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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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Friday
Jul212017

The *Best Helmet Camera (*for me)

If you ask me to recommend a Dashcam I'll say the Viofo A119. My favourite action camera? Well that's the Yi 4K...but finding a good side mount helment camera has been a bit tricker. The Contour range were great for their time but the image sensors are now long in the tooth. The Drift Stealth 2 was good enough for me to use one for the last couple of years, but now it's finally been replaced on my helmet by the camera reviewed below.

So now if anyone asks...the Sena Prism Tube is my favourite helmet camera. Watch the video below to learn more.

You can download sample clips here - but do not stream them as they will only show in their original quality when played locally from a downloaded file. There's always that one nutter who tries streaming them and then complains when they look terrible - you don't want to be this guy. 

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Reader Comments (10)

As always your videos are awesome. Informative.
Well presented. Thanks.

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrad (Bestestimes)

I still prefer my Contour Roam 3 as I don't bothere with sound/microphones etc.More functionality on the Roam ie: 2 modes and adjustable settings.Just my 2 cents worth.

July 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

It's still way too big... Hope technology will develop fast to deliver a discrete, good quality and *small* helmet cam before I die (I am 51)...

July 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Just saw a YouTube video about a rider pulled over in Georgia, USA. For having a GoPro attached to his helmet. Someone commented that it was illegal in his home state as well. And one of the state troopers mentioned that he hoped the video would be shown unedited, as some people change things around to suit their tastes, etc. Oh well, good video anyways. I'll mount something on the handlebars again.

July 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArt

what helmet is that? it looks cool!

July 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLuke Wai- Ngar Kwan

It's a Schuberth J1. Unfortunately they don't sell them any more.

July 27, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Nice review, as always.
I much prefer the tube format over cube, but seems like pretty limited mounting options (no handlebar mount)
Are there any good cameras with more than 2-3 hours record time?
For cycling, this isn't enough, I frequently ride for 4 -6 hours. It seems someone just needs to put a bigger battery and microSDHC support.
A reliable and compact handlebar mount would be great also (haven't seen one yet, the gopro style mounts are huge).

August 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIan

Great reviews. I searched high and low for a suitable camera for cycling. The bullet style for helmet fitting or handle bar, was a must. Eventually I settled for one that doesn't have much reviews but ticks all the boxes:
ABTO warrior gs1
Chinese company so guide is a little tricky

Essential points are
Water proof
7 hour run time
Loop function
32gb built in storage

It has been out for a year and wandered if it appeared on your radar.

It has 1/4 inch screw slot to be compatible with gopro mounts.

Weight 150 grams.

I hope this proves equal if not better than the sena prism tube, which I like the look of very much.
Sena was out of stock and ABTO was on discount £105 instead of £124

Anyway hope this is of interest to someone

August 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPete B

Love the fact you have to explained ' in a shower ' is on the road in the rain !!!
Talking of shower..try a bottle of Rain X from Halfords on your windscreen to get rid of smears..and spot bafoons getting in their car at wrong side of road..
A good camera and when the price comes down a contender to add to my collection.
As always..thanks for the video..

August 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohnboy

I've now been using the Sena Prism tube for a couple of months. It's mounted on my helmet - like yours. Great camera but I must ride a bit quicker than you here in Australia as the air pressure has a habit of sliding the on/off switch into the off position far too often. :-)
Keep up the great reviews.

November 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

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