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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 a couple.

 

 

 

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 (589)

OK, here's my results - timelapse is working but 'battery saver' is causing video to record (and hiding the timelapse files when I review):

On 15 mins 'battery saver' I get:
15 mins record followed by timelapse (battery saver starts) - at the end of 15 mins it should shut down but instead it starts recording again... it records for 15 mins, then timelapses for 15 - over and over again.

On 1 hour 'battery saver' I expected a 15 min video followed by an hour of timelapse - repeated over and over again - and that's what I got.

Perhaps 'battery saver' sends a signal to an intelligent power source to switch off? As it stands I'm going to leave 'battery saver' on unlimited so it works as I want, and figure out if just unplugging it when it's not needed is best..

Gsensor was 'off' all the time so I'm going to try the next 24 hours with it set to medium but I'm hoping it really is a gsensor and not a noise sensor so shouldn't make any difference.

Thanks for all your help, I wouldn't have spotted the problem otherwise...

January 24, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterstagbeetle

Is there a quick and easy way to check the real recorded video resolution? So, for example, is it really 1080p rather than an upscaled 720p?

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKeith Appleby

I'm very interested in purchasing a circular polarising lens for the DDPia M6 dash cam but cant see any on Amazon or EBay that resemble the ones that you show on your update video. Can you please help. Love your reviews.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrazer

I bought camera and CPL from Boblov on Amazon and looks same as in the review. They may sell just the filter. I have no connection to them but was happy with service.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnt

Hi I have just purchased a DDPai M6 dash cam. My car is hardwired for a Nextbase 412GW dash cam that I didn’t like. Imagine my annoyance when I discover the USB mini plugs are slightly different. Are there adapters for this problem? You help will be much appreciated.
Best wishes Frazer

January 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrazer

you probably have mini usb. the ddpai is micro usb. you can find an adapter from mini usb female to micro usb male on ebay as many as you want for about 5€.

January 27, 2017 | Unregistered Commentertom

Hi I have just purchased a DDPai M6 dash cam. My car is hardwired for a Nextbase 412GW dash cam that I didn’t like. Imagine my annoyance when I discover the USB mini plugs are slightly different. Are there adapters for this problem? You help will be much appreciated.
Best wishes Frazer
Sorry your reply didn't answerer my question.. I assumed all mini USB Plugs would be the same. I'm an old man so perhaps I'm being naïve
Best wishes Frazer

January 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrazer

Sorry didn't see your second mail. Thanks for you help. What would we do if people like you didn't help us..

January 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrazer

Here's an example http://amzn.to/2jdHhmW

January 27, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi, just got the DDPai M6+.. pretty much off your recommendation.. its all you said.. great so far.. just trying to work out how to get video images etc to the cloud? I did select it in the setting, but no request for my cloud details.. would ideally like to up-load to my Google drive.. any help would be good.. many thanks.. John..

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn King

Hi,

Just bought the M6 Plus after watching your review and tested it Today for the 1st time. I did an 80 mile journey and the camera turned itself off and back on again about 6 times. I know this because I left the start up sound on.

On my return journey it did the same again about 4 times.

Doesn't appear to be any pattern to it as far as I can see from looking at the files on the card.

I've checked the connections and they're OK and the SD card is a class 10 Samsung 32gb.

I've not downloaded the latest firmware yet but was wondering if you had the same problem with yours?

Thanks

January 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Hi, on your review you advise leaving the announcement's on but can they be disabled in the settings? My car already makes enough bing and bongs on its own so I don't want to add another.

Kind regards,
Mark

February 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMark G

You can turn all sounds off.

February 8, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi

tnx for great reviews. recievde my M+ a few days ago.
And after a few days use, I`m quite happy with it. Fpr me, it was plug & play with the app and cam.
Next, i will buy that filter to put in front of it.

Not sure, if i need to update any software ?

Cheers.

February 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I have long been a fan of these informative and entertaining reviews and, as a consequence, have a collection of tech including mobius, innovv, Re, which have performed well over the years. I had intended to get a dual system when I next changed vehicles but, after recent dash cam deaths and reading about reliability issues with K1, I found this M6+ review, and consequently added it to my collection via Amazon Prime. I installed it in my Outlander PHEV behind the rear view mirror and cables were reasonably well tucked away. I had a bit of a faff setting up with the app, but I was used to that with the wobbly PHEV app, and main issues were with formatting the SD card. I eventually got connected, did firmware updates and got up and running OK, including, via a RAV power bank, parking mode / time  lapse. I ignored the advice for android users to use the Youmera app and connected direct to a Galaxy S7. There was an MPH option to select along with date format. I'd watched the review a couple of times but hadn't read all the comments before installing and have learned plenty having skimmed through them since, but I doubt I would have understood them without going ahead trying it out first anyway. Playing clips on the app I had no sound (normal?) so I put the the SD card in a laptop and found folders under DCIM as follows:
200 video - clips with sound. (Can I get synchronised gps mapping too?)
201 photo - photos (where I have activated the button)
212 thumbnails - ditto
203 gps - opens a map program but no tracks
206 sport - has lots of txt files with data from the g sensor I presume for the app.
104 edog. a mixture of file types but mainly pcm - "voice" ie sound effects for various traffic features perhaps.
Thinking EDog just related to data overlay, I had enabled that at first but in the light of comments about it being for use in China have disabled it.
Still trying to fathom out the app, to find, view, edit, download and share clips. Under the “Me” section, I have a driving score based on g sensor data and clicking on that dial, I get maps with my tracks on it, which play to show the various routes followed. I don't know how this data got there. Was it transferred live to my phone or have I inadvertently downloaded it? Impressive but I don't want this Big Brother record out of my control. I haven't activated the recommended setting to allow saving of op. Data to the cloud -?! - or auto download captured files -? Perhaps disabling edog will have stopped it?
Hopefully all will become clear after a few more days of play. Perhaps I should re-format the card and start again...
Thanks again for so many helpful reviews and this platform for comments.

February 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterUptodat

Hi , I have one of these and its great. a mate of mine wants to buy some dashcams for trucks he has. does anyone know if these are compatible with being installed in trucks. ie 24 volts.

thanks

glenn

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterglenn

@glenn:
on Ebay you can find lots of adapters 24v->5v
the dashcams don't work on 12V - they work on 5V

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commentertom

Hi
Just bought exact same setup as you. Camera and Cellink battery.
I haven't wired it yet, it's just sitting here recording me powered by a usb power brick.

Q.
How is it going to know I'm parked and go into Parking Mode when its connected to Cellink battery, as it supplies power all the time?
And it supplies power through usb so there's no option of using the 3 wire setup.

Confused!

Gary

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGary

The camera detects a lack of movement...presumably from the motion sensors.

February 17, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks tom

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterglenn

Hello, thank you for this great review.

The M6 Plus seems like a dashcam that fulfils my wishes. On the DDPai website I can't find the M6 or M6 Plus. There is an M4 and an M4 Plus. The lower number suggest lower specs, but apparently it is the "international version". It is (partially matte) black, instead of the shiny Christmas tree decoration look of the M6, and is doesn't have the silly "Hello ping ping pai" message that makes it sound like a toddler's toy.

The M4 has a Sony sensor (should be better in low light) but is limited to 1080p, the M4 Plus has an Omnivision sensor and 1440p. It would be nice to see a comparison of the M6 Plus, M4 and M4 Plus.

So, that is a yes. Yes, keep making these reviews. They are at a professional level compared to the crap some people put at YouTube and call it a review.

February 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

I bought and fitted an M6 plus dashcam recently and I am very pleased with it. As Techmoan says, you need to play around with the app to get the most from it, so I installed eDog as offered in the menu. As nothing happened I emailed the manufacturer. eDog is a speed trap/speed limit notifier that works from a data base that covers only China at the moment. So now you know.

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterR Lees

HI.
I bought camera after watching your review - and I feel i need help.
Camera seems to me working ... BUT... somehow when I'm copying video files to the PC... not all of the are playing (some / most of them) has ERROR - i.e. not playing at any program and cannot be repaired as well (tryed with special programs as well).
It seems to me that it is only recording well till first power of (enjine off) and then when you have started car again - it powered on... and bum... recording something which looks like a file but .. not recognised as a vidoe. I have tried to take the visdoe through IPhone or Andrioid... it just doesnt see that there was any trip ??? .... And it is continously asking e-dog update.. which I do / but then after few minutes again same shi..

Would be veri helpfull if you can review that.

Also I founf DDPAI itself (from the support) - very weak - in fact they have NEVER replied me on any kind of suport.
So ready to drop it in the window as a piece of **** and wasted many.

Thank you,

February 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoman

Have you watched the follow up video that annswers some common questions...including codecs and how to download longer files...it's in the box above.

February 24, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The constant e dog update nagging is so annoying, and for those of us not living in China, totally pointless. The only way I have found to stop it nagging, even when you have applied the update, is to remove the app (delete it) from your phone and then reinstall the app and install the camera again. This seems to work and it now recognises that edog has been updated and stops nagging you to install it. I am using IOS (iphone)

February 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDebs

You may already have noticed, but I thought I'd mention that the camera auto corrects for orientation. Flip the camera over and the picture will flip in a few seconds.

February 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWalter

Have had mine installed for four months now and have sorted the app. out despite the silly updates. Your review convinced me to buy, having had several dash cams in the past that were left unsupported and probably baked. Will wait and see how this responds in the heat of summer (joke).
Very sound advice re sd card ONLY USE XC if large capacity (64gb) is required.
Many thanks for your time and trouble.

John

February 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Trying to get a ddpai m6 plus. I see two versions out there. One by Blueskysea, and the other by Boblov.

I can't see the difference between them. Is this a different factory, version, chip?

Any insight as to which one I should get?

I am in Canada.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I could contact the manufacturer, Ddpai, and negotiate a bulk buy of the Ddpai M6 Plus. The next day I could sell these cameras on Ebay as 'Flyer01 Ddpai M6 Plus'.

This would cause confusion to a guy in Canada, so I won't contact Ddpai. The guy's name? Andrew ☺️

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFlyer01

Andrew I got the Boblov. Exact same thing.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGary

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