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The GPS Handhelds For Hiking You Should Get In 2019 #hiking #gps #hikingtech

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No matter if you are a seasoned hiker or just starting out you will benefits from a handheld GPS when venturing into nature.

The first line of defense in case you get lost or just want to be on the safe side is a GPS but you maybe wondering if you actually need one when you have a perfectly working smartphone and most GPS units look and fell outdated.

Well to be honest it depends. If you just go hiking close to home for short periods you may not actually need to invest on a dedicated GPS unit but you will still need to make some small investments.

The iPhone or Android Way

Some hardcore hikers frown on the idea of going hiking with just a smartphone but the true is that smartphone are really capable devices. The hc-hikers point to three main downsides of using a smartphone and all of them are valid but like everything there are workarounds. Battery pack investment $30-50

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Downsides of smartphone and workarounds

Poor battery life - True. The high performance of smartphone comes with the downside of shorter battery life.

Solution, Get a good external battery pack like this one or this one.

Now you have more than enough juice for a day hike. To preserve even more battery if you are out of cell coverage put your phone on airplane mode. GPS will work but it will preserve your battery since it will stop looking for cell signal. Lower brightness a bid and you should be good.

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Fragility - Yes Smartphone’s are fragile devices and thats a big upside of dedicated devices since they are built to handle the outdoors.

But you can and ruggedness to any smartphone with a good outdoor rugged case.

Here are some good ones UAG, Spigen Rugged Armor, Pelican Shield and Otter-Box Pursuit. Total case investments $14-40

Network Dependent Mapping - This one was a very valid one many years back but today is just fluff since offline mapping apps are easily available and more often that not offer better maps than dedicated GPS units.

On this side there are two awesome apps AllTrails and my go to GAIA GPS. This apps are very powerful and are been updated constantly. Mapping cost $20-40

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So your total cost assuming you don’t already own any of this items will be between $45 and $150 way less than a GPS unit.

NOTE: I embrace redundancy if I go hiking with my phone or a GPS unit I always one more than one. Even if you have a GPS unit why not also have your rugged up phone with you in case your’s GPS fails. And if you are only taking your phone take another spare one in case your main one suffer a catastrophic failure or damage. We all have an old one laying in drawers around the house they don’t have to be the latest and greatest and if you don’t already own a spare get a cheap one for less than a $100. [Here is a good back up one][0].

Another good backup unit will be a GPS watch like a [Garmin Forerunner 945][1]but this are a bit expensive for just a backup unit. If you will get more value out of them like health and workout tracking then it will justify it price.

Dedicated Units

More often than not when people make list like this one they will trow in every single model they can or just repost everyone else list that have’t been updated in years beside the title to update the year.

I will keep this list short and only with units I actually use or will use. Now you will see a theme here on the brand and thats because when it comes to GPS I really trust Garmin.

This is Garmin latest generation GPS handheld and it boosts a newer but familiar interface modern connectivity and access to Garmin’s Connect, Live Tracking, Garmin Explore and Connect IQ.

Long battery life and the best part user replaceable AA ones so you can take spares.

Included Birds Eye view imagery along Topo maps.

Note: Some of the negative user reviews when the units initially launched had been addressed by Garmin via software updates.

If you are really a touchscreen person then the Oregon 750t is the way to go. It’s compact and sleek but features great GPS reception advanced features like Ant+, Bluetooth, Wifi, Camera and also supports Connect IQ. It comes preloaded with topo maps as well. This little device offer a lot on a small package and this one is actually my go to GPS handheld.

The GPSMAP 64st is an affordable but outstanding GPS unit. It’s not touchscreen and lack most of the connected features (while it support Live Tracking) but is a solid unit at a good price. The keyword here is value.

Enter the mighty inReach Mini. This is one of Garmin’s most popular products and for a good reason. This is primarily a communication device with basic field GPS functions but this device will definitely save your life if the worst happens.

The inReach can log your location on device and can also send your location via satellite so your trusted one even when far away from the nearest cell tower. It allows you to send and receive SMS anywhere in the world and it has a dedicated SOS button. Press it and help will be on its way.

This unit should be carried no matter what along cell phones and dedicated GPS units it also integrates with other Garmin devices like the GPSMAP 66st and Garmin watches. Also connects to your smartphone.

Note: The inReach Mini requires a service plan to use the Iridium Satellite Network. The plans start at just $11.95 for more info on this plan check the plan page here.

There you have it the best GPS Handhelds and Smartphone upgrades you can get in 2019 so you can hit the trails with peace of mind.

Atomos Shinobi External 4K HDR Monitor (4k 60p) #xt3 #fujifilmxt3

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Hello everyone Omar here. Today I will be doing a quick overview of the Atomos Shinobi 4k External Monitor

If you have been eying an external monitor for your camera you may have considered the Smallfocus HD or a Feelworld one. You may have even looked at the Atomos Ninja V but since you didn’t wanted or needed the recording function it was hard to justify the price.

Well Atamos has released it’s new product the Atomos Shinobi and it features the same great 4k display and functionality but takes away the external recording function. In the box you will get the display itself a charger with a bunch of outlets adapter and that’s pretty much it.

You can use it with Sony batteries but they aren’t included. I will link to them on the description below. You also don’t get any HDMI cable to connect to the camera. Atomos sells it own but that one its $50 and in my opinion thats a total ripoff. Why? because for just $8 I get not one but two AmazonBasic ones that works just as good. I will leave a link to them on the description below.

To be extra clear this will not record any footage to the device all the recording it’s done in-camera. The display has an SD card slot but this is just for updates and installing LUTS into the device.

Besides the SD car slot you also get a single HDMI port and a headphone jack.

The Shinobi is made of high quality plastic making it very lightweight but if you want extra security in case you drop it I will recommend a SmallRig cage.

The display has a 1000 nits of brightness and HDR. Perfect for viewing it outside.

The Shinobi is pack of features some of them been Focus Peaking, ,Zoom, Zebra, False Color, Frame Guides, Waveform, RGB parade, vectorscope, a new multi-view ‘Analysis’ view and realtime LUTs preview.

Now what about 4k 60p?

The tech specs say the display will take up to a 4k 30p signal and while that seem to indicate the display will be useless for someone shooting at 4k 60p the true is that depending on your camera you can still use this display while shooting at 4k in 60p.

Most cameras offer the option of shooting at 4k 60p but displaying a 1080p signal on an external display. Thats the case with my Fujifilm XT3 while the camera is recording at 4k 60p I am able to use the display at 1080p.

So its the Shinobi worth its $399 price tag? Specially when Feelworld offer a similar 5in display that comes with a cable and mount? Well it depends. If you want superior screen and build quality with tons of features and excellent customer support then the Atomos Shinobi is a no brainer. If you just want a basic but good display for youtube or vlogging maybe the $158 Feelworld is a better value.

Are you planning in getting a Shinobi let me know in the comments thanks for watching.

DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras Reviews Series

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You guys asked for it so we are doing it. Gimbals reviews incoming.

A lot of you enjoyed our best macro lenses review and have been asking us to do the same for drones and gimbals.

Well, good news we have got our hands on some of the best gimbals on the market and will be doing an in-depth review of each one of them.

This series besides the normal review will also be accompanied by video so we can showcase each gimbal pros and cons.

So keep an eye in the next couple of weeks when we will start publishing the reviews.

What about drones?

Drones are something we are considering and may follow shortly after we finish the gimbals reviews.

Like always we appreciate your suggestion so keep sending them over.