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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.

 

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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
Apr212014

Mini F9 Sport Helmet Camera

After last week's extravagant video featuring the Sony AS100 Action camera, this week I've landed back down in budget camera territory with a thump.

I've nothing of note to add here - this is just a quick video about an unimpressive camera, and I'm sorry to say that despite this camera's mediocre performance, it's still probably the best of a bad bunch when it comes to cheap bullet-style helmet cameras (from the ones I've tested).  

You (could) buy one here UK US

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Reader Comments (48)

Hi Mat

Once again I enjoyed your review of something that I am never going to buy!!

I started reading your reviews when I was looking for a car cam - I bought one eventually, and I am pleased with my purchase.

However, keep up the good work. I am sure that I am only one amongst many who really enjoy the review videos you make, not least because they are honest, and criticise where necessary. If only other reviewers would do the same.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterquaser

Slight hijack, if I may. As a regular visitor and big fan of your work here at techmoan.com, there are a few curiosities that repeatedly cross my mind. Perhaps you'd be willing to answer some of these questions (in a fun little video even, like "a walk down memory lane.. how far have we come"), if I'm not being too forward.

1. What do you do for a living?

2. What is your average monthly expenditure on gadgets ("how does this guy afford this hobby")?

3. I've seen you dispose of a few items over the years in various ways (tossing them in the bin, smashing them with a hammer, etc.), but my guess it that you hang on to most of this stuff. What do you do with all of these cameras and so forth? Are they crammed into a big box that sits in the "garridge"?

4. Is there a lady-friend around that has an opinion about all this tomfoolery?

5. And a side note: Have you ever been to the States?

Thanks!

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike W.

@Mike W.

1. See http://www.techmoan.com/about/

2; I think many items (most) are 'donated' by the respective sellers

3. Poking fun of his English is not very elegant imho. I feel Matt is very clear and easy to understand for non-English speakers (like I).

4. He has mentioned her already in many videos

5. This seems hardly relevant but you can always invite him and send him a (return) airplane ticket ;-)

All the best

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraviva

Can't imagine why anyone would buy one of these cameras purposefully for paintballing , other than target practice ?
Where oh where was the hammer of justice today Matt .

P.S. As ever . . . . . . . thanks for making the video ;-) :-P

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFat Biker

I think it would be OK if you only intended to use it in the daytime. Still, even though it's only £40 you could get either the Innovv C1 or the mobius for similar money and they would do a better job at night and with the sound quality. Shame really, nice idea, poor execution

I want a cheap camera for airsoft and don't intend to use it at night but the sound on this is the big flaw for me, I'm not bothered about the poor night quality but I need the sound decent

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter I

Mike, I prefer to keep the blog and videos about the gadgets...I take a back seat. However just to answer one thing, I buy most of the things I review so I can remain impartial - the adverts and affiliated links pay for the cheaper items, with the more expensive products like the Sony AS100 being funded out of my pocket.

April 22, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the review, it's not easy to spend time on a lackluster product...Any plans to review some spycam glasses at some point, you know, going back to the origins of your blog with that pretty hilarious 808 review ;-)

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwebvan

Thanks for this review, I have seen these on Ebay and always wondered...but now I know. After watching all of your reviews I ignored you completely and went out and bought an SJ3000. This turned out to be a brilliant cam in all respects...except one. After two 30 minute clips I charged it and it refused to power up ever again. I am now trying to get my money back so that I can buy something a little more reliable. Next time I will get one off Amazon as the returns/refunds process is more straightforward. I would happily get the same model again though as I was impressed with it.

I took the case off and discovered that it is really a different model rebranded. There is another set of three undocumented buttons down the side of the screen that can't be accessed, you just have the three across the top.

One thing that does frustrate me is processing large 1080p .mov files. It takes hours to get them into a YouTube format, and in the case of my editing software, it pushes the sound out of synch, meaning that I have to put the .mov through a further piece of software before I can edit it and keep the sound.

15 min SJ3000 demo...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8g6_Ltdc34

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRob

@aviva

1. Thank you. Admittedly, I should have though of that.
2. Wrong, apparently.
3. What? I think Mat is "very clear and easy to understand" too. I like the way he says "garridge". Lighten up!
4. Oh, wonderful. I hadn't noticed.
5. Hardly relevant to what? It's just a question.
6. I didn't ask you.

Cheerio!

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike W.

i think your blog very informative, thanks for sharing.

April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterProtein Tozu

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