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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+
    HELMET CAMERA
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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hey, in March i bought a Fiat Panda 1995 and i want to "pimp it" a little and i was Googleing through internet for a car camera that it's useful also at night and i cross over your link. after i read the whole article and watch re video i stayed a little and think that even if i want to purchase this camera i don;t think the ship to my country so i manage to find another link of another camera and i i thought that you can make a review for it or maybe a small advice for a beginner in this camera car field.
The camera is K5000 Car Camcorder with 8 IR LED Night Vision + Rotate 270DEG + 120 Degree Wide Function - Black and it sells at eurodualsim. Thanks in advance!

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRazvan

I have heard that it is illegal to have these mounted on the windscreen in the way you have as it can obstruct your view. Is this true?

August 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShaun

Quite a good little video camrea .....tiny weight and low cost.
On some aerial applications, I have to mount the HD car camera upside down with the mounting stud receiver down; similar if used on a tripod. The video plays back upside down of course. I have found that the Windows "Movie Maker" program does a quick job of flipping it right side up. This option is found: Edit > Effects > Rotate 180.

I would like to disable the time stamp info and will watch for a guru to figure this out...

August 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSkywagon

I think it's illegal to have anything in your field of view that could obscure it (fluffy dice included).

August 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Car camera can be very useful, if installed in the car. It can capture the things what is happening outside, and can sometimes even save you from accidents. Sometimes even accidents can be captured in it, which can be helpful in catching the culprit and can save life of many people. After accidents it can be repaired in BMW Mechanic Houston, TX

May 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSmith Allen

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