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(The Mobius also works as a dashcam)
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My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

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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.

VERY IMPORTANT. These links go to the product, but 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 going rate for a real item against the price of a fake one that won't work.

As an example of the extent of the problem of fake goods online...In a recent survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold by Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

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RECOMMENDED CARDS

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

 

            

 

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Sunday
Jun282015

The Dazzne P2 - Budget Action Camera Review

The Dazzne P2 is a budget action camera that comes with a surprising number of accessories inside the box for a very reasonable price. Surely there must be a catch....watch the video below where I find out that sometimes good things do come in small packages.

 

 

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Reader Comments (85)

Hi Mat, an excellent and comprehensive review - it does tick most boxes for me this one...and the price is getting there...a good alrounder.

Excellent stuff.

As always, thanks for listening

Daz

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

The Xiaomi Yi and Dazzne are a similar price. I like the Dazzne's photo whilst recording feature but I think the Yi has wifi. The Dazzne comes with extras whilst the Yi has an app. Oh boy, decisions, decisions. Can you tell me which has the better recording.
Regards,
Charlie

June 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

I'd recommend downloading sample clips from both cameras to compare. They do look pretty similar to me.

June 30, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The yi is better frame rates, but the Dazzne has more accessories.

June 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJD

Thanks for the great review Mat ! Think I will spring for this one. Now I just want to find out how quickly it can take a still from power off - if you have it set to boot up in photo mode and to take a photo automatically.

July 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJim Witherspoon

I'm travelling at the moment, but when I get back on Friday I can test this out. I'm not sure if it can automatically take a picture when its switched on. I've only tried this feature with video.

July 1, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

If the microphone port doesn't work, you should send it back. Perhaps they will send you a new P2plus model, given the kind of following you have.

July 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

The specs don't mention any mic-in ability. I tested the adaptor on the off-chance that it might work. So nothing is broken, it's just a feature that's not included on the camera. Like GPS, wifi or image stabilisation.

July 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

How would this compare to the SJ400?
My year old SJ400 is about due for a replacement as the screen is slowly going black from edges in, video quality is still fine though.

July 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteraquacove

Here is a link to the instruction manual for the Dazzne P2. It's Chinglish but from what I can tell, it would seem you can set it to take a photo immediately on startup. There are two relevant settings: "Default Mode for switching on" - can set to photo? And "Recording after Switch On" (page 6). Dazzne rep Cathy Zhou told me "If you choose recording after switch on like video or photo,after you press the switch on button,it will take 5 seconds to record or take picture. If you not choose recording after switch on,after you switch the camera,you just press shutter button,it only take 1-2 second to record or take picture." An Amazon reviewer tested it twice with his Dazzne, and found the "time to first shot" to be 7 seconds.

July 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJim Witherspoon

This is such a difficult decision. Could I suggest that you do a comparison video... a showdown between actions cams under $100, Dazzne, Yi, etc. It would be most appreciated and I'm sure popular.

July 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

There are sample clips available to download for all the cameras I've reviewed. Most of these should have similar shots taken in the same locations. Once you've decided what features are the most important to you...e.g LCD screen, WiFi, shape, accessories included in the box, price etc, then download a couple of sample clips for each camera to compare their performance. It's a more comprehensive comparison than any new video I could make.

July 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Jim,

I've tried and I can't get it to automatically take a picture when it's turned on. Auto record just works for video. So after setting it to boot into photo mode... manually turning it on and pressing the shutter button takes approx 6 seconds.

July 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for that info Mat ! On the comparison between the Xiaomi Yi and the Dazzne - I like that the Dazzne has its own display, allowing you to frame your shot if you so desire, and also the options can be configured using this display. The Xiaomi Yi does not have a display - though you can use your smartphone for a display. I have a Mobius and so often what I get in my picture is not what I intended.

July 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJim Witherspoon

How does this compare with SJCAM? with respect to video and stills?

July 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commentervivek

Download some of the video and still samples I've uploaded for this and the particular SJCam you are interested in. You can then compare them side by side at full bitrate on your computer screen.

July 4, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Ordered a P2 July 2,2015 from amazon.

firmware 1.16, camera randomly stops recording and locks up. Battery life is 30-40 minutes on one of the batteries, the other I have gotten 90 min, but that was one case of 5 tests that the cam did not lockup. (or locked up after 90 minutes, I cant tell)

Does not support exFAT for 64GB card (sandisk ultra). Must reformat the 64GB card to FAT.

This one is going back. I dont think its quite ready yet as a reliable camera.

July 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErik

Hi Mat, with the SJ4000 you said that the camera goes back to default settings when you changed the battery. Is the Dazzne the same in this respect?
Rgds
Frank

July 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

@Frank, it depends on if there is button battery inside the main board. I don't have p2 on hand.
For SJ4000, it does not support this, but SJ5000 series can save settings when changed the battery.

July 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergitup

first of all, as always, thanks for your work!
I have a request for you: may you smile, from time to time? =)
bye!

July 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaVe

Another great review of what looks to be a decent kit, like some of the features/options such as the supplied charger, extra battery and the fact it can do time-lapses whilst recording video, does look relatively solid too.

One thing I wish manufactures would incorporate, on cams themselves or with an included adapter, a standard 1/4" tripod mount, to me that is one of the most versatile methods of mounting and something I use the most, helps too when the cam itself (action cams) needs open air for the betterment of the audio... I know, there's many options and workarounds but it is easier when its designed for a specific device rather than an improvisation.

Think I'll still be rockin' my previously purchased dash/action cams though since our Canadian dollar has tanked and is in a dismal state, not to mention that many manufactures have now caught on to the fact these types of cams have become popular and priced them accordingly, I know that this is a normal trend when things become a hot commodity and add in better quality, image in this case, just glad I got what I got when I did as to me they were sort of a steal, more than suffice for my needs at this point and time.

Regards,
Slivy58

July 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Hello, so my Dazzne has finally arrived. The camera Mat reviewed was v 1.14, mine is 1.16 and improvements have been made. The menu is reorganized, it actually is easier to navigate than SJ4000 menu (I have 1 SJ1K and two SJ4K) and is good enough effort considering they only have 3 buttons.
Other improvement is video quality in different modes. First of all, it often helps to turn protune off, unless you are in 1080p30 witch ultra Wide FOV. For me, other FOVs and 720p30 look all very nice, 720p60 still has some aliasing, much less than in Mat´s review though. I hope they will keep working on it and keep releasing new FW and offering it also to people who already have the camera. Just for illustration, there was only 40 days between v1.14 and v1.16.
As for my purchase, i just want a camera, that records what I´m doing, quality helps, but is not the top priority. Dazzne is accessories manufacturer, mostly GoPro stuff and their build quality is good, so is the build on this camera, for example, I had to do my own soldering on SJcam product quite a few times, since stuff just fell apart insides, after few hits to the case.
Other great thing are the bright LEDs everywhere, so i know when I actually record. Two batteries and external charger in the basic package just sealed the deal, as I would have to buy them anyway which made this already cheap camera even cheaper.
I also prefer actual screen to WiFi, any time of the day :) .
@Jim Witherspoon: In my version, there is "boot mode" and "boot record" option, but if you set boot mode to photo mode and turn on "boot record", it will still start recording, instead of taking a still.
With that off the table, boot time takes 5,4 seconds (0,1s deviation), no matter, if you boot to the video or photo mode. After this time, it is good to go. If you have "boot record" on, the recording starts right away, again, at 5,4 second mark. Buttons are really responsive, so taking a really quick shot is quite simple and quite fast.

July 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFreeman

Hi Mat,
I just received mine Dazzne P2 box in europe, just after two weeks from the moment of purchase.

Everything looks fine except I got only ONE battery.
So everyone should be careful when inspecting the contents - this package should have included two batteries, as seen in Mat's video review.

Piwex

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPiwex

Just looked at the website and they have a new model P3 with wifi. A bit more $$.

July 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDanny D

Just ordered the new p3 based on your review, I am hoping for great things. hope you review the p3 soon!

July 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStu

Hi techmoan ive mesaged dazzne about the external mic and aparently it supports it but it needs a professional defined interface cable and ive tried looking online with no luck would be much appreciated if u cud help me out where to get one thanks

July 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterthomas

You've been doing great job reviewing dash cams and action cams. I'm looking for a body camera, that can be on my body when needed and record everything I see, without being held in the hands and with minimal intervention. Something to the extent of the PatrolEyes Body Camera, but at a fraction of the cost. Do you know of anything like that?

July 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSean

No I've been looking but haven't found anything suitable. The HP LC100W was one of my more recent attempts to find a camera like this.

July 23, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks, Mat!
Any chance you would be able to review the new Dazzne P3?

July 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSean

hi can you also have review Click Pro oculus hd tv

July 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKrishna

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