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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.


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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)

Great update news. I'm contacting a eBay seller and they said that they were also deciding to sell the new DV5G5. Should post it on the eBay TODAY.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetabyte

Yes indeed, I tried formatting the SD card with the camera but nothing happened - or at least the camera did not confirm not deny it performed the format of the card. That said I only pressed and held in the format button for a few seconds, is that the right way to do it?

My record intervals are set to 1min (makes the .MOV file easier to break up for posting and editing on YouTube) and it creates a 60MB file. My options on the V100GS are 1, 5, 10, 15 and tried the last one which caused some problems while trying break the file into smaller pieces later while editing.

I have a YouTube page if you want to view my videos - uploaded almost daily:

For those who are interested and not living in South Africa there are some nice views of Cape Town's beautiful roads, just ignore all the bad drivers ;)

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStuartM

Well, four months on & now an update.

Have used this cam quite a lot & very happy with it. Video set to HD (highest quality setting) with 5 minute recording intervals.

Never got on with the window mount so modified using "Velcro" (see earlier post) , never had any problems with the mount since.

Started out with a PNY 8gb memory card then bought a bigger card, a Samsung 16gb card, BOTH CLASS 10 !! I am amazed some people try a class 2 or class 4 card, for HD video ???

Sattelite GPS lock time is usually a minute or so.

The V1000 GS is powered from the car cigar lighter via a 3 way adapter, one for the V1000 GS one for a cheap rear cam & one for my sat nav. All working fine, no problem.

A quick release mount via a window sticky pad would have been a much better way of mounting the V1000 GS.

One or two comments have been about the software not showing an accurate GPS position on the map display, This problem I also had & was rectified by installing a free codec pack from here.

A previous Youtube clip can be viewed here.

Or a HD vid on Vimeo can be found here. minus the audio.

Or a video file can be downloaded here.

Just over a minute @ 89 mb.

Interestingley there are a few comparisone made regarding the BlackVue DR 400, very nice but over twice as expensive as the V1000 GS. I suppose that's what it cost for something reliable, I must have got lucky when I bought my V1000 GS.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Petabyte, care to share the seller whose listing the DV5G5? thanks!

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterapplecello

@Mike with respect, your comment:
I am amazed some people try a class 2 or class 4 card, for HD video ??

I am a total n00b to HD land and so I learn, Class 10 all the way forward for 1080P. Can you please tell me if the same rule applies to 720P and SD cards Class 10, or, can I step down to Class 6 or 4?

The suction cup holder on my camera appears to work fine, just applied a dab of soapy water and it has never fallen from its position. My only grumble other than cooking SD cards is the removal of the SD card, trick in the dark when mounted to the windscreen.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStuartM


Hi Stuart, re your question. I'm no expert but I wouldn't use less than a class 6 card for 720, I know class 10 cards are more expensive but using a fast card is the best way to go.

Another point worth bearing in mind is that not all cards are equal esp when purchased from unknown suppliers, there are a lot of counterfiet cards about. Buy from a reputable supplier is my advice.

I even use a class 10 card for a cheap rear view cam what records @ 720 & have never had any problems with any card. in all 3 cams that I own. Hope this helps Stuart !

Regards, Mike..

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Thanks for the pointers, much appreciated.

I am in the IT trade so sourcing reputable cards is not a problem and to give you an idea of cost here in good 'ol South Africa we pay ±R170.00ex vat for 16GB Class 10. Vat is @ 14% so all in at ±R194.00 or about 15 pound? Would you mind if I asked what type of pricing you guys have there for the same thing?


April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStuartM


Hi Stuart, re memory cards.

I paid £19.99 for the 8gb PNY card & £29.99 (on offer should have been £34.99) for the Samsung card.

Both bought from PC World., not the cheapest........but !

Regards, Mike..

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Just an update for everyone wrt my Class 10 SD card, when I remove the Class10 card from the camera after driving the temperature of the SD card is far less than when a Class 4 card was used.

Just my observation and based on guidance from users on this forum - stick to Class 10 cards!!!!!

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStuartM


The seller made a mistake. So the DV5G5 will not be available until MAY. Have to wait a few weeks.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetabyte

Yeah, I think this might be a good one to hold out for. We'll see. I get home in late may from overseas and have my new car waiting for me. Can't wait!

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterapplecello

Hi all, I posted on page 2 (I think) about the problems I was having with mine which were the same as everyone else : locks up, corrupt files, randomly stops recording, random flashing lights etc etc. Tried a Sandisk class 10 card and made no difference.

Mine came from Chinavasion before they stopped selling them, but to anyone else that's bought from them or considering buying from them in the future, it's worth paying attention to their refunds policy which states they will only refund if they agree that the item is faulty AND if you do get them to agree to that, they will ONLY add a credit to your Chinavasion account, ie. YOU CANNOT GET A MONETARY REFUND TO YOUR PAYPAL ACC/CREDIT BANK etc. This is also in addition to having to send it back to them at cost to yourself; nothing new here as it's fairly standard practice with most companies, but it'll cost the best part of £20 to ship it back to them.

For anyone interested, here is a copy of my chat log with their live chat about the issue a few minutes ago:

info: Please wait for a site operator to respond.
info: You are now chatting with 'James [Chinavasion]'
James [Chinavasion]: Hi, how can I help you?
Andy: hi james
Andy: ref
Andy: *******
Andy: ********
James [Chinavasion]: Hello Andy.
Andy: i note in your email that you mention repairing the item in the first instance. I have been monitoring the comments section of one UK review site that did a review of this item and there are a LOT of people with the same issues as myself
Andy: i would prefer not to have the item repaired and instead be issued with a refund upon its return
Andy: for a few reasons :
Andy: 1, as I have to foot the cost of the postage to you
Andy: if you return it and it goes faulty again then that is more expense to myself
Andy: 2, the import duty, which I have already paid once
Andy: there are no other car DVRs on your site that interest me so the account credit would be of no use
Andy: is it possible to initiate a refund to my paypal account?
James [Chinavasion]: Andy, I can understand your concern as far as refund is concerned but Chinavasion processes return as per the warranty offered.
James [Chinavasion]: In the rare event of a fault, all of our products are covered by a 12-month warranty for return and repair.
James [Chinavasion]: For further details on our warranty, please see this article:
James [Chinavasion]:
Andy: yes, I have of course already read your terms and conditions
James [Chinavasion]: I can personally assure you that you won't face the same problem again as we will double check the problem with every possible angle after it has been repaired.
Andy: but as mentioned there is no other product that interests me and I think it is unfair to "force" your customers into buying something else that they don't want when they bought an item in good faith. After all, it is not my problem that you sell faulty items on behalf of your clients, is it?
Andy: the item cannot be repaired
Andy: the comments section on the review goes into great detail on the topic
James [Chinavasion]: About the import duty you are concerned at the moment, Chinavasion will send the product back mentioning "Product Send Under Repair Warranty". Also, you can provide us with the copy of the tax receipt you have paid for this product so we can attach it with the package.
Andy: it is believed that there is a problem regulating the voltage from the vehicle's battery. The fluctuations and power spikes cause the device to lock up and files corrupt.
James [Chinavasion]: If the item cannot be repaired, Chinavasion will then consider to offer you with a credit amount for the product.
Andy: but I don't want to purchase anything else from you. Why should I be forced into a corner? This is very poor customer service.
James [Chinavasion]: You can keep your Chinavasion credit as long as you like and place an order if credit is provided when anything interesting is listed on our web site.
Andy: but I don't want to purchase anything else from you. I want a refund for the item.
James [Chinavasion]: Andy, there is no concern about the credit amount yet until we see the product back while our technicians confirms un-repairable.
Andy: I am disappointed that you treat your customers in this way.
James [Chinavasion]: If you have any query in regards to your products return, I would suggest you to reply back to the same email you already have received from Chinavasion as your case is being handled by our concerned department.
James [Chinavasion]: Andy, Chinavasion believes that you agree upon Chinavasion terms and conditions when you register yourself.
James [Chinavasion]: You can read the warranty details Chinavasion offers to have a better understanding.
Andy: that is true, but regardless, it is an underhand way of doing business. A reputable business would go out of their way to ensure the customer is satisfied and that is quite the opposite of what I am experiencing right now.
James [Chinavasion]: Andy, Chinavasion is trying its best to assist you with solving the problem caused in your product.
Andy: no. you are doing everything you can to ensure that you keep my money
Andy: even if it means flogging me even more poor quality products
James [Chinavasion]: Andy, I can personally assure you that all Chinavasion products are doubled checked by the QA department. We follow a basic procedure as you can see using the following link:
James [Chinavasion]:
Andy: ...
Andy: I think we are done here. Good day.

I do not recommend purchasing anything from this company.

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlsitheelad

Ouch! That is BAD... Thanks for the warning!

I have pull the trigger on the BlackVue DR400G-HD, and will play with it first time this coming Saturday :)
Hope it's good as the reviews on it...

Will report soon.

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKayax


I'm so sorry to hear your defective camera experience. It's the risk that we should know and might happen for the purchasing on the internet. Well, art least they promised to give you the credit.

Below is the recent new camera findings that look good.

HD 720P Smallest In Car Dash Camera Video Register Recorder DVR Cam G-sensor:
(i'm requesting the seller to post the demo recorded video)

1.5" LCD Full HD 1080P Car DVR Video Recorder with GPS/Google Map/G-sensor/HDMI/AV OUT TF

April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetabyte

@Alsitheelad - Good info, thanks. I thought Paypal and Credit Card issuers had separate policies that would override the vendor's. Can you try going through your credit card issuer for a refund? Just wondering.

I bought mine through EBay, so I was covered. Mine and others worked fine, but there are plenty of others that seem to be defective. I also wonder if the 32GB cards are robust enough to use in the cam with the apparent power problems that this camera has. I'm using 8GB class 10s and have an under/over voltage power conditioner installed before the cam. That might seem extreme, but I wanted to give the cam every possible chance to work.

I found the first memory card on EBay for about $20.00 if my memory serves and then found some at Frys on sale for the embarrassingly low price of $10.00 each. 3 are dedicated to the cam and are working fine so far.

I hope you get it worked out. If nothing else. you might want to try the under/over voltage conditioner and see if that helps. At $15.00, it's cheap protection. I'd use it for any cam or other sensitive electronics. (Be sure to check it with a meter and set it up for your car. Mine came set at 18VDC, which is too high in my opinion.)

Here's the url...

@Kayax - I'm looking forward to your findings on the BlackVue. I'll be wanting a second cam to look out the rear window. Most of the crazy driving I've seen lately has been in the mirror, so my forward facing cam didn't get any of it. I'll probably move my V1000GS to the rear and put whatever new one I get up front.

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMottikhan

FWIW, my BlackVue DR400G-HD has been perfect. Would like a 32GB card (16GB seems to last around 4 hours), since I am about to make it record while parked as well (once I find an affordable way of tapping APS style fuses). More expensive, but less stress/worries about it failing, not to mention it looks great.

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterel dude

OK, Here is my review on the DR400G-HD.

My DR400G-HD came in Korean language and I had some challenges to update the new Eng firmware (1.040)
After loading the new Eng firmware I got an error massage: the version information is different
After short search on Google, I have found out how to fix this issue:
1. go to: BlackVue\Config, and open and edit the "version.bin" file with any text editor
2. find and replace all: "language = English" to be: "language = Korean"
3. save and load the SD card to the Camera, plug the camera and let the Camera finish upgrading the firmware, when it's done the Camera will make sound in Korean, that's ok!
5. now go back to: BlackVue\Config, and again open/edit the "version.bin" file with any text editor, and change all
"language = Korean" back to "language = English".
6. That's it! your done.

OK, Beside the rough start, I actually very happy with this camera, worth every dime!
Installation was a breeze, I spend more time peeling the red tape cover then installing the camera ;) I was set to go in no time! the plastic mount is very sturdy.

The software that came with this camera is outstanding!!! Works really well on my work PC (XP)
Please note, I am a Linux (Ubuntu) user for a few years now, and I WISH that this BlackVue software was available on the Linux platform... like I said, it is outstanding!!!!
I wonder if the BlackVue android application (Free BTW) is good as the PC BlackVue software...

- Very nice Camera footage EVEN in crappy raining days!
- The GPS signal is loading fast, even in cloudy days.
- NO GAPS between video segments!!! (*using supplied Samsung SD, 16gb class6)
- The camera play sounds and have an easy Led lights indicators, so you don't need to guess what's happening.
- Readable video date/time/speed stamp
- Support km/h and mph!
- HD mp4 format, light files.
- BlackVue software allow you to export parts of the video segment (trimming off the unwanted parts) no video editing require.
- Camera can record in a standard loop (overwrite old files first) BUT!!! also have the option to allocate specific space for
every file type, for example: 40% Normal driving, 40% Event and 20%Parking mode, AND overwrite old files BY TYPE.

- Camera start-up time is a long 45 sec...
- Recording video segments are only 1, 2 and 3 min...
- The plastic mount is permanent! so find/test best mount position before gluing it!
- You CAN NOT change video date/time/speed STAMP COLOR... and I have a white Jeep, Yellow on white is not ideal (but still Readable).
- NO option for "stamped GPS location" on the video (only date, time and speed).
- In order to format the SD card, you need to use a specific SD-Formatter software: SD Formatter V3.10.exe (free download)
- You have to have a PC windows and install the BlackVue software to change the settings.
* though you CAN open the config.ini in any operating system and manually rewrite the setting. (advance users)
- You CAN NOT manually push a button to activate the "event" recording mode.
* though you CAN manually activate the "event" recording mode by tapping lightly on the camera triggering the sensors... ;)

A few notes:
- I couldn't read any license plates in 720P or even in 1080P, maybe it's because of the crappy weather we are having right now (dark clouds and rain), or maybe it's because that Manitoba license plates are just not easy to read... or maybe both.

- I didn't wanted to comment on the camera sound quality because I drive a Jeep Wrangler (Unlimited Rubicon), which is very noisy vehicle oneself... plus, I drive mostly on gravel roads, and the roads in my nearby city (Winnipeg) are not the best, saying the least....

- Also, I didn't mention anything on the Camera G-sensors from the same reason above,
The Wrangler by default is a rough ride, stiff suspensions, big mud wheels... and add the gravel roads and Winnipeg broken streets, and it is really bumpy ride :) so I put the G-sensors on the lowest Insensitive settings... - still experimenting with that.

Overall - I am VERY HAPPY with this Camera, and I will be following this page and report back in a few weeks/month to tell how this Camera stand the test of time! (and answer questions).

*Special thanks to "el dude", for answering all my DR400G-HD questions when I was on the fence!

AND NOW! - some Camera footage (Crappy rainy day)

I will upload more when the weather will get better.

May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKayax

Thanks for the info el dude! I went back and read some of your posts on the BlackVue. And thanks for a real nice writeup Kayax!

I'm still not sure about the BlackVue vs the V1000GS though. The problems with the V1000GS seem to be with some that were sold a while back and then taken off the market. I think mine is one of the newer ones and it's working perfectly. The power conditioner might also be helping, but I'd use one for any dash cam.

The parking mode for the BlackVue might be its winning feature, since the video looks to be the same quality in both cams. YouTube appears to wrench the quality down a bit, but I can look at the BlackVue vids and pretty much calculate that the raw video would be as good as the V1000GS raw video. I also like the mount better. I wish the V1000GS came with a permanent mount.

Can that LED be shut off? It looks distracting. I wouldn't want that thing in my view at night and it would be a beacon to thieves in parking mode if it's on.

I'm still up in the air between the two cams, but I'm leaning a little toward getting another V1000GS. At least I'm familiar with it and I know it can be hidden pretty well.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMottikhan


The second generation GS2000 was released. U may check it out.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetabyte


On the DR400G-HD you can decide what color the circle LED camera will be for each mode AND ALSO shut it off entirely (for each mode) so don't worry about that!
ALSO I can tell you from my own experience, that the circle LED light is no brighter from your radio button, and actually dimmed really nice!

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKayax

The LEDs can indeed be turned off. Happy to hear you are happy with your purchase Kayax, I am still very satisfied with it, and once every few weeks, I pull the card out to delete 'marked' events, and review odd events. I wish they had a player for OS X, but it's easy to access the video directly, and the .ini can be configured without software as well.

I hope they will address some of the style issues you mentioned in an upcoming version. It should be really easy for them to add support for more strings and in different colors.

I still have to wire in my Power Magic Pro module, so I can let it run while in parked mode. I just ordered my low-profile mini fuse tap last night (very difficult to find), but hoping to be up and running by next week.

The camera is definitely one of the more expensive one, but this thing just works, no headaches, looks fantastic, it's worth its pricetag. Too bad you have to order them from Korea (although my unit was English).

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterel dude

I got my DR400G-HD through, spend $280 CAD and that's including 3 years "SquareTrade" Warranty and Expedited Int'l Shipping. (from a seller named "cool-guys", great guy btw),
- Like I said, worth every dime!!!

I'm a geek and I like playing with gadgets, so I wasn't worry that my DR400G-HD was loaded with Korean language, I spend a few min and loaded the English firmware, no biggie - BUT I wanted to warn others, as it is not that easy!

The only issue that I have with the camera right now is that I CAN NOT turn off the G-sensors, and the lowest Insensitive settings is still to sensitive for my rough Jeep, and half of my driving is been marked as "events"!
I try to edit\configured the .ini to a lower settings like -30, but no luck... it's acting like 0, which is the lowest setting on the software, and that not enough... but I am sure there is a way to turn them off, I wonder what will happen if I type "off" instead of a number...

ps: just for the fun of it, I edit the car icon on the GPS map, to show a Jeep instead of a car ;)

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKayax

I got mine form cool-guys as well, but I believe he has separate listings for the English version. Didn't go with the SquareTrade warranty as it just made the unit too expensive for me.

I agree about the G-sensors, I changed the vertical axis to 0 so potholes won't trigger the unit, but it still does once in a while. The only reason this is a big deal is that it locks the file, meaning it can't be overwritten until you manually delete the file. Since the system seems to be Linux based, I was going to dig around the firmware, but I haven't had any time yet.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterel dude

BlackVue DR400G-HD Dash Camera on a nice day in the city (720P)

*The YouTube default video is in low quality, you need to change it to 720p HD for higher quality.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKayax

When I plug the USB cable into the PC and the other end into the camera, I get no response of any kind from my PC. The laser works and there are blinking lights but no acknowledgement from the PC. I look in "My Computer" and I see no indication that something has been plugged in. Is Windows 7 supposed to recognize this device? What am I not doing right?

Thanks for your help and all the excellent reviews too.


May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuss

@Russ Which DVR do you have?

May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStuartM

@Russ I think it's supposed to recognise it...the V1000GS will have to be powered up though. Failing that, get a USB card reader...that's what I would use if this was permanently mounted in my car.

May 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Russ - There's a USB/Cam button on the left side of the cam as you're looking at the back of it. That button will toggle the mode when you're connected to the computer..

May 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMottikhan

Thank you. I have it figured out now. I have the V1000GS DVR. It was not clear to me if all the camera's menus could be accessed using the PC. I was not able to do so. I purchased a USB power supply from Radio Shack, WOW $22.00 with tax, found the same one on the net for $8.00. Oh well. Anyway I was able to get the menus up on the TV and everything is as it should be. Now the car.



May 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuss

The V1000GS works very well in the car. Didn't get sound but later discovered the sound was not on. Have sound now. The GPS pointer on Google map doesn't always keep up with the car so I'm wondering if anyone else has this problem? When it does keep up it's really neat!



May 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuss

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