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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)
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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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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)

Hello, is the remote control waterproof?
Main use will be in a kayak.

I'm hesitating between SVC200, RD32II, and Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD 1080p (same class of prices, however the SVC200 is not easy to find with a shipping to France... surprising).
Bravo for your amazing site!
L

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurent

Laurent, that's a good question , and I'd assume it was waterproof, but I just don't know for sure.

November 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I was looking at a 5v external battery pack, but the Nokia battery is only 3.7v
Will this be an issue?
Sorry I'm not very electrical-savvy

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRex

USB is all 5V, don't worry about the battery voltage...the camera takes care of the difference. Look for the amps though, the more the better. So get a USB battery pack with 1Amp or higher output.

November 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

OK great... thanks for your reply and your superb site!

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRex

Is it possible to invert the video image in the camera or does that have to be done in post?

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Freund

Can you test Rollei Youngstar camera?

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRollei youngstar

Hi,
which SD card did you use?
Because bitrate is higher than other cam usually have.

Thx,

L.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeos

I always use a Sandisk Ultra 32GB Micro SD - You'll see a link to this on the right of the page.

November 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi,
Great review (as usual). the item is no longer available for this price (amazon has only 5 items left and its £123). ebay UK is out of stock.
do you know anywhere else i could buy this under £100?
Also, in the future, if you can try and mount the camera on the handle bar (i have the NC700 as well) - it would be grand. I would like to keep a record while commuting.

Thanks, Omer

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOmer

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