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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

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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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@Leon

I had problems with my Android S4 connecting to the camera.

I was using cyanogenmod as my firmware at the time. I decided to reinstall the original firmware and found that it would connect better.

When I was using cyanogenmod I found that I needed to disable 3g Data.

When I did this I could connect to the camera. I may also have had the GPS disabled on the phone at the time.

Who knows if this may help you but since the camera is not recording any more it may not be related.

Do you still get the Hello DD PAI and the GPS Eway Chang Kong (or what ever it says)?

The hardware seems really good but the software on Android is really letting it down. I contacted feedback at ddpai and no response.

So they want to create a product ad treat their customers like crap - well they won;t be around for too long.

Chris

August 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCHris Crowe

Hi Chris ~

In many attempts to connect to my M6+, I disabled 3G and wifi on the three androids used, opened DDpai APP and selected ‘Camera’ tab. The APP advised “no camera connected”. Pressing “add camera’ generated “Searching…” and opened wifi on my androids, but APP then advised “no camera detected”.. (just tried to connect another 3 times before sending this note - all attempts failed)

Earlier on (when I could connect to my M6+), under APP settings, I switched-off the welcome message “Hello DD PAI” - that worked OK. I then urned volume down on the APP to avoid the GPS connect message.

August 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLeon

@leon


Have you gone into the advanced section and turned off the Advanced connection method and manually connect to the WIFI Access Point?

Chris

August 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCHris Crowe

Well done Mr courier! My M6+ is here. Shame the new sd card for it hasn't arrived yet, boo.

I see from the previous comments that there has been mixed success with sd card choice, especially above 32gb but I have decided to have a go at 128gb and see how that works out.
Once it arrives it is a Samsung evo micro sdxc 128gb from MyMemory.com so hopefully it will be genuine and have a fighting chance of working. My plan B if that won't play ball is to swap that with the Samsung 64gb from my phone and Plan C should it come to it is to swap that for a Samsung 32gb from one of my kids tablets. (fingers crossed for Plan A)

Now that I've seen the cam in the flesh, I have a plan for the Polarising filter...
I have one of the sticker types on order so I will try it with that and see how that goes, if I'm not happy with that I have come up with a backup plan.
I have some nice black steel washers which could be stuck around the lens and then I should be able to use one of the magnetic polariser lenses made for the mini 806. I'm not sure if the magnetic part for those is on the camera or the lens but if needed I can magnetise the washer so that should be a viable option.

Now I just need a working sd card and the polariser sticker to have a play with.

August 6, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

@Techmoan
No problem. It’s just me thanking you for your reviews.
Removing that base sure looks like it has a limited number of removals before failure.
But I have to say, I REALLY like that magnetic connector!
I just wish there was a way to power the camera outside of the vehicle without pulling out the base.

@paul
With your son, is he using the phones built in wireless manager to connect to the camera or is he just letting the App do it?

Try removing the camera from both phones, then swap cameras.
You use your sons camera, and he uses your camera.
Do the problems follow the camera or the phone?
In other words, does your GPS work after that, does his wireless work after that?

@Travelbuddy
I have a ton of USB power sources available. (Battery and line power)
No issue with that.

@Leon
Just confirming…
Do you see this during the power up:
*Apply power
** Green and Red Solid light
** Then “Hello, Ding Ding Pie” (my interpretation of if :-) )
** Then Green light starts flashing
** Then the Blue Light is solid
** Then “GPS Ding Weed Comp Com”

When its completely powered up:
Do you have a Red power light?
…Solid?
Do you have a Green recording light?
…Blinking?
Do you have a Blue GPS light?
…Solid?

If you remove the SD and power it up,
does it give beep (dong) every few seconds?

If any or all the above is true,
Do you see the DDpai in your phones list of wireless connections?
Assuming Android, you should see it as a regular Wi-Fi device.
If so and Again assuming Android, Download Wi-Fi Analyzer from the author Kevin Yuan.
You can use it to monitor wireless signals and see if the DDpai is giving off a strong and regular signal.
I use this app regularly.

Other things to try.
Make sure the brass contacts between the camera and the base are clean.
Try a different known good USB cable
…not all USB cables are created equally. Try using one for your phone (assuming Android and micro USB)
Plug the USB directly to a known good USB cig adaptor. (bypassing the Cellink B)
Start the vehicle before powering up the camera.
Remove the camera a base and plug into a USB charger in the house.

Sorry if you’ve already tried all the above. I just want to see if there is any signs of life from the camera…

August 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterViper DaSnake

Techmoan, you need to create a forum on your website. The comments on this page are not categorized and are getting out of hand!

August 6, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

Playing with GPS…
So I’ve been digging through the GPS logs on the SD card.
It’s an understatement to say that those are 100% accurate.
If you look at the SD card:

\DCIM\103gps
The most recent files are stored there.
Those are only 3 minute counterparts to some of the more recent videos.
These files are just text logs that I believe are of the GPS coordinates associated with the last trip.

\DCIM\103gps\tar
These are compilations of the 103gps folder.
These are the original text files merged together with binary headers describing what videos they are associated with.
Again, I believe is that these files are the trips merged into a single file.

Both of these are readable with your favorite text editor. My files are correctly coded with North and West coordinates so the issues in the App are the Apps fault.

If you want to view these videos, go to:
www.gpsvisualizer.com
There you can import the logs and it will use Google Maps (or a ton of other sources) to create a map that gives you a visual representation of your trip. (Something that the App tries to do)

August 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterViper DaSnake

There appears to be a telnet server on the M6plus on 193.168.0.1:1123
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2377157&page=3

Looking at the most recent firmware file file (3.3.0.31)
www.ddpai.com/bbs/thread-20627-1-1.html

The 'passwd' & 'passwd-' files are noted below and aren't the username or password to the telnet
root:$1$$qRPK7m23GJusamGpoGLby/:0:0::/root:/bin/sh (No password)
root:ab8nBoH3mb8.g:0:0::/root:/bin/sh (helpme)

a 'strings' command run on '/bin/VYCam' seems to indicate that the login message in hardcoded in this binary file

Can someone smarter than me work out the rest on how to telnet to this device?

August 6, 2016 | Unregistered Commentercrashkeys

To aid getting started, Here are some resources:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r32vokx9yr3w4zf/AABls1XXmGIgIsBjWSKaF6h3a?dl=0

August 6, 2016 | Unregistered Commentercrashkeys

@viper can you not see the gps files with the vidio merged because they mean nothing without the vidio footage alongside.my sons works great on is app it shows is tracks and the street he had been to.on my app tracks its just a line with no background and no streets etc

August 6, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

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