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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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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'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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Vico TF2+ Dash-Cam Night Mode is really something to see.

The TF2+ is the second of two cameras sent to me by Vico, the other was their WF-1. This model is a more traditional design of dashcam and despite being the cheaper of the two models, its video performance is amongst the best of any camera I've tested. When night comes this camera really stands out from the crowd with the best low-light video I've seen in a dash-cam.

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Reader Comments (55)

Hi Matt.

Excellent video :) This might be a curly question but do you know if the video output is live when the camera is recording? I think this would make an excellent camera for a quadcopter or similar to do video recording. If you could also transmit a video image back to the operator while recording it would be almost perfect.

Thanks for the detail and effort you put into your reviews!

November 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Hi Matt, I didn't mean for your main videos, I mean for the clips. Maybe upload 1 to check the compression rates are suitable.

November 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

I understand now...but I really want to provide the raw untouched files so that people can play about with them. I may set up a Vimeo account just to see what options are available though.

November 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Mat, will you be reviewing the G1W camera? It's $52 on ebay and it's getting good marks on dashcamtalk:

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Devijver

There's supposed to be one on its way to me from China at the moment.

November 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@mat I don't like the Mobius camera for a number of reasons (although it is obviously a great camera):

1. The G1W has a bitrate of 12Mbit/s (the older models have 15Mbit/s). Compared to the 18Mbit/s of the Mobius this give 6 hours of recording on a 32Gb card for the G1W vs only 4 hours for the Mobius. The quality of the video doesn't seem to be affected by the lower bitrate.

2. The Mobius is simply too expensive. It should be cheaper to produce than the G1W: they share chipset and lens but the G1W has a bigger body and a 2.7" screen. Yet the G1W is $17 cheaper than the Mobius.

3. The accessories situation of the Mobius is ridiculous. The suction cup mount for example that's sold by the official seller for $4.50 is available elsewhere on ebay for $2.55. He charges $24 for a 32gb SD card! This is not related to the camera itself but I don't like the attitude.

4. The G1W has a clip lock feature: push the Mode button and that clip is saved. That's a great feature which the Mobius doesn't offer.

The G1W is however an adventure. On the dashcamtalk forum several users have reported difficulties with your card: the Sandisk 32gb class 10. There are also build quality issues. I'm ready to buy either one of these cameras but I'll try to wait for you review of the G1W.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Devijver

I drive a 18 wheeler in the US and my questions are:

Can I hook the camera up to my laptop and store the files for that day and then del the files off the memory card.

When driving a big truck, an incident may have happen days to weeks ago, and thus, I need to store these files on my laptop on a daily basis.

How large of a memory card do I need to record up to 11 hours?

Will these files run with software that already comes with Windows 10 or do I need to purchase software?


December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrucker Rick

@trucker rick the duration one SD card can contain depends on the size of your card and on the bitrate of your dash cam (which changes with resolution and also depends on your camera.) This camera for example has a bitrate of 14Mbit/s for 1080p30 and 7Mbit/s for 720p60. If we head over to the "Recording Time Calculator" ( we learn that a 32Gb card can hold 5.2 hours at 1080p30 and 10.4 hours at 720p60.

Most modern cameras record in h264 format which is supported by Windows and Mac. Make sure your camera doesn't record in MJPEG format because then the files will become very big.

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Devijver

Thanks Steven Devijver

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrucker Rick


I went to EBay to check for this camera, and I ended up finding four that match this model tested by this site. The first two are listed for 194.00 and 194.50. The other two are listed 224.99 and 224.89. All four states that they are new and the items are unopened. The first camera stated the Compression was at 'H.264, .MOV file' which was stated in the review video. While the other three stated their Compression was at 'H.264 @ .AVI file' and actually are Full HD.

I went to Amazon which had only one displayed listed 219.95. It stated it was Full HD but didn't state the compression.

Vicovation website stated the compression at 'H.264 @ .AVI file' as well.

My questions are which one is the REAL 'Vicovation Vico-TF2+ Premium 1080p FullHD Dash Car Camera'?

Is the 'H.264, .MOV file' which are stated in the review video or is it 'H.264 @ .AVI file' stated on the company website?

Any help on this would be appreciated!

Totally confused truck driver!

Please remember I live in to US.


December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrucker Rick

Hi Trucker Rick,

That listing on Amazon is from our seller store. It is the authentic Vico-TF2+ which we wholesale directly from Vicovation in Taiwan. There are only two versions of this camera and there aren't any fakes on the market as far as I know. There is the TF2 and the TF2+ and we only stock the TF2+.

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpy Tec

Hi Trucker Rick,

That listing on Amazon is from our seller store. It is the authentic Vico-TF2+ which we wholesale directly from Vicovation in Taiwan. There are only two versions of this camera and there aren't any fakes on the market as far as I know. There is the TF2 and the TF2+ and we only stock the TF2+.

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpy Tec

Thanks Spy Tec for the helpful reply!

I actually place an order today on Amazon for the TF2+.

Again, Thanks for the reply!

December 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrucker Rick

I have just started looking at cameras and came across your reviews. So great :) Now what is the legal standpoint on using dash cams as I am worried about articles like this

Where it basically says you cant use suction mount within the windscreen wiper area

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I'm pretty sure "Paul" is a FUD troll. Enlighten us "Paul", are you in any way associated with the "TTW Group"?

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Devijver

Nope I am not a troll. I have no idea what the ttw group is maybe I should Google it. I was just asking a question but no worries. I will just buy my mates cheap Chinese cam off him and stick it on the windscreen. It was him who told me that you shouldn't stick them to the windscreen. I have stuck my satnav there numerous times.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

OK so I googled it and understand ref to ttw group. I bunged that link here as it actually confirmed what I had been told by guys at work not to advertise that site

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

Hi, another great review as always but not what I am looking for. What I would like if it out there is a system that instead of having a big lump stuck to the windscreen you have just a tiny camera hidden at the front and one at the back both attached by wire to a screen and recording device hidden elsewhere in the car, maybe in the glove box or in my case with a C4 Picasso hidden in the cool box. Does such a thing exist at a reasonable cost and with good quality video?

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMinataur

As far as I know there isn't a device available like that...but I've asked a couple of manufacturers to make one (including the Mobius people). No luck yet.

December 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan,

I got a Vico TF2+ dashcam for Christmas. However, after updating the firmware and getting all the settings right the quality of my video is no where near as good as what you got. Not very sharp and very washed out colour.

If I uploaded the footage to YouTube and posted the link, would you mind giving me your opinion please? Thank you.

Cheers... :)

January 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeon

Youtube is a bad place to try and look at the true quality - so much can go wrong during the re-encode. Have you tried downloading one of my original sample clips and then comparing the properties with yours.

January 3, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I just received a Vico Vation TF2+ Premium after watching you review. My problem is that the directions are in Chinese and I can't figure out how to work the thing. When hooked to the computer (MAC) I can't get anything to display that looks like a menu. All I get is one line of Chinese characters. Any ideas?

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJim Cunningham

Can anyone tell me whether VICO TF2+ is the same camera as VICO TF2 Premium or it is different model ?

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZbigniew

Waiting for the new one. It's 45% smaller than the original and has the A7 chip.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRick77

Just watched your review of the Vico TF+. This dors not appear March 2015 to be available except from Russia! However the VicoVation Vico-Marcus4 Extreme HD 2304x1296 Car Drive Video Recorder is available at about £155 from Amazon. I don't think you have reviewed it but as it is higher spec than the TF+ it should presumably be even better?

I am looking for something which allows for good quality video and voice and also for 2 speakers if possible.

Be glad to talk to you and happy to pay for your experience and expertise.


Mark Bicknell
01892 862494

March 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMark Bicknell

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