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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
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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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

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 dashcams...here'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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Sunday
Dec262010

Car Windscreen HD Video Camera Review

I've made another video review - this time for a purpose built car camera. People who drive professionally (taxi drivers, truckers etc) like the idea of using a camera to capture accident evidence to use for insurance purposes. Others think that they may just capture something that could end up being used on the news or posted to youtube - whatever the reason, a demand definitely exists for a good cheap dashboard camera, watch the video to see if this camera does the job. ... Incidentally what do you think this particular type of camera should be called - car dash camera, windscreen/windshield camera, accident camera, incident camera, Car DVR? I think we should decide on a standard name for these kind of products to make searching easier.

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Reader Comments (15)

Nice post. I think this will be helpful for drivers on the road. There are times that a captured video is valuable when reporting an incident because the other party might be saying something else against you.

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

This is really neat concept. One in front and back could be really helpful for authorities and insurance companies.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark Wilson

Thanks for the lengthy review.... but I have a few questions.

Can the camera start recording as soon as it detects power input from the 5v supply? My plan would be to leave it in the car at all times so when someone wants to barrow the car, I can get footage without going in and turning it on manually. I'm assuming it also records with the screen closed in right?

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoman

@Roman...yes it can auto start upon receiving power, but as I showed in the video, it doesn't auto stop. Probably the best solution would be to use the Motion detection function, then it would start and stop whenever it saw movement.
Yes it records with the screen shut.

May 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the reply... I could swear I remember reading that it would auto stop recording after the record period that you had it set at. But its no big deal. I'm probably going to try and go with the #11 808 camera for the motorcycle and forgo the car cam for now.

BTW, awesome website, so many cool tech stuff on here, almost wasted a whole day just "wandering around here." :) Keep it up.

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoman

That camera is so cool. It's size will able it to fit anywhere. Gotta have it.

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterplumbing

Camera of this size is very handy and convenient. Such great features for a camera of this size.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTyre Changers

goodmorning,

i like the review of the hd dvr.
But when i go shopping on the internet there are very diffrent prices and diffrent type's of it.
Could you give me a link where i can buy it for not that much and ship it to holland?

Thank you very much for reviewing the car dvr stuff.

greetz.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick de Leeuw

I recently bought sth similar, 1080p in fact at only 70 euro. can't say anything bad about the camera other than that it didn't do what I wanted. I was not interested in its fish eye lens (viewing angle wasn't mentioned in the manual but it was huge). I want a camera that records idiots in front of me, preferably with at least a digital zoom and a narrower viewing angle (say 60°) so I could post it on YT and the number plate would be readable. Any car I film with this thing I bought looks like it's 20 feet in front of me even though we're bumper-to-bumper. I do not want the drawbacks of a very wide angle lens. Does anyone know of a car camera that does what I want? Must be at least 720*480. Anything less is for people who own a microscope.

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSatan

Techmoan is the best site I have found for honest, well detailed commentary....Thanks
I purchased the HD720P Car Camera mainly for aerial videos taken from atop an RC model airplane. It does this well and I include a few comments....
* the camera is designed with a 'top' mounted socket for mounting. In my case, I needed to use the camera mounted in a more normal position with the mount socket down, as one would use via a tripod. This flipped position causes the video to record upside down.
* My PC is VIsta based and includes Windows 'Movie Maker'. Under the 'Effects' edit menu, you are able to flip the movie right side up.
* This works well, however, the Time/Date stamp will appear in the edited video upside down...hmmmm.
* This camera has a menu setting for turning the Date stamp off, but this does not work, or I have not figured out how to disable it.
* Also learned that Movie Maker cannot directly import the video directly from the camera. Don't know why this is, however, it is very easy to use the PC to download the video files into a folder. Movie Maker knows how to import the vidow files from this folder and edits them with no problems.
* I am using 30 fpm and not using 720 resolution, but,lower 480. This is just to reduce the video file size a bit, as a 6 min. flight produces very large files of about 300+Mb. I have not experimented with slower frame rates yet.
* My camera mount is not shooting thru a propeller, so I have no comment on the weird effects of a rotating propeller blades on a video.

** My only gripe is not being able to disable the Date/Time stamp. If anyone has discovered this answer, I would be greatful to read it somewhere on Techmoans web site.

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSkywagon

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