Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K

Sony AS100V

Drift Stealth 2

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

 

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
DDPai M6 Plus (My Pick)Vantrue N1
XiaoYi Yi
G1W Budget 1080p Cam

A119
DrivePro 200
Transcend DrivePro 220
Transcend Drivepro 520
MINI CAMERAS
(The Mobius also works as a dashcam)
Mobius
Polaroid Cube+
Mobius
HTC Re

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.

VERY IMPORTANT. These links go to the product, but 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 going rate for a real item against the price of a fake one that won't work.

As an example of the extent of the problem of fake goods online...In a recent survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold by Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

 

            

 

What is the best Dashcam?

That's a question that I find in my inbox every day. However like most things, there is no one 'best' model that will suit everyone...so just like buying a car, some shoes, or taking a holiday, you should choose whatever closest fits your needs.

To make things a bit easier, I categorised some of the best cameras I've tested below

The BEST DASH CAMERAS I've tested

Tiny Camera with WiFi, GPS, Magnetic Mount - (the one I use) - DDpai M6+

Tiny camera without a screen - Mobius

Tiny camera with a screen - Mini 0806 (WARNING - can have reliability issues)

Small Camera with a screen - Vantrue N1

Cheapest camera that works - G1W  (look to get a G1W-C to avoid battery failure)

Simple Discreet Capacitor Cam - A119  

Front & Rear Camera with dual 1080p recording & CPL filter - Vico Marcus 5

Easy to use, sensible camera that most users seem happy with - Transcend Drivepro 200

Easy to use, yet fully featured (GPS,WiFi) and a 2yr warranty - Transcend Drivepro 220

Compact quality camera with GPS - DOD LS430W  (now replaced by the LS460W)

Motorsport Camera - go to track days? this is the camera for you - DOD SP1

A Taxi Camera (records passengers as well as driving) - Transcend Drivepro 520

Amongst the best video quality in a nice simple camera. - Yi Car Camera

 As you can see there are a lot of capable dashcams to choose from. Watch the reviews, download some samples. I can't test anything for more than a few weeks, so long term reliabilty problems will only be identified by owners of the cameras, therefore it's really worth spending 10 mins reading through any owners comments under each article.

If you want to learn about some of the basic features of dashcams the video below might be of assistance.