My Experience With the Ace-Cam 4K Ultra HD Upgraded Wifi Sports Action Camera #acecam #giftedproduct

I’d like to start off by saying that this is my first experience with an action camera.  I was super excited to receive my Ace-Cam 4K Ultra HD Upgraded Wifi Sports Action Camera – 16MP 170° Extreme Wide Angle Lens, and to learn how to use it too.  Very often I don’t really like to “read instructions” and even if I do read them I have difficulty following them.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own. IMG_8880Most of the times I just figure things out on my own by poking around here and there, or I learn by watching how someone else uses it.  It’s probably not the ideal way to learn but I learn by doing.  Long story short, I’m completely new to using an action camera!

AceCam is a Canadian distributor of action, dash, surveillance cameras and their accessories.

Let me also point out that from this point onwards instead of constantly writing out the entire name of the action camera [ Ace-Cam 4K Ultra HD Upgraded Wifi Sports Action Camera – 16MP 170° Extreme Wide Angle Lens ] I will refer to it as Ace-Cam. The only reason for me doing this is because it’s much shorter and will facilitate both my writing and your reading!IMG_8886The action cameras that I’ve seen, whether at a store or in someone’s hand, are very small.  The Ace-Cam is no different; it’s small and extremely light! Without batteries it only weighs 44g! The size and weight is perfect for an action camera. It makes it easy to take with you when travelling; for example, and to carry with you while sightseeing. In fact, I’m especially looking forward to going on our upcoming trip so that I can take along my Ace-Cam and try it while snorkelling, and also to mount it either on my head or chest so I can record all the amazing views while hiking.IMG_8890The Ace-Cam comes with several basic accessories; including many different mounts and even a waterproof case! Better known action cameras often charge separately for these extras so it’s nice to have them included with the Ace-Cam.IMG_8887

Now since I am not experienced or even savvy when it comes to action cameras and/or any terminology, I will include the Brand’s description in quotes …

Product description by Ace-Cam:

  • 4K ULTRA HD Upgraded Model – The ultimate in action cameras. This model has a state of the art 4K ultra HD sensor with 4 times the resolution of 1080p full hd camera. UPGRADED MODEL shoots 4K video at 30 fps, 2.7k at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps. With an extreme 170 degree super wide angle, you can capture the perfect images on each adventure.
  • Near INDESTRUCTIBLE design with a solid Uni-Shell design built for the most rugged environments. Waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof case is resistant to a stunning depth of 60M underwater
  • Wifi wireless connectivity to your smart devices. Connect to your iOS or Android devices directly. Watch a live feed directly on your smartphone. Use the built-in HDMI port to display out to a TV.
  • Advanced functionality includes Time Lapse / Looping recording, White Balance, G Sensor Motion Detection, Photo Burst, Self Timer, Digital Stabilizer
  • Includes all basic accessories you need. Get started capturing memories today!

Product information as outlined by Ace-Cam:

“Capture your precious moments and make them last forever, with unbelievable 4K video. 4K is THE FUTURE. Soon all TVs will be 4K. Make your video 4K today!

Perfect for beginner or advanced action photographer.

Advanced functionality includes:

-Exposure control
-Time Lapse / Looping recording (Off, 1 minute, 3 minute, 5 minute)
-White Balance Controls
-G Sensor Motion Detection Recording
-Photo Burst (3 fps, 5 fps, 10 fps)
-Date stamp
-Self Timer (3 second, 5 second, 10 second)
-Digital Image Stabilizer (lets you shoot like a PRO!)
-Face Tracking
-Smile Detection

Comes with the following:
-1 C-Mall 4K Ultra HD Action Camera
-1 Waterproof Case
-1 Instruction Manual
-1 Helmet mount
-1 Bike mount
-1 NORTH AMERICAN power charger
-1 USB Cable
-1 Battery
-1 Lens cloth

And more! Make your life HD TODAY!”

Whew! Try to picture me sitting on the floor in front of the Ace-Cam and all of its accessories! For a newbie, like me, there is just so much to absorb, to learn, and to experiment. All of it is a little overwhelming but with a little patience anything can be done.  To be honest, it took much effort to just get the memory card inserted! Don’t laugh; it’s true!

The Ace-Cam does not come with a memory card; it requires a 16 to 64 GB card.

In order to have enough memory for just about anything, I purchased a 64 GB micro SDXC memory card.

NOTE: Ensure that the memory card you purchase is rated A1 for faster app performance and UHS Speed Class U1 and Speed Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback. My memory card can store up to 24 hours of Full HD video!

Putting my initial struggles aside, eventually I was able to figure out how to make the camera work. Set up of the Ace-Cam is simple enough; however, I highly recommend going through all of the settings, familiarize yourself with camera, and take it for a test run (or two) before you expect to use it. Although manoeuvring through the camera’s settings is simple, there are many functions to learn to use.  Last thing you want is to be put on the spot, not know how to use the camera and miss out on a lovely video or photo opportunity.

The Ace-Cam does not come with an instruction manual but you can look at the brand’s YouTube channel to view their how-to videos, which will help.

On the side of the Ace-Cam box there are QR codes for Apple, Android, and Android for China that you can scan, and they’ll take you to an APP for you to download.  You can connect with your smartphone, ipad, and  iphone. The APP will allow you to take pictures, view them, and share them. It would be nice if it allowed me to edit my videos but I will eventually find an APP for a video editor so that I can create great videos for my YouTube channel.IMG_8889For now, I will say this:  The Ace-Cam is a basic action camera that is great for newbies to learn on.  Personally, I feel that when it comes to action cameras I definitely am an extreme newbie that needs much more time to learn how use an action camera. Although I am struggling to learn how to use the Ace-Cam, this fact is not indicative of a complicated action camera.  On the contrary! What is fact is that I am finding it extremely difficult to learn new things, remember things (in general), and that I take much more time to process new information. Aging is definitely the culprit here.

I look forward to my upcoming trip, where I hope to be using my Ace-Cam 4K Ultra HD Upgraded Wifi Sports Action Camera – 16MP 170° Extreme Wide Angle Lens so that I can experiment more with it!

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Ace-Cam as an economical version of a big brand name action camera.  The Ace-Cam is perfect for newbies; like me. What a perfect gift for your teenagers!  I would gift it to many of my adult friends as well.  It’s the perfect little addition to take on your travel trips.

Find more information on the Ace-Cam 4K Ultra HD Upgraded Wifi Sports Action Camera – 16MP 170° Extreme Wide Angle Lens visit their site:

https://www.ace-cam.ca/action-cam-4k.html

Freebie Friday – March 20, 2020 #FreebieFriday

Do your kids enjoy reading?  Before the COVID19 craze, our day-to-day lives followed hurried, scheduled lives.

[this post is NOT SPONSORED]

These times of self-isolation and social distancing can be difficult for adults; however, I’m certain that it’s extremely challenging … if not boring … for kids.

Guess what?  Amazon, and Audible, have provided a FREE treat for the kids (and you). For as long as schools are closed kids can instantly stream a collection of stories, in 6 different languages, and all they have to do is start listening!

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Beverly Hills Cop #BeverlyHillsCop

If you’re like me, you have fond memories of the 70s and 80s.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this film for review. The opinions of this blog are my own. I’m not a professional in any way but I am a movie fan.

It’s amusing how life is. When I was in high school, in the 80s, all I could think about was how much I wanted my future adult life to begin, and how much everything would be better in the future. While some of that was true (maybe all of it), I can honestly say that it wasn’t as bad as I was convinced it was!

The 80s were a different time. Back then we didn’t have the technology that we have today, and watching movies was a totally different experience. We might chuckle at some poorly executed effects in many of the 1980’s movies, perhaps laugh out loud at the 80s fashion, and even be confused at some storylines.

What I am certain of is:

  1. it’s lovely to revisit some of my 1980’s memories – like rewatching forgotten movies and
  2. it’s wonderful to be able to share it with my daughter
  3. it’s pretty cool to share it with you too!

Recently I sat down to a movie marathon with my daughter; we watched the action-comedy classic Beverly Hills 3 Movie Collection (in Blue-Ray, with bonus features). This newly remastered 3 movie collection contains originally released special features like commentary by director Martin Brest, a glimpse inside the casting process, the music of Beverly Hills Cop, location map, Theatrical trailer, and Beverly Hills Cop – The Phenomenon Begins.

Did You Know that BEVERLY HILLS COP films earned a combined $735M+ worldwide, as well as two Academy Award nominations* and a Grammy Award for the first film’s Original Score?  Yes they did!

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the BEVERLY HILLS COP follows the one-and-only Axel Foley, a street-smart cop from Detroit. Tracking down his best friend’s killer in Beverly Hills, Axel smashes through the local barriers in a hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice.
The BEVERLY HILLS COP Blu-ray boasts new special features, including:
  • Two never-before-seen deleted scenes
  • Four new behind-the-scenes featurettes incorporating vintage 1984 interviews
  • An isolated audio track of the original score by Harold Faltermeyer
  • “BHC Mixtape ‘84”, which allows viewers to go directly to the scenes featuring the hit songs “The Heat Is On,” “Neutron Dance,” “New Attitude,” “Stir It Up,” “Do You Really,” and “Nasty Girl.”
In BEVERLY HILLS COP II Eddie Murphy returns as Axel goes deep undercover to investigate a gang of international munitions smugglers and in BEVERLY HILLS COP III Axel investigates a counterfeit money ring, run out of a theme park in Los Angeles.
As I was about to write my post, I had every intention to jump right in and discuss the movies.  I thought to myself, “who hasn’t seen Beverly Hills Cop?” but I was quickly reminded that my daughter, and probably many of her generation, hadn’t seen it!
The gist of this is there’s a reason we celebrate things. In this case, we’re celebrating 35 years since Beverly Hills Cop. Eddie Murphy IS Axel Foley in every sense! Movie quality may have gotten better, special effects may have improved, and fashion may have changed.  What won’t change is Eddie Murphy’s distinct voice, his humour, and “Axel’s” perfect laugh!