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Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Sena Prism Tube

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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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(Finally) A Real HD Mini Keyring Spy Camera #11 808

After having my hopes raised and dashed in quick succession by a number of "HD" spy cams - I've finally managed to get hold of a real one. It's the latest version of my previous favourite, the DVK808 Keychain spy camera #3, and it's unofficially known as the #11 808 camera.

First a quick word about some of the (non) HD cameras I've received in the past. Some people are still surprised that there are dishonestly advertised Chinese products available. In comments left on my youtube videos, people can't believe that my HD spy pen wasn't really HD, and my 720p Car Recorder doesn't record in 720p - they naively suggest that I must have been using them incorrectly. Surely someone wouldn't sell a jittery SD product claiming it was HD, would they? Well normal trading rules don't seem to apply in China, and to me that's all part of the fun.

If I wanted to guarantee that I got a real HD helmet camera, I could always go and spend £200 on a GoPro or a Contour HD, but where is the fun in that? I give Amazon £200 and they send me exactly what I paid for..... sounds a bit dull to me. I'd much rather send some bloke in China £30 and see if what turns up in the mail a few weeks later. Finding out if  a product lives up to the grandiose claims in it's Ebay listing is a big part of the enjoyment. It's like a lucky dip, some you win, some you lose.

This time I won big..... this camera is the real thing. The video quality on this is astounding considering the size of the lens and the £26 cost. You'll need to watch the video to learn all about this amazing little camera - I will warn you that you may shed a tear at the end, I nearly did.


Where can you get one from?

At the time of writing the Ebay sellers who offer this camera are all based in Hong Kong. A few example names of sellers are below (I am not endorsing any of these, but they seem to sell the #11 camera).

 -----> My order from here only took 10 Days to get to the UK!



How can you make sure you are buying the right camera?

Look for the following info in their listings, H.264 .MOV file format, 1280x720, #11 HD car key camera (or words to that effect).

If you see a 1280x960 HD camera advertised don't buy one by mistake, they aren't HD and are only 640x480 upscaled.

How do you change the time?

Here is an example of the TXT file used to set the time. Download this, open it in a text editing program, type over the appropriate time and date, save it and copy it to the memory card in the camera.

Example Photos

It takes mediocre quality photos,  nothing that any modern camera phone couldn't beat. 

Below are some thumbnails which link to the original untouched photos taken by the camera in photo mode.

UPDATE - 21 FEB 2011 - It Lives!

After the video, I retrieved it from the bin and left it on a shelf for a couple of days. I thought I'd give it one last try and put the old firmware back on a Memory stick again. Plugged the camera into a wall charger and tried to switch it into webcam mode. To my surprise it came on and then re-flashed the old firmware. Pushing my luck, I decided to try flashing the date removal firmware again and it worked this time. I now have a time & date free camera. I may even upload the new firmware to the site now.....but don't come running to me if it all ends in tears.

Update 22 FEB 2011 - Firmware!

OK, I've relented. For those people who want to try and delete the Time & Date stamp - the firmware is uploaded on my Files & Drivers page or you can just Click Here to download it directly.  Just a couple of pointers, make sure the camera is fully charged. Put the firmware on a memory card  (preferably using a card reader). Just put the FW96630A.bin file in the root directory - not into any folder & also don't change the filename. Insert the card into your camera. Tap the On button and then wait a few secs - the orange light should flash, wait another couple of secs and then switch the camera off. Remove the card, put it back into your computer and delete the firmware file from the card (if you don't delete the firmware, the camera will just try to re-flash it every time you switch it on). I take no responsibility for anyone who kills their camera trying this....good luck.

(Too many people were reporting errors with these firmwares - so I've removed them)

Update 20 MAR 2011 - Video Editing Issues.

I've come across a strange problem with the .MOV files that this camera creates. iMovie sometimes wants nothing to do with the video files and refuses to import them. This only happens with the 20 minute files that the camera has closed off itself. If I start and stop the recording manually, then the resulting video clip imports fine. So for example if I were to record 30 mins of footage in one go with the camera, the first 20 min clip wouldn't import, but the last 10 min one would. This is weird, its as though the camera is corrupting it's own clips when it closes them. I've get the same results with both my cameras (one with the date stamp firmware and one without). The only way I could get my footage into iMovie was to transcode it first. I tried a few transcoding programs that refused to touch the video, erroring out with unrecognised/unsupported file type messages. Luckily I found that Handbrake was happy to transcode the file into an MP4 which I could then proceed to import and edit in iMovie. 

This might not be an issue to many people, and if the above paragraph means nothing to you then you are probably one of them. If all you want to do is capture video and then play it back through Quicktime or VLC then you are fine - but if you actually want to edit the footage you have shot, you should be aware that it is likely you will need to transcode it first.

Update – 25 March 2011 – New Continuous Recording Firmware

I have uploaded the ‘continuous recording’ firmware to the Files & Drivers page HERE. I have successfully installed and tested this on my second camera. 

This firmware fixes a number of problems. 
  1. It removes the time and date 
  2. When the battery dies, the current recording is now saved, rather than lost. 
  3. Rather than creating a new file every 20 mins, it now creates a new one every 4GB. 
  4. The video files created can be edited as normal - no transcoding required.

A 4GB file will be contain either 50 or 75 mins of video – dependent on the bitrate that your camera records at (there are two versions of the camera, one that records at 7000kbps and one at 10000kbps – the video quality is indistinguishable between them). As the battery life of this camera is approx 45 min, in normal use the camera will record one file until the battery dies. 

If you attach the camera to the supplied car charger, it will keep recording 4GB files until your memory card is full, however if you power it with a normal USB lead, it will only record one 4GB file and then stop recording. This is because of the non-standard way the camera USB power plug is wired. 

Installing the firmware is done in the same way as before – download and extract the zip file. Get the file called "FW96630A.BIN" and copy it to the root of your memory card. Put the card in the camera. Tap the On button and then wait for the yellow light to come on, this should take about 5 seconds. Turn it off again and remove the card from the camera and then delete the "FW96630A.BIN" file from the memory card. That’s it. 
If you ever want to reinstate the time and date – you could re-flash the original firmware – but due to the various drawbacks with the original firmware, I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Reader Comments (266)

I tried a few things.
And i got it back to work again!

keyray try this aswell:

and then download and flash the second file.
continuous recording & remove time - release (1.04 MB, 920

Hope it works for you too.

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXander

hi i just seem to find where to buy this keychain when i google search! do yopu have a link of a site?

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjbx907

@jbx907 It's only available on EBay, the links to some sellers are in this article.

June 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Keyray.... Try using VLC (Video LAN Client) to play the may be a codec issue. VLC will play anything.

June 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

keyray i had the same problem
basically i could only hear the audio
i flashed the camera again following step by step the instruction i found in the zip file [so you have to plug the camera to the computer after the flashing without turning the camera off and cancel the bin file....]
and it work perfectly after that..
hope i helped somebody..

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterciccio

Yay!!! Ok, I tried everything and nothing worked. I went and bought a card reader (don't know if that is what made the difference) and then finally noticed Xander's post, followed the link and the instructions EXACTLY and it is finally working. Now to strap it to my dog's head. THANKS!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkeyray

Hi everybody,
Just a note to let you guys know what's happening.
I placed the order for the camera + external battery on June 19 th at " eletoponline 365 " for 55.99USD
ad at; ( )
Today just after lunch a package was delivered (I live in the Netherlands) through regular mail,it was a small size envelope.
I opened the bubble envelope and zip lock bag it came in only to discover that they didn't ship the correct amount of items the set should consists of.
I did pay for the complete set ,but I received just the basic set.
A couple of hours ago I sent them an e-mail with the question how to resolve their error.
Keep you posted and keep up the good work. ;-))

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAHA

I've had it for two weeks and only updated the time and date. I noticed my shutter button is not responding. When I turn it on it blinks and stays on.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAl


i bought 808 #11 camera from eletoponline365 and it records in avi format.

Is that really # 11 camera or is it # 3 or another. how to check.

I have # 3 camera that records AVI format, of course, but I cant remove time & date.

Do you know how to remove it


July 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterivan

If it records in .Avi format,
there is no way it is #11

they must have made a mistake and sent you the wrong item

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteckgeek52

Spy camera is considered one of the greatest gadget ever made. This is the best protection to get when it comes to home surveillance and security.

Today I received the charger
nice Lithium-iom Cell 500mA no memory effect
fully charged
very quick no hassle response from seller
a big thanks for their quick response
and with the latest sw from RC forum it works like a treat
A big thanks for everybody's input and efforts
for me
a new hobby is born

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAHA


Whats the recommended Micro SD Card you would suggest for this Keycamera ?

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

@Simon. A class 6 8GB should be sufficient. I've found that 16GB cards can be slower....especially when they fill up.

July 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks any particular make. san disk for example?

July 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

Hi Techmoan, I have an HD # 11 but is not recording the audio in the videos you hear a noise like a few columns at most but not be touching anything, but does not record voices for example, stands as a silent movie. I have already put the latest firmware version, everything is ok except the audio. Any suggestions? Thanks

July 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo

hi just started to read blogg and found it to be very helpfull to alot of people so exellent work .just have a small problem with my keycamera , you said when you leave it on continuous record and dont switch it off you start getting error messages when trying to play videos back thats what iam going through now. can you help please you mentioned handbrake but i dont understand what to do i have a few videos i dont want to loose but cant access them cheers.

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermark p

I have used a HTC phone charger on my 808 #11, wrong idea :(
The battery charger chip exploded with a puff of smoke.
No more charging, but the camera is still working. Records fine until the battery is dead then the camera dies :(
But today my new 500Mah keychain camera arrives with a special charging usb cord.
some questions about the power to this camera.
What is voltage of the battery?
The broken cam is to be used as a webcam with a special power supply.
Who knows exactly how is the wiring done in the usb connector? (charging and recording a the same time)
The HTC charger is also using a special mini usb connector not compatible with the 808 i have noticed the bad way.
Thank you

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

@ Mark P.

The later firmwares fixed this problem. You will be able to play your corrupt videos using VLC.

July 19, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Techmoan, Great review!

Since you have a line of communication with the creators of the #11, could you please request the following two features be added?

1) Motion Detection - While active continuous motion detection would be great to stop and start recording to conserve space, I understand the limitations of these small device may mean a motion detect feature would have to record for a set amount of time (like 3 minutes) and then go into stanby and start recording again for another full 3 minutes when more motion is detected. This would open this camera up to security needs as well as help with car cam needs.

2) Overwriting oldest file - This would also help with both security and car cam users. It would probably mean recording smaller files like 10 or 15 minutes to reduce deletion time and increase the number of past recordings. Otherwise, with a 4 gig card you would be deleting all of your footage to start a new one.

Thanks for everything!

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hi Techmoan,

first of all thx for your effort on this!

Yesterday i recieved my 808 #11 and i encountered the problem, that the cam sometimes seems to be dead. After some wild tabing the buttons i get a yellow LED but i cant record (meaning, nothing happens when i tab the shuttter). So i decided to update the firmware with the latest one i found here (808 HD #11 Cam - Continuous recording with no Time Flashing went ok i thought but when im recording, the videos are like 2400x20 resolution :O .no joke

So i decided to load the original firmware to get this problem fixed. When i get into record mode the LED flickers but when i tab the shutter again nothing happens and the cam is dead again :(((

I have no idea what im doin wrong, maybe you or one of the readers know a solution to this problem.

Big thanx in advance,


July 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersmove

Hi Techmoan,

after writing the last comment here i went to the RCGroups forum and downloaded the latest Firmware which seems to have the same name as ur latest Firmware (808 HD #11 Cam - Continuous recording with no Time but it differs in size (its bigger). After loading this firmware onto my cam it came back to life and since then it works like a dream ;) yeahy!

Here is the link to the latest Firmware from RCGroups forum: (it's the one with the 50min recording)

I just thought I share this info here in case someone else encounters this problem. Hope it helps!

Keep up the amazing work and thx again,

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersmove


What do you think about this #11 HD camera?

It has 500mAh battery (120 minutes recording). Has you tried it?

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTaysir

The Jumbo is the same camera als the 'original' #11. Well, circuitboard is slightly different with parts at other places but it's the same thing. Both camera's have the same firmware (I have the small and the jumbo with the same firmware).

3 major differences are:
1) battery
2) size of the housing
3) location of the microphone which is better on the jumbo when the camera is on fast moving objects like planes, cars, etc.

The batteries aren't always as good (on both cameras!). One of my small #11 cameras degraded to 10 minutes recording time tops so this may also happen to the batteries of the jumbo.
However, the jumbo does give a lot more recording time. However, 120 minutes seems somewhat optimistic. Aim for 80 to 90 minutes compared to about 40 to 45 of the small camera.

But again: 'same' camera

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWFvN

Hi guys,

I just received my 808hd camera today. I fully charged it and made a small test video. 2 minutes of video took about 100 MB. It recorded 1280 by 720 video. Then I tried to reflash it. I downloaded the file from this website and followed the instructions. The result: the time and date is eliminated BUT my cam now only records 320 by 240 video :((((. What happened?
I tried to put the original firmware (from this website)back but it doesn't fix the problem...
Could you please help me? Thanks. Victor

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictor

I have created a VB6 timeset.txt creator.
Time offset is now + 45 seconds. You have plenty of time to upload the txt file to the cam:
picture is at

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Open "timeset.txt" For Output As #1
Print #1, Text3.Text
Close #1
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()
Text1.Locked = True
Text2.Locked = True
Text3.Locked = True
Text1.Text = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss")
Text2.Text = ((Now - DateSerial(1970, 1, 1)) * 86400)
Text3.Text = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss")
Timer1.Interval = 750
Timer1.Enabled = True
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Unload(Cancel As Integer)
Timer1.Enabled = False
End Sub

Private Sub Timer1_Timer()
Text1.Text = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss")
Text2.Text = ((Now - DateSerial(1970, 1, 1)) * 86400)
Text3.Text = Format(DateAdd("s", Val(((Now - DateSerial(1970, 1, 1)) * 86400)) + 45, "1/1/1970"), "yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss")
'Text1.Text = Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss")
End Sub

July 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Hi saw your recent post about the helmet cam
"Hope you enjoy the HD808. I've got another Chinese camera review coming in a few days. This time it's one that is designed to be used as a proper helmet camera rather than a spy camera. It costs quite a bit more than an HD808, but it's still a lot cheaper than a Contour HD or a Hero. I'm currently doing some battery life tests on it...looking good."
Any news on this. I was thinking of getting a #11 then rigging it up with a larger battery to use for cycling. This may be a better option.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTimD

@TimD. That was the ACT20 review I did a month or so ago.

August 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Technomoan. Can you help me with my problem?

First off, this has been probably been discussed before but I might as well ask to be sure.

I have the HD808 for about 3 months now. At first everything was going swimmingly until I notice that everytime I leave the camera on to record the full memory of the SD card, the length of the video I record seems to be decreasing and decreasing.

At first I can record an entire hour of video, and then it turned to 50 mins, then 45 and so on. As of now, I can only record 3 minutes of video.

Obviously I always keep the SD card empty and made sure that the camera is fully charged (or at least from what I know of, because I can only charge it via USB cable connected to the PC and I leave it in there for days), but I always get the same problem.

Can you give me an idea of what's going on or how to fix this?

Thanks in advance.

August 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGerard


my personal opinion with all these small spy cameras about charging is:
NEVER leave it for so long to charge

2-3 hours mostly is adequate fo all these tiny batteries

Again, this is my opinion only for haveing been using them for 2 years and still running

another thing, never leave them OFF for very long periods

both of the above affect the life of the batteries

August 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteckgeek52

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