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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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

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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Saturday
Jun012013

The Viofo VF960 / G900 Dashcam Review

Here's another dashcam review. Recently I've been turning down quite a few requests from manufacturers to take a look at their car cameras for fear of getting stuck in a rut. However this is a camera that I promised to review at a time last year when I hadn't reviewed any dashcams for a while. The manufacturer ended up delaying this camera for a few months to make some improvements, so when it did arrive, it has come at a time when I feel that I may have already done enough dashcam reviews for a while. 

The links the manufacturer sent me are shown below.

Manufacturer Website

Buying Link

The current price (on 1 June 2013) is approx £72 or $109 USD. 

As mentioned in the review - I won't be permanently installing this in my car, but during the week or two that I was testing it, I didn't experience any problems. Now I can only report on my own experience - but it functioned perfectly for me and it was a nice change to review a well executed product. One thing I should say, I mentioned to Viofo that it was a bit too large for my car - and they explained that by having a larger case, the camera wouldn't overheat. I can't really test that theory in the UK - but any Australian viewers/readers may be interested in this information.

Regarding the fact that I wouldn't want to leave any camera in the window of a parked car, I wonder if theft from cars is not a universal problem. Perhaps in the countries where these cameras are designed, people are more respectful of other people's posessions and would never dream of breaking a car window to steal something. It's just a thought, but it may explain the lack of a quck release mount on most of the cameras that I test. 

You'll notice that this review is shorter than some of my previous car cam reviews - I'm now able to reduce the length by omitting any information already covered in my Beginners Guide to Dashcams video.  

Details not mentioned in the video - The camera records in the .mov file format. One minute of 1080p30 video takes up 92MB.

Here's the link to my downloadable sample clips.

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Reader Comments (34)

The current price (on 1 June 2013) is approx £72 or £109 USD.

close enough...

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterblitz

Maybe because the value of dashcams aren't worth the risk? Where I'm from, almost everyone has a dashcam these days, and they leave it in their car, no problems.

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasam

Overheating is a problem as north as Finland. My GoPro3 gets overheated when outside temperature is around 25 C and sun is shining. It makes GoPro useless as a dash cam.

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergp

I would just like to point out that the "G sensor" function is only on the GPS equipped models. As the video states, these are presently unavailable (The 960S - presently flagged as "Sold Out").

On Techmoan's seller link, it is not specified on the 960 basic model.

Techmoan's review was of the 960S and therefore "G sensor" function was in the menu. Whether or not you value this function is a matter of personal preference

Thanks for the review and I think even the basic model seems a pretty good buy at present prices.

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFlyingPanMan

Are you really happy with the night footage, especially after the 8:30 mark? Looks rather dark and blocky, almost like the bit rate is too low to handle all that. I've seen other cameras you've reviewed performing way better than this one. It's a shame really because this camera seems to deal with the changing lightning conditions superbly.

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfrisk2k

I'm happy with the night footage yes. I think it captures clear enough footage to use as evidence, which is what I would need. Unfortunately I'm not using the camera though because I can't hide it away in my car...and I'm not prepared to remove a camera whenever I park up.

June 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

In Toronto, Canada most things left in a car will most likely remain in the car. I even passed a motorcycle parked at a grocery store last week that had its on board GPS still clipped to the tank while the rider was away shopping. It's sorta not worth getting shot by a cop for IMO.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I'm definitely living in the wrong country....but I pretty much knew that already.

June 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Have you thought about reviewing the "smallest ambarella car camera"?

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Smallest-Ambarella-Car-DVR-Recorder-with-A2S60-chip-Full-HD-1920-1080P-30fps-video-MOV-file/833001063.html

It's the same form factor as that tiny bullet shaped camera you reviewed before but it has a screen and films in 1080p. I'd be interested to see what you think .

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchris

If you look closely, it seams the Ambarella A2S60 does not get powered directly when attached to the windshield, but it's attachment get the power, this offer a quick and easy disconnect. Even better, the windshield attachment is very low profile. The specs looks very enticing as well. Please Techmoan, could you find a way to take a look at it?

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasterixky

Chris, That looks interesting....thanks for the tip. I'll see what I can do.

June 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Asterixky, I'll be trying to look at some more Amberella based cams in the future. I may try this one out...or something similar.

June 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you Techmoan, and no pressure. What ever you decide to try and test will always be a pleasure to watch.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasterixky

@Techmoan: I watched couple of your videos but got curious to know which dashcam you use permanently

June 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter127kmph

I don't use any permanently. I'm always looking for the perfect one.

June 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello there... new viewer here. What camera do you recommend for under $100 USD?

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I'd probably recommend this one...it's a couple of dollars more than $100, but I haven't tested a better one at a cheaper price.

June 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello again. I noticed in your review the unit was on without any power cables attached. My assumption is that there is an internal battery. If so, how long does it last?

I'm still trying to convince my wife I need one of these for my car.

July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Not long...minutes rather than hours.

July 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Techmoan - how much was the import duty on this one?

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob J

Mine wasn't a normal delivery. The manufacturer sent it to me as a sample....so it didn't have a price on the declaration slip.

July 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

About the GPS player tool, thanks Vadikus(author of http://www.registratorviewer.com/), the player tool developed by Vadikus now support VF960 Car DVR, and everything works well now, GPS, G-sensor, accurate maps, etc. Please download new player tool from below link:
http://download.registratorviewer.com/download/RegistratorViewer.exe

July 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Got the camera a couple of days ago.....no duty to be paid :-)

Glad I saw your video and took the plunge as very good quality bit of kit for the money. Fits nicely in my Skoda Fabia.

Ps Techmoan....is it you that does the Thomas the tank engine voice overs? ;-)

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob J

Ordered mine on Sunday and anxious for it to arrive. It will go in my 2012 Honda Civic.

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I originally wanted the GS900 but it was sold out so I bought the VF960S and flashed the latest FW (20130627) improving audio
# the GPS route tracking performance is excellent / it records car speed, exact location and altitude
# first GPS sync takes 10-15 minutes ! (red satellite logo on LCD means OK) but later it's just a matter of seconds
# the evening footage is a bit too grainy to my taste

VF960 vs DOD LS300W
12 Mbps vs 15 Mbps
F? lens vs F1.6 lens
some sort of light compensation technology vs. true WDR like in case of LS300W

I wish the DOD was available with GPS on-board !

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergeezerpl

Got a VF960 (G900) from foxoffer.com. It arrived two days ago (1/7/2013). The two times I have used it there is a green line running from top to bottom which seems to be tracking the sun. Have contacted Viofo they said to contact foxoffer which I have. Waiting for a reply. Not good.
It also needs to have an image stabilizer, Australian roads are rubbish.

August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert (from AUS)

Just an update. The date should be (1/8/2013) my mistake. Have asked Viofo if they had any idea what the problem might be seeing as though they made the thing, nothing!! What good PR.
Have sent the thing back to foxOffer to have it replaced but won't hold my breath. When the return instruction were Emailed there was no RMA number quoted. This number must be on the package for processing. I think I'll stick to face to face shopping, it might be a little dearer but I think cheaper in the long run. The return postage gets a bit expensive.

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert (from AUS)

New reader here. I'm looking for a dashcam and found this site through Google. Given your generally good review of this device, I hope you'll follow this article up with a review of one of their dual-camera devices. I've been shunted a number of times so really want that rear camera.

Can you please also advise on the legal restrictions on dashcam placement? I'm aware that there are restrictions, but my search-fu is weak.

Can I also suggest an audio test you might like to add: that of someone outside the car talking to the driver? I'm thinking of both road-rage incidents and being stopped by the police.

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterQuentin

I have just received this from fox offer in china and it says no card.i have tried 2sd cards and still the same.
Also the green light on the front is flashing red ,I formatted the cards in the camera .
Sent email but still waiting for reply,tried phoning them but they said wait for email also duty cost me £13.38.
Love your web site and YouTube videos.

September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartin dyke

Martin, I'm not sure what's going on there. How did you format the card in the camera when it says No Card, did it acknowledge the format? You cards are Class 4 or above I assume?

September 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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