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Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Drift Ghost X

My favourite USB battery power Pack

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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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A Beginners Guide to Car Cameras

Dashcams are already well established in some countries and people all across the globe are gradually learning about the usefulness of these devices. It can be difficult though, for newcomers to learn about a complicated product like a car camera from scratch, so to make things easier, I've made this one-stop video explanation that covers all the basics. 

This video explains the purpose of car cameras, what features are useful and which ones are unnecessary. 

Feel free to send this video link (below) to any friends or relatives who want to know more about 'those car camera things'.

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Reader Comments (22)

Good stuff Mat... One thing I have to say is that your reviews of dash cams is costing me money lol, presently own 3 previously reviewed cams that are in use daily with two more (DR32) on the way. :-)


May 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Hi Mat .......Clear Concise and to the point ....first class presentation as always .....just one point the G sensor mode when a file is locked I find that when the card is reformatted all files are deleted including the locked ones thats been my experience up to now ....Regards Ipol......;there is no hint of a cold in your video presentation hopefully you have shaken it off

May 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

Great, great, great, GREAT video. (I have small vocabulary.)

May 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercooco

@ techmoan clear and informative as usual .......sorry I missed the .....unless you format the card...... notice that flashed up on the screen the first time round regarding the flagged and saved files I must have been reaching for the wine glass at the time. Car dvr,s here in france seem to be relatively unheard of up until now.....perhaps as you mentioned with the russian meteorite footage people are suddenly aware of them.Whilst whiling away the time when my car tyres were being changed at one of the national car centres here I showed my camera to one of the staff and he said that the store had plans to sell car dvr,s in all their the next month or so.Perhaps we will see more of them here soon I may be wrong but I think I am the only person at present in the north of france with a dashcam installed apart from the Gendarmerie/Police cars and perhaps british day trippers and holidaymakers. Thanks for the information regarding formatting the card in the camera thats probably the error I made with the V2000gs when it arrived.Well the Lukas LK7900ACE just turned up as I was typing I will of course format as per your recommendations and let you know how the camera performs in due course. Regards Ipol

May 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

I have an odd request. Would any of these Dash cams be good for recording inside a shuttle bus? Our company shuttles college students from their downtown campus to the local hotspot where there is a bar every 30 feet and coming back things can get dicey and we would like to record the shenanigans.

Requirements are 9 hours of recording and IR lights since its dark.

I was asked if I had a cheaper than $1,000 per vehicle solution and I'm like I know just the place to go. I have watched almost everyone of these videos.

This one looks like it may work.

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercliff hartle

@Cliff. I'm pretty sure you'll find something you like. If you got a camera with a swivel lens and IR LEDs then you should be fine. Look at the one I reviewed in March 2012 as an example.

One question though....why do you need that much recording time and do you mean storage or battery life. Remember you are looping over video. If something happens and you need the recording of wouldn't be leaving it hours after the event until you decide to retrieve that recording off the camera.

May 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Its 9 hours of recording and thats the length of a shift.

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercliff hartle

You need to be sure in your mind you need to save the full 9 hours of video. I think your requirement probably go beyond currently available consumer tech.

May 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well for instance in the video of the one I referenced you used a 16 gb card and got 4 + hours of recording so 32 should be close or even over 9 hours.

The reason we have to save it all is that the driver will not be expected to manage this camera. If something happens the driver could note it and then a manager could pull the card from the night before and review the video at that spot.

I think what we are looking for is a way to go back to the university and show them the issues we are having with the fine upstanding citizens they are creating at their private Catholic university where mom and dad pay $45,000 a year for them to go there. :-)

thanks for the info and the videos.

One odd question do you get more ad money of we watch the entire ad that runs before your vids?

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercliff hartle

OK update. I poked around the Chinavasion site and found a 12 volt single channel DVR and a 12 Volt IR surveillance camera. Around $60 for the both and its a lot more secure than sticking a camera on the windshield. Both can be hard wired into the electrical system and the DVR put behind an electrical access panel.

As for Chinavasion, I'm assuming its like all the other Chinese gadget sites and it takes a month or so to get your order.

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercliff hartle

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