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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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Monday
Mar302015

The Full Xiaomi Yi Action Camera Review

I must have had upwards of fifty people contact me and ask if I’d heard of the new Xiaomi Yi camera and whether I was going to review it, however a few hours before the first of those messages arrived, I’d already pre-ordered one. I suspected that a budget 1080p60 camera from a reputable manufacturer would be worth taking a look at…and it seems I wasn’t wrong.

I’ve been using it for a little over a week now, and you can find my video review below. 

As I mentioned in the video I intend to revisit this camera when the waterproof case is released. At that point I’ll probably do another video showing how it performs on my motorcycle, however you should be already able to tell that the video quality from this camera is very impressive.

If you want to download my SAMPLE CLIPS & PHOTOS- then CLICK HERE. Make sure you Download and play these back locally rather than streaming them.

Waterproof Case details here (pre-order)

Below are some purchasing links

AMAZON US   AMAZON UK

EBAY (click your country)

UK   US   DE   NL   AU   BE   CA   CH   ES   FR   IE   IT

BANGGOOD (Links below) 

Jungle Colour (Green/Lime & a bit cheaper) or White 

Android App Link - http://sports.xiaoyi.com/app/sports_camera.apk

UPDATE - Connecting to the Camera. 

Since the manual is in Chinese and not everyone is familar with the process of connecting to a WiFi camera, here is a basic guide.

First download and install and update the app listed above. Once it's working, then...

1) Go into the settings on your phone and look for the WiFi option

2) Turn on the WiFi on the Camera (tap the button on the side)

3) Wait approx 15 secs until the blue light starts flashing

4) In the WiFi settings on your phone you will then see the camera appear as a WiFi hotspot.

5) Connect to the hotspot - it will ask for the password - it's 1234567890

6) When the Phone is connected up to the camera - then go into the app and you can access the camera and it's settings.

UPDATE MAY 2015: Whilst the Stills & Auto-Exposure are excellent - I’ve had second thoughts about the video sharpness. After watching the footage I recorded on my motorcycle -  objects at a distance look a little soft to me. I suggest you download some samples and make up your own mind.

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Reader Comments (122)

What is the battery life on this camera, in general?

July 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Camera stats are shown onscreen at the 16:40 point in the video.

July 20, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have had this camera for 2 weeks now and am enjoying it very much. I have been using it without the app, just point and shoot and default video mode. I purchased the camera, waterproof case, extra battery, dual charger and 32 Gb SD card for $109 delivered. I went to a wedding this weekend (late afternoon into evening), shot over 30 min of video and 100 stills, battery indicator is still blue. Everyone is thrilled with the video, only one videophile noticed any difference (I asked him to take a look). I am pleased with what I got.

July 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercrusin54

@Paul who probably never will see this.

The timelapse mode in the xiaomi yi camera is working as it should since when you do timelapse you want the exposure to be looked. Having the exposure change during a timelapse will make it look really bad. That said, the timelapse is a bad setting for your usage.

To fellow time laps photographer.

I will have to disagree with you. No matter what you intend to take a time lapse sequence of, especially outside, the light level will change and the Yi will either blow out completely or go almost black. How for example would you take time lapse photos over a long period like days and nights. It simply won't work. Not very useful! As I said previously the Go-Pro also locked exposure when first released but was rapidly fixed

As for time lapse being a bad setting for my use. The Go-pro is in common use for capturing still shots during extreme sports action. I was hoping the Yi could be used in the same way but the results are completely unusable. It is not possible to operate a helmet mounted camera during the activity and the only options that can be used are continuous shooting at intervals (Photo Time Lapse 2 shots per second is ideal) or remote operation with a mouth operated switch. Which is how I operate my Canon 350D. The mouth operated blow switch is not an option on any sport action camera available.

I am sure this is an unintentional bug as you can't lock the exposure on any other photo mode, It is always evaluated and set when the button is pressed. For time lapse it should be evaluated and set as each photo is taken not just the once at the beginning.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Yi Action Camera - very dissapointed says there is a update to the firmware (why not on playstore) and it wont update from the app.

July 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermark shirley

Hi. Would you be willing to do an update on this camera as firmware 1.2.6 is now available and apparently the bitrate is higher and the video sharper plus some new features.

August 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I have bought one and downloaded the app for iPhone. I cant find anywhere to watch the live video or adjust the settings. Is this because the iPhone app is still quite primitive or am I doing something wrong? I do have a spare Android phone I could use but would rather get it fully working with my iPhone. Thanks for this!

August 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Hi Wendy. I didn't know Xiaomi had released an Iphone version of the app yet so are you sure you have the correct app. If so follow the procedure to connect to the camera as it has to be linked in order to see anything or change settings. The Iphone and android apps will be very similar and are very similar to the Go-Pro app. If that fails I suggest you contact the manufacturer or find a user group like the dash-cam user group rather than a review site as they would be more likely to be able to help.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

To keep from losing the little cover on the back of the Yi, I cut a 2.5cmX1cm length of nylon cloth to the little lid and then to the camera with super glue. I would show a picture but, I don't think it is possible here. It works very well. Great video, thanks for the work.

September 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn thomas
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