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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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Two SmartCams for your car

At last here is my review of the Smartcam car cameras. 

If you are in the UK and you want a cheap dashcam then either of these cameras are definitely worth your consideration. The prices include post and packaging...but more importantly don't include the unwelcome and often unexpected extras, like Import Duty, VAT and 'handling fees' that you can sometimes incur when buying items direct from China.   

Link to Smart Electronics Ebay Store here.

Video Review below.

NOTE---- Youtube has had a seriously detrimental effect on the video quality from the HD cam - I've therefore uploaded clips for you to download and play on your machine. Here's the Smartcam - and here's the Smartcam 2

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Reader Comments (90)

thanks,i've been waiting all week for this review.just purcashed an HD version based on the comments of the best reviewer i've seen online. any chance of you doing cctv for the home in the near future :)

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercarl

@Carl. Apologies for quality of the upload on youtube, if you get a chance try downloading the sample HD clip (see link at the bottom of the post). I'm probably not going to do anything with CCTV at the moment (I don't think the missus would approve if I start drilling holes everywhere) - but if I see anything suitable, cheap and wireless in the future I may look into it.

April 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

when playing back on a television can you get rid of all the icons on the screen?

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertom

Thanks again for this comprehensive and informative review!

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChieftainY2k

@tom No, the overlaid info cannot be turned off when playing back on a TV via the HDMI lead.

April 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just a couple of quick questions, what class of micro SD card did you use and if the camera was powered off in the middle of a segment, would you lose that segment?

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbz

Thanks for the great review. I've got a question about the suction cup mount that came with the camera. Do you think the mount is strong enough to put the camera in front of the car on the bonnet or on the outside of the windscreen? With a max speed at around 70 miles and the screen folded back.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLukas

Hi, I like your reviews thanks so much. Initially you were going to review 2 models from eBay, I hope you still do as I'm in NZ and it's too expensive to buy from the UK. Will you still be reviewing a K2000?

I've searched them on eBay and there are two different form factors, so once again you can't be sure what you are getting. I've already got one poor camera and don't need another :-)

So I hope you will be doing a K2000 soon. \


April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterG. Gordon

Hello. Thanks for review. Could you please publish also night record file for download?

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOlestas

I don't think I'll be getting a K2000 in now, I need to take a break from car cameras for a I'm sure you can tell from my last review, I've pretty much run out of interesting things to say about them. If I were you, I'd give a K2000 a try..if you can get a real one, it should do a good job due to its h264 video encoding.


April 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Lukas I wouldn't try it, I don't think it would hold. I think you'll be better off with a purpose built action cam, rather than a car cam.

April 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The best thing about the HD camera would be, that you are actually able to read registration number of the cars, that are driving towards you. The QUESTION is, is this also the same for the SD one? On the other reviewed car cameras, I was not able to see the registration on stillframe. Could you please post a video or a stillframe from the other cameras or at least the SD one, if the registration number is visible? I was unhappy to meet an ignorant driver, who crashed my side mirror and drove away, seeing the registration would be such a great thing then.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLPG

@LPG You may be able to read the reg plate in ideal circumstances in near-stationary traffic from close behind a car in ideal sunlight. But unfortunately idea of being able to freeze-frame a 30fps video of a car driving at 30mph+ and read the reg of a car heading in the opposite direction is pretty much just the suff of science fiction at present.

April 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Another great review. I see these cameras and can't help think of Police, Camera, Action. We could create a cross between You've Been Framed and Police, Camera, Action. £250 for some car calamities. On a another note, it would be nice if these cameras could display the speed of your car beside the date and time stamp.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJonny

@Jonny For a speed readout you would need a GPS car the V1000GS I reviewed a while back.

April 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

What was your speed in the posted footage? The registration is readable quite good for the cars going the other way in the short video.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLPG

@LPG. I'm confused as to what you are asking for. Are you requesting a downloadable video clip from the VGA Smartcam?

April 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Yes please, a clip with some cars going by or a stillframe. Im just curious, if the registration number is readable also on VGA cam. As I wrote, its quite interesting, that you can actually read the registration number of cars going in the opposite way on the HD smartcam, at least in the uploaded clip.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLPG

@LPG Right I've uploaded a VGA clip at the bottom of the post. You won't be able to read any reg numbers though.

April 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the continued reviews, Techmoan!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterapplecello

Thank you very much.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLPG

Another really useful review - many thanks! Any thoughts on how it compares to the one you reviewed in March, the '720p car dvr'?

Obviously this one has a screen, but that's not a really important factor for me. From your reviews, it seems the gaps between segments are about the same, perhaps a fraction shorter for the '720p car dvr'? They both have a similar wide angle, again perhaps the earlier-reviewed camera looks a touch wider, but I'm not sure about that. What I can't really tell is whether the image quality is as good.

Or is the only major difference that this one is sold from a UK seller?

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Hello, thanks for the great review.
I have just one question: the size of the camerahousing?

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaurice

I wonder if your friends at chinavasion would drop the following model below the £45 mark...

Almost a 1/2 price V1000GS, just a shame it's not at least 720p

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrahamK998

Sorry forgot to say "Thanks for another excellent review" :)

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrahamK998

I realise a huge amount of time and effort goes into making these reviews, but I just wanted to let you know it's really appreciated. Also, bring back the longer 'waffling' reviews; they're missed ;)

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

@Mark. This one is definitely better at night and also comes from the UK...those are it's main selling points. If you are outside the UK or don't mind importing...then there are many's just that I cant really vouch for the quality of them (either pro or con).

April 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Graham. Its been a while since I dealt with Chinavasion. I kept getting stung for hefty import duties. They also now rarely seem to add anything new and interesting to their catalogue, so I don't really look at their site regularly any more.

April 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Matt, I continue to look for your reviews. I, and I am sure lots of other people enjoy them and find them extremely helpful. Please keep them coming and I am sure all of us say " We are more than welcome for watching', and thank you for posting!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Ebell

How do you cope with the internal battery drain? I have purchased one of these cams based on this review and find that each time I want to use the camera I have to tweak the menu settings again ie setting date and time etc. :(

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob Perkins

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