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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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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: - 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:

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. 


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 (666)

you will have to unscrew the 2 screws on the camera and turn it around and put it back should be ok then

September 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRae

I love your videos - I only understand a tiny fraction of them but I keep looking just in case I find one suitable for me. I'm sorry to be so dense but do they all have wires trailing down the windscreen as that would drive me nuts. At the moment I use a Garmin Nuvi Satnav for long journeys and can just about manage my way around that (my fault for not trying harder). I would like a small easy to use dashcam that I can basically just pop behind the mirror and let it do it's stuff. I have a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone which again I only know the basics of. I wish there was an evening or day class I could go to where some nice guy like yourself could drag me up to date with all of these gadgets. I may be old but I still have a good brain and want to learn. Much as I love these gadgets you do speak another language and I then start to lose the will to live. Please don't stop with the tutorials....there's hope for me yet....isn't there :-(

October 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

I purchased a JooVuu X and returned it because of defects. I am trying to determine whether to get another JooVuu X, or to get a DDpai, but see that you have never tested a JooVuu X even though it is distributed from UK. I have however seen the criticism of the waterproof Mobius case and wonder if this has influenced you.

October 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNev

There are hundreds of cameras out there and I only have time to spend on a few each year. I don't like to get linked to a specific manufacturer/supplier because if they were to give bad service, people then blame me for sending them to that company.
I get enough hate mail already, so I prefer to direct people to products that are sold by multiple retailers and then if one of the retailers decides to give bad service then it's not my fault that the buyer decided to use's theirs.

October 2, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for your clarification Techmoan. Your work is very helpful and really appreciated.

October 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNev

After a struggle, I managed to get this connected to my phone (Galaxy S4) - I was clicking the big red + button bottom centre and not the one top right. A 64GB Samsung card works (had to be formatted to FAT32 using as Windows 7 only goes up to 32GB apparently, then insists it has to be exFAT or HPFS).

I successfully did a firmware upgrade and verified it can do snapshots with the little black button and I can preview the live video, then went for a short drive - but it didn't record any video. I know it can record video because during setup while I was first fiddling with it, it recorded some video (about 10 secs) just before I took a snapshot.

Have I somehow put it into a photo only mode?

October 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I hooked the SD card up to a card reader and a PC and it has been recording video all along, it's just that I can't see them on the app, only the snapshots with 10 secs of video.

The app is really frustrating, not very intuitive at all and hardly useable IMO.

I've used the Moebius for 2 years (I think) now and not had much cause to want to review the footage. Unless they fix the app it seems that will be the way I'll be using this camera as well. Could probably have saved myself some money and just bought another Moebius.

October 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGary

gary, it'd be a lot of downloading if all the video was downloaded to your phone all the time. I believe there is a way to download snip-its of video. you view the video files using the app and can select a portion of the video by using the sliding bar. Once you have selected the segment you want to can download that segment. You can set the snapshot and 11 sec video clip to download automatically to the phone if you want.

October 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris G

Yes you can see them on the app... click the spanner in the live view viewfinder.

October 4, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I've been reading you reviews for sometime and if you've found the camera of your dreams, so have I. So I got my M6+and it appeared as good as i'd expected. I did find that the polarizer didn't do much and can see the reflection of my dash nicely.
Parking mode takes a while to kick in and I can't find a way to change this. The BIG downside I found so far is that its cooked a Sandisk Ultra 16gb card :( It's now completely unreadable by everything..

Number plates are also hard to see. Night vision isn't as good as I'd hoped.

October 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

>Yes you can see them on the app... click the spanner in the live view viewfinder.

Thanks alot, this was the vital piece of information I was missing.

What was confusing was that I saw some thumbnails in the File List and assumed all the thumbnails of the video segments would be there.

Anyway, even with that solved, it still seems a bit flaky. I see momentary "bad network, please try later" messages (this is in the kitchen with the rest of the house wifi still active and the phone connected to that). I assume this is because of its insistence not to permanently connect to its wifi Access Point in settings, but connect as and when within the app. Just read the iPhone instructions and that requires the whole wifi access to be changed over to the DDPai, which makes more sense. I'll try it on an iPad later sometime.

The editing of clips is ok-ish, but the thumbnails you see are not very big. Playback of clips hardly seems to work on my phone (Galaxy S4), stutters badly and loses sound. I managed to download the clips, but had no idea where they are stored. Had to hunt for them with ESFileExplorer. The video players within that only support the audio, so I tried installing VLC. That made an decent attempt at decoding the video, but I guess the bit rate was just a bit too much for its poor little processor, wasn't continuous and had breakup/misdecdoding and whatnot. I've also cut the aspect ratio to 2.4:1 Bluray style as recommended by Mat, so I'll see if that improves things tomorrow.

I assume the iPhone experience must be better, as Mat didn't seem to have any troubles like like (watched the video through just now).

I think I'm getting to grips with it now, I just expected perhaps the connectivity and playback of clips could have been better. Perhaps I need a new phone for Christmas to better handle the bitrate. Certainly had no problems viewing the files on a PC, though as previously pointed out here, the and Registratorviewer don't quite work properly. I had more luck with the latter, at least for video viewing even though the GPS data is not syncin properly.

October 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGary

> Yes you can see them on the app... click the spanner in the live view viewfinder.

This was the vital piece of information I was missing, thanks!

What confused me was that there were thumbnails of still images and videos in the List of Files and I was expecting to see similar thumbnails for the video segments.

The editing scheme is kind of OK, playback is flaky (stoppy/stuttery and breakyuppy) on my Samsung S4, probably needs a more powwerful processor to cope with the bitrate. I ight try the iOS app on an iPad when I have time.

The files on the PC play fine. Tried the tools mentioned previously here and and the former didn't play the files at all (has a weird file finding function too) and the latter played the files but without GPS sync.

Could do without the GPS sync message from the lady in Chinese, though as you say in your video (carry on btw) it does remind you that things are working.

October 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGary

After have seen your review over the DDpai M6 plus, I bought one and I have to say that I am not impressed. It wont work with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, it keep loosing the connection to the phone and I have a lot of trouble trying to connect the phone and the cam, so I am returning it and going for the Ordro X5.

October 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOrla Lykke Jeppesen

The M6 plus has been great. I cant figure out why it doesn't loop record. Once the card is full, it stops recording and the M6 plus pings every few seconds. Cant seem to find any options in the settings. Have to format the card to get camera to record again.

October 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterREC

That's your card...too slow...too big...too fake. Whatever the reason, just spend £10 on one of the Samsung cards on the right of this page and your problems will be resolved.

October 6, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Firstly I hope you continue with your reviews of gizmo's, particularly dash-cams; very informative and entertaining.

Bought an M6 Plus and fitted it to the car today, downloaded the Youmera App to my phone (Motorola Android), that App not very impressive imo, well not on the Motorola anyway. Got round it enough to get the camera set up to my liking though so no big shakes, I will be using Movie Maker to view/edit vids anyway.

Did the first test run, short journey of about a dozen 3 minute clips plus three photo captures. Removed the SD card and connected to my PC and found all the videos ran for 3 minutes but were blank. The .jpg photos were visible.

I have contacted the seller to see what they will say but just wondered if you had any thoughts on the what the problem might be.

October 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCJK

The files won't be's the video codecs on your PC. Download the k-lite codec pack or play the videos in VLC.

October 6, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Marvelous! k-lite codec pack did the job, thanks a bunch.

What would us technophobes do without guys like you.

October 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCJK

Will try another card. Using a 64g Sandisk Ultra. Thanks!

October 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterREC

Is there a way to get the camera to go to park mode quicker? It is taking mine over an hour to decide it wasn't moving.
Also Downloads appear to be limited to about 5 minutes?

I too have a "Warnng: No enough space. Please download or clear picture." on a new Sandisk ultra 64gb card - 99.44% full and didn't loop. Not sure if Argos would want to consider their card as fake.
G-Shock sensor also not locking files

October 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Went ahead and bought the card from the right side and nada. Wasted $20 for no reason. Still doesn't loop. Guess mine is defective.

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterREC

Just had an upgrade which has totally screwed it up! is there anyway to step it back/get the previous version of firmware?

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDebs

What upgrade? can you tell us more?

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLucian

Debs, has it removed the parking mode 1 frame/second option. Mine has stopped.

Also blan spot on video and I have a scrape on the card!! Dash no good if it fails when you need it :(

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Further to my earlier postings on the DD Pai M6, I've played back the recording and it's OK except that at night the number plates are completely blotted out by flare from the headlights. Didn't get this on my earlier though now broken dashcam. Any ideas as to how to resolve this issue?

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIanden

I concur on the update being screwy. I downloaded the update and when trying to select continue installation, it is stuck on that screen. I informed the manufacturer. My last email went unanswered in regard to my other problem in which my camera wont overwrite the oldest files.

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterREC

"If you are looking for your first car camera...this is not suitable."

Do you mind explaining this? I was going to purchase a front and rear camera mirror (either a Z2 ZeroEdge 5.0 or an AutoVox 4.3) because they're more inconspicuous, but then I stumbled upon this review.

October 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteryarow12

It's because a lot of people who've bought one without prior dashcam experience ask me questions do I play the videos, how do I download the videos, what computer will they play's not a good camera to learn the basics on...people who don't have a working knowledge of their smartphones are buying it..then trying to figure out how to use the app. If you are inexperienced with dashcam tech it's much easier (on everyone) if you get a simple camera with an LCD screen. I've had lots of very angry emails from people who don't understand this camera and then blame me. So to avoid any more confusion I've put the disclaimer to state that you should only buy this camera if you know what you're doing with dashcam in general.
It's like buying a Honda Goldwing motorbike without ever having ridden a scooter....or a bicycle.

October 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Has anyone found a means of doing a suction cup mount for the ddpai 6+ yet?
I was figuring that if I could find a decent suction cup that gave a flat surface you could buy another base and stick that on the flat surface from the suction cup... Does anyone have any suggestions in the absence of a suitable product from the manufacturer? I want to take the ddapi with me on holiday and put it in a hire car....

October 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterplunet

The upgrade which totally screwed it up was I have since managed to find a link to an old download version which I have put back on via the memory card and now the camera is behaving itself again. I am using an app called Roadeyes to operate the camera (it is similar to the ddpai app) but doesn't download the updates (which of course I don't want at the moment). The time lapse parking is working fine as well as the normal journey videos. The newer updates were driving me mad, one in particular (e-dog which is a speed camera DB and not relevant here in the UK) kept telling me it needed updating. It wasn't til I had done it about 3 or 4 times that I made a note of the version number and lo and behold, it was the same version number it kept telling to download and install, over and over, despite me having gone through the whole process and it saying it had been successfully completed. (Starts tearing hair out!!!) The older version doesn't have e-dog (which is turned on by default and wouldn't turn off, you thought you have, but when the camera is turned on again, it's turned itself back on!) So for me, this is the best version and options.

October 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDebs

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