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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Xiaomi Yi

 

 
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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.

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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Tuesday
Sep182012

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).

UPDATE - 22 SEPTEMBER 

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

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Reader Comments (493)

cheers for the reply charmin,

i can only seem to flip the front view upside down using 3sec mic press, and turn it back right way up using 3sec rec press.
i can't seem to alter the rear view at all. Tried all buttons i think?

Yes, i am certain there is a problem.
Compare Mat's review footage at 8mins 20secs through to 8mins 50secs, and then my link above.
The front camera we are all good, but looking back through rear, mat has opposite side of road to left, i have it to the right.
Makes it look like i am driving down the right.
you would not be able to read car index plate with mine, as it would be backwards.

i have found a flip function in my video editing software, so i should be able to flip any files i need in there.

i have contacted previous buyers of the device from this seller, and their cameras record like mat's. ie. correctly.

Seems like a strange oddity to me, but seller is saying this is how it should be?

If you do remember if there is a key sequence to flip the rear view charmin, please, please share :-)
thanx, Kev

November 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkev

kev - OK, so I ventured out in the cold to look for you, with the camera not recording and set to show rear camera only (cycle top right button to select) press and hold the top left-hand button for a few seconds, this is the one that turns the display off and on, the screen will switch off but press it again once and the screen comes back on with the rear view flipped around, note also on mine which is fine as is without doing his (still surprised and nor convinced yours is doing it...) it also shows the screen text back to front... I'm guessing on yours it will end up the correct way round..?

Hope that helps.

November 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercharmin

Hey Charmin,
Cheers for braving the cold and trying to help me.
I have followed your instructions for flipping the rear screen. Mine comes back on, exactly the same way, no flip?
Maybe there has been a firmware change or something?

I am unsure of what you are not convinced about. Maybe i am explaining the problem badly.
Another short vid to try and clarify:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tLVkp1u7pc

If i was using the incar LCD display to reverse my car, then it would be perfect.
Perhaps my camera without remote is compensating for this?
But, for using the footage as evidence of an accident it would be confusing, as it would have the rear action back to front. left is right and right is left.

Anyway, thanx again for your help. Now that i know how to flip the files in my software, it is not so much of a problem, just strange.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkev

kev - Ok, I looked at your video and I see what you mean....! very strange, sorry for doubting you... personally I would try and get it replaced, depends how cooperative the supplier is.

Checked mine again and definitely flips it, the wrong way for me but as I said it reverts back once switched off and on, which would be annoying doing it each time.
Good luck.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercharmin

I think this is as it is supposed to work. You see the same as if you were looking in your rear view mirror, dont you?

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Hey Charmin, no worries, and thanx again for the assistance.

Eric, If mine is right, then the one Mat reviewed is wrong, as they both record the rear view differently.

I bought mine based on this review, so was confused when i saw the footage.
Anyways, as i have said, not to worry, because it can be sorted with editing software, and it is hopefully not going to be called upon very often.

Cheers, Kev

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkev

Wonder what would happen if you put the rear cam upside down and then flip the image up/down...

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Thinking along same lines as i did, Eric.
Tried that yesterday.

Picture was upside down.
Can't seem to alter rear camera view at all. I can only turn front view upside down and back, using MIC and REC buttons. Rear view remains as set.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkev

This thing with the mirror image reverse camera has just become apparent on one of my cars. To recap my previous posts, I bought 2 of the ones with the adjustable rear camera and one of them had a faulty charger which melted the usb. I sent this one back but in the meantime I bought another one to limit the amount of time I was without 2 whilst I wait for my faulty one to be replaced. So, the extra one I bought arrived last week and I've only just got round to installing it all properly this afternoon with the rear camera and mine has the same problem as reported, ie it looks like I'm driving on the wrong side of the road. HOWEVER, I have been using both cameras in both cars, although only one had the rear camera fitted. The image on either camera was the right way round when paired with the rear camera in the 1st car. Having installed the rear camera to the 2nd car today, I was surprised to see the image mirrored, regardless of which one of my 2 cameras is installed. I have come to the conclusion that it is the rear camera which is the problem rather than the DVR itself. Maybe they got the wires the wrong way round I dont know. It can be corrected using the method shown above, ie holding the top right button until it goes off, then holding it until it comes on, but as soon as you have the rear camera displayed as full screen it reverts the picture back. However, once I have set it to the right way round, it doesnt seem to revert back to the wrong way if I switch it off and on again, although I've only left it for a shoft time so I'll see what it's like after a few hours. It doesnt bother me though, it still records and that's the main thing. If it ever had to be used as evidence I'll flip the image on the computer. On a plus note, I did install both cameras into the cars so that they switch on and off with the ignition. I ordered 2 x female cigarette lighter sockets and 2 'add a circuit' rigs off ebay for about £8 total. Very simple to do and worthwhile as it saves faffing about plugging it in when I get into the car and all the wiring is permanently hidden away.

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Just additional info:
After contacting other buyers of this device from the same seller i used, one reports everything OK, and another reports same mirrored view and no audio.
Now i had not even noticed until he mentioned it, but i have no audio either??
It does playback on the incar device with audio, but not on the computer file, odd.

Seems there are a couple of variants of this camera out there. Lucky dip time.

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkev

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