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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

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
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
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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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)

Sverre, Let us know how you get on. Which dashcams have you got?
I was thinking of getting the M6+ and a mini2.
Thanks
Anthony

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

Hi Techmoan,
I received my M6 Plus ordered using your ebay link (to the US). Set it up using an iPhone. It makes a short ping sound every few seconds (as it is setting on my kitchen table - I'm going to install it the car tomorrow). Any idea how to stop that ping sound?

Please keep the dashcam reviews coming. I've very much enjoy them.

Thanks,
Don

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDonald Miller

@ Donald Miller

I had the same issue with mine when I first got it, make sure that the Micro SD card that you are using is 64GB or under and is a class 10 card. To fix the issue I formatted the card using the app, to do this first connect the camera to your phone and then go into settings and then camera settings, in there you will be able to format the card under one of the options there and this will stop the beeping. It beeps to let you know that there is no card inserted / it isnt compatible with the camera. Mind said it wasn't compatible but after formatting this fixed the issue.

Also something to keep in mind, I had a previous issue where the camera wasn't picking up the time and date as it gets this information from your phone, and I wasn't able to download the video straight from the camera as shown in the YouTube video Techmoan has done. After emailing them countless times I worked out that it was because my phone was set to a 12 hour clock and not a 24 hour clock, a little annoying but everything works fine as of now and I can't really fault the camera at all. You may not run into this issue, but if you do at least you know how to solve it.

If the above suggestion didn't fix the beeping problem then I would contact them, I will add an email for them below and he seems to get back to you quite quickly.

kevinlee@vyoutech.com. - This is the marketing manager.

Do let us know how you got on.

Adam L

July 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdam L

@Adam L
Thanks for the suggestion. I tried another SD card (a known good 16gb class 6) and formatted it using the phone app and the periodic beep stopped. I ordered a new 32gb class 10 card and will use it when it arrives. FYI - The card that was beeping was a 64gb U3 SDXC brand name card (brand new and formatted using the dashcam phone app). I'm thinking the M6 Plus might not work with 64gb sd which is why I ordered a 32gb just now.

Thanks again,
Don

July 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDonald Miller

Hi Guys,

I also received my M6+ Thursday last week and love it, it just works, I ordered it from Amazon UK even thought it's stated as being made by Boblov and not DDPai, but it is a DDPai M6+ Camera.

I also had the pinging noise when I first received installed the Camera and installed a 64Gb PNY Card, and can confirm after formatting, works perfectly.

I've also ordered from eBay a Polarizing Lens Sticker which will report back on when received as I do have reflection from the Dashboard.

I also email kevinlee at DDPai and requested if it was possible to also be able to select MPH, and they came back saying,
"Thanks for your advise and I will forwarder to our R&D and marketing department to check possible to provide options for KMH and MPH in APP. If ok, we will upgrade our APP."

So time will tell, and sorry to seem to have gone on a little.

July 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarkMBR

Hey Don.Did you try formatting the card in computer to FAT32 then format in camera?
One of my other dashcams 64gb would not work formatted in camera had to format FAT32 first.

July 18, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

Hi there, love the blog. Great help in making my first purchase. Tried the e-prance but just can't make it comfortably fit under my rear view mirror in a way I'm happy with so now considering this camera. Tw questions if you don't mind, what she the exact total diameters of this camera in the bracket, and second, do you know of a next day delivery seller in the uk? Cheers

July 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Thanks for the comprehensive review. I ordered one from Amazon on the 10/8 and it arrived 18/8 so pretty quick.

I was a little disappointed in the metallic brown colour rather than the usual black but other than that it seems fine. Whilst the app is a little quirky it does have some nice features.

I thought I read, or heard in your video, that you couldn't confirm if it worked with a 64Gb card. I can confirm that it does.

Overall, very pleased.

July 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

Hello,

Great review! I got my M6+ delivered today, still in testing it, but really like it so far.

Few things I noticed:

- DDPai app from Google Play store would not connect to the cam, had to download it directly from DDpai.com (android 6.0.1)
- works fine with 64gb microsd card

- the remote does not seem to work, not sure if this has to be enabled somewhere?

Cheers,
Arthur

July 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArthur

Remote paring is a function in the app....

July 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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