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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)

Thanks @Debs for this valuable info.

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLucian

@Debs, useful info there - will be checking my version later today. The Roadeyes app, are you using IOS or Android? The ddpai is not working well on my Adroid phone and would like to try something else.

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October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCJK

Hi Matt, what's your view on the lifespan of the battery? The DDPai Mini2 seems to offer all the M6+ does, other than GPS which I don't want (I saw your comment elsewhere about a cam showing 20MPH when you were standing still!), but it is capacitor based so should have a longer life span. Are you going to test one of those too?

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavidUK

Hi CJK I am using IOS ( iphone 5SE ). Worth checking the andriod store as this is an app for people in the USA I think.

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDebs

where can we find the firmware to downgrade?

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

I downloaded an earlier upgrade (16th august) from a post on a dashcam forum. Here is the link to the page.

https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/ddpai-m6-plus.19860/page-9#post-274709

There are two links right at the bottom of the page, one is for e-dog (which I didn't bother with!)

I can't guarantee it will answer all problems and I can't be held responsible if you end up bricking your device. Only do this if you are computer savvy. I did this using a windows PC (running windows 7). Just be careful and remember to virus check the download before doing anything with it! The instructions on how to update via a micro SD card can be found in the Ddpai app under help.

I am still evaluating my camera at the moment. I have it connected to a power source and am testing the time lapse. It recorded 5 1/2 hours yesterday and I'm doing more today. I am trying to get it to fill the card, to see if it overwrites when full, but I have a 64GB card and so it is going to take some time! I did a couple of short journeys to the local shops. One way was fine and the GPS was in sync. The return journey however, the GPS was out of sync with the video. Not too concerned as to be honest the GPS is a luxury extra. As long as I can read number plates (which I can) then that is the most important thing. Will do some more journeys tomorrow and see what happens.

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDebs

Thanks

Downloading now and will run it through my normal checks.
My camera is really misbehaving since last update

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Last night I tested to see if number plates were readable when recorded at night, simple answer NO!

October 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCJK

Upgrade to the camera takes many many hours. I hooked the SD card up to a card reader and I can see that there is a lot of videos, but I can't view them on my Mac. WHY?
The DDpai M6 plus is not my first dashcam, but it is the worst. There is a lot of malfunction. The DDpai M6 plus is not worth buying. There is nothing but trouble over and over again. It is simply crap.

October 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOrla Lykke Jeppesen

Hi
It's look very good but work only with ioS or Android but not with windows phone... :( it's not for me. Very good review. Mez from France

October 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMez

swapped the M6+ for the mini2. actually purchased 2 of the mini2's (front and rear). like the shape and like that it uses capacitor not battery. both were working fine...now one won't go into time lapse mode, just keeps recording video. will see if I can debug it. also, new app version will not let me update firmware anymore, just freezes at the "continue installation" point. hope they resolve this soon.

October 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris G

Mat,

Thanks for this review. Please definitely continue reviewing dash cameras. Your videos are great and you do a good job as a presenter. Plus, I can't (legally) import a Smart Roadster Coupe. So, where else am I going to see such an awesome car?

Anyway, back to the review. We'll be buying a new car this Spring and I'm planning to put a pair of DDPai M6 Plus's in it when we get it, based on this review. I've been (overall) happy with the K1S, but it has little quirks that have finally annoyed me enough to want to replace it. I'm hoping the DDPai works better (and it looks like it will).

Keep up the good work!

-- Clem

October 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterC. Smith

Just a quick word of advice.,,you can't use two M6+ cameras at the same time in the app. You can use a M6+ and a lesser model in the range (e.g M6C) and then switch between them with a single press, which is handy.

October 20, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have to agree that the last update has made night use, useless.
Please rectify this issue asap.

October 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlen Ryan

how as it made it useless glen?

October 20, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

Sorry i should have elaborated. The picture quality is very grainey. Impossible to make out registration plate numbers.

October 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlen Ryan

was it ok before you updated or is it your general opinion

October 20, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

I was very happy before hand with everything the dash cam had to offer . I am hoping that this is a temporary blip that a firmware update can rectify.

October 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlen Ryan

@Techmoan

Hmmm. I wonder why they don't let you use two of the same camera in the app. I would think it should be doable since you can rename them. I'll have to look into the differences between the M6+ and the M6C.

October 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterC. Smith

@ C. Smith,

I believe this is due to an inabilty of the app to co-share dashcams with the same chipset i.e. neither M6+/M6+ and M6+/Mini 2 combinations work, but M6+/Mini 1 is fine regards in-app co-sharing.

Flyer01

October 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFlyer01

Great review - keep up the good work.

One concern I have - is the wifi thing secure? ie would a stranger off the street be able to download the footage from my camera onto their phone? If so, I'm thinking this is a security risk as they could see where you live

October 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterYorkshireman

quote: "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"

can anyone confirm THIS is the same unit as was reviewed by Techmoan?? thanks

October 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKS

I just found the kit for using the camera in a 2nd vehicle, sold by BOBLOV

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boblov-Adhesive-Holder-Bracket-Dashcam/dp/B01L39G5AK/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A3L6UK2D36A5AI&th=1

October 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKS

@yorkshireman, the WiFi is protected with WPA2, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. It is the same used in most homes and workplaces.

October 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterYngve

I've bought one of these but unfortunately the vibration issue is far from solved. If you drive on country roads or if your car has stiff suspension then the soundtrack continually buzzes as the camera vibrates in the mount. I was going to buy a second as a rear view camera but I won't now.

October 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Llaidd

The most common vibration is between the disc stuck on the window and the mount. Put a blob of blu-tac between them and see if that fixes things

October 23, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi All
I ordered and received the offical DDPAI M6 Plus Hardwire kit. It does not contain an in-line fuse as shown in the pictures. I have tried everything to get it to work in my Golf Mk7 but nothing. Can anyone confirm the official kit should have an in-line fuse ?

Thank you

October 24, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterzayn

mine didn't have an inline fuse. I added on as the thing is Chinese. I used a micro blade 5A. If your using an Auxiliary feed i.e. cigarette lighter, that is normally 7.5 or 10A

October 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Back in August 10th MarkieMBR wrote:

Hi Matt, I was the guy who bought the RAVPower Charger, and I'm happy to report it works very well, I find because of the Pass Through Option, it charges the Power Bank and the Camera without any issues, but I do have it connected to a 2.1Amp Socket in the Vehicle, as for length of running, leaving it running over night without any problems, but did try leaving it running on a Saturday Morning and came back to the Vehicle Monday Morning and as expected the Power Bank had turned off.

As for Running it, I find I'll turn off the Iginition, but you then have to remember to press the Button on the side of the Power Bank to allow it to run the Camera, otherwise the Camera will turn off as usual, but as for the Parking Mode, it works great, it looked very cool watching back via my iPhone as you see the evening get darker and darker. :-)

Oh and an Update on the CPL Filter Sticker, it does a very good job of getting rid of Dash Refections, highly recommended!!
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I'm thinking of applying this overnight solution but just want to confirm that the RavPower does not turn off if the dash cam goes back to sleep following a wake-up and record session. I.e it continues to provide a charge regardless or does it switch off thinking the dash cam has switched off, hence you only get one parking mode recording. Hope this makes sense.
Look forward to feedback. RavPower cannot confirm but have said they would refund if i was not satisfied.
Thanks.

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

I have my DDPAI M6 Plus for 6 months using the Hardwire kit direct to the car fuse box(not through the ignition)It works fine and the parking mode works a treat
as long as your not going to leave your car unattended for weeks the battery will be fine
no need for a power pack

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRae

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