The advantages of camcorders over smartphone cameras

With the smartphones industry developing at such a fast pace, and manufacturers trying to integrate the best technologies into the smallest packages, many of you might wonder if buying an individual camera is still worth the trouble, and especially the money.

At a first glamp, a smartphone seems to hold all the advantages, being smaller, cheaper, and being able to offer the same Full HD resolutions as an expensive camcorder. However, there are a few reasons why people still turn to the classic handheld camera.


While it’s not the first thing experts will bring up in such a discussion, we will begin by referring to the sensibility of a smartphone when it comes to filming outside of the comfort-zone. Camcorders offer you the possibility of housing them into water and shock-proof cases that can get you filming in rough weather conditions and even under water without the risk of ruining hundreds of dollars worth equipment.

As for the quality of the videos and the image in general, smartphones have come a long way, being now capable of high resolution, some of them even offering 4K. However, the resolution is not everything when it comes to the quality of the image. Camcorders still hold the first place when talking about viewfinder, optical zoom and visual settings. While the viewfinder on a camcorder gives you much more control over the composition and framing of the image, the optical zoom lets you target your details without the trembling and blurr that the digital zoom on smartphones cause.

White balance, appropriate exposure and aperture are crucial to obtaining quality footage, and they are in your control with a camcorder.


Storage is another feature that gives camcorders the upper hand. Some models including both an internal, non removable flash memory chip and Micro-SD slots that allow you to store an immense quantity of footage. Smartphones can also house a lot of data, but they also serve many more purposes than just filming and storing videos. Apps, music, games, all of these need memory space, and you’re probably not going to still want them at hand even if you’ve decided to become a filmmaker.

This leads us to our last point of discussion. Just like memory space, video shooting requires power. While dedicated camcorders have their own rechargeable battery that can ensure several hours of continuous filming while you’re using your phone for urgent calls and texting, the smartphone dies altogether when it runs out of juice, especially if you’re recording in full HD.

Safety considerations when using a flat iron

Heat-inducing hair tools can be as damaging as efficient if used in the wrong manner. In order to protect the hair as much as possible and reduce the risk of burning or severe dehydration, one can apply a few safety measures.


First of all, one must understand the ways in which the action of a flat iron can damage the hair or post danger to its health. Of course, most of the risks come from exposing the hair to the heat, so in order to protect it, we need to reduce the potential damages that heat may cause. The main way to do so is to make sure the hair is hydrated enough so that it will put up its own resistance. A prior washing and the use of conditioner will give your hair and scalp a hydration boost, and will keep the dirt and sebum from being fried into the hair when using the flat iron.


Some people take the “keep the hair hydrated” advice a little too serious and they end up making everything worse. While prior washing is necessary, having your hair wet and even damp, will cause massive damage to it, and might send you directly to the hairdresser’s for a dramatic cut. Always have your hair dry when using the flat iron, otherwise you will simply be boiling it.


Another important thing you must remember when you’re using the straightener is that the temperature should match your type of hair. Thin, frail hair will get burnt in seconds if you’re using the highest level of temperature. In the same way, using a low temperature level on thick, coarse hair will make you go over a strand over and over again, which will end up with the same damaging result.


While your hair being damp will do a lot of damage, not having anything to help protect it will take its toll in the long run. They might seem more like a money-consuming caprice, but heat protectant sprays will give your hair the protection needed by creating a cover that will spread the heat evenly – you know how that’s what makes ceramic plates the best.


However, neither the conditioner, nor the hair protectant form an unbreakable armour against heat damage, so always be careful on the level of temperature you’re using and how often you expose your hair to this treatment.

Why you should buy lifetime updates for your GPS unit

Most GPS units manufacturers offer the possibility to add lifetime updates for you unit, but is it really worth spending the money? To answer this question, let us consider the disadvantages of not updating the maps on your GPS.


As you can see everyday around you, infrastructure is in continuous growth and change. Streets, bridges, buildings are constantly being built and demolished to make room for more constructions. If you live in a small town, it may be easy to find your way without a GPS or a map, but large cities can be something of a mousetrap once you’ve taken the wrong turn. Long trips with your car across the state are even more chancy if you’re not abreast with the latest changes, and the risk of driving for hours before hitting a dead end is higher.


The GPS unit functions based on the signals sent by an orbiting satellite system that delivers an accurate position of the GPS on the globe, but it also needs a mapping system. With all the changes in infrastructure we mentioned above, owning a GPS unit that hasn’t got its maps updated is just like using a several years-old map. An outdated mapping system will possibly lead to wrong routes, traffic jams, and even speed tickets.

The market today offers two ways of updating the maps on your GPS. One is purchasing the updates individually every year, and another one is getting a lifetime updates package along with your unit from the manufacturer. The first option might prove to be better if you change your vehicles and your gear often, and for the short run, it will cost you less money.


However, with the immense amount of errands and the general speed of our modern lifestyles, remembering something as small as getting an update for your GPS can be easily neglected, getting you in undesirable situations when you most rely on its accuracy.

Furthermore, a lifetime update package will save you the trouble of remembering and making the purchase every year, and will cost you less that a yearly update in the course of several years.

In conclusion, sometimes, the commitment might be the best choice, but it all depends on your way of living, and the way you use your vehicle.

Here’s a short video on how you can update maps for a Garmin device:

Using the right temperatures with your blow dryer so you can get great styling results

There are two big aspects of using a blow dryer that need to be considered before plugging it. The first one is to what purpose you are using the appliance in that particular moment, and the second one is what setting is appropriate for that purpose.


If you’re simply using the blow dryer to dry the hair, the setting should only provide as much heat as your type of hair can withstand without sustaining damages. It’s only logical that thin hair will be less resistant to high heat than thick, strong hair, so your first job is making sure your blow dryer has a low temperature setting.


Furthermore, the recommended temperature is different for dripping-wet hair and damp hair. The first category can be dried using a higher level of heat, provided that you move the flow of the dryer constantly, to spread that heat as evenly as possible. On the other hand, the later category requires a lower setting for the temperature because once the water has already begun to disappear from the hair, the object of the heat flow will become the hair itself and the water in the very fiber.


in order to avoid complete dehydration. As true as it is that hot air should generally be avoided, you can still use it for styling as long as you know your limits. If you’re trying to straighten your hair with the use of the hair dryer, going downwards the strand of hair with a medium to high temperature setting will get you the desired result. However, because, as we pointed out before, not every hair type supports high heat, using a heat-protection spray or other product is mandatory.


In order to get your curls shiny and defined, use your round brush to fix the curl, and move the blow dryer across the length of the brush first with medium-high heat, and then use the cool temperature setting to seal in the curl. Cold air can also be used for giving your hair a special shine at the end of the drying cycle, as it seals the cuticles of the hair. Plus, if you’re been overusing the hot air flow, this trick will help your hair cool down faster, and minimize the damage of overheating.


In conclusion, in order to achieve a good look and keep your hair healthy and safe at the same time, you need to understand what are the limits of your hair and how to set your dryer to respect them.