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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.

 

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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Thursday
Feb072013

The Smallest Car DVR - So close, but misses by a mile.

The form-factor of this car DVR is almost exactly what I want, compact, neat simple and inconspicuous.

The camera attaches with one wire, doesn't beep (ever), eschews using distractingly bright LEDs, and doesn't have the typical overly-large suction cup mount. It also doesn't have features that I find unnecessary like an LCD display, GPS or LED Night Vision. It just performs one simple role, recording driver's eye view footage all your journeys.

But if it's so good, then why did I remove it from my windscreen the moment my testing was complete. You'll find the answer in the full video review below.

The auction that I bought mine from has closed and the typical selling prices are now quite a bit higher than I paid. I should mention that at the time of typing many retailers of this camera have temporarily taken down their auctions during Chinese New Year. There should be more sellers appearing after the holidays have concluded.

If after watching the video you do still want to buy one, you could CLICK THIS LINK - which will perform an appropriate search on eBay - but when you get there you'll need to change your buying/search location preferences to worldwide to bring up the Chinese retailers.

I do like this camera's external design so I may revisit this model again but next time I'll try to source an improved model that really does record in h.264. I have my eye on this one (on eBay) - which looks like it might be the real deal.

 

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Reader Comments (37)

Just moved mine from one car to another after almost a year of service. It still works fine. (It's the HD version from Hong Kong with Chinese characters on it).

May 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I would like to buy one.
Does it start recording automatically after igniting your car or it just powers on and you have to press the record button?
Thank you

June 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

John -- It starts recording automatically when the accessory wire gets power, and continues recording for 10-15 seconds or so after the accessory power is cut off. There's no need to press a button. You can completely ignore it day to day, though the manufacturer recommends reformatting the card every week or so (press a couple of buttons and wait a few seconds). I get around to reformatting every month or so.

June 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I am trying the find a review for this camera but I can't find the in depth review anywhere else. The link to this camera is: http://www.nitroplanes.com/70p-302-s2-wifi-sport-pro-cam-silver.html

June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael H

How can i get in the menu with a tablet?

January 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBalatsoukas Vaggelis

I do not have a portable monitor to get into the menu. How can i connect this camera ( the a8 one) to my house so i can plug it in the tv please?

February 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBalatsoukas Vaggelis

Hello! Do you know where I can find the new firmware for this dvr?

September 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterilnar

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