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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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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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Friday
May172013

Revisiting the Sony Action Camera

I've owned my Sony AS10 Action camera for six months. Since I posted my original review in January,  I've bought another one (the AS15), picked up numerous accessories, and the camera has received additional features through a firmware update. I therefore decided that it was time for me to make a video update. 

In the video I mention that you can download a sample of the footage I recorded in it's new 1080p60 mode. CLICK HERE to download this file from Dumptruck. 

You can see from the comments posted under my previous AS10 vs White video that people can get very excitable about action cameras. They'll defend a particular manufacturer's range as though their life depended on it. So for those individuals, I'd like to reiterate,  I'm not saying this is better or worse than any other model from any other manufacturer. The world isn't that simple. Decide what camera you want....but don't try and tell other people that it's what they want too, that's something for them to decide. 

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Reader Comments (57)

Don't know if it's just me, but the 1080p60 looks like a 720p60 upscaled to 1080p60.
Looks way too blurry to be a true unscaled one.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

Imagine the same camera, with just wifi. You control everything from your smartphone. Just a bullet cam.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasterixky

The downsides to that would be the need to always carry two devices...keep them near to each other, and devote your phone's WiFi connection to the camera, unless I've misunderstood your point.

May 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well, something like this, but with the Chinese price of course, or you will never have the chance to review it.

http://www.amazon.com/Looxcie-Explore-Weather-Resistant-Streaming/dp/B009GDMA6E/ref=pd_sim_cps_9

The idea was that we carry our phone anyway. So why not make good use of the Bluetooth or the Wifi.
But the phone is only use for set up and reviewing the video anyway.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasterixky

I understand.....and yes I'd give a Looxcie HD a go if it was half the price.

May 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for revisiting this cam. I have pre ordered the AKA-SF1 skeleton frame after watching this video.

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike D

You've just reminded me that I still have to order one....

May 21, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi matt,

Thanks for another great review. I have went out and bought myself the (AS-15 cam) after reading your review and i have to say that the video it takes is stunning, just one question, dose yours suffer from an annoying rattle sound when you play the footage back as mine dose.but that aside i am well chuffed with it and the 60 frames a second is silky smooth.

Keep up the GREAT reviews matt

Willie

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

Willie,

I've bee told that the rattle is caused by the battery/battery tray. Try taping the battery to the tray and see if that cures it.

May 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Matt,

Tried that but it still rattles even with the battery and tray removed.But have found the problem, its the screen rattling about in its housing.Here's a video of it on you tube i found,might help other people out too.

Willie


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx6UGb_K75I

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

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