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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
Nov102014

Tenvis TH671 IP Camera Review

I receive quite a few requests to revisit IP cameras, so I decided a while ago to review the next budget HD IP camera that showed promise. This particular camera was suggested to me by a subscriber, I picked mine up for £43 and made the short video you can view below. 

If after watching the review you are prepared to live with it's various limitations and just intend to use it as an indoor remote viewable camera then you can buy your own using the links below.

ebay   UK  US  DE  NL  AU  

 

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Reader Comments (12)

Hello, sorry for OT, but are you planning to review new SJCAM SJ5000. It is out on SJCAM official web, foxoffer and banggood even already has price, but I´m not sure that banggood offer is legit.
The cube also look interesting.

November 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFreeman

Great video and review - Really helpful and informative

Please try and find some other similar products to compare much like you have with dash cams

Thanks for all the hardwork

November 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Thanks for another great review. I enjoy each and every one.

November 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Fisher

Thanks for the review! This camera is very similar to the new product of Xiaomi - Xiaomi Ants
http://www.mi.com/xiaoyi

November 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlexander N.

What a piece of junk. Obviously, you get what you pay for.

DLink cams actually work.

November 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbman4533

Hi Mat,

Excellent review as always, the biggest benefit with this cam is not having to bother with port forwarding which is a pain to do and on my Plusnet connection I have to reset the config a lot of times, as it seems to forget ip addresses. More a plusnet router issue I grant you. Pity all the other little things didnt work, but even with my foscams they dont really work well with emails and alerts - tend to find I get bombarded with emails if this is set.

Great stuff though - keep em coming.

Daz

November 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Best thing about this camera was your low-key humour about the syntax issues of this product! Now...where can I get these new Mirco cards? ;-)

November 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

Port forwarding is simple if you have a decent router.

You need to know your local camera IP http port (assign in firmware, something other than 80 preferably), assign in your router an external port you want to use, and forward to the local IP/port.

November 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbman

I have just been searching for this type of information for a while and finally found here so far. Thanks !

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergsm alarmsysteem

No need to turn off night shot, Tape over the LED night shot lights and then use it in the window. U still get the low light black white image, we do this on sony cameras when filming at night.

November 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Nice to see this test. If you're testing more IP cams, the models that can FTP still images /clips based on motion events work well with a cloud service called sensr.net
This is another area that still seems to be the wild west - I have a few d-link IP cameras and they have their foibles of falling off wifi and highly variable picture quality depending on model - some great and some mediocre. I also use one TrendNet poe camera, terrible picture quality and difficult to focus. Have also used the Dropcam and it uses and incredible amount of bandwidth as it uploads 24/7 to their servers. Great picture though.

November 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan M

The camera looks a lot like Xiaoyi camera that I have. Unfortunately it needs Internet connectivity to work, even when I'm local. Would this camera or another be IP ready, but not need Internet access. It chews up a lot of data and does not work when the Internet is not available. Could you comment a product that has decent resolution (720), low power (5v USB), and be local IP based?

Thanks

February 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSam

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