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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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Friday
May232014

Dashcam Review: The 1296p Marcus 3 from VicoVation

This is the first dash-cam review I've made this year. I took a break from reviewing car cameras for a few months after testing a string of good quality 1080p cameras. Amongst of the best of these were the WF1 and TF2+ cameras from Vicovation. The manufacturer of those cameras recently got in touch to see if I'd be interested in taking a look at their new 1296p capable Marcus 3 camera. The opportunity to review a 1296p dashcam is a great reason to end my dashcam review hiatus.
 
Perhaps of equal importance to its 1296p mode, the Marcus 3 is the first dashcam I've used that is also capable of recording in 1080p60. That's full HD at sixty frames per second and it's important because it means there's a better chance of capturing a sharp frame grab from a moving image. This is an especially useful feature in a dashcam as it could be the difference between being able to read a vehicle registration (license plate) number or not. 
 
My full (very long) video review is below.
 
 
As I mentioned in the review the only way you can see the true quality of the video produced by tis camera (in any of the recording modes) is by downloading one of my sample clips (Note these were all recorded with the mic turned off)

 

I've provided DOWNLOADABLE SAMPLES  here.


 

BUYING LINKS
US Ebay links (Provided by Vico)

 

Additional Seller Links (Click your Country)

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More information about the Vico dashcam range is available on the VicoVation website. 

Here is an additional quick test showing the benefit of using the CPL Filter.

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Reader Comments (34)

Not really on the market for a dashcam but always enjoy your reviews so had to watch this one too, well done and as someone else said, keep'em coming!

May 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwebvan

Thanks for those recent views of Lancashire.
Miss that county.
Keep up the good work.

May 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIan Ashton

Interesting the Filter option. Polarisers however do not have a set point. To get the best effect they need to be orientated relative to the suns position. If the filter supplied is rubbish - any decent camera shop will have better filters. I like polarisers - but cant say I've seen the need with my dash cam (an SJ1000). It depends - no doubt - where you mount the camera.

May 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Great review as always, thanks for taking the time.
I agree with terry, we need these cameras to be small and discrete with the main body remotely mounted

May 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

Very good review and I will be very interested when the Marcus 5 comes out.
I also agree with Terry a small camera connecte to a black box hidden away would be ideal. Do you know of any such system as I haven't heard of one?

May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLoz

brilliant camera, let down by an unconventional bracket and mount.

if only they went to the standard screw mount. I have used this mount with three different manufacturers and over a period of 6 months they all broke. :( However if they provided additional mounts as surplus I would recommend this to my friends... is their a third party heavy duty suction mount that will work with this camera?

this company i deal with as the night viewing and recording is out standing compared to most:)

keep up the good work..

May 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwhitepawz security

Eddie, Loz, The mobius allows the camera module to be mounted away from the recording module via a short ribbon cable. I think thats how TM has his unit instal.ed - is that correct?

May 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterterry

I can't view the downloaded .mov files on either VLC or QuickTime Player.

VLC doesn't show any video and the file name just cycles in the top corner along with VLC media player.

QuickTime Player gives Error 2048: Couldn't play this file 1296p Junction.mov because it is not a file that QuickTime understands.

Any help appriciated

David

May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Drewitt

Sorry.... My bad.

I wasn't actually downloading the video, just a .html link, so now I have actually downloaded the .mov they play fine.

David

May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Drewitt

Thanks for another great review, Techmoan. Based on your earlier review, I had decided to go for the DOD LS430W but now there seems to be an interesting alternative.

If you still have the Marcus 3 and the DOD, it would be great if you could to a drive test along your usual routes (day and night) with both cameras side by side, so we could compare directly in the same conditions.

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJN

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