I got a chance to review the new AEE Magicam underwater and sports camera. It’s less known to the public than GoPro here in Manila, but after using it, I conclude that it’s a pretty good contender.
Pricing is not yet set here in the Philippines since it is new but it will soon be available in Pixel Pro. It should cost lesser than the GoPro and unlike GoPro which doesn’t include the LCD attachment in the initial purchase, this AEE does. It also comes with more accessories included in the box such as the remote control, lcd monitor and extra battery pack. For GoPro, you would have to buy these separately.
Mounting and Installation on a Surfboard
I installed everything myself! You need to buy an extra accessory for surf board mount. GoPro uses suction tube, whereas AEE uses 3M adhesive. Mind you, this adhesive is pretty strong. It’s pretty safe especially if it’s new. It comes with two parts so that in case one gets detached, you still have another one clinging to your camera. Be sure to have that safety thread hold on
Installation was very easy. Just make sure the board’s surface is dry, wax-free, dirt free. Clean it well first before sticking the 3M mount.
Comes in 2 pieces, in case one part gets ripped. Unlike the suction where although secure, when it’s gone – it’s gone.
*thank you so much to Kristel for the photos above
AEE Magciam sports camera put to test (Surfing Video)
AEE Magicam SD21 Specs
With LCD glass screen: real-time display various status
External TFT display screen， real-time display video content or play recorded content
With IP68 standard waterproof case, and the waterproof depth is 60 meters, two kinds of housing design
Support setting, replay, delete ect. operations with connecting to 1.5″ TFT display screen
With built-in dismountable high-capacity lithium battery, it can be re-charged
HD video recording/photo snapping function with various models
Self-time function with front indicator and timing recording
Laser indicator function make record and snapshot easlier.
1/3 inch CMOS sensor 8.0 Mega Pixels
Recording MOV videos, to be directly played by PC or uploaded onto video websites
Auto exposure, auto white balance, easy to operate;
F/3.0 aperture, and support nightshot
10x Digital zoom
170°extra-large wide-angle lens
Auto recording when acceleration occurring (function as the black box of the car) *optional
Auto stand-by for power saving
Supporting fast forward and fast rewind, and skipping of contents in the next segment (when connecting with TFT screen player)
Supporting time setting (RTC function) and time superposition function;
Surfing is definitely one of the sports that is fun to capture. Every photo you take has something to do with how the waves form, how your subject performs his tricks and of course – luck and timing! After you get a really good capture, it’s all worth it! Show your subject your gnarly photo of him and he will appreciate it. I’m a surfer too and I know how it feels when someone captures a great photo of me surfing and that doesn’t happen often.
Here are some important tips you need to know when you want to take surfing photos.
1. Wipe-out shots look cool! I’m not going to hold back this trick that I realized by myself when I was taking surfing photos. This is no secret, but many fail to realize how awesome the shot is – when your target gets wiped out! Most surf photographers focus on “capturing the moment” but this is just basically “luck” and timing! Patience is a virtue indeed – and just keep on shooting.
This is actually a wipe-out shot. It’s me and I’m about to fall in .01 seconds
Looks cool though!
2. Try shooting on water. When you do, make sure your camera is either water-proof or has a secure camera casing. Taking shots while you’re on water gives a more real photo with splashes of water here and there and you get to capture your subject in different angles – up front, sideways while the wave is making a barrel, underwater and many other angles!
Just be sure to hold the camera still. Switch to video mode at times – just in case!
3. Light is your best friend. This is important when you are shooting by the shore. The best light usually happens early morning. Sunset shots usually just give you silhouettes and unless you are taking an “artistic” surf shot, try to avoid taking photos at this time and maybe, enjoy the time to surf yourself!
This was taken at noon. And you think the lighting is best at this time, well – it is not! Notice the shadows that cover the surfer’s face and body.
4. Zoom lens! Zoom lens is important if you are taking shots from the shore. You need at least a 200mm lens or an 8x zoom digital camera, or higher.
5. Be patient and alert. Get ready to take photos when you see your subject paddling and getting a wave. Try to put your settings to “burst” mode so that you can capture every move without missing any happening! Remember to take even the wipe-out shots!
6. Move! Don’t just shoot from one angle. Try to find the spot with the best light, but also move around and try taking photos on different sites.
7. Respect. Don’t publish unflattering photos like nipple slips or a really ugly facial expression or an awkward wipe-out position. This is very unprofessional.
Best of all, have fun taking photos! If you want to make this a career, enroll in a photography class in your local area. But if you just want to have fun and try this, just remember the tips above and have fun shooting!
Win P100k and a Vacation Getaway from Thunderbird Resorts, plus win an Apple iPad!
Dubbed as “Extraordinary”, Thunderbird Resorts launches its first Online Video Contest. Participants will get the chance to win P100k, a Vacation Getaway for Four at Thunderbird Resorts Rizal and La Union, Enjoy Philippines Card and other cool prizes.
The resort’s thrust is to create extraordinary experiences for its guests, giving them a luxurious vacation lifestyle with each stay. It holds two world-class properties here in the Philippines catering to leisure, sports, recreation and entertainment activities. One is located in the highland oasis of Binangonan, Rizal; the other Mediterranean-inspired property is in the peninsula of Poro Point in San Fernando, La Union. Through the online video contest – which is a trend already becoming popular on the worldwideweb – Thunderbird Resorts would like to share this experience and more.
Just answer “What Makes you Extraordinary” in a video to join. Full mechanics is posted on www.thunderbirdresorts.ph/videocontest. Shoot the video at Thunderbird Resorts – either in Rizal or Poro Point – to have your hands on an Apple iPad.
“Extraordinary” is Thunderbird Resorts way of saying thank you to all its online fans and followers. Special mention to Enjoy Philippines, Travelbook.ph, and Nuffnang Philippines for supporting the contest.
Pictures speak louder than words. So this blog post is picture heavy 😛 We really didn’t get to play, but they toured us around the compound. If you play golf, you’d love playing here with the breathtaking view of the mountains and the sea.
My best shot for this series… Thank you Nica for touring us around
Thank you Thunderbird!
I <3 this shot
Front view of Thunderbird!
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Blue and Green
There were ants on the ground @_@
Catch me do a cartwheel on 4:00 😛
Resort Address: Poro point Freeport Zone, San Fernando City, La Union
Telephone no.: +63.72.888.7777
Makati Office: 24 F Salcedo Towers, 169 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
I know I’m not really a hardcore photographer but I have patience… If you would have seen me inside that butterfly garden, you would see sweat dripping down my back and everywhere… Now, that sounds disgusting! But I am a very determined woman!
I did not really have macro lenses or what not… so I just used my defective kit lens (18-55mm Nikkor) with my Nikon D40 and my Panasonic Lumix LZ10.
Leh, no grabbing the photos and using it without my permission okay?
la la la…
Here we go 😀
Open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
General Admission: P 20
Senior Citizens and Students (with ID): P10
Children below 5 years old: Free
The La Union Botanical Garden was initially maintained and operated through the countrywide development fund (1995-1998) of the then Congressman Victor F. Ortega representative, first district of La Union. Presently, The garden is being managed by the La Union Botanical Garden Foundation and being subsidized by the city government led by the then Hon. Mayor Mary Jane C. Ortega and now presently by the Hon. Mayor Pablo C. Ortega.
By the Entrance
La Union Botanical Garden, Cadaclan, San Fernando, La Union Map
You need patience to capture them beautifully… this one isn’t even as beautiful as I hoped it would be
eh? monkey! why that pose leh?
Ferdz (ironwulf.net) taking photos of Lam-ang (a hero in Philippine Literature – Biag ni Lam-ang)
Just used my digicam Panasonic Lumix LZ10 to do macro shots
The world is beautiful
Close Up 😛
Poor flower, all eaten by grasshopper
still using digicam… quality not as good as SLR… which made me think of buying a new one *faints*
They probably feed on serpentsssss 😛
Philippine Sea Eagle “the suplado”
Eagles have really strong features. I got intimidated just by looking at it resting on top of a rock… good thing there’s a cage, if not I… *faints*
Hawk Eagle “The Pirate”
I called him that because his other eye is injured
Unlike the other eagles above, I can say that this Eagle is more like a “rockstar”
he’s a goofy kinda eagle…
Rofus Night Heron
I named him “Spock”
because he looks like spock 😛
what a show off lol
O_o mushroom growing on top of the mini fountain
La Union Botanical Garden’s mission is to establish a garden for environmental education, scientific research, biodiversity conservation, aesthetic recreation and public service potentials. It also aims to bring together as complete a collection of all Philippine native plants and all ornamental plants suited to the climatic zone of the lowland areas of Northern Luzon.