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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
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Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
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Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
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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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Thursday
Mar032016

Polaroid Cube Plus - Mini Camera, Big Performance

If the view-count of my original Polaroid Cube video is anything to go by (900,000+), there should be plenty of interest in this new Cube+ which manages to pack a lot more tech into the same tiny box.

Highlights include 1080p60, 1440p30, image-stabilisation, time-lapse, slow-motion...and in what may be a first, even the WiFi app performs perfectly. Watch the video below to see it all in action.

If you want to buy a Cube+ you might be able to find a deal on ebay by clicking here...or click one of the Amazon Links below.

 

My Downloadable Sample Clips can be found here. Please note, these clips SHOULD NOT BE STREAMED. They are provided here, just for DOWNLOADING. If for some bizarre masochistic reason you decide you stream them...they will look worse than the youtube videos...which negates the whole point of their existence.

An important update to the comment I made in the video about occasional black frames appearing in 1080p60. Since uploading the video I've narrowed the fault down to iMovie (the drop-outs were only present on imported video - not on the original clips), so it's nothing to worry about. 

You may be interested to know that the Cube+ WiFi utilises the faster 802.11N standard...this explains the snappy WiFi streaming performance. 

The buskers featured in the video are the Rag Tag Misfits.

UPDATE: Battery life is shown at the beginning of the video on the box as 90 mins. I got 85 mins in 1080p30 with WiFi off and 75 mins in 1080p30 with the WiFi on and streaming a live video to an iPhone. 

 

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Reader Comments (28)

Hi,
Thanks for your review. Can you tell me how many photos the Cube+ can take before the battery dies (like copmact cameras do)?

November 22, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterandreas

Hi Mat,

I'm in the process of trying to build a live view underwater camera system and thought that the Polariod Cube might be good candidate for the actual camera part. The thing I don't understand though is, is there a way to stream the video live through the micro USB port (since WiFi won't travel through water)? If so I'll make a water proof housing for it with an integral video/power cable and tether. I understand that it can record and charge at the same time.

Thanks

Flip

July 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFlippa

It doesn't have video out over USB so you'll need to use something else for your project.

July 18, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat! Would just like to mention I bought the Cube+ cam based on your review, a good year and a half after you posted it, and I’ve so far owned it for just under two weeks. Needed a casual easy-to-use all-round and not least affordable cam for my holiday, and it fit the bill like a glove. I’m only using bog standard 1080p30 so far, but the recordings are gold for what it cost, much thanks to the stabiliser. Wifi is great, but I tend to use the Apple SD card reader to get stuff off the card in bulk.

Side note: Every time I pick it up to use it, people react as if I’d just fished a Pokémon out of my pocket. I consider this a bonus 😄

Side side note: I was initially disappointed by the iOS app, which refused to show live image, but quickly found it was due to the recent iOS 11 update. Polaroid released an update a couple days later that fixed it.

October 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBjornar

Thanks for the info...I’m glad it worked out for you.

October 14, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat,
Another purchase after your usual excellent review. Polaroid Cube+ refused to switch on prior to an event I wanted to film. Battery charged ok but long presses did nothing! Is there a form of reset? Eventually I got it to start but too late to use it for filiming.
Also, using the Android app on my Moto E4 plus, sometimes tricky to get the cube to link up. I am not sure what I am doing what I am then it suddenly connects!
Any idea,
Thanks Again
Neill Alexander.

April 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNeillalx

I’d forgotten about this camera. I wonder where mine has got to.

A quick look online to reacquaint myself shows some people suggesting taking out the SD card and then holding down the big button for 30 seconds. I have no idea if that works, but perhaps give it a go.

April 22, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Excellent review, thank you.

November 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHeinz Ross

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