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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
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
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.

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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Sunday
Apr082012

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. \

Cheers

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 while....as 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.

Mat

April 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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