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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
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A119
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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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Wednesday
Nov022016

Dashcam Review: Viofo A119 - Simple Capable Capacitor Camera

The A119 does everything that many people need a dashcam to do. It records high quality video at resolutions including 1440p30 and 1080p60. It has great low light performance, uses a capacitor rather than a battery (more suited for hot countries) GPS is optional and the camera can be neatly mounted at the top of a windscreen.
Watch the video below to see the review.
    
If you like the look of this camera you may want to consider ordering one from the links below
    
Amazon 
  
 
    
ebay 
  
UK   US   DE   CA   AU   NL 
   
Manual, Specifications & Firmware available here 
  
My guide to Dashcam Basics
   
You can download sample clips here - Do not try to stream them, there is no point as the streamed re-encoded videos look awful....these are just for downloading and playing locally on a computer. 
  

Note - links are affiliated. The long term reliability of any items reviewed cannot be assessed. This dashcam has been in use for three months with no problems.

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Reader Comments (99)

If anyone has any concerns about images too light or too dark they have 13 Exposure Settings to choose from.

The EXPOSURE SETTING RANGE is:
+2.0, +5/3, +4/3, +1.0, + 2/3, + 1/3, +0.0, -1/3, - 2/3, - 1.0, - 4/3, - 5/3, - 2.0

October 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly Now

Is it possible to turn the GPS off if using the GPS mount?

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Yes, you have 29 settings for your A119S and 2 of them control your GPS.
Setting #7, GPS - On or Off.
I leave it On because I want it to automatically set and keep accurate time from the satellite.
Setting #13 GPS Stamp - Coordinates and Speed, On or Off
I set mine Off because I don't want that particular information on my video.
I hope this is helpful..

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly Now

I've had my Viofo A119S V2 for 3 months now.
It's been used every day and I couldn't be happier.
The performance has been flawless.
It's excellent value and highly I recommend it.

November 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly Now

I have had my A119 with gps for over 12 months now with out any problems. Mount became lose but i just put small strips of felt pad on the back of camera to pack it out and stopped it rattling.The lens also become a bit lose but I packed some paper between the lens and the case and that worked fine. Overall I believe it is a great camera for the money . Image is great in the day or night.

December 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterL Fletcher

I don’t know the wear performance factor difference in design between the A119 and A119S lens mount and camera mount.
However, the lens in the A119 can be moved both vertically and horizontally whereas the A119S can only be moved vertically and it has remained a firmly in place.
I know Viofo supplies EVA Foam Pads with the A119S to be placed in between the GPS mount and camera when you install it and it performs perfectly. I would assume they would probably supply the pads with the A119 now.
I agree they are great dash cams

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly

Looking to purchase A119, but would like wi-fi. Emailed the company, and they say they are releasing one hopefully in May.

January 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMark

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