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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
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
Sena Prism Tube

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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Friday
Sep112015

Dazzne P3 1080p60 WiFi Budget Action Cam Review

The Dazzne P2 is my boxy-style action camera recommendation for people on a budget. It produces good results, has a solid construction and comes with plenty of accessories in the box. Overall, it's excellent value for money.

I often receive emails from people who are considering buying the SJCAM SJ4000 but want me to guarantee that a seller on ebay isn't going to send them a counterfeit camera. Without travelling to China and inspecting their stock, my guess is as good as anyone else, as all the sellers use the same stock photos and descriptions.

The Dazzne P2 doesn't yet suffer from these counterfeit problems, it feels better constructed than the SJ4000, is more adept at handling difficult lighting situations (like driving towards the sun) and in my opinion produces better quality video overall. 

The new Dazzne P3 adds WiFi and 1080p60 to the mix and naturally also costs more than the P2. It's not a replacement for the P2, it's just the next model up in the Dazzne range. Watch the video below to see if these features are worth the price premium over the budget P2. 

Purchasing Links 
Dazzne P3
   
Cheapest Dazzne P2 Package (just the basic set for a very cheap price)
   
I have no experience with any of the sellers listed above - so I can't vouch for their reliability. 
 
Downloadable Sample Clips: http://pc.cd/s6brtalK

Sample files are now hosted on pcloud.com - These chaps kindly offered to help after seeing the issues I was having hosting these samples elsewhere - their solution seems to be working really well.

Other videos mentioned in the review...
Why it's not worth uploading to youtube in 1080p60: https://youtu.be/tdEDnywSExI
How I made my motorcycle pocket mount: https://youtu.be/2O9aLYSntTQ
Full Review of the P2: https://youtu.be/rDsuMd26wUI

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Reader Comments (17)

Hi
How about testing this one
http://www.gearbest.com/action-cameras/pp_234672.html

4K video for as less as £41

Cheers and keep up the ggod work you do

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAcke

4K at 10fps - might as well be 100k at 0fps. 10 fps is like looking at a flip book.
I'm struggling with editing the 30fps 4k from the Sony action cam...but I know it's the future so I'm prepared to make an effort. Although 30 fps is the minimum I"m prepared to make this effort with.

September 11, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

There is another P3 review, include comparison with GitUp git1, for reference.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=32644497&postcount=20

September 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBill

"I'm not going to tell you what dashcam it is yet" ... @10:35 "Philips ADR 810" :)

September 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteryurikus

better camera in its range
good pixal quality in lowest prise
very thankful to review writter who describe all things properly

September 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Aviles

Hey there,
my Dazzne P3 just arrived today but when I put in the micro SD card (SanDisk Ultra 64gb) it just says "Card size limit for video recording". Also when i try to take a photo nothing happens... When i turn on the camera, the blue LED lights start flashing constantly too.
I'm quite desperate since im going on vacaation tomorrow so I really want to fix this before...
I hope someone can help me.

September 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArthur

Sir,

I was watching your video on the DAZZNE P3 where you said you tried to get the GoPro microphone adapter to work without success. I came across this on eBay, being sold by Dazzne: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dazzne-P2-P2-WIFI-P3-External-Mini-USB-to-3-5mm-Microphone-Mic-Adapter-Cable-/221888354403?hash=item33a9939863

I thought it was curious. I wonder if it actually works.

Erik

October 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErik Berg

Thanks for the link. I heard they were supposed to be coming out an official adaptor, but it's the first time I've seen one. I'll order one immediately.

October 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi!
Dazzne has an official store on ebay (user: dazzne), that, after you include the shipping prices, has P2 even cheaper then the links you submitted. And it is actually the makers official store (they link to it from company's Facebook account), so the chances of getting a fake are around zero.

Also they just gave away 10 mic cables on the Facebook, so some testing results should be around soon. They are said to work with P2 and P3.

One interesting point considering different sets - thanks to the availability of "barebone" set you can fit within some customs limit, so it might be cheaper to order the camera and required accessories separately.

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFeldmarshall

there are after market lenses for the gopro type cameras do you know if they fit the other box style cameras like this one?

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKevin24018

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