microSD or TF card for dashcam?

I am not familiar with TF Cards.  Are they the same as microSD?   I need it for car dashcam.

Should I get microSD or a TF?  Any preferences?
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andyalderSaggar maker's bottom knockerCommented:
You can use either, TF cards do not have the write protect security function that SD cards have.
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Tiras25Author Commented:
Got it.  Are TF cards are all microSD?  or you can buy just TF card and they are cheaper?
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
So TF cards are very similar to Micro SD Cards.
https://www.renewandroid.com/phone-tips-and-tricks/difference-between-tf-card-and-microsd-card-248.html


But perhaps the model of your car's dash cam might be in order.  Just so we can verify which memory cards will work.
According to the article I posted above the Micro SD cards are available up to 2 tb.  TF cards to 128gb.  So there could be some issues with the dash cam, if there's a size limitation.  
So please if you will, model number of the dash cam!
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Tiras25Author Commented:
hmm.. some unbranded dashcam from china.
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
Hmmm...MOST likely TF/MicroSD should work.  But if there's no documentation?  or manual?  or any part number or model number or way to contact the manufacture, there's no real guarantee.  Only suggestion is to go to the local store that sells the memory you need and see if there's a way to test?  or what their return policy is in case one option doesn't work over another.
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Tiras25Author Commented:
but so physical dimension is the same right?
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andyalderSaggar maker's bottom knockerCommented:
Dimension and electrical characteristics are the same.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Physical dimensions of TF and microSD are the same.  They are completely interchangeable.
Buy branded storage cards though.  If you lose data by buying cheap memory you might find that important bit of video you want isn't readable.

Most dashcams will get you about 1 hour of 1080p video per 8GB of storage, you'd need a pretty long journey to need a terrabyte of storage card!
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
Yes as stated same physical size.  I don't see any huge issues.  I would imagine anything under 128gb and potentially 256gb could be the potential top end size.
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Side note:  Never, ever buy microSD / TF chips from fleabay.  Over two years I bought a dozen of them from a dozen different vendors, warning the sellers during checkout that I would test the chips with H2TestW on arrival.  Not one of them matched the advertised capacity and all of them had bad sectors.
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Tiras25Author Commented:
thanks. all it says FHD 1080p on front. not sure if it's a model.
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
Unfortunately that is not... As stated best to see if your local store has a good exchange or return policy.... Or see if they can help you determine what one will exactly work.  Also some devices might be finicky with certain speeds of the micro SD or tf card.
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Tiras25Author Commented:
Here's few photos of the device.  Please see if helps.

dashcam1
dashcam2
dashcam3
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andyalderSaggar maker's bottom knockerCommented:
Apachie G30 maybe?
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Tiras25Author Commented:
so any microSD up to 32gb should work I guess.   based in the specs on the box.
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
Yeah looks like this is the same:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075FDYMZC/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B075FDYMZC&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=4a97ab2f-e708-423b-b8f7-1f785b9d294d&pf_rd_r=FFANR7RDDXDAGT3NB6JJ&pd_rd_wg=Xm0je&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_w=s3VMN&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pd_rd_r=3ca68f62-b5ca-11e8-96dd-777fa7fb2507

32gb looks like the limit.

Your box looks like the one pictured here:
https://www.amazon.com/G30-Dash-cam-1080P-HD/dp/B01G1QHLZ8

So Andy's comment on it being an Apachie G30 is probably good too.  But there's several more on Amazon that have the same specs and looks exactly like yours pictured except for a few silk screen/labeling differences.
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Tiras25Author Commented:
So any microSD 32GB would do right?
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
Potentially, unfortunately we can only guess.  The manual isn't clear?  

Otherwise only option as stated is to take it to a Best Buy or Fry's electronics or something like that and see if they will be able to tell.  The issue that I do not see is if there's a speed recommendation for the Micro SD/TF Card.

Here's a snip from something I found on choosing SD/TF cards:
----SNIP---->
SD, SDHC and SDXC

As SD cards have begun to physically shrink down in size over the years, the SD card can be considered the ‘full-size’ variant. It’s typically what is used in most modern digital cameras and nearly all laptops will come equipped with an SD card reader slot.

Where things can become confusing is when you see ‘SDHC’ and ‘SDXC’. The first stands for ‘Secure Digital High Capacity’. This was initially introduced to cover SD cards with a capacity above 2GB and below 32GB. The latter stands for ‘Secure Digital eXtra Capacity’, which go far beyond 32GB in size. You can buy SDXC cards with a whopping 2TB of storage.

Best microSD card: Expand your storage with the best microSD cards from £7

SD, SDHC and SDXC all physically look the same, therefore they’ll all fit in a regular SD card slot. Problems might arise depending on the device you’re looking to use them in. Older devices that pre-date SDXC’s introduction might therefore not be compatible, so be sure to check your product’s specifications. Devices are backwards compatible, so an SDXC-compatible device can use SDHC and SD cards. An SDHC-compatible device can use SDHC and SD cards, but will not be able to use SDXC cards.
<----Snip----
Found here at this link.  (However you'll need to scroll down past the Nintendo Switch mumbo jumbo):
http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/storage/1404380/how-to-choose-an-sd-card-class-and-speed-ratings-explained-and-pick-the-best-microsd

So all that being said, 32gb should be good to go.  Only issue is speed and compatibility of the Card to your dashcam.

MicroSD should be fine.  SDHC and SDXC is an unknown at this time.
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