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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)

Travelbuddy,

I purchased two M6+'s on July 3rd from the recommended ebay seller via paypal. Several days passed before I received an ebay notification stating 'posted', and I thought to myself "I hope that's not them just getting round to it", but there is still no sign of them. I'm pretty sure the seller thumbnail has changed as I believed it had a '10-15 business days' delivery time, but now there is no mention of delivery time on their thumbnail image. 15 business days = 21 normal days, and the ebay estimated delivery time remains as 13 July to 1st August, so I just have to try not to get disappointed as the postman walks away each day, which is difficult when others seem to be getting theirs sooner. One chap in Canada ordered the day before me and had his delivered 5 days ago. Also, the Royal Mail tracking number given isn't recognised by Royal Mail, but it could be that the ebay seller is simply pretending Royal Mail is the courier to put buyers at ease. Personally I couldn't care who delivers as long as it gets here.

To conclude, when buying from China, as ever (to quote Mat), you have to accept the longest estimate as your actual delivery date, train yourself not to keep running to the front door like a demented puppy, and just chillax. Easier said than done.

July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFlyer01

Low and behold just had an email from Ebay confirming the order has been despatched.
Have also sent an Ebay query to the supplier asking if the cpl filter made for the mini 806 will also fit this model.
Has anyone had issues setting up an account via the DDPAI app. I keep trying but the activation return keeps failing due to busy network server?

July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTravelbuddy

Hi,

For anyone in the United States, we have the M6 Plus available at Amazon (FBA - Free two day shipping) : https://www.amazon.com/DDpai-Plus-1440p-WiFi-Camera/dp/B01IPSTJZU

Thanks!

July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSpyTec

Hi

I purchased one of these from Ebay and had it sent to New Zealand.

I have a lot of problems with the Android App and really do not know where to turn for support. I emailed feedback@ddpai.com and have not yet had a response.

The app will not connect to the camera at all unless I disable mobile data (not mobile) just mobile data.

I get terrible buffering if I try to view a video that has been recorded onto a Samsung 32GB Class 10 MicroSD card (supposedly real Samsung) from the device to my phone.

Watching a video on my PC directly from the same SD card is fine with no issues.

I believe that the hardware is all working fine, just the android software is the problem.

Anyone else have issues like this?

Chris

July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCHris Crowe

I'm thinking to buy one M+ in the near future so I wanted to check the Android app first. Strange thing that the app ask permission to "view information about activity on the device, wich apps are running, browsing history and bookmars". Well, that's not what I want from a chinese app installed in my phone. Made me think twice so I didn't install it after all. I postpone it till I get the cam.

July 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLucian

Hello sir,
First I would like to say that I enjoyed very much your camera's review, it was great.
I have a question about using the park guard and the time-lapse video by using the CELLINK B6. You said in your video that by using the power supply (CELLINK's B6, which you recommended) the camera can record for a couple of days. So I looked up in CELLINK's B6 specifications and it was said there that: "Usage time (discharging) DR650GW-1CH = 34Hrs / DR650GW-2CH = 19Hrs". So i would like to know that when you said that the camera can record for couple of days, didn't you charge your CELLINK B6 in that period of time by moving your switch car on, or did you manage to use your camera with your CELLINK B6 power supply without charging it at that time?

Thanks,
Adi Koper.

July 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdi Koper

Hi,
First of all, I must tell you that you are doing a great job with your reviews and keep on going as they are so many of us which need help and that comes to the reason I am writing here.
I would need your help with an advice. If you would have £ 200 and you would like to spend it on a dash cam, what would you chose? It`s gotta have GPS, WIFI, no screen, parking mode and very good quality. I I have for the moment the blackvue 600 and I am not happy about it even with the russian firmware. Could you give me a hint, please? Thank you for your time !

July 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTeo

This is what I chose. https://youtu.be/7OPrYBWCAYc

July 26, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Teo,

You have asked for a recommendation for a dash cam with GPS, WIFI, no screen, parking mode and very good quality for less than £200.........on a comments section for a video review for a dash cam with GPS, WIFI, no screen, parking mode and very good quality for circa £100. Techmoan even says it is the best dash he has had.

I can only assume you are trolling. If not, buy two of them.

July 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFlyer01

Hi folks,

Mine arrived today but I'm having major issues which I'm hoping someone may be able to help with.

I struggle to get the camera to link to my phone and when I do, I have a message that says "card not conform!" on the display :(

I've put a "Sandisk Ultra 64GB Class 10" (from Amazon, not 3rd party) and also tried formatting as NTFS and FAT32 but neither seem to help and now I'm completely stuck!

Not sure what else to do, any pointers?

Cheers,
John

July 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

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