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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)

Still can't figure how why pictures are not saved inside my "101photo" folder on my SD card. I am using a iPhone 6+. Things I tried:

1) Delete and reinstall app
2) Swap out my 128GB card with an 32GB card
3) Reformatted my SD cards
4) Deleted camera from app, and reconnected camera to app.
5) Hard reset (push pin) on the camera
6) Toggled on/off "Save pictures to phone"... thinking that maybe if enabled, pictures are saved to iPhone only, and not to SD card. Issue remains.

Interesting to note: The Dashboard remembers my total mileage and hours driven, even after a hard reset and deleting the app. and formatting the SD card.

I am lost. Matt, can you confirm you still have pictures saved in your "101photo" folder using firmware 3.3.0.31? Your review still had 3.3.0.28 and folder was working then. Thanks!

August 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert

No they don't get stored in that folder on mine either. <---IGNORE

CORRECTION - YES THEY DO

I was thinking of a different camera.

August 4, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

hiya viper no mine still shows china il try wat u said lastly though.on my other cam when i try to connect to camera through app it keeps losing connection jumping back on to house wifi and have to keep putting password back in.lastly when i try to preview vidios it constantly buffers

August 4, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

Thanks Matt, it is just that in your video review at the 22:15 mark, you clearly showed that photos from the remote control shutter button is stored in your 101photo folder. At that time, you were running firmware 3.3.0.28. I guess DDPai must have removed savings photo to SD card in their latest firmware.

August 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert

Richard, I recall an earlier posting indicated Ddpai had responded to their email, which asked if an M6+ could be shared on the same phone/tablet device with the newly released Mini 2. The reply was that at the moment this was not possible but the M6+ could be shared with the mini or mini x model. I therefore suspect that as the M6+ and Mini 2 share the same guts apart from a battery and gps they could not be shared. However if you have access to 2 devices then you could control 2 M6+'s individually.

August 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Thanks Travelbudy, I guess the mini 1 would be fine for the rear cam. Has anyone here had any experience with running the m6 plus with either a mini 1 or another 6 plus in the rear?

You would hope that their recordings would be coordinated somehow without needing an android or ios device present all the time. As i haven't received my 6+ yet I don't know if the link would be via cable or wifi or if the instructions even offer any useful advice on the subject.

August 4, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

Albert - you are right, I must be thinking of another camera (there are so many) - perhaps the Yi 4K, there was definitely one camera that just put everything in one folder, but created empty folders. Let me check my camera again.

August 4, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Responding to earlier posts...

Can the DDpai camera be operated usefully without an Android device?
--- You need a phone to setup the camera initially and to make changes. Once it is setup, you dont need any smart device for it. Just pull the SD card and put it in a normal computer when you want to use the data.

My "101photo" folder on my SD card is always empty.
--- I tested this today and when I push the button, the camera puts an image in that folder. I actually had the setting turned off for video. So I know that doesn't affect images.

hiya viper no mine still shows china...it keeps losing connection jumping back on to house WiFi and have to keep putting password back in
--- It sounds like you are using your phones wireless manager to connect to the camera. Don't do that. Let the app manage the wireless. When you let the app manage the wireless connection, you only have to put he password in when you add the camera (If I recall correctly)


Random comments...

NEW FIRMWARE released today... (at least today is the first time I've noticed it)

As someone that plays with my toys a lot, it sure is annoying not being able to power up the camera in the house to play with the settings.

August 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterViper DaSnake

@Viper, please try again whether photos are saved to the "101photo" folder after you updated firmware to 3.3.0.31. I suspect you are still running the older firmware 3.3.0.28, which is the same as Techmoan's review. It was working then, but not anymore. Please confirm. Thanks.

August 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert

Follow up post after the update...

I didn't notice any major changes.
Still hoping for a MPH option,
Although I suspect that would be an App update and not a firmware update.


I noticed something today that I have not noticed before.
When you look at the Tracks, if you open a Track that has snapshots associated with it, (That are stored on the phone) it will show those below the track.
I also noticed that the GPS coordinates are shown above the Tracks and they are showing East (when they should show West)
I meant to look at the GPS logs on the SD card but I forgot (hopefully tomorrow)

@paul
When watching the camera feed in full screen in portrait mode,
Do you see the blue dot showing your position on the screen?
There is an icon to the bottom far left, if you click it two or three times, it moves the map to the blue dot.
For me this worked as per the above today. I had to click that icon before the map scrolled to correctly show my location.
If you watch the video at the 10 minute mark, That is the view I am referring to. The interesting thing is that there is no blue dot on Matt's screen..! Another thing to check, Do you have a flashing green satellite icon in that view? I haven't tested it, but logically I would suspect that the app is telling us that the GPS is working by flashing that icon...

I payed with that portrait mode some today and I noticed that the GPS map in the bottom half of the screen did not update in real time.
If I exited that screen and came back, it did change to the correct location but it never updated in real time.

August 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterViper DaSnake

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