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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Sena Prism Tube

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
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 (675)

Hi John,

What O/S you running the App on? Android or iOS?

Also, with the Memory Card, you have to Format the Card from working the App.

If I remember rightly, Matt (TechMoan) in his YouTube Video mentioned about Formatting the Card, just checked and he mentioned it around the 11 minutes 20 Seconds.

Hope that helps.
Mark.

July 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarkieMBR

Hi Mark,

Running Oxygen OS 3.0.2 based on Android 6.0.1, I'll try my Nexus tablet next if needed as that is stock Google.

I'll check out the video and formatting the memory card, good idea.

I also just found the About > Firmware updates > A new one is available so will give that a whirl too and report back shortly.

Much appreciated,
John

July 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

UPDATE:

So managed to use my Nexus tablet to connect to it, change settings, format the card and update the firmware but one my OnePlus Two it is really flaky!

I guess I'll have to carry my tablet around which is a pain, but I'll see how it goes and possibly open a support ticket up with them.

Thanks for the suggestions Mark!

July 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Welcome John, glad I could help, I'm running the iOS version of the Software so sorry I give more help regarding the stability of the Android App.

Mark.

July 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarkieMBR

Firstly, thanks for all the videos! One of my few YouTube suubscriptions!

Ordered a DDPai M6+ from the ebay retailer at the beginning of July, and it finally turned up yesterday (another comment said it took it's sweet time and the tracking number didn't work - I concur!)

Packaging and build quality are excellent, a cut above the usual Chinese electronics.

The weak point here is the (Android) software. I have really struggled - sometimes my phone (Nexus 5) can't see it, sometimes it can but won't connect, sometimes it connects but won't let me access settings, etc. I have tried reinstalling, deleting WiFi connection, switching off my home WiFi, but to no avail, it is really flakey. The only thing I may have done wrong was connecting to the DDpai camera from the Android menus rather than from the app (which the awful manual tells you to do).

I have got it working fairly reliably with my Hudl2 android tablet, but it is not a great app and lets the whole thing down a bit.

Things I would like to see:
- better written Android app
- MPH setting
- Less obtrusive sound effects!
- record further either side of "impact"

Mat, do you have any leverage with this company? I know some have taken on board your suggestions in the past!

Also, apologies if I missed it but is it possible to buy separate screen mounts for multiple cars?

July 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Unfortunately I don't have any contact with the manufacturers on this camera, I bought it myself from ebay. I've heard a few comments about the Android software - its hard to test these things myself and due to the wide variety of Android devices it probably wouldn't give much of an insight if it worked for me. One comment I saw was someone who found it worked better when the turned off their mobile connection and just stuck with the wifi connection to the camera.
However if you do get it set up with a tablet, there's probably very little need to re-connect it up again regularly. It's easy and quick to copy the files directly from the Micro SD.

July 28, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Original DDPAI 3m Hard Wire Kit 5V Adapter Micro USB for M6C,M6 Plus Car Dashcam. do you know anything about this additional item you cab buy for the camera is it easy to install and most of is it safe please. in this camera has several items you can buy. another one is Polarizing Lens CPL Filter Sticker For Ddpai M6 Plus so maybe when you review cameras be nice if you review the add on please

July 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Thank you for your great reviews /Please can you tell me how to change the time and date on this DDPai . mine reads 1/2/ 2015 and i can't get it to change. also i have my camera hard wired but works off the ignition, when i leave the car the power goes off so the parking mode and time lapse recording won't work how do i overcome this?? i would be grateful if you could leave a comment thanks´╗┐
Rae

July 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRae

Hi Mike,

I think (sticking up for TechMoan) might find it costing a hell of a lot of money buying accessories for a Dash Cam that you might find turns out it be rubbish, I myself have purchased the Polarizing Lens Sticker, but currently awaiting it to arrive, so when I do receive it, will let you know if it was worth the wait, otherwise I'm finding the Camera to be excellent!!

Hi Rae,

I had the same problem as you, I loved the idea of the Parking Mode, but couldn't use as mine also works off the iginition, I liked the idea of the Battery that Matt mentioned in his Review, but tbh didn't want to spend that much, so instead I've purchased a RAVPower Portable Charger 22000mAh from Amazon and as it has "PassThrough Charging" means while the Portable Battery Charger is charging the Dash Camera will still work, but before you jump out of your Vehicle? Press the Button on the Power Pack, turn off the iginition and your Camera will still be powered.

As for the Date problem, I've heard (not 100%) but if you have your Phone set as 12 Hour Clock it won't work, so changing it to 24Hr clock believe will resolve the problem.

Hope that helps.
Mark.

July 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarkieMBR

@Mike
I was also looking for "Original DDPAI 3m Hard Wire Kit 5V Adapter Micro USB for M6C,M6 Plus Car Dashcam" (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/112070221423) same vendor. However, the output is 5V 1.5 A but the power requested by M6+ is 2A (what I saw on pictures not in descriptions). So, I don't know... Can handle the cam? Is this worth to buy it? Maybe someone here have one and can share with us his experience.

July 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLucian

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