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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)

@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

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