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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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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)

I have also received an order from Joovuu and the same thing. They have now altered their website stating it is not a TLC SVC200 but a SJ3000. Also seeking a refund.

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Hi Techmoan,

Thank you so much for your reviews! Such a great job! Taking the cams on your bike is such a good way to test them!
On a private sale website I found a rollei S-50 for around £160 with all kind of accesories you can find. I now think maybe I should cancel and buy this one...
My question is have you ever put some thoughts in testing all the AEE cams (rollei rebrand them)? AEE cams are coming from the same factory as gopro, they are just older gen gopro with different components. They often come around £100 pound for older ones (sd 19 20 21 or rollei 4S 5S)
So should I cancel and buy this one instead? I know it s a hard question since you haven't tested any of the AEE, but just remember they are about the same quality as a go pro 3 white.
Thanks again. Also on a personal note I see all those bad comments on you tube about gopro owners that just don't accept that you can get a decent cam for a 1/3 price they paid their for... I say just ignore them. A lot of people appreciate the job your doing.
Finally, a lot of great footage from gopro comes from video editing...so 98% of us that just do basic video editing will get about the same out of a go pro a sony or maybe even this badboy...but people just don't accept that!

Stephen

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Follow up to my previous comment re wrong item supplied by JooVuu.

I have received an apology and explanation from JooVuu re wrong item, appears to be a genuine mistake. I have also received a full refund so I have to give them credit for the excellent Customer Service.

December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Hello there, first and foremost another BIG thank you for your time and effort put into these reviews.
Regarding this particular camera I have been searching for information about the remote control ability to start/stop recording of multiple cameras like the GoPro does. No luck so far anywhere.
The same camera appears to be Midland brand but again searching thorugh all the different models offered no indication of the ability of the remote ability to simultaneously toggle recording on/off for multiple units.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR9.TRC1.A0.Xmidland+hd&_nkw=midland+hd&_sacat=0&_from=R40

My intended application is for multi angle motorcycle riding recording.

If you should know the answer or know of which OEM site to seek for this I would be grateful.

Thank you,

Giorgio

December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGiorgio

Hi Techmoan,
If SVC200 is no longer available in UK is there any chance you'll look at sj3000 camera? There is no review on web jet, and I'm wondering to get it but I don't want to lose it like SVC200.

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

JooVu have new stock as of 9th Dec @ £98 freepost, received mine yesterday. I noticed the hi-pitched whine at low noise but noticed the same thing on footage from a mates Go-Pro Hero3 silver at the w/e. Keep making a noise when recording - no whine! I have no real need for a completely waterproof case but the stifling of the internal mic by the case worries me. I might drill a small hole through the case near the mic to improve sound.

As an off road biker I found the helmet mount holds the cam a tad too far away from my helmet so have filed off the mounts on the case and s/a velcroed it to my helmet (to get it as close to the helmet as possible) @ 94g it is easily held securely in place with an added safety lanyard attached.

Haven't been out on the bike to test - waiting for the weather!

Great job with the review once again Matt - keep on keepin' on!

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

Hi,
I just found the "real" camera last night [ Midland XTC300 HD Action Camera Kit ] for £104 including delivery.
i hope this is as good as the one you reviewed, as i have been looking for a good camera to keep on my bike for a long time.
I will update here once the package arrives.

Regards,
Omer

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOmer

Sorry!
I guess i was searching too hard, and i got the wrong camera (it does not have a screen, nor remote control).
I have canceled my ebay order, and will continue searching for the right camera.

Omer

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOmer

Neil,
Thanks for the update. It seems like all these cams need a bit of DIY modification to tailor them to your needs. As long as people are happy to fiddle about in the shed a bit then this camera is an excellent choice. I'm waiting for the weather too, I've got two helmet cams to look at, but their reviews have been on hold for the last month.

December 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Matt,
The sun will return! I will try the helmet cam mount on my road bike helmet when that happens - till then it's muddy tracks.
On either bike I would feel safer with it in the case.
Noticed there is no obvious way to replace the cell in the remote - perhaps you just replace the whole unit when it dies? It only works with a meter of the cam (which I suppose limits interference). I also noticed from the box spec panel there is a SVC300 & SVC400 available with higher specs but I could find no info on the net regarding these. Perhaps a 'watch this space'.
Pip pip!
N

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

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