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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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SJ1000 - At last...a good cheap action camera 

After years of fruitless searching and a not inconsiderable amount of money spent, I've finally found a good, cheap, 1080p waterproof action camera.

I get a lot of emails from people asking what action camera I would recommend for occasional use for paint-balling, mountain biking, etc - that costs around £50. Prior to today, my response has been that the cheapest camera I could really recommend was the Liquid Image Ego, but it costs£100.

If your budget doesn't stretch to £100 then there are very few action cameras to choose from. Perhaps the best camera from a very short shortlist is the the RD32II, but it suffers from a substandard mounting system and a non-standard video format. 

The SJ1000 changes everything. For about £60 you can buy a camera that is capable (under the right conditions) of producing video that rivals cameras costing over four times as much. I'm not suggesting that people throw away their GoPro HDHero 3 Black Edition cameras and get this instead...but if you are on a limited budget or don't see the point in spending £200+ on something you only plan on using a couple of times a year then this might well be the camera for you.

You'll have to do a bit of experimenting to get the mounting options to fit your requirements, but it's definitely worth the trouble when you see the video quality that you can get from this small camera. 



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Here is a folder of downloadable sample clips

I should mention that I haven't shot many 720p60 clips...and you'll only find 1080p on the bike.

The only thing I think that I forgot to say in the video was that when using it as a car DVR there is no gap between clips (as you expect nowadays) fact each clip repeats the last second of the previous one just to be sure.

UPDATE - 10 June 2013 - Answering a few questions.

First some bad news - The 720p60 mode turns out to actually be 720p30 (every frame is shown twice). I should have spotted this earlier, but I had only been testing the 1080p30 mode as that's the one I use. iMovie always converts 720p60 to 720p30 so that's why I didn't notice it before...apologies for that. Here is a link to a fast moving 720p clip I shot today.

Motion Detection mode - When this is on, the camera records 10 seconds of video and then stops until it sees another movement. If a movement occurs during the 10 seconds when it's recording then the timer is reset and it records for another 10 seconds. This way if the movement doesn't stop then the camera doesn't either....hope that makes sense.

The camera should be able to be mounted the right way up in a car if the correct mounts are combined....this is demonstrated in some of the ebay auction photos. 

File Sizes: 10 Minutes of video takes up 1.2GB in 1080p or 1.07GB in 720p modes.

The case floats in water and on it's own weighs 66.7g.

The camera itself is 7cm tall, 4.5cm wide, 3 cm thick at the bottom and 3.5cm thick at the top where the lens makes it deeper.

The timestamp can be switched off. I turned it off for the Night Time Driving clips and show this option on-screen 19:57 into the video.

I think the manufacturer may be a company with the snappy name of Shenzhen Hongfeng Century Technology Co. Ltd.

BATTERY LIFE is 2hrs 15mins (Could be 2hr 30 mins or more with the screen off)

UPDATE 29 August 2013 'NEW' FIRMWARE!

I know a few people have been waiting for this - so finally here is the updated firmware that fixes the screensaver bug. If the fact that the screen didn't automatically blank out wasn't an issue to you, I'd suggest skipping this update. If you want to update the firmware, you can download the file from the Files & Drivers Page. Updating it is very easy, but just in case you are's a quick video. Beware, if you somehow kill it, you are on your own.

Update 27 Sept 2013

Here's a link to another review of the camera by Tom Hardwick (he likes it).

Update 28/12/13.

This is a six month old review and a lot has happened since. You'll find the cases are improved, possibly the mounts too..and you now have the ability to turn the camera on when it's inside the case due to a different button arrangement. The current crop seem to have a 90º lens rather than the 140º on my camera. That means no fish-eye - but less FOV. I'm not doing any more videos about camera this but.....PLEASE READ THE COMMENTS...before posting a question that's been asked countless times before, it's the least you could do for all the kind people who have given up their time to elaborate on the features of this camera and posted their findings in the comments.  I'll give you a starter...NO IT DOESN'T DO TIMELAPSE...The way you can tell this is because there is no option for this on the screen when I go through all the menus in the camera...and it's the kind of thing I would have mentioned. I tend not to mention the things a camera doesn't do because we would be here all can't clip your toenails with this camera, it can't be used as a flotation device, it won't take x-rays etc..... 

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Here is some underwater footage I took with it. Please note it was a grey day, no sunshine and late afternoon. I did enable HDR for this:

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVertigo

@frank Mine has the same over sharpening as yours. Not sure if it's a firmware issue but as I said earlier, I'm hoping it isn't as obvious when moving.

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteremptybee

Richard D, if you're still following this. Where did the bicycle mount break? Can you upload a photo of the broken clamp please?

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteremptybee

Bummer, I was hoping that the refractive index of air to water would remove the vignetting when the camera was submerged in water, but the fish tank YT video has shattered my hopes. So it looks as if I'll have make a 'Go Pro 2' mod to the housing, to replace the current window with a bigger one.

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Just another thing. They seem to have changed the metal mount clamp to a smaller design. Doesn't stick as far out but has less adjustment.

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteremptybee

Regarding firmware updates I emailed the seller (and I urge you to do the same to your seller as they will then badger the manufacturer) and got this response:

"For update information, We haven't got any reply from our supplier, But we will key eyes on this issue.
If there will, we will update in our ads."

Therefore keep an eye on buy_ee's listing to see if the firmware updates are mentioned in the future.

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteremptybee

Thanks for the replies.
I'm aware of the 4GB limit on FAT, and also that 8GB cards give just short of 8 actual GB. While my card may not be bona-fide, it does give close to 8GB actual space. What happened with my previous camera (a Kodak) is it would drop 4GB files, and then when there was <4GB left on the card, it would drop a smaller file to use the available space. With the SP1000, it seems to discard the current file if the card becomes full before you end the recording. It is possible to work around this to an extent by using the cyclical recording. Anyway, I have a 16GB card I'm gonna try to see if it makes any difference.

The camera came from ebay seller startfrom2013 by the way.

@Quip - As to the F10, it certainly looks the same as the SP1000 and the box contents check out against what I have. Whether the camera innards are the same is another question, as Techmoan noted.

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJimbo

@ Mat

Watch out this:

Stylish Flytecam action camera is attractive in more ways than one

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Just received my white SP1000 from ebay seller buy-ee (version Y13061311) and have made the following observations.
- The supplied UK mains adaptor trips a menu asking to select between "mass storage" or "PC camera" when it is connected to the camera via the USB cable. If I use a HTC phone mains adaptor with the cable this does not happen - the camera starts recording in the same way as with the car adaptor.
- The supplied mounts are slightly too small - the top clip does not reach the indent in the case so the camera is only held on the sides - I would not trust the mount like this!
- No head strap supplied - but I did get 4 cable ties!
- The screen off timer works but the setting does not "stick" - if the camera is switched off and back on it always reverts to the 10 seconds setting.
- Sound seems to be fine and I am very impressed with the video quality.
Do others have mounts that actually hold the camera on all 3 points? If so I might contact supplier and see if they can supply replacements - or it could be time to break out the duck/gaffer tape.

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim

$10 USD Extra battery. $8 if you buy the camera too.


wang xiaojuan

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason E

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