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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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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
Jul072014

Transcend Drivepro 200 Dashcam Review

At the time of writing, this is currently the #2 Car Driving Recorder on Amazon UK, and that is especially impressive when you consider that the #1 and #3 Driving Recorders cost £10.39 and £23.99 respectively.  The owner reviews are overwhelmingly positive as well, so even though it's already been on sale for six months, I decided that it's a camera I really should take a look at. 

You can download a full PDF manual from the Transcend website here. and the product page is here

For Downloadable Samples CLICK HERE

Click on the image below to if you want to buy one from Amazon in the UK. 

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Reader Comments (97)

H Mat,

Yet again, a brilliant review...I agree with all the points that you have said, I'd also add the cam seems a little pricey too, considering the poor sound. I still feel the Mobius wins over this cam with its quite clear sound recording, and great video quality, admittedly, this cam has a very clear screen (which the mobius lacks) but do you really need a screen on these cams?.

Other points - no GPS ?

Thanks again for a impressive review.

Daz

July 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

On a technical note and maybe a bit nitpicking: I would slightly turn up the volume of when you read over the video. It seems a bit more silent than when you speak directly into the camera microphone.

July 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

I really don't like GPS on cameras - it provides no benefits to me and introduces a lot of potential issues. GPS speed has a lag compared to reality, so a GPS speed overlaid on a video may be 3-5 seconds behind reality. I've looked at clips where my car had stopped at traffic lights and the GPS speed is still showing that I'm doing 20mph. You could therefore have a collision and the video footage would show that you hadn't braked.
I often find myself driving at 33mph in a 30 zone. If I had a collision whilst this was happening, the very fact that the video evidence shows I'm exceeding the speed limit means that a proportion of the responsibility lies with me and not the nutter that reversed off his drive into my car,
I just don't know why anyone would want GPS on a dashcam - but I know I'm not everyone, so someone somewhere might think it's a great idea (but they would be wrong).

July 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Mikk36, I always try to make each video to the best standard that I can - sometimes issues arise and I try to improve on these in the next video. I've already made a mental note to boost the mic a bit more. On the positive side, you'll notice that there hasn't been any peaking-out or popping on the last few videos.

July 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I, for one, would really like having wifi on a camera. Because then i could align the camera on my helmet wilst wearing the helmet.

With wifi on a dashcam it would eliminate the need for a screen for me, and then it could be smaller and cheaper.

July 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoel

Why cant someone make a dash cam where the camera sensor is tiny and is in the windscreen and the processor etc is in a box near the lighter socket that way only a tiny unit is in the windscreen and the bulk is somewhere else out of sight

July 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermatt_uk

@Matt_UK

Is this what you are looking for? https://joovuu.com/gb/home/191-samoon-a17.html It'll be in stock soon.

July 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJooVuu

I agree with matt_uk .... small camera in the windscreen or mounted on the forward face of the mirror, with the screen etc mounted remotely on the dash.
Perhaps there is too much video quality loss with a long cable between camera lens and processor?

July 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

you mean like this?

http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2014/2/24/using-a-mobius-camera-and-some-accessories-to-make-my-ideal.html

July 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoel

Hey Roel, thanks for the reminder of that conversion, its certainly the closest thing yet to what i would consider spending money on

July 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEddie
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