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ACTION CAMS

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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 (666)

@Travelbuddy
@paul
Back on page 4 of the comments, somewhere on that page I talked about my time lapse stopping.
I'm almost certain that is due to the heat.

Below is a snipped of a post from the admin on DDPai 2015-9-14
(poorly) Translated from: http://www.ddpai.com/bbs/thread-22507-1-1.html
...inside will reach very high temperatures this will tachograph circuit itself cause greater damage and aging, but also on the built-in battery or super capacitor damage and reduced service life. Based on the above considerations, the use of super capacitors DDPai M5 series and the use of polymer lithium DDPai M6 series, so far, have not yet officially launched stop monitoring.

August 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterViper DaSnake

Well my sd card finally showed up, a Samsung sdxc evo class1 128gb.

It seems good so far, it formatted happily and the cam seems OK with it (formatted at 119gb)

I will have to keep an eye on it for a while and see if it behaves.

On the software side I came across this https://dashcamviewer.com/
Has anyone tried this with any success?

I will get the demo and try it once I have some proper footage on the cam.

August 9, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

My sd card arrived and seems to work OK so far. It's a Samsung sdxc Evo, class 10, 128gb. It formatted to 119gb without any drama.

If it plays up at all I will share on here.

August 9, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

just as contrast to all the people with problems. i got the M6+ from ali express, put a new 64gb sandisk card in, joined Wifi with iphone(5s), formated card (because techmoan said always format the card in camera). all works. even GPS picks up quickly (and less lag than in techmoans video). using it since 2 weeks now, it stands the heat in THAILAND (in a dark car, so dont you UK people worry!) without issue as well. and i am VERY HAPPY. specially with night performance. so, many thanks, @techmoan!
and yes, parking time lapse mode works too. no issues.

god iam so lucky...
no issues with wifi, phone OS is even so smart to be in the WIFI of camera and see that it has no gateway so it still uses internet from 4G. i can download clips in app, edit and compile them with silly imovie on the phone - i LOVE the wireless button which i tucked behind my steering wheel - as i call it "capture silly road events button".

(yes, app a but funny sometimes but once you get the logic its ok, at least app does not crash, compass in dashboard view no function but who cares..)
BUT, guys / girls - he made a video about his "findings" and his opinion. which i , most of us are VERY thankful for. and its entertaining too.
he is not that companies reseller, nor their tech support, moan stone or whatever. he did not force anyone to buy anything and frankly if i were him and i do something for fun as he does videos and get a lot of complains thrown at - i would throw the towel and just quit doing videos.

please dont do that, techmoan! your work is very appreciated. cheers!

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

Hi, been a fan of the site for awhile and decided to purchase this dash cam. I saw in a earlier post someone mentioned they use a RAVPower Portable Charger 22000mAh with it. I was just wandering how they are getting on with this and how long it lasts? Is the camera still working ok?

Also any recommendations on memory cards is it better to go with a 32gb or are 64gb working ok? Planning to get one from Amazon.

Cheers

Matt

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMattyt

@Mattyt

Hi Matt, I was the guy who bought the RAVPower Charger, and I'm happy to report it works very well, I find because of the Pass Through Option, it charges the Power Bank and the Camera without any issues, but I do have it connected to a 2.1Amp Socket in the Vehicle, as for length of running, leaving it running over night without any problems, but did try leaving it running on a Saturday Morning and came back to the Vehicle Monday Morning and as expected the Power Bank had turned off.

As for Running it, I find I'll turn off the Iginition, but you then have to remember to press the Button on the side of the Power Bank to allow it to run the Camera, otherwise the Camera will turn off as usual, but as for the Parking Mode, it works great, it looked very cool watching back via my iPhone as you see the evening get darker and darker. :-)

Oh and an Update on the CPL Filter Sticker, it does a very good job of getting rid of Dash Refections, highly recommended!!

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarkieMBR

Markie, how is the CPL at night?

Mattyt, I use a 128GB ADATA with my M6+. No problems at all. Formats fine with the camera. http://m.ncix.com/products/sku/106626

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert

@Albert
Hi Albert, this is going to sound crazy, but unfortunately I've got my Camera in my Company Van which I can only use for work and as it also has a Tracker, I've as yet I've not had to be out late enough to fully test it in the Dark as yet I'm afraid, I have gone out to the vehicle in the Dark and put the Lights on, and it still seemed to show enough the area clearly enough, but couldn't say 100% how much it changes the picture having the CPL Filter on, but with the nights drawing slowly in, I'll be sure to test it soon enough.

Sorry if that doesn't really help. :-(

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarkieMBR

@markiembr

Thanks for the quick reply. I take it if I search for RAVPower Portable Charger 22000mAh its the black or white one on Amazon? It doesn't seem to mention pass through charging.
Do you have it connected through an adapter on the12v cigerette socket? I have a Volvo v40 it does have a usb lead socket in the centre console but I have no idea what the output is from that although it does charge my phone.

I ve seen people talking about spare fixing stickers. The distributor techmoan suggested now sells these for £4.99.

Thanks

Matt

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMattyt

@Mattyt

Hi Matt, I had the issue that it didn't mention Pass-Through Charging, but asked the question on Amazon and received the answer that it did, and I can confirm 100% that it does support Pass-Through Charging, I went for the Black version so it would be harder to spot in the Vehicle, and this is the one I bought: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GJFNQYG/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_.xcRxbHFRE95E

As for running the RAVPower, I also run a 'BESTEK 3-Socket Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter DC Outlet Splitter with 5.2A Max 4-Port USB Car Charger' because I also run a Sat Nav, and wanted to make sure I had enough power to Charge the Power Bank, run the Camera and also run the Sat Nav too, and happy to report haven't had any problems, I also bought that from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00YU5BHG2/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_szcRxbTWNDMRV

As for the Fixing Stickers, I bought a spare one from eBay for £4.99 and (sorry about all the links) got it from here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122043280677

Hope hat helps.
Mark.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarkieMBR

For stickie pads just google 3M VHB GREY Double Sided Pad. I found all sorts of size pads on ebay uk.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Have hd a DDPAI M6+ for two months now, I hardwired it with the connection wire i bought on amazon for £9.50 it has been working fine no problem make sure you wire it DIRECT and NOT through the ignition
a lot better than a battery pack and cheaper

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRae

@markiembr

Thanks for the links, that's the one I found and on offer :-) I don't really use the 12v socket so I think from techmoans review video it comes with a adaptor with 2 USB ports (one being 2.1 amp) so I guess I could use that to power the battery pack and run the cam through the battery. Unless there are any other advantages of buying the splitter?
Just need the camera to arrive now so I can have a play :-)

@techmoan keep up the great work, your reviews are great!

Mattyt

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMattyt

Hi I've bought the DDPAI M6+ and it's great thanks Techmoan for a great review. Does anyone know if there is software available to view playback on a mac that will also read the GPS info and display the map concurrently with the the video. Thanks Pete

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPete

Hi all,
Dont suppose anybody else had difficulty with the camera broadcasting the wifi signal? Found mine once, paired to app, then never again since. Tried reset and deleting app, still doesnt show. The SD card is recording videos when plugged into the car, but just cant find the wifi signal again to do anything in app. Have red light constant, blue loght constant and green flashing.
Any suggestions?
I am running ios 10 in beta on my iphone, but cant see the network on any other devices either eg my mac.
Have contacted the makers but their instructions are such patchy English. Theyve sent me firmware to re install on the camera but cant figure for the life of me how to get it on there even following their wierd instructions!
Cheers,
P.S - A forum as suggested above is a great idea if its possible. Love the site, keep up the reviews and ignore the haters, you get mentions on forums everywhere as THE authority on dash cams. Rightly so.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Try a different device to confirm the wifi is transmitting...a laptop, tablet, other phone or whatever. Also using a beta OS could likely be an issue.

August 11, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Techmoan - Thanks for the reply,
Yes, no device finds it, have also tried an iphone 6 on the current ios, and laptop can't either which always has a stronger signal finding networks.
Guess I'll have to persist with the support guys, just can't figure how to put the original firmware back on it!

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMark

@Mark

May sound like a silly question, but have you only tried this at your Home? Where I know my Router WiFi Signal is pretty Strong outside my House, so (only sometimes) if I try to connect to my Camera it will ask me for my Password, everywhere else, it just connect without any problems and never asks for the Password again.

So might be worth driving away from your Home and trying again

Hope that helps.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarkieMBR

@MarkieMBR - Cheers for suggestion, Yep, have driven around with it on in the car. It does record the trips onto the SD card when I look at it on my laptop after, so the ins and outs of it are working. But no wifi sadly anywhere during the trips.
Think it might have to take the trip back to China, but they are (obviously) trying to remedy it first by email.

So if anybody does ever need the firmware it ships with let me know and I'll upload it on dropbox etc to share as a .rar file

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMark

There is also a CPL filter available for this dash-cam if you don't like reflection form you dashboard :-) http://www.ebay.ie/itm/1pc-Polarizing-Lens-CPL-Filter-Sticker-Ddpai-M6-Plus-Car-Dashcam-GPS-Camera-/282088263589?tfrom=282015294735&tpos=top&ttype=price&talgo=undefined

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDariusz M

Try to connect with your car completely off. Sometimes, the car's Bluetooth can interfere with the camera's wifi. Take it inside your home or use a USB battery pack with at least 2.1A. Just a suggestion to try.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert

Mark, have you tried resetting the cam with the little recessed button next to the micro sd slot?

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

@richard how is your samsung evo card working.im having a nightmare the app wont format my 32g sandisk or my kingston 64 gig i have 2 cameras and its the same in both.im thinking of giving the samsung evo plus card one last chance before it jumps back on airmail.i get ansers of ddpai support but its a slow process.for instance i said the camera constantly makes a ding noise her anser was to turn volume down.my gps still shows china under live preview.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

What format are your cards in at the moment. FAT32, NTFS, HFS+ ?

August 11, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Paul,
Sorry to hear your having such a problem. My Samsung Evo sdxc 128gb is working just fine so far. I got it from Mymemory.com rather than risk dodgy ebay copies, it wasn't dear either at £25 (strangely they also had the same card listed at £44!)

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

fat 32 my 32 gig was working great so i tryed to format it failed at 50 per cent.the 2 64 gig cards wont format anywere either on computer or app used 8 different softwares but kept saying partition collapsed .i would have blamed the 64 gig cards maybe defective but the 32 gig card id used in my other camera over a year without issue

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

I have been looking for windows based software to playback journey videos and provide maps to the gps data; similar to the ddpai mobile app.
These are the best I have found so far:

The Mac & Windows Dashcam Viewer software is available here.
https://dashcamviewer.com/

The popular Windows GPS Playback program Registrator Viewer can be downloaded here.
http://www.registratorviewer.com/index_en.html

I have tried the above programs as recommended by Techmoan in the 0803 review.
So far I have had mixed success with the ddpai m6+

Dashcam viewer is the nicer looking of the two with more advanced features but I've had no joy getting it to sync the gps bits and it isn't automatically coping with the file structure of the recordings although it will play manually selected clips. (I am talking to the developer in the hope of getting a compatible driver.)

Registration Viewer is very similar but with a less professional finish, however it does work much better. It associates all the video clips from each driving session together and automatically ties them to the gps data. I had a couple of files where the gps wasn't automatically linked for some reason but for these you can manually tie them together.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

Techmoan,
Some of my posts say they will appear shortly but never do, not sure why when others work just fine unless some of them aren't passing moderation for some reason?

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

If they won't format on the computer - that can only be a card fault unless I'm misunderstanding something,
The camera beeps when the card is faulty...everything sounds like it's doing what it should do.You really need some new cards - decent cards, from a real store, that sells legitimate cards.
If the 32GB card doesn't work with this camera - I don't know why, perhaps it's too slow - anyway regardless of why, no use crying over spilt milk, a new real 32GB Class 10 Samsung card can be bought for under £10, so it's a problem that can be easily and cheaply resolved.

August 11, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

thanks david and matt.im sending the cards back i realize you get what you pay for like the ultra and pro type cards but is this samsung evo plus fast enough for the vidio on the cam?i just cant fathom my 32 card all of a sudden doing the same as the other two cards.is it possible the cards get to hot with hardwiring the cam.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

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