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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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Reader Comments (675)

@kevin
Getting out of hand. LOL
As a +40 year old man myself...
You sound like an old man yelling at the kids to "Get off my lawn", "Quiet down, I'm trying to sleep"..!
I don't disagree that a forum would be nice, but
Considering how low of a volume of traffic (comments) I wouldn't think it would be worth the effort.
And it IS an effort... http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2016/7/27/just-a-quick-comment-about-comments.html
(speaking as someone who has owned both a comment section like this and a full on forum)
But now that you have people like crashkeys and me who want to hack this thing,
It may very well get out of hand…!

@crashkeys
Now you've gone and done it...
I was poking around with Fing (Android) and found the open port 80 but it didn't know about 1123.

That's just one more reason I need to be able to power this thing in the house!
The only time I messed with the base and adhesive plate was when I opened the box.
I stuck the base on the plate and never touched it again.
It was a pretty tight fit then, and I wondered how hard it was going to be to remove.
I just removed it and it was effortless, I guess the 100 deg F temperature has really loosened up the base.

Fing brings up the “vYou camera system!” welcome screen, but I’m not getting past that.
Tried the same from a laptop.
The only thing I can think of is to use a switch that allows port mirroring and use Wireshark to see if the User/Pass is sent in clear text when the App connects.
...unless the User/Pass is not posted somewhere.
...not something I have time for right now.

I've been reading through the forum post on DDPai's website.
Seems this might have been a crowd funded camera. (back in 2015)
e-dog might be a speed warning function.
Version: v3.3.0.31 is the latest firmware posted on 07-29-2016

NOW GET OFF MY LAWN :-)

August 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterViper DaSnake

Regarding the Mini 2. As this is my 1st dash cam i took my time famialarising myself with the camera and installation. Was a bit apprehensive given the feedback occurring with the M6+ mainly due to the issues associated with the android app. So i setup 4 logins (Wife's ipad2, my android LG V500 tablet, android LG4 phone and an old android Samsung galaxy mini3 phone). Then tested each and all 4 worked without a hitch. So i went ahead and fitted the unit in the car and are going to use the Samsung mini3 phone as the controller. I know it is illegal to have realtime playback in the car but i have ordered a 12 volt charger / usb phone holder with a flexible stem to hold the phone. There's no gps with the mini2, which keeps it simple. Eventually i intend to get a powerpack so that i can use the parking mode. One issue i have found is the camera unit gets very warm, not hot but i fear it will have a limited life. Hopefully keeping the cars climate control on will minimise the effect somewhat.

August 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

@travelbuddy.iv hardwired mine and it gets realy hot to the touch but its the only way to use the parking mode features etc unless you have a battery pack which are pretty expensive

August 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

I've been using mine hard wired since the end of May and it continues to function normally. It does get warm, and the car has been outside (some of those days in baking sun) recording 24/7. Unfortunately everything has a certain amount of time that it can work before malfunctioning...Dashcams are one piece of tech that really take things to the limit. I pretty sure if I put my Sony RX10ii camera in the car and recorded 24/7 all year it would die, probably sooner rather than later, and that's a £1500 camera. It may be asking too much of a £100 dashcam to out-last the Sony...and whilst I'd like all these things to work forever, I know that there will be a point where they fail, so I'd recommend that anyone investing £100 in a dash camera bears in mind that it will definitely fail at some point...probably within a couple of years of continuous use. It would be very unexpected for it not to.

August 7, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Can anyone recommend a good PC app for handling video & data transfered from the M6+ ?

August 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

I'm probably biased mainly due to many years of dealing with software
that either crashed ms windows, had limited file format processing or
lacked 1080 or above output. It has quite a steep learning curve but
I recommend Sony Movie Studio vrs 13.

August 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Yet another question, is it possible to disable the GPS so it doesn't record data?

August 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

@Richard

If you're after a video player VideoLAN is a good free one

http://www.videolan.org/

For video editor, DaVinci Resolve by Blackmagic is supposed to be good. Not used it myself. It maybe overkill for your needs but its free so nothing to lose.

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/davinciresolve

August 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

@Anthony - Going to look at blackmagic myself.

@Richard - Windows Movie Maker is a free and simple editor as well. You may have to download the K-Lite codec pack to use it though.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17779
I don't think you can disable the GPS.

August 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterViper DaSnake

@crashkeys
Now you've gone and done it...
I was poking around with Fing (Android) and found the open port 80 but it didn't know about 1123.

Fing brings up the “vYou camera system!” welcome screen, but I’m not getting past that.
Tried the same from a laptop.
The only thing I can think of is to use a switch that allows port mirroring and use Wireshark to see if the User/Pass is sent in clear text when the App connects.
...unless the User/Pass is not posted somewhere.
...not something I have time for right now.


Other notes
I've been reading through the forum post on DDPai's website.
Seems this might have been a crowd funded camera. (back in 2015)
e-dog might be a speed warning function.
Version: v3.3.0.31 is the latest firmware posted on 07-29-2016

August 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterViper DaSnake

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