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ACTION CAMS

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Sena Prism Tube

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
Nov022014

Innovv C3 Review -The Wired Lens Mini Camera

Cube shaped action cameras aren't suitable for all situations so Innovv thought outside the box when designing their new camera to allow for greater flexibility in camera placement.

If you've got the time (31 mins) you can click the video below to see my full review of the C3 Mini Snake Camera.

One thing that I didn't mention during the review was how this could be considered to be the first Motorcycle 'Dash' Camera. Over the years I've reviewed plenty of Car DVR Dashcams, but whenever people asked me if something similar was available for motorcycles I've always drawn a blank....until now. The C3 has all the necesssary features to make a great bike DVR . It has the ability to loop over the oldest video on the memory card, the water resistant camera can be lashed to the frame or hidden away in a fairing and the control unit can be stowed seperately in a dry area of the bike - perhaps under the seat, powered from a switched 5V USB. 

My bike already has a switched 12V power socket fitted, but if you need to fit one I believe that a Fuseblock is a device you can install to get switched power and then add a 12V to 5V USB 1 Amp converter for the Innovv C3.

But that's just one use for a C3, but I'm sure you can think of many others. 

DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS 
You can download samples clips from here . Do not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you have to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 

Purchasing the C3

If you are interested in buying a Innovv C3 Mini Snake camera, there are a few options...but be sure to pick the right lens unit for your requirements (120º or 90º) - In my opinion 90º worked best as a motorcycle helmet mounted camera. 

1) You can order direct from Innovv by clicking here.

Current Price - $129 for 90º or $139 for 120º, but be sure to use coupon code 4F2EE74D at checkout for a $5 discount. (I've noticed that the Innovv website works better in the Chrome Browser)

(Please don't repost this code anywhere, it may be changed and you'll look dim for posting a useless code).

The C3 can also be found at the links below (Some of these links may also list the C1 or C2 - so choose carefully)

EBAY

Click your country to see what options are available to you. (Choose 'Worldwide' if nothing shows up)

UK   US   AU   DE   AT   BE   CA   CH   ES   FR   IE   IT   NL

Amazon (US)

 

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Reader Comments (43)

Thanks for another great review Matt. Rock gave me the heads up to expect a review from you very soon.
Just wanted to know what you would recommend for a simple and discreet front and rear dashcam setup - 2 x Mobius or 2 x Innovv C3s. Some sort of parking mode would be ideal, but not sure how reliable this function is on either of these cams :/.
I'm on a budget of around £150-180 for the 2 and haven't found a suitable enough or cheap enough 2 channel system yet.

November 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermcaf123

My C3 is not recognised by my PC ,C1 is ok .Records but not configerable via the PC.Maybe a manufacturing fault .Needs clarification by Innovv , seems i am not the only one .

November 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDanny

Looks like an excellent device for inspecting narrow, hard to reach places. Just wondering what's the smallest distance it can focus the image?

November 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterM.S.

Danny, perhaps you are making the same 'mistake' as I was. Did you know that the cable with the lens on it has to be attached to the C3 recorder for the pc to see it as a drive?

November 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

Thanks ..it connects now !

November 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdanny

Can you testing the SJ5000?
I know this is not the disciple from the SJ4000!
Can you try it anyway?

Greetings from Krautland! ;-)

November 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbob

Was the camera sensor not straight in the case (didn't line up with the mark on top of the camera)? All of the videos were on the wonk, even the hand held ones.

This design is the closest to "my perfect camera". If you could connect 2 cameras to it, the cameras were a touch smaller, the night mode was a bit better and the mounting options for windscreen back of the rear view mirror was better, it truly would be perfect.

I often wonder how long it'll be until a company makes a barrel shaped camera with a simple gimbal (freely rotating with a weighted base) so the camera stays level inside the barrel so the video always remains straight.

November 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

I wonder if the camera is waterproof enough if mounted in the grille at the front of the car? Then you can put the recorder unit in the engine compartment and run the power to there.

November 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterterry

"Over the years I've reviewed plenty of Car DVR Dashcams, but whenever people asked me if something similar was available for motorcycles I've always drawn a blank...."

Well, there's the Roadhawk Ride, which on paper at least seems to tick all the dashcam boxes.
http://motorcycle.roadhawk.co.uk/

November 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKeeees

Some one earlier mentioned that a "parking mode" would be great so thought I'd mention the Z8 dash cam.

Has a collision detection mode so cam will start up and record for a few mins even if you are parked.

Could be a good addition to the Innovv C3.

November 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTerry

A 'Y' cable would be handy to connect both the mic and power if required.
BTW so you are a SF fan then?

As ever, thanks for another cracking review.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGK998

Can the lens and its cable be used standalone like web cam?

November 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertony

Hi Mat

Is this the one you were thinking of for me riding my horse. Looks good, bit more than I wanted to pay for possibly a couple of recordings. I'll have to see what Santa brings me but I need a new drill too so hoping Santa's bringing me one of those as I plan to make a summer house from scratch next year.

Will keep tuned in to see whats new

Thanks Sue

November 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSue

Yes this was the one, however if you want to go cheaper and boxier then the SJ4000 might suit instead.

November 10, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello Matt,

I know there is a little marker on the lens so you can make sure the image is horizontal.
However, how do you adjust the little camera vertically on the helmet? I mean on a camera like the Drift which has a a small lcd screen on the unit itself you can almost immediately check the footage so you know if it's pointed correctly up/down and left/right.
Is there any other method besides the educated guess and finding out after the ride there is a bit too much asfalt or too much sky in the footage? Thanks for the great review.

November 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDooku

The helmet mount rotates as well so you can adjust it to point up and down once it's fixed to the helmet. It might be an idea to do the adjustment facing a mirror but then point it up slightly because you'll tend to look downwards a bit when on your bike.

November 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I considered this an an ideal solution for bike recording but the lack of a light indicator on the camera barrel stopped me buying it.

The idea was to pack the main body away, but I have been let down before, thinking I was recording when I wasn't. A discrete light on the back of the case to indicate mode would be great for me, and the ability to turn on/off for those who want no light.

Hope that makes sense.

November 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteroo03sjw

Matt,
Much appreciated; just bought this on the basis of your review. Had been intending to get a helmet cam for some time and then coming out of hospital in July with broken bones, I started looking at your videos in my recuperation armchair position. The camera I still really want is the Sony AS100V, but is just a bit pricey (particularly when considering what would happen to it in a crash) as well as being a bit bulky and shouty when mounted onto a bicycle helmet. I will wait 'til there is a new model and the prices tumble. I was very close to getting the Mobius, but delayed long enough to see this review. The really strong selling point is that the lens mounted on the helmet is light, rotatable to reposition and very discrete and the cable to the camera pack is really no problem, PLUS I can transfer it to my car and record continuously on loop and without worrying about the battery. Video quality might not match the Sony, but is very good. Will get a battery pack. What is the one you are using in the video/ any general advice on these?

November 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Beecher

USB battery packs all function pretty much identically. My only advice is to get one that outputs 2 Amps (it might say 2.1amp) which whilst not required for this cam will give you future proofing as well as faster charging. Then just pick the size you want. Physically and capacity.

November 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Matt,

Thanks. It was really useful knowing that battery packs could be used, so that longer journies could be recorded.

November 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Beecher

As above and before thanks for a very informative review. I have a Go Pro Hero 3 and I want another camera to do dual video. This one looks like the one that I'll get.

I just have one question, which lens do you recommend the 90 degree or the 120 degree? I know from going to Innovv's web site one can purchase the lenses separately but if I only need one which one would you suggest?

Thanks once again and keep the great reviews coming

Kym
Sydney
AUSTRALIA

November 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKym Moulds

How long can you record on this camera, more than 5 hours at one time?

December 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarcus

Hi TM.Was wondering how people charge up the C3?
I have plugged the usb cable into computer and no indicator light to say charging.

I have several wall adapters and same thing..I tried plugging in to a power bank 2 amp and 1 amp still no indicator light.
I really need to keep this thing running until \I can get a aux plug fitted to my motorcycle.

Thank you

January 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

Never mind previous post.Seems I can only charge by the power cable not the small data cable

January 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

Yes that's how it works, one cable for power and one for data.

January 27, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

First of all, thank you for all the great cam reviews you post!

The quality on this one seems comparable to the Mobius Actioncam, which I own and like very much, except for the night time performance. Is there a similar dash cam that has better night time quality in poorly lit conditions?

February 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Great review, question RE use as a dash cam - does it have a memory protect function if you were involved in a crash?

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I can't help but notice that the logo on the camera looks an awful lot like that of Lenovo. The brand name also looks like it took "Lenovo", scrambled it and replaced the "e" with another "v".

February 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbleh203

The logo issue was addressed by the manufacturer in his May 2014 blog at innovv.com

February 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

Hi
Have recently received my C3 and I specified the capacitor version.
I am disappointed to find I cannot use the exterior mike or video output cables as the unit needs power input continuously.
The capacitor will only maintain power on its own for a couple of seconds - unless I have made some error here.

March 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrant P

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