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ACTION CAMS

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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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Tuesday
Oct012013

Mio MiVue 358 Car DVR Dash-Cam Review

This is a review of a car DVR (dash-cam) from Mio, a company whose car sat-nav devices you may be familiar with. I picked up one of their range of diminutive MiVue car cameras, watch the video to see how well it performed.
 
 
Purchasing Link
I managed to find my Mio MiVue 358 for sale on ebay for approx £86 ($140 USD).  
 
The camera is small and neat, but I'm not a fan of the suction cup mount, I'm concerned it could draw unwanted attention to a parked vehicle. If I were using this camera myself (something that I'm contemplating) I would need to find a different way to mount it. The video quality is good in all lighting conditions, sound is clear and the operation is simple and intuitive. If you are looking for an easy to use, quality dash-cam then the MiVue 358 should definitely be on your list.
 
Here are some downloadable sample clips (Includes Day, Night, 1080p & 720p).
 
I can imagine that a good proportion of the comments on youtube will relate to the motion-activated parking mode and ultimately it will be down to the individual to decide whether this feature would be useful or useless for them....but with a battery life of under an hour it's definitely got its limitations.
 

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Reader Comments (32)

Hi Matt,

Another fab and professional review Matt!, Well done! Saying that, I'm not sure I'm totally sold on this camera, other than the motion detection feature, which seems better than many others - I'm still sticking with the Mobius car cam for now, until something better comes along. If you spot a Mobius with GPS and shock sensor, then that's what I'm looking out for, perhaps suggest it, as your suggestions to the manufacturer worked before...

Thanks for listening

Daz

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

I was wondering if you experienced any of this yet?

"Recently the Hong Kong Post announced that all items shipping by air are now subject to x-ray screening for regulated materials.
Also note that items containing the regulated materials are being returned to sellers and not delivered.

These items may include:
Items with lithium batteries such as video cameras, walkie talkies/2-way radios, GPS devices, radio-controlled toys, Bluetooth headsets, smartphones/mobiles, laptop computers, shavers, power drills, tablets and portable DVD players
Liquid beauty products, including fragrances, colognes, lotions, and toner
Items with “eliquids” such as electronic cigarettes and lighters

Hmmmm, serious damper in the camera (with Battery) buying from aboard crowd. I'm sure a "loop" will form and they'll somehow snake around it???

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapt Dave "Jettywolf"

One question about the camera operation while parking.
If someone breaks into your car and steal it (probably with the camera and memory inside), what us the point in recording that someone activity?

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKipod

Hi Techmoan,

In Belgium I bought the Mio MiVue 338 for only €69 (about £58.3 or $93.6) in a supermarket (Carrefour). It's a cheap no nonsense device without bells and whistles like the 358 or 388, but films decent 720p clips at +/- 9120kbps. A flaw of the device is when you initialize it, the language changes into Russian.

Thanks for your excellent reviews.

Greetings.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEddy

Eddy's comment leads me to this question. If you power on this device and set your language to English for instance, does the device remember this setting after you power it off and on again? It would be a huge pain to have to set the menu to English each time you powered on this device in your car.

Overall though, I like the design but no so hot on the price for what you are getting.

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeyte

Leyte. I think Eddy meant that the default language out of the box was Russian. I'm pretty sure his camera is like mine, in that it remembers the language you've chosen after you've set it.

October 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

That is what I hoped for but these days it pays to ask first.

Thanks...

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeyte

Hi all,

Indeed, once you set the preferred setting (language or other options), the Mivue 338 remembers your choice(s) after you power it off and on again. The options you can modify are:

Rec Menu
Resolution 720p/VGA
Time Display On/Off
Microphone On/Off
GSensor Normal/Sensitive/V Sensitive/Off

Sys Setup
Format SD
Language: English / 9 others
Sys Reset
Refresh Rate 50/60
Video Out PAL/NTSC
Set Time

Cam Setup
Resolution 1.3M/VGA
Time Display On/Off


I found a firmware update at http://eu.mio.com/support/Mio338_2013070101_EU_BIN.zip
After applying this firmware I noticed that the device supports 3 additional languages and the menu is English after a reset.

Regards.

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEddy

Hi Techmoan,

Thanks for all the reviews. I have been looking at the reviews of the dash camera's. After watching I think I am going to purchase two. The first one is the Mini 0801. The other one I was looking at is the Mivue 358 but now I see they have a Mivue 368 which has WDR. I was wondering if you have looked at the 368 and what are your thoughts on it.

Again thanks for all the reviews. They have been very helpful.

November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

I haven't tried the 368 - but I was happy with the 358, so if the 368 improves on that (and I don't see why it wouldn't) then I thing it would be a very good choice.

November 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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