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Pick of the Camera Reviews

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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
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 (661)

Following up from my November 24 post, I now have the unit working. One of the problems was Windows 10 formatting of the SD chip. It creates an exFat32 partition rather than a FAT32 partition. Thanks Microsoft! This is also something the DDpai co should realise and advertise. I had to download a freeware exe to create the FAT32 partition. Having said that, I am still unable to get the remote switch 'paired' to the camera through my Samsung Galaxy 7 smartphone. Love the image quality.

December 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRex

Techmaon is even being used as sales pitch!

http://www.benl.ebay.be/itm/Ddpai-M6-Plus-HD1440P-WIFI-Car-Dashcam-Video-Record-DVR-GPS-Camera-For-Galaxy-s6-/141973810136?hash=item210e4c6bd8:g:6AkAAOSwubRXG1fS

December 14, 2016 | Unregistered Commentertom

Hello all,
I installed two DDPai M6+ Cameras in my Corolla several days ago. Noticed one getting really hot. Not due to sun, and outside Temps.
Have been max 50°F here. Hot even though parked in a garage. The camera was hottest at the electrical contacts area of Camera to Mount. I pulled the camera and cleaned the contacts in it and the pins in the base with a cloth and a drop of alcohol. Air dried then gently rubbed both with a clean pencil erasure. It has not got hot again. Also using a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 without any problems. I named one camera DDPai Front, the other DDPai Rear. The App does see both, but not PIP. It does let me tap, to quickly select and connect to one at a time. It takes just a few seconds to switch. So far, the Time-lapse feature has been great. Video quality is very good. Not so good in low light conditions. Remote buttons work good, even when pressed simultaneously. Installed SanDisk Ultra MicroSDXC UH1 64GB cards in both. No issues with those so far. Both cameras are connected to an Anker 10Ah battery. It is plugged into Lighter Socket. It powers both cameras about 3 hours when parked. It also powers both and recharges as I drive. I have ordered a 20Ah battery, to try Out!
Thanks Techmoan! I love your reviews!

December 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVox Incognita

I have read some users review in Amazon that complain about the camera to get very warm. Is this real ? Can this break down the camera? What is your opinion?

December 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSiteguest

A word of warning re. the ddPai M6 Plus replaying in a MS Windows environment.
The camera itself is great - I am very happy with it, BUT replaying the M6+ videos on a Windows 10 PC using either "Dashcam Viewer" or "Registrator" software will NOT display all of the video's GPS information. It used to work OK in "Dashcam viewer" but ddPai developers have changed the GPS data format. Please see full details are at:
https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/m6plus-with-dashcam-viewer.25782/
ddPai staff advise (see thread above) that the M6 Plus is aimed at the "recreational user" (my words) or "fun" market and they only have software for Smart Phones.
What a waste for such a great Dash Cam - it's very disappointing.

December 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

After 9 months use I've found the DDPi to be something I would definitely not reccommend. The files don't store in sequence so it takes ages to find anything. The sound is about five seconds out of sync with the action. It records when it feels like it for reasons unknown, and the issue with the magnetic mount vibration is not fixed and a problem on all but the smoothest tarmac.

December 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I've just purchased a new car so had to go for there particular dash gam, which id the BMW Advanced Eye. This unit copies its files to a container, which includes both front file and rear file.

Just found out the viewer is only for PCs.

Do you know of a viewer that can read from the container.

December 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Hi Sir,

Loved your review and based my purchase on it but have to let you know the product you reviewed is no longer the product I received today on 12/26/2016. Not trying to place blame, just kind of sad and disappointed.

Time lapse feature is now gone - not even on the IOS menu, parking mode will not initiate (camera just keeps recording on continuos power) and and all problems seem to be the result of firmware updates from what I've garnished through the blogs.

I appreciate the features the cam offered and still think your review of its quality and features would be appropriate if not for the companie's firmware updates, which seemed to have ruined an otherwise outstanding unit.

All of my issues have been posed to the company it appears - yet they have not responded or repaired the firmware.

Could I ask if you could review some of the complaints others are having identical to me and see if you can offer a solution?

https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/m6-latest-firmware-update-warning.21883/page-2

And for the record I'm operating on an IOs platform, using a 64GB genuine Sandisk card and firmware 3.3.2.11.

December 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAllen

Anybody know the power this uses when in parking mode? Am thinking would something like this be a cheaper (and easier DIY install) way over the £100 battery kit and fiddling with wires etc? I know it wouldnt do a week in a car park but would it do maybe 10-12 hours on low power during your day at work when its parked up? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00PBVGW7I/?tag=ho01f-21

Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

December 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Hello, Thanks for the excellent review on the M6 Plus. I got one and I am very pleased. My question is, I have 'park guard on', but when I leave my car parked for say over an hour and review the footage via the app, I do not see any time laps recording. I can only see full normal video recording... May I know why this is please?

My dash cam is connected to the car power socket but when I park, I connect the USB cable to my power bank.

Thanks for your help..

December 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFaizal Mohamed

Try directly in your Micro SD in your PC not via phone app (last update is crappy). Check in DCIM and Video (if I recall) for any file named starting with "S". Those are the Parking mode recordings (if any). Cheers.

December 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLucian

I just recently acquired the M6+ and have it hardwired into constant power. I seem to be having the same issue with the parking mode as other recent commenters. I am also having issues with the timer shutdown.

More specifically, when I leave the car parked for an extended amount of time (overnight for instance), the camera will record normally for a very long and random amount of time (sometimes 45min sometimes 3 hours). Then, finally it will switch into time-lapse mode (which I thought it was supposed to do after 5-6 min)... BUT it will only record in time lapse mode for about 10 min before something triggers it (even though nothing happened), and it will switch to continuous recording for another couple hours. VERY FRUSTRATING! I wish it would just switch into time-lapse mode after 5-6 min of being parked and stay in time-lapse mode until I get into the car and begin driving again, or if, unfortunately, my car was hit by another car.

Further, I am also very irritated with the timer shutdown feature. This was a major buying point for me since I have the camera hardwired into my car's battery I did not want the camera to drain my battery if I had it parked for an extended amount of time. So, when I installed the camera I wanted to test that the timer was working, so I set the delay to 15 min. However, as you can deduce from my last paragraph, the camera does not shutdown after 15 min... IT RECORDS ALL THE TIME!

I'm curious if anyone else has had these issues, if these issues are related to one another, and if anyone has found a solution to them. It should also be noted that when reviewing footage from the camera I can hear an incessant "clicking" noise and other interference type noises which are obviously internal to the camera because there are no other noises coming from the car... Could this interference be causing the camera to trigger out of parking/time-lapse mode as well as cause the camera to never shutdown???

Also, on an unrelated note... is parking guard the same as time-lapse mode? I do not see an option for "Parking Guard" in my android app as there was in Techmoan's videos...

December 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrandt

Any plans to review the DDpai mini 2? It seems to have the same sensor as this, but in a slimmer package and a bit lower price.

Also, I wish ddpai would make a front and back solution.

January 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Can you buy a Lens Extension Cable, so that u can hide the camera body in the car and just have the Lens in view?

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersharpy

Hello, I have connected the camera as it written in the instructions coming with the camera. Each time I'm turning off the engine for couples of hours, I'm receiving an error when lunching the DDPai app "vYou_Front Dash SD card not confirmed!". Once I'm formatting the SD card it's working but I need to format it each time I'm turning on the engine. I'm using your SD card that is coming with the camera. I have tried to replace it with a different SD card but the problem is not resolved. Please assist me.

January 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZohar

Hello,
I hopee you will be able to assist me. I have bought a DDPai m6+ and I have connected the camera as it written in the instructions coming with the camera. I'm using the SD card coming with the camera, Each time I'm turning off the engine of the car for couples of hours and switching it on, I'm receiving an error when lunching the DDPai app "vYou_Front Dash SD card not confirmed!" and the camera a repeating some Chinese wording. Once I'm formatting the SD card it's working, but I need to format it each time I'm turning on the engine.
1.I have tried to replace it with a different SD card but the problem is not notresolved.
2. I have formatted the SD in my mobile device but the problem is not resolved.

January 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZohar

This is great but the biggest issue is that it is not a capacitor model.

Ddpai X2 Pro is promising but is not available to buy yet it seems.

Anyone knows where to buy it or when it will be available?

@Techmoan,
Have you had a chance to check it?

January 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIJ

Hi, thanks for all your great reviews, especially this one on the M6+. I just installed mine today and all went well. I was most worried about concealing the cable but it was surprisingly easy to slip it under the internal rubber door seal. There are so many comments on this review that I haven't read them all, just wanted to say that the latest software DOES now have an mph option for speed display. Thank you so much for this recommendation!
Roland

January 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

Hi Guys,

Just watching a Dash Cam video on YouTube, and Galen to come across someone at 5mins 3 seconds part who is running the M6+ and it shows his mph, wonder how he managed that.

Here's the link to the Video. https://youtu.be/oegyXB3bUeg

Also must admit, there are some idiot drivers about. lol

Cheers
Mark.

January 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarkieMBR

Later firmware adds the mph feature - also just updated to give live streaming of video from camera to phone rather than having to download, although a bit jerky on my Android Moto G3 (as was paying back a downloaded clip). Reassuring they keep updating this device though.
I have a theory that dascams / bike cams attract idiots. After buying a bike cam a couple of years back I was hit by a car and a few days after buying this camera some tool tried the same move on me in my car - thankfully with no impact. And the tw*t who over took me on a humpback bridge on a blind corner only just avoiding a head-on collision only avoided being reported as I couldn't see his number plate in the dark and rain. Maybe we are just more aware of bad driving as we can replay what happened.
Thanks for the great reviews.

January 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnt

Same as others regards timelapse and parking mode... really baffling trying to second guess the options (there is no 'timelapse button') but I guess it's a feature lost sometime over the last couple of months.

What I want is a dashcam on permanent power, where it timelapses after 5 minutes and records when the gsensor (or noise) is triggered, then back to timelapse until I'm on my next journey.

It all sounded so simple on the review, I hope the feature is returned...

January 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterstagbeetle

The time lapse seems to be working OK for me - it is no longer shown in the app as a separate setting but still begins after several minutes. The time lapse files are prefixed "S" and depending on how you are viewing the list of files, may not be in order. My power socket is obviously powered when ignition is off to enable this to work.

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnt

Just checked and time-lapse mode seems to start after around 12 minutes. Not tested with very latest update but worked last week as described.

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnt

Hey thanks Ant... I've left it running during the day and overnight a couple of times and once or twice there was a timelapse for a few minutes but surrounded by hours of darkness - on no 'S' files remain (and whatever I had when it worked has long since been overwritten).

My versions are:
3.3.2.11
5.7.0.0120

I'm going to try again now - I've got 'battery saving' to 24hour and parking mode off, and i've just put gsensor to off in case background noise keeps waking it... i'm going to try with the wifi preview screen on and if nothing happens after 30 mins, try again without...

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterstagbeetle

You need parking mode switched to on, otherwise it will just continue to record in real time.

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDebs

Thanks Debs, I'm redoing both tests with parking mode on (and gsensor still off)...

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterstagbeetle

I find it takes about 15 minutes before it starts recording in the parking mode (1 frame per second). I have my G-sensor setting on medium and it seems to work fine. However I guess if there's a strong wind about which buffets the car, or loud noises such as HGV's rolling past nearby, it might not switch. As I understand it, normal mode is reactivated by a loud noise/jolt to the car. When I go shopping for example, it kicks back in to normal mode as I open the car door/tailgate to drive off/put my shopping in boot. If it's a quick visit, it will not kick in at all as it does take a good 15-20 mins to kick in to parking mode. Hope this info helps. Will be interested to see how your experiments pan out. :)

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDebs

Just tested again and all working - time lapse cutting in around 12-13minutes after stopping. I Have same software numbers as you.
What I have just noticed is that I have power save set for 15 mins after stopping - this isn't powering down after 15 mins though as the time lapse starts just before this. Here is roughly the latest timeline: 12.53 stop car - 1.05 time lapse starts - 1.20 camera turns off. So the 15 minutes power save mode seems to either not be working or giving the wrong time interval before working. Or only working after the time lapse has started. Maybe try setting it to power off after 15 mins and see what happens.

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnt

Well it's looking good - it has worked on my 4th test (parking mode on, 24 hour battery saving, phone not connected, gsensor off) with normal background noise...
I'm currently testing it with - battery saver on 15 mins, gsensor on medium, no phone connected - I'm hoping it will switch off by 5pm or so and I can pop out the SD card and the S* files are there. Should I expect the lights to change - go off? - when the battery saver time expires? I'll let you know how I get on but your help Ant and Debs has been invaluable!

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterstagbeetle

With the latest firmware (v3.3.2.11) I seem to be getting the occasional video segment that have audio but no video. Has anyone else experienced this?

I use a high quality 32GB micro SD card from Sandisk (bought on Amazon, from Amazon), which has working fine until just recently, so I doubt that is the cause. A dashcam that doesn't record reliably is useless.

January 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavid P

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