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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
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+
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Drift Ghost X

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 
  
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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 (101)

You'll need to use a piece of software...like Dashcam Viewer. https://dashcamviewer.com

May 10, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi All,

I purchased an A119 and I cannot view the footage. It is recording in MP4, but I cannot play it on any pc in my house, or Mac. I have tried Windows media player, VLC, GOM, Quicktime, Dashcam Viewer and Datakam Player none of them can play the footage.

I had a separate issue where the camera would only record 3 seconds at a time and there was a gap between the clips, but I seem to have fixed that somehow.

Any suggestions on how I can play the footage?

May 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Tom...

I would suggest that you look at your PC instead of the camera (Unless the camera files are corrupted - Or you have a bad SD card, make sure to format it in the camera itself.)

For your PC, I would make sure your drivers are updated and install the K-Lite codec pack (Standard should be fine) found here:
https://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm

Try those two suggestion above and see how you fair.

Hope it works for you.

May 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the quick reply.

I have just tried the footage from my commute this morning on my work PC and that cannot open it either.

I have now tried on two desktops at home, my macbook running OS Sierra and also Windows 10 though Bootcamp, and now the work PC. None on them can open the footage :(

I can see the footage in windows explorer but when I click it windows media player says 'Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.'

Any more help is much appreciated!

Tom

May 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Sorry, as a side note, the memory card was formatted in the camera, and it is a Lexar Class 10 64GB.

Tom

May 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Hi I had a simlar problem with my last camera, could see the card on my computers (Mac & Windows) it would format so because the camera was old I bought the A119S, and got same promblem as Tom ,Exen after download fix from VIOFO, in the end bought a new Lexar High-Performance 633x 32 GB MicroSDHC UHS-I Card, and Bingo everything works fine, Tried an old phone card 2Gb in my old camera and that worked fine, Conclusion card faulty
Ian

May 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIan

Hello,
Bought a viofo a199 a month ago from amazon uk also bought a lexar 32gb high endurance sd card after reading all the reviews.
problem is it is not recording to sd card when I try to view on pc, formatted via pc fat 32 & then format on camera.
the camera record light is on when engine starts but stil no video, any help please.

Regards Larry.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterlarry coffin

I was having trouble with mine, which worked fine initially, then failed as some have described--acts like it's recording, but is actually not or makes dud files. Then it got worse and started power cycling/rebooting while ostensibly rolling.

I went through updating firmware and all the obvious connection (camera or GPS) and card issues, then went through them again with Viofo, who then only offered a foam shim to stick between the GPS and camera, instead of a new, properly working unit. Screw that! The camera worked, and then it failed. It wasn't user error, and I got tired of getting the run around from Viofo. Glad Amazon had my back!

I just returned it to Amazon, and I'll try a different model.

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMicah

Thanks for recommending this wonderful dashcam. It is power hungry! Asides from that issue, it has saved my butt 3 weeks into my job today when I was hit and the other driver tried to flee the scene. I have a beautiful piece of evidence now in police custody thanks to you and your recommendations. Score another one for the good guys!

June 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCharley Rachide

Thanks for getting in touch...it's always great to hear when something I've featured in a video has helped someone out in some way. I hope everything works out.

June 2, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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