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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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Monday
Sep292014

Watch your back - with the Vico Marcus 5 Dual 1080p Dash-Cam

This is the first true Dual 1080p Dash-cam that I've tested and it's very impressive. Both the front and rear cameras record in full 1920x1080 at 30 FPS, the video never skips any frames and all recordings are seamless (there are no frames missing between files). In order to record two 1080p files to the same SD card at the same time the bit-rate has been lowered slightly, but I haven't noticed any unpleasant artifacts as a result. The camera records the same great quailty video whether it's day or night. 

Now, of course, nothing is perfect and I do have a few ideas and thoughts that I share about the product (and possible future updates) during the course of the video, but I don't want to detract from what's been achieved here, this is a trailblazing camera and it's available now (for a price). 

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Vico’s Suggested ebay sellers

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Downloadable Samples

I've uploaded a few samples that I've trimmed for length and the same files are available to download from this link Notice I wrote Download, don't stream these, because you won't gain anything. Its only when you play the downloaded clips from your own HDD that you see their true quality.

 

 

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Reader Comments (52)

I came to the same conclusion regarding fitting of a rear mount potentially damaging the heated rear window element.
I just put a strip of paper a few mill wide across middle of the adhesive pad and lined that up with the element when I fitted mine.
That way the sticky pad doesn't touch the element.

October 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

Good tip Derek.

October 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom

a question Mat. You don't say, but I hope you remembered to remove the polarizing filter for your night shots as these act as 1.5 stop ND filters for lots of the time. The other slightly worrying thing is the bit rate. I know it has to be divided between two cameras running in sync onto the same SD card, but the bit rate is a lot lower than the rate SJ4000 uses. I wonder, is the picture quality of this camera as good as the SJ's?

October 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

1) I see kits for connecting a USB power cord to a cars fuse box and running it behind the body panels to a dash cam or anything else. Maybe Techmoan should review these. How badly will I damage my car if I do this and screw up?

2) Maybe Techmoan should review cars as there must be more money in that than reviewing dash cams. You would be uniquely able to review mounting small electronics like dash cams in various cars and maybe other aspects of the car. For people who really do not enjoy driving conveniences like mounting a GPS or dash cam might be important to which car they select.

3) You might be interested in the Accele RVC50 license plate camera which mounts to a car's license plate. This may only work with US style license plates and not European style, I don't know. It is advertised as a "back up" camera, but I do not see why it could not also mount on the front plate and replace a dash cam.

October 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

1) Well worst case you create a short in the fuse box and your car burns to the ground.

2) As a biker I've enjoyed Matt's couple of reviews on scooters and bikes.

and 3) re the RCV50 - what are you going to use to record the image on ?

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

This is one kit that plugs into a fuse receptacle and provides USB power. It seems like a sound idea. A better idea would be for the car to have usb on all interior lighting mounts.

http://thedashcamstore.com/dashcam-installation-kit-5-volt-usb-plug-mini-fuse/

re the RCV50 - what are you going to use to record the image on ? I have no idea, I am still wondering if I can get the cables from outside to inside the car, and then behind the interior panels to a DVR in the car. Something that broadcast ethernet over the car's lighting system wiring would be very nice. I could just connect to the brake light and one of the front lights and then the magic of ethernet will take over. After that I could even use a laptop as a dvr, although a dedicated dashcam recording device would be nice too. But I have no idea how to run the cables and not sure I want to put in the effort or expense. What I am attracted to is mounting the camera on the license plate which seems like a good but vulnerable place to put it.

October 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

Koonlung K1 available here http://www.diytrade.com/china/pd/12436361/Car_DVR_recorder.html ... anyone bought one ?

October 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternorthernlanes

It's pre-order at the moment. The manufacturer has been in touch and offered to send me one over to review in a couple of weeks when the camera is ready. I thought it would be a camera that a lot of people would be interested in, so I've asked them to send me one. I'd expect the review will be ready sometime in December if there are no delays.

October 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Will look forward to that review, currently running two mobius's (one forward and one rearward facing), but a 2 in 1 unit could be interesting espec with such small camera's

October 31, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternorthernlanes

Hey Techomoan.

First of all .. Greetings from Denmark.

It's fucking nice videos you have on YT, I watched them all - and the newest one I have a question for you.

"New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging (where packaging is applicable). If the item comes direct from a manufacturer, it may be delivered in non-retail packaging, such as a plain or unprinted box or plastic bag. See the seller's listing for full details."


Ehm in my world (as in my latest purchases) it tells me that the packing could be a copy ..

There are tons copycats out there, and I just want the real one.

How could I get the "REAL" one, like the one you reviewed in the video? Without the chance of being fraud....

Live in Denmark, no big marked "YET" . but where could I buy this camera to try, and then if I want buy 500 pieces ?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts in dashcams .. keep it on :-) Nice work.

/greetings from Denmark - Mikkel.

November 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikkel

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