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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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Thursday
Jul052012

A 1080p Wired Bullet Cam

This review is almost a half-hour long, and yet I'm sure that I will have skimmed past things that I wasn't interested in, but other people would want to know about. Therefore, if there is something specific you do want me to cover in a follow up video, let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do if/when I get the chance to do a follow-up video.

CLICK HERE for RAW SAMPLES from this camera.

If you click the link above you will find a shared folder  containing 720p60 & 1080p30 clips as well as a few stills.

So why no price or seller link? (Updated  now included.... see below)

You will notice that there are no links to a seller or even details about the price. I briefly explained why this was the case at the end of the video, but I'll elaborate here. I've been contacted by resellers/retailers who have indicated that they would like to use my videos as product demonstrations on their web stores, but when I promote the name of their competitors as my source, it makes it impossible for them to embed the videos on their site. Therefore for this video I'm trying something different. I've reviewed the product but left out any mention of supplier or price.

If there are any resellers who do stock this camera and want to provide a link to their store in the comments below, please feel free to do so. Likewise, I'm happy for you to embed this video on your website/store. Also if anyone spots these for sale anywhere, you can also post a helpful link below. I'm basically putting a call out and asking you to help one other to find the best place to buy this camera from.

This is just an experiment to see how this affects my viewing numbers. Don't worry, the next few items I'm reviewing after this have been sent to me as review samples...so of course I'll be providing full links to the retailers on these products. You'll have seen a subject for a future review making a cameo appearance in this video. However, please be patient as these reviews take me a long time to put together.

P.S By the way just because the control box has an HDMI in socket on it doesn't mean it will work as a PVR. The camera is using this as a data port only, not for streaming encoded video.

EDIT 12/08/12 I've given the experiment long enough and now it's time to name where I bought mine from

When the auction I've linked to expires, you'll have to look at the seller's page to see if he is selling more.
In future, links to sellers will be on this blog rather than in the video...because that will enable me to keep this information up to date.

UPDATE - 18/8/12 I've now done a review of the car accessory lead and the microphone. This video also includes some night driving footage for those people who were interested in seeing this.

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Reader Comments (162)

As always, a very good review of a product with your usual injection of dry wit, thank you.

This looks to be the best option so far for a reasonably well-priced handlebar cam. I mainly use cameras for recording dangerous driving while cycling but there always seem to be limitations - unlabeled buttons, lack of informational lights, tricky to remember button combos or non-removable batteries.

i currently use an 808 #16 and a rear-facing Muvi clone.

This camera with a spare battery would more or less cover all bases. The control box could either go in a top tube bag or in the seat pack with a long enough cable. I'll wait and see how the prices develop before taking the plunge

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Thanks for the review!
Is there a way to increase the video compression bitrate?
12mb/sec is not enough for 1080P
Maybe there will be a firmware update for this dvr/camera

July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

There is no way to manually change bit rates....I've never come across a camera that has this feature. Don't expect any firmware updates.

July 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Another excellent review and by far the best helmet camera reviews I have ever seen so many thanks for that. I am very interested to hear the sound quality of a mic mounted inside the helmet. Also I just thought it worth a mention is that I have seen bullet cams wrapped up in layers of foam in order to suppress the wind noise, I presume just like those big professional mic booms that animals always seem attracted to or fond of attacking, just a passing thought and no idea if this is really practical, Thanks for all your reviews but this one is the most promising looking bullet cam in my low budget price range, great stuff

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBludfart

Great review. Will it also record while charging?

July 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjax

Hi,
Thank, for this review. Excellent as always. Would you consider this superior than your previous favourite the RD32II? I am looking for a bike (not motor) cam and this 'seems' the best so far.

July 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

@Peter It's definitely my favourite action camera. I use it every time I go out on the bike. It's so easy to use and doesn't draw attention to itself....other action cameras stick out too far from the helmet. The ability to accurately line up the camera whilst it is being worn is invaluable.

July 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great review! I am so impressed that you post raw camera footage. I asked GoPro for some and they told me to GoLook at Youtube.
Thank you heaps!
Rob

July 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob Thompson

Hi. Excellent as usual. I want to use it as a helmet cam for my commute to and from work.

Could you upload a video of some night time recording. Can you see anything?

July 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParv1

@Parv1 When I test out the auto-start/stop car kit, I'll try and take it out on the road at night.

July 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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