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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.

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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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Monday
Jan202014

The Innovv C1 Review

At long last here is my review of the Innovv C1 camera. This is a very interesting little camera with a number of clever features. The manufacturer has set-out to make the best mini 1080p camera, watch the video to see if they succeeded. I didn't mention price in the video because these things often change, but if you click the links below the video you'll see the latest deals.

Innovv has been putting out regular firmware updates to tweak the camera and add features...which is of course a good thing, but it also makes it difficult to review when the goalposts keep moving. So consider this video to be a demonstration of this camera's features and abilities as of early January 2014 if you are reading this in a few months then some of the things I've mentioned may well have changed.

I haven't found anyone selling the Dash-cam lead seperately, I'd imagine it's the same one used in some of the 808 keyring cameras, but I can't confirm this until I unearth my old 808 #26 wire. It's unfortunate that a special lead is required if you want to power and record at the same time or utilise the auto power on/off function, so hopefully they'll consider bundling this important USB wire with future sales. 

One thing I didnt mention in the video is that, as expected, there is no gap between clips when using this camera as a dash-cam...rather each new clip repeats a fraction of a second of the previous one.

If you want to read the manuals, install the GUI Update Utility or get the firmware updates, they can all be obtained from the Manufacturer's website HERE.

BUYING LINKS BELOW (Ebay sellers recommended by Innovv)

INNOVV C1

ELETECH086 (US) HXELEPRO360 (US)

ELETECH086 (UK) HXELEPRO360 (UK)

INNOVV C2 (Model with wider FOV)

POWER-GPS (USPOWER-GPS (UK)

BUYING LINKS for other countries:  DE  NL  AU  FR  ES

Download Samples HERE. As always, don't stream these, because if you do the quality will be no different to watching them on youtube. To download, change the dropbox thumbnail-based file page into a list (icon at the top right) then click on a file and choose Download (Icon bottom right 'More Actions'). Once they are downloaded you can play them from your hard-drive to see the true untouched video quality.

More info about the Innov C1 is available on the Dashcamtalk and RCGroups forums.

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Reader Comments (63)

Thanks for another wonderful review. I decided to order a Mobius as well. Seems they were trying to copy Mobius but not quite successful yet.

January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Thanks for the review, The new blog released as below,

Techmoan and The Innovv C1 review

http://innovvactioncam.blogspot.kr/2014/01/techmoan-and-innovv-c1-review.html

January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRockThinking

Indeed, thanks for the review, looks like a Mobius clone indeed. Having a lens that could be rotated would be great indeed!

January 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwebvan

Id also really like a camera that could have its lens rotated so it could fit as a low profile helmet mount, while still having normal widescreen video.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonald

Nonstandard USB = no buy for me. I've had it with nonstandard connectors. This is dumb and pointless. Do they have to pay a royalty to use a USB plug or something? Just trying to understand why they would do that.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJRR

Whats with all the pop ups .? and now the double underlined words MORE advertising crap. IT SPOILS YOUR SITE OR PAGE ,What ever im trying to watch. you have one less fan because of your pop ups .

January 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergeoff D

I think you must have a virus....I don't have any of those things on my site.

January 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

If you're thinking about buying an Innovv, also see <http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/threads/side-by-side-mobius-b-lens-vs-innovv-c1-old-new-lens-vs-panorama-ii-day-night.4104/> , in which an Innovv owner reviews it against the Mobius & Panorama II (an excellent $200 dashcam).

February 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Hi Techmoan,

I just got my Innovv C1camera yesterday and landed to your great review (the best so far for this model) in order to fully understand this tinny cam. I almost master everything that said in the manual except the motion detection function. I don't know why mine doesn't record any motion as I wish. Maybe I missed one step^ Here is what I did: switch to Parking mode and see the red/green light blinking rapidly. From there, I don't know whether I leave it as is or I have to press the shuttle button again. The manual from the manufacturer is so poor and can't really help me to solve the issue.

Thanks for your help and look forward to reading you.

Theo

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheo

You don't want to be in parking mode! Download the GUI, turn off G sensor, but turn on motion detect. Press the shutter button. It will record for 1 minute after which it is in motion detect mode. Any movement in front of the camera it will record. Parking mode uses a G sensor which needs a physical shock to start recording. The idea is when your car is parked and powered by an optional special lead, it will start to record if your car is hit by anything.

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBob Moore

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