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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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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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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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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 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)

Hi, i found your video after looking for such a camera for hours!
I'm very impressed with what I have seen, I'd like to take the camera shooting with me, (barrel mounted on a shotgun)
do you think it could take the beating?

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHarry, UK

I got one of these cameras and am impressed. I also bought the optional car mode kit from Dogcam. However, I have a problem with it. Whilst the camera is powering on and recording when I turn on the ignition, it's not stopping when the ignition goes off. The charge light goes out but it continues to record. I've checked the settings and they appear to be correct but I'm unsure as to what the problem could be.

Has anyone else had similar issues?

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDae

Dae, Just try one thing...although it might not work....Adjust the length of the segments you are recording down to the minimum length, one or two minutes, I forget how low it goes, then see if the camera actually stops when it reaches the end of the segment after the car power down...they sometimes work like this.

October 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just an update on my camera. I now have a YouTube account and have uploaded some videos taken from this camera and my 808#16 keyfob camera. Enter "FlyingPanMan" in the YouTube search box to find my username and video channel.

My videos are mainly from my motorbike rides. I tend to use the keyfob camera for day-to-day rides, but you'll find some footage from this camera also, including a split screen comparison of the two units

... and some 1080p sample footage and sound. I tend to use the bullet cam when I want quality video and for longer rides. I'm also experimenting with the keyfob cameras in various mounting positions while using the bullet cam on my helmet. This will give me varying viewpoints that I can edit into a film to make it more interesting. Watch my YouTube channel for upcoming efforts.

I have the external mic for this camera wrapped in foam and suffed by my cheekpiece in the helmet. I set the external mic gain to 2 (internal off) and that gives the best results for me.

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Pan

Hi all, Thanks for making my mind up which camera to buy, Hopefully the family will take the hints I've been dropping for crimbo. Anyway, with regard to wind noise on microphones, I have been informed by a sound attenuation engineer who visited my workplace that long fur as thick as possible is the way to go, as seen on tv. This is far better than sponge, even the sound deadening stuff. Hope this helps someone. As for mounting a mike in your helmet, up the side along the gap between cheek and side padding then remove chin bar padding and cut a channel in the back for wire & mike make a few holes in the padding for speach and Robert is your Mothers Brother. Cheers Notwocdivad.

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternotwocdivad

Really great review. I wouldn't be persuaded to part with the hard earned without seeing footage first, so this is great! why don't the other sellers give sample footage or are they all rubbish and they don't want to show it?
I'm really keen on this as the advantage to me is that the camera is low mass and won't jiggle about so much as an all in one in my stiff suspension car on trackdays. I will definitely need the car kit and external mic. though - did you get these from the same source?

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

The car kit and mic were purchased from Dogcamsport. Luckily this appears to be one camera where there is only a single version available...albeit sold at many different prices. Therefore you can get the accessories or source the camera from anywhere you want and you *should* get the exact same thing that I reviewed.

November 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great review, ordered one from China @ £118 but it took 3 weeks to arrive. They do not supply optional car wired control but ordered one from Dogcamsport. First mistake I made was to put battery on charge as it was probably fully charged (should have checked) that made the battery hot and the camera would not turn on. Left it to cool down overnight and camera turned on but battery nearly flat so stuck back on charge and all seems ok but battery goes flat in an hour.
Spagetti no problem all fits in Jag XK glove box where the power supply is, so what's on view is just a small tubewhich i will cover with the wrapper of Trebor Mints.
Thanks for evaluating this camera it's just what I wanted (low profile)

November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKen May

Aside from poor night-time performance this camera would be perfect for road trips, even if it doesn't shoot time lapse :) (yes.. I keep asking about time lapse).

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTobbe

You were right about the optional wired control for use in a car, it doesn't turn the camera on every time but it does turn it off when the power is switched off.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKen May

There must be different types of USB cables to play video back on a PC. I used one and my PC played video back for about 2 seconds and then I got a message saying that the device was faulty. I then tried it with another cable and it worked fine. The only difference between the cables was that the one that worked had something wired into the cable which looks like some sort of suppressor.

December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKen May

Have watched many, many of your videos and had a question about this product. With the auto start package, will this work without the "REC" module plugged in? In other words, can you go from the hand held unit directly to your 12v. car plug without using the "REC" button and the camera will auto start/stop when the ignition is on/off. This would eliminate extra wires and components which would make routing the wires a bit simplier.

Just wish the night time recording was better. Any other bullet type cameras do better at this in the same price bracket?



January 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterconnor

Sorry but I didn't understand the first question but I agree with Conner the night recording is poor but day time quality makes up for it. The extra automatic on off switch is very erratic but I listen for the beep, if it doesn't beep I have to open the glove box and press the button to record.

January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKen May

Connor...Imust have replied directly to your email address in error. The black box with the Rec button needs to be in place if you want the camera to auto-start stop with the 12V power, USB leads will not do this one their own. As mentioned by Ken, though, it doesn't work every time.

January 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great review and follow up information.

Has anyone tried this camera out in a proper race/rally car where everything happens a little more vigorously than just a cruise around the country lanes? preferably some footage as evidence would be nice as well.

I am looking at the Go pro cameras but I like the idea of buying something cheaper that may do just as good a job or as a second camera for say... pointing down at the pedal box watching my feet dance across the three pedals. The option of a plugin mic has always limited me from buy most of the cheaper units on the market... well till a came across this one.

Thanks again Techmoan.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterantony

Techmoan has a review on a dual forward and back facing camera with a split screen/video somewhere, You can then record the track and what your dancing feet were doing at the time you were overtaking for example. You just have the rear facing camera pointing to the pedals.
Can't help anymore my Jag XK doesn't rally very well.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKen May

Reply to Anthony:
I did a trackday at Brands Hatch in December with the wired camera layout, and the footage is excellent. Unfortunately I can't publish the videos as I had to sign an agreement to say I would be fined £30,000 if I did. Seems a little harsh, but it was a condition of the trackday.
The car I drove was a MGTF160 which has rock hard suspension as standard and the footage is rock solid with no wobbling at all. I am extremely pleased with the results.
The key to it is to have a very sturdy lightweight camera mount fitted on something immovable. The low mass of this camera is a real boon. Previously when I did Goodwood, I used a Panasonic TZ20 on the same mount, but because of the auto focus and internal image stability stuff, it actually gave terrible results due to the high camera mass and the frequency of vibration. The sound was poor too.
The results from this wired camera I would say are as good as the Go Pro, with the advantage of the discreet PVR unit unlike the bulky Go Pro. The battery life isn't amazing but improves when cycled a couple of times but for car use, unless you buy the in-car kit I would suggest a second battery. Don't use the standard supplied charger whilst filming though because when the camera becomes fully charged, the picture being recorded goes black and white, because the volts supply regulation is not very good on the car charger and over-volts the camera - not a problem when turned off on charge though. Get the car kit if this is what you want to do. Another thing to watch is the wire into the back of the camera - it's easy to over bend it and I'm sure in time would fail. I'm going to see if I can stiffen it up a bit with heatshrink.
All in all - very pleased with it, and I will be rigging it up as an anti vandalism device when I buy the car kit utilising the motion detect facility. I think that due to the extra features and remote PVR side of things, this is a far more useful device than a Go Pro.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhil


Thanks that was the info I was after and hanks for the heads up on the car kit etc. I will get a proper mount and clamp it to the roll cage.

I will get a unit soon and after the event next month I'll put up some real footage of how it turns out.

Thanks again Antony

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterantony

Cheers. Look forward to the footage. Phil.

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Just to follow up on my camera. The first event for the year was cancelled so I have just done a quick test with the plactic camera mounts zip tied onto the roll cage.

The settings are default with the highest quality 1920X1080 30fps and the internal mic set to 4. This is driving towards the sun early morning (normally the sun would be in my eyes) with heavy cload cover and just after a shower.

I have purchased a RAM camera mount and a stereo mic.

Oh FYI the car is an Opel Kadett GSi 1986 WRC replica 2.0l Twincam 210BHP/Quaife gearbox on very ordinary road tyres, as you will hear.

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterantony

Hi Mat!
at the end of the video review you made a brilliant and hilarious remark that the camera cannot be used as POV closed range recording device as it focuses at distance.
However, you mentioned that the cap can be removed for cleaning... and when you actually opened the camera it appears the lens is threaded... so, maybe the focus can be adjusted to a closer range??? :)

...just saying :)

March 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Has somebody found a way, to extend the cable from camera to DVR? I have tried a 3meter HDMI cable, some adapters and Logilink Video Repeater ->
Without the repeater it says "no signal", with the repeater It is just a black screen.
Any ideas?

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthias

Resurrecting an old thread, I know, so I don't know if anyone will respond. However...

My camera has developed a fault where at least 95% of the time will have a "No signal" error and noise on the screen rather than an image. It points to a faulty cable as I have on the odd occasion corrected the problem with small movements of the cable. As it is hard-wired into the camera there is no simple way to replace it and so I'd be looking at a warranty claim 51 weeks after purchase!

Has anyone tried a warranty claim with "Jingjiniao2007092" on ebay? I'm not sure what response I'd get and I'm wary of returning the product to China. They don't implicitly state a 12 month warranty (only a 14 day return policy). The alternative would be to cut and splice the cable where the fault seems to be. Losing a few centimetres of cable length wouldn't be an issue.

I am contacting the seller and hoping for the best.

Opinions/experience anyone?

August 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Well, a prompt reply from the seller but leaving me with a dilemma:

"Hi there,

You can buy another new cameras, the price is 79USD including shipping cost.

Or you can send them back to us, we will ask our factory to repair it, but the shipping cost is your responsibility.

- jingjiniao20070922

So, do I drop around £50 plus postage for a new camera, send it back for a (hopefully) free repair (plus my postage), or risk a repair myself and perhaps even buy a Mobius or SJ1000 with the money I didn't spend for a replacement? (I'd need to use external batteries with the Mobius for my extended trips and the poor mouting options for the SJ1000 are a concern). I already have a spare battery for the HD93.


August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

I suppose $79 is not a bad price to avoid throwing the whole camera away…but it's your call.

August 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I'm inclined to agree with you, Matt and I suppose the real question I have to ask myself is whether to go for a new one at £50 or opt for the repair which I'm reasonably certain is just the replacement of the cable (or more likely for them, to replace the circuit board and cable since it's hard-wired. I think I should clarify the options and if buying a new one means I keep the faulty one (as you would expect), I could try my own cable repair and then buy the replacement if that fails. That way it's free or £50 :-) Obviously, that rules out sending it for repair. As you say, my choice!

A pity the cable isn't removable from the camera as that was ironically the one thing that concerned me from new. It would be better if it simply plugged or screwed into the camera body so that it could be swapped out by the user, for all the extra bulk that would have resulted in. If you're ever in touch with the manufacturers perhaps you could suggest that for a future version, as I know you have the ear of some of the companies.

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

An update on my faulty camera (cable):

After giving it some thought, I opted just to pay for a replacement camera/cable. Paid via Paypal on September 24th and was informed it was dispatched the next day, with it arriving on Thursday October 10th. So far, so good, other than me mounting it upside down when I took it for a test. Could've sworn it was the right way up when I checked the screen!

Hopefully this one will last. I just wish the cable was shorter as that would leave less cable to potentially twist or bend, breaking the signal again.

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Techmoan, your review mentions the camera is capable of looping but you don't test this feature, is it seamless? Are the time intervals selectable? Can they be locked? I'm interested in using the HD-VC93 for a research project to record 'incidents' that learner motorcycle riders experience in their every day rides. Such as your white van man over talking at 60 in a 40 zone. This would be quite unnerving for a learner rider. Safe riding,

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Looping Yes, Seamless Yes, Selectable Yes,Lockable Yes.,
It does the lot.

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKen May

Does the camera show video to A/V out while recording? My car has a screen built into the dash that I want to use to see the camera output. Some cameras show up on the TV screen while recording, some will only show during playback and some will show up but refuse to record whent he TV is connected...

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGraeme

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