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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

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DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
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Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
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Sena Prism Tube

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 (271)

After following Techmoan's excellent reviews for a good while and almost actually a more expensive camera on a couple of occasions I eventually had a punt on a G1W from this vendor http://tinyurl.com/p4ohfla (no affiliation) as it claimed to be shipped from the UK, with all the benefits which come with that fact.

It arrived within 3 days so was indeed UK stock. The box graphics matched the description in the vid, right down to the 'Specieations' bit so I'm pretty sure I have the 'right' one. One difference with my unit is the mount. It's toothed/ratcheted and very sturdy and there's none of the rotation that matt experienced. Maybe Matt's unit had a dodgy mount?

The actual mount slot is a very, very tight interference fit and I can see it giving way if it's forced but I'm resigned to it at this price and as it's a UK sourced unit, getting a replacement or refund shouldn't be impossible if the mount proves to be lacking in reasonable durability. I got 20 minutes filming from a full charge which is adequate for filming the aftermath of an incident, for example.

The video is great but the audio *is* inadequate but that's not really an issue for me and perhaps a firmware update / hack might appear sometime?

So far I'm happy with it and for the price I think it's a pretty god deal.

Thanks, Matt, for providing so much useful info.

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul H

Thanks for the very informative post/vid about the G1w. I was oscillating between this one and the K6000/DVR027, but I think I'll go with the G1W.

My only sticking point that remains is if it has a parking mode record option if I hard wire it into the car (for power). That would tick all the boxes I have for my dash cam.

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNmid

Hello,

at first a BIG thanx for your reviews.

I klicked the link above for Germany, but strangely the seller doesn´t ship to Germany and on the other hand has written arrival times.
Bad luck for me?

January 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterReef

Hi Matt.

Just received my G1W today. I'm a bit alarmed as the box is totally different from the one featured in your video, though the camera appears to be exactly the same. I'm really hoping that I haven't received a fake one, even though I used your link to buy. Only time will tell. I am trying to reassure myself that the change of box is merely an indication of the popularity of this camera - but I'll be trying mine out tomorrow to check the quality. Here's hoping....

January 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterquaser

Hi again, Mat

Well my fears appear to be unfounded. My G1W worked fine straight out of the box. Once set up, (using as class10 32GB microsd card), picture quality was as good as can be expected from a dash cam in this price range. The unit did get very hot though, and I mean HOT, but not sure if that was because I had the demister blowing for most of the test run. Being quite early, the sun was very low, and this seemed to make much of the lower portion of the resulting film a bit darker than I would like - you mentioned this during your review, so it wasn't entirely unexpected.

Not sure why you had an issue with your SD card, mine worked OK, and I see from the other comments that they haven't had any issue either. Oh well, perhaps it was a problem with your particular card?

Keep up the good work.

January 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterquaser

I found the dimming in bright light a significant problem - you cant read number plates! Conversely night vision is really good! I am hoping there might be a firmware upgrade to stop the picture over-darkening when the roads are wet and the sun low.

As far as tight mounting is concerned, I put a bit of silicon grease on the sliding part to enable disassembly with less risk of breaking

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

When the roads are wet and the sun is low...There is no camera that can shoot in from the sun.
See this movie, this is what you mean? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRiR9dOuKe8
Just play with the horizontal- and vertical position of your cam! Do not expect a firmware update for this.
This is how it works when the sun is low. With nearly every cam!

January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRene Demmers

I think these products are great and we start relying on them too much. When they fail inside the warranty period you will regret buying them online. My experience dealing with one of the eBay sellers that was recommended in these posts should be a warning to everyone. "Please don't worry, we will send a replacement when you send the product back via airmail. Send the copy of the receipt for airmail and we will post to you."
So not only did I waste my money on the purchase, the seller made me waste money to airmail it back just to delay the communication beyond eBay's 45 day Seller Liability period. That seller has blocked me from their eBay store and ignores my emails.

January 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbargain4me2

I see a lot of license plate stamp as a feature on dash cams. What exactly does this mean? Also as on just the cameras you reviewed which one do you like the best and why?

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel

The licence plate stamp lets you put a string of text in the corner of the video, useful for identifying footage if you are running a fleet of vehicles, each with their own dash-cam. As far as favourites, the recommended cameras are shown on the right.

January 22, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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