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Pick of the Camera Reviews

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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
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.

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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Monday
Feb062012

What's my favourite <insert category> camera?

I often get asked what my favorite cameras are,  so I thought I should put my recommendations in a place that everyone could see. 

Car camera? 

None - I've only tested two purpose built car cameras, one cheap generic model that was supposed to be 720p but was just upscaled 640x480 and the other one, the 1080p V1000GS, worked well for me during testing, but lots of people have since reported big problems with it.

Mini Camera?

The HD 808#16. I may have had a couple of issues with it during my test, but that was  pre-production model. Since then firmware updates have improved and resolved any teething troubles. Second place is the Jumbo 808 - but there is a new 1080p Jumbo model supposed to be on it's way to me and if that does proper 1080p,  has a wider angle lens and a longer battery than the #16, it could claim the number 1 position....stay tuned.

Action Camera?

TIE - The RD32II & The Crocolis Extreme Cam Both produced very good results for me, but both have issues. The Crocolis records totally unusable sound and the RD32II creates video that I can't import into iMovie without re-encoding. Neither are perfect, and your choice depends on what you need to use them for. I haven't tried the GoPro, Stealth or Contour cameras, so I cannot do a comparison with these. If you have the money, you may well be better off with one of these more expensive options.

Pens, watches, sunglasses and other spy cameras?

No idea. I'm not really into spy cameras, it's been a long time since I've tested one and so I can't comment on which is the best.

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Reader Comments (15)

A new 1080p Jumbo with wide angle lens coming? Sounds just the ticket.

Something like it is listed on ebay already. Sadly no mention of a wide lens though.

February 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

The wider angle lens is a hope, rather than a promise. The #16 had a narrower FOV than the old Jumbo or the #3, and I'm just hoping that the 1080p Jumbo reverts to the wider angle of the previous models.

February 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I've looked at the clips they have posted on the ebay ads, looks to be pretty much the same field of view as my Jumbo, rather than 'w-i-d-e' (that it would really benefit from).

I muct have a play with the 'fisheye' and wide lenses that are sold as add-ons for phones and see how they work on the Jumbo.

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Hi, Thanks for some great camera reviews. After watching your review of the V1000GS I was thinking of getting one to use in the car... until I read this post mentioning 'big problems' - could you elaborate?

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbill

@Bill The problems with the V1000GS have been brought to my attention by other users of this camera. They have commented about lock ups and even damaged SD cars...have a look in the comments under the Black Box For Your Car post.

February 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the review. The Extreme cam was suggested to me for use in aerial photography, attaching it to a remote control model plane Other competitive cams use for this purpose are the GoPro and the Contour sports cams. Please consider reviewing these cameras. I have used the keychain camera on my planes with success, but I'm looking for more quality. Thanks, and keep up the good work. At this rate you will put Consumer Reports out of business;>)

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Among the camcorder that are not shipped from hong kong what you think about the samsung w200?

March 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Which is the best camera for still photos

April 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAjith

Ajith, from the ones I've tested I'd definitely say the RD32II, but since the Crocolis let's you frame them with the LCD you may prefer that one. From what people have discovered about the RD32II, it may well share a lot of its innards with a proper GoPro, which would explain why it's such good quality.

April 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi do you know any alternative budget camcorder like this product zoom q3hd

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermofared

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