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« Vico TF2+ Dash-Cam Night Mode is really something to see. | Main | SVC200 is the best £100 action camera I've found (So far). »
Wednesday
Nov132013

OK so I bought a "1080p" Dash-Cam for £30.

Not much to say about this one, other than I bought this fully expecting the worst, whilst also hoping to be pleasantly surprised. See how I got on in the video.

 

This is a shorter to-the-point video format I'm trying out for products that don't warrant the normal full in-depth treatment that decent products get. When I start testing something that turns out to be a dud, rather than bin it (or subject it to the sledgehammer of justice) - I may try to knock out a quick no-frills video like this instead.

You can buy this camera HERE (if you've lost your marbles).

 

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Reader Comments (11)

Thanks Matt,

Taking the hit so we dont have to. A true legend.


Keep up the AMAZING work.

November 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

Sledgehammer of Justice videos not found...

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt K

Thanks for that one Techmoan, while it might be rubbish but for £30 it looks to probably better than a lot of much more expensive stuff from a few years ago?

Imagine what will be on offer in 24 months time!

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Thanks for this review as I'm looking for a cheap 1080p car camera.
Have been considering the K6000 1080p car camera which looks a bit like in this review, the lens & two IR LEDs around it. Or maybe it's totally another camera after all?

I suppose I could live with that image quality, maybe using it in 720p/30 mode but screen being always on & the blinking red/blue light is unforgivable so I'll pass this one.

Nightvision IR LEDs might also mean in some conditions, dark colours look like purple because the IR filter is missing from the lens so the nightvision would work. I think you demonstrated that in another review video, completely useless feature indeed.

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

You should have tested the G1W. £35 from Foxoffer. Based on the Novatek NT96650 processor and the Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor, i.e. same as the Mobius. Full 1080p / 30fps video. Biggest 'bang for buck' according to DashCamTalk site. Just £5 more than this rubbish.

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@ Finnish Guy

K6000 isnt too bad, bit grainy. Actually quite reliable, not problems 8 months later.

Night time footage it very poor though, but for £25 from ebay inc del, good value. Dont pay more than that.

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

You have the Vico vid in the wrong spot.
The Vico cam looks good though, but for that price you would expect GPS.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMainsail1975au

After my last post, it looks like the vids are in the right locations.

In YT I didn't mind the cheap camera.
On DashCamTalk they show a G1W camera which seems okay for $60, which I was thinking of getting.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMainsail1975au

If you're still feeling masochistic enough to throw a little bit of money at another (apparently) full HD 1080p dashcam, I spotted this new arrival on dx.com for about £20 including (slow) postage:
http://dx.com/p/richino-rd-f2000-2-7-tft-lcd-3-0-mp-cmos-1080p-wide-angle-car-dvr-camcorder-w-hdmi-tf-black-267060

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

Techmoan not sure the correct way to contact you, did you know Lidl is doing and action cam for £89.99 would it be worth a review?

http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/SID-59439923-2B9C95FF/www_lidl_uk/hs.xsl/our-offers-2491.htm?action=showDetail&id=7876

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrozd

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