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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

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DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
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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)

Been using the c3 for a while now but sort of getting over it.Using it on my motorcycle and mounted on helmet I have to put most of the cable in my pocket and for long rides I need to also carry a powerbank and have another cable in the other pocket.

Mounted on handlebars is okay but as i have no fairing or anywhere to hide the cam I have to keep taking it off everytime I park.
I just hate cables everywhere.
Question is in your expert opinion would the contour roam 3 be a better option as it has better battery life and no cables?

Anyones opinion is fine

March 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

Another great review. Looks like a great camera to bolt to front of my bike. Currently have a RoadHawk Ride, but had very limited success with it wired up to bikes ignition (direct, no 12v->5v fag lighter adaptor) and mounted to fairing. Keeps cutting out (maybe vibrating, power fluctuations etc), I just get a handful of 5-30sec vids from random times of my journey. Fine as helmet camera, except in winter where I only get 30 min battery life.

It would be great to see what audio can be recorded from the unit when it's hidden under the seat of a bike (without external mic). Do you get much engine noise? Would it pick up conversation from those standing close to? Thinking again with regards to an insurance camera, though I guess it will be very bike specific.

March 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArthur

I bought the C3 but found that inserting and removing the SD card was quite difficult as the locating socket was recessed a way into the camera body. The supplier advised that they are all like this. I had hoped that I could leave the card in and read it from the recording unit but, as people have advised earlier, the lens and cable have to be connected to the recorder unit to enable the computer to recognise it as a hard drive. As this meant removing the lens and cable from the motorcycle when it was carefully routed through the bodywork to the recorder under the seat it was not an option. Also I had the lens mounted on the fairing under the headlight and whilst this should have been a relatively vibration free area the camera still suffered from the Jello effect. Shame really as the idea is good but it just needs all these niggles addressing.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPrescaj

ABOUT C3
Which button starts the function time lapse?
How understand that the time lapse function has been started and it is working?

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Hi!

Isn't that recorder unit has an UC-E6 USB connector?

July 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRelakS

Great review as always Mat, and hence I bought one for my bike.

HOWEVER:

They had sent me a 90 degree lens instead of the 120 degree lens. When I raised this with them, Rock emailed me back apologising for the mistake, but added saying that:

"120 degree lens will be stop selling due to we found the lens has defective and not stable."

Which is frustrating, as I specifically ordered the 120 for my bike, and they're currently still advertising the 120 degree lens on their website as of now, and there's no mention of any defect, etc.

Has any one else been able to confirm any issues?

July 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Techmoan reviews really are the best there is, top work :)
I'm posting this as I just bought one of these, but couldn't get it to read the config file created by the GUI program. The little c3config.bin file was on the card but the camera wouldn't read it. After some trial and error I discovered that the file actually needed to be named c1config.bin. Obviously the program which reads the file has been ported over from the previous version of the camera. As soon as I renamed it, everything worked perfectly. I suspect that this may be a firmware issue, but just in case anyone else has the same problem, try renaming your file and see if it works.

July 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

I have found that the Ez_Configuration GUI by 2KOOL4U.COM is much simpler to use. You can change all your parameters and install the latest firmware updates all in one go. It's available here http://www.2kool4u.com/minicams/keychaincam1080_720P_C1.shtml

July 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

Here's another bike-specific cam: http://www.bullethd.us/
There's one short review and some video samples on Youtube. I may get this to replace my C3, which has been creating more and more bad files on a 64GB card.

October 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

It appears the C3 is no longer available on their website.

December 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMr Drizz

Hi there, just watched this video after reading on a forum that someone had fitted one to their BMW GS. Will it work in the same way as other true dashcams, i.e. if it's hard wired to a switched live it will automatically start recording as soon as the ignition is switched on, then switch off when the ignition is switched off like the roadhawk ride? I want a dashcam for my bike solely to use to record my ride in case I have an accident so I can supply the evidence to the insurance company if it's not my fault so don't want the faffing around of having to remember to switch it on each time etc as I know I'll forget! Thanks Ade

December 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian Barrie

Love this thing!

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

can anyone help? what is the procedure for downloading from my innovv C3 to my pcIam using windows ten. The first time i connected it I was able to view videos but now I can't seem to get it to work.I am tearing oout what is left of my hair!!! please help

September 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

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