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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

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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Monday
Dec052011

Three New Action Cameras to review

Redleaf, the Chinese company behind the RD32 action camera have been in touch. They saw my rather uncomplimentary review of the RD32 camera and said that they appreciated the feedback as it gave them ideas where they could improve their products and as a result they wanted to know what I thought of some newer cameras in their range. I don't know about you, but this kind of honesty and openness is not something that I am used to. When I picked myself up I emailed them back and said that I would be happy to look at their cameras. So fast forward to today and a parcel arrives with three action cameras inside. These are... 

The RD32 Mk2 - A 720p 30fps camera with 20 metres water resistance and a 120 degree lens (I think this one might have fixed the purple colour problem of the original RD32.

A metal bullet style camera with 30 metre water resistance, a 137 degree lens and 720p 30fps avi video. 

Finally the top of the range model - A 1080p 30fps/ 720p 60fps RD32 lookalike with a 120 degree lens, H.264 encoding and HDMI out.

I will be doing a separate review of each of these cameras, each one will take me a couple of weeks to put together and I aim (but don't promise) to have all three reviews out before the new year. I'll start with the RD32 mk2 and work my way up the range. I've no idea how much these cameras are supposed to cost - but if you find any links to resellers, please feel free to post these in the comments.

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Reader Comments (20)

I'm a spearfisher. so thank you to doing that. These are very useful information for us... I am waiting

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertunc

Reviews for those cameras will be a very big help. I'm looking forward to your reviews.

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHugh Samuel

We expect to see you skateboarding around the walkways of Manchester, base-jumping in the Andes, swimming with sharks, and snowboarding off piste through forests to give them a suitable test. Maybe you need a Suzi Perry character in your videos to add a bit of sauce ? purely in the interest of science and research though.
Anyway, keep up the good work, I enjoy all of your videos.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

@Graham If anyone wants to buy me a new motorbike to strap these cameras to, I promise they'll get a mention in the videos......anyone......hello

December 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I'm looking forward to your reviews too.
I bought the #11 808 camera and the 1080p GPS dashcam after seeing your reviews.
Keep making video's

Greetings from holland

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDG

I look forward to your reviews. After all these years, I am finally setting up an RSS feed to keep up with my favorite sites. Your blog has been added.

Kirk

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKirk

Oh good this really really good. China made products seems to easily broken.. With your review it help me a lot. Whether to buy it or not.. Thanks again. Great review by the way..

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlice | auto parts

First of all thanks a lot for your professional, clear and profound reviews without the sales blah blah! Finally some quality :).

Please always check if cams can do continuous looping recording while charging/powered by wire (without the power supply it doesn't make much sense as battery life is usually shorter than memory capacity), because this is almost never mentioned in the specs. Or even unclear in the user manual in case of the Replay XD1080 (what about adding that one to the review?).

... still looking for a small "always on", POV, action cam with clip saving function à la LooxcieMoments (and the rest of the recorded video can be overwritten) ... catching my drift (pun intended @Drift)?

Best,
Ruud

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuud

I found them here diytrade.com
Full hd for $125,-

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIwan van Staveren

Please continue your excellent revues.

I am sure you are aware on the rather large trail camera community in the UK, US and elsewhere who use motion activated (usually passive infrared) trail cameras to capture images of animals. Most of these units are bulky,expensive and produce low quality VGA images.
It would be great to find a miniature camera that is 1080p, waterproof, has a large capacity mini card, can be triggered via built in pir sensor, and can be set to film motion captures of selectable length. Perhaps time lapse sequences as well.

I know, tall order, but this technology exists and perhaps some Chinese manufacturer is sure to come out with a unit not associated with an American company (since they manufacture all of them in China anyway) and give the big boys a run for their money. If they do, and you see one, please let us know!

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrailCamFan

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