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Pick of the Camera Reviews

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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
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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Sunday
Oct262014

The A118 / B40 Wedge Dashcam Review

This camera has been on the market for quite a few months however I've only recently installed one in my car and I now plan to keep it there until either it stops working or something better comes along.

I must reiterate that this is a budget model and I really have have no idea how long it will continue to work for. I've received feedback that some cameras I've reviewed and rated highly like the 0803 can have short life spans especially in hot environments.

Given that I'm always testing a different model and I don't live in a hot part of the world, I just can't test a camera's long term relibility in a sunbaked car.  No one should expect a budget camera ito last as long as a premium model (with a two year warranty) but if your budget is limited and you want to know more about a particular device from people who have first hand experience of using it, I'd recommend looking through the forum on Dashcamtalk.

DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS

I have uploaded the sample clips here. Do 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 A118 / B40 'Wedge' Dashcam
   

Purchasing Links

Foxoffer (Ebay US)   Foxoffer Ebay (UK)   Foxoffer.com  (My cam was supplied by Foxoffer) 

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Reader Comments (181)

you should start showing how the camera looks from the outside of the car

October 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermagno

Usually it's just a load of reflections, it depends a lot on the cloud cover.

October 26, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

regarding the overlap, if using Registrator Viewer here's a guide on how to configure to suit

http://www.mediafire.com/view/4nsvpj9on2y426c/Configure-Registrator-Viewer-for-SG9665XX-series.pdf

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

By the way there is a deluxe super capacitor version in the works. This new version will be a much better option for high heat conditions. (no battery leak/balloon up problems due to the green house heat while parked)

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPier28

Thank you Matt! A pleasure to watch, as always.

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFourEyes

Hi Mat, interesting video review as always, I suppose some advantages over the Mobius - on screen display and GPS. Price sounds about right too.

Well done as always!

Thanks for listening.

Daz

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Hi Matt,
Remove the A Pillar trim, and drop the cable behind it, top end goes straight into the headlining and you can pop it out by the mirror, bottom end should go straight into the glove box and you can wire it directly into the fuse box (if thats the location of it in your car, or if not) theres usually a 12v feed somewhere in the glove box or in the vicinity.

For those who have airbags in the A pillar, doesn't matter the manufacturer also runs cables down the a pillar behind the airbag ( or at least on the three different car's I've put mobius's in has) so just tie it into that.

(If you're worried about the airbags disconnect the battery and leave it a few hours first)

Saves that horrible, horrible wiring that you showed! ;)

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

Great review as always! I have this dashcam and have been using it for about 6 months. So far it has held up well in the Alabama summer heat and I am very impressed with the quality for the price. Fingers crossed it lasts a long time for me!

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBama

Nice car. What is it?

October 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

First up, thanks for giving such great down to earth reviews with total impartiality and honesty.

I'm thinking of buying my first dash cam, mainly just to cover my arse in case some plonker runs into me. I don't want to spend hundreds though, so I'm thinking of either the 'Mini 0803' or this 'Wedge' camera.

Given the overheating issues, I'm put off the mini 0803 slightly, but it looked a little better at night than the wedge did.

So, simple question, where would you put the money, mini 0803 or wedge?

October 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterminigeff

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