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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 New Beginners Guide to Dash Cams

A few months ago a representative of Asus got in touch. They’d seen my 2013 Beginners Guide To Dashcams video and enquired whether I could make a new version of this for them to coincide with the launch of the Asus Reco Classic car camera. 

It seemed like a good opportunity to get a bit of exposure and perhaps gain some new subscribers, so I decided to do it at no charge providing I could use the video as well. 

You can see the video below.


The Asus Reco Classic Car Camera is available from Amazon; (Link goes to Amazon UK)

Sample Clips from the Reco Classic can be downloaded from pcloud:
A list of my recommended dash cams can be found here:


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Reader Comments (9)

Hi Mat, Thanks for your reviews. I'm just about ready to buy my third dash cam and I think I will buy the 0806 Ambarella version as it has most of the features you talk about including the GPS and polarising filter. I don't know if you have to take the polarising filter off at night time driving ?

Ps I love your Curta calculator. I have two including a mint boxed on. The first one I brought was 30 years ago and I only paid £30 for it. I call it my demonstrator and kids are fascinated by it.
I also have some desktop mechanical calculators and again I have a boxed mint version.
Keep the reviews coming, I am a big fan.
Regards Jeremy Travis

November 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Travis

Thanks for the positive words. In my test of the 0806 I think I left the filter on at night - you would get a better image without, but the fiddle of taking it off and on and realigning it would get very tiresome after a while. It's probably worth trying it either way to see if you think it is worth the effort.

November 9, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Nice update. Interesting change of style to your usual videos: "This is a car, boys and girls, and it goes 'vroom!'" :) Not sure what happened with the audio at the round-up at the end, muffled and out of sync, but always a pleasure to watch.

Bought a mini 0806 based on a previous video and it was...the least worst available at the time. Pretty good, but they never did get it to swap between the two memory cards properly and have now seemingly moved on to the next model. Can you pay that some attention next time you get one of theirs in if they have that feature again?

November 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDave Merkle

Just got a G1W dashcam today..the sd went straight inside the camera and now rattles about have I bought a rogue ?

November 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDave Gordon

Great reviews, been a fan for quite some time. Could you possibly list the price at time of review in the info section below your youtube video's (before or after the very usefull buying links)? I've noticed a lot of variation in pricing and most seem more expensive then reviewed. Also I would love if you kept up a top 5 or something of action cams and dashcams.

November 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDinky Toy


I am looking for something like K1S type setup but which allows continues recording for a long period of time..

I have commercial vehicle hence need to keep 12 hours or such long long video footage. Quality is not the primary objective, but recordin capacity is.

Any suggestion what would meet my criteria ??


December 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHunky

Please can I ask which dashcam is your F56? Please advise as I am keen to find one that is small and discrete once fitted to a F56.
Much appreciated.

December 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny

Re the November 19th query by Dave Gordon about the g1w appetite for SD cards he is not alone. Mine gulped down the SD card which became irretrievable, stuck deep in its gullet. Despite a plea for advice from the Ebay seller they remain as silent as my SD graveyard.
Dave Kerr.

December 25, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdave kerr

I am an old boy struggling with technology and I have just bought and had installed a transcend pro 200 dash cam. If I remove camera overnight and don't use car for a few days, will I have to keep resetting time and date every time I put camera back in car?

February 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunner

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