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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

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)

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...

http://www.chinavasion.com/car-dvr/dual-camera-car-blackbox-dvr-with-gps-logger-and-gsensor/

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 alternatives...it'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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