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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)

"Many thanks in advance" - it would be very good to tell which country that you are in if asking for availability. They are currently available in Amazon US. I'm sure many of us would help you look but we need to know where you are.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Ridley

His John and thanks for your comment.

I am in London, United Kingdom.

I did try Amazon USA but unfortunately they do not ship to the U.K. for some reason.
I tried all of the other countries in Matts article (all the Amazon links) but they all seem to be out of stock :-(

Any help with be very much appreciated 👍

With kind regards

Mac

April 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMac

As mentioned in the review: it is quite tricky to remove the microSD card; especially if the dash cam is still mounted on the windscreen as it is typically close to the mirror.

My method for copying the video files is to attach a cable from my laptop to the unit 'in situ' in the car.

However I could not get USB file transfer to work initially.
The reason was that the rear camera was still connected.

Thus if you want to transfer files over USB to your computer:
* Ensure you are using a data transfer cable - the one supplied is for power only.
* Disconnect the rear-camera (this isn't explicit in the manual)

Hope this helps.

April 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Hi, I've just fitted the Aukey DR02D camera after your recommendation and am happy so far.

I Managed to feed the rear cable through the cars flexible cable ducting into the boot lid which made a nice neat rear installation (no loop when the lid is down), and stuck the GPS module to the top of the dashboard next to the windscreen rather than directly on the screen next to the camera, and that works perfectly well. My only gripe is more to do with the car (Peugeot 308) having a huge mirror mount that partially obscures the right of the picture. Any suggestions?

I've got a front screen DAB aerial, and the signal doesn't seem any worse with this camera. Maybe the DAB aerial in your car is a rear screen type that causes the signal degradation?

2 queries, 1st is what review software do you use/recommend for the Aukey, as it doesn't come with any, and 2nd is what's your opinion/pros/cons about recording audio?

Simon

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

I don't use any Dashcam viewer software myself as I don't use GPS - however you could try https://dashcamviewer.com


I turn the sound on - it records the sound when you're using the indicators, and the sound of tyres squealing, cars skidding, collisions etc.

April 27, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan
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