Gift Ideas For The Adventurous

27 Oct 2016 3:56:24 PM

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James from Ted's Cameras discusses some great Christmas gift ideas for the adventurer photographer. Including the Kaiser Baas Delta Drone, the Olympus TG Tracker, the Power Bank and the GorillaPod SLR Zoom

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Hi I'm James and welcome to Get Teducated.

It's that time of year again where people are starting to look for Christmas gift ideas, so today I've picked out a few new and interesting products that might be worth considering as a gift for the adventurer in your life.

First up we have the Kaiser Baas Delta Drone. The Delta drone doesn't have a built-in camera, but does have a GoPro compatible mount if you already own a GoPro camera, or you can attach the Kaiser Baas X100 action cam to complete the kit. Despite the very attractive price point, it still offers some key features over the previous Alpha drone like a much more reasonable 17 minute flight time, 400 metre control range, and built-in GPS which allows it to hover in place, maintaining altitude on it's own. Most importantly this also includes a return to home function which is triggered either when the drone flies out of range, or by pressing the big HOME button on the remote. With all this intelligence it's easy to fly confidently, capturing beautiful sweeping shots, and not to mention just a lot of fun.

If a drone doesn't sound like the right idea, but an action cam does, the Olympus TG Tracker is a tough, waterproof action video camera capable of 8 Megapixel stills and stunning 4K Ultra High Definition video. This little guy is amazingly capable and packed with a ton of features, but to keep it brief for this particular video I'll just point out that it is an excellent companion for any adventure. It's got a built-in LCD screen to see what you're pointing at, a built in LED light for recording in lower lighting conditions, built in GPS, built in Barometer, built in sensors for temperature, direction, and acceleration, plus it's waterproof to 30 metres without any need for an additional housing. Having all this built in makes it perfect for chucking in a backpack or pocket as an easy, ready for anything, shooter that will survive under almost any conditions and capture everything in outstanding detail.

Naturally though, all of your devices are going to need power, and if you happen to be away from power for a while you're probably going to want to charge your camera battery and phone battery. This is where the Kaiser Baas Rapid Charge power banks come in. If you're not familiar with power banks already, it's basically a big battery which allows you to charge anything that can be charged through USB. My recommendation is the Rapid Charge 11K because it holds enough power to charge most cameras at least 5 times or most mobile phones at least 3 times. It has 2 USB ports on it so you can charge a couple of things at the same time and a 2.5 Amp maximum output for fast charging so you can spend less time waiting and more time shooting.

When you are out trekking you want to be carrying as little as possible, and with tripods being as big and bulky as they are, they're usually the first items to get cut from the kit. The Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom is compact and lightweight by comparison, and rated to hold up to 3 kilos so it's still sturdy enough to handle most SLR and lens combinations. The bendy legs means a flat surface is far from essential, as you can adjust the legs to sit comfortably on rocks, a fence, or even wrapped around a tree branch. For the minimal weight and space it takes up, it's certainly a worthwhile investment to allow for long exposures without camera shake, interval shooting, or combined with the WiFi remote functionality of most new cameras, giving you the chance to be in the photo yourself.

If you're still struggling for ideas, binoculars are another popular choice, or you can never go wrong with a Ted's gift card! Stay updaTED by following Teds on Facebook and Instagram, and join ClubTED through our website to receive discounts in store and online.

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