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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)

@ erkme73

Hi and thanks for your answer. Please let me know what you find out. I am fairly new in this so I apologize for my ignorance. The GPS is useful in these kind of cameras just to know the location and at what speed you are driving correct? (i.e. an officer stopping you and saying you were going faster, etc.). What other uses do you get form having a GPS in the camera? I am considering the V1000G but I haven't done anything yet. In your experience have you found that the lack of screen makes it harder to get the footage you want? In other words how many times did you try placing the camera on the dashboard until you were satisfied with the footage you were getting? I guess I always like the idea of having a screen in my cameras to know exactly what I am recording. If I go with the V1000G it would be the first one that I buy without one so I am still a bit skeptical.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

@Techmoan. Are you sure that's a U.FL connector? I would have put money on it being MCX. U.FL is not really robust enough for use as an external connector.

I thought I would be able to find a MCX to SMA adaptor, and a small rubber ducky antenna, but it appears these aren't made for GPS frequencies, and GPS antennas are normally active antennas. Garmin has some antennas for their handheld units with BNC connectors, but I have been unable to find specifications to determine if they may be suitable.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSir Humphrey Appleby

@Sir Hunphrey. Now that you ask, I'm not sure, no. Perhaps I should have kept quiet. Your idea sounds like a good one in theory, I hope you can get it to work out

January 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks Mike. Your reply regarding no Google map was because PC was not connected to the internet as you suggested.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKeefy

Hi,I bought one just before xmas,works quite well.however my camera seems to lock up on a regular basis,ie.red light stays on when locked.I have tried a few different micro sd cards (unbranded and branded) but get the same result.
has anyone had the same problem? what card would be recommended.
Hope someone may help.
Thanks
Rob.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLOCHINVAR

@ LOCHINVAR

Try lowering the video resoloution & see what happens, my money is on the memory card.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

@ MIKE,thanks for your advice will do.what make of card and capacity do you use please

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLOCHINVAR

@ MIKE,thanks for your advice will do.what make of card and capacity do you use please

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLOCHINVAR

I think I've found a solution... FGPS35216-SM-RA GPS-Stubby Antenna with SMA-Male right angle connector

http://www.glynstore.com/ead-gps-stubby-active-antenna/

This is a stubby active GPS antenna, with 26dB gain, which appears to be comparable to all the mouse antennas I have found. Requires 3V. Still waiting for my camera. Does anyone have a multimeter and a V1000GS and can see what voltage is supplied to the antenna port?

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSir Humphrey Appleby

@ LOCHINVAR

Memory card is PNY 8gb from PC World.

Some suggest class 6 should work fine though.

Beware a lot of fake cards about, thats why I paid top price from PCW !

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

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