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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)

Thanks for the great review, I've been thinking of a dash cam for a while.

ddpai also do a mini2 which seems to be the same specs as the M6+ but without GPS and its the usual smaller barrel shape.

I was thinking of getting the M6+ for the front and mini2 for the rear but the problem is I can't find anywhere to buy the mini2.

If 2 cameras are used and you press the button/trigger thing, do you know if video from both cameras get stored?

Also the specs for the M6+ on the ddpai website say it takes 128GB cards

Thanks

July 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

The features on the DDPai cameras only become apparent once you've experimented with them. Nothing appears to be written down or documented. So the only way to find out if two cameras can share the same wifi, or one button can operate two cameras or whether the Mini 2 is as good as the M6+ will be to try it and have a go.

Re the 128gb. The manual says 32GB...later it says 64GB, the box says 64GB and the website says 128gb...so again it's something that will have to be found out through trial and error.

To some people that would be annoying, but to me it's fun to discover the tricks. A bit like when you buy a smartphone...there's no manual, it's all about experimentation.

July 1, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have a windows phone (Nokia Lumia 950) and quite fancy the DDPAI M6 plus. Has anyone managed to combine the two?

July 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMark S

Thanks so much for the review, I really enjoy your reviews so please don't stop! Just about to order the DDpai M6+ from eBay but need to check to measurements of it first. Are the measurements on the box anywhere at all? I don't want to order it to then find its too big for my screen.

Cheers

July 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Referring to the trial of ddpai. Dash cam I am most interested in the motion detect aspect, will it detect motion further away than say 10 metres and will it only record when it detects. Would The 6 hours of film on a 32g sd card mentioned represent numerous days cover if car left in a car park aweek

July 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMickym

Thank you Matt for this great video review. Please, please, please keep reviewing new dash cam models. Your reviews are great and very informative, and not boring at all.

To be honest I had never heard of DDpai dash cam brand before your review. Your review of this dash cam has got me wandering whether I should now go ahead with the purchase of another dash cam brand and model I had my heart set on prior to this.

Up until now I had my heart set on purchasing a new forthcoming dual dash cam model from 'Thinkware', the F770 model, due to the good reviews I had read of this brand from members of another dash cam discussion site, and also because of its new time lapse parking feature (the same feature that has been reviewed for this DDPai dash cam). I too was planning on purchasing the Thinkware dash cam with the 'Cellink B' hard wire battery pack.

Your video review of the DDPai has now left me wandering whether the extra cost for purchasing the new and forthcoming F770 model is worth the wait (since it has not yet been released in the UK and is likely to be considerably more expensive, also if the video quality is likely to be any better than the DDPai).

Would you be kind enough to review the forthcoming Thinkware F770 model? I would love to know how it compares with the DDPai model you have just reviewed, especially its video quality, time lapse parking feature and its claimed 'super night vision '.

Thank you.

July 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMT77

I think you should keep doing DashCam videos. Here is my take

New DashCams with new features need new video reviews and I happen to like yours.

I hope the vote has the same view as well

July 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Alexander

I want a dashcam with wifi viewing that can be flipped left to right. Is there such a product? Why would I want that? I have a campervan with a rear window on which I mount a GoPro. I link it to my iPhone and use it as a rear view mirror - except it doesn't reverse the view and can be confusing at times. Any ideas?

July 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPete

Having looked at the manufactures own video I notice that there is a locking screw on the ball joint that the camera in position, however, in your video I notice there is a small brass female screw thread on your mount, but no male screw, have they done away with this locking facility or does yours have a missing screw? PS - Really liked your video and please keep doing carcam reviews.

July 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMartin in Wales

Hi again TM..Just bought the ddpai awaiting delivery.Time to retire the a118.

The app seems to work okay on my old motorola xoom tablet running Jellybean.
Can't test further until camera arrives but app opens and everything appears to be there.
Thanks for encouraging me to part with more money for a new toy.....

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

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