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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.


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CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for's some.


VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

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Unannounced Hitachi HV565E 1080i Camcorder revealed

Looking through the Argos catalogue that just came out today( 17 Jan 09) , I spotted a new HD Camcorder that doesn't appear to have been announced anywhere.


It is the Hitachi HV565E and it looks virtually identical to the Sanyo HD700 - which also appears in the same catalogue. The Hitachi is 1080i @ £117.39 whereas the Sanyo is 720p @ £293.39. If the specs are accurate - this Hitachi looks like an absolute steal.  A 5x Optical Zoom on a pocket camera with 1080i HD  - makes this one look like an attractive option for those who need a pocket HD cam that offers  a bit more creative control than the  Vado or Mino HD alternatives.

The specs are as follows

  • 5 x optical zoom.

  • 4 x digital zoom.

  • CMOS processor.

  • 2.5in LCD screen.

  • Manual focus.

  • High definition recording.

  • Upto 200 minutes recording time dependant on SD card.

  • Recording format H.264

  • Computer format USB 2.

  • SD memory card slot.

  • AV output.

  • Accessories include strap, USB cable, software, manual, AC adaptor and case.

  • Battery level indicator.

  • 5m pixels camera.

  • 1080i high definition.

  • Premier lens.

  • 32Mb built in memory.

  • Rechargeable battery.

  • Webcam function.

  • PictBridge compatibility.

  • Weight 162g.

  • Size (H)12.1, (W)4.08, (D)5.85cm.


UPDATE---- Ok mystery solved. I've done a bit more digging and I've found out it is a Sanyo. In the US it's sold as the Sanyo VPC-HD100 and it seems to be a Walmart exclusive.


It gets some very mixed reviews on the Walmart product feedback page as well as on Steves Digicams . Judging by a number of the comments, quality control does not appear to be Sanyo's  strong point. You can also find some  test clips on Vimeo that should be useful.

I still think that it isnt a bad camera for the money - the clips I've viewed  seem to outperform the Mino/Vado/Zi6 and it is the only one with an optical zoom.  It'll be interesting to see how the Sony Webbie range compares in price and quality when/if they reach the UK.

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Reader Comments (14)

Also check out hitachi hv564e, £127 from currys i have uploaded a few videos to vimeo of it :),39029423,49300173,00.htm

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Tribbeck

on sale £109

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Tribbeck

Thats a good spot. The Argos one isn't available yet. I wonder if there is any difference between the 564 and 565?

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

Bought one of these (last one in South East Kent apparently) - couldn't resist the price! Only downpoint seems to be that as my HD TV is a few years old, there's no SD card slot - so was trying to work out how to get HD recordings direct on to a HD screen - any suggestions? (should note that the component option isn't available on the HD input on the TV??)

January 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Gooner

I really think you are going to struggle with this if your TV doesn't have component in. Even if a TV had a SD card slot it wouldn't be any use for this as it wouldn't be able to decode the HD H.264 video the camera produces.
You've hit the main problem with HD video - it's not easy to move about and it needs lots of processing power to decode. I'm pretty sure a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 could decode the video or look into a" rel="nofollow"> Popcorn hour or perhaps the" rel="nofollow">Western Digital WDTV might be an option. For the footage from my Sony TG3 I edit it on a Mac and play it back either through the Mac via a DVI to HDMI lead or via my Popcorn Hour A100.

January 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

Ok, thanks mate - forgot about the PS3 - will look into that!

January 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Gooner

[...] real good value. So what do you think. a big or Thanks for your advice in advance. Terry Unannounced Hitachi HV565E 1080i Camcorder revealed « TECHMOAN: Gadgets, Tech and General Moaning for that price it cant be bad for the casual user if you can get hold of [...]

Not being techincally minded. Could a video taken from the HV565 be put onto a CD/DVD using the standad microsoft XP PC software applications and if so what file extension would it be .mpeg4 ??. plus can you get a microphone for it and what's the sound quality like from 1 to 10?

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHatman

I have uploaded 2 sample clips onto vimeo. 1080 and 720.

February 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoss

This excellently priced camcorder is ideal at a good price. Its only drawback is sound quality: not stereo and low volume. If you can live with that, such as if the video footage will be used as backdrop to music then it:s a bargain!

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErick

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