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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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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.

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
Mar012015

K1S - The first Front & Rear Hidden 1080p Dash Camera

My full video review for the K1S 2ch HD Car DVR is below. 
   
  
If you want to watch my 'Beginners Guide To Dashcams' video - Click here.
   
The K1S manufacturer website is here, and pdf manuals for the camera can be found here.
   
For my downloadable sample videos click here  As always, download these files to your machine before viewing them - streaming will make them look worse than youtube.
Note: These files have been manually trimmed for length (and filesize) - therefore the start and end points for the front and rear clips no longer match each other perfectly.
  
Size Comparison
The control unit is approximately the same thickness as a box of cards but a bit smaller overall (without cables).
   
Buying the K1S
I’ll add links below as and when I discover additional resellers. 
 
EBAY
US link here
UK link here
  
AMAZON
(US) With GPS: http://amzn.to/1MKU4lY
(US) Without GPS: http://amzn.to/1DBbUpZ
  
  
 
   
UPDATE 02 March 2015
I've received the answers to a few questions I asked the manufacturers.
 
1) The Car Lamp Open/Closed menu as expected does warn the driver if they are driving in the dark with the headlamps off. It judges this by the exposure.
  
2) Apparently the battery used is a Standard GoPro size....which is great. Normally I try to avoid dashcams that use batteries, because when the internal battery fails you have to replace the whole camera - in this case you can buy a new battery. Just a reminder -  I can't comment on the long term reliability of any cam after only a month of use.
 
3) I wasn't sure how the emergency button handled the files. I was concerned that if you saw something you wanted to keep - but the camera started recording the next file before you managed to press the button then you would be protecting the wrong clip. Well it turns out the manufacturer has thought of this. "When this button is pressed, if current recording is less than 1 minute, then current file and the file before this (together 2 files) are locked"
 
4) Not a question, but I have raised the issue of the need for resellers in China who can export to Europe and also the Speedcam database is no use in the UK until the camera can support additional database formats. Both these things are being explored...but the database issue isn't a simple quick fix.
>>>>>IMPORTANT - READ THIS... (OCTOBER 2016)
Both my cars had a K1S installed until a couple of months ago - They were still working 100% at the point I took them out. I removed them so that I could test other cameras, although I was getting a bit sick of the rear wire interfering with the rear hatchback door on both cars - this would work better in a car with a fixed rear window.  It seems that my experience is not the same as that of other people - perhaps the manufacturer changed the product after I purchased my cameras...but if you read through the comments it seems that other people are having lots of reliability issues. You may have noticed that this is no longer on my list of Recommended Cameras - and this is the reason. I was happy with the performance of both of my cameras for 18 months...but perhaps my experience was uncommon. 

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Reader Comments (642)

Brett - there is an audio off setting, tap the up arrow button when not in the menus and you'll see the mic icon appear with a line through it.

As for the POI, it depends on what the POI data is to start with. You could load it up as a camera file using camera type 106 (another danger) to alert you, but it isn't a navigator so-to-speak, it's just really a proximity alerter.

April 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDave

@Dave Thanks for that Dave, I will turn off the mic later.
I have looked at your script, and I admit that I have no idea how to apply that to a list of POI's, where ever I may get them from. I have access to quite a few different POI texts, but then my eyes kind of glaze over. I will search the interweb for a how to later this evening. Thanks.

April 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrett

Ah right, I get you now - that script is bespoke for the PocketGPSWorld speed cam db only, any other POI databases probably won't work as they won't be in the same input format.

You have to subscribe to PocketGPSWorld in order to obtain their speed cam database and make sure it is downloaded in Other (.csv) format, then run it through the script using Python 3.4.3. That will spit out a GPSDB.txt file which you drop onto the K1S' SD card from the PC, refit it into the K1S and go for a drive.

I'm still testing though so unless you're handy at Python etc and can fix any mistakes I've made, I'd not recommend signing up for the PGPSW DB just off the back of this, at least not until I've tested and tweaked a bit more (or someone comes along and submits a modified script that just works!)

April 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDave

After doing a bit more testing today, I've made a few more changes to the speed cam script. v0.3 is available on pastebin at the url below if anyone wants to have a play with it.

pastebin.com/tPVKBaNH

April 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDave

PROOF
========================================

Techmoan Got The K1S in His Red Mini:

check out his latest Mirror Dash Cam Review
out today 4/12

you will see the K1S in his demo review

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seems like a piece of junk, the TAXI CAM

price was $98 before the review
now it is $228 after review

CHECK OUT EBAY LINK on techmoans review

the Sales Show 60 units sold in about a month ea auctions
he got few going same time at different price points,
selling quickly
but at the low $98 price

no one has bought at the new Jacked Up Price of $228
notice that? with research you discover this fact

What A Rip off, seller jacks his price in the last week
to hope folks buy it from Techmoans links
is what i call terrific marketing

even tech is confused about the rapid price increase
more than doubled, over night
======================================
Check out the Video,
no more than awful,
see the inside video at night

Techmoan is in Back Seat,
Can You See Him Clearly?
suppose to work with the 4 IR led's

Ha Ha Ha Ha

might look good on the packaging box to sell more units
==============================================

Sold as a Mirror Cam for Taxis
They Could Get Robbed Easy with that Thing at Night

unless the dome light was on
i guess it would work

April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEric Edwards

Bret said: "Hope someone else can get the free shipping working, maybe they were having a bad day,"

At the very top of the JooVuu website, under the address bar it say's "Special Offer! Instantly receive a voucher for FREE SHIPPING " followed by enter your email to get a voucher.

Hope that helps

April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Hi - any idea when this will be launched in the UK ? Thanks

April 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

@Steve - it already is. Joovuu in Stockport sell it on their website.

April 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Thanks Dave - out of stock at the moment

April 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Still waiting for mine from SpyTec. Ordered on 19th March so nearly a month ago, still says its in Jamaica, NY on the USPS tracker. Not sure what's going on. Paid via PayPal so I'm covered at least.

@EricEdwards learn some grammar and punctuation man! Half of your posts are unreadable and make no sense, nor do they have any relevance to this cam :/

April 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTheCarMadDad

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