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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Xiaomi Yi

 

 
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A119
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Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
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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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

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
Oct132014

The Contour Roam3 Helmet Cam Review

It's a little over a year since I reviewed the Contour Roam2 Helmet camera and in the meantime a lot has happened. The Contour company went bankrupt, was re-launched and have introduced a new model. So is their Roam3 a brand new camera or just last-year's warmed up leftovers repackaged...watch the video review below to find out.

 
DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS
I have uploaded the same samples to two locations. You can download them from hereDo not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you need to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 
 
There are links below if you want to buy the Contour Roam3.
   
  ebay US     ebay UK
 
   
 

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Reader Comments (43)

Hi Mat, hmm yes the version 2 and 3 - not much between them in video quality. The water proof element of the build of the cam is a good idea though, along with the lazer alignment, wish all cams came with this as standard.

Price again, puts me off, this seems a lot to pay for a fairly basic 1080p cam.

Thanks for listening,
Daz

October 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

From reading some of your reviews I'm guessing you like the Contour over the Sony because of the mounting options?
(Still looking for the perfect cam for the motorcycle)

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRick77

I've used my SVC-200 on the handlebars of my motorcycle with great results. Vibration isn't a problem and the separate waterproof case stays mounted all the time. Haven't tried a helmet mount, seems to be a few things in the way on the helmet surface. It's a bit cheaper in the US and seems to handle light transition very well, night time is better than OK. I think I'll stay with it for awhile. There are the Innovv C3 and Tachyon www.tachyoninc.com/bikercam.php cameras to consider. The Innovv C3 is a recent arrival. Hope to see a review soon ?

Thanks foe the review.

October 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArt

Thanks foe? the review ? OOPS

October 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArt

Thank you for the review. As with a previous poster, I too use the SVC200 for my motorcycle. I adhere it with the Delkin DDWING-ADH curved mount when it is on my helmet, or I mount it with the Delkin DDWING-BAR when on the side or back of my bike.

I would love to see a proper dashcam that could be used on a motorcycle! I tried the MINI 0803, and I loved it. The small size meant it was out of the way and it was easy to attach and detach the camera from the mount and throw it in the saddlebags when I parked somewhere. I found it especially useful having a daschcam with GPS on the bike as I could track my route through all the winding back-roads. Alas, after about a month and a half the connector between the camera and mount became loose and the camera shorted out mid ride.

Love all your reviews, and a big fan of your hard work.
Thanks,
Matt

October 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Is the Countor Software still in Java? Editing the videos in 2008 with 2006 tech would practically take forever.

*Write once, run anywhere... just might take forever.

October 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbman4533

Can you do a review of the Go Top Camera?

October 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Glad to see this review and that the camera mimics the Mobius for two modes of video + time-lapse! Wish the Marcus 3 did that.
Does anyone know if this camera can be operated with the rear cap open and powered externally from a battery pack for extended duration time-lapse shots?

October 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Little expensive for me. I'm not very technical but would love to film some of the rides on my 27 year old horse, we've been together for 20 years and time is running out for our cantering/galloping days and I would love to have some footage, holding my phone just doesn't do it for me, he's going to be my last horse, add 30 years to his age and there's the reason why, health issues added to that another. Mat can you point me in the direction to a easy to use cheap cam that I can attach to my riding hat please.

October 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSue

I may have just the thing for you if you (and your horse) can hold out until early next week. Stay subscribed on youtube....it will be my next video, and I'll be working on getting it all together over the weekend.

October 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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