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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
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Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
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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.

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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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Monday
Oct142013

1080p Waterproof Helmet Cam Disappoints (again).

My quest to find a decent cheap helmet camera with an accessible mic-in socket continues. As Alec Guinness once (never) said....'This isn't the helmet camera you are looking for'.

I receive a lot of data about each video I upload, which ones are popular, how many people bought the item I linked to and how many places have referred to or embedded the video. From this I have gathered that I am best concentrating on sub £100 cameras. Whenever the price exceeds this, people still watch the video out of curiosity, but very few go any buy the product itself. So whilst I may still review the occasional expensive camera that piques my curiosity, I'll concentrate mostly on cheaper cameras because that's what the majority of people are interested in.

Anyway the hunt for the perfect cheap helmet camera continues. I've already got another action/helmet camera in to test, and this one promises much, so I hope that it hits the mark. As winter approaches, suitable days to test these helmet cameras on the bike are becoming scarce...so after the next review, I'll may have to hang up my helmet and call off this hunt until the spring.

If you can see some merit in this particular camera that has passed me by, you can buy one from here.

 

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Reader Comments (6)

Is that not "SIR Alec Guiness"?

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSir Alfred Chester

Now that's pretty much the form factor, battery life, angle of view and waterproof ness I'm after! Shame the video quality is so poor. Put the SJ1000 innards into something like this and take my money!

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichard D

Hi Techmoan,

Someone told me to look at the SJ2000 camera. He seemed to think it would be a good alternative to the Sony AS15 that I'm using as a helmet camera. I googled it and found some sellers on ebay.co.uk

When I saw the photos, I thought it was the same camera Techmoan reviewed here and nearly turned off... "The new improved 2013 version!" the ads proclaim, so I looked again and compared it with the Techmoan camera. The difference is the sj2000 has only one external button.

Now, I wonder if Techmoan has bought and reviewed one of those cheap copies that we hear about, or indeed the earlier version?

I was told the sj2000 is made by the company that makes the sj1000, and that looks good, so maybe it's worth checking these details?

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFlyingPanMan

"Whenever the price exceeds this, people still watch the video out of curiosity, but very few go any buy the product itself."
Count me as interested in your comparisons of cheapies with more expensive units. Maybe the reason you don't see your reviews linking to sales is that there are more places to buy the big brand cameras (GoPro, Contour, Sony etc)? They're buying them, but not from your linked sellers?
Anyway, keep up the good work!

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt K

Further to my previous post about the SJ2000, I've now learnt that... "The SJ2000 is based on a Novatek chip and has one button, while the one you review uses an Ambarella chip. The company that makes the SJ1000 and the SJ2000 have also made an SJ3000 which has a remote."

Quotation from a poster on another forum. The remote sounds a desirable feature. Off to google it now.

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFlyingPanMan

"Is that not "SIR Alec Guiness"?

Sir Alfred Chester "

Yes that's right, Sir Alec, they have resurrected that well known Mancunian !

October 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrozd

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