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Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
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Polaroid Cube+
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.


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%! 

« HD808 #11 The Story So Far | Main | A look at the Mira Ball Message Display Globe »

"The Smallest 720p Camcorder in the world"

After being impressed with the 720p HD 808 #11 camera I decided to see if I could find another mini 720p camera, but one that wasn't designed as a covert spy camera. It's still early days for mini HD cameras and the choices are limited but I found a few Chinese eBayers selling a camera called the Y3000. I thought this camera would be an interesting one to compare with the HD808 because the 808 records its video in the .mov format whereas the Y3000 records as .avi. This meant that the cameras were definitely different internally from one another.

The design of the Y3000 is clearly a copy of the Chobi Cam One Camera, albeit with a number of improvements, the most notable of which is HD rather than VGA recording. I was interested to find out if the lens on the Y3000 could be swapped with one of the optional Wide Angle or Fisheye lenses designed for the original Chobi One.

When the specs are compared against the HD808, the most notable difference is that the Y3000 features cycled recording. This means that the camera splits its recordings into short file segments, in this case 3 minutes, and then re-records over the oldest file whenever the memory card is full. Depending on your requirements this could be either an essential or an undesirable feature.

[EDIT] - Now available from Dealextreme - Product Link Here for approx £27

or eBay here -

I suppose most people just want to know if this is a better camera than the HD808. Well it's a little bit less clear cut than that, so I'll try and present the case for both cameras and let you make your own mind up.

My video review is below.

I've got a gallery of re-sized pictures taken with the camera HERE

Below are a few thumbnails of these pictures which link to FULL SIZE unmodified originals.


HOW TO CHANGE OR DELETE THE TIME STAMP (info provided by Bob in the comments - thanks Bob)

To set the time and date of the Y3000 you have to put a text file in the root of the SD card. The name of the file must be TIME.txt.

The content of the file is a string of text like this:

2011.11.25 08.12.00 Y

This means "set the current time and date to 25th November, 2011, 8:12am, and ("Yes" ) show the date".

If you were to put instead

2011.11.25 08.12.00 N

This means "set the current time and date to 25th November, 2011, 8:12am, and ("No" ) don't show the date".

So, open notepad, write the string, save to the root of the SD card as "TIME.txt". Put the SD card in the Y3000 and power on the Y3000. That's it.

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Reader Comments (66)

hi, great site and great review. i was wondering what the field of view was like compared to the other cycle record camera you reviewed, the DVR D011? thanks

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjames

@James. The FOV is much better on the Y3000 compared to the D011.
The Y3000 and the HD808 have pretty much the same FOV. The D011 also had the same FOV as the DVK808 #3 I tested. So in a long winded way I'm saying if you watch the HD808 #11 review where I compare the #11's FOV to the #3's you can see how the FOV of the D011 would compare to the Y3000.

Hope that makes sense.

April 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you for taking time to make this comprehensive and informative review!
It really helps to make the right decision about purchasing one of the cameras.
Keep it up! :-)

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChieftainY2k

Great review, as always. Thanks for sharing!

April 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJose

I really mistake your voice for James Mays of Topgear...aswell as your style! (take it as a compliment!!)

Great reviews, I had to watch a bunch of them, even though I didnt really care about some products :)

Recently I stumbled across this little camera so I ordered it yesterday, lets see what it will do. The format is Motion-JPEG, so I took the plunge and wait to be surprised. Do you have any experience? Does it look OK in your opinion?
Thanks, keep up posting great quality reviews, bye

April 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLukas

@ Lukas - you'll have to let me know how you get on. I have a stills camera that records video in m-jpeg (a Panasonic LX3) and the files take up a lot of room, so you can't fit much on a card. The looping video and motion detection functions are both useful - I wonder if you could just leave it permanently attached to a USB power supply and it would auto start and stop whenever the car moves - that's a feature a few people would like to have. Please report back when it turns up.

April 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Have you tried this camera with the class 10 card yet, if so, how did it perform?

May 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercloggsy

Can you add the content of the CD as a download? My disk was completely cracked when I got it. Thanks.

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterForeshadow

great review it helps aaaalot/THNX

Wide Angle Camera Mounted on Firework POV below/great recordin' shows the potential this camera has!

July 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfuelyournews

How do you get rid of the date in the y3000?
(In my camera it was on when I got it)

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpasha

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