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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)

 

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.

 

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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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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)

UK US NL IT FR ES DE AU

 

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Reader Comments (259)

Rear view camera setups would be an interesting step as dual camera systems usually use a low resolution camera at the back.
They also have to be better at dealing with night and powerful headlights in the same scene.
Not to mention catching footage like this from my mate's dual cam system from last week (he's ok).
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152456703763642

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

Hello Matthew,
My name is Rene from the Netherlands, I can say that you have a lot of supporters in our country who are reading your articles. Very interesting always! Thanks!!!
My question is, you wrote: "You will need to obtain your own MicroSD card – (Class 6 or 4, but not Class 10)". I cannot read by the sellers that this cam needs a class 4 or 6. Most people and so am I, think that class 4 or 6 is minimal. "Better buy a class 10 card". Is that a wrong mind? Will it not work?
Because nearly every cam I deliver to customers is equipped with a class 10 card in the knowledge that it is faster therefore better? I have never got complains about the cards (transcend class 10) which I sell with the cams.
What is your opinion and what do you know what I don't know?
Thanks very much.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRene Demmers

I'm looking forward for cheap, minimum 720p, multiview car cam :) After your review of mobius cam i've bought one and it is my best buy :D

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkriis

Seems excellent; thanks for making another great video. I am poised to buy however I just checked your sample downloads and have the following observation: I can only read number plates when you're right up behind a vehicle; i.e. pulled up at traffic lights, etc. As soon as the vehicle in front is even a short distance away, the registration mark becomes a blur. Is that a fair assessment or is that just due to some recompression when you upload?

December 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSi

No, I think you're spot on there. The downloadable files are completely untouched when it comes to the quality (they are just trimmed for length).

December 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Today I bought a NAVIG[8]R CRASH CAM from Office Works (Australia) for $79. It is exactly the same as the G1W except that the mount is slightly different. It is easy to set up and use and the picture quality is excellent - number plates can be read at 20 metres. So far it's working well but there again I've only had it 9 hours! We will see.

December 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonR

Thank you for your very informative review. I ordered one for my wife and another for our daughter from (eBay) estore009 on 12/24, it was delivered to my home in California, USA on 12/27! The unit works just as I'd hoped it would. I tried it out on a moonless night, on a road without street lamps or other fixed light source and headlight illumination alone provided acceptable video quality under the circumstances.
I haven't figured out how to get my PC to interface with the camera when it is plugged into the USB port. It does charge the battery via the USB but has not otherwise communicated with the computer. The instructions are minimal. I expect I will figure it out eventually but if anyone can provide a link to more detailed instructions, it would be most helpful.
Keep up the good work!

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave Martin

I didn't connect mine up to the computer, I always use a USB Memory Card Reader instead...no need to pay more than one £/$

December 31, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Update: I used an SD card adaptor to read the microSD card the first time. When I plugged the camera back into the computer via the USB connection, it did begin interfacing properly. Also, the suction cup mount that came with these two cameras has a swivel ball joint to adjust the position of the camera.
Thanks again!

January 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave Martin

Great review as always, however, I think there is even a better and cheaper camera called D33. Costs less than 60 USD with shipping. Found it myself here http://www.foxoffer.com/d33-super-mini-size-full-hd-1080p-car-camera-p-646.html#.UsovDfTuLcs . It is very small and the mounting options are more versatile due to the standard tripod mount. Also there is an option for a GPS. IMHO it is better value for the money than the G1W.

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNGG

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