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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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Friday
Sep032010

efun DV100 Mini Camera Review

Another test of a mini camera. This one gets a number of important things right, but ultimately it is the picture quality (bleached out and grainy) that let it down.

However, considering that it only cost me approximately £16 delivered from an Ebay seller in China ....shenzhenruixing. (link correct at time of posting) some might find it easy to forgive these shortcomings.

I'll keep on hunting for the perfect mini camera - another new model was delivered today, review to follow when time allows.


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Reader Comments (12)

Techmoan, let me begin by saying I am a big fan. Your critiques are honest and insightful. I too have been looking for, and testing various key-chain spy cameras, looking for that PERFECT device to promote here in the States. One that offers me value, quality and affordability. I think I've found it. While it doesn't have a model number, I've named it LIttlebrothercam. It is a 4 in 1 camera that videos in HD, takes amazing stills, records and can be used as a webcam, all in one little gadget. I would be proud to send you a sample cam for you to test and critique, I'd love your opinion and am confident of your approval.

Regards
Frank Natale

September 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Natale

@ Frank Natale

Hi Frank. It appears that you are selling the camera more commonly known as the DVK808. I have already reviewed this camera and it's currently the gold standard for these mini cameras.
The main problem people have is getting the right model. There are perhaps 6 or more different, but visually identical models available. From your videos it appears that you are selling the best version (version 3) as per Chuck Lohr's website definitions.
If this is indeed the case and you can confirm that you only sell the version 3 then I would have no hesitation in pointing people to your website as a trusted supplier in the US of the best model.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you for your quick response. Yes, this is indeed the ONLY model we sell. I greatly appreciate your offer to direct people to our website, and if you could provide me with a quote, stating your review of our camera, I would be more than happy to post it on the website with a link to your website for our customers. Once again, thank you for your help and much appreciated review, we too have felt our camera was the best, and it's nice to find like minds!

Sincerely,
Frank Natale

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Natale

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Hi,

Can this run off of an external power supply, like a USB charger, so that I can record for an extended period of time?

Thanks,

Ken

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKen

Hi Techmoan, you are doing a great work ,thank you....i also need the same info as Ken asked you about if we can run the cam on a separate p.supply. THX

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkamel

Hi;

I am pleased to view your professionaly done video profiles of these products. I feel they are almost complete or I missed you mentioning or pointing to data showing the weight of these devices. The application is to use this device on a light weight airborne device. Will you be reviewing in the future a wireless device that is very small and light weight?.

Keep up the great work!

Cheers

Michael

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMEShrek

Sorry to take so long to reply.
As far as power goes, the USP for this camera is the fact that it can be powered by USB whilst recording. I thought that was in the video review, but if its not clear then i apologse.
Re weight, If you want to send a camera airborne then this is too heavy for most applications, use the keyring camera instead. If you get the version 3 then it has the same video quality in a much smaller and lighter package

November 29, 2010 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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