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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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Sunday
Nov012015

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.

Purchasing

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 Git1...so 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: https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/forums/gitup.172/

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Hello.
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
Oliver

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.
https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/reviewing-the-gitup-git1.13796/page-4#post-191738

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

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