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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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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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Friday
Nov022012

The Philips In.Sight WiFi camera vs Techmoan

I'm a fan of Philips and their Sense and Simplicity design philosophy.  Their product aesthetics share a lot of the same simple but smart design elements seen in the best Braun, Ikea and yes, even Apple products. Many of Philips neat and sleek designs wouldn't look out of place on the set of a futuristic science fiction movie. 

I'm always looking for the next thing to review. One good place for me to look for suitable candidates is in the third party accessories section of an Apple store. The space available here is rather limited and therefore I would assume the products that make it into this exclusive club are in some way a step above the norm. To get into the Apple stores I would guess that a product's aesthetics must be a good compliment to the official Apple product range, and secondly I assume that they must be easy to use.

I make this second assumption based on the fact that the Apple stores provide product support for the items they sell. Whether this product support officially extends to non-Apple branded accessories I don't know, but I would imagine that their friendly staff would be reluctant to refuse help to any of their customers for whatever reason.

Anyway with these things in mind I happened across the Phillips In.Sight in an Apple store. It was available in two packs. A single camera version for £99 or a dual camera pack for £179. The obvious Apple connection was the fact that the camera used its own Philips IOS InSight App to view the camera's feed (Android app also available). I was intrigued to see how Philips had managed to make a WiFi camera that could be easily setup by a novice, because I.P. cameras can be a nightmare to set up. If you don't know what port-forwarding is, how to manually set up static IPs and what a DNS server is,  then usually it's better to steer well clear of them, unless you want to spend hours tearing your hair out, something which I can ill afford to do.

£99 is quite expensive for a fixed lens camera when you consider that the cheaper Foscam camera I reviewed also has excellent night vision and as it's motorised, you can control its position remotely. I can however make a calculated guess as to where Philips have spent their money. Beyond the branding and high street presence, the other costs must be swallowed up by a subscription to the streaming go-between Yoics. This is the company that Philips are using to facilitate their easy set-up external streaming. This would explain why the two camera set is better value than the single camera…a proportion of the cost of that first camera will likely be getting forwarded to Yoics for their services. The convenience of the 'easy set-up' of this camera comes at a not inconsiderable cost to your pocket.

I can now understand why you have to pay an extra fee for the ability to stream over  3G for periods longer than 5 minutes. You aren't just streaming directly from your house, you are pulling data from Yoics servers. There is one thing that I should have mentioned in the video. Streaming over 3G worked as well for me as the WiFi streaming did….but you'll need to watch the video to see if that is actually a good or a bad thing.

You can read about the In.Sight camera on Philips website here.

UPDATE - JANUARY 2013 - IT WORKS!!!!

Philips have updated their IOS app and everything works fine. I'll post another update soon - but rest assured it now works properly, like is should have all along.

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Reader Comments (9)

It's a shame this camera seems to be a fail. I think most seem to be from iphone upgrades and to YouTube changes. Perhaps it will improve with time, but you expect an item to work immediately. I also read some discouraging information from Philips to a customer who said that the YouTube feature won't work for some time to come. While this feature isn't massively important for me, as it would be used as a security camera payi extra money to enable the service to work over 3G is an incredible turn off, especially if it doesn't work well.

I'm not entirely convinced the problem with the frame rate is all the cameras fault, as I have seen it work in other reviews, but if it's so fussy with connections it would be a nuisance. Also the notifications not working is a massive downfall, as there are lots of passive cameras on the market I could use (my liquid image EGO or old GoPro for instance) however being able to stream live video when motion is detected is a brilliant feature, if it works.

I haven't seem these for sale in Australia and its both good and bad. Good, as I would have bought one and bad, as it would serve as a very useful camera to monitor my shed if it did work.

November 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulian

I was looking at this a couple of weeks ago and then saw something similar (ucam247i ip camera) mentioned on AV Forums and got one of them from Amazon.

The ucam works in very much the same way as the Phillips but has the benefit of IR night vision and an SD card recorder which is perfect for me to keep tabs on my dogs whenever I'm away from home and it acts as a cctv cam to boot :)

November 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMemsaab

I was looking seriously into purchasing this camera. This review helped me make the decision to NOT make the purchase. Thank you for helping me make my decision

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCayleen

RE: Rearview camera.

1. Is there a way I can determine that camera is recording with the screensaver on?
2. Whats the didtance from the center of the camera mirror to the center of the camera. Need to check that my mirror isn't too wide.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDon

Don.
1) I didn't notice any...suggest you set the screen to go off after a min to see that it started up fine.
2) The measurements are all in the pictures here (on the right page of) the blog.

January 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I am in France ,i havé same problème,it working on Time and It out of works? Bests

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArmand

Yes, I agree with you. Philips always introduce some reliable, advanced and simple electronic products. I like the way you have presented information on their products. good work..

Help...
My cam works GREAT over the same in-network WiFi,
But over a 3G connection, or different WiFi networks the App says the camera is offline.
EVEN if I standing in the same room.
Suggestions?

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKJ

The cameras are now obsolete yet they are still selling them online. The app old app is gone and the new app does not have an option for the M100D. Only M100E and others

July 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMs nelson

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