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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
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
Drift Ghost X

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)

Try to connect with your car completely off. Sometimes, the car's Bluetooth can interfere with the camera's wifi. Take it inside your home or use a USB battery pack with at least 2.1A. Just a suggestion to try.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert

Mark, have you tried resetting the cam with the little recessed button next to the micro sd slot?

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

@richard how is your samsung evo card working.im having a nightmare the app wont format my 32g sandisk or my kingston 64 gig i have 2 cameras and its the same in both.im thinking of giving the samsung evo plus card one last chance before it jumps back on airmail.i get ansers of ddpai support but its a slow process.for instance i said the camera constantly makes a ding noise her anser was to turn volume down.my gps still shows china under live preview.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

What format are your cards in at the moment. FAT32, NTFS, HFS+ ?

August 11, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Paul,
Sorry to hear your having such a problem. My Samsung Evo sdxc 128gb is working just fine so far. I got it from Mymemory.com rather than risk dodgy ebay copies, it wasn't dear either at £25 (strangely they also had the same card listed at £44!)

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

fat 32 my 32 gig was working great so i tryed to format it failed at 50 per cent.the 2 64 gig cards wont format anywere either on computer or app used 8 different softwares but kept saying partition collapsed .i would have blamed the 64 gig cards maybe defective but the 32 gig card id used in my other camera over a year without issue

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

I have been looking for windows based software to playback journey videos and provide maps to the gps data; similar to the ddpai mobile app.
These are the best I have found so far:

The Mac & Windows Dashcam Viewer software is available here.
https://dashcamviewer.com/

The popular Windows GPS Playback program Registrator Viewer can be downloaded here.
http://www.registratorviewer.com/index_en.html

I have tried the above programs as recommended by Techmoan in the 0803 review.
So far I have had mixed success with the ddpai m6+

Dashcam viewer is the nicer looking of the two with more advanced features but I've had no joy getting it to sync the gps bits and it isn't automatically coping with the file structure of the recordings although it will play manually selected clips. (I am talking to the developer in the hope of getting a compatible driver.)

Registration Viewer is very similar but with a less professional finish, however it does work much better. It associates all the video clips from each driving session together and automatically ties them to the gps data. I had a couple of files where the gps wasn't automatically linked for some reason but for these you can manually tie them together.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

Techmoan,
Some of my posts say they will appear shortly but never do, not sure why when others work just fine unless some of them aren't passing moderation for some reason?

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

If they won't format on the computer - that can only be a card fault unless I'm misunderstanding something,
The camera beeps when the card is faulty...everything sounds like it's doing what it should do.You really need some new cards - decent cards, from a real store, that sells legitimate cards.
If the 32GB card doesn't work with this camera - I don't know why, perhaps it's too slow - anyway regardless of why, no use crying over spilt milk, a new real 32GB Class 10 Samsung card can be bought for under £10, so it's a problem that can be easily and cheaply resolved.

August 11, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

thanks david and matt.im sending the cards back i realize you get what you pay for like the ultra and pro type cards but is this samsung evo plus fast enough for the vidio on the cam?i just cant fathom my 32 card all of a sudden doing the same as the other two cards.is it possible the cards get to hot with hardwiring the cam.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

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