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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

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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
Oct262015

DOD Champion SP1 Motorsport Dashcam Review

The Official UK Distributor of the DOD Camera range (HDigital-EYE) have been kind enough to send me the DOD SP1 Motorsport Dashcam to review. I installed this camera in my car for a few weeks and in the video below I demonstrate everthing I discovered. 

 

SAMPLE CLIPS

I have provided downloadable sample clips on PCLOUD - you can Download these clips here.

PURCHASING (I only have UK links at the moment)

ebay UK (HDigital-eye ebay UK store) - Also available direct from their website.
 
Note the UK warranty is actually 2 years - rather than the 1 year mentioned in the video.
  
Below is a list of the Authorised UK DOD Dashcam Dealers:
   
If you like the look of the DOD SP1 but don't need the Motorsport features, perhaps you'll find the cheaper DOD LS460W more suitable. It costs approx £100 less -and can be purchased here.
    
PDF MANUAL

You can download the DOD Champion S1 manual here

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Reader Comments (7)

Far too expensive for a dashcam. Typical UK rip off prices.

October 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergus

I don't need the Motorsport functions, and the version without them offers nothing over the B40 except its twice the price, doesn't work with registratorviewer and is much larger so less covert...

October 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

Hi Mat,

Agree with Gus, far too expensive for a dash cam, it also seems a bit bulky, in my view. I know it has a nice video screen on it, but it just looks big in the window. Saying that however, I did think the video quality was very good but I feel there is no need for a poor video and sound over lap.

Great review though.

As always thanks for listening.

Daz

October 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Hi Mat,

Brilliant review, as per usual. It is strange - I generally have a very low attention span, normally jumping straight to the conclusion of any article, but somehow I find myself watching your reviews throughout.

I must confess that as soon as I saw the '10x' GPS I got very excited. The reason being that I do a lot of motorcycle trackdays and fast GPS is essential for this. Current setup is RaceChrono application running on Android smartphone, connected by bluetooth to a 10Hz QStarz GPS receiver. I then export the data and overlay it on video (Mobius camera works brilliantly for this).

Gratuitous YouTube link below (particularly 'interesting' at 7:48):
https://youtu.be/oh6UJVq4AT4

So, when I saw your review I thought that this might be just the thing to incorporate all the functions into one, but I must admit that I am surprised by its apparent poor performance in capturing / linking to GPS satellites. For comparison: My QStarz receiver is so accurate that it actually captures the dip in speed during gear changes. With this in mind I think, if the GPS cannot capture accurate / stable data, then it is little use on track. Oh, and a camera mount on the underside would be very useful too.

Thanks for the reviews,
Rob

October 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRob MAson

Hi Mat
Love all your reviews, noticed in your last two videos you have a new spectrum visualizer in the background. Will you be doing a review on this and where can it be purchased from?
As always thanks for the reviews Rob.

November 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRob Eden

Is this the same camera known as Nextbase in-cam 512g? If not, which is best?!

December 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOma

What??? 7 sec from 0 to 60mph in the wet? And I thought my Subaru impreza was fast.
That Mini must be a very funny car to drive.
Buy the way, great reveiew as always.

December 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenternuno

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