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(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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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: - 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:

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. 


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 (666)

there is a setting somewhere through the app to turn the messages completely off.
However as it does not seem to work stable in my car, I prefer to leave the message on so I know it's working.

July 26, 2017 | Unregistered Commentertom

In camera settings turn off the "greeting message" or something similar. That will do it for you.

July 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLucian

Hi yngve
you can turn the start song off in the camera advanced settings

July 26, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermax400

On the strength of the review I bought the DDpai M6 but I am a little disappointed. The quality of the picture doesn't seen to be that good it's fitted with a CPL. Also my app is not the same it's version 5.7.5 it doesn't have the time lapse setting and if you touch the picture as demonstrated the icons for editing and scissors don't appear it doesn't seem to work well at all.
I have deleted and reinstalled the app a number of times with the same results.

August 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGasman

Do you have the picture quality settings up to max? In full res its pretty spectacular. App wont affect image quality in any way (apart from if you set the settings low of course!).

new version of app is a little frustrating i admit - not so easy to cut and download but fine when you get used to it.

Here's a youtube compressed image in 1440 res, average lighting:

And here's a picture from it, straight off the camera:

August 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJames

I made a previous post saying I had problems and was disappointed. I have sorted this at last the brand new card I used was dodgy from Amazon. Replaced this and viola working camera. Still don't like the app and functionality.

August 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGasman

I've had the M6+ for a while but it's getting increasingly flaky - random reboots, sometimes every few days, sometimes minutes apart, sometimes so frequent you can't connect to it with the app. Does not appear to be card related ( tried several, reformatted etc.) or temperature related ( not only when hot or cold). Started doing it a while ago after a firmware update, another soon after seemed to fix it but
If you don't have the startup "song" enabled, your cam could be doing this and missing chunks of footage without you ever knowing, so I;d strongly advise enabling it.
The Android app is utterly awful - very hit & miss connection process, some things (like reviewing and downloading footage) simply don't work if you have the phone in portrait orientation.

August 25, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermikeselectricstuff

I've been having problems with random restarts since an online update. Have tried all firmwares available but no solution.
My dashcam is constantly powered and works fine until there's a bit of sun and outside +20°C then the dashcam seems to overheat and constantly restarts. But I unplug it then and replug and then it works ok again, as the a/c of the car is working then.

COntacted the reseller for warranty: he of course refers to the manufacturer in China - they state it may be related to the heat.
So be warned when you want to use this in a sunny country! My other daschams 'Mobius do NOT have this problem)

major design flaw!

August 25, 2017 | Unregistered Commentertom

Got two of them running daily, had them since early 2016. They've run solidly through 28C external temp days, including when the car has sat baking in the sun all day and internal temp is too much to get into from a human perspective.

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjames

@ James: are your dashcams constantly powered (24/7)?

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commentertom

Nope, ignition controlled. Average usage for each would be 45 minutes twice a day plus maybe 30 extra minutes every other day, and a few hours over the weekend.

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjames

Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere, but my M6+ has started doing something slightly odd of late - a couple of times I have come back to the car and it has been speaking a message in Chinese at approximately 10 second intervals. I have no idea what it is saying and using Google translate has been no use whatsoever. Logging into the camera it all seems to be working OK, and when doing it while in the car it gives the startup sound so I assume it is not working while it is repeating the message. Anybody any idea what it is? It is wired in to run permanently (with a 6 hour timeout in park mode to stop it flattening the car battery). It has been quite warm lately, is it overheating?

Regarding them being glitchy in heat and rebooting I have found mine giving me the startup sound after getting back in the car after a few hours on hot days - I assume it gets too hot and shuts itself down. I'd rather it did this than damaged itself!

Anybody found anything that beats this yet? I've been pretty happy with mine but I need a rear camera and the app is rubbish and still suffers from connection problems even when you switch mobile data off on an Android phone...

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Any message that's being repeated at regular intervals would be an error/warning/emergency. The only thing that can go wrong with a dashcam is a faulty memory card. The solution will be to replace the card. You could also try formatting it.

August 28, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

If you ever want a translation of the Chinese then record the phrase a couple of times on your mobile and go along to your local Chinese takeaway. I did and they were extremely helpful. They also rounded down my bill and gave me a free pancake roll. (This could be a directive from Li Keqiang to boost china's trade......but then who cares?)

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohidd

Hi first of all thank you, I have been watching your very helpful detailed reviews of dash cams and I have the both of your favorite ones, DDPai M6 and the Mini 806, I just seen this ddpai X2 PRO is there any chance of you reviewing it

August 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRaihen

Unfortunately too many people have had problems with their DDPai cameras (see comments above)...I won't be reviewing any more of their range.

August 30, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Based on your video review I bought the DdPai M6+ for my wife's car, and within 2 weeks she was stopped in traffic for a red stoplight when the car behind her was rear-ended by a pickup truck. That car was pushed into the rear of my wife's car. The pickup truck driver tried to escape and drive away, but the M6+ recorded it all and we were able to provide the police with a still photo using the snapshot button and a video on CD. The pickup driver was found the next day and was issued 5 traffic citations. The photo and CD will be used in court as evidence, so my wife does not have to appear in court as a witness. I have also installed a DdPai mini for the back window, and it works fine with the ios app. Is there a way to use one snapshot button for both cameras?

August 30, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterhughjazz

Dear Mr Techmoan,
Unfortunately, with many people, these days, not willing to take responsibility for their own decisions, you are going to get some stick for whatever you recommend! But I was just interested as to whether you are still using your DDPai M6+. Mine is working brilliantly. But, initially, I thought I had a one hour time shift problem, which I complained about and received a £25.00 rebate! I now believe it depends as to which satellite is governing the GPS as you can occasionally see the time jump an hour when the GPS cuts in. Thank you for your reviews and I'm sorry that they won't be continuing.

August 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoHidd

If you look at the second video at 20:22 - at the top of the screen there is a menu option "Remote Control Pairing" - you "might' be able to use this to pair one remote to control two devices. Just select the remote that currently doesn't operate the camera and pair it to it with this...and then see if it also operates the other camera at the same time.

August 31, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@JoHidd - I'm still using my M6+ in my car with no problems. You can see I spent a lot of time explaining how to use the app - and basics why a decent MicroSD card of the right capacity is a must, not an option.....but still almost all the feedback was negative. It's more hassle than I need, I never wanted to work as unpaid tech support for a Chinese company. So despite this camera having amongst the least amount of settings of any dashcam I've reviewed, it looks like I'll have to find even simpler devices in the future. I'll also be avoiding any cameras that use mobile phone apps as it seems like this is a particular sticking point for a lot of people.

August 31, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I've got Android APP v5.7.4.0713 and I too find the "download video to phone" feature frustrating, I cant see how to save a selected period of time as a video. On TM's apple phone he has 2 bars to easy select the start position and then the length, we only have that top bar and can't select length.

I cant find any usable instructions anywhere either.

September 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Wood

I like the physical factor of this dashcam. The quality of the video is also very good. However, the user interface simply sucks. The Chinese only prompts are annoying enough, but in last 3 weeks my anti-virus on Android keeps warning me about DDPai app being a spyware and wants to delete it. THis pretty much does it for me. I will be looking for a new dashcam. I wonder if this is me, or .... Steve babe ... start to look for a new dashcam. :)

September 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBoggy

Boggy, I have had no unusual activity generated from the Android app. I have checked it with 3 virus checkers and captured data transmitted by app which appears to be a simple hand shake and version check (I don't subscribe to their share service).

September 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Still isssues here, Android Galaxy 7, all updates. It is impossible to find the video clips with the app. I know the quirky process because I managed twice to actually start a download but since a week I had no success at all to start any download.
The connection for live preview always works pretty good. Bandwidth should not be a problem. The few times I had a download going it was about 1MByte/s, about 3 minutes downloading for 3 minutes video. However very often you can't find the drive you just did on the timeline, I guess it is then updating the index with thumbnails. When the time does appear on the timeline the thumbnails or icons tend to be the same for every minute, normally some picture from the day before. Example: Even when you drove the whole day in the sun, browsing the timeline shows only the rainy evening of the day before. Starting a download is useless because it just gives you the spinning logo.
GPS information is also not transfered to the phone. I see the drives (with the 1 hour misalignment) but no milage or map. I saw a short section (1km) of a 15km drive once. That is about it. GPS reception is okay since the speed indicator on the videos (after transfering from SD card, seems to work)
Images shot with the remote are downloaded to the phone in an extremely low resolution, like it is 160x160 pixels.

Currently I also seem to be stuck in an upgrade loop.

@Techmoan: maybe you want to edit the article itself or the title. It did make me buy the cam only after going through the many comments I discovered it might not always work as well as expected.

September 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMrCam

@MrCam: you might try the other android app: Youmera - it seems to be more stable.

September 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commentertom

In some update of the app I've lost trip maps (or can no longer find them). If I go into the menu of "Me" I can see some data about the latest trip, and if I open "My trip" (by tapping the latest trip) I get a list of my trips. But I can't open them? Earlier, I could see the gps data for every trip, but this is no longer possible for any trips. Any tips?

September 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterYngve

@tom Great tip! At least it looks cleaner without all the social rubbish and I got one download going within a minute or two.

September 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMrCam

The DDPAI application no longer seems to be available on the android app store (google play)

September 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

Dear Techmoan
Great review as always. Sad news though, I've just been emailed from Boblov on Amazon that it is no longer available, discontinued.

September 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Hayward

A year or so is about normal for an electronics product to be on the market. I believe the DDPai company are working on a deal with a large retailer in the U.K. so it might just be the rebadged Boblov model that's been discontinued completely.

September 17, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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