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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
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Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
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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.

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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.

 

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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)

@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 cam...like 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 now...link 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

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