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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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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.


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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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.


BUYING LINKS - NEW 2014 VERSION (Click a country)



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Reader Comments (259)

This is a sample of different settings for G1W Camera (and G1W H) the point was to show that using the 60fps can diminish the quality of the image. The anti aliasing becomes excessive and colors drop off as does apparent resolution.

But 720 30fps sec looks like a goer for me.

December 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter D


December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMAMBO125

Bought the G1W after seeing your review, have had it for nearly 6 months so far and it's been brilliant! The mount has held perfectly since I put it in and getting clips off it is easy with my setup as I power it via a well hidden USB cable that goes into a 12V socket that I can plug into my phone to download clips without taking the fiddly card out or removing the camera.

Fantastic quality footage, has lasted me ages. I don't drive that much but have done over 3K miles with it no issues.

December 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOliver M

Does anyone know how fast 1080p fills up sd card, just wondering so I can know what size card I'll need.

January 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuke

Thanks for your excellent review.Can this camera be mounted on the dashboard without the picture being upside down and can you recommend a camera for mounting in this way.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Jim! I've mounted a G1W-H on my rear window sill (the mounting attachment on the bottom. I was sure there qas a way to invert the image. Apparently not.!! So I carefully cur a slot in the bottom of the unit with a dremel and glued the mounting on the bottom. That worked!! But like some others, a problem with the unit appeared (won't save its settings) so now I can't return it!!

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeter D

Mines been playing up now for couple month have to switch it on and off few times to get to power on properly, still at least it's made me know I will spend money on a proper one like a road hawk

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLee

These are great dashcams (when they work!) I've bought 2x

I've one in my wifes car which works brilliantly, but the 2nd one I purchased died within a day - started getting funny artefacts and turning itself off.

Checked out some reviews and it seems I'm not alone with this issue:

I'll be ordering another one as when they do work - they really are excellent. I'm guessing unfortunately, they may have variable build quality so I'm hoping for a replacement with a better build :)

Best buying from Amazon for the ease of returns as returns to some Ebay sellers can be a bit hit and miss. At least you can get free returns with Amazon :) Keep up the good work dude!

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Can someone point me to a link for this camera on Amazon UK? I'm not able to tell which ones are genuine or not?

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterwhoop_whoop

I have just got the GW1 dashcam from E-PRANCE but when I connect to computer via the USB lead nothing happens for a few moments & then I get a small Pop-up saying my computer doesn't recognize this device & it is probably faulty.
This is not the case as in the car it works well.
What must I do to make this device compatable with my PC

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

Use a USB SD card reader. Available from most £ shops.

March 19, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks TM, I'll get one. But does it mean removing the card from the DVR each time I want to play back on my PC ?

March 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

I just got this cam but get horrible blooming/streaking of lights over the left and middle of the screen. has anyone seen this problem before with these cams? of course, seller from china is refusing replacement claiming this is normal operation.

April 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFFB

I just bought a G1W-C, which is the one that does not have a battery, for hot climates. I have noticed a glitch in this dashcam, it does not keep proper time. Every time I start my car the date and time are from the previous day. Is anyone else having this problem and is there a fix to this? Today I just reset the date/time and went on, but this is a real issue for future use.

April 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Oh, dear. My second dashcam purchase, and I'm still without one that works. The first was the Mini 0801 with GPS which mangled all the files up, probably because it overheated. Luckily I got my money (£67) back on that one (even the return postage to CHINA!). Now this G1W has turned out to be a lemon as well. The audio is nonexistent, the video is VERY poor definition, through all the possible settings (see my footage on And now I've found that half the files in the current lot are unreadable! Useless! Since this one only set me back £16 I probably won't bother trying to get anything done about it, but I'm telling you, I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever get a dashcam that actually WORKS!!! What I'm about to do is mount my SJ4000 on the car. Now THERE'S a decent camera! Sharp pictures, and no failures. It's not ideal as a dashcam as it's a bit on the big side, but at least it works!

May 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGraham Smith

I ordered 2 G1W-C cameras from Amazon uk. When they arrived in Spain they had been sent from Amazon Spain. There is no reference to the camera model ( G1W-C or G1W-H ) on the camera, in the ordering paperwork, or the paperwork in the boxes. When I switched a camera on, there is an icon of a fully charged battery. Is there any way of determining which model I have. I have 'phoned and e-mailed Amazon but' as yet , they have not come back with a positive answer. Can you help please with a means of differentiating between them.
Thank you.

May 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris


just got a G1W-C from Amazon UK myself.

Camera shouldn't start without the power lead being plugged in and live and if you pull power socket out it should shutdown within a couple of seconds.

Mine came with firmware version W2015.0316.11 and I had the last file corruption issue.

Just to confirm firmware 2014.0813.11 works and has fixed the corruption issue

Link for more info -

May 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRob J

Thank you for the review :)

Are you still happy with it ?

Anything better for the same price now ?


June 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbuythisdashcam

Gearbest (one of the sellers recommended on the Dashcamtalk website) have the newer G1W-C (with capacitors rather than battery) for US$44 dollars at the moment.
This version is a good idea if you live somewhere hot, Li-ion batteries tend to explode in hot cars, the down side is no recording without external power

June 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIan

Hi, does anyone have any new firmware from 2015? If so, please share the link. Thanks. Simon

June 14, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersimon

I purchased two G1W from Amazon just under 30 days ago. One is still working fine but the other one I am having to return to amazon as it wont start up. The E-Prance is on the display. Very disappointed.

June 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I thought I would put up an update on my dash cam I purchased and installed in August of last year (2014)
After 11 months of usage everything is working well.
We had a bitterly cold Feb/2015 with temps 30C to -33C and all the other days were below freezing.
Aug. 14, 2014, Installed Model G1W-C, Blueskysea, Dash Camera (capacitor model),
DVR NT96650 Chip, AR0330 Lens, Mirror Mounted with VERSION – 2013 1112.18
I'm using Class 10, FHD microcards with similar specifications:
TRANSCEND microSDHC UHS-1, model TS32GUSDU1, Premium 300x, 32GB c/w adapter.
LEXAR MOBILE/SPORT microSDHC UHS-1, model LSDMI32GBSBNA300A, 300x, 32GB c/w adapter.
Bottom line, I'm glad Techmoan reviewed this dash cam.
11 months later I'm totally satisfied I purchased it.
Thank you Techmoan

July 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClearly

It's good to hear from someone who is happy, I usually only get feedback from people with problems or questions.

July 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have two G1W-C cameras together with the Samsung Memory 32 GB Standard MicroSDHC Cass6 cards for Galaxy S / Note / Smini. When I connect the cameras to the computer to set up the systems, all I get on the cameras is
Icons of a screwdriver and a spanner followed by USB
Mass Storage
PC Camera

I can not change these to anything else so I cannot set the cameras up. Have I got the wrong cards. or what am I doing wrong, please????

July 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I have never hooked up my dash cam to my computer.
I remove the micro chip from the dash cam and place it in my computer to check my photo files.
I do all my dash cam settings and formatting of the micro cards with the dash cam connected to the car and turned on.

July 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClearly

My G1W worked flawlessly for about six months then slowly over a few days faded away and stopped working. This camera was so cheap it was not worth the hassle of finding the paperwork and sending it back.

The past 6 month I’ve been using one of those cameras that looks like a more expensive camera and has worked well but cost more than twice the price of the G1W and to me the picture quality is not quite as good as the G1 not that the Go look alike is bad mind you but seems more sturdy so I hope it’s going to last longer than the G1.

July 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChrisK

I believe exposure is like any camera. If you increase the numbers it should darken the recorded image. My problem lies with the screen on the BuleSeaSky G1 which I am beginning to think is a knockoff. My screen is set to be on all the time as a reassurance for me that the recorder is on. The eBay seller states that "exposure" will darken the screen but I believe it is for the recorded image. Anyways the screen is set to on so I know the recorder is working. I am on my 3rd recorder, as I burnt up my first one: wired directly to 12 volts... It needs only 5 volts to run.
I have 2 of the BlackBox G1W-CB coming to replace these older G1 with the battery's. You would not believe what I have caught on these dash cams...

August 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRob L

ALSO, beware of the counterfeits out there. I just bought one from China and it came in an orange box. It is a fake with a lower chipset in it. DO YOUR RESEARCH!

August 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRob L

I recently purchased the G1W camera. I didn't like the idea of sticking the suction cup on the windshield for all to see, so I came up with a very solid and fast release mount. The camera can be mounted higher up, behind the rear view mirror and is harder to see from outside. It will never fall off. Here's what to do: Unscrew the big plastic nut on the camera mount and pull the ball from the socket. You can now leave the mount ON the camera locked in place. Using a hacksaw, cut off the suction cup at a point just above the ball socket (you need a hacksaw because there is a small spring inside the plastic). Next, remove your rear view mirror (at the glass). There's a small allen key to loosen, then it slides up and off. If you have map lights on your mirror, you can easily remove the electrical connector AFTER removing the mirror. You should now have the mirror with it's shaft and mounting plate in your hand. Take it to your work bench and drill a hole (from top to bottom) through the shaft near the mounting bracket end (hole size depends on screw size you will use). Use a small size sheet metal screw #4 or #6 that will stick out about 3/16th. of an inch from the hole when placed through it. Next, drill a smaller, shallow hole in the plastic END of the camera mount (where you cut it off). Attach it to the mirror shaft with the screw through the hole, and replace mirror. THAT"S IT! Take camera with ball attached and push ball into socket, then tighten big plastic nut after rotating and tilting camera as desired. P.S. I hid my power wire under the headliner and down behind the corner trim to the fuse box. You can use the cigar lighter adapter hidden under the dash if you apply voltage to the centerpin(+) and sidepost(-) (Note: only one sidepost is active), or take the adapter apart and wire to internal circuit board directly.

September 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNorstellar

Yes interesting post
I will wait for new post

September 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Aviles

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