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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
Feb092018

Finally! A good & affordable Front & Rear 1080p DashCam

For the last few years I've been trying to find a Dual 1080p front & rear dash-cam that I could recommend, and here it is.  

I've been using this for quite a few weeks now and I have no intention of replacing it with anything else in the forseeable future.  To see if it's suitable for you too, watch the video below. 

If you are unclear on any of the terminology or features mentioned then I've provided a Guide To Dashcams (link at the top of the page).  Below the video you'll find the Amazon Links and downloadable sample clips. 

 

You can buy the Dual 1080p Aukey Dashcam on Amazon. (All links below are affiliated links).

Amazon US http://amzn.to/2ExFCCy (Likely to be out of stock)
Amazon DE http://amzn.to/2EqqZxK  (I've been told dashcams are not legal in Germany)

-------Camera Links Above-------

Other Links

Downloadable Sample Clips HERE  (Don't stream these). Download and play them locally on a computer. 

Recommended Memory Card - Toshiba Exceira 64GB

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2nS2hA7

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2BNtAUH

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2nP5ArT

Amazon ES: http://amzn.to/2o5Qz44 

Unfortunately as I was finishing editing this video, Amazon US ran out of stock and don't have an ETA for any more, however it does still seem to be readily available elsewhere. I suspect there's a container ship slowly making it's way to the US full of Aukey Dashcams as I type...however I can't wait forever, so I've published this video for viewers residing elsewhere.

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Reader Comments (25)

Mat,

Does the USB cable for the rear camera with the 90-degree connector always connect to the front camera. In your review the 90-degree connector looks like it gets in the way when connected to the front camera. Is that the case?

Thank you,

Ken

March 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKen Wells

The rear camera is optional. I used a cable I’d already installed in the car for another camera.

March 9, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the video and reviews, I have a query, would be grateful if you could assist.

I find the cable for the rear camera to be rather bulky and cumbersome to fit .. also, I've installed the cable the same way as you show in the video now the rear camera is set so low in the rear screen it is very easily visible to others ... I am minded to swap the cable around, but before I do so I do wonder whether I'd be better sourcing a thinner cable with smaller connectors at each end? As it is at the moment I need to move the rear camera nearer the car's roof - with the sticky pad (but not camera lens) hidden behind a hatched section of the rear window glass. I am concerned should I swap the cable around I may have to move the front camera lower to accommodate what is a long and bulky connector.

Have you any links to where to buy such cable with the appropriate fittings?

Many thanks

Thanks

March 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterIan

I don’t have any links - however I am using a different thinner cable with my camera that came from an earlier camera I reviewed that I still had installed in my car, and it works fine.

March 11, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Fattrucker: I've been through at least a dozen cameras, mostly on a helmet while riding a bicycle, but also a couple of dashcams. Basically if the car is going more than about 10MPH different than your speed (IE passing you) or if they're not directly in front of you, then you really can't be guaranteed to read the license plate. The problem is with how the video is stored. It may be 30FPS but it's not 30 separate images per second. There's typically a key frame which is a picture, but then each frame is just differences from the previous frame. The camera has a "budget" of how many bits per frame it can burn on the differences. If things are not moving fast then it may have enough bits to fully read out all the differences. If things are changing quickly it will have to leave some of them out. This leads to blurry areas. Cars moving past you to the side cause larger changes than cars directly in front of you, and faster moving cars, the same.

I've taken a lot of footage on everything from cheap Chinese cameras to GoPros and in general I have never found one where I could count on getting a readable plate image.

Here's a comparison I did a few years ago: https://imgur.com/gallery/EmsoX

March 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Ridley

Personally, I think Mobius (first version) does an excellent job on high speed as well, I am amazed what such a tiny and not so expensive camera can do.

Youtube direct link on street (but download raw files and watch them, even if they're old)

I've bought one after watching Techmoan's review (and downloaded the sample videos)

I've finally succeeded to use the lens extension cable and hidde it between windshield rain sensor and rearview mirror (not visible from inside or outside, only the lens), but unfortunately I've done this only after 1.5 years using it with the suction cup and not removing it all the time, and due to some overheat in sunny summer days, the battery started to increase in volume (also the case), and then I've decided to go with super capacitor & hide it in order not to stay in the sun or have to remove it while parked.

It's still working (I guess, it is quite some time I've checked the SD card) even after couple of years

I am looking now for a (better) replacement (maybe with rearview recording as well) because also a friend of mine asked me what to buy.

I see in the comments of Mobius M2 that people are a little bit disappointed about the quality of M2 footage, I'm still looking

March 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRazvan

Hi Matt

Yet again, a fantastic review :-) I would really like to buy the Aukey Dual Camera but the GPS unit seems to now be unavailable.
- Would you be able to post a link as to where the GPS unit could be purchased ?
- I am assuming that without the GPS unit, the road, time and date will be unavailable :-(
- If you can not find a Aukey GPS unit: would I be able to fit another brand of GPS unit and would you be able to recommend any particular one ?
- Many thanks and keep up the good work ! :-)

March 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMac

Nice.
Check this Dual Recording Full HD car Dash Camera just in INR 7200 from https://carcamera.in

March 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSachtech

I think Amazon US has them pretty solidly in stock now, maybe that "probably out of stock" note could go away.
Also, I bought one on your say-so, and it's been fantastic. Thanks. And a vote for the childish and unfunny puppet shows, which I always enjoy.

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJRR

Hi Matt

The dual dashcam does not seem to be available anywhere : including all the Amazon links which you kindly included on your review. Any idea of this camera has been discontinued and if no, when it might be back in stock ?

Many thanks in advance !

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMac
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