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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)
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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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Monday
Jan142013

HD Car DVR Rear-view Mirror Camera

Integrating a dashcam into a rear-view mirror is a very sensible idea but it also comes with some unexpected issues, and these unfortunately mean that this particular camera is not suitable for me.

This isn't a bad camera though and may actually be exactly what some people are looking for. It's simple to use, forgoes the complications of G-Sensors and GPS but incorporates the essential car DVR features such as looping video and auto-start/stop (providing your 12V socket powers down when the engine does).

Perhaps the best feature about this camera though is it's price. When I bought mine I paid just £36 including delivery. Unfortunately if you are in the UK, then you'll find that this isn't suitable for your car (watch the video to see the reasons why). For readers in other countries (who greatly outnumber my UK viewers) the current price at the time of writing is $60 USD, $57 AUD, or €45

You can CLICK HERE if you want to buy one (this is where I bought mine). Note that this camera seems to be named the X888B.

P.S. If you really want to download some files taken with this camera I've uploaded some here, two have been converted into MP4s (so I could edit them) and one is untouched - but if I were you I wouldn't bother because the youtube video is a very accurate representation of the video quality produced by this camera. 

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Reader Comments (53)

I believe you've received an ABEO HDVR-150 knockoff. The genuine camera has the display on the right side and has recently been upgraded to a full 1080p. It also costs considerably more (149 USD at Amazon). More debate and sample videos at dashcamtalk forum (enter "hdvr 150" in forum search bar).

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfrisk2k

Goto love instructions in Chinglish Matt. You could do a mini just showing the funny side of the Chinglish instruction manuals you have to decifer. :@)

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Hi Techmoan,

Thanks for this review, I have been thinking of getting somethings like this myself. There is a similar device, with front and rear cameras, at Chinavasion, which, although the cameras may be a bit obtrusive, would seem to resolve some of the the problems you mentioned for RHD cars: SEE HERE

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

Hello I just found this mirror with a second back camera on ebay please tell me what you think ? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hi-tech-HD-D-Lens-2-7-LCD-Car-Rearview-Mirror-DVR-Camera-Recorder-Vehicle-Video-/370745111485?pt=US_Surveillance_Digital_Video_Recorders_Cards&hash=item56522173bd

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervlad

iPad is the best friend I've ever got just Hold it in your hand and you are hooked by its size, feather weight and sheer quality. Apple was late with the iPad mini but in my view they really have hit the spot.

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenteriPad 3 Keyboard trooper

What is the name of the company that manufactures this?

Just wondering.

Didn't see it on the video.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKenn

The concept of integrating the dash-cam into the rear view mirror is quite interesting. But I hate the part which involved a bunch of wires hanging down the mirror. Something like that would distract anyone. I wish the device could be altered a bit so as to use wireless or Bluetooth instead of all that wires. In addition to that the device is quite large and would seem normal in an SUV but it would appear out of place for smaller cars. At a length of 12 inches,I'd say that's a really big rear view mirror.

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric

The wires in these cameras are supposed to be routed around the perimeter of the windscreen...I just test them temporarily so don't do a proper installation job.

March 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great info and this video was the best source for figuring out how it works. One thing I still can't figure out is the DC in. Is that just a switch sensor to turn the camera on and off. Even more importantly is what is the polarity of the post?

In home testing I've learned it turns it's self on and off when the USB power is on or off. So it really doesn't need the DC sensor input just wire the USB it to a switched power lead.

Any Ideas or anything I've over looked let me know.

Thanks,

Emmett

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmmett

Luxury cars are very popular these days to ride. People now a lot more craze about the luxury cars. Luxury cars are really very comfortable to drive and also the sitting comfort is awesome due to the internal designing. The seats are well placed and it gives more comfort to the people sitting in a car. The sound and music system in the luxury cars are really very nice. The car camera also very nice and useful in a luxury car these days. This all due to the latest car technology.

September 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Katich

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