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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.

 

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Thursday
Nov092017

New Dashcam Review - Yi 2.7K Ultra

Below you'll find a review of the Yi Ultra Dashcam. It has earned a place on my recommended cameras list and you'll find purchashing links below the video. For more information about the basics of dashcams follow the links in the menu bar at the top of the page. 

I bought my camera from AMAZON - Links below.

UK: http://amzn.to/2AosYQD  US: http://amzn.to/2zuzYfP

It's also available on the Yi Store on AliExpress

Downloadable Sample Clips: Are stored here on PCloud (download and play locally - do not stream)

Recommended High Endurance Memory Cards UK: http://amzn.to/2j2APNI  US: http://amzn.to/2jvHdwq

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Reader Comments (41)

Would like to see an optional GPS module.

November 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSportcat

Just wanted to let you know that the probable reason that the card isn't readable is mac OS is that, since it's more than 32 GB, it's probably formatted in exFAT. If you use a 32GB (or smaller) SD, or you manually format your >32GB SD with FAT32, it will be readable on your mac, and probably on the camera as well.

Frankly, I'm surprised that the camera can read/write exFAT formatted disks. exFAT is usually the only reason a device is not compatible with SDs larger than 32GB.

November 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Schizas

It's not that - here's the info copied out of the youtube video description text box

Q) What is the SD card format?
A) Windows reports it as FAT32 (with errors), Mac OS can't read it at all. A 64GB card formatted by a dashcam will often be ex-FAT, so it appears it's a custom format...or something else odd is occurring.
The camera formats the card whenever an unused card is first inserted...you can see this taking place at the start of the video. It also recommends that you format the card if you re-set the time (I noticed this when moving the clock back an hour). The wheres and whyfores of the precise formatting system used by the camera aren't what's important, it's how that may or may not affect the user. So to sum it up again - if you have a Windows PC you're fine and if you only use the WiFi app you're fine...but if you only have a Mac you can't read the SD card natively.

November 14, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Having trouble getting the App
I did get it from Yi themselves but it did not accept any kind of account registration, unless it's just me.
And does it work with UK sourced camera.

Thanks

November 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJC

Note -

Unable to play the sample videos you made.
Downloaded them OK, but no player I have can play them?
Can you advise?
O
I have iPad mini.

November 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJc

I’ve never tried playing the files on a smartphone or tablet..they’re only really provided here for playback on a computer.

November 16, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well they Don’t play properly - some sound only. On Windows fine.
Did you say it reduced quality for WiFi play (on phone for quick display to Police for example), so maybe at less resolution these devices will play the videos after all.
I get the camera at the weekend I hope, so I’ll find out no doubt.
Thanks for reply - appreciated.

JC

November 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJc

Well this was a timely review. My faithful little SJ1000 "dashcam" has died over the weekend.
So I wondered - what has Matt seen. Oh Mr AMAZON!

November 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hi TM, Thanks to your review (and tweet) I´m thinking of getting this today, just one question. Is the wifi on all the time? I don´t want to fiddle with the screen every time I want to transfer.
Thanks

November 24, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteral

Yes it’s off unless you turn it on.

November 24, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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