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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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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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Monday
Dec162013

G1W - The cheapest Dash-Cam that’s worth buying.

When I recently tried to find a good cheap dash-cam, quite a few people suggested that I should take a look at the G1W camera, so I picked one up. Delivery from China took a while, but the wait was worth it. This camera is capable of recording good quality video day and night, better than many more expensive cameras, more than adequate for the majority of people and at a price that can’t be beaten.

To put it simply, if you have any intention at all of picking up a dash-cam but up until this point have been put-off by the price, then this is the camera for you. You will need to obtain your own MicroSD card – (Class 6 or 4, but not Class 10)  from a reputable retailer.

The following paragraph is only for people who are thinking about buying this as their first dash-cam and who may not realise what they are getting themselves into…

Do not buy this camera and expect to get superior levels of build quality and customer service. If you choose to have your camera sent from the Chinese ebay supplier I used, it will take some time to arrive (mine took over 3 weeks to the UK).  If you break the mounts you will not get spares. If it arrives DOA your best option might be to bin it, as the alternative would be to send it back to China. I have no idea how reliable this camera will prove to be over time – but like all electronic devices, it will not work forever. Dash-cams have to work for hours on end, often in extreme temperatures, the kind of thing that puts a strain on even the best made cameras. I have no connection with the manufacturer or retailers. I bought mine off ebay.

Now that’s said, if you do want to buy what I think is the best performing dash-cam currently available for £32/$55 – this is it and you can get one from one of the links below.

DOWNLOADABLE SAMPLES HERE

BUYING LINKS - NEW 2014 VERSION (Click a country)

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Reader Comments (259)

Today I got the Camera and it looks great. However it is having problems reading my 32GB class 10 memory cards.
It would not record and a message keeps saying "custer size wrong" So I tried Formatting it under the menue and it still doesn't work.
Then I formatted it using my PC and then it recorded. But only once. And it won't play back and keeps saying "Insert Memory Card"

Could it be the firm ware? I found a firmware Y130615 but the one in the camera is 131209V01 so I think it's already very new and updated?
Any Ideas why this is happening?

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRay

YES the image quality and frame rate looks very good on the GW1

I noticed that the 'GOODBYE/HELLO' image of the car as you power down/or power up is the same as the G2000 rear view mirror mount cardDVR that I recently purchased from Dome Technology in China.

You stated in your video that you might review some rearview car cameras, I hope you do because the difference between right hand drive versus left hand drive needs to be emphasized to sales people.

In Australia the driver sits on the right side of the car (same as UK and Japan) but when I mentioned this at time of purchase, the online salesperson replied that it doesn't matter. I assumed they must have included a menu setup option to flip the menus 180 degrees. Anyway they did not (so far). I have emailed Dome Technology in China and requested a software patch because they must have one for UK/Japan markets, right?

So what happens when we attach a Rearview Mirror mount car DVR that is setup for LHD to a RHD car?
The camera is pointing at the sidewalk/footpath.
If we turn the car DVR upside down, the camera is pointing forward and records everythingit is supposed to rrecord, but the menus are upside down. When we watch the footage on a PC, it is all upside down.

So it is important that a rearview mirror mount car DVR has software options to flip all the menus and image or enough camera angle adjustment to cater for the skew angle of LHD or RHD mirrors.

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQLDZDR

I just bought this camera but it does not record. it says....cluster error. Do you know what that does mean?

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkostas

Someone else reported that problem, they had to format the SD card on their PC

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQLDZDR

Does anyone else have issues with their camera? Mine won't turn on automatically even on a switched 12v supply socket, it just shines a blue LED as if charging, and when I do eventually get it to work after about 15 minutes, it stops working even though it shines a flashing red light as if recording? Some files are ok but then other files are corrupted (32gb class 6 running at 32kbps) .
Can anyone advise please?

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDarren Harper

Hello Mat;
Was so pleased to hear your aside-in middle of your C1 Mini Camera review-that you'd continue to pursue rear-view car cams to review for your adoring public. I bought the Mini 0801-because of your superb review-as a front facing dash cam. I couldn't be more pleased [and relieved] with the little beast in my car. And I'm not a tech gadget guy, at all.
You do know..that you provide a valuable public service to consumers world-wide.
Thank you, again.... Looking forward to your input on rear-view facing dash car cams.

Best,
SBSpencer....Berkeley, CA

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSBSpencer

I made a format at the pc at the sd card but still sayw....cluster error. Any help gyus?

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkostas

You must format your SD card in the camera using the menus..not in a PC.

February 10, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hey Technoman, i have been reading your car dash cam reviews, and they are awesome.

I live in India and would want to get one of these dashcams.

The ones who do ship them to India are much cheaper and the specs don't match the ones given by you, so i am guessing they must be fake.

It would be of great help if you could recommend a seller who ships the genuine G1W or the gs1000 to India.
Thanks,
Bipin

February 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbipin

Hey Technoman,i did the format and in the camera but the ''cluster error'' message still exists. Might be faulty?

February 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkostas

Hello Techmoan, G1W uses NT96650 and AR0330 chipset from Taiwan and that's why it can provide brilliant picture quality. You may want to google your next dash cam with these 2 chipsets before testing. ;-)

Joe from Hong Kong

February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

I'd recommend trying a different brand of SD card now. Class 6. This camera is picky about the cards it works with.

February 11, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi there, do you have any links to a non fake G1W camera from eBay at all? The link provided in the post the seller has ran out

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterManish

Try to buy a GW1 on www.foxoffer.com
We also, as a store, buy a lot of cams there. Maybe not the cheapest but very reliable and a good service! They do what they promise, and thats important!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRene Demmers

I bought another 2 of these cameras but wonder if they are cheap copies or fakes?! For a start every time i turn one on, the white led lamp on the front comes on and nightime icon shows on the screen, but there is no menu function(ir led) to turn it off! The supplied usb leads dont charge properly and there are 'cluster error' messages with lots of cards! The box and instructions show the camera without front led!! Can firmware be updated so i can access menu function to turn off the led? I already raised a dispute on ebay about the problems!

February 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Hello Mat
May I begin by thanking you for the excellent 'real' reviews of cameras and the professional presentations you have created. After buying my first car-cam from a street market, I sought reviews on the internet. This one you had not covered although some American reviews had and they were quite favourable. My £20 was I am fairly sure wasted, as it behaved like a clone with jerky images, average sound and with freezing images every few seconds, the only indication of model is "1080FULL HD" on the front. As a mean person I have taken your advice and ordered a G1W. I have also added your name to a Motorhome Forum (MHF) where others may take advantage of your 'pearls of wisdom'.
Thanks again

Alan

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Greenwood

Thanks Alan. I can imagine you'll catch quite a few videos of nutters taking crazy risks to overtake you....good luck with the cam.

February 24, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

For those that are having difficulty with the message "Cluster Error", try going into the SD card properties and find the area where you can change the rate. I believe mine is set at 32 but that is only a guess as I'm not brilliant with computers and technical stuff. I had the same problem as you have had, and after doing the above it got rid of the error message.

My issue is that it won't automatically turn on, and I have to faf about with the power lead and button to get the bleedin' thing to work!

Hope this helps

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDarren Harper

Hi there!. About the cluster error, i resolved it , as Techmoan said, by using an 6 class sd card (sandisk). I just tested it on the pc, it has low battery and i don't know yet how it works.

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkostas

Just ordered and thanks for the great work you do, I live very close to you (Upholland ) and travel all the testing roads you use...keep up the great work

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigsyd

I'm always amazed how many people recognise the roads in the reviews....especially since I'm not driving over Tower Bridge.

February 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The seller estore009 has now put a $1.99 postage fee onto listing

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterByron

Hi,

Thank you for your reviews. Just out of interest why would this be recommended over the Mobius which is around a tenner more?

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShak

@Shak

You will be happy with G1W or Mobius. If choosing G1W just be careful where you buy it, or you risk getting one with an inferior processor, hence inferior video quality. Don't expect much from the G1W in terms of firmware upgrades or manufacturer support ... you're pretty much on your own, though the dashcamtalk forum will offer advice if you need it.

Mobius comes with a benefits package of ongoing manufacturer support. There have been numerous firmware upgrades so far, & it's now entered phase 2 of 3 phases of firmware development.

Your cash, your choice.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

I agree with russ331....It is a risk to buy it for the cheapest price on internet. I read all the comment above. Some people who report difficulties. You can buy it by Joovuu in your own country. Maybe a little bit more expensive but safer and faster! They won't sell a fake cam.
Or try foxoffer.com, also reliable.
But indeed, its your cash and you have a choice!

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrene

Thanks guys - I'm using the links from this website to buy so I assume they are legit (they're certainly not the cheapest which is probably a good sign). but 40 quid for the mobius sounds vs 30 for the G1W sounds like a no brainer to me. Mobius it is.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShak

Someone knows the weight (in grams) please?

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErdee

The box with accessories and the cam total 400 grams, the cam only 75 grams!

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRene

Shak, I got G1W's for my wife & daughter and a Mobius for me. We are very happy with both.
My comparison: The Mobius is more versatile, has more mounting options, is smaller, lighter and easier to hide. The G1W is simpler to use as a dedicated, plug-&-play dash camera, it has a monitor so is easier to aim and you can review a video without removing the card or connecting the camera to a monitor. The quality of the video is very good from either camera.

I like giving them as gifts because here in the USA, few people have one. If someone likes to tinker, they get a Mobius, if not, they get a G1W. The initial reaction is almost always: "why would I want one of these?" After learning what they are useful for, people really like them. (Our daughters friends have started asking where they can get them.) I suspect that in a year or two, car insurance companies may be offering incentives for their customers to install dash-cameras.

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternoyopacific

noyopacific,

Thank you very much for your thoughts. To be honest I had already decided on the Mobius (and 3m cable, and 8" camera cable and wide camera module.... you get the idea!), but I'm also looking for a friend who I think might suit the G1W more.

Thanks again!

Shak

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShak

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