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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)

I apologize if you mentioned this in the video. But does the camera + app support live view?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterUnni

Regarding my question on live view, I got the answer from your video itself that it supports live view.

I have one more question. Do you feel that the mount will be suitable for attaching and removing the camera every day?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterUnni

Thanks for the FM interference advice. I hadn't spotted that. As USB leads are a minefield do you have any that you recommend? Are low profile ones any good?
Thanks

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteral

I wrote an article about cables a while ago with some links... http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2014/7/19/batteries-cables-and-confusion.html
However watch out for fake products...my advice buy direct from Amazon on prime....not from one of the resellers on Amazon, use Amazon Direct (they won't stock fakes in their own warehouses)...then look at the reviews and pay a premium for a quality cable...and a dual (two sockets always come in handy) 12v to 5v USB 2.1amp adaptor.
Some people decide to try and go cheap on their adaptor, wires and SD card and then wonder why their £100 dashcam doesn't work properly....all for the sake of saving £5.

June 30, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@UNni...Yes, I don't see why not.

June 30, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well, if you pay with PayPal, you can get $15 off. For a VERY short time.

I just bought one...

http://pages.ebay.com/promo/2016/0630/CruiseN2Summer.html

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterViper DaSnake

Thanks for another great review, keep them coming :) Can you tell me if your Ebay seller marks the package to a particular value to avoid any possible duty charges or is there still a risk that I could get chargeed with additional costs when delivered? Thank you.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Been reading your site and watching your videos since someone crashed into me about 3 months ago, Was going for the discreet cheap one but saw this today and -click- bought. Thanks for the advice and keep it coming.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMario

@Steve...I think they might but I'm not 100% sure as I get so many things delivered and pay out so regularly for duties...I don't remember who does and who doesn't mark things down.

June 30, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

For those that have expressed an interest in purchasing extra windscreen adhesive mounting pads to enable this device to be moved from vehicle to vehicle, I have been unable to find them anywhere.

I contacted DDpai and they have confirmed at the present time they are not available. If more people express an interest and send an email to kevinlee@vyoutech.com they will pass on your concerns to their marketing department.

Failing this, has anybody got a 3D printer? :-)

July 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaulo1221

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