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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
Sena Prism Tube

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)

What a great tool your reviews are. Any chance of reviewing the Transcend Drive Pro 220 and or HP F500G or F310 car camera's. Thank you.

March 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMujushin

I could have sworn first footage was taken in Wigan. Thank you for the review. Very helpful.

May 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I purchased the WF-1 just last week after the good review. It appears that it now reocrds everythign as MP4, which the downloadable Windows app from the vendor doesn't support. I've recoreded some unrepeatable footage as part of my driving holiday, but now only have hundreds of 3min segments (lots of microSDs were used..). Do you have a recommnedation for a good application to play/join these together for Windows 7-64bit?

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJC

I don't edit using windows so I'm not clued up on this. Perhaps some other readers might want to comment, but this is an old topic so I'm not sure anyone will see this. It might just be worth searching for Windows H264 .mp4 editing packages

June 10, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Matt, thanks for the almost immediate response.... I'll look at downloading Quicktime Pro and try that as many of the other Windows players don't seem to render the H264 without judder.

June 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJC

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