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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.

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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.

 

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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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Sunday
May122013

The GSE550 1080p GPS Dashcam (clone)

I started on this review a couple of months ago, after a few people had requested that I do some reviews of higher priced dashcams. I thought that a small car camera with built in GPS and 1080p h.264 video for less than £70 could be of interest to a lot of people (if it was any good).  

I broke away from doing this review when Blackvue and Hetai sent me their latest dashcams but now that those reviews are complete I've finally found the time to finish this video.

In the meantime I've found that this camera is a knock-off of the real GSE550 made by DOD. I'd imagine that the original DOD version is in a completely different league from this camera. 

I was very tempted to just delete the project off my hard drive, and start on something more interesting….but after spending £68 and countless hours, I wanted to have something to show for my efforts, so here it is, a review of a camera that really wasn't worth reviewing.

If you like the design of the camera, but would prefer a version that works properly - then this link will take you to both auctions of the real DOD GSE550 and the knock-off version I bought and reviewed. 

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Reader Comments (19)

Hi Matt,

Another great review under your belt mate.I know this is probably the wrong section to ask this question but hear goes anyway,how are you getting on with the Sony action cam,are you going to put up more footage of it as you use it.Its just that i am still wanting one but would like to see more of your videos with it as in my humble opinion your video reviews are the best out there.

Kind Regards

Willie

May 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

Willie, you are in luck. There will be a new video about the Sony Action camera next weekend.

May 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi, thank you for yet another great review!

I was wondering if you have any plans to create and maintain a "Best dash camera at a certain price point" list? To clarify: a list where one could find the best dash camera for up to 50GBP, 75GBP 100GBP and so on. It could be very helpful.

Sincerely,
Karolis

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarolis

I've no plans for that. I only sample a fraction of a percent of the available cameras. Most of the ones I've reviewed have been discontinued, and none of the remaining models have blown me away. I'm still looking for a camera I'd use myself, none of the ones I've tested have been suitable yet.

May 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Matt thanks for the reply. Looking forward to that as it seems to be a nice camera in your last review of it.
With regards to your reply to Karolis, Have you thought about one of these cameras to review as it looks to
have really good quality footage of what i have seen of it on YouTube.

LUKAS LK-7900 ACE

Regards
Willie

Ps, Do you have any raw footage of the GSE550 you have just reviewed.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

Well I'm glad someone is happy....most of the messages I've been receiving are from people questioning my original positive review.....and integrity. It's for this reason that I'm not accepting any more free product samples. I've got two things in the pipeline, one car cam and possibly the 808#26, but after that I'll probably just stick to things I've bought.

May 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks persevering with the review matt. Even though the product is a bit naff the review is still very useful. It tells us what to avoid, but also and perhaps more importantly, what features to check for when considering other models.
It never ceases to amaze me how manufacturers can make fundamentally perfectly decent products and yet ruin them with a couple of ill thought out design features.

A request - which may be more trouble than it is worth for most of your readers: Any chance of an accurate measure of field of view? Could be done with a simple calibrated scale drawn on a wall and the camera pointed at it from a fixed distance. No probs if you don't think its worth it, but to some (ok, me) it would be nice to know.
Cheers.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBillycan

Love watching your reviews and especially about action, spy & dashcams.
This one, even if it's a clone, optical image quality looks good if this image quality is constantly like this in these cameras.

I have gotten so far one cheap brandless dashcam and pretty sure it's a clone as well but this one has pretty bad optical image quality even it claims to be an HD camera. It looks more like bad VHS cam from the 80's :P
Resolution in this one is 1280x720, also two other resolutions are available.
Here's a pic of my camera:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/dcast/Misc/Dashcam/Dashcam1.jpg
Sample clip of my dashcam:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDyGnIN-LxE&feature=youtu.be

I also have the 808 keyring camera with 720x480 pixels, it has much better image quality than the actual dashcam but narrower fied of view. It fits nicely with suction cup behind my rearview mirror even my car has black rastering on top of the windscreen:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/dcast/Misc/Dashcam/Keyringcam_w_sucktioncup2.jpg
This is how I attached the keyring cam to the suction cup. Ok, rubberband doesn't look very professonial way but it works :D
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/dcast/Misc/Dashcam/Keyringcam_w_sucktioncup.jpg
Sample clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoRIVh8Lmfg

So, still looking for an affordable and good quality dashcam myself and keep enjoying your reviews :)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

That one looks pretty bad.

I'm hoping the new 808#26 camera will work as a car cam - loop and auto start/stop - but I'll only know for sure when/if it turns up.
I'm still looking too - I'm going out for a drive in a few minutes to test out two more car cameras in the dark.

May 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Billycan, I'm not going to implement a measured FOV test. I prefer to do real world tests by putting the camera in my car window. If it records everything in front of the car then that's good enough for me. Whether it's 120º or 140º is academic for my requirements. I know that there are lots of different things that some people would want to see...but these videos are already a whisker away from becoming tedious and I really want to try and make them shorter and less dry whenever possible.

May 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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