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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Xiaomi Yi

 

 
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A119
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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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Monday
Sep152014

Vico Marcus 4 Cinemascope Dash-Cam REVIEW

Here is my review of the Vicovation Marcus 4 car camera. One thing that sets this camera apart from others I've tested is its unusual Cinemascope-esque 21:9 ratio 2560x1080 video mode. It may sound like a gimmick, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Watch the video below to find out more. 

 

As I feared, the youtube re-encoding has introduced a a lot of blocking artifacts into the video samples I show in the review. It's especially noticeable in the first shot where I talk to the camera whilst the car is driving under the trees. If you want to see the original quality of this clip, it's one of the ones I've uploaded in the 'Downloadable Samples' link below. (Filename is '1080p30 Day 3.mov'). 

LINKS 

Downloadable Samples

Purchasing

Vico's Recommended authorised ebay seller links: UK   US

Alternative eBay search buying links (Click your country to find what deals are available to you).

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

  

Infomation about the Vico Dash-cam range is available on the VicoVation website. 

 

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Reader Comments (24)

Hi Mat, great review as always, full of detail. This one doesn't really do it for me though, I think the bulky design and the price put me off to be honest. I'm still patiently waiting for the next generation Mobius camera - if there is going to be one.

Thanks again
Daz

September 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

I haven't heard a peep out of the Mobius guys since well over a year ago.

September 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi! I did enjoy your review as usually. Pitty I dont need a dash-cam. : ) Are you plannig an SJ 3000 rev? I would be quite interested.

September 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertrakac

Will you be reviewing the Marcus 5 the Dual Cam from Vico?

September 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I was wondering which car DVR camera's are able to have the recording flipped to be mounted on the actual dash instead of the windshield. There are places in the states that it is illegal to have things mounted to the windshield.

September 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames C

Jamec C,

A lot of the cameras reviewed have that option. Matt usually indicates if that option is present in the camera. Even if not, you are able to flip the video with any video editing software.

September 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom

The 2560x1080 looked damn near perfect on my 30" monitor.

September 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbri

Looking forward to the 5 dual. It's about time someone did a dual with a rear facing with a reasonable resolution.
I don't know how much their GPS mouse add on is but I bet the cheap USB GPS antennas that you can get off eBay will work just fine.
I'm also surprised that Vico don't do the Vico player software for the Mac. That would be a big plus for me.

I'm currently running a TF2+ in 1 car and a G1W in another. Just noticed that there is an update for the TF2+.

September 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

Hey there, regarding the 2560x1080 resolution, the reason why you had that sorta image is due to not having a 2560x1080 monitor, I own a 2560x1080 21:9 screen and looking at the raw footage fills my screen as expected, these are called superwide and you dont really get the top and bottom cropped off that much compared to what Ive seen here. You get a much wider FOV with no fish eye effect, if you ever get hold of such a monitor and they are more widely available now, you will love it :).

Amazon and overclockers uk have such screens.

September 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterabs

I *really* wish this camera had a time-lapse photo function as does the Mobius. It's the only thing keeping me from purchasing one. How about a word to the manufacturer?

September 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave

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