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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Drift Ghost X

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level


What SD CARD should I buy?

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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

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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Elgato Turbo 264HD - Update

Today I received my replacement Elgato Turbo 264HD from Germany. In my earlier post I mentioned that my Turbo264HD was overheating and couldn't encode for more than 40 mins at a time without failing-out. I decided to get it replaced and sent it off to Elgato in Germany. Three anxious weeks of waiting later and my replacement device has been delivered back to me.

I am very happy to confirm that the replacement device does not overheat. I've had it encoding 1080p MP4s continuously for over two hours this evening and it's performed impeccably.

Excellent - thanks Elgato.  Now if only they could sort out the iMovie09 export problem, I'd finally be able to finish off editing my holiday footage.

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What is the iMovie09 export problem?

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBenson Wong

Its a pretty significant one.

After completing editing in iMovie09 the next stage is to export the movie. To do this you choose the Share function and then pick the type of codec you want to use.

Installing the Elgato software adds an additional codec option to this list (Elgato 264HD) - and the idea is that choosing this utilises the dongle to significantly accelerate the process.

Unfortunately it doesn't work. The dongle lights up but no acceleration takes place. From memory my 1.5 hr movie took about 12 hours to export using Apple's own 720p codec or an estimated 16 hrs using the Elgato one. If it was working properly then it probably should take no more than a couple of hours.

Now I could swear it worked properly when I first got the stick, for about a day - but then Apple sent out a bug fix update to iMovie09 and since then it hasn't worked.

The good news is that Elgato are aware of the problem and therefore hopefully will fix it in the next version of software. The fix is taking longer than I'd expect though as it's a pretty essential feature.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan,

I saw your tweet that the problem is not fixed! Do we have a sample here and EXACT steps how to reproduce using the latest 1.0.2 Turbo.264 HD software? (BTW: Did you try a reboot of your Mac after you installed both Turbo.264 HD and iMovie updates?) Please feel free to contact me via email.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

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