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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)

http://www.goodluckbuy.com/full-hd-1080p-car-dvr-vehicle-dash-camera-with-gps-logger.html

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Does it have the capacity to save an unlimited amount of data from the cameras?

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLance Morrisey

Thanks for the video. I just have a couple questions hope someone can find the answer:
1. Is the V1000 (one without the gps) goes without the external dangling connector? Can someone post a link where I can find such model?
2. What is the power input spec of this device? (Obviously it takes the 12V from car charger, I also saw the USB connector so I am wondering if it charges from USB or 110/220V as well?

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Hello,

I just found your reviews. Excellent content. Thanks!!!

I am wondering if this camera could be used as a rear facing DVR in the car and a rear view camera at the same time (attached to my video stereo deck which allows for a rear view camera)?

I saw that there is a mini USB port with a cable that has the RCA video lead. I am wondering if that is live while recording in the car?

Thanks
Matt

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

@ Matt - The Phono/RCA leads provide a live monitor out whilst the camera is powered up or recording - so yes you could use it for the purpose you are suggesting..

November 23, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@ Ed - DG linked to the camera with the built in GPS antenna - see the comment above yours. Ebay item number 320778408029
Yes it will power from the USB - as demonstrated on the video when I attach it to the TV. It will record when attached to USB as well - thats the reason for the USB/Rec button on the camera. You can select USB data or Power mode.

November 23, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I am confused regarding the built in aerial on this camera.
I emailed the above vendor and asked if this model needed an external gps aerial and he sent me two return emails each more confusing than the one previous????
I would like to know how DG gets on.
Great site and most informative, helps us to make an informed choices,please keep up the good work

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLOCHINVAR

I have not received my camera yet.

But i think it's very similar to the dod gs 600 ( http://www.dod-tec.com/product.php?cat_1st=4&cat_2nd=6 )
You can download a user manual there.

Greetings from Holland.

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDG

A curious discovery today. I found that I'd accidentally left the camera plugged into a USB charger after testing it a week ago. It was still recording, and had been continuously for a week. Interestingly the red and blue light were both flashing, showing that it had a GPS lock & the Antenna was not attached.
So that indicates two things.
1) It's very reliable...to continuously record and loop for a week, is pretty impressive.
2) It doesn't need the GPS Antenna attached to get a lock on.

I'll take it out in the car at the weekend to see how long it takes to get a lock without the antenna attached. When I have something proper to report, I'll add an update to the blog post.

November 24, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I received mine, it has also an external GPS antenna!

Greetings from Holland.

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDG

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