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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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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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Saturday
Apr162011

"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)

Does y3000 have motion detection?tnx

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterj1mbo

how would you compare this overall with the chobi cam one ? audio and video quality

thank you very much:)

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersiri

I want to ask how to remove date and time when recording video

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdaniel

not happening and not going to get out of date videos, display images in the sequence of operation does not remove the date.

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdaniel

@Daniel Look back at the comment that is seven above yours (the one with the pink text) for the answer to your question.

March 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

How much vid can you get with
8GB
16GB
32GB ?

Thanks in advance.

March 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterronjamin

what do you do with your gadgets when you become bored of them? you must have a whole cupboard full by now. P.S. you should become a presenter. maybe gadget show or something to do with James May. Forget everyone else, you definitely have the VOICE.

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergekko

I wasn't satisfied with the chunky appearance of the Y3000 so I took mine apart. I plan to mount it in something more suitable for covert operation. I may mount it in a clock or picture frame. The Y3000 lens cap will come off if you twist and pull. It's just pressed on. You may have to pry it gently with a flat driver. I was disappointed with the included charging cable and the battery life is terrible. I'll have to find a descent 8 pin mini usb to run the camera continuously. Check this video to see a Naked Y3000.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSxPfbxHrf4
Thanks for the great videos.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDelta4rc

hi, i know you may of said this before about the cycle recording, but when the cycle is at the end of the 3 minutes is there a big delay between the 2 videos. or in editing would it be able to be overlapped to make a smooth movie over 10 minutes etc. u checked this on one of your more recent video review. thanks for your time great review, thanks

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermike

I'm afraid this camera died a long time ago and I can't remember the answer to this...I pretty sure though that it would be approx 1 second, so would create a noticeable jump.

April 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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