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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


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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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.


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.

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

I bought a DVR 150 rear view mirror camera from ebay and the LCD screen didn't work. I returned that one and got a different model (still a rear mirror camera) from a different seller and it also didn't work.

December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Why do the chinese always do this ? they make something pretty good at a really good price and then they shoot themselves in the foot with such silly little things, like that 2.5mm jack as a TV input.

Most people would have returned or thrown the camera away after it not starting, let alone the make your own lead thing
I wonder if you could use a mini USB to RCA lead with it instead, that's what they should have given you anyway.

Thanx for another great review

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoeGP

I think thats a bad copy of the pittasoft blackvue 400 dashcam which is considered to be one of the best on the market. Right now the better dashcams (like the blackvue) all come from Korea and are 200 USD +

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwillydilly

I have 2 questions about this camera. I have similar AV cable as you presented in your earlier "Front & Rear HD Car Dash Cam" review. I do not know if you still have that camera, but maybe you still have the cable. Is it compatible?

Also could you please post a short original footage from daytime and nighttime. I am really interested in the video quality, but youtube allways screws the video a bit. Something, where you see some cars moving towards you and away from you. That BUS clip from night should be helpfull.

Thank you very much. Have a nice holidayS! And keep up the good work with the reviews ;)

December 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLPG

The Front & Rear cam came with a 2.5mm male 4 pole mini jack to a 3.5mm mini jack. I needed a 2.5mm 4 pole Female to either a Male 3.5mm Mini Jack or a 2.5mm Female to Phonos to make this one work.

I've now uploaded some clips into the main blog entry at the bottom. See if you can download them.

December 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Do you have the links to the cables you spliced together? And how is it wired?

This camera seems to be the smallest one that still has GPS and impact sensor so I guess the DIY cable is a necessary evil

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchris

Thank you very much. The site with the uploaded files was down during holidays, but I was able to download the files today. They were really helpfull. I have noticed, that you actually can read the reg. number when the cars are close enough (if it bumps into you, I guess it is). Unfortunatelly, I am not able to find the camera on ebay anymore :(.

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLPG

Here's the ebay listing I found.

NEW HD 720P Car DVR Dashbroad Camera Video Recorder Vehicle Cam DV GPS G-sensor

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchris

Wow, excellent. As per Avenom1 - this other camera you mentioned at 0:24 is the one i've been considering for ages now. I wanted these main features:
1) Motion detection - when i'm away from the car (perhaps when car is in driveway at night?) I wanted the chance of recording an incident or criminal damage. Our road deserted at night, so vid motion detect is ideal.
2) Wide angle
3) HD (720p at least)
4) Small and hidden, not like these monsterous units with LCD screens that dominate the windscreen. I don't want people to know it's there.

There is also a FIFTH feature I'm looking for...
5) The ability to swivel camera to face another direction...
If there was a confrontation then I could quickly swivel it round to record where i needed it(drivers window maybe). Also, when I leave car, I could swivel camera to record a more useful position instead of it facing brick wall.

Yes, I'm very fussy, which is why I haven't purchased one yet :) even though 100's on the market!

Haven't found a small cam that you can swivel, but the cam @0:24 has motion detection, a better bracket which I may be able to "adapt" to enable it to swivel (somehow lol!)

Your videos and approach to 'quality' are excellent and I respect all of the work you do. You are similiar to me - "quality not quantity".
Most of my longer youtube videos I spend ages getting right with animations. One took 2 months to edit (in my spare time of course), but I won't upload it until it's perfect! For example - see the "The easiest LATCHING RELAY CIRCUIT to understand ever" on youtube if you have time (watch?v=n7SuHDmuVUk). Even our voices are similiar hehe. Thanks!


January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Hi Techmoan

I've been using the D-teg BX1000 for nearly a year now. It is set and forget. Small, like this one, and mounts via a sticky pad rather than suction cup so tucks away behind rear view mirror. Might be worth a look if you haven't already. I fitted it last February and haven't touched it since.

or the HD BX1500

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Hi, I've been researching car cameras for about 2 months ( I want to make sure I make the correct choice before shelling out over £200 ). So far, my choices are a Roadhawk DC1, Blackvue HD2 or a Mi Witness with WiFi. Currently, my choice has landed on a Blackvue, but quite like the features of the Mi Witness, has anyone got or tried one of these? Are you able to review this camera? I've searched high and low on the Internet with no joy. Many thanks.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Thank you for great review.

The green LED indicate that the camera is recording. What happen if the the SD-card is not insert. Hope the green LED won't light up in this case? To show that something is wrong. Thank you!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

good review!, i buy this cam and i have an issue : i cant acces to the screen's menu any guy can send me his "adrplayer" to try to format with pc ? thx in advance ! my mail

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatt

I can't find this to buy anywhere. Anyone have any links ? Thanks very much.

February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I bought this camera and formatted it using the yes/no pc option (Rather than the faff of using the lead and having to make my own).

I bought a 16GB class 10 SD card (min requirement I believe was 4GB?), which only seems to record around 1 minute of footage - and then switches itself off / stops recording.

When I tried it in the vehicle, the green light was flashing but failed to record anything. In addition, it got extremely hot and then wouldn't turn off!

One thing thats very odd is that after formatting the SD card, the 16GB - without having anything recorded - has now gone down to measurements in the KB. I have absolutely no idea what this has done, why it has done it.

I've sent it back to the seller who claims it is working fine. I'm baffled on why it wasn't working and what the SD card sudden 'drop' means? Any help would be appreciated.

March 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershell

Shell, where did you buy it from I can't find this anywhere.


March 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

can anyone point me to the J player software for the iron man car dvr recorder? I received a used one from china but it came with no software and now no response from seller.

May 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEcho

Hi I surfed The car front recording cameras are very expensive, almost the same items can be purchased on ebay for $30 approximately..
I want an advice from you guys, I want to install one in my car, a small on, with night vision and motion detection, which one woud you advise? thanks

July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSatyam

HI, I am looking for camera set for Taxi company in UAE, Specifications Down

Speed 10 Frames per second
Quality D1 or Equivalent
Accuracy not less than 700 line horizontal or vertical
Supports the GPS systems to follow the sites
That all cameras be fitted with grips infrared, and an angle B (wide angle).
Support WiFi
Supports the corner of 3G to transfer the image directly and remote control
Cape camera on the front cabin of the vehicle so that the back of the vehicle and passengers in the cab.

November 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNaseer

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