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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
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)

I have just ordered the original hardwire kit and so will let you know in a week or two

July 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarko

Hello I have lost my GPS connection no blue light and no edog option in menu ! Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks Glen.

July 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlen

Appreciate this is for the M6+ page but I plan to use the mini 2 for the front screen even though it is being advertised on Amazon UK as a partner rear view camera for the M6 model. I ordered the mini 2 six days ago from the recommended Ebay UK supplier, so was amazed today when it was delivered without any import duty charge. Out of the box it looks and feels a superior product, however the instruction sheet in english leaves a lot to be desired. Over the next few days i plan to see if i can get it working with an android LG G4 or an LG V500 tablet. So far i have downloaded the app on both from Play Store and found it impossible to setup an account without using my Facebook sign-on. Kept getting an error msg that a server was non operational. I have also written to the ebay supplier regarding a cpl filter but have yet to receive a response, that was also 6 days ago so don't hold out for feedback.

July 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Hello Glen I would delete the app on your phone and start again and do the updates It looks like a fault with your phone connection not the camera hope that helps you

July 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRae

Just got the M6+ a couple of days ago and so far I have to say it's an awesome little camera. Not had any issue with it except one - the join between files drops anything from a second up to 5 seconds of the recording. I'm using a class 10 card which I formatted through the app, and have also tried another card just in case the one I was using was faulty. Sometimes the join is flawless, but most of the time there is a gap.
I was using the same SD card in the Mini 0806 up until now and did not have any issues with any frames being dropped between joins on that so I don't think it's the SD card. (as a side note, I can confirm the reliability issues of the 0806 mentioned by others - mine started randomly turning itself off about a month ago, hence the reason for buying the M6+ to replace it.)
Question for Techmoan - are you still getting seamless joins since you did the youtube video? Just wondering if there has been any subsequent firmware upgrades may have introduced the problem. Also, what SD card are you using?

July 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMark

does anyone know how to fix my DDPai camera or is it my iPhone, all my videos are back to front???

as for the question relating to mounting pads you can buy it by the roll Its called Numberplate Tape they use it in all garages to stick the numberplate on cars hope this helps and it is a lot cheaper than the pads

August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRae

I wonder if the Lithium battery can withstand the Australian hear which can go well over 40 degree C. I noted that Paul Bourke raised this issue on 29 June 2016 but I do not seem to see a response. I was contemplating the Vico Opia2 which is capacitor based and has operating temperature from 0 degree to 75 degree C.

Would appreciate from any one who has experience as I am in urgent need for a Dash Cam.

Lim

August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKN Lim

Sorry for the typo - I meant would appreciate advice

August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKN Lim

Lim,

If you don't require the GPS, have a look at the Mini2 from ddpai. Its seems to be the same spec as the M6+ but without GPS and uses a capacitor instead.

Anthony

August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

Hi Techmoan - great review, but please help camera will not connect to gps.
Camera is new.
It did connect a couple of times and now nothing no blue light and no message saying connected. I have tried it in lots of different locations and no joy.
Thanks Glen.

August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlen

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