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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

 

 
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)

If you are looking for samples to download, files straight from the camera, untouched.

Go to "dashcamtalk" site and the forums, there are links there with files from the camera
that you can download. The camera is as good as the gopro hero 4 black but with
a better price, and EIS which is a must on a modern action camera.

August 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDennisOlof

Tricked out is a colloquialism that means that it has everything on it - all the bells and whistles, the whole nine yards. This is a good thing. You should watch the video - it will tell you more about the camera than the paragraph under it.

August 5, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Mat,

I did watched to the end. English is not my mother-tongue so I probably miss out some joke of yours at the end (cartoon).
In fact it is not a cheap camera from China, when you add up other accessories then it is almost catch up with GoPro. I am not a GoPro fan anyway.
thanks for answer me .

:)

August 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPat Lam

HI

Thanks for this detail review for Yi 4K action camera.

We just want to let you know we have official list our Yi products in amazon european marketplace. Could you please change the link in "where to buy" part? We don't want people to get the chinese version anymore, because that won't work when leaving china.

Here is our official link for yi 4k action camera:

Germany:
https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01JIGYSCM

Italy:
https://www.amazon.it/dp/B01JZ3DXCO

United Kingdom:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01IVQGOOA

Spain:
https://www.amazon.es/dp/B01JZAFDOI

France:
https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B01JZ7IJ2E

also here is our official stores link:

Germany:

www.amazon.de/gp/shops/A2JAUC835NRI9P

France:
www.amazon.fr/gp/shops/A2JAUC835NRI9P

Spain:
www.amazon.es/gp/shops/A2JAUC835NRI9P

United Kingdom:
www.amazon.co.uk/gp/shops/A2JAUC835NRI9P

Italy:
www.amazon.it/gp/shops/A2JAUC835NRI9P

You can find others Yi device from our official store.

Thanks for changing.

Amazon YI Europe Sales Team

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterYiEurope

Thank you for another great review.

Does this camera have an option to put the camera into a narrow angle mode like you can with the Git2?

With the Git2 you can narrow the field of vision to 120 degrees.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFisheye

Is that Palma Cathedral in the background at 13:58?

August 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Hi i have just got a DDpai M6+plus dash cam problem is when i put SD Card class 10 32 GB in my Pc windows 7 64 bit and use quick time and windows Medin player i keep getting video play back error also on my i phone 5 i get play back video play error on video that being downloaded to my Ph. Can you help please.

August 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commentertoby

Did you notice the warning message that comes on screen in the app that states only resolutions up to 1080p can be shown on an iPhone?

As far as your PC goes - update your codecs with the K-lite codec pack.

August 17, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi there.

Since you have reviewed both the YI 4K action camera and the GitUp Git2 action camera, which do you think is the better purchase overall? I'm not interested in taking action shots with it (or even filming 4K) or even using it as a dashcam (don't have a car anyway, just a bike). I intend to use it for making animations by using the video out as a large viewfinder via my PC and capturing high resolution frames on the micro SD card to later edit and put together.

I have watched both reviews, but it's still hard to decide as I need something that would work as an all-rounder and allow me to manually set every setting available. The imaging sensor of the YI 4K I've read is meant to be better in low light than the Git2's, but the Git2 has more accessories available including that cool remote (the YI 4K's Bluetooth one seems pretty lackluster compared to it). Another thing that has me worried is how reliable it is. From what I've read about GitUp is that they seem to really listen to their users and update the firmware fairly often.

After reading some Amazon reviews for the YI 4K action camera, I'm worried I might get a lemon, but I don't know if it's worth waiting for them to iron out any bugs still remaining. Could you give me an idea of which is worth the purchase in your eyes? The Git2's price is swaying me (unless the YI 4K's price drops), but I might have buyer's remorse if the sensor in the YI 4K is really a great deal better and it overall has more control over photos. I also plan to change the lens as well and I've read you can do that with both (though it's a bit tricky with the YI 4K, I think). Hope to hear from you when you have time available. :)

P.S: The reason I'm going for an action camera is simply because the image quality is better than a webcam. What's more is that it has no mechanical shutter to wear out compared to a DSLR (it's cheaper too) and it's small enough for my animation sets.

August 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSyreeta

I honestly couldn't make this decision for you. In my opinion they are both great cameras that perform very well. If you really can't decide between them it might just be time to flip a coin...whichever way it lands you can't lose.

August 20, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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