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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for's some.


VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 


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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. 



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)

1) Doesn't look like it, but it looks like you can make it very 'insensitive', maybe even disable it by moving the slider all the way to the right. Might be able to force it via editing the .ini manually.
2) This guy seems to use the parking mode button to 'mark' his events, so that might be a work around for manual marking.
3) According to the manual (which can you find online), 1080p@30fps is 5 hours on a 16GB, 720p@30fps is 7hrs20mins.
4) Has to be muted from within the configuration screen.

Here is a great video which shows off some of its features (and shows some parts of the software):

It looks like the Android version supports configuring the system as well (as mentioned earlier, it's just a .ini file), so you might get away without having to use Windows. Haven't tried the Android software yet.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterel dude

My V1000GS came in a few days ago. The power filter came in earlier than the camera, which was a surprise. I'm using an 8GB PNY Class 10 card that was listed as one that works well with the camera. Might as well give it the best chance it can get for the test. I can always upgrade to a 32GB later.

I have a Ford F-150, so the power to both the cigar lighter and the aux computer power are always on. I'll need to wire the power filter to an accessory source so I can get it to work automatically. That'll happen later and I'll just keep plugging and unplugging it for now.

I like the cam, but have one issue that annoys me. The MicroSD card slot is recessed a little too far and it makes it hard to insert or remove the card. My cam is behind the rearview mirror and slightly on the passenger side of the windsheild. I've already almost lost the tiny memory card to the dark depths of the floorboard at night a couple of times.

Other than that, it's really nice. It's small, has great resolution, great sound, wide view. No freezing issues or anything yet, but it's still early in the test.

I'm looking forward to more info from el dude and the others testing alternatives too. If the V1000GS starts acting up, it'll be nice to have in depth info on a ready replacement.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMottikhan

@ Mottikhan

I also plan getting the BlackVue DR400g-HD, same one that el dude has, AND just like el dude, I will be keep you all updated on how it's performs.
So far in my research, I didn't find anyone that wasn't happy with that model.
- Right now the DR400g-HD is out of stock until Feb 25, so I have to wait...

@el dude

One more question if I may, How long is the power cable? I drive a Jeep Wrangler and I wonder if the power cable will be long enough to hide it all the way down to the cigarette lighter (power source)
-Thanks for all your help, you really really helped me on my research!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKayax

Cable is extremely long, I don't think that will be an issue. I still have to hide mine, but unless you have to go all the way to the back of the car and come back to the front, I think you will be ok.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterel dude

I found a switched spare fuse on my F-150 inside the passenger compartment. For those who want to connect any camera to a switched power source, it's Fuse #37 in the fusebox under the passenger side kick panel.

I'm still not having any issues with my V1000GS. It's working great with the 8GB class 10 memory card. It's running off of the power conditioner that I mentioned earlier. The power is set to give 12.12VDC with a 6-30VDC input. It should handle any voltage transients, whether they're spikes or dips. If anyone else gets one, I'd suggest setting it before connecting it to your camera. Mine came from China set at 18VDC. Also, I'd make sure to set it just above 12VDC. If you go too low, the amp draw will be higher for the same given power used. Too high and it fries, too.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMottikhan

(This evidently didn't post. Trying again. Sorry if it turns out to be a double post)

I suppose I should post a vid too. Here's one during the day. we've have a lot of rain lately, so everything is overcast and wet.

And a night one. Once again, it's rainy.

I have Rain-X in my washer fluid, so it'll be a bit more grainy than a clear windshield. Still, not bad.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMottikhan


Nice vid, a few dropped frames though, this could be youtube. which class of card are you using ?

Regards, Mike.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Which class of card are you using ?

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Here's one I prepared earlier,

!6 gb class 10 Samsung card.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Hey there Mike. I saw some of your vids there too. Pretty nice. Mine are my first uploads ever on youtube. The vids are perfectly smooth on my computer at home, but some hesitation crops up on youtube. Maybe a compression issue?

The memory card is the same one you mentioned earlier. I saw your post and found one identical to it. (The 8GB PNY class 10). I wanted to give the cam the best chance possible. So far, it's working real well. Thanks for the advice. :)

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMottikhan


Have to agree, Youtube is not always the best !

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

It's been a while and everything is still going fine with the V1000GS. I'd say it's a good long term test. A few things of note: The settings for the G-Sensors are a little touchy. Settings at 5 or above cause the cam to set the file as "read only" with the smallest of bumps in the road or any relatively heavy braking or steering. I set them all to 1 and most of the problems went away. It still set "read only" when I'd hit a pothole or drive on a rough road. I turned the "z axis" off and that cleared up that problem. I'm leaving the x and y axes at 1 so they can protect any recording of an actual collision.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMottikhan

Oh yeah. The other thing of note...The cam will beep at you when it write protects a file. This could help you with the g-settings if you want to play around with them.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMottikhan

My long-term experiences haven't been without trouble. About a month ago I noticed the V1000GS was not recording. I did a format, and it appeared to start recording again, until the next time I started the vehicle. Turns out the SD card was poked. Although I have been able to erase the card, the old file contents still shows up. I suspect the V1000GS is either overwriting the first sectors on the drive unnecessarily, and causing the drive to wear out. I now have a second (and much smaller) SD card installed, and will see how we get on over the next few weeks.

Also of note, the camera does not play a sound when shutting down if run via USB power. I've not tested the g-force sensors, I turned them off as soon as I got the camera.

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSir Humphrey Appleby

Techmoan, thanks for the write-ups!

erkme73, can you provide any more information on the new one you purchased? I'm considering that one now and would love to see how its been working for you.

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterapplecello

Hi all, i'm also searching the car dvr of these days. Just found this interesting blog.
Hopefully i've watched the V1000GS in here. So i'm also considering erkme73's new camera. Well, it should be the model# GS1000 that the sellers posted on their site. If yes, the quality was quite good that u can find on Youtube.
erkme73, pls let us know your review ASAP.

March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetabyte

Sorry for the slow response guys... The camera video is at least as good as the v1000. However, the GPS is internal - and consequently, GPS lock is extremely slow. In fact, I would not recommend this camera, as often it takes longer to acquire than the drive to/from work.

Also, the vendor never did send me a firmware update to resolve the KPH-only option. I'll try to get video up in the next day or so, assuming that's not overcome by events.


March 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentererkme73

Thanks erkme73. I might buy the model without GPS if it really not working well. KPH-only option is not my problem because my location is using KPH. No need to change, My major concerns is the recorded session time gap delay beteween each video files. Can u verify? Also the reliability of the loop recording. Any stopped recording for running at least 1 hr? It's good if u can post some pics or video and more functioning details.

March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetabyte

Thanks for the response erkme, interesting about the GPS performance. Did it change if you had the camera mounted high or low on the windshield?

Petabyte, the GS1000 that many sellers list is a rebranded camera that is sourced from a chinese manufacturer. I got interested in tacking down the production source for this camera and found this company that actually makes it, along with other models:

There is actually newer model out, two versions. One with GPS and one without. Its body is white which I think is more conspicuous in the window than a black camera, but if it performs well it could easily be painted out black with some automotive trim paint.

The latest thing that they are making but is not yet available is a 2-camera model. It has an HD facing forward and a VGA camera facing rearwards. Looks like it records both simultaneously which would be very interesting.

I'm going to buy a car DVR in late may, so depending on whether or not this new one is out yet will determine what I'm getting. I'd like the dual camera model but if its not out I'll try the newest one.

I'd love to see some of these compared because I think they are probably very price competitive with the others being reviewed and I think the features meet or exceed those of others, at least as long as the GPS can acquire... that could be a deal breaker.

March 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterapplecello

Yes, applecello. I found this Samoon site also but couldn't access last time. It's up again. But they didn't posted any files to their download page. Actually i nearly bought DV900/F900LHD. But don't like the mounting style.

The DV5F5 video quality is quite good and with internal GPS. If it's not white color, i may take it.

I think u are talking about the new model DV5G5. Yes, the look is very smart and should be 1080P as i searched. Hope i'll be released soon.

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetabyte

Tried to ask some eBay seller to look for the DV5G5 but they couldn't get it. I found this camera on Taobao. Is there anybody had the experience of buying from Taobao. As i know we need to go through some Taobao agent because Taobao didn't accept other currency and supposed to be only for local (Mainland China).

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetabyte

erkme73, Any update from you? Is there an option to turn off the display screen during the recording?

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetabyte

Petabyte, I understand that the DV5G5 is still in production and will be available for sale soon. if you found a local site that is now actually selling it, we should see it for sale very soon on aliexpress and other similar sites.

Erkme, Any more information on the DV5E5 (GS1000) would be HUGELY appreciated! Hopefully they add in MPH option as well, but KPH is an easy conversion to make if you are trying to show details of an accident or incident in a court. Also, the slow GPS is a bummer but maybe its better in the DVD5F5 and 5G5... we'll see I guess. I'm still holding out for the dual lens 5G5 for now... I will be home from a trip in late May so thats when i'm expecting to buy something to try out.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterapplecello

Thanks Technoman for a fantastic, informative, active blog spot. I too have had a few camera's over the past year and eventually got my hands on highly rated V1000GS (w/optional GPS magnet thingy) and was initially very impressed with it all.

Then the problems began about 2 weeks in with corrupt files on the 32GB Class 4 SD cards (x4 so far) and the dreaded Death of Red Light Syndrome, or as its now known in my vehicle as @#$@#$#@$ DRLS. This was when I began looking for points of reference on the internet and stumbled across your site and read a few others were also reporting similar issues as myself.

Can anyone shed further light on the topic and perhaps know if there is some form of software update available to remedy the issues? I remember seeing the version number of the software (1.2K something), or has anyone tracked down the manufacturer website for the V1000GS?

Many thanks again for such a great site. By the way I am in sunny Cape Town, ZAR.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStuartM

All these comments are making me happy I went with the more expensive BlackVue DR400G-HD system. It has been running perfectly, I just need to install the permanent power supply so I can use it when the car is parked (trying to figure out a low profile mini fuse tap).

I couldn't imagine having to deal with any kind of failure right when you need it the most.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterel dude

I really dropped the ball with everyone here. Sorry. Life has a funny way of dictating what gets done when, and you guys came out on the short end of that deal...

I'll try to get to all of the questions asked above. If I miss one, please re-post.

1) I'm uploading two videos to YouTube right now. It'll be a few minutes before they're ready to display full 1080P quality, but the links are as follows:

2) The GPS lock is flaky at best. There may be days of driving with 0KPH listed the entire time. Other times, it locks immediately. I've tried different positions on the windshield, and even physically pulled the antenna module out of housing (top part of the mount), and it made no difference. For all intents and purposes, this unit does NOT have a functional GPS. The performance is on par with the original DOD-TEC GS600 - which also had an internal GPS. The only GPS that's worked reliably and consistently has been the external version on the V1000GS - of course, that eats SD cards for lunch...

3) I don't know if there is a way to turn off the display manually through the menu settings, but if you have the external A/V cable plugged in (analog 3.5mm jack) then the screen never comes on. That's how I have it set up, with the signal pumped to the dash screen on my stereo.

4) Loop recording can be set at 1, 2, 5, and 15 min intervals. I have it set to 15min, which result in approx 800MB files. There is no perceivable gap between segments. Since there is no motion detect, the only thing the camera uses to know when to record is incoming power. I've added a toggle switch on the dashboard that will turn the 'accessory' power (which turns off when the key is removed) to constant power. That way, if I'm in an area where I want to record when parked, I switch it. It'll record until the car battery is dead (usually 2-3 days).

5) The audio quality is sub-par. Sounds like the bit rate is about 8khz. It's acceptable, but nothing like any of the other DVRs I've tried. It would certainly capture any conversation inside the car or near an open window, but the fidelity is simply not there.

6) The vendor never did provide any new firmware up updates that would allow MPH vs. KPH.

My overall impression is that it's an acceptable alternative to nothing. But, if your goal is to have documented speed, then do not rely on this. For me, I would not buy another one. Had it not had this issue, I would have bought 7 more - one for each direction on both of my vehicles.

@StuartM -
I'm curious in what kind of vehicle you have your V1000GS installed. The V1000GS in my wife's Toyota Rav4 would constantly kill the SD cards, and give the red light error. My truck only did it once. When I swapped the V1000GS (I have two) between cars, the problem seemed to stay with the car. It leads me to believe that the V1000GS does not have any kind of voltage regulation/protection, and that certain makes of cars have less 'clean' power.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentererkme73

Finally got some feedback. What i guessed this blog was already dead.
StuartM, I like the GS1000 too. If the DV5G5 still didn't release within this month. I might take the GS1000 too. I guess you may try the higher speed SD card like class 10. Sorry, i don't understand what you meant the dreaded Death of Red Light Syndrome. Can u explain more details? Another question is i've posted above that is there an option to turn off the screen display during recording? Any screen ON/OFF switch? Or like the computer monitor's power saving?
Yes, the DR400G-HD is the best but too expensive.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetabyte

erkme thanks for the writeup. The Blackvue is obviously nice, just pricey for what it provides. If its the ONLY solution that works acceptably, then maybe the price is ok... but Techmoan has already reviewed some other cameras that seem to do the trick. I'm just curious now about the new one thats upcoming... maybe I'll end up being a guinea pig on that one!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterapplecello

Firstly, thanks to everyone posting again, great to see you still here :)

@ erkme73
VW Polo 2008.
In my case I have 2x cameras (different makes front and rear) and 1x 12V socket (or is it 5V? the cigarette lighter) so I had to purchase a power splitter enabling me to operate both cameras off a single power source. I am not using any type of power conditioning either, would love to know how but I am no auto-electrician.

@ Petabyte
I purchased a 16GB Class 10 card on Tuesday and so far so good but the problem usually only manifests after a week or so, here is hoping it still works by then :)

The DRLS I referred to was tongue in cheek stuff because unless you have a monitor connected to the camera at all times you will never know if the unit is functioning. The only way to check is to look at the flashing red LED on the camera from time to time and will know there is a problem when the red LED remains solid and the GPS [blue] LED turns off, hence the term dubbed as Death of Red Light Syndrome which implies the device has fried another SD card. Almost like when you microwave cooker goes PING at the end to inform you the food is ready :)

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStuartM

@ Erkme73

My car's LCD screen (at center console) do have the A/V input. But how long is the A/V cable provided by the vendor. If it's not enough like the power cable, i can also plug in it permanently. As the A/V input socket is just under the 12V power socket at the center console.


Thanks for your explanation. Yes, the reliability is important. We don't know when will be the accident happen. If it couldn't record
the accident time, so it's no use. That's why we buy the DVR camera.

Did you Erkme73 & StuartM try to format the SD card on the DVR unit if it got this feature? Or shorter time interval for each session file like 1 or 2 min. Might help the kill card problem.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetabyte

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