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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+
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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
Oct062014

The Polaroid Cube Review

The Polaroid Cube is a fun little camera but you'll probably need to pick up optional accessories to make it into a functional action camera. If only the quirky and attention grabbing magnet base was a less wacky but infinitely more flexible tripod screw mount it would be much more handy straight out of the box. You can see my full video review below.
 
 
After uploading the video I realised that I hadn't mentioned the size and weight, so it's a 3.5cm (1.38") cube that weighs 47g (1.65oz) 
 
DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS
I have uploaded the same samples to two locations. You can download them from pCloud 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 Polaroid Cube on Amazon.
 
 
 
Want to know more about the Mobius camera featured in the video?  Click Here to see the review.

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Reader Comments (29)

So If you use it as a dash cam and leave the car, it will record for 1!/2 hours and then switch off when the battery runs out. NOT A BAD IDEA I think . Presumably it will power up again when you re-start the car.

Could easily make a small steel shelf to put it on in the car. Easy to remove if you want to. Could have two - back and front/side - looking out of the car when you leave it. And If one fails the other might still be working. Easy to paint over the bright markings on the black one and make it more hidden in the car

Any comment Matt ?

October 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn W

It doesn't auto start recording. It needs to be switched on first and then double tapped to start the video recording. Other than this issue it could make a respectable dashcam.

October 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

On Peugeot cars, at least on my 406 V6 and also the 307 Griffe, you can move fuse F1 one notch to give constant +12v on the cig. outlet if you wish, default is (as usual) only +12v via the ignition key.

October 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

You could always glue a small magnet to either/both sides of the Cube to maintain landscape mounting.

October 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hi Matt, re dashcams, I think I may have found what might be the perfect solution. I've been prevaricating over different models for ages, but subject to what I hope will be an in-depth review by your good self, I'm hoping this will come out tops. It's the Street Guardian SG9665GM. It appears to offer discreteness along with a good tech spec. It's close to being almost like an OEM product. There's a review on DASHCAMTALK, though nowhere as good as your reviews. The link is https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/street-guardian-sg9665gm-now-available-unboxing-video-review.7184/
BTW, what do you do with all the old stuff you've reviewed? Apart from the rubbish that got the sledgehammer....
As always, thanks for listening.

October 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Carter

Another great review, Mat. I wouldn't buy one, but then i don't need one. Polaroid have become a marketing company selling a license to manufacturers, and taking a commission on each item sold, rather than risking their own capital. A shame I think. I see that Amazon sell the US version sells for $99, but the UK version for £99 - rip-off Britain in a nutshell. Keep up the good work though, I love your down to earth reviews, with no hype, just a good honest point of view.

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQuaser

That Street Guardian SG9665GM looks crud!
Looks like a tiny arcade machine.

October 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

Thanks for the great review.

Imho the lack of a tripod mount shouldn't be a big issue. You can glue a piece of metal in place where you want to use the camera, that gives you the opportunity to use the camera in place where a tripod can't be used.

Besides that there are a number of (reasonable priced) accesories to mount the camera.

Last but not least the price is reasonable, taken into account the video quality and compared to go pro alternatives.

Regards,
Maarten

October 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaarten

Great review, thank you.
I bought mine from Photojojo, and tried the video auto-orientation feature - without success. For still photos the orientation sensor seems working (based on EXIF info) but my videos stay in the same normal orientation, no matter how I switched the cube on or start to record.

Any idea?

Greetings

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom

It seems to depend on whether the playback program can read the orientation flag. I'm using Quicktime (on a Mac).

October 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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