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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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808#26 1080p Key-fob Spy Camera Review

At long last, here is my long-delayed review of the 808#26 Key-fob spy camera. This video took me much longer than I anticipated to finish. One reason is because I was stalling for an update to either the software or the firmware that would allow me to test all the settings fully, but in the end I reluctantly had to finish the video without using the PC software. Perhaps the most annoying thing about this was that I haven't been unable to update or remove the time and date stamp. UPDATE 20/8/13 (I've now got the software to work - see details at the end of this post).

Another issue for me was that that this camera creates .avi files. My Mac doesn't like these and insists I repackage them into an mp4 container before iMovie will import them. PC's are the opposite and prefer avi files, so this is definitely a camera aimed at the PC user.  

The samples I upload here often have to be trimmed for length to reduce the file size. A 477MB 1080p file is created every 5 mins when I'm driving, but you only want to see a few seconds of that. I like to upload files that haven't been re-encoded so I used MPEG Streamclip to trim them - but it had a lot of problems with these files.

I went on a three week holiday shortly after the camera was delivered, so I've turned this to my advantage, by shooting some additional footage whilst I was travelling. Hopefully this livens things up a tad compared to my usual city centre Manchester clips.


DOWNLOADABLE SAMPLES AVAILABLE HERE These will look better than youtube.


If you want to purchase the 808#26 there are a number of ebay sellers who have all been recommended to me by the manufacturer Hetai. Prices start at approx £65 for a basic package. 






 Useful Links for additional information on this camera

RCGROUPS.COM Forums (Essential if you plan on using this camera in a Remote Controlled Aircraft)

CHUCKLOHR.COM (Everything you need to know all about the technology inside this camera).


Once it was explained to me how to get the camera to connect to the PC, it turns out that the software works fine (thanks to 'theWolfTamer71"on youtube for enlightening me).

For the camera to be recognised, a procedure has to be followed carefully. First, ensure the camera is turned off. Load up the PC Setout tool software. Connected the camera to the PC using the supplied USB lead. Press and hold the Shutter and Power keys together for a few seconds until a red light flashes...the camera will then appear in the software and you can change the settings. When you are happy with the changes - press the Set-Out button to update the camera.  
I have tried this on a Windows 7 Machine - I believe the software doesn't work on XP. I haven't tried Win 8. The fact the software is PC only and Macs are more compatible with .mp4 or .mov files rather than the .avi files created by this camera, means that this camera is better suited for use by PC users.



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Reader Comments (25)

Thanks Paul. But you know we had to use the USB cord / cable that it came with. The stupid #26 camera uses the buggy UC-E6 connector, non-USB standard. I used the charger for my cell phone or USB port of PC to charge it. If it may fry the camera, then it's really poorly-designed product. I did some google, too many reported issues with this camera. Based on their ebay sales records (around one or two hundreds were sold?), the percentage with issues is much too high.

I'm done with it. Will try to get a full refund if I still can.

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterspyfan

Hmm, not sure about the program for doing the settings, etc. Editing a simple text file and putting that on the SD card seems like the easiest way to do things.

I'm a Linux user, so I'd have to jump through hoops to change the camera settings. It's probably no where in the instruction manual, but did you check, if using a text file to change the settings is still possible (as a fallback, perhaps)? And are there firmware updates available?

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpolemon

I was wondering if you happen to use hidden cameras like one in wall clocks? I was planning to buy one, and would appreciate a review about this.

This is the actual product that I am going to purchase from one of the online stores.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCharyl Yan

hi everyone, my 808 #26 is not charging, each time I plug it with the pc-using the cable that came with it- the yellow light appears for some seconds only and then switches off.
is there a solution to this problem?

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Does the setup work on windows vista

August 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterraj

i've been following your blog for a while now and loved your reviews. stumbled upon this post, which is a while back. do you have a more updated version of this type of review for the keychain cam?

i see there are so many different types out there, #26, #16, etc....

and now some of them are only US$10 on ebay.

would be great if you have an updated reviews for these.


October 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlu

I have an issue with the setout tool which is not recognizing the 808 #26 camera.

I am running windows 7 and my laptop recognizes the camera as a drive and I can actually see the recorded videos in my camera.

However, although I am following the steps for the setout tool, the program is not recognizing the camera and the "setout" button is always grayed out. I tried this on 2 different laptops and it`s the same problem. I also upgraded to net framework 4.5.2 and disabled virus scanner but the problem persists.

How may I rectify this issue??

October 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDV

Want to know of a good retailer in US. I dont want to get ripped off and have someone send me a #16.

Thanks in advance.

December 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCharlee


My device it's working records video and save in the memory stickt. But I need to read the memory alone to see my video. When I plug the devide it doesn't doesn't install drivers. Also...there's no toolbox. And I follow the instructions. Which could be the problem? Also....How do I recognize the original USB cable? I have 3 that are the same size from different devices.

Best regards

January 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCapi

I could not install the setout too I do not know what is going on, I'm tired of it. I did same thing but unfortunately did not work :(

December 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRE

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