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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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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 Car DVR with a wired rear camera

My Car DVR reviews seem to be quite popular, so I thought it was time to do another one. It takes something a bit different to get my attention with so many similar car cams available. This model does have the interesting feature of an additional wired rearview camera. The fact that the camera is compact and pretty cheap also counts in its favour.  

I hijack the beginning of the video review to explain why it’s really not possible for me to answer the (hundreds) of email requests I receive asking me to recommend a specific ‘best’ car camera. This will also apply in relation to the similar requests I often get regarding action cams. 

I really can’t tell people what camera to buy, any more than a car magazine would try and tell you what car you should drive. These reviews are produced only to help people to formulate a decision based upon their own very specific personal requirements. Please also bear in mind that everything I test is only used for a short period of time, I have no idea about the long term reliability of any of the products I review. 

Overall though, this seems to me like a pretty decent camera for the price, despite one or two relatively minor niggles. I paid approximately £50 for mine from this seller on eBay who despatched from the UK. If you want an up-to-date list of auctions, you can click This Link which will perform a search on eBay UK for you.

Some of the other eBay sellers stock a grey coloured model and some also come with a different style of adjustable rear camera. 

I have also found it for sale on DX.COM where it seems to be supplied with an additional suction cup mount

As always there seem to be a few variations of this camera around - so take a close look at any example screenshots shown in any adverts. The menus in mine appear as a bar along the bottom of the screen.  Here's an example of one where the OSD looks completely different, and I have no idea how this one performs (It also comes without the rear camera).


Download four clips here - Front & Back, Day & Night.

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Reader Comments (493)

I think the 80cm piece of string might have been as a helper tool for fishing the various wires through places in the car.

Thank for another great review. I think what I'd like to know as a comparative is how you found this camera to be in relation to the others you've reviewed. Where does this on excel vs. the others. But your feature's to look for summary at the beginning was very helpful.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

I think it's the one that's closest to what I'm looking for. There should be no reason from now on, why all the manufacturers can't produce a camera with video performance to match the high standards of this one. So at this point it just comes down to design and features. So if someone can make a flat screenless model that sticks behind my rear view mirror with a thin power wire and I'm sold. Before anyone says it....yes I know that you can buy models that clip over the rear view mirror, but I don't want to do this. I like my mirror, it was designed to fit the car and it has a nice auto-dimming function.

September 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I've looked at a few of this car DVR on eBay/USA and none of them mentioned recording in H.264.
This model also doesn't seem to have a GPS Logger which I think could come in handy. They are
available in Black, though. So, your right, this probably isn't THE car DVR we should buy though
I think the Chinese are getting close. It must be the selling price point they'er going for that causes
them to not give us all the features that would make for a truly great car DVR. I mean this isn't
Rocket Science. Another GREAT Review, BTW!!!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbillib

What do the 'Open' and 'Close' do. They are embossed into the plastic, just under the screen. Another great review, have you ever considered the 'Blackvue HD' Cameras?

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAA

They just show the direction to slide the camera to remove it from the adhesive bracket. Open = remove.

September 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Another great review as usual. I can't tell from your footage but is the front video of sufficient quality to read car number plates? Thanks

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob

At certain distances I can read reg numbers, yes.

September 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Went to check the ebay the price went up :)

September 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKier

Prices may have gone up due to this positive review. Thanks Techmoan. :)

But something else to be aware of if you're looking for one of these is that it seems the cheapest versions of this cam only record in AVI.

September 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Another great review :) thanks for putting in the time and effort

September 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

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