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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)

Hi Mat,

I loved your reviews but now I have a question for you,
I have a motorcycle with a big windshield (Suzuki V-Strom)
for a long time I'm wondering if I should buy a camera but dont like those stock to the helmet.
What you think, can I mount it to my windshield and just take the camera with me when I park outside?
Is it gonna hold and not going to fall off while riding?

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterYanai

It won't hold and it will probably also shake like heck. I definitely wouldn't use a dashcam on a bike.

July 8, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan,

I've enjoyed all your dashcam videos. It's only fair I supported you when I finally saw a dashcam that ticked enough of my boxes, so I purchased x two M6 plus dashcams via your ebay link.

July 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Thanks for that, I hope you like them as much as I like mine.

July 9, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Dear Techmoan, thanks for all your reviews. The DDpai really caught my eye and I would like to import it to Germany.
I am worried because of our customs though.
As you got one of the m6+ already, you should be able to answer my question:

Does the DDpai m6+ comply to the CE-Certification?
I know that for sure it would be withhold by the customs if it does not and I want to minimize the risk.

July 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermuhkuh2005

HI Techmoan I have got a 806 and I bought it after seeing it on your web site, my second dash cam. well you are right it was good for awhile about 12 months I think, but now it sometimes records sometimes won't depends on what it feels like. even if I push the record button, the heat can be a bit warm here in Australia sometimes and behind a windscreen even more.

I have just ordered one on ebay after seeing this review, don't stop reviewing dash cams where will we get good advice from if you do Techmoan ? Keep up the good work.

Thanks Heaps

July 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenternutbagbob

Thanks for the review of this camera, mine arrived this morning and I am really pleased with it, posted last Monday from China so only took a week to arrive.

In your video you mentioned a noise caused by the magnetic mount when you were using the previous version of this camera. I do have some noise with this camera but it’s not as prevalent as yours was, so overall very happy with the camera, thanks for pointing me in that direction, and please do keep up the carcam reviews.

July 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMartin in Wales

Hi,

I decided to purchase the camera due to the review it was given here and I have been looking for a good dash cam to get for years. The camera was delivered to me yesterday and I know this comment section isn't for tech support but I have found that when previewing the camera view and clicking on the scissor icon I am not able to download any of the video that it has recorded. I know you can only download a limited amount of video but It looks as if it attempts to download and 0% flashes up for a split second and then straight away says 'Downloading Failed' I have tried my best to find a solution but have found nothing and was wondering if anyone here had come across this problem. The iPhone app is up to date and the camera is version v3.3.0.31 and I believe this to be the most recent version (as of yesterday). If anyone could help me with this or point me in the right direction of getting it solved I would very much appreciate it.

Regards,
Adam

July 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdam L

New to the world of dash cams. Such alot to consider with my main worry being reliability. So very interested to find your review of the Ddpai M6+. Please continue with future camera reviews and would appreciate reflective updates on previously recommended units, say after 3-4 weeks and thereafter at 3-4 months, say covering any problems and the level of support obtained from the seller and manufacturer.

July 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Has anyone figured out how to get the picture-in-picture mode to work? The app and their website suggests that you should click the remote button of both cameras five times to pair them, i get a chinese voice prompt but they still present two different wifi networks that I have to switch between manually. It would be really cool if they could form one big wifi network so you coulkd preview both cams at once!

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSverre

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