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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

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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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)

..and you are right! My MacBook plays all files in correct angle - no problem with the Cube. Thank you!

October 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I'm having the same issue with the auto orientation feature. I just got in from making a trip to my local post office, had the Cube mounted upside-down on my windshield, have just popped the micro sd into my iMac and played back through quicktime and the footage is all upside-down. I've had the very same issue when recording with the Cube attached to the metal part of the headrest in the car, so on its side, and the video is actually recorded at a 90 degree angle, which cannot be put right.

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

You can flip the upside down video around in iMovie using the crop tools. Vertical video shot with any camera will always remain vertical. It looks ok on a phone screen but isn't any use elsewhere. You can always crop out the middle if you really need to use the shot....but it's not ideal.

November 13, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

This camera would be the dogs wotsits if it had auto start, surely someone could modify the firmware.
That's why I love my mobius, the firmware is always being tweaked.

November 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve R

Matt, those interesting in this cube might want to try the "Steelie" mounts from Niteize they might work in some mounting situations. Basically a "steelie" marble type mount that the cube should be able to magnetically affix to.

Thanks for all your fine postings.

Mark

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermark

Hi!

I am really considering getting one of these little cameras, but I have a little hang-up around the video quality.

According to this Reddit Thread, the settings for changing the video bit-rate have been exposed somewhere along a firmware update (how to upgrade) via the Settings.txt file that the device generates on the SD-Card. According to that, the bit-rate can be bumped up from 8 Mb/s to 13 Mb/s.

Could you please test and confirm if this changes the quality of the recording?

For me this might be the only remaining push to get one of these cubes.

Thank you!

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBallz

Wow, thanks for your review, i just ordered The Cube on simpleshoppinglink.com and i'm waiting for my order in a few days. Can't wait to try it byself

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLien

Can you PLEASE PLEASE tell us if the software is MAC compatible.

I had a Mobius camera and it was nothing but trouble.
When I upgraded to Yosemite on MAC it ( Mobius) would not recognize the camera any more!!

August 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLucky

I use one of these on my mini quad, awesome little camera, can certainly take a crash or too and the video quality is good.

July 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDarkButterfly

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