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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Xiaomi Yi

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A119
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Polaroid Cube+
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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
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. 

US   UK   AT   AU   BE   CA   CH   DE   ES   FR   IE   IT   NL 

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 (117)

I recently learned that you can save money by buying it here. With this Promotion Code ( GitUp2 ) , its price is $104.99. https://goo.gl/4OsgXd

April 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTopaz

Hi Matt,

I enjoyed your review on youtube. I want to use this camera for two things (1) videoing squash games (from outside the court, not POV) and for roadtrips where the camera would be mounted on top of the car's bonnet. My questions are:

1. What external mic would you recommend to have the least wind noise. Have you got any tips for set up?

2. What suction mount would you recommend for car use?

3. Have you been able to compare it to the SJ Cam M20? I'm tempted by the way you chance the angle of lens, which doesn't seem to be something you can do on the Git2?

Cheers!

May 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdvocatus

Unfortunately I haven't really got an answer for any of those
1) You'll get wind noise with any mic on a car bonnet
2) Get any suction cup mount that seems right - perhaps if you want a more expensive one, I use a Fat Gecko for some exterior car shots.
3) I haven't used the M20.

May 27, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you for such a fast reply Matt.

When I buy a suction mount such as Fat Gecko, will that fit directly to the Git2 or do I need an intermediary part? Is this part of the regular kit or does it need to be bought separately?

May 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdvocatus

@Advacatus, The Fat Gecko is a version with screw, you need use it with standard GitUp frame, also you can try some GoPro mounts.

May 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergitup

We just released V1.5 Beta firmware, something new like support WiFi Station mode, customize boot logo, etc.
Please check here for more details:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=34877478&postcount=4138

May 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergitup

Do you mean this frame? Is it strong enough to put on the outside of a car!?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1201331-REG/gitup_gitup_mount_frame_mount_for_git1.html

May 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdvocatus

I'd recommend using a GoPro Tripod Mount adaptor then use can use the waterproof case.

May 27, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks again Matt. I didn't think the rep's suggestion of using the frame sounded like a good one. The order I've put in is for a full kit that seems to include the waterproof case. Ended up buying this one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281879333490?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Can't see where the Gecko would screw into the case and if another intermediary part will be needed to form a bridge, but I'm sure all will be revealed when the package finally arrives!

June 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdvocatus

Hi there, I'm enjoying my camera but I have two questions:

1. I have chaned the setting to the narrowest filming angle, but there is still distortion (the fisheye lens effect) at the edges. Is there any way I can change the angle to what you would have in a normal (non-action) camera?

2. What extra battery would you recommend? The battery life isn't brilliant.

Thank you!

June 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNicecam

If you really want to find something missing to the git2, I've got a suggestion : a "motorcycle case" like there is for the SJ4000 that lets you charge the camera while it is in its waterproof (or at least weatherproof) case. I would want one because I am a cyclist and I want to be able to recharge the camera on the go with my dynamo wheel. At the moment I use a Mobius but I need to remove it from my handlebars as soon as it rains which is a faff. If I were to buy the git2, I woulod need to remove it from its case to recharge while it isn't raining which would equally be a faff.

Thank you for the reviews, these are reallly useful.

June 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPanoramix

Given the choice which would you buy, the scam sj5000x elite or the git2

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

I've only used the Git - I lost track of the SJCAMs when they started iterating on the models every few months...there was little point in me spending a month making a review for something that would be out of date by the time the review came out.

June 27, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan

I grabbed my self a git2 on your fantastic review, I got a fake GoPro skeleton housing from eBay for a tenner, which you can plug microphone and power cables etc, sj4000 battery's are compatible and also last longer. Remote battery's on the other hand didn't last very long at all.

Will you be reviewing the Xiomi Yi 2 (4K) when it's available?

Many thanks Glen

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlen

Regarding the battery, we are working on a new improved battery, it can last more 20min, Maybe we can say this will be the best battery of "budget" action camera.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergitup

Hi gitup

Is there a plan for a motorcycle case? (see my comment above)

Many thanks

Yannig

July 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPanoramix

As always - a great review.

I was looking at a single axis (roll) gimbal today for M/C use and it needs GoPro type case - this may be the answer.

Thanks

July 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hi there, about to pull the trigger and just came across the Toshiba Camileo X-Sports.

Is there any chance you could comment mate? I've seen my friend's Gitup and I like it but the video output is not as good as a normal smart phone. Is that normal?

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/camcorders/toshiba-camileo-x-sports-1243328/review

July 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCuriousCat

Unfortunately Toshiba don't really exist any more. A holding company bought the rights to stick the name on any old tosh. Its worth it to them because there's enough people out there who think....ooooh Toshiba I know them, they made my old TV, there're a good company who make good things. It's up to you...but I don't like it when someone is playing me for a fool.

July 20, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

You could indicate a monopod (link) to GitUp Git2 camera? I not found in Aliexpress, Gearbest, Banggood etc.

August 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFernando

Hi there

All the video cameras of the Gitup's size seem to be action cameras, which by default, have a very wide lense that distorts on the sides. I think it's called the fisheye effect?

I am looking for as small a camera as possible that has a lens that does NOT have this distortion.

I would be hugely appreciative if you could spare a moment to point me in the correct direction of a video camera that is (a) very in size, and (b) that doesn't have distortion in the lens (which means it needs to be below under 128mm). I can't seem to find anything that isn't a full size camcorder.

Thanks a million mate - great website and reviews!

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFisheye

The Yi 2 4K has lens distortions rectification built in...however it sounds like you don't want a wide angle lens...in which case you want a normal compact camera that can take video (pretty much all of them can)...you'll also get the benefit of auto focus and zoom. I like the Sony range for video quality.

August 10, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Fisheye, GitUp have 3 no distortion lens for choice, we sell this version on our official site, come with high quality 90 degree lens.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergitup

@ Gitup, please can you give us the link to these products and explain how they are to be installed.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFisheye

@Fisheye, we have the version which have installed the non fisheye lens.
http://www.gitup.com/en/gitup-action-camera/46-git2standard-packing-with-f28-435mm-16m-hfov-72-13g-lens.html

Also you can buy the lens separately if you know how to adjust the focus, this lens also is compatible for Hero3+ and Hero4, have been tested by other users.

As you see, the lens is higher than standard version, we are working a new lens Ring so the lens will be protected better in future version. Please notice this version is not compatible with the waterproof case.

We have done lots of testing for the non-fisheye lens, it is special designed for us, not like some cheap lens which use plastic sold on Aliexpress.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergitup

Hi Mat,
Thank you for superb review of the Gitup. I recently purchased it and I am very happy with its features and quality of videos considering its price tag.
Keep up your good work informing us of different products.
Cheers from Australia.
Adam

August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

As always a great review, many thanks.

I notice that you mentioned the lowest time lapse interval was 200m/s but in all the adverts the lowest mentioned is 2 secs. Is the 200 m/s the result of updating the firmware?

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGiblets

I thought you said it had no achilles heal - the dash cam quality at night is awful!

September 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAl

What software is everyone using to rotate upside down footage, since the git2 doesn't have it within it's firmware?

October 2, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkeoke

@keoke, the latest V1.6 beta version support image rotation(upside down) now.
Please check below link:
http://www.gitup.com/blog/29_How-to-Update-Settings-from-Configuration-Fil.html

October 2, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergitup

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