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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.


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)

Thanks, will do

November 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeema

I bought one of these Dual Lens HD 1280 720 Vehicle DVR Car dashboard camera off the back of a Techmoan review and have been a very happy bunny ever since.
For £39 it does exactly what is says on the tin, except that is it doesn’t “rewind” when the card is full; i.e. start again.
I’m sure the fault is mine but as I don’t have the instructions for it anymore I can’t double check. So I have to remove it from its mount & clear the card via a PC each time
A bit of a pain but the real problem is that the mounting is getting loose, removing and refitting it (it has fallen off a couple of times), which is a bummer cos it always shuts down as full in the middle of a trip
But at the price I can’t complain, and it’s be going strong for exactly one year tomorrow, and those are the only problems I’ve had , so thanks again to Techmoan for the intial advice

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSgt3355

@sgt3355; if you need the manual goto
You might want to consider to format the micro-sd-card in the camera? Or a micro-sd adapter to go into a SD-card-slot on a laptop to format it without taking the camera inside to your pc. Or if you'd have a laptop you could take that into your car to save undoing the camera? But it should simply overwrite files from the beginning once it's full, maybe another usd-card?
Just some ideas, good luck and nice to read you're happy with it, so am I.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErnie

Thanks for this Ernie. Could well be a formatting thing, or even just one of those "things"
Either way thus far it has done the mustard, and I see that they are still largely the same price; so assume I bought at the top of the market, a bit like my house ha-ha
Thanks for the pointer, I'll give it a go; and Merry Christmas

December 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSgt3355

mine loops just fine. if it hadn't, i would have returned it ages ago. i think the relevant menu option is RT Time or something like that. It should have options for 1, 2, or 5 minutes if i remember right. mine's set to 2 minutes.

December 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

Many thanks to both Ernie & Jason G for their advice
The manual was to say the least “interesting”, but maybe it will do the trick.
I’ve followed the simple advice to change the sd card and reformat it cos as it says it should do it automatically, and simple is always good!
But maybe it is just a duff one; I’ve had it a year and it still works fine every day, which is more than I expected and maybe when the time comes the replacement will actually do “what it says on the tin”
But thank you both for the pointers and taking the trouble to reply

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSgt3355

I don't sup you still have the user manual do you? If you have could you please please email me a copy


February 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGazza

Gazza, there is a link to the manual on a post in previous page in this forum (dated August 31st)

March 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterColin

After reading all of these posts, I am so confused. I want as small and unnoticeable front and separate rear camera that will have hd as well as 12 volt plugin. I need one that will record for hours with the engine off .to be using the 12 volt plug in.
Any help out there?

April 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRon dexter

first, if you want HD, this is NOT the camera for you. it's VGA (640x480), upscaled to "720p", at best. the rear camera is only wide-vga (720x480) and it's blurry at that. i have several sample videos on my youtube channel:

I have a BlackSys CF-100 in my wife's car. the front unit is about the same dimensions as the front unit of this camera, but it mounts differently so it's not as stealthy. its rear camera is only slightly larger. the difference though, is that the CF-100 does true 1080p front and 720p back, AND it has proper parking mode. specs and info: and my install/review of the CF-100:

techmoan recently reviewed the K1S, which does 1080p front and rear with very small remote cameras, but it's no good for parking mode, if for no other reason than because it has a battery inside, which could potentially overheat while being operated in a hot, parked car. maybe if you have a prius with the solar a/c, that's not as much of an issue, but most of us don't have that option.

check out the forums and comparison tool on the site - it's a very useful site.

April 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

If I read these pages right, the only way to get hours of recording with the engine off, is to use a separate DVR.

I am also looking into these, as I want my camera set-up as a surveillance tool as well as driving 'monitor'.

I still can't find tiny unobtrusive cameras for the interior of my car.

April 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfurkin

Just purchased one of these dual dash cams after researchng for a long while. Got a few teething problems if anyone can help.
The sound seems to shut off very soon after starting to record, the blue mic light also goes off. Although I bought an amazon 32gb class 10 card it freezes at times for no reason on play back.
How do you watch a continuous video if set to 2 or 5min sections or do you have to set it to off to do that?
Also where can I get a hard wire mini USB. The only ones on eBay are 12v reduced to 5v , or is that right?
Picture quality is not great but my back window is dark glass so I accept that. Had to move mount after sticking it to window so need to order new sticky pad but suction mount it ok for now. Took me a long while to convert to English language, followed instructions on amazon but would not work. Pleased with size and back camera, overall not bad for £36.00

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaylan

if you have a windows pc, use a program called h2testw (google it) to test your sd card - it could be bad.

12v to 5v is correct. all usb devices run from 5vdc.

for continuous video and a good set of editing tools, look up RegistratorViewer.

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

Hi Jason G
Thanks for the very helpful information. I have tested the micro SD card, the first time it found an error but I had not wiped all the data off so I tried again and it went through with no problems. Its a 32 GB card but only showed 30,511 MB but I assume some MB are used internally on the card, Write speed was 13.8MB/sec which I think is good?
I have now ordered a hard wire mini USB cable from Hong Kong so will take a few weeks to reach me.
Thanks for the info on Registrator Viewer . What a great tool
Will test camera again next time I am out.
Thanks again for your help.

April 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaylan

i learned most of that stuff from the folks on the forums. definitely worth looking into.

April 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

Thanks I will check it out.

April 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaylan

I have been using an updated version of this and the niggles with the date stamp and bright blue and red display lights have been sorted. I am a lorry driver and change vehicles every day so the suction pad is essential for me. I have found it to be reliable, easy to operate and compact. I also have one permanently fixed in my car. I paid less than £30 for my last one plus a fiver for a class10 32gb card from eBay and for the money it's spot on. In the lorry I mount the rear facing camera in the passenger window and it gives an excellent wide angle view.
My only criticism is that when watching the playback of vehicles in front of you, the number plate becomes harder to read as it leaves the middle of the screen.
Would I recommend it? Yes, I have had a few drivers at work see the footage and at least 3 have bought one.

May 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergary

Hard wire cable arrived from Hong Kong eventually. Works great and neatly hidden behind dash and window surround.
Really pleased with performance although sound is not brilliant it is audible and not a priority anyway.
Do get occasional juddering on playback and freezes sometimes. But if I play the same section again it will work ok. So not sure if it is the card or camera. Picture quality is good front and rear, even through heavy tinted glass on rear screen.
number plates can be seen when other cars are stationary.
For the money I think it is very good value.

May 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaylan

Hi guys.
After Techmoan video I decided to buy this camera too. Bought it on Amazon but not directly from them but from China. I waited 6 or 7 weeks but finally arrived. Unfortunately it was turning itself on and off all the time and the rear camera had 2.5mm jack connector and the front camera has 3.5mm jack input. After several emails with the seller I received after another 2 weeks replacement. It works fine but menu looks older and the camera record LIKE mirror effect - left is on the right.
Sometimes it doesn't turn itself on when I start the car. It says FULL HD 1080p but i don't belive in that. And strange thing is. Even when you record a 30sek or 5 sek clip the file is 780mb WOW

May 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLukasz

i would just post a dispute with amazon and get something else. this is an old camera platform and unfortunately there are many fake versions with even worse parts than the original. check out the dash cam comparisons on and also check their forums. LOADS of great info there. i go by Gibson99 on those forums. I think I'm about to retire my F70 since its battery is getting a little swollen, but it still works OK for what I use it for. It only records in vga mode, but that's fine for what i use it for, which is recording auto racing. sure HD would be nice but i don't NEED it for racing the way i do for normal driving.

May 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

where i can find an SOFTWARE UPDATE for these cam?
my cam is restart it self every time i turn it up..

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSerjo

I have one of these fitted in my car, it's been there for years; cheap and cheerful but doing exactly what it says on the tin
Or at least it was until recently when I noticed that when I switched on the ignition instead of the picture of the road ahead it had defaulted to the
screen and that’s all it does, and I cannot fathom why: and as we all know the User Guide is pants
Anyone on the blog got an idea? I can see from the post dates that I have this item a long time, but I like this camera, it isn’t perfect but it is discreet and covers front and rear

August 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

Hi guys,
I'd like to ask for help with a ScanFX R300.
Is there a specific place for this model ?


August 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfurkin

I press the emergency triangle when recording and nothing happens but when I press the menu button op pops the lock logo

August 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

That's what would come on the screen if you plugged it into a computer. On a car power supply it should go straight into Rec Mode. If it isn't doing this and you haven't changed anything about the way you power it recently then it might have just gone crazy. All I can suggest is to select Rec Mode and see if it stays that way, if the menu keeps popping up every time you use it and formatting the card and using a different power adaptor doesn't fix it then I think you need to start shopping for a new camera. It's likely that the battery has died and this is causing it to become confused.

August 26, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the reply to mine (Help – not recording) of earlier today. What you said is correct, it should work and that is that. Well I’ve bought a second one, just in case as mine is very old: but it did exactly the same! That gave me a pointer to the problem, but I do not understand it. Cos of where the 12v socket is in my car I cannot use the supplied DC plug & lead, so I’ve always used a USB adapter plug and a bog standard very long USB lead. Recently, as it is a double adapter plug I added my Sat Nav, and it appears that having the two devices attached causes the problem.
So I now know how to fix it but I cannot understand nor fathom why it should do this.
As this unit is now very old tech are there better ones out there that do front and rear, but at a sensible price?

August 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

Right now the Blacksys CF-100 is on sale for under 100USD and i think 80GBP on amazon. it's true 1080p front and 720p rear. not as good of a form factor as this one, but it has parking mode if you hard wire it to the car. i have one in my wife's car and we love it.

that said, the cf100 won't run from a usb cable. but if you're hardwiring for parking mode, it's less important.

August 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

Thanks for that pointer Jason G, I will have a look at that

August 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

I've just purchased one of these , but mine isn't recording any information from the 2nd camera to the micro SD card?

September 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStussy

I have bought a HD dual car camera the front cam works ok and in the top right hand corner it shows the rear camera working, when I go to play the recordings back on my computer the front camera works great but when I try to view the rear camera it just says NO FILES can you please help me incase it's been set up wrong

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJ Graham

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