 150 kmph the zoom rad . Its matching front tire, from dirt roads to hard cornering it has seen it all. Even on occasions of punctures it has managed to endure the forces and get the motorcycle to the nearest repair shop.

 

Ceat Zoom Rad Tyres review – 1st impression :

Snapshot

Our take on the Ceat Zoom Rad Tyres:
  • The tyres although are a street pattern, they have gone almost everywhere
  • At times of a puncture the tyre can easily go up to ten kilometres with sustaining damage.
  • The 60mm tyre height knocks off a good 10mm which makes is easier for short riders.
  • While it was meant for a 160cc motorcycle it easily handled what a bigger engine threw at it.
  • With a range of more 160cc motorcycles there certainly is a lot of corners that await these motorcyclists who wish to move from biased to radials.

Dirtsack DG 3 – for riders with “Vested” Interests..

One would imagine that looking at a waistcoat like photographer jacket contraption, who will write a few paragraphs on it? Well you just read one line on it. The DG3 as the manufacturers call it caught my eye during the India Bike Week. After a quick demonstration of the vest hanging by the stall, I figured that this is what I have been looking for. Was I?

 

Well after few phone calls (which is an understatement) back and forth the “updated” version of the DG 3 finally arrived. Now for those of you reading this that already have it there were a few nifty improvements. like The vest is a one size fits all thanks to the loops that allow it to stretch vertically as well as horizontally in addition to the Velcro straps at the shoulders (do not even try looking for it, it’s well concealed in the design). The numbers of pocket are good and spacious enough to carry:

  • Smart phonesFront view
  • ICE Tag Headphone/Camelback loops Headphone/Camelback loops Adjustable velcrostrap Intex_Aqua_Power_20160411_125101 Intex_Aqua_Power_20160411_125129 Intex_Aqua_Power_20160411_125134 Intex_Aqua_Power_20160411_125150 Intex_Aqua_Power_20160411_125321
  • Chargers
  • Accessories /powerbanks
  • Vehicle documents
  • A few knick knacks
  • The rear pocket fits in object up to 8 inches height that can include a tab, some clothes etc.
  • There is also a provision to install a camel back bladder.
  • Addition of an ICE Tag pocket
  • Earphone friendly loops so that they do not take up extra space while still being with you.

 

Typically packing in all the essentials for a one-day ride or city ride the DG3 indeed is a simple, compact and value for money proposition. Even when you are heading out to the likes of a Goa or Mahabaleshwar or any other destination, tuck this in your luggage and you have taken along a portable companion for that ride to the beach, local market without the need to carry an extra bag. For the technical specifications and further details you can log on to www.dirtsack.in

 

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