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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


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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Got another battery to see if it would improve the poor recording time I had with the original (80 mins). Sadly not. Still only getting 85 minutes record time. So must be the camera I have is either using more power than others or the charging/shut off circuit is calibrated differently. Funnily enough the latest battery has 1100mAh on the case. ?however, when you open it up it's just the same 1000mAh cell as the old one. Ho hum ...

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexie

80 minutes with lcd on? If the lcd was on i think that is ok.
I recorded with lcd off and with cycle record on 10 minutes and i got 137 minutes.
So same as the gopro. In my opinion is ok.2 hours with lcd off and 1 hour with lcd on is very ok.
You can put screen saver on 1 minute.

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVgeorge

yes, me too. l got 132 mins with the screen off, 10 min clips.

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

LCD screen off ... still only 80 mins. In fact Techmoan got 130 mins with the screen on I think so it doesn't seem to make much difference perhaps.

I did a crude discharge test on the original battery alone and concluded it was only around 700 mAh which would almost account for the lack of recording time compared to others. I was surprised the "new" battery has the same problem. Charged (4.16V) and discharged voltages (3.6 V) seem to be correct for a LiPo so either both batteries are down on capacity or the camera is using more power than others. Strange one.

August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexie

I finally got my cam (6 weeks n custom delay) and made some test without UWC. Quality is brilliant for the price. UWC can#T film full frame as everyone knew. (too bad!). I did some closeup flower and bee shot, but too closeup, so not very successful. I think maximum 5 inches is better. If you are interested, take a look at the link.

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I found out if you set AWB then the color is blueish, when set to daylight, it becomes yellowish (warm). Strange !!
Once you set Color Balance of photo (either AWB or daylight), video will follow the same setting.

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I too have found the PebbleCam's auto white balance to be far better than the presets. The 'normal' sharpening is set rather too high, but it really only shows up on a very big TV. I have my exposure set to +1/3rd of a stop as I think this gives the best results overall.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

The SJ1000 camera holder that works with the small indents on the camera body is easier to lock into place by first snapping in the top of the holder to the camera top indent and then pushing the bottom of the camera into the camera holder. It will snap into place much more securely in that manner. You may have to exert a bit of pressure as you push the camera into place, but it snaps in and holds firmly when done in this manner. I have also done a DIY ballcap camera mount modification with the folding stock SJ1000 camera mount, but I am not sure you can link flickr photos in this reply or not.

The female nuts to the mounts are tapered at the ends and make tightening the mounts fully sort of challenging at times.

I put a double folded piece of tap onto the back of my camera, just above the screen there. I can push it out of the way when the camera is inside the housing, but it works as a tab to grab the camera with as I remove it. I don't drop the camera out of the housing when I use this tape tab.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoupe1942

I ordered a second clear housing from Hopezone110, at ebay. I believe it cost me $17 bucks, including shipping. I took my original housing and drilled out a small hole in front of where the microphone is located. I had added a small, round tether stick on and drilled the hole right through it, too. I then removed the back of my stock housing. I hold the camera in place with a small rubber band or a thin Velcro strip. This mod allows for much better audio when I am riding on my motorcycle.

If you don't wish to drill anything on your stock housing to modify it, you can do the same thing to improve the audio by simply leaving the back door cracked open and using a rubber band to go around the housing to prevent the camera from being pushed out. Make sure you secure the hinged latch or it will rattle when you do your filming. Remember, you still have to turn on the camera before inserting it into the housing. Believe me, the audio is much better with this mod or by leaving the housing door cracked open.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoupe1942

Well I managed to measure the current taken by the camera the other day to try to see why the battery life is poor on my cam and found the following:

Screen ON:
Not recording - 0.4 A
Recording - 0.55 A (average, jumps between 0.5 and 0.6)

Screen OFF - current only dropped by 0.02 A ... which is odd, thought it would have more affect.

The battery is probably close to 1000 mAh but the camera shuts off around 3.6V which is about 85% discharged so you're only getting 850mAh. Based on the above current drain you will only get around 90 mins which is almost all I manage, certainly nowhere near the 140 mins others get. Only thing I can see that might affect power drain is the SD card. Other than that either some have got lucky with good batteries or the camera is draining extra power because of manufacturing problems.

One way around the battery life problem is to power it through the USB from a phone backup LiPo pack. This gives hours of record time (packs typically 5000 mAh) and also allows you to switch the recording on and off remotely via the car recorder function by switching the power supply.

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexie

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