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Pick of the Camera Reviews

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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)

Many thanks for a very comprehensive review of the DDpai M6+.
I decided to purchase one from the UK eBay link supplied, but was disappointed to find that certain areas of the United Kingdom are excluded, Northern Ireland being one of them.
Has anyone else experienced this problem?
Perhaps in the not too distant future this dash cam will be more generally available, maybe even with a UK based supplier.
Ivor Mac

July 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIvor Mac

The camera it's gone start recording when the engine is starting or I need to use the app? Thanks.

July 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeb

It starts recording as soon as you give it Power.

It is an awesome Camera, very happy with mine.

Hope that helps.

July 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarkieMBR

Very good review as always. My camera arrived within 10 days of ordering. The night time footage is the best I've seen in a dashcam. There are a few improvements they could make to the App. The facility to edit the downloaded file to exactly the length you want is very good. Although it can be tricky to find the start and endpoints by just scrolling through the thumbnails. I get "video playback error" when trying to play a downloaded video inside the app (iphone 5c). An option to save the video file directly to the phone storage would be useful. Currently, you have to open the video file in the app, then click on very tiny "file save" button. Not intuitive.

Also, when I view an .mp4 file on the computer, numberplates of nearby cars are not clear when the the footage is paused. However, I notice even on youtube I could read numberplates when it's paused. What do other people use to view files?

I'm very keen to see how the dual camera setup would work.

July 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Quite pleased with camera overall.

Was confused why the date was completely wrong until I read a previous post saying it gets the date information from your phone, and is unable to if your phone is set to a 12 hour time. Set my phone to 24 hour and now that is fixed. I did try the reset button, but that doesn't seem to anything at all??

The 'start song' I thought initially was quite querky, but now just bugs me. So I have turned that off, great. But wish I could turn off when it says it has a GPS lock in Chinese too.

Also I would like the option to set the speed to MPH as at the moment it is only in KPH

July 22, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersteve

Some one mentioned they were thinking about getting a M6+ (front) and a Mini2 (rear). Just ordered a Ddpai Mini2 from the ebay uk supplier recommended here Techmoan. Having been monitoring Amazon uk and Ebay uk and today it appeared.

July 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Travel buddy that would be me. Did you also get an M6+ to go with it?

July 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

Anthony. I just ordered the mini2 for now and will make a decision to get another if it turns out to be usable and reliable.

July 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Hi from Canberra (Aus)
Installed a DDpai M6 plus yesterday (thanks Mat, for your terrific review(s) - they were very helpful in choosing my dash cam).
Set up was straight forward (few hiccups initially, using android phone with DDpai APP, due to repeated "poor network" advice - but eventually the set-up process proved to be easy - as have subsequent setting changes - I switched to a Samsung tablet (10" S-tab) with DDpai App as the control tool. It works well and is also much easier for viewing live stream from the M6 plus).
A 128GB Samsung Pro SD card works well in the M6+..
Week or two ago, I contacted Kevin (Sales Mgr DDpai) with question about availability of the Mini2 (to use as a rear cam with ultra HD capability). Kevin advised that it is not yet avail on international market (presumably he meant availability thru an approved distributor - I bought my M6 plus thru the eBay supplier suggested by Mat - absolutely no problems at all with the process - even though I probably do not have any warranty on the item, I'll certainly use same HK based supplier again in the future).
Keven also stressed that the Mini2 is NOT currently compatible as Guest cam (rear cam) for the M6 plus.
He advised that the lesser quality Mini is suitable (given the impressive performance of the M6 plus as front cam, using a std Mini.as rear cam is likely to be fine).
Couple of Qns:-
Removing my microSDcard from the M6+ and hooking it up to my PC (as suggested by Mat) is only way to keep record of the videos.
However, when I try to view the videos that have been copied to my PC, I can only access one 3min clip at a time (then need to close the screen and open next clip, press pay etc). Yet the recorded videos on Mat's review appear to play from clip to clip seamly Can anyone suggest how to achieve that ?
The video clips copied from my SDcard to PC are over 800MB for each 3min clip - cannot attach them to email (file too big). Using zip reduces file to 200MB, but that is still too big for email transmission. Can they be further compressed ?
Regards ~ Leon

July 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLeon

Leon, i do video editing as a hobby and to concatenate individual files together so that they can be played back as a single video you will need to use a video editing program on your pc or mac. To share the resulting video ... you can't send via email. Instead you need to load the file to say a cloud like microsofts "onedrive" and then use the cloud software to send a URL link to the people you want to share with. They in turn need to use the link to access your video file on your cloud storage account.

July 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

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