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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)

Great review! I bought the camera right after I watched your review, just got my Xiaomi Yi camera today. The first app downloaded from Xiaomi's website said XXX Cam, but after downloading the app upgrade, now it says Yi camera. I got a problem with the app though, with either older or new version, whenever I click on settings, it shows the setting screen really briefly (0.3 seconds?) then it brings me to some "Discover" page where they have stock photos etc. I can never get the setting screen to stay so I can change the settings. Was there anything you had to do get to settings?

It seems to be wanting me to register maybe? I clicked on the face picture to register, the registration link times out.

April 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrcboosted

You've missed out the step where you connect your smartphone to the camera.
1) Go into the settings on your phone and look for the WiFi option
2) Turn on the WiFi on the Camera (press the button on the side and then it will take perhaps another 15 secs before the blue light flashes)
3) In the WiFi settings on your phone you will then see the camera appear as a WiFi hotspot.
4) Connect to the hotspot - it will ask for the password - it's 1234567890
5) When the Phone is connected up to the camera - then go into the app and you can access the camera and it's settings.

April 11, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

thank you for the reply. I found out it it may be incompatibility with my phone. I am able to get to the settings page via my tablet doing the same steps as my phone.

again thank you for your excellent reviews as always!

April 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrcboosted

Dose it has Bluetooth ? And how to enable?

April 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Plz send me the link of app..

April 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertechmoan

Scroll up a few cm. It's in the article.

April 12, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

would you please test this sports camera in this website, www.qingpai.me? it's our product. hope you could see this post.

April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatCamera

Hello, I noticed someone else asked, but how does this compare to the TCL SVC200?

I am hoping to get a sub-£100 action camera later this week, but there are so many options available, I don't know what to go for.

April 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGareth

They really are such different devices they can't be compared head to head. One has wifi, the other one has a screen, one has a mic in socket, the other has a car dvr mode. One is streamlined, the other is a brick shape. You'll have to decide which features are important to you. The image quality is pretty similar.

April 14, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan, great review YouTube video well put together. I look forward to getting this camera when I can, it's funky colour and great performance. As you have said it's a bit too basic trying to operate but hope to Make good use of long time lapse shots editing into video.

April 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElegba
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