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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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Friday
Jan122018

Dashcam Review - Dual Lens 1080p Z-Edge S3

In an attempt to answer the question "What dual 1080p dashcam would you recommend?"
I'm testing the Z-Edge S3. Video below. 
   
  
Available from.
   
Sample Clips here: http://bit.ly/2mprvVN
   
Beginners Guide to dashcams here: http://www.techmoan.com/guide-to-dashcams/
The camera I put back in the car is a Viofo A119 - here is the review of that one. 
   
Anticipated questions
Q) What cut off the DAB radio reception?
A) Electrical Interference
   
Q) Perhaps the problem with electrical interference is down to the Z-edge’s power supply. 
A) I didn’t use it, I re-used the same USB power adaptor I use on the Viofo A119  
   
Q) Why didn't you adjust the brightness in the settings?
A) There are no options for brightness or exposure in the settings

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Reader Comments (5)

Thank you for this review. I've been looking for a front and back dashcam solution. I look forward to you finding and reviewing a better solution than this.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I've found one - there will be a video along in a couple of weeks.

January 24, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The issue with the DAB signal is caused by the cigarette lighter adapter. I had this problem and discovered that if you use a good quality adapter such as ANKER,the problem is solved. To prove this just plug the suspect adapter in and you will find that even with no load connected to it, the DAB signal drops out. Hope this helps.

February 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

No it isn't it's the rear camera. When I unplugged the rear camera the DAB came back on and when I plugged it back in again it stopped.
I've been doing dashcam reviews for years now and I always recommend everyone use a decent power supply - you can see it mentioned on my Guide To Dashcams page here - under Radio Interference http://www.techmoan.com/guide-to-dashcams/
I practice what I preach and always use a decent USB power supply from a good brand and have been using the same one for the last few years without any problem - and it was the same one I used on this camera too.

February 7, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

What a real shame they didn't make the front and back cameras the same size and allow you to put the box out of sight. I am done with having these bulky units stuck to my windscreen. It's not a purchase for me.

Have you looked at the 'motorcycle waterproof cameras'. There are some that work on the blackbox principle with short flying leads to the cameras. These could be mounted behind the rear/front bumper to make a true stealth installation. Also, it wouldn't have any of the issues of windscreens. I am surprised that nothing really innovative hasn't appeared in the last couple of years.

February 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJames Dean
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