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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.

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RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

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.

 

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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Monday
May272013

A review of the ACT35 Action Camera

I'm very relieved to get this particular review completed so I can finally delete it off my hard drive. This 15 minute video has taken eight months and an unreasonable amount of money to complete. 

For a while now I've been on a mission to hunt out the cheapest action camera that I would be happy to recommend. It needs to be capable of 1080p and encode its video using the h.264 codec. A lot of people would like to buy an action camera for occasional use, but can't justify spending gopro type money on one.  If you are wondering, the current cheapest action camera that I really rate is the Liquid Image Ego that can now be found on ebay for just under £100.

On paper the ACT35 camera looks very interesting. It is capable of recording in 1080p30 or 720p60 and its waterproof metal case, image stabilisation, vibration motor and one button operation mean that it has the potential to be a great helmet camera. Watch the video to see how it fares.....but considering that I haven't uploaded any video samples or provided a purchasing link, it doesn't take a genius to figure out the direction that this one is headed.


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Reader Comments (6)

That looks like the lens was out of focus or there's some smudge on the lens or sensor. When you opened up the ACT30, the camera was on a separate module with a screw-on (S-mount) lens. Maybe try opening the ACT35 up and see if adjusting the focus (by twisting it) would work?

Also, I've once bought a camera off ebay where the image was blurry like yours. Turns out some time during manufacturing some nincompoop dropped some grease (for the screw-on lens) onto the sensor and did a bad job wiping it off. That could be another cause too.

Either way, that's a lot of hassle to fix.

May 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasam

The softness is really just one of a number of issues with the video quality. It will be very difficult to refocus this camera without a live video-out, and I don't think it would be worth the effort.

May 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well this is exactly why I watch your reviews. While the camera failed, the review was right on and you did what you set out to do. Thanks from all of us for saving us tons of frustration and money. Keep em coming!!!!

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Ebell

Really appreciate your reviews, Thanks from all of us for saving us tons of frustration and money. Keep em coming!!!!

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

rcpilot yak 54 35cc. motoru olan model uçağa monte edip video alabilirmiyim. selamlar.

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterakrepilot

How do you change the configuration? Stabilizer on and off. How do a reset.
Unfortunally I already buy one ACT35, and I have some issues with the angle filmed. It´s cropped.

January 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNikolas

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