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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.

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)

Things get confusing when shopping for this camera. As I mention at the bottom of the post, it seems from looking at the On Screen Displays shown in various adverts that there are a few models out there.
I was concerned when I ordered mine as the seller stated it was h.264 .mov but the box showed AVI recording. My heart sank when it turned up. The only way for me to tell whether I was going to go ahead and do a proper review, or just a make quick warning video and then bin it....was to record a clip and look at it on my computer.
Luckily it really did record in .mov h.264.....but it so easily could have one the other way.

September 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Techmoan, another great review, but perhaps too good! As stated above, the price of these going up coincides exactly with your review being released. Can you do a follow up review and slate it so the prices come down again?! LOL! This camera is exactly what I've been waiting for, so thankyou for showing it to me.

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Looks good, as you say there are waaay too many cameras out there but your videos help give some idea of what you're getting (which most eBay ads don't), with a sensible review of the features and output quality.

Can you expand on what the emergency button does - does it START saving video from when you push the button, does it move the current 1/2/5min clip to the protected folder, or what? Reason for asking is if something happens and you push the button it would be nice if it saved the last few minutes leading up to it as well as the next few minutes.

September 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn U

I know I don't have to use the secondary camera on this unit, but seems like a waste to buy it and then just toss it into the trash bin. Do you have any recommendation on a single camera unit that has as good video quality and a similar mounting scheme? (I also hate the amount of vertical room a suction cup mount takes up.)

September 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

Techmoan, has that rear camera mount got any adjustment in it? Or is it a case of once it's stuck on, that's where it stays. Looks like the mount could be bent to a slightly different angle but can you confirm? Many thanks.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Yes the metal bracket can be bent by hand I had to do this to use it in my car. You will also see that some of the sellers of this camera include a different rear camera that can be rotated.

September 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Yes the metal bracket can be bent by hand I had to do this to use it in my car. You will also see that some of the sellers of this camera include a different rear camera that can be rotated.

September 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the quick reply, I have seen those different rear cameras. I really want a black one rather than the bronze one and it seems they are only sold in the uk with the upgraded rear cameras that have a price of about £85. I have seen the black ones with the basic cameras from sellers in China but dont know whether to risk it.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I bought this then found your excellent review, I normally do it the other way round.
Mine didn't come with the remote control, but I found that the emergency button (the one with the triangle on it) cycles between front and rear views and PIP. The record lock function operates with the same button when pressed for a couple of seconds.

I'd be delighted if anyone has worked out how to stop the dreadful noise emitted from the device when it powers on and off.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin Slater

Mine was the other way round. No matter what I did, it wouldn't beep.

September 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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