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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

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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
Dec082012

A Cheap Mini HD Car Dash-Cam with GPS

My Car DVR reviews are usually quite popular, but with so many models available and a limited amount of time and money to allocate to them, I have to choose which ones I'm going to review very carefully. To catch my eye a dash-cam must offer something that sets it apart from the crowd.

The stand-out features of this particular camera are that it is both affordable and small,  but is it a bargain or is it just cheap and nasty? Decide for youself after watching the video below.

 

The auction I used is no longer live - CLICK THIS LINK for possible sellers.

MORE INFO - 

The camera is 74mm long and 28 mm in diameter. It weighs 1.48oz / 42g (without cables).

Someone wanted me to explain how to format a card without using the onscreen menus. Well the easiest way is to put a card into is that is formatted as NTFS. When the camera is switched on a Menu comes on screen that says "Card not Formatted - Format Yes/NO" - To choose Yes press the down arrow once then press the centre button. It takes about a minute or two to format the card. After that you can power it down. It should now work as normal - however you really need a video cable to be able to alter any of the other menu settings. The card format is identified by my PC as FAT.

The other small camera mentioned earlier in the video can be found on ebay by

Thanks to John in the comments who discovered that they do make a model with a 12V plug on it - I've now ordered the

UPDATE - 25 Dec 2012

Download Sample Day & Night Clips Here (If you really want)

The original AVI files were all too long. Unfortunately my video trimming program (MPEG Streamclip) refused to handle the original .avi files so I've had to convert then to .mp4. This has had no effect on the quality though. 

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Reader Comments (29)

I love your videos man, Keep it up! They have such a nice style to them! -Haydn

December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaydn Fisher

Thanks for the review but it's not a great camera. And the making up your own cable is mad.

Any chance you might review the DVR 150 camera which clips over the mirror
ebay number 251053384482

There's already a video on youtube but it would be nice for it to get the Techmoan treatment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_jVDghft8E

December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPP Enco

I've got a clip on mirror camera still in its box. I intend to have a look at it soon. Probably over Christmas.

December 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Nice Review Matt!
I found the camera on e-bay (might want to provide the link above) but disappointingly It does not include physical dimensions :(
Can you help us out with the Height Length and circumference of your camera?

December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCam

That cable would have looked much better using some shrink-wrap tubing instead of electrical tape.

December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIan Tester

I wasn't entering an electrical beauty contest - I just wanted it to work, quickly and used the tools I had in my house.

December 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

About the camera you didn't review, there are version that have a 12V power lead with them, and seem to work without the video out lead, just search for K9M HD or K5H HD.

December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn_Edward

Cam, the link to the seller on ebay is already above.

The camera is 74mm long and 28 mm in diameter. It weighs 1.48oz / 42g (without cables).

December 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks John, I'll have a look.

December 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

OK, I've ordered a K5H HD 720P - expect a review sometime next year (giving myself a very loose target to aim at). See I knew this site would come in useful eventually. Thanks for the info John.

December 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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