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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.

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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
I can see why a car dash camera would be useless at catching a vandal or thief that's outside the car. But wouldn't it be better to point a motion sensor activated camera "inside" the car and have that video uploaded via mobile phone to a computer or other mobile device? Or even to just turn the camera around and "hope They don't see it"?

December 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNT

Hi,

Is there any way of getting the "motion-activated parking mode" working all night if the USB is still powered ?
I really need a surveilliance camera on my street to catch dogs pooing in front of my house. And a video Cam for the roads here in Poland too :)

Regards
Michael

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

hello. i found the 0801 dvr with different options (8 GB internal memory , 16 or 32GB card and gps or without) . What would be the difference between using internal memory or an sd card? thank you

January 31, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarc

Hello Techmoan,

Would you recommend the 358 over the GW1, I can get both at a similar price?

March 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Yes I would, the Mio is better put together.

March 15, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks Techmoan, your advice and reviews are much appreciated!

March 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJack

As I just mentioned on the YouTube video;

I bought this camera yesterday from Halfords but unfortunately there is a critical flaw in this product that your review just misses. When the ignition is switched back on during parking mode (i.e. to drive away), the camera does not switch back to loop recording, it remains in parking/motion mode which is really useless :( This means it would then only record the journey whilst moving and would not have the g-sensor/emergency functionality.

The camera should resume loop recording every time the ignition is on but it does not do this.

Will have to return tomorrow, real shame.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSawood Pearce

The review didn't mention that because it didn't happen to me. I suspect the ignition in your car is supplying power in an unusual way. Some cars send a double or triple jolt when starting up which can confuse a lot of cameras.

June 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello
Nice review
Was the power cord long enough to be out of the way in the car?

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Talbot

Hi, Thanks for the review. Halfords currently have this cam for £50 reduced from RRP of £150. They are out of stock but they have offered the ex display for £45. I have decided to buy it and will pick it up tomorrow. The mounting nearly put me off but i have found (and ordered) this mounting option off ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400738862818

I'm hoping to stick this hidden behind the rear view mirror.

I'm a bit disappointed that this does not have GPS though. Do i really need GPS?

Thanks

September 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTommy

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