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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
Drift Ghost X

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

What SD CARD should I buy?

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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

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.

 

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)

UK US NL IT FR ES DE AU

 

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Reader Comments (273)

I have bought a second one of these to record a rear view from my new car. It has a lighter socket in the back so it was begging for a rear view dash cam. I bought another Lexar 32gig card for that new camera and it works fine. No class numbers on the new card just "high performance 300X 45 MB/sec".

September 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Isaacs

Have you got a link to the Lexar MicroSD card please?
I've tried google shopping and it comes up mostly with MicroSDHC cards. And the odd 16Gb MicroSD but class 10 and a bit too small.
Thanks, Andy

September 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

I suspect you're probably OK with any MicroSD card nowadays as it's hard to find an old Class 6. They have probably updated the internals since this video was made five years ago.

September 12, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Since my last post, I realise MicroSD and MicroSDHC are the same thing apart from their GB size.
So basically what I need is MicroSDHC 32GB card which is high performance/high endurance and Class 4 or 6 (which is about 45MB/Sec).
I've googled but can't find a 32GB High Performance Class 4 or 6. They are all class 10.
If anyone has a link then that would be appreciated.
Thanks, Andy

September 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Thanks Techmoan,
Do you think Toshiba 32GB Exceria M302 microSD Card would be suitable for the G1W-S?
(From the BT Shop website.... Type: microSDHC UHS-I Memory Card. Capacity: 32GB. SD Speed Class: UHS Class 3 / Class10)
Link below....
https://www.shop.bt.com/category/components-and-storage,media,flash-memory-cards/11151-58770000-50540-57130000
Regards, Andy
PS: The G1W-S seems to be the latest version with a new wider angle lens. And a lower F stop.

September 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

https://www.amazon.ca/Lexar-High-Performance-microSDHC-Adapter-Memory/dp/B012PQII46/ref=sr_1_9?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1536760626&sr=1-9&keywords=sd+cards&refinements=p_89%3ALexar

This card has the same 300X and 45 MB/sec spec as the card I am using. I wouldn't worry about that class 10 designation. As someone else said that was an old review that had that caution.

September 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Isaacs

Stephen,
Which version did you buy? the G1W-CB or G1W-S?

I found the Lexar MicroSDHS Card on the UK Amazon site. (Sorry, I should have said I was in the UK).
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lexar-Performance-microSDHC-UHS-I-Adapter/dp/B011O3UBBO/ref=sr_1_2?m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&s=electronics-accessories&ie=UTF8&qid=1536766739&sr=1-2&keywords=Lexar-High-Performance-microSDHC&refinements=p_n_feature_browse-bin%3A411646031%2Cp_6%3AA3P5ROKL5A1OLE
Regards
Andy

September 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

I bought the G1W-CB.

September 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Isaacs

Does your CB version keep the date & time okay?
I've read the capacitor versions (CB & the new S) lose the date/time when the engine is switched off.
But I've also read the S version 'should' have an on-board rechargeable button battery for the time & date.
But this is sometimes left out at manufacture. I don't know if the CB version has or should have this battery.
I've found a link here about where the battery should be fitted on the PCB. But anyone doing it does it at their own risk.
https://www.reddit.com/r/Dashcam/comments/8fgo9k/viofo_g1ws_owners_if_your_time_and_date_keep/
Regards
Andy

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Mine (CB version) keeps the time and date from day to day but my experience with my older unit (don't know what version, it was purchased 3 years ago) is that after being off for a week (I was on vacation) when I returned the time and date had reverted back to 2000. So best guess is if you drive your car daily you will keep the time and date but if you don't, you may have to reset it after a longer break.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

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