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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

Dazzne P2

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Sena Prism Tube

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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Git1 A great little budget action camera with mic-in

Luckily this camera doesn't live up to the rather unfortunate name, it's definitely not a git - it's a great little budget action camera.

People who want to try out Moto-Vlogging often ask me to recommend them a budget action camera that can accept an external microphone. The only cheap camera that springs to mind is the SVC200 I reviewed back in 2013 and that had an annoying whistle on the audio. If anyone asks me that question now, I'll definitely be recommending this little Git1. As you'll see in the video below, the external microphone works very well on the Git1, and in the video I also do some side by side video tests with the Git1's closest rival - the Dazzne P2.


You can pick up the Git1 with a microphone and the remote control for approximately £78. To make things simpler this time I'm just including the link where I purchased my camera from.

CLICK HERE TO BUY  I've bought cameras from these chaps in China many times without any problems - I can't recall paying any duty and the products arrive promptly especially if you pay extra for the courier option.

Sample Clips

If you are intersted in downloading sample photos and videos then they are available on the excellent PCloud service.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Update - Colour Mystery Solved & more info

One of the sections of the video that has generated the most questions is something that I only spotted during editing. Coloured Text on a billboard was showing as Yellow on the Dazzne P2 and Green on the which one was right. Well I went for a stroll past the sign today and and took a picture with my iPhone. The true colour of the text is.....Green. So the Git1 won this test. I've put a thumbnail below so you can see for yourself. Bear in mind the iPhone picture was taken on a different day in different light.

Other useful information people have kindly posted in the comments include the fact that an October firmware update now enables the camera to do 720p60 and fixes the problem with the mic - it was an issue with mono mics (hence why just my stereo Sony mic worked). In addition apparently the Git1 size is the same as some Gopro models and therefore 'should' fit in various gopro cases, gymbals etc.

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Reader Comments (41)

Nice review. There is a firmware update for the Git1 which adds 720 @ 60fps and also lets mono PC microphones work instead of just stereo ones like your Sony. Note that there are some USB to PC microphone adaptors about which don't work with either Git1 or GoPro.

November 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNigel

How does it work as dashcam?
What's your opinion on using these action cams as dashcam?

Regards, jan

November 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJan

@jan, for dashcam using, there is car dvr mode option in system settings, also it support motion detection, loop recording, custom vehicle number text, G-sensor. You can get more details from here:

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBill

as always, thanks for the great reviews with your special personal note which i really like.

i know i shouldn't sniff over your desk. but is that a sony MZ-R5ST on the right?
as a former MD fanboy i would love it if you have a look at this technology, which wasnt bad at all and would be glad you would see that too :)

regards and thumbs up

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteroliver

is the 720 @ 60 fps real or is it like some of the sjcams that just double up the image and call it 60 fps

November 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Regarding 60fps, you can find test from here.

And @Nigel reported the FPS will be reduced at night.

November 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Pity that it's not aerodynamic like e.g. Drift Stealth. I may say from my experience that only bullet-shaped cameras are comfortable when high speed is involved.

November 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJimmy

Do you plan on a review of the Git2?

November 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDuncan

Yes - the Getup have offered to send me one after it comes out.

November 7, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan, in your opinion considering price and video quality, for a cyclist, what camera would recommend(action camera wise)?

Apologies if you have been asked this question a thousand times.

November 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLtnicles

It looks like a great gadget, as it supports external microphone with a mini USB plug design.

November 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElvin Reynolds

@Ltnicles If you have a way to mount these little boxy cams then I'd get either the Git1 or the Dazzne P2. If you prefer a different shape to mount on a helmet then I like the Drift Stealth 2.

November 10, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Many thanks @Techmoan

November 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLtnicles

First, thanks for all the informative reviews....I recently purchased a Git1. Are any other batteries and chargers compatible with the Git1?
Such as: SJ4000, GoPro3, Dazzne, etc.,

November 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

Hey Techmoan.. I'm very lost in which camera to buy! I just have 150 dollars, I'm at USA for the next couples of days and want to buy a good portable camera. I don't have any real demands on the camera. Just want to buy something portable, that make good videos of people and views (I don't do sports, just ride a bike but video is not a real need) and take photos of views with people (selfies), over sunlight and moonlight as well. But, nothing real professional, just to make good photos for Instagram and Facebook. I almost bought the SJ5000 plus, but decided to wait and ask for someone some help. Can you help me? The SJ5000 plus is good for my needs or there's others one more reliable on durability and about the same price?

November 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuiz Filipe Fernandes

Hi Mat,

As always, thanks for your work on another great review.
However, I'm curious to see if this camera will enter your Pick of the Cameras column.
Is it one of the ones that you like?
Looking forward to see the Git2 review.

Regards, Luis.

November 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuis Gomes

Hi Techmoan,
I bought the GIT1 based on your review as well as others and i think that overall its a nice little camera. The problem is that when i record videos with 720p resolution and narrow angle and have centered an object on the screen and then start recording, the object that i have centered moves to the left side of the screen and records the video this way. The same thing happens in wvga mode wide or narrow angle. All other combinations of resolution and FOV are fine and working great. I contacted GITUP on this issue but have no answer yet. The camera is brand new and i think its either a defect or a software problem that hasn't been identified yet. Did you or anybody else ever record with these setting and they where ok.
Thank you Nikos

December 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNikos

I know it's not a solution, but I'd avoid using narrow FOV, it crops in on the sensor so degrades the quality. I'd record in wide to get best quality then if cropping is absolutely essential I'd do it in editing.

December 1, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The narrow FOV like zoom effect. We confirmed it zoomed much while start recording in 720P narrow mode. We will check if it it can be avoid changing FOV after start recording.

December 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGitUp

Thanks for your immediate reply Techmoan. The reason i wanted to record in narrow angle (120 degrees per GITUP) is that i use the camera for bird hunting and in wide angle settings (160 degrees) the birds because of their small size, at 25 or 30 meters that i shoot, don't even appear on the video. In narrow angle at least you can see them but very small. Anyway, considering your reply about crop i think that its more likely a software bug on the Git1 . I have asked others recording in narrow 120 degrees with other cameras and don't have this problem of offsetting the object. Can anybody here try recording with 720p and narrow angle to see if the same thing happens
Thanks again

December 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNikos

It definitely sounds like a bug, there are some strange ones out there.

December 1, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for your reply GitUp. I will try to explain it in simple words. Lets say i select 720p with narrow angle and place the camera on a table and i center the screen on an object, when i push the recording button then the recording starts but the object now appears all the way to the left of the screen. When i stop recording the object comes back to the center of the screen. I experimented with all the settings of resolution and FOV and realized that the same thing happened for WVGA wide and narrow angle. So its actually doing it on 720p with narrow angle and wvga wide and narrow angle and when i play the videos recorded with settings they are all off center. All other combinations of resolution and FOV are fine and working great. For a lot of people who need to record in narrow angle like me in order to zoom the objects a bit more than wide angle, this is a big problem since you loose the object when recording while moving or walking.
I hope you do come with a solution to this problem.
Thank you Nikos
ps: i have sent an email to GITUP on this issue

December 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNikos

@Nikos Thanks for point this out, just fixed, I will contact you later to send the latest FW to you.

December 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGitUp

Thank you very much GitUp. I received the new fw and now everything is working great. I want to congratulate you for the excellent support service you provide. Its the first time i see such quick and effective support and i have to admit it publicly.
Thumbs up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May i dare ask you if it is possible for people using the camera for hunting or other applications that require narrower angles of view, if you can make a new fw with 100 and 80 degrees angle instead of 160 and 120, (or even change the 120 to 80)so that objects are zoomed in a bit more ?


December 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNikos

Glad to see it works.

The narrow FOV like the ZOOM effect, so it will loose the video quality, if you don't mind, we will think about add more narrow FOV option.

December 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGitUp

Ok GitUp, I wouldnt mind loosing some of the quality as long as i have larger objects on the video, so in this respect i would appreciate if you can make some alterations for lower angles in a new fw and i can experiment with it and let you know of the outcome and provide you with some sample videos if you wish.

December 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNikos

Hi Techmoan, are you going to review the Git2 or the Dazzne P2 plus camera? thanks in advance

December 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNachox

Hi Matt - thanks for doing these reviews; informative and entertaining.

I can see that most manufacturers seem to use generic "GoPro" style mounts; do they also use the same battery format or do batteries tend to be brand and/or model specific?

Ta - JM.

December 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnie M

@techmoan great review (as usual)

I'm new to the action cam market, so I've been considering starting with a budget. The question is "Which budget cam is best for me??" After watching and re-watching many of your videos, I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Dazzne and Git cams, but I am still unsure which specific model/level to choose. I intend to upgrade to GoPro in the near-ish future, so I think a basic cam would be fine for now. My criteria: longest battery life possible, good time lapse mode, value-for-money, and overall functionality/accessibility of camera and accessories. Being that this is just a starter cam, 1080p60 (and higher res) and image-stabilization seem unnecessary at this point. So which cam would you recommend?

December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeff The White Guy

I'd get either the Dazzne P2 or the Git1.

December 17, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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