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HDMax Extreme Review

If you’re looking to get a professional action camera to video your extreme outdoor sports, there are a few different cameras to consider that are all around the same price range and all do the same basic thing.

In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the new HDMax Extreme action camera and see how it stacks up to the other cameras in the same market.

HDMax Extreme Features

The first thing you’ll notice about the HDMax extreme is that it has a built-in color LCD screen right on the side of the camera. It’s quite big at 2 inches which is bigger than the screen found on Drift Innovation’s cameras. This makes framing the shot very easy and also useful for replaying your video right after you record.

The lens is a wide-angle lens which can record 140 degrees across in 720p and 110 degrees in 1080p. While it’s not as wide as most other competing camera which are 170 degrees, it’s still a decent amount of angle.

HD video recording is a given because of the name “HDMax” suggests. It has a variety of HD video settings to choose from, from 720p to 1080p and also a number of variable frame rates from 30fps to 60 fps. If you want to do slow-motion, the 60fps setting is the best for smooth slow-mo playback and video editing.

You’ll find that the lens also rotates at the nose of the camera. This is useful for lining up the shot without fussing about with mounts so much. This is not a unique feature as nearly all action cameras these days have the rotating lens. It’s great for when you mount the camera upside down or on an unusual angle.

The Specs Of The HDMax Extreme

Video recording options are as follows:

  • 1080p at 30 fps
  • 720p at 30 / 60 fps
  • 480p at 30 / 60 fps

The aspect ratio of the footage comes in 16:9 widescreen for that cinematic feel.

There is a built-in microphone but also the option to plug in an external mic so picking up quality sound is no problem.

Average recording time in full HD 1080p and 720p at 6fps is 15 minutes per GB which is pretty efficient compared to other cameras. In 720p at 30fops it will give you 30 minutes per GB.

Battery life is also quite god as a full charge of the 3.7V 1000mAh Lithium-Ion battery will give you up to 2 hours of record time. Recharging is done by USB or via AC wall adapter, both of which cables are provided.

The camera is weather proof as in it will hold out some water, but there is an optional waterproof case for when you want to take it underwater (sold separately).

What’s In The Box

When you buy the HDMax Extreme camera, this is what you’ll find in the box when you open it up.

  • 1 HDMax Extreme HD camera
  • 1 Goggle Mount
  • 1 Flat Mount with adhesive stickers
  • 1 Handlebar Mount
  • 1 Vented Helmet Mount with elastic strap
  • 1 Lanyard Rope
  • 1 Carry pouch
  • 1 USB Cable
  • 1 AV-OUT Cable
  • 1 AC charger
  • 1 Li-Ion 1000mA battery
  • 1 User manual (CD-ROM)
  • 1 Wired Remote Controller
  • 1 HDMI Cable
  • 2gb Micro SD Card
  • 1 Micro SD card to SD card adapter for use in card readers (not mentioned on website)
  • 12 month warranty

You get all you need to start using this action camera right out of the box. There aren’t many options to upgrade it except for a waterproof case and a 12V/5V DC battery charger you can use in your car.

Something else you might want to upgrade is to get a bigger MicroSD card. This camera can take up to a 32GB MicroSD card for when you need a lot of memory.

Overall this is a great camera that seems to have all the features and specs of the other major cameras. The only downside is the price which is a little on the high side but not extremely high.

New Meanings Of Extremism

We hear a lot about extremism these days, perhaps as a preferred word for fundamentalism. But who is extreme; are people being labelled ‘extreme’ by a non-extreme majority? A lot of this new labelling is driven by understandable fear. Post ‘9/11’ the world has watched radical new movements bent on western domination. In comparison, the medieval nation-states of Europe that, five or six hundred years ago were set on conquests to enhance their world-power status, appear as toothless old lions.

• SUBVERT SOCIAL ORDER

In the present context there is politico-religious extremism, where radical religious beliefs fuel and foment violent political engagement. As conceived by non-extremists these radical movements are threatening to subvert the prevailing social order in the west by radical interventions that constitute a grave threat – hence the term ‘extremism’.

In its most basic form radical extremism seeks territorial advance and conquest of existing political powers. Some extremists use explosives to strike widespread panic and maximum carnage. Non-extremists anxiously see these movements as threatening to overthrow their long-established and hard-won tolerant and liberal democracies.

Such threats are viewed with foreboding as the ultimate goal is the imposition of a whole new set of social values and religious beliefs amounting to forced mass ‘conversion’. Such goals offer no freedom to dissent as they spread fanaticism, from which dissent means death.

• RESPONSES

How western democracies are responding to these invasive extremes is significant. Responses speak much of one’s own strengths and vulnerabilities. Some responses are on the level of heightened national security and intelligence alerts; some involve granting greater powers to police, and strategic counter-measures to forestall the covert plans of terrorists.

One alarming feature is how the rise of liberal humanism understands, on its own terms, what it conceives to be a wider form of extremism. I say ‘alarming’, because for many Christians, who in earlier generations were respected for their patriotism, hard work and social compassion, are now feeling ostracised and stigmatised, and some made to feel that they too are involved in extreme activities. Why is this when Christians are profoundly opposed to fanatical violence in every shape and form?

One basic reason should not surprise us; Christ’s people in this fallen world have invariably been despised and persecuted for their beliefs, as they separated themselves from a close association with non-Christian life-styles, excessive pleasures and entertainments. And then, Bible-centred Christians have been censured in the past for holding such views as a penal, substitutionary view of Christ’s death, or to his true deity, and for their view of sin and eternal, conscious punishment of those who preferred to reject Christ. Many non-Christians have a strong aversion to such beliefs which they consider extreme. This is no surprise; the Bible teaches that the ‘word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing’ (1 Corinthians 1:18). And people are fully entitled to think such beliefs are extreme if they wish.

• WHO IS FREE?

But what is taking some by surprise is how the right to freedom of speech and freedom of conscience to hold various religious beliefs or none; rights and freedoms that grew under the wholesome Christian influences on post-Reformation societies, are now being turned against Christians and taken from them.

So deep is this irony that to speak now against homosexuality or same-sex marriage or abortion is taken by some secularists as being socially offensive and extreme. A huge reversal has occurred in which the new secular consensus rules. Biblical morality has largely been jettisoned, but western neo-paganism is finding it is no match for radicalised Islam. Once, in Christianised societies, some behaviours were marginalised because they were contrary to the word of God. It is granted that some past sanctions were extreme, but this in no way warrants pay-back time upon contemporary Christians.

Now, the older Christianised understanding of civil and social rights and freedoms to citizens, including minority religious beliefs, are being given new secular and post-Christian meanings, which from a Christian viewpoint, represent the loss of genuine rights and freedoms – witness the loss of right to life of millions of aborted infants. A new secular totalitarianism is stalking our western democracies, and it is time to note the profound irony that permits the “lawful” slaying of innocents by abortion on demand, in light of the legislator’s wish to be spared before the onslaught of other forms of radical violence!

But what is very disconcerting for Bible-centred Christians is the current level of confusion in how their own beliefs are becoming associated and confused with radical, violent religious extremists.

• REDRESS

Such a confused association needs urgent redress by an acknowledgement that violent terrorism and anarchy represent specific types of extremism towards which appropriate counter-measures must be sustained and even improved. But that Christ-centred Christianity is by no means extreme in the modern use of this secular term. It is high time to gain greater clarity on what constitutes extremism, lest legislators using secular sociological assumptions fail to understand the roots of their own reactions and finish up taking measures to prohibit time-honoured freedoms and cause unwarrantable trouble to those who are not extremists.

Extreme NO Effects

Here’s a list of what you can expect to get from Extreme NO:

-Day long release

With Extreme NO you don’t only get your NO boost before your workout, you will feel the amazing effects all day long. You can now keep this amazing pump that you get while you workout. This phenomenon is called sustained extreme pumps. Serious bodybuilders know the skin-ripping, super-pumped look they get immediately after an insane workout session. You too probably know that feeling. Now, with Extreme NO, you keep it all day long. You will fell and look great.k they get immediately after

-Fast post-workout recovery

Extreme NO not only gives you a great workout, it also helps you recover faster. When L-Arginine changes into nitric oxide, it causes blood vessel relaxation (also known as vasodilation). It has been observed that vasodilation can help for wound healing and bodybuilding.

-Increases strength

Extreme NO, with its L-Arginine active ingredient, will increase the NO level in your body. That causes more blood to flow in your blood vessels. As your blood flow increases, your muscles will get more oxygen. When your muscle «breathes» more, it will make you stronger.

-Increases muscle growth

While you use Extreme NO, you will experience an increase in strength. The direct result will be that you will push heavier weights and break down your muscle fiber more than ever before. This is a good thing! The more you break your muscle fiber, the more they will grow as you recover from your workout.

-Increases muscle mass

Does increased muscle mass sounds good to you? Well so far so good. As you use Extreme NO you will be stronger, you will push heavier weights, this will cause your muscle fiber to break down more. If you want to get bigger, you have to EAT big. To increase your muscle mass, there is 2 essential elements: big workouts, and eat BIG! There is no way around it! For this part, I highly recommend having a meal plan that will fit your goals. Extreme NO is one of the tools that will help you accomplish your goals.

-Better focus during workouts

Another great effect of Extreme NO, is that it will help you be more focused during your workout sessions. This is also caused by the vasodilation phenomenon. Extreme NO will cause more blood to flow into your brain, which will result in better focus and concentration. You want to get big? You need to be focused! Focused on your goals, and focused on your workouts.

Why “I Go To Extremes” Wasn’t Just a Billy Joel Song Title to Me

How many of us have a 40-hour work week at our current job? Wow, check out the lack of hands going up at that question! Well, everyone can stop laughing. Looks like we’re not alone. According to the December 2006 Harvard Business Review, it’s estimated that 1.7 million Americans have “extreme jobs.” An “extreme job” is defined as “high pressure positions that require 70 hours or more a week.”

Geez! All us accountants are “extreme”?!? And we all thought that 70+ hour work weeks was called “tax season” and are what it took to get recognized, promoted, etc.

Doesn’t it have a nice ring to it, though? “Extreme jobs.” Seems the United States is a culture that thrives on “extreme” everything – from TV shows (Extreme Makeover – Home Edition) to sports (extreme Frisbee, anyone?), if it’s “extreme” – Americans embrace it.

But why do we continue to do it – even after the promotions, raises, recognition? Why are there those of us who feel the need to work 70, 80, 90 hours a week after the raises push compensation packages into the 6 figure range – placing them in the top 6% of American salary earners?

For most people, it’s just their personalities. Most accountants are Type A people. To quote Sir John Gielgud in Arthur, “It’s what we live for…” Others, it’s the trill of working excessively long hours. Yeah, some do find a thrill here that others (myself included) just don’t see. And, I’m sure, many find those increasingly larger paychecks very alluring! The Harvard study shows the majority of these “extreme” employees love it. Yep, they claim that there doesn’t appear to be too much employee resentment (notice there’s no mention of the family’s reactions to these long hours.)

Now, I’m not going to question the choices made by “extremers.” Having spent almost 15 years in accounting and finance, I’ve been “extreme.” Of course, my husband and children will be the first ones to tell you how much they hated it. Long hours in the office, coupled with constant cell phone calls during dinner and e-mails all weekend tend to make even the most supportive families resentful.

Of course, I didn’t see how bad this all was until I was grocery shopping at 7:00am on a Saturday (because I just didn’t have any other free time) while discussing monthly and quarterly P&L statements with the president of my company.

Not too long after this did I begin to realize how wrong it all was. Yes, the money, power, and prestige were nice. But at what cost? I was constantly breaking out in hives (from the stress), I was pushing family obligations to the back burner (come on – grocery shopping at 7:00 am on a SATURDAY?!), I was hardly seeing my kids (and boy did they let me know it!), and my husband joking about talking more to my office’s receptionists than with me. Yes, I was in full-blown burnout.

At the time, we were renting a house in a very ritzy suburb of New York City (Greenwich, CT) and knew we couldn’t afford to stay if I wasn’t going to continue to be an “extreme” employee. Three months later, we moved into an incredible house in a very middle class suburb of Cleveland, OH – Mentor, where I actually spent the bulk of my childhood. Not only did our mortgage become one-third of what we were paying for rent, I could finally wind down my “extremeness.” Granted, I still work 60 + hours a week, but it’s on my terms. I own my own executive recruiting firm. There is no one to complain that I’m taking a half-day off, to help with my older two daughters’ classrooms. And if I choose to take an hour off and attend a tea party hosted by my 4 year old daughter, who’s going to yell? And if my 19 month old daughter is having a rough night sleeping, there’s no “tsk tsk” from other “extremers” because I’m not starting to work until 9:00am.

A lot of companies are trying to combat “extreme employee burnout.” That’s why more and more firms every day are offering concierge-style services, like dry cleaning pick up and delivery, on site child care, and massage therapists on salary. They are hoping these incredible employees won’t do what I did back in 2004 – burn out and run away like the wind. It’s because these companies are now listening to their human resource managers. These managers know that it’s increasingly difficult to replace an “extreme” employee. Let’s be realistic here – how many new employees are going to devote themselves to an organization knowing that the previous employee hit burnout and fled? Companies are forcing employees to utilize their vacations. Some firms even offer to occasionally cover the costs for a spouse to go along on certain business trips. And we’ve all seen the upswing in telecommuting and flextime.

Would all these perks have encouraged me to stay at my old position? Probably not. While I loved my job (and the two offices that came with it – one a corner office on Park Avenue in the Upper West Side of NYC and another waterfront office in Greenwich, CT), enjoyed working with my coworkers (some of the hardest working people I have ever met), and the pleasure of working for one of the most brilliant minds around, none of this could ever make up for the looks of relief and gratitude on my family’s faces when they realized that they really did come first.

Plus, there’s a lot to be said for not breaking out in hives during the past three years!

Hailing from the metropolitan New York City area, Mary Stewart McGovern spent the first 15 years of her career in accounting and finance. After relocating to Northeast Ohio two years ago, she craved a career change. Deciding to merge her flair for networking, strong desire to help others, and her solid accounting and finance background, she decided to try her hand at recruiting. Mary started her “second” career in recruiting by working with a highly regarded executive recruiting firm in Cleveland, Ohio.