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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)

 

 

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
Sep042012

Liquid Image Ego Review - Part 2

Here is the final part of my exhaustive (and exhausting) two-part review of the Liquid Image Ego camera. (Part 1 here)

The quality of the video this camera produces is excellent, but the accompanying Actionconnect app and the manner in which it interacts with the camera needs a lot of work.

Luckily this camera can be used perfectly well for most of the time without any need to resort to the application. I found that once I'd used the wifi viewfinder to correctly line up the camera mount on my motorbike - I didn't need to use the app  again, until it came time to adjust the FOV setting.

Unfortunately due to the fiddly nature of this procedure, rebooting the camera and connecting it up to my phone by the side of the road took long enough that a helpful biker stopped and asked me if I needed assistance. He had seen me crouching beside my machine a few minutes earlier when he rode past in the other direction and assumed that I needed help. This experience taught me two things, firstly that bikers are generally very helpful people, and secondly that I really shouldn't try adjusting the settings on the Ego if I'm in a hurry.

Price - When I bought mine from Expansys on Amazon, it was £120. Now that Expansys are out of stock, the cheapest price from other stockists is over £150, which in my opinion is too high. I'd suggest waiting for prices to drop back down a bit. 

SAMPLES 

If you want to download some samples - I've uploaded a folder containing 1080p30 and 720p60 videos together with some stills. These will look considerably better than the youtube clips. Click Here to download these files 

If you read through the comments you'll see that a couple of people have been having issues with the camera shutting off recording after 30 mins...rather than carrying on making more 30 min files. The solution appears to be a combination of using a different firmware from the one supplied on the camera and also possibly sticking to cards under 32GB in size. It's possible that some 32GB cards may work...but it's something you'll need to experiment with. 

UPDATE Jan 2013 The Action Connect app has been replaced with a really good Liquid Image App and the firmware has been tweaked a number of times and now has options to turn off the light and flip the image (amongst other improvements). See the Comments for more. 

This is a really excellent camera for a brilliant price.

(£102 for the Blue one on Amazon UK - at the time of writing (18/1/13).

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Reader Comments (134)

Thanks for the review! Great as usual!

Cheers

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmeixa

Psst @2min in. The shock absorber is not bouncing up and down. It's fixed to the road - it's the rest of the bike (and camera) that is bouncing up and down! Just wanted the chance to be pedantic, great review again.

Another 'nearly' camera, good FoV, seems to work well, but shaped like a Weeble! MAKE IT A BULLET CAMERA SHAPE PLEASE!

Thanks, Techmoan, your work is not in vain!

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

great video!
thx a lot for including my reqest!

Regards

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I don't really want to make this too confusing, the Xdreme had it's own indepth review. They are very different cameras - one large, waterproof with an LCD screen and the other not. I'm not too sure that anyone would seriously be comparing one against the other purely based on video quality - the features rather than the video are what differentiate them.

September 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Can you see what it does in thermal shutdown? I currently use a flip HD cam on my motorcycle almost exactly where you place yours, but I have found that after 30 minutes (give or take) it gets too hot and shuts down without saving the file. I have also had the flip go into thermal shutdown on the dash of my car, again resulting in the loss of video. I am hoping the EGO will be a suitable replacement.

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Mike, the Ego does get quite warm when it's working...but I've never had it shut down as a result. It's been on the bike for two hours recording continuously without any issue. Of course things might be different in a hotter climate...but I think I'm unlikely to experience thermal shutdown where I live. It does mention the thermal cut-off in the manual, so it must be something that can happen and they have made a provision for.

September 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank You Sir. Sounds like it will be a suitable replacement for the Flip. BTW Your reviews are awesome. Keep up the great work.

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Great review! It did look like the video seemed to be more stable (less jelly/tearing) than with the XDreme. Also, light to dark transitioning seemed to be handled better on this cam versus the XDreme as well (I think I recalled some strange banding effects when you were transitioning from a tunnel to the outside with the XDreme.)

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

Ref the price - I see Expansis are saying they have it back in stock (in most colours) and it is currently @130 with free delivery.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

It looks a good camera but price is very high.It will be a replacement for xdreme.Cameras are now going more technologically advanced.However your review is fine.

September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCar camera

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