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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

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A119
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Polaroid Cube+
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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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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). 

 UK   US   AU   DE   AT   BE   CA   CH   ES   IE   IT   NL

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)

@tom : it after a promising start the Youmera app als stopped working. Like it is stuck and can't get new video's anymore. The live-view connection is fine and quite quick.

September 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMrCam

Hi , can you tell me why my iPad does not allow the fisheye to be turned off on my ddpai m6 plus when it has a switch to do it on the phone apps .?
Regards
Frank

September 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

@Frank: wth is "the fisheye"? strange phrase construction " to be turned off on my ddpai m6 plus when it has a switch to do it on the phone apps .?" - no idea what you mean...

@mrcam: no idea - may start/restart?

September 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commentertom

I am very interested in your reviewing the DDPai X2 Pro. Do you expect to get one and test it any time soon? It seems to have some fascinating new capabilities beyond what the M6+ has. Please review it soon.

September 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRon

@Ron,

I wouldn't expect a review on a DDPai camera any time in the near future based on the level of help that's been requested of Mat just for this M6+. And based on the experiences reported in this thread, I certainly wouldn't be considering purchasing a camera from them, either. heh. Seems like "quality control" means, to DDPai, that as long as the software compiles and the camera doesn't break before being boxed, then quality has been controlled!

I really wanted one of these when they first came out, and the battery is what put me off from purchasing it in the beginning. I guess I owe a big "thank you" to everyone else here who did purchase one and has had to deal with all the quirks and bugs (and probably also the buyer's remorse), because that's what has kept me from buying one in spite of the battery.

September 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterC. Smith

@tom,

Let me Google that for you: http://bfy.tw/E7F2

September 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterC. Smith

@ C.Smith:
- I know what fisheye means, but I have no idea where or even if you can turn it on/off on the dashcam.
- you are correct that this dashcam is not the quality a dashcam deserves, mainly on stability. I also have a Mobius (slightly cheaper) but that has literally NEVER failed me. One would want a dashcam that ALWAYS works.
- within this thread I've answered several questions, but the actual reviewer has almost not replied any, which is not the idea of this forum, as always, a forum is more meant for all readers to help eachother out.

September 25, 2017 | Unregistered Commentertom

The reason I haven't responded is because I've never updated the firmware on my camera and I've never had any problems with the IOS app....possibly because I don't use it. The camera records automatically all the time and that's it. I don't download video via the app, I don't use it to change any settings. From time to time I'll pull out the SD card and copy a file or two to my computer via USB.

I made two very elaborate videos trying to explain this camera over a year ago, but I've since moved on to other projects. I can't provide indefinite product support for everything I've ever a video about and the expected level of customer support that the dashcam reviews generated have forced me to stop reviewing them.

I removed this camera from my recommended list some time last year due to the confusion it generated and I also shelved a review a DDpai Mini camera before I even started due to the feedback from the M6+. I've also refused a number of new cameras recently offered to me by the Manufacturer.

September 25, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I'm still using my DDPai M6+, even with its bugs (and there are multiple) and poor design choices in the app. The camera works well, the GPS-logging seems to be broken on mine. For the price, I have no buyers remorse - but my next camera will be from a more renowned manufacturer.

@Mat, I can only speak for myself, but I respect that this is "just a blog post" with a review. I never expected you to support or even reply to any questions and problems posted here. I was however, hoping (not expecting) that someone would help out if they knew the answer. Even if this certainly is not a forum, I haven't found a better place online for discussing this particular dashcam. :)

I hope you will change your stance on reviewing dashcams in the future. Mostly because you can review an egg, and I would still watch it.

September 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterYngve

I've been very pleased with mine for many months now. I don't routinely download anything from the camera, just occasionally check it is still making recordings. Needing to install it on a different car, I was pleased to find that you can now buy replacement sticky pads on Amazon. Pack of two including two new baseplates (very sensible!) was about £10. The old one came off with no difficulty and left no marks in the screen..

September 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

Hi guys,
After numerous rviews and getting sick of cheap dashcams, I have decided to buy the M6+ but the ebay UK link to the estore says that its no longer available. Does anyone have any other reliable store from where I can buy this cam?
Thanks

October 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKamran

@Kamran

I don't think this model of camera is being sold anywhere anymore. Have you read all the comments in this thread about this camera? If not, I would strongly recommend you do before purchasing, should you manage to find somewhere still selling this camera.

October 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterC. Smith

@C. Smith

Iv found a couple of sellers on ebay but not quite sure about them. I have read all the comments and i know that there are some issues with this cam but the problem is that I cant really find any other similar cam with all these features in this type of form factor.
Do you have any recommendations please for alternatives?

October 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKamran

@Kamran

I'm planning to put a Viofo A119S in my daily commuter in January. It's a single camera system, and uses a capacitor instead of a battery. Among other things, it's got good low light recording quality (darkness/twilight), a relatively small form factor, and I believe that Viofo has added a parking mode (which, for me, is a bonus currently). I'm not sure if it's got a mobile app that lets you interact with it or not and I cannot currently recall whether it's got WiFi.

The other camera I've been considering is the VicoVation Opia2. Also a single camera system with a capacitor. I know that to get parking mode enabled you have to install a power monitoring device from VicoVation. It records in 2k video (1440p) and can record @ 60fps @ 1080p. If I recall correctly, it can be connected to over WiFi.

The Viofo is ~$120 US on Newegg, while the VicoVation is ~$250 for the camera and another $55 for the power monitoring device.

October 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterC. Smith

@C. Smith


Thanks, I am considering Viofo A119s but the lack of wifi is the issue for me. I will look into VicoVation. Do post your experience with it.

October 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKamran

@Kamran

If you're looking for a dual camera system, check out the BlackVue DR650S or BlackVue DR750S. The 750S was just released for sale recently. The 650S has very good reviews. Both have a parking mode, wifi access, use capacitors instead of batteries, and have good low light quality. The 750S's front camera can record @ 60 fps @ 1080p, while the 650S is only capable of 30 fps and its rear camera is 720p instead of full HD (like the 750S).

This is what I am going to install in my conversion van (1995 GMC Vandura 2500) because the rear camera doesn't have any access to power, except by connecting to the front camera.

October 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterC. Smith

I've got a new camera on test at the moment. It's simple but effective. No GPS, no Parking Mode, it does have WiFi and uses a battery. I may be wrong, but it seems that if you want WiFi you usually have to get a camera with a battery.

Now as far as the M6+ goes, I'm still using mine, it's still working fine...but it seems like I'm in the minority and I use IOS - anyone using Android is having issues. I no longer recommend it because of the problems other people have had and also it's discontinued anyway.

October 24, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@ C. Smith

750S/650s look super nice but unfortunately are out of my budget, will keep an eye out on the price as hopefuly there might be some deals on BlackFriday :)

@Techmoan I use an iPhone so thats a positive for me :) what camera are you currently testing, can you share?

October 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKamran

Not sure if it helps, but just checked and you can still buy it on a amazon, with next day delivery too

Here’s the Link: DDPai M6 Plus WiFi HD 1440P (2K) Dash Cam, GPS Logger, 140 Degree Wide Angle, Night Vision, Loop Recording, Parking Monitor, Snapshot Button, Storage Up To 128GB, Android & iOS APP; https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LWAKCVY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_z.37zbR842GEP

Mark.

October 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarkieMBR

Thanks @MarkieMBR for the link but I ordered it from here earlier today which cost me around £80, would have bought it from Amazon if that wasnt the case. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-shipping-DDPAI-M6-Plus-HD-1440P-WIFI-Car-Dash-Video-Record-GPS-Camera-DVR-Remote/32663109883.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.RWQNOP

October 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKamran

Hi all,

can i use to power this adapter ? Output is 2,4A not 2,1A. Is it big difference ?

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Baseus-Car-Charger-For-iPhone-samsung-2-Usb-Smart-Mobile-Phone-Car-Usb-Charger-For-iPad/32800508631.html?spm=a2g0s.13010208.99999999.262.PjSIxb

October 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

DDPai M6+ uses about 0,6 A from USB. So almost any usb charger will be ok.

October 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGrzegorzPL

Hi Mat and all, HELP!
Just fixed a DDpai M6+ dashcam in a DS4 following Techmoan's excellent review as always.( I have an Viofo A119 in my other car after his review.). The video playback on my Mac Pro is centre sharp but trees seem to show blocking artefacts though the pause picture is sharper? More concerning is the constant noise like a rattle/vibrating sound underlying the engine and road noise as if is vibrating at the magnetic contact, though nowhere as loud as Techmoan's test of the first DDpai M6! I am using a new 16gb Transcend class 10 High Endurance card and playback on the Mac's QT player and also on the VLC app. The Dashcam Viewer app on the Mac only plays back sound, no video.

Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.
Neill Alexander.

October 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNeill Alexander

It’s most likely the gap between the disc stuck to the windscreen and the mount that slides onto it. It’s happened to others, including me. Just put a bit of something inbetween the two, I stuck a bit of duct tape to one side...just to make the mount a firmer fit...it’s been perfect since.

October 28, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I know this is an old review Techmoan because I bought my M6+ after watching it. An excellent piece tool My M6+ has been working perfectly for over a year now with no issues. Performs exactly as your video shows. The only caveat I would put up is that you must use a good quality sd card which is not necessarily what comes with it. Also XC grade as per your suggestion. I notice that the cards are no longer supplied with the cameras.
I might try the latest Ddpai offering, the Xpro in another vehicle. Looks great and with a capacitor too.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

My M6plus is also working perfectly almost for a year now. The speed/quality of the SD-card is very important indeed.

November 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArthur

Mines still working flawlessly and I'm really happy with it. Never misses a beat, always responds as requested, app never crashes. App interface change took a bit of getting used to but functions fine.

Beats the k1s that flakes out 30 times a trip, that's for sure.

November 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Are you using the IOS or Android App?

November 4, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Dashcam Review: DDPai M6+ is the best mini cam I've used
Do you still hold the same opinion. I was so impressed that you would make such a claim that I bought one without hesitation. It's a beautiful piece of engineering but I don't think these folks care about English speaking markets. It's been a year now, and except for basic descriptions, their support is all Chinese. Updates are ALL in Chinese, and they've yet to add MPH, etc.

I also hated the reflective bronze finish so I spray painted it flat black.

Also I don't like having to scrounge up a pc to download the chip. They don't like Apple

Their support is primitive.

Anyway, it's still a fine system, just not universal. There market could be so much larger.

I suspect you had not had an opportunity to really evaluate the areas I commented on but if you or anyone else reading this could prompt them to begin support for English/US it would be much appreciated.

November 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteveLawson

Sorry...I was reading posts from 2016. Latest posts answered some of my questions. Guess I'll just go back to the simple Mobius. Simple and efficient. Just hate to give up the iPhone control.

November 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteveLawson

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