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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)

Ok,
Makes sense. I have usually just uploaded photos and videos via USB cable from my DSLR so that is what I'm used to. The mini-SDHC card is so small and the port is little flimsy so I would like to avoid taking it out every time I want to offload stuff. With video cameras with larger sturdier memory card taking it out is no issue.

Raino

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRox

I tried it again. It seems usb works great, You just have to turn on the device first. Duh!

Thanks for help. The video was great and got me going!

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRox

Seems somebody has released a waterproof case on the last 24 hours or so

Dunno if URLs are black listed so the Banggood SKU is SKU219566 and the description is (currently) Waterproof Case for Xiaomi Yi Sports Camera Diving 40M Back Up Case

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrob

many thanks for all your reviews, please start your own ''gadget show''

April 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteralanscotland

Good morning MR TECHMOAN nad rest of the camera lovers ..! I am seeking some advice on my next camera purchase and would appreciate some expert input please..
I have narrowed down after watching reviews and researching down to 3 cameras..
no particular order//
1. sjcam 5000 plus
2.contour roam 3
3. Xiaomi Yi
I will not be using the wireless so much and it will mainly be used for spearfishing.. I know that xiaomi does not come with the housing but I am assuming it is available to buy seperatly..
question is? WHICH CAMERA SHOULD I GO FOR?

April 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlpay

The sony 4k action cam is the way to go.

April 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbri

I'm trying to figure out how to run a app that is not in the app store with BlueStacks App player for PC, anyone have a clue? I'll search the web, but it's not strait forward about getting that done.

April 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Hi there
Recently I am trying to figure out which cam to buy - svc200 or YI. Of course Yi has 60fps but in 30fps 1080p which of these two is better ?

April 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMitko

Hey there techmoan, very nice review, will make a nice alternative camera to use on the sony AS30.

Theres 1 thing I noticed that was not covered in this video if you don't mind clarifying, the battery this uses.

Are go pro batteries or SJCAM 5000 batteries compatible with this.

April 7, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterabs

Which is better Xiaomi or SJCAM M10 WIFI or other Sjcam camera ?

April 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRynkov
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