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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
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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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Great review and from it I bought the M6 plus late July and am just installing it. However, on the app I have less settings than you show e.g. No switching of e-dog and on the Advanced settings: No Time lapse video switch or reveal speed switch but I have an extra switch below G-sensor sensitivity which is Set battery life. Of these my only concern is lack of a switch to turn off speed display. Any ideas?

September 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIanden

@‘Ianden: try upgrading the firmware. When I purchased my unit there were 2 upgraded available.

September 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterchris g

Thanks for the tip. However I'm not sure how to do this. I did notice that the version number on the video was a higher number than mine and so I went to the website to see how to update but I couldn't find anything. Instructions do say automatic updates but it hasn't changed yet. Cheers, Ianden

September 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIanden

@Ianden: open the app, select the "me" tab on the bottom of the screen, select "about", you'll see "New firmware available". if a new version is available it'll say "new" next to this.select "New firmware available" and it'll install the new firmware. camera should be on when you do this. Cheers.

September 12, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterchris g

Thanks Chris g,
That was very helpful. I followed your instructions and all went well until it stopped downloading the data to the phone. This was because the phone was connected to the camera and was therefore downloading via the mobile network and the signal is poor. After switching to wifi network download completed. I then had to re connect to the camera and continue. The revision includes speed display switching and e-dog so I'm really pleased. Thanks again.

September 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIanden

Just got my new DDpai thanks to your review, I've updated it. But I have found that when I press the button on the remote the video has about 5 seconds in front of the click and about 6 seconds after. I was expecting 10 & 1 according to the review and what I've read in forums. Does anyone know why mine is different? Or has the software changed with an update? If it's not like in the review, that will make that whole feature useless. Like he said it should be longer, not shorter! Thanks in advance for any help.

September 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCCsPack

Mine also records 5 seconds before and 5 seconds after it could have been due to a software update. I have contacted Ddpai, suggesting this feature should be adjustable to suit +/- adj. He said he would forward the comments to the R&D department. I also made a request for mph, and the ability to preview clipped files before saving.

September 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjames101

Hello,

I was wondering why? When I try to play the (DDPai M6+) sample files I dowloaded from this page on the DashCam Viewer for MAC.

Only the sound comes out. NO VIDEO.

are the sample files directly form the M6+?

did you re encoded them before posting them.

I am unable to see the video nor GPS Data on DashCam Viewer 2.2.0

Thanks in advance

James


Keep doing the good work, You are very good at it.

September 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJames Wright

James, the DDPai movies are compatible with the Windows version of Dashcam Viewer but they are not compatible with the Mac version (or even Apple's own QuickTime Player 7 for that matter). This is noted on the DV website.

September 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

...I've also got a question regarding once the videos are imported into the app? I tried exporting the video to photos in iPhone but the resulting video is cropped to 4:3. So I tried Dropbox, but while the video is the right ratio, the video is a rediculasly low bitrate, so I tried plugging the phone into the computer but iTunes doesn't show that the app has anything to export. Again any advice would be greatly appreciated.

September 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCCsPack

I'd really appreciate any help on this issue I currently have. I purchased this dashcam having watched the review and received it a few days ago, however i'm stuck with signing up on the app. Whether I choose to log in through facebook, twitter or through just creating a new account I'm faced with a screen titled 'iOS_offlineActivity_createVerifyTitle' and two blank boxes. No matter what I type in the boxes a prompt comes up saying 'wrong phone number, please try again' This is with me typing my phone number or just random numbers. please help..

September 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

What is it that you want to sign up for? ...I've never created an account and feel I'm missing out on nothing. It's a social network for sharing 11 sec videos of driving footage with Chinese people. Not really my thing.

September 16, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

My 12V car power stays on even when the ignition is shut off. if I turn off the park guard feature, will the camera still draw power when it goes into sleep mode? Is there any way to turn off the camera with the app or would I need to physically unplug the camera? Thanks.

September 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris G

Hello,

First of all I thing you are doing a great job and you deserve congrats.

I am not sure if someone else has mentioned it, but instead of an expensive dashcam battery pack, you could use a cheap power bank for cell phones, connected in-line as permanent power source for the dashcam.

Please keep reviewing dashcams, as technology evolves on car dvrs and they are needed more and more (personal experience can’t prove the others fault)

Keep up the good work!
Cheers,
Anastasios

September 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnastasios Tousounidis

Not a bad ideea. What do you use for that? What power bank?

September 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLucian

The thing that special about the Cellink B Dashcam battery park is the 7 amp charging mode that charges the battery enough in 15 mins to power a Dashcam for 10 hours. A normal rechargeable USB battery pack will charge at 2.1amps...and you need to find one that can charge and power a camera at the same time.

September 20, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Lucian & Techmoan

cellink's rapid charging is the key feature that makes the difference, and it looks more professional.

Still, the significant lower cost of a power bank solution ( one tenth ) worth the try.

consider that 2.1 Amps are at 5V not 12V, so it could work. And I mean that 2.1 Amps can charge the power bank while powering the cam that needs 1Amp

the connection goes like this:

Car 12V lighter socket -> car usb charger -> power bank -> dashcam

The power bank must be able to charge and power a device at the same time (some can)

September 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnastasios Tousounidis

The big drawback to this method is that the camera(s) will be powered 24/7 and I can't see the power bank coping with that. Until a better method comes along, when my car is parked somewhere vulnerable I plug the cameras into my power bank which keeps them running. Before I drive away I plug them back into the double usb charger socket that powers them normally. The PowerBank has a big capacity so I only have to give it a full charge occasionally.

September 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBarry Y

New oversea DDPai app can be available now in google paly store and APP store,is it true?

September 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRobert D

My experience with the use of a power bank is that they can't charge fast enough to be used efficiently 24/7. This, of course, depends on the amount of driving. I drive very little, so maybe for those who drive an hour or more every day the results are better. For me, I think the best solution would be something like the Blackvue Powermagic or similar.

September 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterYngve

Have been busy adapting a mini 806, 24mm dia magnetic CPL filter to fit my ddapi mini 2. Used magnetic tape which allowed the turning of the cpl until the reflections almost disappeared.
Next thinking about using the parking mode. See some ddapi owners are using powerpacks instead of hard wiring to the cars electrics. Has anyone gone down this route and also added a solar panel charger? i.e. either spread a solar panel usb charger on the dash or fit it beneath the sunroof. Then connecting this to the powerpacks input. Then disconect the mini 2 camera from the usb charger and connect it to the powerpacks output. Acknowledge the this requires unplugging and replugging but i do not anticipate running parking mode all the time.

September 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Q: Using a powerbank:
Has anyone got experience of leaving the camera connected for more than 24hrs in parking/time lapse mode?
I've been considering using a power bank to power the camera for long periods while my car is in airport parking (work). I'm considering using a 20100mAh from amazon (link below). The car could be left for 2-3 days. Few things I know already, I'll need to use a 64gb + memory card and set the camera to high sensitivity.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01CHZMFUS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A296JJ7EW4ORVE

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJames101

I've read on the dashcam review forum that if you connect a powerpack, then when the camera in parking mode switches on to record and the closes down, the powerpack senses the drop in current demand so switches itself off. As a result the camera will not function if another parking incident occurs.

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Whoops ... Read it on DashCamTalk forum not DashCamReview.

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Your review was in June after using dash cam for 6 weeks. Three months on any problems?

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRuss B

Not sure if you mean me, but had mine about that long. Since buying a decent SD card the camera works great. Software could still be improved but quality of video isn't bad at all.

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjames101

Mine is still perfect...however I'd recommend avoiding installing it in a hot country as I've received feedback from people with overheating issues in hot places. Also make sure you download the new English language app from the App Store.

September 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Can this be used as a passenger dash cam? Would that work?

Just wondering if the mount can be positioned to film inside the car as opposed to the windscreen.

Does the ball joint allow it to twist 360 degrees?

Any current owner can answer this question I suppose? I already have a dashcam mounted, but its a thinkware 1080p / 1080p dual cam. I wanted to add a passenger dashcam just for fun. We play and sing with the kids in the car while driving, and I want to capture some of the gems we produce.

Much like the american show celebrity carpool karoke!

September 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAli Naqvi

@Ali Naqvi

No, the ball joint does not move 360. Tbh, its a weak point of the dash cam. There is a metal pin that screws into the plastic "ball joint" and its almost set once you've done that. I was hoping for a joint that was more flexible too so I could manually rotate the camera side ways or 360 backwards to capture events happening outside the forward view, but its not possible.

September 24, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjames101

@james101

Thanks for responding. As I only need to record the inside of the car, I don't suppose I could just mount it the other way around so that it's always facing inside? Just wandering because the windscreen is always around a 45° angle. The mount is stuck on an angle, if I was to stick it on the other way, will it tilt enough so that I can view the inside of the car?

September 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAli Naqvi

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