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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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My fave £99 action camera from 2013 is now £23 - is it still worth it?

The internet has a problem with undertanding the passage of time. You've seen those spammy articles  "Hey look how these Hollywood hearthrobs from the 1980s look now - number 15 will amaze you". It's somehow a surprise that people who are 35 years older.... look 35 years older

I get the same thing with reviews - videos I made five years ago are still on youtube - but the information is now out of date...the best action camera from 2010 is no longer the best in 2016. So all the comments on these videos say - "this camera is rubbish - the [insert camera that wasn't out when the video was made] is much better and cheaper."

I also came to realise that mentioning the price in a video was a bad idea, as people would write to me to say that the price had changed...or that the video was now wrong.

In 2013 I made a claim that the SVC200 was the best £100 action camera. It was. Now it isn't. However now it's £23 - does that make it a must buy - probably not...lets have a look. 

As the video shows - tech moves just as quickly as prices - if you want a current action camera with good video quality and mic-in - then look to your right. The side bar there lists my favourites. The GitUp Git2 is the best budget camera with a mic in, the Dazzne P2 is the cheapest camera with good performance and the Yi 4K is the best 4K action camera I've tested (and probably the best one full stop).

So where does this leave the SVC200/400...we'll it's still the cheapest action camera with mic-in...but it's probably worth saving up a few £s for a better more modern camera. 

If you want an SVC200/400 here's a few links. 

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Reader Comments (7)

Thanks for the updated review I use action cams for self-training on my Weta Trimaran as well as witnessing race incidents like this one
Weta Vs Skiff
While I agree that the newer cameras have better output, the TCL is still pretty good for a camera with this format which I much prefer to the GoPro-alike box format, as they are less likely to catch in a rope. I also have the Drift Stealth 2 which wins for the 3hr battery life but the TCL has much wider lens (170deg Vs 140 deg) and I think the image quality is better - the Drift remote control isn't waterproof (helloo Drift it's an action camera!) and fried itself after one wet sail.
My latest purchase is a "360 deg" Amkov AMK100S which also comes with a remote and a waterproof case - as it looks like budget action cameras have reached the pinnacle of features, have you thought to look at 360 cams?
PS Your HTML allowed in the comments uses the wrong syntax for links

September 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPewit

And after your review, none are available... love you YT channel

September 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMike

my cheap cam works stil fine for 2 years now :-)
Its the G1W and never had any problems.

September 20, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjohny

I bought one about 3-4 years ago (after seeing Mat's review) and is still working with no issues but I wish it didnt have such a wide angle lens. Everything looks so small and far away - used on a motorcycle.

I am looking for one with similar quality but a narrow angle lens - around 90 degrees.

Any suggestions?

Mat, I will appreciate your input here

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

A stone hit and broke the lens of my svc200 - fitted on my motorcycle.

To my surprise these great cameras are no longer available - what a shame!

I cannot stand the square shape of the ones around nowadays - they look awful on the motorcycle.

December 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I bought one from Amazon in Nov 2016. It seemed fine then I realised the videos it took were never any longer than 11 minutes. It filmed fine then cut out. I found a reviewer who said his did the same and he found through the serial number that it was fake. To be fair they refunded me and I didn't even have to return the camera. This implies it was a fake and they knew it so watch out, fakes are about. Oh and mine would not turn off sometime unless I took the battery out. A bit annoying a it drained the battery whilst stuck shutting down.

I will stick to reputable UK based suppliers from now on

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLow Budget commuter

I guess I'm late to the party. This camera is no longer being sold. Can anyone suggest a good and budget friendly tube shaped action camera that's still available online?

July 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

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