The iMums Christmas Gift Guide 2014 – With Great Giveaways Too!

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones? 2014 is drawing to a close and it is time to start shopping for Christmas Gifts. The iMums have been searching far and wide for gifts that will be a hit with family members of all ages. Which ones are on your wish list this Holiday Season ?

We have picked out some of our favorite products from the past year to share with you including products for the home,and office,  for the young and young at heart, gifts for use on the go, photography picks, and some brand new cases for the iPhone!

 

Gifts for The Young and Young at Heart

In this section we highlight some cool products that kids and teens will enjoy, but they aren’t just for kids – adults will have just as much fun racing a rally car, enjoying a light and sound show or feeling the soothing effects of playing with sand.

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For the Home and Office

We have a great selection of gift ideas for the home and office. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for a pet lover, a home baker,

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Gifts for On-The-Go

We have a great range of on-the-go gift ideas including mobile storage solutions, portable speakers and bags and cases for the avid traveller and those who like to stay closer to home.

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For the Photographer

Whether you prefer to take pictures with your DSLR or iPhone we have some great gift ideas.

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Stocking Stuffers

These are a few of our favorite gift ideas for $30 or less.

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Giveaways

Giveaway for the Perfect Bake
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Enter to win a ReadyNAS RN102
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Enter to win a Minnie Amelie bag from Mia Tui
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Enter to win an Ozobot Smart Robot – Congrats to our Winner Helen W – your prize is on the way!!

Sales and offer codes

Yantouch Diamond+ 

From November 18 until December 31, 2014, the Diamond+ is $50 off, priced at only $99 (normally $149) from Amazon Yantouch IceDiamond+  when using coupon code YT50DOFF

Ozobot

To celebrate the launch of #OzoGroove, we’re offering 20% off Ozobot Dual Packs when you use the promo code: GROOVY20 Visit www.ozobot.com to purchase!

Mia Tui

15% off your entire order using the code imums at MiaTuiUSA

 

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Eyefi Mobi SD card by Eyefi – Review

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What we love…

Simple to set up and use with automatic sync to your devices

What we’d love to see…

reminders as Eyefi cloud is closer to expiring as well as a bit more use friendly interface

Summary

This card made me start using my digital camera again – I had so many photos that were on there that I had never downloaded – now it’s so simple!

Our Rating

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How many times do you take photos on your digital camera and find them “stuck” on the camera when you can’t find your camera cord, don’t have time to sync them or even worse lose your camera?  Eyefi has come out with an innovative card which allows you to wireless sync your photos from your camera to your phone, tablet and computer as well as storing them in the cloud – all without you having to do anything other than put the camera on view mode and sync with your wireless network once.

Eyefi Mobi is just like a regular SDHC card and is compatible with many cameras  including a point and shoot as well as a DSLR which includes a built in WiFi which will automatically pair your camera to your smartphone, tablet, or computer which allows photos to be synched in moments – without having to worry about finding the cord!  There is an app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire to allow for easy interface and downloading.  The photos are instantly sync’d allowing you to share and enjoy your photos and enjoy them in the moment with the quality of a digital camera.  I loved how easy it was to sync and the fact that I didn’t have to worry about losing my camera or having pictures stuck on there until I did an annual photo book or needed one.

In terms of improvements, I would like to see enhancements in the iOS app.  I also found that my EyeFi Cloud membership expired one day when I went to sync my phone and it was a bit of a hassle to renew it which I had to do in order to download my photos.  The card comes with a free 90 day cloud service – and I wished that I had been reminded sooner so I wasn’t forced to renew it.  The unlimited cloud is $49 a year.

Simple, easy to use and preserve your memories.  This card made me start using my camera again.  I had misplaced the cord and had been unable to locate it.  We were without a desktop computer at the time so I was very excited to take photos of my kids with the card so I wouldn’t lose out on memories of them and they were better quality than what I was able to get on my smartphone.

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

The card retails from $49.99 for 8 gigabytes and a 90 day cloud storage to $99.99 and 32 gigabytes along with the same cloud storage. A full year of cloud storage can be purchased when you get the card as well. Available from Eyefi, Best Buy, newegg.Amazon another other retailers.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

ATC Chameleon Dual Lens Action Video Camera by Oregon Scientific- Review

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What we love…

Simple straight forward operation, ability to record 2 video streams simultaneously, no complex editing or settings adjustment required. Software that allows you to view the videos in different ways.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to save videos in picture in picture and single screen formats, ability to view video in real time to make adjusting camera angle easier.

Summary

The  ATC Chameleon Dual Lens Action Video Camera is a fun way  to record the action when on the ski slopes or during other activities. It is simple to use, and its unique feature is the ability to record the action in two different directions at once.

Our Rating

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With the rising popularity of the G0-Pro and similar cameras, videos cameras are now everywhere – on Surfboards, Ski slopes, Skydiving and more. People are even filming the action with multiple cameras to get that all around view. Oregon Scientific has a different solution – the world’s first dual-lens video action camera! The ATC Chameleon Dual Lens Action Video Camera lets you film simultaneously from 2 different lenses within one camera body, so the 2 videos are automatically synched during recording and playback without needing to do any editing.

I love to ski with my family so I was excited to try out the ATC Chameleon on the ski slopes. It comes with a hard shell helmet mount, as well as a tripod mount, so it was very easy to mount to my ski helmet to take it on the slopes. Others skiers immediately noticed the 2 lenses and were intrigued by it, asking lots of questions on the ski lift.

The ATC Chameleon has a rechargeable battery that lasts for about 2 hours on a full charge, it can be recharged via your computer or wall charger using the included charging cable. It requires a Micro-SD card to record (not included), a 16 or 32GB card is recommended (I bought a 32GB Sony card on Amazon for approx. $20). It is designed to be very simple to set up – it’s only setting choice is whether to record the videos with the 2 channels displayed side by side or top and bottom. The camera angles can also be adjusted – one can be rotated up or down, the other can be rotated side to side. The helmet mount can be left permanently attached to your helmet and the camera easily clicks in place when you are ready to hit the slopes. The helmet mount allows the camera to be rotated to whatever angle you wish from side to side, and also allows you to adjust the tilt. The side to side adjustment was very solid, I found the tilt adjustment kept the camera in place well if it wasn’t touched, but I did occasionally knock it out of alignment by banging it on the bar of the lift chair or by accidentally pressing too hard when switching it on or off.
ATCChameleon_2When you are ready to record you just slide the large on/off slider on top of the camera, it will beep to tell you when recording starts or stops. It is very simple to use, but the trickiest thing for me was working out the best angle to set the cameras at, to record the action in front and behind me without videoing the sky or a lot of snow! It takes some practice to work out the best angles, so I did wish there was some way to view the video on a smartphone so that I could see what I was recording, or what I had just recorded, during the day instead of waiting until I got home and had access to my computer.

Oregon Scientific offers a free download from their website of software for viewing your videos recorded with the ATC Chameleon on your PC or Mac. You can view the videos without it, but using the software gives you some fun additional viewing options so I’d definitely recommend downloading it. When using the software you can view the recording with horizontal or vertical split screen (whichever you chose when recording)  or you can view it picture in picture and change which is the large and which the small screen,  or view a single channel at a time. I loved having these options for viewing the action, but I wish there was a way to save the video in these formats (you can only save it in split screen).

This camera is designed for action video shooting and the locations it will be most used in e.g. around snow or water, tend to have very good light a lot of the time. I found in good lighting the video came out well, and the picture was sharp. The camera also has a microphone so you can record a running commentary, or ambient sounds and conversations. When skiing fast there is quite a lot of wind noise- but this is I think fairly unavoidable and does add to the atmosphere and excitement. Here is a short clip that I recorded when skiing in February, this is with the horizontal split screen, uploaded to YouTube with no editing.

As well as using the ATC Chameleon on the ski slopes, I also took it on a whale watching trip to see how it worked in another environment. I did forget to pack my tripod mount, so I got a little creative using a Breffo Spiderpodium to hold it during the whale watching videos.  I was also shooting still pictures using my DSLR at the same time so I wasn’t looking where I was aiming the ATC Chameleon during this video. This is with the vertical  split screen, uploaded to YouTube with no editing. The humpback whale was over 1,000 ft away in the video so is small – you’ll see it in the right video stream from approximately 30 sec to 5min of the video run time.

The ATC Chameleon is water resistant as it is, so is fine for skiing or boat trips like the one I took it on, if you want to use it where it will be really getting wet such as surfing there is an optional waterproof housing available.

 

Overall, the  ATC Chameleon Dual Lens Action Video Camera is a fun way  to record the action when on the ski slopes or during other activities. It is simple to use, and its unique feature is the ability to record the action in two different directions at once. I love the software that allows you to view the videos in different ways, and wish there was an option to save it in these formats. At its current selling price of $99.99 it is a good deal and I recommend it, it is much more economical than many other action cameras and gives you dual channel recording instead of single channel.

The ATC Chameleon Dual Lens Action Video Camera with vented helmet mount is available online from Oregon Scientific.com RRP $199.99 , currently on selling for $99.99.

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).



4-in-1 iPhone Lens and Quick-Flip Case by Olloclip – Review- A Great Package for iPhoneographers!




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Bottom line…

The Olloclip 4-in-1 is an incredibly small, convenient, high quality, portable, easy to use, lens system that gives added versatility to the iPhone’s photographic capabilities. It is a good deal at $70 and is highly recommended.

The Quick-Flip Case is a useful extra accessory for those who, like myself, prefer to have their iPhone in a case whilst in use. I would love to see it offer more protection, and I did feel it was a bit pricey at $50.

The Olloclip 4-in-1 is a quick-connect lens solution for the budding iPhoneographer. It is a simple, slip-on solution that allows you to take iPhone photographs using a Fisheye, Wide-Angle and 2 Macro lenses.

To use the Olloclip 4-in-1, the upper right corner of your iPhone needs to be uncovered. The Quick-Flip Case makes it easy to expose that corner whilst protecting the rest of the phone, and also adds additional functionality. I tested the 4-in-1 and Quick Flip Case with an iPhone 5, on a recent trip to Hawaii, and I will share some of the photos I took with it. The version I tested can be used with the iPhone5/5s/5c or iPod Touch 5th generation, an iPhone 4/4s version is also available.

The lens system is incredibly small and comes in a microfiber drawstring bag, which is easy to keep in a handbag or pocket. It slips easily onto the corner of your iPhone, over the iPhone camera lens. There are 2 sides to the system- one side contains the Fisheye 180 lens, the other has a Wide-Angle lens, you can rapidly switch between them by sliding off the lens system, flipping it and sliding back on. Unscrewing the Wide-Angle lens reveals a 10x Macro lens, and underneath the Fish-Eye lens is a 15x Macro. When using the Macro lenses I recommended unscrewing both Wide-Angle and Fisheye and keeping them in the drawstring bag, then you can easily flip between the 2 Macros to get the image you want. Cleverly the Fisheye and Wide-Angle lenses have slightly different threads, so you can’t accidentally put them back in the wrong place.

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The 10x Macro has a 18mm focus distance and the 15x has a 12mm focus distance, so they are designed for very close up photography – such as details of a leaf,  pictures of tiny flowers, or details of a surface. You need to be very close for the 15x Macro, so camera shake can be an issue here, especially for plant pictures outdoors, where the plant may also be moving in the wind. Using a tripod with the Quick-Flip case can be useful to overcome this issue.

This series of 3 pictures show the same plant taken with the regular iPhone lens, the 10x Macro and the 15x Macro lens.  With regular lensWith 10x MacroWith 15x Macro

These pictures show close ups of lava taken with the Macro lenses.

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These pictures show close ups of flowers taken with the Macro lenses:

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The Fisheye lens creates some very fun effects. Here is a picture I took of Hawaiian Petroglyphs using the Fisheye:

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The Wide-angle lens is the one I’ve used the least, as the iPhone lens has a pretty wide angle to start with. However, there are some situations where it is very useful such as taking a photo of a large group of people, or getting in the full height of a tall building. It roughly doubles the field of view of the iPhone. The lenses are made from high quality precision ground coated glass and the barrels are aircraft-grade anodized aluminum. They look well-made, and the photographs come out clear and sharp.

The Quick-Flip Case is made of hard plastic and covers the back, sides and corners of the iPhone, with cutouts over all buttons and ports. When you are using it with your Olloclip lens the top of the case flips over, leaving the right hand corner of the iPhone free so you can easily slip on the lens system. The edge of the flipped case also acts as a trigger so you can use this to depresses the + volume button which will take the photo. The case comes with a “Pro-Photo Adapter” which has a tripod mount and a cold-shoe mount for a light or microphone, and with an adapter to allow it to be used with a 5th generation iPod Touch.

olloclip caseThe Quick-Flip Case is less protective than my usual everyday case, but for days when I was planning to do some iPhoneography it was a great compromise in allowing easy access to put on the lens system, yet still giving the protection of being in a case. I did occasionally have difficulty getting the trigger to deploy. The case doesn’t have a screen protector so I used a Cloak by Tylt  stick-on screen protector. It is a pretty thick screen protector  and I found the lens system did not slip easily over it (which it did with a bare screen), so I needed to cut a window in the screen protector where the lens went on.

I found the lens system very easy to use and it produced high quality images. The drawstring back was very useful for storing the lenses and also doubled as a lens cloth when I accidentally got fingerprints on the lenses! I would caution to be careful using a thick screen protector on the iPhone with the 4-in-1 as you may need to cut a hole in the screen protector. Without a screen protector the lens slides on easily, and stays in place well. The lens does cover the sleep/wake button but you can just lift the corner slightly to access this if you wish to leave the lens on between photography sessions. It also partly covers the flash, but this isn’t a big issue for me as I’m not usually using the flash and the 4-in-1 at the same time.

Overall, the Olloclip 4-in-1 is an incredibly small, convenient, high quality, portable, easy to use, lens system that gives added versatility to the iPhone’s photographic capabilities. It is a good deal at $70 and is highly recommended. The Quick-Flip Case is a useful extra accessory for those who, like myself, prefer to have their iPhone in a case whilst in use. I really like having a case that works with the Olloclip lenses, but I would love to see it offer more protection, and I did feel it was a bit pricey at $50.

The 4-in-1 retails for $69.99 and the Quick-Flip Case retails for $49.99 both are available online from olloclip.com and Amazon.

 

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Olloclip also has a free to download photo app to use with their lenses: olloclip – olloclip

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Category: Photo & Video, Utilities
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 22.77 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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