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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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CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

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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.

 

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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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Sunday
Nov102013

SVC200 is the best £100 action camera I've found (So far).

***UPDATE - Now available for £25****

 

I think I've come out ahead in the great ebay crap-shoot this year. In amongst the usual dross, I've picked up some excellent cameras, the Mobius, SJ1000, Mini 0801 and I now can add the TCL SVC200 to that prestigious list. 

This is the best action camera I've found in the £100 price bracket,UPDATE - now £25! and I don't believe I've tested another action camera at any price that can outperform it when it comes to video quality, and that's mostly down to the SVC200's unusually high 18Mbps data rate.

My full review is below - and below the embedded video you'll find the downloadable clips and buying links.

 

I've uploaded some clips to PCloud. You can access those here: SAMPLE CLIPS

You can BUY ONE USING THE LINKS BELOW:

ebay(US) (US Sellers are calling this camera the Coleman Conquest)

ebay (UK)

Amazon US 

Amazon UK

  

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Reader Comments (328)

Does the low light sensibility stay the same with 1080P 30/25, 720P 60/50/30/25 ? I would imagine the camera might do something clever like combining pixels when in 720P 30 for better low light.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterASDinternet

720p30 and 1080p30 seem to perform the same as one another in low light. I didn't try 720p60, because it would definitely be worse.

November 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Nice review of a cracking looking bit of kit. Will have to look for a lavalier microphone with a windshield that is suitable for use a bike, as this is really getting there!

As ever, thanks for the reviews!

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

you got to try the HackHD

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkfir

Side mounts on the clip system and case seem to match the strap-holes on the remote... maybe so you can take it with you without misplacing it?

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebounD11

The strap hole slots are a different distance apart from one another to the mystery mount protrusions - they have no relation to one-another.

November 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Fair enough, seemed similar on the video. Nice job with the review :)

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebounD11

Yes - this one took a few weeks to put together...I'll be looking to do some easier videos next, the last couple have been much too elaborate.

November 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

That camera seems to be able to make very nice image, clouds on the sky and shadow areas looking nice in the same frame. Night time footage doesn't look too bad either. Very wide angle lens also, overall seems to be indeed a great action camera for the price :)

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

Mr. Techmoan,

Here's what the slots in the waterproof case are for:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Midland-XTA113-Surfboard-Mount-for-Action-Cameras-/310792544356?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

In the US Ebay, that basic same camera is a "midland" a company that is known for citizen band radio's. But jumped on the wagon of action cams.

The slots are to go into a SURF BOARD mount.

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapt Dave "Jettywolf"

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