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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)

Strike my previous comment. It turns out that the flashing blue light on the camera was indicating an error had occurred. I should have noticed that it was flashing quicker and in time with the red light. A quick reset and press of the format button sorted it out though. So after driving with it in the car for an hour today without the antenna attached and failing to get a GPS lock on, it now appears that the antenna has to be attached for the GPS to work. Sorry to get your hopes up there.

November 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@DG So you ended up with the same model I reviewed then? I wonder if the pictures on that website are of the V1000 and the V1000GS with the antenna socket and the external antenna is the only model with GPS. Just a guess.

November 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Yes, i think i have the same model as you reviewed.
I think also a picture is used of a model without GPS.

I have uploaded a sample video of my camera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP8g89ci5c4

Greetings from Holland.

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDG

Mine arrived today !

Bought from. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HD-1080-Vehicle-camera-GPS-logger-H-264-HDMI-blackbox-V1000GS-car-cam-video-DVR-/320778408029?_trksid=p3286.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D4543849555181063765

I don't think these are made with an internal ant, pictures shown must be v1000.. Ah well.
Need to set up & try now.

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Excellent review. I purchased the original DOD-Tec GS600 about 1 year ago - serial number 1, I think. The firmware forced kph, 1 minute recycle time, and had about a 4 second gap between video segments (even with class 6 SDHC cards). And, the GPS data stamped showed 40kph while standing still - for at least 20-30 seconds after coming to a stop. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed and had given up on an all-in-one GPS solution - until I found your video.

I found this for USD151 w/free shipping at AliExpress http://us.aliexpress.com/snapshot/103892527.html?isRedirect=false. From all appearances it seems like I got the one you reviewed - but their photos all show no external GPS antenna connection and their description lists the antenna as 'internal'. They also don't address the recycle time limits or GPS lag times. I've sent an email to the seller to confirm.

BTW, on the GS600, you use the HDPlayer software that came with the camera to set the "impact" threshold. Mine, by default, came set so low, that ordinary driving triggered every clip to 'protect'. Didn't take long, and the card was full and wouldn't recycle. You have to hook the camera up to a PC and put it in a special mode (been too long to remember how now), but you could then update the trigger values.

I subscribed to your YT channel. I really appreciate the effort you've put into describing the products you review. I'm so sick of seeing people review things like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQsdbwDK8oY

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErkme73

A few days ago i had the GPS antenna very close to the camera. (hanging on the suction cup)
And the GPS didnt work very well sometimes loosing the GPS fix and saying i was driving aprox. 40KM/H when i was standing still at the traffic light.
And it sometimes took a long time to get a fix in that setup.
Later i put the GPS antenna somewhere else on the dash and the camera works fine again.

Greetings from Holland

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDG

That's interesting, DG - and may account for why I'm getting such horrible speed reports on my GS600. Here's a video I took a year ago - the content is bad (ran over a dog). Turn the volume way down if you don't want to be disturbed by the sounds. But, take note of the speed stamp for the entire time the vehicle has stopped. I never assumed it was GPS reception, since the blue light (and time stamp on the files) indicated it had 'locked'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dptScwAkJq4&

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentererkme73

Tried mine for the first time yesterday. First thoughts are quite good. Built in ANT would have been nice as would a swivel head on the window sucker, but these are minor irritations.

Here's a video sample if anyone is interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq9iFYi-Vzc

As Techmoan would say, "thanks for watching" !

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I bought this camera based on this review and it's absolutely a gem. The picture and audio is crisp and recording is flawless. As Techmoan mentioned in the review the manual isn't particularly helpful and it's bit a hinderence since I can't work exactly how motion sensors work.

By default XYZ sensors are off so I presume that function of locking files from over recording isn't enabled.
Once I enable it I have a presented scale of sensitivity starting from 1- 10. My understanding is that "1" is being least sensitive and "10" most(is that correct?). I set them all at level 4 and sometimes while driving over a bump or pothole I hear blip form camera and I guess it means that file became protected.
I wonder if understand this function and setting correctly. I will appreciate sharing anyone else's experience and also at what sensitivity level do you have your settings?

Regards
Jan

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan

Techmoan, were your vids done with "Standard out of the box settings" or did you change any values ? ie sharpness etc ?

Many thanks.

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

@Mike All settings were on auto.

December 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you !

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Is there any gap between recordings as was the case with the DOD GS600? It was for that reason I never invested in the DOD unit.

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSir Humphrey Appleby

Using a class 10 card here, no gaps !

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Thanks Mike. Ordered one, along with an 8GB card.

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSir Humphrey Appleby

I got mine and I had 2 problems:
1. The G sensor is way to sensitive even in the lowest settings (1) it triggers on every little move. And it does not trigger in the differential signal it triggers on the total amount of acceleration.
If anyone has a solution to this plz let me know.

2. The camera hangs very frequently! I need to press the reset key to get it going again. The file it was recording at this time is corrupt.

I am in contact with the sealer... lets see

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

@Tom. I did find some people with problems relating to corrupt data, which seems to have been resolved by using a different microSD card. I will not be using the one which I am buying with the camera in the camera itself, I will just use it for storage, and provide my own card from a reputable brand.

I believe the G sensor works the other way around, although that's only an assumption on my part. I would have assumed higher values are less sensitive to movement.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSir Humphrey Appleby

Thanks for the review - 'm considering this unit now.

I've just been introduced to these in-car recorders by someone in the US pointing me to the Fuho CDR-E07 - here are some detailed specs from an old ebay entry):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-CDR-E07-Vehicles-Camera-Dual-Cam-Mobile-DVR-G-Sensor-GPS-LED-Free-Shipping-/400246212743?item=400246212743&vxp=mtr

It is standard definition but has 2 cameras and the option of infra-red recording. The software that comes with it looks pretty good with a Google Maps display etc.

Unfortunately I can't find a review of it, or a current supplier.

It would be great to get the opinion of the CDR-E07 from someone who was an experienced user of the 1000GS. Any takers?

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRich

@rich is this what you are looking for?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TAXI-CAR-CCTV-DVR-VIDEO-VOICE-RECORDER-GPS-TRACKER-/220895574436?pt=UK_Gadgets&hash=item336e66f9a4

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLOCHINVAR

Hi, first off all can I thank the owner off this site/ reviewer off this camera so much for what are some excellent very easy to understand reviews, it was thru this review that I have just purchased my own twin lens night vision in car camera ( x2000 model with gps ) small 2.7" screen built in. couple off things if anyone could advise ??

1/ no software with the camera, the camera does not support usb direct ie card has to be removed and played via a card reader so how can it play via the viewer software which I take it is built into the unit itself ?? possibly loaded onto the card during the initial formatting off the card within the unit itself ??
2/ my one has a lithium battery built in which is great as I hopefully wont have to have the 12v supply lead trailing up to the camera unit, not sure how this works thou as normally its the power rom the car engine which starts the recording automatically ???

3/ any recommended for a brand off 16 or 32GB micro sd cards that work particulary well in this sort off thing ?? belive I will require class 6 or higher to prevent break up / stutter off picture quality ?? my camera is 720 as opposed to the 1080 off the one within the review.

still to receive my camera but jst be interested to here from anyone who could advise me regards the above ??

thanks again

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

@John. I'm not sure anyone can really answer your questions unless they have experience with the specific type of camera you have purchased. Generic answers below :)

1/ Most products will function as a USB mass storage device. Devices with built-in cameras, such as cell phones, often operate in multiple modes, as either Web cams or storage devices, so you may need to press a button to switch modes. The V1000GS reviewed in this blog entry needs to be switched to mass storage 'USB' mode to access it as a storage device, as the USB port can apparently be used for power as well (plus AV).

2/ The battery on the V1000GS/DOD GS600 etc., is essentially for shutting down the camera once power is removed. The x2000 is not very big, so I doubt battery life would be significant. My co-worker has a helmet camera with a ~1000mAh battery (size of a small cell phone battery), runtime is 90-120 minutes at 720P, half at 1080P, two video sources is likely to consume more.

3/ A Class 4 device was used in this review. In theory, Class 4 is plenty fast enough for the job. In practice, the Class classification is not independently validated, and there may be other inefficiencies to consider, such as internal buffers, and the method of data transfer used on the device (SD supports multiple interfaces). There is probably no need to buy an expensive card.

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSir Humphrey Appleby

The V1000GS came in, and I must say I am 1000% impressed with the improvements over the original GS600 (Dod-tec). The ability to record 45 minute segments is awesome, and all but eliminates the need for super-fast SD cards. In fact, I have no issues with my class 4 card.

Based on the Techmoan's review, I purchased two. But now, I want to get a bunch more to give as gifts to immediate family members. Cheap insurance in a litigious world.

The HD Player that comes with the camera seems to work better than the same software (same title too) from Dod-Tec. But, if the clip is more than 5 min long, the time line runs off the screen. In other words, if I have a clip that is 10 or 15 minutes, the scrubber showing the progress along the time line will run off the screen at 5 min. That means, I cannot see speed, or other XYZ data - nor can I slide the scrubber forward or backward to points of interest.

Has anyone found a work around on this?

December 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentererkme73

Instead of sticking the camera to the windshield, I would like to have it farther back, so it also records my rear view mirrors and the dashoard instruments. Did you try out this? Does it make sense or will the mirrors be to small to see anything? Accident cases often involve somebody coming from behind, recklessly passing or crashing into you. Also I might have to proove whether I had the turning indicator on.

Another function which I look for is a long play surveillance mode, maybe at 1-2fps, to record 24-48 hours. I have to park my car on a narrow street and once every few months, the outside rear view mirror gets damaged by passing cars. Is there any firmware or other camera that can do that?

December 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterK.S.

Very informative review. I bought one for each of my two sons for Xmas and tried one today. Cables very easy to hide around the windscreen (Astra Sporthatch) and it is quite discreet behind the rearview mirror. When we played the footage back on the PC with the HDplayer software there was no map showing. Just a black area. The GPS was working because the display showed position and speed. Has anyone got any ideas please?

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeefy

@keefy

Was your PC connected to the internet ? I think it needs to be to get Google map data from the net ? I could be wrong, only a suggestion !
Every time I view the video etc ZoneAlarm asks for permission for the HD Player software to connect.

I also found that my GPS info was a quite a bit out on the map but was soon corrected after installing these updated Codecs & now works fine & is spot on.

http://download.cnet.com/K-Lite-Mega-Codec-Pack/3000-13632_4-10794603.html

Hoping this may help you.

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Where did you get the camera? It looks like something you would buy at a best radar detector type of place but I'm not seeing it. I do think especially if you drive a lot for work that having something like this could be genius.

December 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

I wonder if for those of us that are looking for that built in GPS this camera would in fact have it thus eliminating an extra hanging cable.

Ebay item : 220920625668

From other posts I have read that other cameras that did not have that antenna plug in the picture ended up having them anyways but they were all exactly the same as the V1000GS with the exception of the plug. This one seems different as it has a screen!. Yes it would be a bit bigger than the V1000GS but maybe because of the screen it would eliminate the antenna connector. Anybody tried this camera?

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Alan, that's a very interesting find. It seems like the manufacturer of the original DOD-Tec GS600 has 'widened' their distributorship, and is making different (competing) versions. I just sent the seller an email asking him to confirm what the loop interval times are.

Also, if you watch the sample video (day), the GPS seems to be very inaccurate and laggy. This is exactly what I experienced with the GS600 (but not with the V1000G). I suspect it may have something to do with the internal/external configuration.

BTW, I am fairly certain that when a seller shows the V1000G, despite any claim that the GPS antenna is internal, and photos showing no connector, by it's very nature, the V1000G does, in fact, come with an external antenna. The pictures appear to be of the V1000. Best to send the seller a question to confirm. Given the extremely long GPS lock times, poor accuracy, and very laggy performance, I personally would not get another internal-based system.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentererkme73

I am of the opinion that the external antenna of the V1000GS is the best option. The unit appears to have a standard antenna connector (what appear to be identical antennae are available on eBay), so my intention is to replace the supplied antenna with a smaller one once I've confirmed what type of connector is on the unit.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSir Humphrey Appleby

@ Sir Humphrey Appleby
It's a U.fl connector. Search on u.fl to SMA adaptor.
You can see me use one to boost my Wifi in this old video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9QRXobiF_k

January 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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