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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.

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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.

 

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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)

Ok Question - how do I set the timezone? Mine is always about 5 hours out, presumably from the gps and I can't see anywhere to set it to UK? It says "bigbluesky" or something similar on the power on splash screen if that's any help as to the version

February 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

It's shown at 13:37 in the video. Set the timezone in the Timezone menu.

February 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Timezone setting (or not) is firmware version dependent, some have it, some don't

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

I thought buying a dash cam would be easy. I already have a reversing camera, autopark and a nice screen. I thought it would just be a case of buying a 2 channel car dvr and a couple of high quality small cameras , one hid in the front grill, one in the rear number plate light. Toyota and most car manufactures fit good camera,s so they must be available at reasonable prices. No such luck. There are car dvr's on Ebay but none with a decent spec from a reputable source. The Blackvue 650 2 Chan looks to fit the bill but its nearly £100 less expensive in US than in UK which makes me question the quality and reliability. The old adage you get what you pay for. I do not want anymore junk in the windscreen or LEDs. With Auto mirrors, rain sensors Hud-e its already like seeing out of a tank slit. Dash cams should be standard or at least fit for purpose, so far I am still looking.

February 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIan

ThanKs Matt,

Ive just purchased mine from a,aron with a capacitor so hopefully it will last a little longer than any battery models!

Another great review! Now to find a good action cam with audio input for my car!

February 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Hi there, I finally received my A118/B40 cam a couple of days ago. I installed it in the car and I thought everything was working fine UNTIL I decided to playback the footage on my TV when I noticed the problem.
Everthing on the left side of the screen is perfectly in focus but on the right side its all out of focus. I think the problem is that the lens should be rotated about 90º clockwise but how?
If I open it up i might not be able to do anything, apart from that I would be voiding the warranty. If I send it back to the seller in China it could take a couple of months before I get it back (apart from the postage costs to China).
I don't know what to do as the problem looks simple to resolve IF the lens could be rotated !

Any ideas would be welcome.
Thanks.

February 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJim

lens is the problem, the adjustment is usually no more than a few millimeters to get it right though

if you bought from a Chinese seller this happens as they don't do any 3rd party QC checks, what they get is what you get

February 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

A cross-threaded lens is the problem. If it's possible and you don't mind taking the risk, unscrewing it and then putting it back on *should* resolve the issue.

February 12, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks to both for the info.
I don't mind taking the risk but I'm not sure how to unscrew the lens. If its easy I would prefer to do this rather than to go through all the hassle and cost of returning it to China.

February 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Trying to play file thru av out but cannot find suitable cable to work with unit . any suggestions on where to purchase ?

February 15, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrobert

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