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ACTION CAMS

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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.

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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
Nov132011

A 'black box' for your car.

I know that there are a lot of people out there who are looking for a 'fit and forget' car camera. One that will continuously and unobtrusively record every journey - with no need for any manual intervention. A camera that you would only touch if you got into an accident and you needed to pull the evidence off it. The automotive equivalent of a aircraft black box recorder. 

Well, if you can find a way to hide this camera away in your car then this might be the one for you. The video explains pretty much everything (hopefully) that you will need to know.

Even the Muppets that I picked up a couple of years ago get let out of their display cases to help me explain something. 

If you are thinking of taking the camera apart - I've put a picture below that shows what it looks like without the Suction cup mount and what happens if you try and unscrew and remove the protruding bracket (it contains the wiring to the GPS aerial socket - so you would need to disconnect/snip these wires to be able to remove this section - not beyond the realms of possibility, but also not something that I want to do).

I have also put a couple of untouched 1080p sample clips in a dropbox folder - a 2 min 130MB clip, and a shorter 30 second 30MB clip. Right click and save either of these if you want to test them. 

130MB

30MB

UPDATE - People email me regularly to tell me that this camera is no longer available from Chinavasion. 

A quick search shows that it is still available on ebay though.. 

 

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Reader Comments (241)

Strike my previous comment. It turns out that the flashing blue light on the camera was indicating an error had occurred. I should have noticed that it was flashing quicker and in time with the red light. A quick reset and press of the format button sorted it out though. So after driving with it in the car for an hour today without the antenna attached and failing to get a GPS lock on, it now appears that the antenna has to be attached for the GPS to work. Sorry to get your hopes up there.

November 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@DG So you ended up with the same model I reviewed then? I wonder if the pictures on that website are of the V1000 and the V1000GS with the antenna socket and the external antenna is the only model with GPS. Just a guess.

November 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Yes, i think i have the same model as you reviewed.
I think also a picture is used of a model without GPS.

I have uploaded a sample video of my camera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP8g89ci5c4

Greetings from Holland.

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDG

Mine arrived today !

Bought from. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HD-1080-Vehicle-camera-GPS-logger-H-264-HDMI-blackbox-V1000GS-car-cam-video-DVR-/320778408029?_trksid=p3286.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D4543849555181063765

I don't think these are made with an internal ant, pictures shown must be v1000.. Ah well.
Need to set up & try now.

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Excellent review. I purchased the original DOD-Tec GS600 about 1 year ago - serial number 1, I think. The firmware forced kph, 1 minute recycle time, and had about a 4 second gap between video segments (even with class 6 SDHC cards). And, the GPS data stamped showed 40kph while standing still - for at least 20-30 seconds after coming to a stop. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed and had given up on an all-in-one GPS solution - until I found your video.

I found this for USD151 w/free shipping at AliExpress http://us.aliexpress.com/snapshot/103892527.html?isRedirect=false. From all appearances it seems like I got the one you reviewed - but their photos all show no external GPS antenna connection and their description lists the antenna as 'internal'. They also don't address the recycle time limits or GPS lag times. I've sent an email to the seller to confirm.

BTW, on the GS600, you use the HDPlayer software that came with the camera to set the "impact" threshold. Mine, by default, came set so low, that ordinary driving triggered every clip to 'protect'. Didn't take long, and the card was full and wouldn't recycle. You have to hook the camera up to a PC and put it in a special mode (been too long to remember how now), but you could then update the trigger values.

I subscribed to your YT channel. I really appreciate the effort you've put into describing the products you review. I'm so sick of seeing people review things like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQsdbwDK8oY

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErkme73

A few days ago i had the GPS antenna very close to the camera. (hanging on the suction cup)
And the GPS didnt work very well sometimes loosing the GPS fix and saying i was driving aprox. 40KM/H when i was standing still at the traffic light.
And it sometimes took a long time to get a fix in that setup.
Later i put the GPS antenna somewhere else on the dash and the camera works fine again.

Greetings from Holland

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDG

That's interesting, DG - and may account for why I'm getting such horrible speed reports on my GS600. Here's a video I took a year ago - the content is bad (ran over a dog). Turn the volume way down if you don't want to be disturbed by the sounds. But, take note of the speed stamp for the entire time the vehicle has stopped. I never assumed it was GPS reception, since the blue light (and time stamp on the files) indicated it had 'locked'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dptScwAkJq4&

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentererkme73

Tried mine for the first time yesterday. First thoughts are quite good. Built in ANT would have been nice as would a swivel head on the window sucker, but these are minor irritations.

Here's a video sample if anyone is interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq9iFYi-Vzc

As Techmoan would say, "thanks for watching" !

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I bought this camera based on this review and it's absolutely a gem. The picture and audio is crisp and recording is flawless. As Techmoan mentioned in the review the manual isn't particularly helpful and it's bit a hinderence since I can't work exactly how motion sensors work.

By default XYZ sensors are off so I presume that function of locking files from over recording isn't enabled.
Once I enable it I have a presented scale of sensitivity starting from 1- 10. My understanding is that "1" is being least sensitive and "10" most(is that correct?). I set them all at level 4 and sometimes while driving over a bump or pothole I hear blip form camera and I guess it means that file became protected.
I wonder if understand this function and setting correctly. I will appreciate sharing anyone else's experience and also at what sensitivity level do you have your settings?

Regards
Jan

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan

Techmoan, were your vids done with "Standard out of the box settings" or did you change any values ? ie sharpness etc ?

Many thanks.

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

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