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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

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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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)

Well, I received my 2nd camera just before Christmas. Bought from same Ebay seller - mteli_cctv

So far it's working fine - none of the interference/noise problems I had with the first one, and it has newer firmware. Doesn't seem to suffer from lag/delays when pressing buttons that the first one had either.
Pretty sure the problem with the first camera was an iffy ribbon cable connection from the rotating camera to the main PCB, so with this one I've been careful not to fiddle round moving the lens too much - got it out the box, turned it to the correct angle, and haven't touched it since.
As I think Matt mentioned, the newer firmware puts the date/time in a different place on the output, and I've noticed the "auto backlight off" setting is now present - this is good as the screen turns off automatically after a period of time.

Hopefully this one will remain reliable. Decided I might keep the other faulty one for spares....

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermuddy

Muddy... can you tell us what the firmware revision number is please. I had to return the camera I bought as the green noise bars started to appear, have been waiting quite a few weeks for replacement from sue_winner (China) so am thinking of requesting a refund and purchase another from mteli_cctv.

Thanks

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercharmin

trying to unsubscribe. ?

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkev

It's all handled by Squarespace. I've heard other people have issues too. I'd recommend you add me to a spam list if the automated service doesn't work.

January 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi all,
I am at the point of purchasing a in car dvr and because of the excellent review of this model by Techmoan, it is at the top of my short list. One question though.
I have a Touch Screen Head unit with A/V in going spare and would like to hook it up for on the spot replay.
Does the A/V out port work ? Techmoan's example did not and wondered if this was a one off or the norm for this model.
Could someone test this for me please ?
Many thanks. Tony

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertony2

Charmin - the firmware version of the one I received just before Christmas is F20_20120929.

Still working fine this one, been using it for a few days now. There, that's jinxed it !

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermuddy

Anyone know the date and time format for TIME.TXT? I can find this in the manual.

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLawrie

Hi, I have loved your reviews and have been thinking about getting myself a dash cam. I have just discovered what at first sight looks to be a very interesting bit of kit being sold on ebay by SMARTMALL 2011 Item No. 16094583789
It appears to be a dashcam with a seperate camera for rear view, gps logging and a Satnav all in one unit. If it is as good as it appears, it would mean only one unit stuck to my screen but I'm unable to tell what system the satnav uses. If it is google maps, a colleague of mine uses these on his smart phone and reckons this is better than his TomTom which most of us use.
Being a bit of a technoklutz I am also wondering if on most of these cams, if I use a big card in them, will it store a complete journey of several hours duration. I hope you will decide to test this unit, if it is any good I would even buy it off you afterwards!
Regards
John

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Sycamore

I can't see that camera - but DVRs are not designed for saving long journeys. They are supposed to operate like a security camera and re-record over shorter clips usually up to 10 or 20 minutes in length maximum.

Most will only accept a 32GB card maximum which would be capable of storing a few hours of video at most.

January 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just noticed that this camera is being offered for under £40 again, £38.49 delivered from a uk seller to be precise. Dont know how long it will be at that price because they had it at £70 until recently!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271124684015?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

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