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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

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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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CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

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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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Wednesday
Feb172016

Yi Dash-Cam Review

Over the last year, Xiaoyi's Yi action camera has turned out to be a very popular model due to its keen price and excellent image quality. So when the company announced their first dashcam, I instantly put in my order. That was back on New Year's day...there have been some delays with shipping, but it finally arrived a couple of weeks ago and I can demonstrate it to you now.

In the video below you can find out whether the Xiaoyi Car Camera can live up to the familiy name.

If you click your country below you can find the sellers of this camera on ebay. You may need to activate International Search in the left hand panel.

UPDATE: Now available with English language menus.

There is now a black model that is more discreet, as well as multiple menu language options.

EBAY:

 

 

AMAZON

US: http://amzn.to/2eY3HaK

UK: http://amzn.to/2vbw0IV

 

You can DOWNLOAD my sample clips from PCloud if you click here.

Please DO NOT STREAM the pCloud samples - if you do they look like garbage!

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Reader Comments (78)

International forum: http://forum.xiaoyi.com/

Support page: http://www.yitechnology.com/support-faq.php?id=3

Firmware page: http://www.yitechnology.com/firmware_en.php

They are also working on resolving the focus and LCD problems.

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

@moalesipufos Please follow the instructions in the discussion here: http://elproducente.com/xiaomi-yi-dashboard-camera/

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

Please upload english version to mediafire.com.
Tk's.

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermoalesipufosm

I don't have the English version because I don't have the camera. I have told you how and where to get it.

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

I repeat, the official website can download only version in Chinese. Please do not give advice unless ever tried first.
Thank you.

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermoalesipufos

The selling point of this camera is 60fps at 1080p. Why aren't there any 60fps videos?

May 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Will, here is a small sample video at 1080P 60 fps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRaYZmTwp70#t=398.7256817

May 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

And one more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_9RhOCl5Ds

May 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

Thanks Geoff, the first link is still 30fps. (You can quickly tell by looking at the quality options) The second is 60 fps and looks great but I really wanted to see this brought up in the original review.

May 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWill

I've updated the firmware but now the wifi can't connect to my phone, the wifi icon always crossed
wht should I do to downgrade it ?

May 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEma

I hope Techmoan won't mind but I wanted to share with you an easy to follow written and video set of instructions on changing the f/w of the Chinese version of the dashcam to the US (English) version. I know that a lot of folks have tried, and have had difficulties. This should help: https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/video-guide-flashing-international-firmware-on-a-chinese-yi-dash-cam.18956/

May 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

Ema, use the buttons on the camera to turn ON wifi, same happened to me yesterday

May 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAhmad

Hey,
Do you think the new Xiaomi Yi 2 Action Camm 4k is worth looking at as a dashcam? It includes a loop recording mode for that reason. I just wondered if a 4k cam would give a better quality 1080p than one that maxes out at 1080?

May 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

if i buy this today june 2016 has it got english language on menu and will it come with suction cup or other

June 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnnaX

@AnnaX

Yes, but it's preferred to buy from Amazon or GeekBuying, which is the original official reseller of Yi's cameras. At the moment I would not trust that GearBest, Banggood or others that they are not selling chinese version of the camera with english firmware as the international version.

June 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

I bought it from geekbuying.com and it came with English menu and 3M sticking hing, no suction cup

June 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAhmad

I ordered one of these from Amazon UK. What arrived today was a Chinese version of this dashcam and not the International version as I had hoped. There was no screen mount.

June 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Andy: Since the order was missing some parts, can you not return it for a full refund and wait until you find a listing that specifies that it is the "International Edition" Good luck.

June 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

Ahmad: That's the way it is listed on the Geekbuying site. You got what you ordered. Suction cup mounts are available online if you really need one.

June 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

Geoff, I am happy with my order. I wasn't complaining.

June 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAhmad

Geoff: Sounds the best thing to do.

June 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Ahmad: OK, sorry, I misunderstood.

June 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

My Xiaoyi car cam dvr don't have the date & time setting icon. I think is the most important thing is date & time. Pls reply me. Thank u.
Mr.Low

June 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDate & time

Mr. Low: When you connect your dashcam to your smartphone via the Yi Car App the date and time will synchronize.

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

Hello all, I've been trying to find information if this Xiaomi yi car cam supports upside down mode? In case it would be attached to dashboard, I don't really want to have anything on the windshield or cables hanging, obstructing visibility. Anyway I didn't find this information on the specifications on manufacturer's website, and if Techmoan mentioned this in the review, I missed it.

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommentercameraDude13

CameraDude,
I haven't seen anything in the settings which indicate rotating the video. I placed my dashcam 4 cm below the rear view mirror, and the power cable coming from top roof, nothing shows at all.

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAhmad

CameraDude13

There is no menu setting to reverse the video but you can rotate it in most media players. Your biggest problem would be stabilizing the camera on the dashboard, but it can be done.

June 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

How do I take pictures with this camera mn?

July 4, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermoalesipufos

As far as I can tell, it doesn't have a photo mode as such, but what it does do is this. When you press the emergency (red) button it will take a photo and then continue to record. The first 10 seconds of the recording will end up in the emergency folder and the photo will end up in the photo folder.

July 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

I want to buy this camera but I saw that videos made with International Version does not have the same quality as CN edition. I dont't know what to do.

July 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMadalin

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