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Sunday
Sep122010

A review of the Car DVR D011 dash camera.

Over the last couple of weeks I've been testing out a mini video camera designed for the purpose of recording footage from a car. It has performed well - but I think I've reviewed enough of these mini cameras for a while. 

Most of the models I've tested recently have utilised the same image sensor technology - albeit with slight functional variations. 

I now think that I will hold off doing any more mini video camera reviews until something different turns up. If a native 720p sensor becomes as cheap as the ubiquitous 720x480 device used in most of the current crop of mini cameras I will no doubt look again at these devices.

If you are interested in seeing how the Car DVR D011 performs - click the video below for a full review.

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Reader Comments (30)

This little mini records 5min sections with a 2 sec pause, does it over-rite the file or does it make a new named file until the card is full, also will it record video when plugged into usb/charging ?

D.

December 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHawkermen

HI your review of the dvr d011 was excellent. I want to buy one do you by any chance know where its available in Uk?
Thanks.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmit

Like your reviews on the mini-camera's. They where very helpfull to me. Just letting you know that a special version of this camera is available on e-bay and some chinese websites, which has mountingbrackets for the use on helmets and (motor)bikes.It is called the CVLS-DV20. It also should have a different way of recording movies. The description says that it will not record continouysly and thus override earlier made movieclips.

I ordered it for about €45. Now I'm waiting till it's deliverd.

@ Amit - You can buy this camera from 7dayshop.co.uk. Search for Bike Cam on their website.

January 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@ Richard (from the Netherlands). Thanks for the info. I quite like the cycled recording, but I could see why others wouldn't want it. I hope your new camera has a wider angle lens - but I doubt it will - good luck.

January 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi.
Really good review but does leave me with one question; can you disable the datetime stamp being recorded?
Tempted to get one for my snow helmet but will give it a miss if the stamp is always on.
Cheers!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercats

@cats. Unfortunately the time stamp is always on.

January 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@ techmoan, have you ever tried to replace the original lens with a wide angle lens? On ebay there are some sellers wich sell some replacement wide angle lenses. I'am a noob when it comes to electronics, but considering the price of a cheap chinese camera and a replacement lens, it might be worth to give it a go.

@techmoan, thanks for the update.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercats

The software disc didn't work, I managed to download one but that's not much use...I can't change the time stamp.

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolt

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