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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

 

 
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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Jul232016

Yi 4K - The best action camera ever?

In July 2015 I bought the Sony 4K action camera, immediately took it on holiday and shot some footage with the intention of using this in a review. When I returned I decided that I couldn't assemble a proper review as I neither had a 4K TV or a way to edit my 4K footage.

A few months later iMovie was updated to include 4K editing abilities and a couple of months later I bought a 4K TV. So now with all these pieces in place I could finally make that review, the only problem was that I felt that technology had already moved on. Whilst the Sony could record in 4K, everything else about the camera seemed old, compared to even the cheapest budget action HD cameras that I'd reviewed since. It was sluggish to operate, had an old over-complicated operating system, ran hot and would eat through a battery in under an hour. I had plenty of other fun things to look at instead, so again it went back on the shelf.

Fast-forward to a couple of months ago when Yi offer to send me a pre-production version of their new 4K action camera. I was a little reluctant to try a 4K action cam review again, but since I was already shooting most of my video reviews in 4K and I'd had a good experience with the original Yi camera, I decided it was time to give it a go, and I'm very glad I did. The Yi 4K action camera shows how quickly technology can advance in a year. Xiaoyi claim the Yi 4K is the 'Best Action Camera Ever' - and I can't disagree. Whilst there may be a contender out there somewhere, I know that I haven't used a more capable action camera. 

In the video below you'll see a demonstration of many of the features of the Yi 4K, presented in 4K, I hope you enjoy it. 

If you want to download sample clips - Click Here (please don't try to stream the clips - these have to be downloaded to be viewed in 4K)

If you want to buy the Yi 4K Action Camera please bear in mind that this is a fully tricked out 4K camera - not a budget model and the prices reflect that. Also it's still early days so there aren't many suppliers, your best bet if you aren't in the UK or US is probably to get one from AliExpress - The affliliated links are below.

Purchasing

You can buy this camera at one of the following links:
  
WORLDWIDE ORDERS:  Aliexpress 
  
The Official Yi Stores on Amazon also stock accessories:
USA http://amzn.to/2aFpwV5
United Kingdom: http://amzn.to/2aYGr7v
Germany: www.amazon.de/gp/shops/A2JAUC835NRI9P
France: www.amazon.fr/gp/shops/A2JAUC835NRI9P
Spain: www.amazon.es/gp/shops/A2JAUC835NRI9P
Italy: www.amazon.it/gp/shops/A2JAUC835NRI9P

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Reader Comments (36)

It does look like a great camera, and the addition of bt microphones makes it more interesting. Hopefully you will be able to use more than one bt mic at the same time.

July 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTobbe

Hi
Does this new Yi have the same focusing problem as the old one, with infinity not quite in focus?
One of my older Yis also produced ziggy zaggies if in-camera image distortion correction was used.
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July 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Wells

Download some samples to decide if you are happy with the quality.

July 24, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for creating the review.

One question, do you know how long the battery last in time lapse mode?

July 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

I don't, but if you want to record for more than a couple of hours, it's probably best to attach a USB power pack.

July 26, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat, another nice job.

Considering the image stabilisation issues; did you ever make use of your 3-axis gimbal whilst doing the walk around tests?
That might off-set some of those micro shakes.

Chris

July 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris L

Another great review.

Aplolgies for the noob question but how is image stabilisation performed in-camera? Is it optical? If not I would have thought the powerful editing software/computer would do a better job.

cheers

July 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteral

It's E.I.S. Electronic Image Stabilisation.

July 27, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat,

Great review...that's one seriously impressive little camera the menu system looks really slick, I'll bet Go-Pro are a bit worried their Hero 4 Silver looks second rate compared to the Yi 4K with the nearly two hour battery life.

I'd love something like this in a Drift Stealth 2 type format with a small front cross section which would make a great bike camera.

July 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKlippie

Hallo Techmoan,

Have a question about your saying.

What do you mean by this " this is a fully tricked out 4K camera "

Do you mean people simply don't need a 4K, or Yi 2's 4K quality looks like a HD?

Interestingly, my 4K video looks great on my monitor than HD. Wonder if Yi 2 video quality is so bad?

August 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPat Lam

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