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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K

 

 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

 

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(The Mobius also works as a dashcam)
Mobius
Polaroid Cube+

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 a couple.

 

 

 

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
Jun232016

Dashcam Review: DDPai M6+ is the best mini cam I've used

In the video below you'll see a full Review of the best Mini Dashcam I've used. I've been using this in my car for six weeks and I can't fault the performance. I'm so happy with it that I have plans to buy a couple more when I can get the money together. Then I can replace the camera in my other car as well as try the dual camera functionality in my roadster. 

The highlights of this camera for me are the magnetic mount, the video quality and the time-lapse parking mode. Other notable features include WiFi, GPS and a wireless remote.

I bought mine from the ebay store linked below: (Click your country to see the current price). 

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I’ve purchased from this store plenty of times over the years without any problems. Delivery usually takes approx 10-14 days to the UK.

 

I cannot report on the long term reliablity of a product that has only been on the market a few weeks...but I do hope it carries on working for a long time, as I really like this one. 

Downloadable sample clips here: http://pc.cd/WSdctalK - Please don't be that guy who always tries streaming the videos and then gets back to me to say that they look terrible when streamed. These are provided for Downloading - they look like they were recorded with a potato if streamed over pcloud.

My 'BEGINNERS GUIDE to Dashcams' can be seen here: https://youtu.be/HQ0Tm9FFpKM

UPDATE - I must stress that this is not a basic simple camera suitable for beginners - it has a lot of features and you need to have a bit of experience with apps, smartphones and previous dashcams before you buy this camera.  If you are looking for your first car camera...this is not suitable. I have a list of recommended dashcams and something like the Transcend Drivepro 200 is a good place to start. Big clear screen, minimal options and simple features, no WiFi or reliance on smartphone apps which can lead to potential compatibility issues with specific phones. 

UPDATE 2 - OCTOBER 2016

I was getting a lot of questions about this camera - if you read through the comments below you'll see that the same questions keep popping up - so to help anyone out who is having issues with the smartphone features of this camera - please watch the video below - you'll also see a demonstration of the CPL filter in use. I recommend you watch this one on Youtube itself (click the youtube logo at the bottom of the video) and then you can skip to the appropriate section you need. 

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Reader Comments (598)

Your video prompted me to take a look at your recommended list, and I noticed the Vantrue R2 wasn't mentioned, although it seemed to have an extremely good review. How would you compare the video quality between the two? There is definitely a different dash cam for everybody, and this review does seem to bring some new features to the table. The magnetic mount and parking mode are really nice features, which is nice with 4 cars that sit around often.

As of right now, I snatched up 2 of the R2s when they want on sale and I've had 2 of the A118 cams for over a year and I'm overall happy with both. The R2s have the edge on video quality, but the A118 still wins me over on being almost completely invisible, almost part of the car. So discrete, in fact, that I was run off the road, into the grass by an SUV, and it took me until I got home to remember that I got the whole thing on video.

New dash cam videos are fine, as long as they bring new features to the table, I would be more interested in seeing more mini cams be reviewed, such as updated versions of the Mobius and Nautilus.

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKarma M5

Please keep reviewing dashcams. The technology is improving all the time and it's good to keep abreast.

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter2N3055

Hi there. I bought the mini 0806 a couple of years ago after a review on your site, and it has worked fine until today.

I have just watched the DDPai M6 Plus review and clicked through to the ebay site to buy one, but they only seem to list them for the Galaxy S6-which I don't have. Any idea if they are phone specific?
I have a Galaxy A5, but don't really want to chance the incompatability

Thanks

Steve

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Download the DDPai app from the Android store you use to see if it works. You won't need to buy the camera to see if the app works on your device.

June 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Please dont stop making dashcam videos. as others mentioned technology evolves and your "journey" may came to a momentary halt but may also continue later again.

The M6 seem really great, i was just about to buy a Transcend 220 and now i tend to the M6 - BUT, one question:
in the videos the GPS seem REALLY laggy (about 5 seconds or so) did it get better with later FW?
the Transcend seem really quick with displaying speed.

thanks a lot and please dont listen to haters!

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

Hi sir.
I am currently looking for a replacement dashcam and am going to buy this unit because of your review, more because of things you hadn't mentioned that I saw in the detail.
I live in the Australian outback & I get some extreme heat and UV levels. I had already decided on an excellent capacitor dashcam (ironically tested in Australia), the Street Guardian SG9665GC V2 because of its higher than standard operating temperature. Lithium ion batteries tend to fail in the heat. THE DDP HAS A HIGHER MAX/LOWER MIN OPERATING Temp and is at least $50au cheaper. Australia is a place of extreme conditions. My parents live in the NSW mountains and get snow every winter, the coldest typical temp I've frequently experienced there is -11 C & now I live 30 minutes from the officially recorded max temp for an Australian town/city, an astonishing 51 degrees C at Port Augusta.
It is a gamble because the Street Guardian has an established track record of quality plus backup service and lengthy warranty for dashcams.
Putting this into perspective, dashcam's are a semi-disposable item, at least they are for people in my part of the world with extreme conditions. If one gets 5+ years service from a dashcam they are doing well, so at $50 - 90au less expensive (depending on the retailer) it's worth throwing the dice.
I do have one question though, what happened to your koonlung K1S?
Yours sincerely
Paul Bourke

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Bourke

@ Oliver In my experience with all cameras GPS speed is always a bit behind reality. You can often stop at lights and the speed says 5mph for a couple of secs. I think the bit you are referring to in this video might be the Liverpool section where I'd just left an underground car park...so accuracy wouldn't be as good as it could be. Those are two very different cameras so choose your favourite design.

@Paul You'll see the K1S mentioned on the page at the end of the video. I have to change cameras more regularly than most people, in order to do new reviews...I could have stuck with my K1S, but then this video wouldn't exist. I've used that camera for a couple of years (?) now...so it was time for a change.

June 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Please continue with the dashcam reviews. Although I have a decent one now it is always interesting to watch.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTobbe

@ Techmoan i know this is nitpicking. the camera is small, lovely, specially the very thought thru park modes. the time lapse...
and i am quite thankful that you shown it to us. PLEASE, dont get me wrong, not one of the moaners and complainers - not questioning your decision (what do some people think who they are?) or anything (youtube comments etc)

actually i mean other clips. from car park its obvious cause it has to find the satellites

transcend (town night) clip - very little lag (1 sec). start driving and it shows immediately.
M6+ (dual carriageway, night town) clip - 4-5 secs. you have walking speed behind the white van and its still at 50-30 kmh, night clip, start at light, you are already around the corner and it just recons you moving.
i know GPS lags. but the transcend is very snappy - actually almost unbelievable. about as snappy as my iphone apps.(speed monitors)

the geek in me just wanted to know
if the GPS "speed" was improved with a FW update / if its always THAT far behind.
cause thats the only downside i see at the M6+ (in my eyes) and i already try to get one... just that one thing...

thanks a lot

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

Love your reviews. thorough and funny. still laughing about the banana for scale clip 😄

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdiarbyrag

Great review, the only thing that's stopping me purchasing one, is I cant find anywhere that sells extra 3M adhesive bases to enable me to swap the camera and its holder easily from car to car. Any ideas?, I've tried all of the usual suspects which only leaves trying to contact the manufacturer.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaulo1221

I haven't seen any mounts for sale individually - luckily the one from the M6C that I had already stuck in my car fits on the M6+ so I didn't need to replace it...I'm looking after my spare mount in case I need to use it in my other car.

June 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

As always a really informative review that even I am able to understand, so once again, a very big thank you. I ordered one of the cameras yesterday and cannot wait for it to arrive. I have been using the very prone to giving up the ghost 0806 which is just about still working but it is now very difficult to access the camera settings. With regard to the O/S and compatibility with particular phones, I have a Samsung S4 and have been able to download the software for the camera, as the camera uses an Android O/S I would be very surprised if it was not compatible to the majority of phones. One final point, Techmoan, please do not stop your carcam reviews.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMartin in Wales

Found Ddpai M6 Plus for under £100. It's called Boblov M6 Plus, but pretty sure it's the same one!
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boblov-M6-Plus-Recording-Snapshot/dp/B01ESY0XQ4

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRoss Bingham

Here's a re-post of my text about this from YouTube.

A few people have spotted another seller on Amazon...but they didn't necessarily spot that this seller was also based in China and will send you the same camera from there...but they do this much slower than the companies that I've linked to above on eBay and you will be more likely to incur import duties....and for all I know the independent Chinese based retailer on Amazon might be a hopeless clown...I can't say either way as I've never used them. I have however used the retailer on eBay many times and have always been happy with their service.

June 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I love your dash cam videos ! The ability to look at an older review to see how a new camera compares in the same physical locations in the light and dark against another model is priceless.
I am an electrical Engineer, and I like your "man on the street" style of testing all of these things. You just don't get that anywhere else. No hard sell, no tricks, just a great review. Thank you Matt.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTraction Tim

Great, I finally fit my DOD SP1 (great btw ;) and you come up with this(!)

Personally I think you should stick to reviewing what you like otherwise you run the risk of losing enthusiasm. I would happily list a few things I would like see reviewed but I don't think that's what you'd want either.

btw Do you ever get FM interference from dashcams?
Cheers
al

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteral

I haven't had an FM interference problem....the people who have interference problems usually try using the awful cheap included power adaptors that I always recommend throwing straight in the bin.

June 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I would be interested in aftermarket backup cams, and cameras that mount to the front registration plate (licence plate in the US).

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

I hope you do keep up with at least some of the major changes in dashcams. New chipsets, and whatnot.

I was planning on a k1s, until I saw that the later ones seem to not hold up well. This camera is growing on me, but I really want a dual unit for the rear. While I was looking up more details, I repeatedly came across this unit; might be worth a look. I'm seeing these under different names on Amazon in the UK and US as well as on Ebay. Looks kind of like the new hotness has Sony imaging chips now. It looks interesting... but I'd spray paint the bloody thing black. (Silver, in the windshield... really?)

AZW UK: https://goo.gl/o4XkH3
AZW US: https://goo.gl/mLwvqx
Ebay: http://goo.gl/oycG51

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterslightlyevolved

I apologize if you mentioned this in the video. But does the camera + app support live view?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterUnni

Regarding my question on live view, I got the answer from your video itself that it supports live view.

I have one more question. Do you feel that the mount will be suitable for attaching and removing the camera every day?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterUnni

Thanks for the FM interference advice. I hadn't spotted that. As USB leads are a minefield do you have any that you recommend? Are low profile ones any good?
Thanks

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteral

I wrote an article about cables a while ago with some links... http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2014/7/19/batteries-cables-and-confusion.html
However watch out for fake products...my advice buy direct from Amazon on prime....not from one of the resellers on Amazon, use Amazon Direct (they won't stock fakes in their own warehouses)...then look at the reviews and pay a premium for a quality cable...and a dual (two sockets always come in handy) 12v to 5v USB 2.1amp adaptor.
Some people decide to try and go cheap on their adaptor, wires and SD card and then wonder why their £100 dashcam doesn't work properly....all for the sake of saving £5.

June 30, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@UNni...Yes, I don't see why not.

June 30, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well, if you pay with PayPal, you can get $15 off. For a VERY short time.

I just bought one...

http://pages.ebay.com/promo/2016/0630/CruiseN2Summer.html

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterViper DaSnake

Thanks for another great review, keep them coming :) Can you tell me if your Ebay seller marks the package to a particular value to avoid any possible duty charges or is there still a risk that I could get chargeed with additional costs when delivered? Thank you.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Been reading your site and watching your videos since someone crashed into me about 3 months ago, Was going for the discreet cheap one but saw this today and -click- bought. Thanks for the advice and keep it coming.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMario

@Steve...I think they might but I'm not 100% sure as I get so many things delivered and pay out so regularly for duties...I don't remember who does and who doesn't mark things down.

June 30, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

For those that have expressed an interest in purchasing extra windscreen adhesive mounting pads to enable this device to be moved from vehicle to vehicle, I have been unable to find them anywhere.

I contacted DDpai and they have confirmed at the present time they are not available. If more people express an interest and send an email to kevinlee@vyoutech.com they will pass on your concerns to their marketing department.

Failing this, has anybody got a 3D printer? :-)

July 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaulo1221

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