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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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The Epic Drift Ghost S Helmet Camera Review

I say epic because it took me almost three months to put this video together. Pretty much everything I can say about this camera is covered in my half hour video review below.

Click Here for downloadable sample clips. As always, don't try to stream these, as (obviously) you'll just get streaming quality, instead download the clips and play the files locally. If you find this link to be unresponsive - try using the Chrome browser and if that fails, take a break and try again later. The Dumptruck website I use sometimes has issues - but it's the only file sharing site I trust not to auto-delete my files after a few days.

If you want to buy the Drift Ghost S... there are some affiliated links below.

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Reader Comments (11)

Thanks , again , for your comprehensive reports.

January 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDanny from Sydney

Hi Matt,

Great review as usual...I've got two of these Ghost S camera's for my car and bike I love them.

A few of points for you regarding the weight, the camera body is made from a magnesium alloy like the best DSLR's and the LCD screen is Gorilla Glass plus a large capacity battery so this is why its a bit heavy...its a very tough camera.

As for the freezing up issue I don't know why but its related to the SD card, I've tried several in the Ghost S and the most reliable seems to be this one - – it has a high write speed it tested at 56mb/s I've had no problems with this one.

I would advise not buying the Drift external microphone its quite poor a good alternative is a Sanyo MM01 - – also buy a mini dead cat wind screen - – this is very effective at reducing wind noise.

One other thing...for extended recording times I use this tiny battery pack - – it extends the recording time to five hours.

January 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKlippie

At 15:17 in the video it appears your camera has a way out of date version of the firmware ( There's been an updated version available since mid February '14 which seems to have stopped the periodic lockups.

Regarding the video quality, I've always thought it looks harsh and over sharpened with halos and jaggies on high contrast edges.

January 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Hello, I would like to thank you for your reviews. There is one thing that makes them better than all other reviews all together - you let us see (download) original video samples and not just compressed youtube videos like other testers.

Also, is there any chance you are going to review Sony action cam AS30? Thank you.

January 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

Sorry to let you down, but I won't be reviewing the AS30. It is too similar to the AS10 & AS15 cameras I've reviewed. The AS100 review gives an idea about the features not present on those two cameras.

That said, I think all the Sony action cams are excellent performers. They all offer great sound quality, video stabilisation and excellent low light performance.

January 30, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

It is ok, I understand. In youtube comparison reviews I saw AS100 has slightly better stabilization than AS30 (or 10/15), would you say that is correct?

January 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

Please can u do a video how to update the firmware on a sj4000 wifi I'm only 12 just got mine and have no idea how to do it I have a windows 8 laptop so if you decide to do one then can u please do it on that kind of laptop many thanks jake

March 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJake

I'm looking for an action camera having been hit recently on my cycle where the driver continued and got away, so video evidence would be great if it ever happens again. Your reviews are great, really practical and clear, thanks. I notice there is also a less expensive Drift Ghost HD; do you have any feel for how it might compare (e.g. video quality / waterproof) with the Drift Ghost S, with the emphasis on just leaving it on for the whole cycle ride? I'm looking for a cycle helmet mount (probably dampens vibration more mounted this way) so I'd prefer something that sits close to the helmet when mounted rather than sticking out like the SJCAM or TCL SVC 200. The contour Roam therefore also fits the bill but the battery is internal so for me the Drift wins on that count (potentially to overcome long term battery degradation issue) and the ability to change battery during the ride.
One thing it might be useful to add on your site (if you haven't got it already) is a regularly updated summary of recommended cams e.g. best overall, best for helmet mounting, best budget, best dash cam.

March 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge


I am sorry for having to bother you with the never ending kind of question... On the line of what George asked, I can get a Sony HDR-AS30, Contour Roam 2 and Drift Ghost HD for the same price. I will use it on my motorcycle rides, but I'd rather not opt for a lower video quality instead of a convenient helnet mount.

I need not GPS, WIFI or a Viewfinder.

Thank you vry much.

March 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Hi, the audio captured on my Ghost S internal mic is very very low to non existent. Is that how the internal mic works or it's an issue with my unit? Thanks

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJude

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