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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)

Thanks for clarifying. I find that .mp4 or .mov containers are more compatible with my Mac than .avi ones. Even when the codec used in the file is h.264, iMovie just ignores .avi files, so I then need to convert the format before I can import and edit the files.

October 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I bought the camera on DX before it sold out. The menu's are in Chinese. Its very difficult to guess at the settings. Does anyone know if the language can be changed to English and how to do it?

October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Hey Matt. Thanks for this one. I now know the answer when someone asks, 'how long is a piece of string?'

October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJonny

Answering my own question: How to set the language using the button names from my manual:
In video standby mode, press the Model/menu button three times to get to the Settings menu
Press the Mic(down) button seven times to get to the language menu. Press the Emergence lock button to enter the Language Menu.
Use the Mic(down) button to find your language. Press the Emergence lock button to select it. Press Model/menu button to exit the menu.
Now all the menus should be displayed in the language of your choice.

October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Well I've taken a punt and ordered 2 with the uprated rear camera from a reputable ebay seller in China for £88. Fingers crossed they arrive ok.

October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

The string is for dis attaching the part sticked on windshield. See the picture here:http://img30.360buyimg.com/popWaterMark/g9/M03/07/19/rBEHalBiiH8IAAAAAARB-ZQ07_sAABhVQMLdO0ABEIR012.jpg
Sorry for my poor English.

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteraatoy

Hi. Nice review, I just ordered one from dealextreme because of your review.
One thing I was wondering about though: you mention the screen can be switched off. Can that be done by pressing a key or do you have to enter the menu? And does it remember that setting for the next drive?

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric

On mine the screen can be switched off by pressing the top left button. It forgets the setting when powered down though.

October 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

hello all
been waiting for months for a good review
so at last just bought 2
help please at the moment i take the cams out of car and leave in the house
but as winter draws close if i did leave the cameras in the car would it be to cold and damp
if i left them in the car would they get damaged from Condensation ?
thanks paul

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

ordered this camera from SOMAX china after reading your review....the cam was posted on the 25 sept and arrived around 10.30 this morning 13th oct....apart from problems accessing the settings menu ( a mixture of me not being tech savvy and the diagrams showing instructions in wrong order) the cameras work fine.there was no micro card there is a reset button rear cam port and a G Mouse port (it used for connecting with GPS MODEL) chinese translation.Looking forward to installing in car tomorrow and trying it out on the road....will keep you updated.....

October 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteripol

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