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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

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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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Audio Technica ATR3350 Lavalier Microphone

In the video I refer to this as a review, but that may be overselling it a bit, it's really just more of a quick product demonstration.

The ATR3350 must be one of the cheapest condenser Lavalier Microphones available and yet it still manages to sound better than the microphone that's built into my expensive new camera.
Unfortunately most cameras don't have the ability to use an external microphone, however if you are fortunate enough to own a camera with a 3.55 mini-jack mic-in socket, and you record live voice-overs, then this microphone is definitely one worth considering...especially when you consider its discounted price.
You can see the current price or BUY ONE using one of the links below:


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Reader Comments (13)

Matt, I think the last Microphone sounds the best one,first was the worst (G6).

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

I agree...but it should do because it's definitely not for this one will be coming as soon as possible.

August 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The mic you used to finish your review was waaaay better

August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

Interesting the difference in cost between those two Amazon links. The UK one has the mic for £27.49, while the US link is $19.32 (£12.41). Postage and customs charges from Amazon US to the UK would probably bump it up to around the UK price, though I suppose if you had a friend in the US willing to receive & forward the mic you might save a few bob.

August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedd

Hey, I was wondering if it is possible for you to do a review on a smoke detector spy camera with remote in the near future

August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSon

@Medd (and anyone else interested), this page may help when deciding whether or not to buy from the US instead of the UK: - VAT is payable above £15, but duty isn't payable until £135. wants $33.96 to send it from the US to the UK, including an estimated "Import Fees Deposit" of $5.66. Today's exchange rate makes that £21.79. Also, Amazon claims that the customer won't be stung for additional fees if the Import Fees Deposit estimate is too low:

So it really comes down to deciding whether or not the six quid difference is worth waiting an extra week or two for delivery.

August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Idiots complaining about you being in front of the camera in 3....2....1....

August 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

Mat - thanks for all your videos - I've started watching some after looking at "Non GoPro" and ideally "Non Expensive" video cameras suitable for in car use.

In a silly fit of looking for a sound recorder for a dull domestic purpose - I ended up going up the range and getting a Zoom H2N - (It's a pocket digital recorder/microphone thing) - reason I thought this might be of interest is it seems quite a few people are adding seperate audio recording to their video set ups, presumably either because the audio circuits of most cameras play second fiddle to all the optical gubbins that thay put in there, and as you've said, the number with external mic inputs is very limited.

I'm still playing about a bit, but it certainly takes the audio capability up a few notches, of course it's then extra work to add the audio back in post production, that may defeat your quest for a slick and easy way to produce videos. What it's done for me is mean I can concentrate on the whole range of video capable devices without worrying at all over their audio capabilities. It's also got stereo external mic in too, I've got two super cheap tie pin mics working on it with a Y lead now!

Thanks again for the videos - I don't know what you do for an office job but you wouldn't look out of place on the Gadget show as a presenter!

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFranv8

Will there be a cardioid mic in the future?

Or are the lavalier and USB mic all that are necessary at the moment?

August 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapt Nemo

The Audio Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Microphone appears to me as an identical replacement lavalier mic from the recently discontinued Audio-Technica ATR-35S Lavalier Microphone.

September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMicrophone Hire

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