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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
Sena Prism Tube

My favourite USB battery power Pack

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

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

What SD CARD should I buy?

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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

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 dashcams...here'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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Tuesday
Sep182012

A Car DVR with a wired rear camera

My Car DVR reviews seem to be quite popular, so I thought it was time to do another one. It takes something a bit different to get my attention with so many similar car cams available. This model does have the interesting feature of an additional wired rearview camera. The fact that the camera is compact and pretty cheap also counts in its favour.  

I hijack the beginning of the video review to explain why it’s really not possible for me to answer the (hundreds) of email requests I receive asking me to recommend a specific ‘best’ car camera. This will also apply in relation to the similar requests I often get regarding action cams. 

I really can’t tell people what camera to buy, any more than a car magazine would try and tell you what car you should drive. These reviews are produced only to help people to formulate a decision based upon their own very specific personal requirements. Please also bear in mind that everything I test is only used for a short period of time, I have no idea about the long term reliability of any of the products I review. 

Overall though, this seems to me like a pretty decent camera for the price, despite one or two relatively minor niggles. I paid approximately £50 for mine from this seller on eBay who despatched from the UK. If you want an up-to-date list of auctions, you can click This Link which will perform a search on eBay UK for you.

Some of the other eBay sellers stock a grey coloured model and some also come with a different style of adjustable rear camera. 

I have also found it for sale on DX.COM where it seems to be supplied with an additional suction cup mount

As always there seem to be a few variations of this camera around - so take a close look at any example screenshots shown in any adverts. The menus in mine appear as a bar along the bottom of the screen.  Here's an example of one where the OSD looks completely different, and I have no idea how this one performs (It also comes without the rear camera).

UPDATE - 22 SEPTEMBER 

Download four clips here - Front & Back, Day & Night.

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Reader Comments (493)

I think i got mine in september 2013. the only thing i've noticed "wrong" about it is that once i turn off the key, it doesn't take long for it to shut down. i have it set at 1 minute but it' shuts down much quicker than that. that doesn't bother me though. i don't care if it's filming after the ignition is off. i don't use it EVERY day, but it gets powered at least 6 times every week, and then on the first weekend of the month, i remove it from my regular car and mount it in a race car, then power it at least 6 times at the race, then put it back in the main car. i also bring it in the house after each race to download footage as that's easier than taking out the microSD card or trying to hook up a usb cable while mounted to the car.

no comment on the av out - i've never tried it since usb to the pc is enough for my uses.

June 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

Hi,
I've just started looking for an In-Car cctv. Your page is great for helping us to decide what might be the best - and worse - features for our differing needs etc.

1) how often do you update your site please ?

2) is there a camera that records whilst the engine is turned off ?
I'd like to see what's happening around my car, and obviously catch someone in the act if need be.

thanks for taking the time to share your findings with us.

Furkin

June 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFurkin

i was looking into the same when i started, i learned that car cams and motor DVRS have the same functions.

Self usb powered dvr or dvr with up to 4 cameras all have: G shock, gps, motion sensor, (parking mode) records 10 secs before and after a motion is detected,, loop recording, night vision etc etc

if you want to have a camera with the stand bye features going in the back ground first make sure your car has efficient battery power or it will be drained, for example if you left your car for a few days out or a week the battery will be drained, but in any case to use one wired to the battery of the car directly is no problem, just connect it to cables BEFORE the key that turns on the car, if you only want the cams to run when the car is on connect it to the Radio red, black and green so it turns on when the car does.

a motor DVR is the best way to go because they always give you some temp battery back up solution, also they have advance features like gps, 3g, wifi, 2.4ghrz wireless camera connectivity, you can see the cameras from your android or iphone (ios) anywhere in the world, receive alerts or stream the video, the dvrs all come with alarm systems and motion detection sensors not just for parking but to tell if anyone enters the vehicle during times its parked with out dis engaging the alarm., and the dvrs run about 125€ -$160 US; the cameras range between 25€ and 45 depending if you have a RV/motor home or truck and need stronger boxy looking inferred lights to park your huge truck (now you know why truckers park so well and fast).

I think everyone wants the DVR feature and its out there for under 200€, maybe 300€ depending on the size of the battery unless your car has a decent capacity already, the only other additional thing is a LCD screen, a 7 inch with 4 video in can run between 35€ and 125€ depending if you want active LCD or tft, truckers use old 5 inch black and white screens, but if you look at what Bus drivers use they have 4-8 camera 7 inch LCD displays, really nice, you can also use your tablet with velcro on your dashboard to watch the gps and monitor the cameras in real time, one more thing i learned is that rv / motor homes and truckers have side cameras too, they are actually made with a slant to watch the vehicles back up or eitehr direction, i love to see people set ups because this motor home dvr technology has just started to be implemented in expensive cars and rv/motor homes, its basically like home dvrs, HD, etc

June 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFatlip

Thanks for your reply,
1/ How are you getting on with yours ?
2/ You mention a 'Motor DVR', then go on to talk about different prices.
I'm sorry to sound dim, but are you saying that we buy these units as 'separates' - a recorder, a camera, a monitor etc ?

Do I just search for 'Motor dvr' ?
cheers

June 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFurkin

Well, i got one of those 7 inch mirro back up parking displays, this one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160822605793?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 and oddly, because i asked if the camera was 170° they added another camera and claimed the one in the advert (which is also 170°) is NOT 170° degrees and they put this little camera in my box making it a wireless camera with the wireless kit, they dont even sell this set: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Rear-View-4-IR-LED-Reversing-Backup-Camera-7-LCD-Monitor-Mirror-Kit-/161172351067?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item25869ee85b.

What i do is use my Gw1 HD 2014 version AV out into the AV B of that mirror, when i go reverse it guides me to park, when im not reverse it defaults to the G1w which is AV B, in the end i am using 2 inputs of the 7 inch screen, some of these screens if you google or search on ebay come with USB and extra SD port to watch movies which is weird, anyway this is the set up i have for the car at the moment., i wanted this dual camera DVR here reviewed but read so many horror stories about them breaking down etc, i was going to add this to the 7 inch display because its nice and big to see the dual screen from the unit here on this site, sad sad sad

For the motor home/ rv (or an expensive car) i recommend the DVR set up with a dedicated battery (so thieves cant shut the power off), and this way the alarm and sensors still run with out been effected in the event the power was indeed shut off.

The basic mobile DVR with all the basic functions for taxis, cars and trucks:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mini-CCTV-4CH-Realtime-SD-Card-Mobile-Bus-Car-Vehicle-DVR-Recorder-System-Audio-/351078987188?pt=US_Car_Alarms_Security_Systems&hash=item51bdf035b4

this one comes with a few night vision cameras (better for rvs and trucks)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4CH-Realtime-Security-CCTV-H-264-64G-SD-Card-Mobile-Car-Vehicle-DVR-Recorder-/351083199260?pt=AU_GPS_Accessories&hash=item51be307b1c

A decent monitor for 4 camera view (unless you prefer your tablet ) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/24V-Car-Rear-View-7-LCD-Monitor-4CH-Quad-Split-Screen-Truck-Caravan-Vans-UK-/161316608397?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item258f38198d but like i said if you have a smart phone you can log into it when you need to, most people dont need to see the screen unless theya re parking or after a accident.

great cameras: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-Waterproof-HD-Reversing-camera-360-Car-Bus-Parking-Rear-View-/161053955318?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item257f9054f6 360° 25€ but dont buy it at this place if you want one instead search other stores on ebay in china, the UK shop asks allot for shipping. here is another standard parking one:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-7-IR-LED-Night-Vision-Car-Rear-View-Reversing-Number-Plate-Camera-/160990000216?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item257bc07458 and normal ones for dvrs that run all the time, i think they are better because you can use the parking camera when u like to park while all 4 record and it acts like a back of the car camera= http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=cctv+camera+170%C2%B0&LH_PrefLoc=2&_sop=15
360° =http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/mini-CCTV-IR-Camera-360deg-rotated-stand-90deg-view-angle-8-pcs-940nm-ir-/271038148801?pt=US_Security_Cameras&hash=item3f1b21f0c1
and
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/savezone2011/_i.html?rt=nc&_nkw=camera&_sid=1058363278&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1581&_pgn=4

Here is one whole complete set i was thinking about before when i first learned about them; http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Latest-New-360-Panoramic-4-HD-Car-Camera-DVR-and-Panoramic-Parking-System-/261348673118?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item3cd998465e i hope these things get reviews here by Techmoan since he is the KING of dashboard camera reviewing.

June 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFatlip

Well, i got one of those 7 inch mirro back up parking displays, this one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160822605793?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 and oddly, because i asked if the camera was 170° they added another camera and claimed the one in the advert (which is also 170°) is NOT 170° degrees and they put this little camera in my box making it a wireless camera with the wireless kit, they dont even sell this set: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Rear-View-4-IR-LED-Reversing-Backup-Camera-7-LCD-Monitor-Mirror-Kit-/161172351067?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item25869ee85b.

What i do is use my Gw1 HD 2014 version AV out into the AV B of that mirror, when i go reverse it guides me to park, when im not reverse it defaults to the G1w which is AV B, in the end i am using 2 inputs of the 7 inch screen, some of these screens if you google or search on ebay come with USB and extra SD port to watch movies which is weird, anyway this is the set up i have for the car at the moment., i wanted this dual camera DVR here reviewed but read so many horror stories about them breaking down etc, i was going to add this to the 7 inch display because its nice and big to see the dual screen from the unit here on this site, sad sad sad

For the motor home/ rv (or an expensive car) i recommend the DVR set up with a dedicated battery (so thieves cant shut the power off), and this way the alarm and sensors still run with out been effected in the event the power was indeed shut off.

The basic mobile DVR with all the basic functions for taxis, cars and trucks:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mini-CCTV-4CH-Realtime-SD-Card-Mobile-Bus-Car-Vehicle-DVR-Recorder-System-Audio-/351078987188?pt=US_Car_Alarms_Security_Systems&hash=item51bdf035b4

this one comes with a few night vision cameras (better for rvs and trucks)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4CH-Realtime-Security-CCTV-H-264-64G-SD-Card-Mobile-Car-Vehicle-DVR-Recorder-/351083199260?pt=AU_GPS_Accessories&hash=item51be307b1c

A decent monitor for 4 camera view (unless you prefer your tablet ) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/24V-Car-Rear-View-7-LCD-Monitor-4CH-Quad-Split-Screen-Truck-Caravan-Vans-UK-/161316608397?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item258f38198d but like i said if you have a smart phone you can log into it when you need to, most people dont need to see the screen unless theya re parking or after a accident.

great cameras: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-Waterproof-HD-Reversing-camera-360-Car-Bus-Parking-Rear-View-/161053955318?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item257f9054f6 360° 25€ but dont buy it at this place if you want one instead search other stores on ebay in china, the UK shop asks allot for shipping. here is another standard parking one:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-7-IR-LED-Night-Vision-Car-Rear-View-Reversing-Number-Plate-Camera-/160990000216?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item257bc07458 and normal ones for dvrs that run all the time, i think they are better because you can use the parking camera when u like to park while all 4 record and it acts like a back of the car camera= http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=cctv+camera+170%C2%B0&LH_PrefLoc=2&_sop=15
360° =http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/mini-CCTV-IR-Camera-360deg-rotated-stand-90deg-view-angle-8-pcs-940nm-ir-/271038148801?pt=US_Security_Cameras&hash=item3f1b21f0c1
and
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/savezone2011/_i.html?rt=nc&_nkw=camera&_sid=1058363278&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1581&_pgn=4
Here is one whole complete set i was thinking about before when i first learned about them; http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Latest-New-360-Panoramic-4-HD-Car-Camera-DVR-and-Panoramic-Parking-System-/261348673118?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item3cd998465e i hope these things get reviews here by Techmoan since he is the KING of dashboard camera reviewing.
This is EVERYTHING i know to date, there is more out there but way more expensive, for example there are 360° 6 camera all around the car systems now, they have weird names etc so you need to google that up, these systems come with some new cars.

June 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFatlip

I got my 1080p version of this camera from ebay. Didn't work. Got a replacement, appeared to work - great wide angle lense and seems to deal well with poor light. However, in spite of it saying that it was 1080p on the LCD menu, it looked a bit low res to me so I put the video through VLC and checked the properties. Lo and behold - 720p.

The fakes market is a nightmare for car cams. I'd be interested in finding a reliable 1080p distributor. Such a shame as the wide angle lens is really very good. I also thought that two of these would be good for an all round setup. Main cams front and back with the low res cameras either side? Just a thought.

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

so far there aren't any real 1080p dual setups, at least not anywhere near this price. if you want true 1080p front and back your best bet is two seperate g1w cameras.

since i can probably live without a rear, i plan to get a g1w for my daily driver, then permanently put this cheapo vga cam in my race car, since i dont need full hd (though it'd be nice) in the race car. i only use it to review my racing line and occasionally post youtube videos: youtube.com/gibson99dotcom

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

Thank you so much for taking the time to add finger to keyboard.

There is some nice stuff out there.
As my kit will be mainly for surveillance, I'd like to put a small camera inside the passenger door, covering the drivers side windows, and one in the drivers door, to monitor the passenger side.
I've seen a few likely items on ebay.
A front & rear camera can be for driving when mobile - & surveillance when parked.

Whilst I do fancy a 7 or 5 inch screen/monitor, I don't have anywhere to put it. Of course, when in surveillance mode, it would be superfluous anyway.

Now, all I need to find, is something that transmits to my phone.

thanks for all other inputs too.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFurkin

You need a Mobile dvr and little 170° cameras fixed in the vehicle to do that.

The dvrs record in 1080HD with 4-8 video audio and alarm inputs, if the cameras are cmos 5mp your set, you can even buy iphone or tablet cameras with 1-5+mp now and add the circuitry to distribute video.
-get yourself a dvr with 4-8 camera, alarm and sensor inputs,
-first Decide if you want to pay for 3g-wifi gps etc etc or add it from an outside unit.
-get yourselves a few 170° small cameras,
-i would add a back up battery to allow these security system to work 48+ hours after fully charged from driving, also good incase anyone cuts the power to the vehicle from outside.
-download the dvr's app unto your android or iphone and your set.

you should be able to access the dvr via 3g both receive alarms, videos, video streaming, use it to watch your vehicle as well as listen to anything around it from any where in the world,

This site is about small """dvr/"slash"/cameras""., there are also things like the philips m100 wifi camera / dvr that connects to your wifi router at home and you can access this on your phone, i have those and they work GREAT, simple to set up, some even have two way audio to speak to the kids., but for the car the best low budget HD car dash DVR is not even mentioned on this site because it just came out and its called the GW10, its the GW1 with a 170° camera (carl ziess), price seems to be the same and it also has a 300Mah battery, like the 2014 G1W cameras., if you want more then two of any home or vehicle "dvr/"slash"/cameras" you better off getting a DVR and adding cameras., much cheaper.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFatlip

finally received my cam all the way from Singapore ('on stock' they call that at French Amazon site). There seems to be an endless variation of soft- and hardware. Manual is total rubbish and inconsistent with hardware. Recording-led does not work, IR-leds seem not to work but will test that later again. Took me ages to find the language settings in chinese (one would expect that to be the first line in the manual... but not). My software in the cam is from januari 2014, not too bad. Here's my language setting from chinese to normal (haha):
1- stop recording
2- press 3 times menu button
3- press 7 times down arrow button
4- press button with triangle (most right on top) and scroll again down where you find "Englsih" to select and confirm with again arrow and triangle buttons.

I really wish there was a search option on this site within the reviews itself. Might be a good extension of this enormeous review that is becoming unusable...

@Fatlip; The video out is working fine, but puts the cam in Play-mode automaticly which can not be changed until you unplug the Vid-Out again. So you can't send the videosignal from the cam(s) to whatever is connected to the Vid-Out. I used it for example to play a recording back directly on a beamer. That's fun, but it isn't possible to connect a bigger 10" screen to it for a better view during reversing with your campervan, as I had planned for.

General score for this gadget: 8

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErnie

As promised, did some more testing. The IR-leds are indeed not powered even when switched-on permanently via the power-button. I tried it on a frieds cam as well, here you can see in the dark immediately four white-ish cornes when you put your hands over the cam. The external rear-view camera also has this issue, so it's not the leds themselves, but the control signal sent to them.

=> Did have a test as well with 5 meter extra cable on the rear-view camera since the standard cable if far too short in my campervan, and it seems to be working just fine. Not too much loss of video quality.

==> The newer cam of my friend's had software from 2014 march 28th in it. Has anybody got experience in upgrading the cam???

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErnie

if the video out only plas back video then its worthless to me, i rather have two gw1's at 1080HD(not 1080p which is stretched 720p)
I just found out that you can connect those wireless kits to the gw1, juicing them with an adapter which means adding 1080HD cameras under 50£ that also record all the time.

for my motorhome a 4-8 channel DVR, gps alarm system with 3g to my ipad is the best, the kit i found now also gives you a extra camera to place on top of the motor-home to check clearance in the event your driving under a bridge.

whatever the case if you enjoy this camera and t works for you thats great, i just dont like the small res videos both on cams like this and cctv cameras for parking, the g1w seems to be the best camera i ever used, i love the 2014 version i received, im sure it will get great reviews here, just warning you all that 1080P is 720p stretched, get the 1080HD which is what it is 1K res

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFatlip

Thanks again,
I’ve been looking for the component parts, and thought I’d found the ideal camera (see [URL=http://s269.photobucket.com/user/freddy9906/media/CameraMini1b170deg_zps83b51f48.jpg.html][IMG]http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj56/freddy9906/CameraMini1b170deg_zps83b51f48.jpg[/IMG][/URL])

to mount in my car doors - one either side - to monitor the opposite side.

Having contacted a couple of (ebay) suppliers, they seem to think that they aren’t suitable for my purpose – didn’t say why – maybe too wide angled ?
I’m assuming that most ‘normal’ Forward & Rearward cameras would suit – one each, added to the 2 door ones [4])

Have also seen “[URL=http://s269.photobucket.com/user/freddy9906/media/DVR444_zps68ec0729.jpg.html][IMG]http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj56/freddy9906/DVR444_zps68ec0729.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
” which looks about right, but don’t know if I can monitor it from my android phone.

More research required, but am building up knowledge as I go.

All the best for now

June 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFurkin

Hi


some of your links did not work

but look at this one for example, its the right idea but it is expensive and does not even guaranty 1080HD, http://www.aliexpress.com/item-img/High-Definition-360-Degree-Bird-s-Eye-View-Around-View-Car-Camera-for-Toyota-Highlander/514147295.html Funny part is you can find those same or better cams all for 150 bucks combined., but its what your after right? Who isnt.

here are some more cheaper examples:

here is another Rig: http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Bird-View-360-degree-All-round_556949710.html
$250 http://french.alibaba.com/product-gs/360-degree-panoramic-view-car-camera-644843859.html
http://www.houseofjapan.com/electronics/fujitsu-3d-360-degree-car-camera
http://www.carreversecamerasystem.com/sale-1805288-360-degree-around-bird-view-car-backup-camera-systems-with-car-vehicle-travelling-for-audi-a4-car.html
http://www.macnica.eu/ambarella
http://venturebeat.com/2014/01/06/ambarella-launching-new-chips-for-360-degree-car-video-cameras/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mglZ2CuswNQ#t=410

Its simple, get the DVR from China, google motor dvr, put one together its fairy easy, the only thing i worry about in cars is battery life, that is if you want a 3g set up to monitor the cameras from outside or them capture motion detection over night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlB8cGelN9c no bilnd spot 360° video example

some accidents caught with 360° cam systems aka Omniview
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=accidents+360%C2%B0+cameras

June 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFatlip

btw ppl set up this since the 1990s, i think these companies can do much better and see more profits if they push the technology a drop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO91x6k1T14

the system in the video has 5 cameras, one even on top for clearance, i say 8 cameras would be great for a motor home

2 cams on sides,
2 cams for back and front,
1 cams for the roof to check clearance

if you already had been set on a 5 cam system for a truck or motor home, dam, even a car, then you want a 8 camera dvr like me,
the 3 cameras left can be used to see the inside of the car from back and front of driver and passengers, the third can be used on top in the back to see everything, sounds a bit nuts but you can see anything from anywhere with this set up and record it all

June 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFatlip

Just did another test with a camera that has IR-leds working; they only produce a picture for object that are as close as 30cm!!! That is not even the focus point of the camera. What a non-sense feature. If you look closely, you can see the IR-leds shining dark red and the ones on the console react indeed to the on/off/automatic settings. The rearcamera has the IR-leds powered constantly.
My conclusion on this issue; THE IINFRA RED LEDS SERVES NO PURPOSE AT ALL, so don't buy this DVR for this feature!

June 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErnie

not to be rude but it's been stated in plenty of places, including this site, that infrared leds on a dashcam are not only 100% useless, they can also CAUSE problems at night by reflecting of the windscreen and creating glare for the camera, effectively blinding it. theyre only there as marketing gimmicks for the uneducated.

June 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

infra red are meant to go on the outside of your vehicle, shows you there its just a marketing catch

The gw1 has a light but its by no means infra red and the light works perfect, at least the 2014 model i got which is HD and a excellent dash

June 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFatlip

Just ordered one.
Can two of these be used as a single unit, camera A to A..?

June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMalcolmNix

What you mean by A to A?

I'm getting a sec on Gw1 next week, ordered it already from ebay, 2014 1080HD (not P) and I'm going to simply use a dual 12volt power supply, they will start recording as soon as i start the car, i guess when i bring back all the footage net week i will be able to sync them, no doubt possible mm seconds off but I'm gonna have a blast, just hope my battery does not die, i got this 12 volt adapter for 20€ that is a shape of a cup, you connect it to your 12volt slot then sit it next to your dangerous coffee cup while you drive (possible danger) and it also has 2x USB ports, i will ask the mechanic near us about looking at our battery to see if this will work out or not., i had a toyota yaris fail on me once with a iPhone and iPad been charged while parked, i had to push the car until it started and this car was only 8 months old.

June 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfatlip

the yaris has a tiny battery compared to some other cars, but even cars with larger batteries can't run that much juice for very long with the engine stopped. if you need to run that much power with the engine stopped, i suggest adding a second battery with an isolator so that your equipment doesn't drain your starter battery, and maybe also some solar panels to help keep everything topped up while parked (obviously no good at night or if you park in garages).

June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

So i just picked up this camera for around 50$ US here in 2014, There are quite a few updates i thought i would mention just in case anyone still checks out this Blog. First off, great blog, great review, and i love your youtube vids!
Now onto the updates.

In the bag i received NO STRING! BULLCRAP! Hah, kidding, not kidding about the string though, its totes not there
No SD card, none, nada
No AV cable, none, nada
Rear camera has been modified with a new sticky stand that would work pressed Onto the window itself, or on an adjacent surface suchas used in your video.
Camera has a paper manual, printed version of what you screen-grabbed. Useless as ever
no corrections have been made on the box or manual
the on screen timestamp is now Green instead of White.
The unit comes with the same plate mount 3m adapter, but ALSO comes with a reasonable quality Suction Cup adapter!
(most welcome if i do say so myself, and its adjustable to modify the screen angle)

beyond that everything about the same as it was in the review. I noticed with the nighvision set to "auto" i occasionally get some footage that looks like its trying to go from night to day mode, even on a nice day in the sun. I am having some trouble figuring out what all the settings do and how to get it to record 24/7 but i think thats just because i'm an idiot, not because anything is wrong.

June 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterugzz

Does anyone know where to get decent English instructions for what is essentially a great product?!!

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGary

just read this thread and watch techmoan's video. that's about all you need.

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

Thanks Jason, but Done that, when I press the "lock button" (triangle on my model) the file that I hoped to have saved in a manner which is not overwritten, actually "locks" a time period AFTER the event (useless to put it mildly), unless I am missing something - ps I use this kit as an aid when teaching learner drivers. So having the ability to capture something immediately after "an event" would be great, if it did it!

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGary

mine does the same, though if i catch it quick enough, it will catch the 10 seconds or so leading up to the button press. there doesn't seem to be a way to change this behavior. part of the delay on mine is that i first have ti press a button to wake up the screen, then hold triangle to make it lock the file.

a new firmware could potentially fix this issue but i don't think anyone knows how to update the firmware, even if one was available.

more info on this cam: http://dashcamtalk.com/i1000-f70/
http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/threads/i1000-f70-x6-720p-dual-lens-dvr-dash-camera.21/

i haven't read that whole forum thread (in fact i'm only just getting involved on dashcamtalk) but from what i've seen on other threads there, these people know their stuff.

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

Just acquired new one of these, but using the camera for about 5 days, produces a different result every time! Some times a few files, sometimes 20 x 5 mins, sometimes one file from, when it was turned off at the end of the day!! Very frustrating piece of kit - anyone have any ideas (apart from using a hammer!) ? Thanks in advance

July 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGary

mine is just about worthless when set to 5 minute loop time, just like you describe. using it on 1 or 2 minutes is fine and has no issues.

July 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason G

@ gary ; it seems to me you've got motion detection switched on. That will produce random sized files. Switch it off and recording will be in trances of 1, 2 or 5 minits.

July 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErnie

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