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Sunday
Nov132011

A 'black box' for your car.

I know that there are a lot of people out there who are looking for a 'fit and forget' car camera. One that will continuously and unobtrusively record every journey - with no need for any manual intervention. A camera that you would only touch if you got into an accident and you needed to pull the evidence off it. The automotive equivalent of a aircraft black box recorder. 

Well, if you can find a way to hide this camera away in your car then this might be the one for you. The video explains pretty much everything (hopefully) that you will need to know.

Even the Muppets that I picked up a couple of years ago get let out of their display cases to help me explain something. 

If you are thinking of taking the camera apart - I've put a picture below that shows what it looks like without the Suction cup mount and what happens if you try and unscrew and remove the protruding bracket (it contains the wiring to the GPS aerial socket - so you would need to disconnect/snip these wires to be able to remove this section - not beyond the realms of possibility, but also not something that I want to do).

I have also put a couple of untouched 1080p sample clips in a dropbox folder - a 2 min 130MB clip, and a shorter 30 second 30MB clip. Right click and save either of these if you want to test them. 

130MB

30MB

UPDATE - People email me regularly to tell me that this camera is no longer available from Chinavasion. 

A quick search shows that it is still available on ebay though.. 

 

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Reader Comments (241)

A great, thorough review which highlights all the important features and performance criteria of this device.
I may be tempted to order one very soon thanks to your hard work.

Maybe you should provide a sponsored link where you would receive a small commission?
Just have one link where you get paid and one where you wouldn't and the viewers can choose which to click :)

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrBabz

Nice review! I have one question though. Is it easy (or possible at all) to delete all information after you got involved in an accident? Blackboxes that you get from your car insurance company usually have a hidden button. You can press that button to delete all data after an accident - if you believe that the data can be used against yourself.

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwillydilyy

@willydilyy

Quickly eject the memory card and put it somewhere 'safe'? ;)

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrBabz

@willydilyy There is no Nuke button on this. Video evidence is a doubled edged sword....especially with your MPH overlaid on the screen. Proof that you were speeding at the time of the accident will not do you any favours. The speed overlay can be switched off (in the set-up menus when it's attached to the TV).

November 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Nice review, good bit of kit and the footage is beautifully clear. Just a shame they didn't in-build a GPS aerial (considering where it's intended to be mounted) and perhaps thinner cable to the 12v, since you're around the courtesy light you can pickup power there. They "almost" get there with these boxes but this looks the best yet!

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterslimgym

Nice review as usual.

Looks better than my Extreme Cam & a lot cheaper too.

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Great timing, I was just thinking about car recorders and had looked at your older reviews again only the other day and had seen this device listed online.

I think I'm with slimgym - this looks like a 'nearly' product at the price they are selling it at. If it were tidied up a bit or somewhat cheaper I'd have ordered one already. As it is the Jumbo 808 (that I ordered recently for £26) still seems to be a bargain option if a bit of a hassle and missing the GPS data.

But thanks for effort you put into these the comprehensive reviews. They really are a great resource.

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

where to buy this cute gadget? and what's the name?

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKier

Kier, it is a '1080p GPS Car Recorder v1000GS' if you do a search you can find there are plenty of people advertising them on ebay..

Cheapest I can see on there currently is £112.27 delivered.

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Just ordered mine !

Anyone want an EXTREME CAM !!!!

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

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