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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)
Polaroid Cube+
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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
Oct212013

Vico WF-1 WiFi Car Dashcam with Smartphone App Control

I usually prefer car cameras without a screen because they are easier to hide and are less enticing to car thieves. Even when I test a camera that has an LCD screen, I'll end up installing it behind the rear-view mirror where the screen can't be seen anyway. One problem with the screen-less cameras though, is how to configure the settings, or play back footage when you are away from a computer (as you usually are when in your car). The Vico WF-1 avoids these limitations by connecting via Wi-Fi to it's own custom smartphone application.

The camera has a few other unusual features, but you'll need to watch the video to find out about these.

PURCHASING LINKS

If you want to buy one of these cameras - the current prices are approx £200 GBP or $280 USD. The links below have been recommended by the Manufacturer (who also kindly supplied my review sample).

EBAY UK

EBAY US

DOWNLOADABLE SAMPLES

CLICK HERE - for the downloadable samples. 

UPDATE: As soon as I uploaded the review someone posted in the comments to tell me that there is a new firmware for this camera that promises improved nighttime recording, and the ability to switch the LED off. I'll update my camera and report back with my findings.

13 November NEW VIDEO - Demonstrating the new firmware and the improved low light performance. 

UPDATE 14 February 2014.

Vicovation have been in touch to advise they have added a new feature where a smartphone connected WF-1 can automatically upload clips to a free cloud service called Pushcam when the emergency button is pressed. I haven't tested this..but if you can figure out how it works, you may find this useful.  

 

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Reader Comments (35)

It seems the manufacturers have already responded to your review - the website offers a firmware upgrade - V1.47 offers "Night Enhance Mode" "Voice volume: Mute adjustable" and ".LED Silent Mode" - See what power and influence you have! :)

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

Good video. I think so with Martyn. you have a power to manufacture.
Do you have a video with a new firmware v1.47?

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRonnie

Give me a chance I only installed the firmware at 11pm last night, I slept since, and right now I'm on a train on the way to work. It will take about a week for me to have new footage to show using this firmware.

October 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

great review mat. great car DVR if the lil problems are fixed with the firmware update. its the way a car dvr should be. but it cost way to much money for me. maybe they should think about creating a simple model without wifi to cut the cost. once the camera is set up theirs no need to touch it. in to that one day you really need to down load a video from it. ive had the mobius in my car for a few months now and i dont need to touch it. it just sits there doing its job. it doesnt need me playing around with it. it just works..

great job from developer reviewer.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohngr

I agree with johngr , nice camera, nice features but £200???! Yiikes!

One thing I would like for my couple of hundred quid is a fitting that does not use up the power socket in the car. I like to change a phone or use portable sat nav and there ends up a cable nightmare (behind the gear lever on my car) if you use one of those adapter plugs. I know hacking about behind the dashboard is going to be a pain but there has to be a way of adding a simple plug to a switched power line that can be used? I would want the voltage moderated by the plug not the cable - then could use a simple USB(?) connection.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Shame about the funny shape and the disco lights.

Nearly just what I want, but for that price I need a less silly shape, black 3m tape and not to have to cover up the lights.

Thanks for the review as this was on my list of cameras to buy.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Newton

Also I dont know why they dont make these things oblong. I want a discrete camera, yet they do all they can to make it less discrete with voices coming from it and lights flashing.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Newton

The UK ebay seller you have a link to was selling this from their own website bebutton.com for £175

Strangely it has gone up to £190 since this video has posted, but still cheaper than their ebay website.

Maybe they will mysteriously lower the price again.....

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim

I'm using the WF1 one as of 2 days ago myself. (so far so good)
This was another brilliant review but.........
I'm disappointed that you didn't upgrade the firmware to 1.47 though before doing the review. I'm always in the habit of checking for updates before using a new electronic product. Like Techmoan said 9m20s with the text overlay during the video 1.47 improves WDR processing a bit. As already noted on the blog, The bright flashing LED can be muted via settings option. (option added in new firmware)

-When mine records it only has a dim glow. (no more blinking during recording)
-I've also muted all voices so it's quite when I turn my car on/off. (another new option in the firmware)
-LDWS is lame and I leave it off too
-I haven't tried the HDMI port yet either.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

The new firmware was only released 16 October - after I'd shot all my clips that I used in this video (you can see the time-stamp on them).

October 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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