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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.

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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.

 

 

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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
Jan222016

The fully-loaded Gitup Git2 Pro Camera - what more do you need?

I've reviewed many action cameras with each new model (usually) improving upon the last. However pretty much every camera I've tested has had an achilles heel, whether it was the lack of a mic input, poor exposure control, or general operational issues, it's often a case of 'close, but no cigar'.

Well I think the Git2 deserves that cigar, because I'm really struggling to find anything that it doesn't do. As far as these kinds of cameras go, it seems to tick the box for every feature you need and then throw in a few more besides.

If you are looking for a matchbox sized camera and the Git2 falls within your budget, I really can't think of anything that should prevent you from buying it. I suppose you might prefer to pay more for a camera with less features but labelled up with a brand name you are more familiar with...and if so then that's your prerogative, however I know which camera I'd buy.

Watch the video below to see the full review.

If you want to buy a Gitup Git2 Pro, I found the best deals are on ebay, so click your country below to see the current price that is available to you. 

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Read the listings carefully because different accessory bundles are available. 

   

You can download a selection of sample videos and stills taken with the Git2 from pCloud by clicking here.

The official manufacturer website is here - Gitup.com

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Reader Comments (116)

As others have saiid on your YT channel, just set a Patreon account up - but no special favours/ early reviews offered, it just creates resentmment and '2 classes' of viewers.
Your vids are fun and informative and the prioduction values and time you obviously put into them deserve rewarding. Just be upfront about it.. bigclivedotcom, clickspring, diyperks all simply state it 'supports' their efforts and ppl happily give. Bigclive even told people to stop giving too much! Ave channel has special vids just for patreon donors ajnd it created a LOT of ill feeling, esp amongst long time viewers who felt their loyalty was being shunned.

Just my 2p worth.

Regards. B.

January 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBiddy

thanks for the review!!

January 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNachoX

Biddy,
Seriously - massive thanks for the advice. I've been trying to figure out how to do this and your comments about the two tiers of viewers are exactly what I was trying to avoid. I needed to see what other similar youtubers were doing - and BigClive is a perfect example. I'll look into what he is doing and will work from that as a template. Many thanks.

January 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

not for publication, err, unless you want to.

Only too glad to be of some help. If bigclive can get $600/month after he specifically told those offering him 'more than 1 or 2 $ were too generous and they should reduce it' then you could get maybe 3x that [judging on subscribers]. Just be 100% straight and upfront then ppl cant moan in future. Clive';s 'keeps me in coffee and biccies' is a great line.

Perhaps you underestimate how much goodwill there is out there for you - ignore the YT nutters :)

Phil Mac, aka biddy, Hudds.

January 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBIddy

Hey TC.Love the review of the git 2 Was contemplating buying this to mount on my Motorcycle already have a roam 3 on my helmet and its fine,but I like gadgets.
My bike has a fair bit of vibration and innovv c3 snake cam is almost useless as a mounted unit.The innovv twin cam bike cams are great but nowhere at all to hide on my bike.

Will you be doing another review of the git 2 on your motorcycle??
Thanks.Kevin

January 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

Yes I intend to take the Git2 out on my bike when the opportunity arises. Hopefully I can do some side-by-side comparison tests with other cameras.

January 23, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I was thinking of upgrading my sj4000 for sjcam 10+ but now after this review I am in doubt.
Again techmoan, good analysis. thank you.

January 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterchorondus

Hi Mat,

You said the low light footage seemed "smeary". It looked like you had image stabilisation turned on and I think that doesn't work well at night.

The software processing relies on sharp edges in the frame and fuzzy streetlights/headlights seem to mess it up slightly.

I switch my Sony AS200v stabilisation off at night usually. It seems to help a little and I can always use my editing software to add stabilisation later.

I have been waiting to see if you would update your review of the Sony action cameras. My AS200v is better then my old AS100v. The lens seems improved and the picture is sharper

January 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFlyingPanMan

Hi Mat,

Exceptional review of this lovely reasonably priced action cam - I've only got a couple of comments, one is the fish eye lens effect - not a huge fan of this but I know many of these cams have this as standard, also no mention of the battery life on this cam?

I think the fact it can be a dash cam as well is a good feature ~ (but missing the GPS) - love all the slow motion / time lapse features too though.

Great review though - absolutely brilliant!

As always... thanks for listening

Daz

January 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

I did mention the battery Life a couple of times - once at 01:08 and again at 20:58 (It's 110 mins).
Perhaps they could add a de-fisheye option in a future firmware...I've seen this on some cameras, so I imagine it's possible, but probably only in certain resolutions.

January 24, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great review, as ever.

Do you know if the remote is waterproof? I'm considering buying this camera for kayaking and having a remote would be very useful, but it needs to be waterproof.

Also, I bought an action camera a few years ago following one of your reviews and have been very pleased with it. It has a vibrate function when the buttons are used. This is incredibly useful when the cam's mounted on my crash helmet, since vibrations are more noticeable than beeps or flashing LEDs. Assuming this camera and all other GoPro style cameras don't have vibrate, I don't know why they don't design in this very useful function?

January 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNotlob Rob

My Mobius, whilst still a great little camera, has seriously lost its shine since all these new action cams have appeared.

Last November I bought a Cheerson CX-20 quadcopter and just yesterday ordered a currently heavily discounted & well received 3-axis gimbal, which will need a bit of work to fit but should be worth it http://www.hobbyking.co.uk/hobbyking/store/__86506__Z1_Tiny2_3_Axis_Brushless_Gimbal_for_GoPro.html

However it won't hold my Mobius so I'm on the hunt for an upgrade. I don't have a GoPro budget, the Xiaomi Yi was originally on the top of the list until I saw the Git2.

But now there's another new camera I'd love for you do a review of; the ELE Explorer 4k Sports Camera which is GoPro sized, does 4k (but only 15fps), comes with a pile of extras including waterproof case and is only 69 dollars! http://www.gearbest.com/action-cameras/pp_265287.html

Now I don't know which I want. Until I decide I've got the Mobius to GoPro form factor conversion case on order.

January 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

Speaking as someone who has shot and edited in 4K - seriously do not bother, unless there is a very specific reason you just have to shoot in 4K. There's literally no point with 4K on a budget camera, and it will probably be indiscernible from 1080p to most people - because there's the cheap lens, cheap digital processing path etc..
If you shoot in 4K then you'll also need a powerful computer with large fast SSDs to edit it on and a 4K screen to watch the footage on. If you have the money to pay for all that stuff, why then cheap out on the most important thing...the camera. In addition 4K at 15fps is like watching a flip book of still images, even early silent movies ran at a faster frame rate than that (up to 24fps).

January 25, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks Matt for your review... in fact all your reviews.

January 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarty

Thanks Techmoan, I should've pointed out that I wasn't interested in dealing with 4k footage, I only have a 1080p tv anyway, it's more that it's a sport camera that comes with a bunch of accessories & waterproof case as standard, in a GoPro form factor along with wifi & a large LCD screen, for $69.

I think I may be getting the Git2, I checked out some footage recorded with that camera and the gimbal I've ordered and it looks rock steady and silky smooth, especially with the Git2's image stabilisation adding to the stability of the gimbal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3qKcb8o8es

BTW thanks for your reviews! It was because of them I got my Mobius, and so did my brother, mother (dashcam) and other friends have them.

January 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

You need to stop these reviews Mat. My wife is none too pleased I'm buying another action camera and I'm hardly action man. But this one looks pretty good :)

January 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRexy

I'd love to see a GPS option.

January 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Great features, but I hate this format box.

January 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSylvio

For fisheye correction try this:

https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/gitup-git2-official-support.14625/page-31#post-213598
https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/gitup-git2-official-support.14625/page-31#post-213602

January 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

Hello, excellent review as usual.

Did you experience some hot pixel like some user did ?

https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/gitup-git2-official-support.14625/page-32

January 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterclouseau

I was thinking about bying a M10+ but after seeing the review about the Gitup Git 2 I dont know what to buy... What is your choice? Would be fun to see a vs video between the M10+ and the Git2 pro. Thx for al your great videos and rewievs.

January 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMattias

Hi Mat,

As always a very informative review.

Until I managed to break it I had an SJ1000 (bought after watching your review a couple of years ago), which I was very pleased with. Except when using it as a helmet camera. Firstly (I think) you look daft with a box sticking out of your head, and secondly when I wanted to record I had to take the helmet off, check the camera is recording, put helmet back on…by which time I generally missed what I wanted to record in the first place, especially when recording the kids up to something on their bikes, etc.!

Until recently I had been considering a Stealth 2, as it has low form factor, no requirement for an additional case (unless swimming/diving), long battery life and an optional remote that shows what the camera is doing. Now following this review I’m tempted with the Git2! OK so it’s more boxy (although would stick up less so than the SJ1000), but it does 1080p60, has an LCD and is slightly cheaper than the Stealth 2 (especially when factoring in the remote).

So two questions, does the Git2 remote have any feedback as to what the camera is doing (obviously you can’t see the LEDs when helmet mounted), and what would you spend your hard earned on?

Many thanks
Piers

January 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPiers

maybe I missed this, but does the Git2 have motion detection? If i remember correctly, the Git1 had this option...
Hoping to capture some wildlife in the back yard

January 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJeff The White Guy

hello

silly question, are the mounts the same as the GoPro?

Thanks

Mark

January 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAviator732

Answers to the last three questions
1) No - there's no feedback - I also have a Stealth 2 so it's hard to answer which I'd buy as I already have both.
2) Yes it does
3) Yes they are

January 28, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks Andrei for the link to the VirtualDub barrel correction plugin. I tried it on a few Git2 videos downloaded from YouTube and even with a lot of tweaking of the two configuration numbers I can't get it to be as good as the Xiaomi Yi's built-in barrel correction like this clip from someone who has one on a quadcopter with 3-axis gimbal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22XOVQnDnmA

I may have a go at trying the barrel correction filter on my Mobius footage, first pointing the camera at a checkerboard pattern to get a good reference image to get the right config settings.

The Xiaomi Yi still feels like the best one for me of the two (despite not being able to say Xiaomi properly), firstly because of the barrel correction, secondly for the price, and thirdly because I also want to have a play with the 480p 240fps capability it has.

January 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

@Haku
You're welcome! You should thank @the-force form DCT forums for sharing the values and making a tutorial about this.

January 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

Hi

I am interested in this cam.

But few questions.

what is the advantage for this cam compare with xiaomi cam,gopro hero 1,SJcam sj4000 wifi?

Thanks

January 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJon

@Jon
Git 2 has:
- good hardware
- good build quality
- excellent support (gitup user on DashCamTalk forums)
- good performance
- compatible with GoPro Hero3 accesories

IMHO Git 2 is much better that the others. Xiaomi's advantage over Git 2 are the user generated scripts.

January 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

Hi I love you videos and was wondering if you thought these would be worth reviewing ?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sunglasse-Handsfree-Wearing-Action-Wifi-Camera-Camcorder-HD-1080P-Remote-PL6Y-/131689244970?hash=item1ea94a692a:g:augAAOSwYIhWhIwD

January 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPete

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