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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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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.








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 (83)

Hi Techmoan,

I recently received my Y Dashcam (the gunmetal version, it was Chinese, but was able to change it to English).
The version is V.08 still. Now I got the oppurtunity via the App to upgrade it to V1.03, my question to you; would you recommend that?

Any advice would be much appreciated!

I like your videos, have seen quite a lot of them.



January 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTim

I always say...if everything is working fine then don't upgrade the firmware unless it adds a very specific feature you desperately need.

January 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I installed the YI dashcam. Thank you for the great review.

A word about the power-only usb cable - it makes it very convenient to use with the car's USB ports (as the car doesn't try to treat it as a usb stick). For the very few times I need to review the data, I'd much rather pull the memory card (or swap in a temp usb cable), than lose the convenience of the car's usb ports. And in my car, the bonus is that the USB ports only power up when the car is running, which is another convenience (though not for parking monitoring).

Cheers, everyone!

February 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commentergb


You are very fortunate that you can do that because not all automobile usb ports carry enough amps to run the dashcam.

February 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

The YI is a terrible camera. Overheats in a manner of minutes (even in cold weather / AC on full) and then goes out of focus.

June 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn_d

I have had the yi for over 2 years now, running every day. Never had a single issue with it. It has great night quality as well as day time quality. My only complaint is the same as TechMoan's, the colour stands out quite a bit through a windscreen but that's not an issue for me, if I'm parking anywhere other than at home or at work, I take the camera off the stand (super quick) and place it in the glovebox or take it with it.

June 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Have just installed theYi dashcam and am very impressed with the video quality, both day and night. in my opinion it out performs many dashcams at 3 or 4 times the price
The app is wery good alowing you change the settings and to view and download clips on a smartphone or tablet.
For the price I think it would be difficult to find a better one.
I have had 2 other dashcame from different manufactures both of which were supposed to be 1080p, but the video quality was very poor and the night time footage virtually unwatchable.

December 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTWL

I'm glad you are happy - this is the one I continue to recommend anyone looking for great quality in an easy to use camera for a good price.

December 29, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi, which resolution/frame rate did you find was the best? Is the 1296p 30 Hz mode better than the other two 1080p modes? Or if compare 1080p 60 Hz vs 30 Hz? Cheers

March 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMars

How do you guys power your cameras?
Mine doesn't seem to stop recording when I'm out the car and the ignition is off.

May 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMax Powers

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