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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)

 

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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.

 

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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)

We'll mine turned up finally and was well worth the wait ,for the money unbelievable pic quality day and night...so that's 2 car cams and the air ram and the hand held... Stop reviewing cooool stuf I am skint lol

March 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigsyd

eBay Dealer estore009 does not deliver to Germany anymore :( Any other trustworthy sellers?

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterthdjf21

The cam is real bargain! awesome for the money. Does anyone knows how to record with stopping? mine stops every 3 minutes and stars again another video.

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkostas

I watched my footage back today the date was on screen but no time how do I change that??

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee

This videocamera works good, except one thing: the power adapter which comes with makes a lot of electronic noise which unfortunately prevents my car radio from working normally.

March 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaramba

hi I just got mine today and Im so excited to open it but when I yurn it on and try to catch a video the video in the view screen is inverted I have to turn the cam inverted to the get the right position of the video and yet in my view screen the object is still inverted howcan I correctthis thanks (jojo)

April 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjojo

How do you guys increase the volume? When I do playback it shows me that I have 2 sound bars left.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAntecxp

Is there a way to save files ? I have mine on the 1080hd setting and generally my trips can be a few hours each way

So most of the day I imagine is re recorded over by the time I get home , if I want to save something or lick it how do I ?

What happens if have a accident and the unit doesn't get switched off I suppose that data dissapears too

Only issue I have with mine is occasionally it freezes on the switch on screen of the merc, I have to unplug or fiddle round to get it to turn on

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Hi Matt!

I just wanted to say thank you for your reviews. This particular one prompted me to get a G1W via a link to estore009 also provided in your review and it worked out beautifully. Cam is rock stable for the 4 months I've been using it, makes great quality day and night videos and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Your reviewing efforts are highly appreciated!

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSergey

Help please! !
I'm using mine and it records in 3,4 and 5 minutes times not more. How do I change the settings please . Also the screen is very plasticky and I hope it lasts but when I touch it, it goes in.
I bought mine from eBay eestore.
£36/ $58. Most of my journey are small but still I'd like it to record fully than in all this bits it's doing :(
Not 100% happy.
The Mount looks strong guys too .

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterhelp me please

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