Sunday, May 12, 2013
A CAPT. MIKE TIP OF THE HAT: Swann Communications & their Freestyle HD Camera
I've got several video cameras that I use on board BIANKA. From GoPro, Canon Powershot to the one built into my Blackberry phone. They all come in useful for various purposes. But, one I've been using a lot has been the Swann Freestyle 1080p HD Waterproof Sports Video Camera. It is small like the GoPro but, comes with a lot of accessories that that GoPro charges extra for. Things like a remote start and LCD screen are included with the base unit. I also like that it has separate buttons to either shoot video or stills. Unlike the GoPro which requires pushing several buttons to change how you want to shoot. On a recent trip to the Spanish Virgins my Swann stopped working. It seems one of the battery connectors broke. Not sure when it happened but, it was not something I could fix. Since the Swann warranty was for a year I contacted them for a repair. After getting receiving the shipping information I sent it off. Then the other day I got the package back from Swann USA. It was not the camera I sent to be repaired my camera but, they had sent a brand new camera with all the accessories. All I can say is WOW that's great customer service. So that's why Swann and their Swann Freestyle Sports Video Camera get a tip of the hat from Capt. Mike.
Here's some of the video I've taken with the camera. The first is from a recent trip to Vieques:
and here is a timelapse of Dawn arriving on Hook Mountain as BIANKA sat at anchor: