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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.

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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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Tuesday
May172016

A great small Dashcam (with a screen) - Vantrue N1

Small dashcams with an LCD screen are few and far between. The Mini-08 range is one of the most common, but suffers from reliability issues. So much so, that I refuse to review any more due to the high failure rates.

So it's refreshing to see a new mini camera that works well. It isn't overloaded with features like GPS or Lane Departure Warning, it's just a good solid sensible little camera that comes with an 18 month warranty.

Of course only time will tell how reliable the N1 proves to be, but I have a lot more confidence in this camera than I would with yet another Mini 080*. 

 

Using the Discount Code YHBTWINU at checkout will unlock the following prices.

Amazon US: $69.99 http://amzn.to/1UJQoFa

Amazon UK: £59.99 http://amzn.to/1PmHysV

Amazon CA: CAD$99.99 https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01A4YUITY

The Deal times are active from: 13th June 2016 00:01 PDT/BST until 19th June 2016 23:59 PDT/BST - or until stock runs out.

If you want to look at some sample clips - then click here.  Do Not Stream These Video Files - they are for downloading - if streamed they look terrible and you'll only have yourself to blame.

   

 

FIRMWARE 14th May 2016

Here is the firmware (I take no responsibility if you brick your camera with this). 
Only use this if the Time and date Stamp is not appearing on your videos and your existing firmware is OLDER than 14th May 2016. There is no need to install it if your camera is already working perfectly.

The file is here - http://pc.cd/eJ9ctalK
INSTRUCTIONS
1) Copy bin file to memory card
2) Put card in camera
3) Turn camera on ....AND WAIT UNTIL IT AUTOMATICALLY REBOOTS ITSELF
4) Turn camera off
5) Take card out of camera
6) Delete Bin File (empty the Trash on your computer to make sure it's gone)
7) Put card back in camera
8) Check the firmware number in the menu to confirm that it has updated to the 14th May 2016 Firmware.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (62)

Just a comment that I bought the – ‘G1W - The cheapest Dash-Cam that’s worth buying.’ - after your review and it has run ever since without a hitch. Never actually had a critical need for it as such yet, but you never know.

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaragan

That's great news...with this one I feel that most of the reported failures might be down to cheap knock-off copies of this camera.

May 17, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just tried to order the Vantrue N1 using your Amazon.com link but it's not possible to have it shipped to the UK from there. Bummer!

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRifleman

That's correct - this current availability restriction was mentioned in the article above and at the end of the video.
I've asked Vantrue to try and make this available in the UK - and when (if) they do, I'll let everyone know.

May 17, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just ordered this unit from Amazon based on your review. I appreciate the voucher code. Saved me and is a good deal. I can't wait to test this new dashcam out. I'm new to all these so my expectations still need to be set but I will test out the unit once I have received this. I just want to thank you for your quick and nice informative review.

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNewb on Dashcam

Techmoan. Just ordered one on Amazon. Thank you for your excellent review and discount code.

May 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCtrain24

You mention a firmware upgrade, I just ordered this dashcam and want to have the file ready to upgrade. I cant seem to find where to get the latest firmware though

May 18, 2016 | Unregistered Commentervcr

I would suggest that you don't update the firmware unless you are experiencing any problems. On my original firmware the time and date stamp didn't appear on screen.
I'll post the firmware here - but only if people report similar problems. I do not want to be responsible for people breaking their machines. When I posted firmware in the past, too many people put the wrong firmware on the wrong machines and bricked them. So even though you might know what you're doing, there's too many crazy people out there.

May 18, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I'm also not finding the firmware update, and I'm also not getting the time and date stamp on my video. Do you have the firmware update?

May 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I just got my N1 from Amazon. Thanks for the discount code by the way. I do seem to have an issue I think. Unless I'm doing something wrong. It powers fine from the USB port on the camera itself. But the suction cup mount does not power it at all. The charger adapter works and when I scientifically licked the contacts on the suction cup, I get 5V power off it. Also tried a 5V USB phone charger to the suction cup without luck. My firmware is EVA05LHNC.160215.V2

May 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDan

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