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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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"This is happening inside your car? What is the longest interval you driven for at one time without getting a lock on to GPS? Have you got your phone time set to 24hr mode?"

Hello
I drove for 4.5 hours on Saturday and 2 hours Sunday and yes my phone is 24 hour clock.
Thanks for your help.
Glen

August 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlen

@Glen the only thing I'd try is to power it from a USB charger and pop it outside in your garden with a clear line of sight to the sky. Sit there with a cup of tea. If it hasn't locked on by the time you've finished your tea, it's faulty. If it locks on, it must be something in your car that's blocking the signal...e.g. A heated front windscreen.

August 2, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Without tracking back over previous emails for references to poor android support by the app and the need to submit queries to Ddpai. I uninstalled / reinstalled the app today from the Play Store (vrs 5.4.1.0503 dated 03May16) and established the android app developer can be emailed at vyou@vyoutech.com
Also there is a feedback email address listed inside the app for contacting Ddpai at feedback@ddpai.com
Have not tried using these points of contact, but with my micro sd due from Amazon this Thursday and pursuing setup thereafter I will probably be on the case.

August 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

hi iv bought 2 of these ddpai m16 plus.my issue with first cam is a constant dinging sound which i thought was to do with pairing the button.on the other camera on the app my gps is showing china streets i was told to reset camera but still the same.also iv hardwired it for continues recording.i have parking mode and timelapse switched on but looking through vidios there is no timelapse in there.is it motion detection to start the parking mode or a noise?lastly my 32gig card is full after 2 days recording with up to 30 250 meg files in one day.any ideas anyone?thanks in advance

August 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

Hi Paul,

Did you manage to fix the constant dinging sound ? I got exactly the same issue. I have to restart the cam 3 to 5 time to stop it.
Also you may notice that when this happens no wifi is available, so this make impossible to guess what's happening

ddpai should at leat generate a log file and store it on the SD card when anything wrong is happening (I'm kind of dreamer because they don't even answer to email)

This is definitely a bad cam.

August 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterparadox

PLEASE READ THIS >>>>>>>> A dinging sound means that your SD card cannot be written to. It is either...
A) Not in the camera
B) Too slow
C) The wrong capacity
D) Faulty/Fake
E) The wrong format

The only thing you can attempt to resolve without buying a new card is E) ...So if you have used the card before on your computer you need to re-format the card in your computer as FAT32 before putting it in the camera...if it still doesn't work, you need to get a new SD card. Class 10, Decent Brand. The 32GB Class 10 Samsung SD cards I use in all my cameras (except 4K cameras) are on the right of the screen...I have never had any problems with these.

The most likely problem will be that someone has a card that they've formatted in their computer as NTFS or HFS+ that the camera can't read, so can't re-format. A new card out of the packet will not need to be formatted in a computer - take it straight out of the packet and put it in the camera.

This is not a unique situation for this camera - other dashcams cannot read NTFS or HFS+ formatted cards or work with fake or cheap or slow cards either. Never cheap-out on the memory used with a dash cam, and only experiment with using larger sizes when you are confident in your abilities and are happy with the idea that as you are experimenting it might not work.

Many cameras cannot accept 64GB cards and even more cannot accept 128GB cards. 32GB is a standard recognised by all current cameras.

Only buy SD cards from a recognised brand and from a reputable seller. If you get your memory from Amazon themselves using Prime delivered from their warehouses (and not a reseller on the marketplace) you can be sure that the memory is legitimate. Amazon have a lot to lose by tarnishing their reputation selling fake memory cards that don't work...whereas Dave9028 on ebay doesn't give a stuff, he just wants your cash and can do a runner if anything goes wrong.

It's bizarre when people spend £3 on a memory card for a £100 camera and then when the camera can't use the card they blame the camera. No one would buy fuel out of a bucket from a chap at the side of the road to put in your new car just to save a few £/$s. Treat your new camera to a new card - the Samsung 32GB card on the right of the screen is £8.99 and works.

August 3, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@ Paradox - Are you just going to keep complaining about things...or are you going to read anything that people have taken the time to post in order to help you with your issue.

So you ordered from a seller in China (that I didn't link to) then complained that it took three weeks to arrive.
The you said it hadn't arrived.
Then you complained the WiFi didn't work...so I gave you some advise.
Then you said it beeps - which I've explained is down to your memory card
......- then you just repeat it again.
What's your game here?
JUST GET A NEW SD CARD FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!

August 3, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Paul - I think the time-lapse starts when it detects a lack of movement - if it doesn't have a GPS lock then it can't see when it moves. If you look through the earlier comments it appears that people on some phones that are set in 12HR mode don't sync their time to the camera properly...this might affect the GPS location too. So put your phone in 24 hr mode and connect up to the camera.

The DINGING is to do with the SD CARD - use a different one or see above for more.

August 3, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

thank you techmoan im getting there slowly iv got 2 new cards coming today so hopefully that dinging will be sorted.iv found the timelapse files now they start with s in the folder but when i open them they are just like a still and dont play even tho they are 200 ish meg.

August 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

They should end with _25 as well (at least they do for me).
Play them in a different playback programme - perhaps the one you are using doesn't like them - try VLC - or install the K-lite codec pack.

August 3, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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