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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)

@Paul, I have a Galaxy S (old), a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (newish), an Alcatel OneTouch 983 (last year) and an LG GT540 (3 years old). None compatible. Downloading the APK is great idea which I somehow overlooked when Techmoan suggested it. I bought a ZTE Blade S6 on Sunday, so I'm out of the woods, as it were. Oddly (in case it's helpful to anyone else) one of the modes on the Xiaomi Yi can is not accessible from the Android app - it's only accessible from the Windows utility "cc.exe" - you can take a time lapse video at one frame every 2 seconds (one minute gives one second) - as a video. I can'tsee this option in the Android app.

Anyway, I'm all sorted and the app/phone combo is very nice.

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

@John I'd recommend watching the SJ5000 video review to see what I think of that camera....in my opinion it's one to avoid. So then you are left with the SJ4000 vs the Xiaomi Yi....and for the answer to that question see the first two minutes of this video. https://youtu.be/BvXCZh44IPo

September 21, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi - Its unlikely that you will find a better camera for sub $200 than the Xiaomi yi - the Sensor is most of the cost and beats anything on the market for that price range. The quality can very - They are often slightly out of focus - as per techmoan, some have sound problems - but usually you can fix them with a little bit of time.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermuscleriot

I want to buy an action camera,yi action camera and gopro are both good option,but Gopro is too expensive.Finally i bought my yi from tinydeal,i must say it's really good and i started to like taking videos since i have the yi.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJacky

Hi Techmoan,
Stumbled onto this camera from an ad on FB and consequently found your review. Great review of this camera but could you tell me - with the maximum supported card what is the most time you can shoot video for ? does it only do 5 min loops or can you do continual video till the card is full ? Would love a GoPro (who doesn't) but out of my price range. If it did continual video this would be a great alternative.
Thanks.

October 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGlen

Sorry if this has already been covered..

Are there any issues with the wifi when using the camera in a RC model using the 2.5ghz band?

December 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Hi, just found this, have you seen it?

http://www.banggood.com/Xiaomi-Original-2_7-Inch-165-Degree-1296P-Car-Recorder-Support-ADAS-p-1016478.html

Will you review it? Looks promising........

January 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdj

Do you know of any good quality HD or better action cameras with wifi that fit into gopro waterproof housing?

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChef Robb

i haven't got a GoPro case to test - but the Git2 might do. I would just use the Git2 case though.

February 25, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Does the Xiaomi Yi now have image stabilisation?

March 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterbiker jk
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