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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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New Firmware 1.2.12 Is Out: 2K Resolution and there is a back log of fixes since ver 1.0

Following is the quick release notes of Firmware 1.2.0
•Added Video Time-Lapse Feature
•Added Support to captures Pictures at 12 Megapixels 16:9 Resolution
•Improved Timer shot to be stoppable when counting down
•Improved Video Preview Experience
•Improved Loading Speed of Camera Content
•Improved firmware Upgrade Experience by Reducing Upload Time
•Fixed Beeping Problem when Failed to Upgrade
•Fixed booting Problem caused by SD card.

Release Highlights of Xiaomi Yi Firmware V1.2.12
•Added 2K Resolution
•Added Photos Folder while taking Photos in time-lapse and burst mode
•Optimized the Power saving mode in order to increase the camera working time
•Optimized the hint sound and LED light, helping to recognize the camera status
•Optimized the experience of loop video record while the SD card is full
•Fixed no response while controlling the camera via APP
•Fixed the image reversal setting
•Fixed no Preview video in app after reconnecting the camera
•Fixed Duration difference between preview video and the actual video file in time lase mode

There is now an iSO app. (no Winodws phone or Windows 10 appt)

Time for a update on the video Techmoan?


People have been hacking the firmware to run at 35mb.... but it run a risk of overeating so I don't think it worth it.

http://www.quadcopterflyers.com/2015/06/yi-camera-firmware-1.2.0-video-time-lapse.html

xiaoyi.com/update/sports?lang=en-us

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJKY

Hi - your real issue is with the focus of the camera. Unfortunately, many of these xiaomi yi devices are sent out slightly out of focus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkV8ipfC-Cg

Its an easy but time consuming fix - you open the front of the case with your nails, unseal the glue around the lense, mark the original position, move it until it focuses properly (the time consuming bit), glue it back (dab of hot glue or tape).

You should definately have a look into this as I have downloaded your footage on the motorway and a massive roadsign was definitely out of focus (i.e. 'soft') in HD to the point you couldn't read it!

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermusclehead

My copy of this camera suffers from the distant objects being soft - close objects are super sharp, so it does seem this model appears to be suffering from a badly adjusted focal point from factory.

September 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGoingPostal

I'm a huge fan of Techmoan. I watch videos for products I have no interest in because I like your company. Sad bugger.

So I bought the Yi based on your recommendation. But I feel there's a big omission in your review. I have 4 Android devices, including a relatively new Galaxy Tab 10.1 but the app is not compatible with any of them. I have a Windows PC. I'm screwed! I can't talk to the camera, change settings, review live video etc. I really wish I had known this before.

I'm currently faffing about with some cobbled together Windows hack, trying to make the best of a bad job, but I really wish I had not got into this situation in the first place. Please consider annotating your video so others don't fall in here.

September 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

That's a nuisance. I've only got one Android device to test and it worked. I'll put a note on the video saying that not all Android devices work with the app. Experience tells me that almost no one reads annotations though.

September 18, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Chris

I have 5 android devices from Frodo to kit-Kat and all of them work fine with the app. My friend also uses his with a galaxy Note and his new Chinese phone running Android 5.0 with no problem. I find it very odd if you have four devices and none of them will run the app. Are you sure you are down loading the correct app. A windows PC will see the camera as a block device/Storage device if the camera is plugged in via USB and then turned on.

September 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

@Techmoan - thank you.

@Paul, it's not that they don't work, it's that the Play store has decided my devices are not compatible and will not allow me to download and install them. I don't see any options for moving past that....

Except to buy a nice new phone. Mwuahahahaha.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

My suggestion would be to try downloading the app from Xiaomi (not via the Google play store) to find out for yourself whether it works or not. Go to this page and the link is about half way down.
http://www.mi.com/yicamera/features/

If you can’t find it search for this 下载小蚁运动相机APP 安卓版

September 20, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Chris

I still think its odd that you have managed to own four devices that the play store thinks are not compatible. Are they all old? or all new what do they have in common? as Techmoan suggests downloading the APK should work on most devices and bypasses the app store. Just a thought but I got fed up with the App store telling me my device was not compatible with apps. It was a P1000 galaxy tab running Frodo. Cyanogenmod upgrade to Kit-Kat cured that problem and it runs the Xiami yi app fine.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

hi. i want to buy an action cam. which one do you prefer and why. between sjcam 4000 and sjcam 5000 plus and yi cam. hope that you can give your reasons. thanks

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjohn
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