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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

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.


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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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Thanks for the info. I'll update the blog with this link when I get a chance.

December 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

[Matt] Please be informed that the model you are linking to is a inferior model, with a much older chipset, and not full HD. The video resolution is only 720x480

The SQ909B is a very old processor. The "Good" ones use an Allwinner F20 processor.

The best version of the i1000 Dash-camera is with the Ambarella-processor, but never tried one.

// Per.

December 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPer Jensen

[Per] Can you clarify... Is the model that can be purchased in UK (two comments above) the inferior one or one of the links I've already posted. I'd like to make sure I don't direct anyone towards buying the inferior model.

December 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

This whole review is about the 'inferior' model which records at 720p. There appears to be now a full HD version if this camera which has an mini HDMI port that uses the new processor but it is much more expensive. The link I have provided is to the same product as Techmoan has reviewed I think.
The latest camera I got is still only 720p but it seems to function much quicker than the older ones I have. No difference in picture quality but there is no delay after pressing a button like there sometimes is with the others. The firmware versions says: Ver: 007 Firmware: F20_2012111.

December 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I got my camera today and thankfully, the rear camera works as advertised. However, I did notice tonight that the front camera video is very dark. The IR lights are on, but they don't seem to be effecting the video. The rear IR camera is fine and displays fairly bright in both the video and on screen, but the front camera is pretty much useless at night.

I also had some issue's with the charge light not coming on when plugged in to the cars 12v system, but I was wondering if that has anything to do with auto detect settings. My owners manual is written entirely in Chinese, so it is worthless trying to figure out how things are done and what the settings mean. Some settings are obvious, but some are not.

Does anyone have any insight on the IR problem I am experiencing and the charge light problem?


December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeyte

Leyte, do you mean it just looks dark at night? Mine is the same but when you playback on a computer it does look better. The rear camera is far brighter in low light conditions on mine. The IR lights are completely useless. Make sure you have them switched off otherwise they reflect off and dirt on the windscreen and make the image look like it has lots of green speckles on it.

Also in one of my posts above I reported my red charge light doesnt come on until about 25 minutes into my commute even though on the screen it shows it as charging.

That link I posted for an ebay seller is now no good. The price has gone from £39.99 to almost £70.

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

The video playback is just as dark as the on screen video at night, which is plainly unacceptable. I also noticed that when I set "Auto Detect" to ON, it will revert to OFF after I power off the unit and turn it on again. Since the owners manual is in Chinese, I have no idea what "Auto Detect" is supposed to do, but since it won't retain the saved setting after powering off the unit, it just adds another level of frustration with this unit.

While I do like the overall design and capabilities of this unit, what good is it if I have to keep returning it to China and waiting for another unit to arrive like you did Matt. Already waited 3 weeks for this one, and now I'll have to ship back and wait on a replacement which will most likely be defective as well. What a shame...

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeyte

That's a real shame you haven't had much luck with it mate. It cost me £14 to send mine back via the post office recorded delivery. I have one of mine that doesn't save the setting for the front IR lights when it powers off. It always reverts to auto when I power off. The ' auto detect' is basically a movement sensor function which should only start the camera recording if it detects movement in front of the camera. My manual was in Chinglish and was useless anyway so you are not missing anything. I figured it all out by just playing with the camera.

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

At this point, I'm just going to send it back for a refund and buy an Itronics ITB-100HD. Cost more, but at least it works and has GPS and you can hard wire it in.

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeyte

I received mine okay for £42 all in from China (of course). Installed it fine, but could have done with slightly more cable for the rear cam. The rear cam is slightly glitchy at night (fuzzy lines running through the image) - however, for the price, it is very good. The only annoying thing is changing the time and date using a text file on the mem card - bit daft these days.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLawrie

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.


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!

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!

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Thanks for the heads up on this camera Matt.
I have been considering this dual cam devise for some time so have now ordered it at the new lower price.
Hopefully it will turn out to be the bargain I hope it is or, it may be a cheap copy. Either way, as long as it does the job then fine.
I have purchased items from this seller before and have found them to have good customer service so fingers crossed.
Thanks again Matt.
Regards Tony.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertony2

Hi again.
Dual lens car cam arrived today and all is working as it should.
Recorded video is 720P H264 and .MOV files so pleased with that.
Firmware is 20121217 so up to date.
Like the one Techmoan reviewed it is also a

Will fit and test in the car at the weekend but so far all looking good, especially at £38.43.
They have now increased the price to £39.99.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertony2

Forgot to say.....
It came with 3M stick on mount and sucker mount also.
Hope my comments are of use to others considering this camera.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertony2

I got mine today and they have improved it now. You can do all remote operations via camera button including full rear cam switching. they got rid of 60 fps. LEDs still do nothing. Audio isnt as noisy as on matts videos.

The time stamp is now solid green on a black background - much easier to read still in top left.

January 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatt

Hi Matt,
what is your Firmware version?

i ordered 2 months ago this cam from a Chinese seller which according to the seller got lost in Chinese custom. after that i ordered another camera from a different seller about 3 weeks ago which still didn't arrive.

so all in all, i'm waiting around 3 months for a DVR cam (not including a different cam i ordered and sent back to china).

January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdi

my Firmware is 20121217 - all seems ok - few issues charging - it seems that when the camera is ON it says its charging but it must very either VERY slow or not at all. If i turn the unit off it seems to charge ok.
Cam on and charging for 4 hrs - no difference in charge
Cam off and charging for 30mins - battery showing 50% full !

I am using my laptop USB socket to charge - not tried it in my car yet but so far so good - seems to work fine with no issues. LED lights dont seem to make any difference if on or off so guess they dont work

January 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatt uk

Hi Matt,

When charging mine from usb connected to computer charge light illuminates and it charges ok.

The first time I connected it via the in car charger the charge light did not illuminate so, I changed the setting in the Auto Record menu from "On" to "Charge Video" and the charge light now illuminates and the camera switches on and off with the ignition as it should.

I went for a 30 min test run and on my return put the micro sd card into my computer. I had it set to record 5 minute clips but, three of the clips would not open and play. I set the clip length to 2 minutes and repeated the test run and all clips were fine.
I am not sure if this is down to the camera or the card I am using which is a 16Gb Sandisk class 4 so, I have ordered a Class 10 card which is what HD video should use, and I will repeat the test when it arrives and the snow goes away.

Everything else was good and I am very pleased with it.

Hope this info helps you in some way.


January 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertony2

Had same issues as u Tony - some 5min clips didnt play - also when the card got full it just stopped recording.
I also figured out my charging issues are down to the fact that a PC/Laptop usb can not power the camera AND charge the battery at the same time - the orange led kept coming on and off trying to charge.

its plugged in a wall 1000mA usb PSU now and its working fine.

Ive changed the files back to 2mins each and so far its ok. Ive got it on a full test at the mo to see if looping works as it should.

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatt_uk

Does anyone know where we can get firmware updates for this cam? If a supplier in China reads this - can you please provide a link to the latest firmware - or let Techmoan know about it and we can get it through him


January 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatt uk

OK done some deep testing - There are issues over the battery and charging. It seems the camera only charges when powered off. When powered on it actually drains the battery instead of charging it even when connected to the correct power supply.

As the battery power goes lower - it generates audio noise on the video files. when the battery power goes to zero it reboots the camera even if recording. At this point it thinks its connected to a PC and offers the 3 options for usb connection.

The best option is to disconnect the battery altogether to avoid reboots, unless there is a better fix somewhere else

my Firmware is 20121217 ver 7

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatt uk

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