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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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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 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).


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

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Reader Comments (493)

Well, I came to use the camera this morning and it had saved the setting for the rear camera, meaning that when I looked at it on the screen it was the correct way round. Result! But then, I put the rear view camera on full screen it flips the image and it shows it in reverse, as I knew it would. I think this is to make it look like you are reversing by looking in the mirror. When I've got home and reviewed the footage, the image is always the right way round. Even when I was parked up switching the orientation of the rear camera, it has remained recording the correct way round only. And it records sound perfectly. Are you sure the setting is switched on for audio? Strange that it plays it with sound through the camera. It must have saved it to the card with audio, so I suspect there is another issue somewhere else. On a side note, I've read on Techmoan's youtube comments people returning the products because they keep switching off after sayiing 'lower power' after a few minutes and they think they are not holding charge or drawing enough power to run and charge the unit at the same time. Well, this isnt a fault, it's a setting on the camera under 'shutdown time' which needs to be set to 'off' otherwise it will shut down after 1, 3 or 5 minutes. Out of the box, both of mine have had this set to 3 minutes as default, so I can see why people think theirs is faulty.

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Mine just always shows it as if i look in the mirror. I have no problem with that.

For any who are annoyed by the very loud startup and shutdown sound, I just operated on mine. The speaker sits in the back shell and is connected to the pcb by two wires, red and black. I cut one of them and hey presto, silence!

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Has anyone seen the upgraded version of this? My camera arrived in a box for the upgraded model (didnt actually read the box until today!) The camera inside was the 'basic' one which Techmoan has reviewed. However, reading the box, there is an identical looking version but with 1080p, HDMI output and GPS which is built into the slimline windscreen mount. I've searched the internet but cannot actually find it for sale. Has anyone found it?

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Just ordered mine. £41.99 inc P&P from China. Duties may be on top, but still works out as an okay price. Based on this review I think this will serve the purpose good enough. Hiding those cables will be interesting though...

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLawrie

Hi matt I tried looking for it but no luck perhaps if you contact the people you bought the camera from.....I have just received the V2000GS camera from and have a couple of issues namely the instruction leaflet is in russian the car power lead is far too short to hide away and I cant find software to access the google maps app Techmoan has tried to help bless him but at present i am no further forward.I have emailed ebdeals a couple of times but at present no one there has had the decency to reply so anyone thinking of buying this camera think twice before placing an order with ebdeals If in the meantime I receive satisfactory answers from the supplier I will modify my remarks accordingly.......good luck with your search

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

I have bought the same dvr from china for aprox. 55 euros. It is the one without the remote controll, and I have the same problem with KEV. I have managed to flip my front camera with MIC and REC buttons but I cannot flip my rear camera which is mirrrored by default. In addition, I occasionally have some crashes and bad responses from the device. I'm also not satisfied with the quality of the front camera.The exposure is rather low even with the +3 setting enabled, which results in pretty dark and fuzzy videos. I think techmoan's dvr video quality (as I can see from his review) is a little bit higher. My firmware version is the F20-20120716 as well. I have no problem with audio recording except that it clips when it records conversations. I believe there are several editions of this device lying around, with different qualities...

Besides all of these I think it is a fair play for what you get for 50 euros. it is really install and forget... I hope.

Btw,is there any way to download a newer firmware which hopefully fixes these problems ?

November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPostman

postman, have you tried flipping it using the left button that also switches the screen off? Use the top right button to change the camera view so that the rear view camera is displayed full screen. Then, press and hold the top let button to switch the screen off. Press it (maybe hold but cant remember) and it will come on the opposite way round to how it was displayed. It flips everything, including all the writing and numbers on the screen not just the image. Press the top right to swap it back to picture in picture and the front camera will be the right way round, including on screen text now. If you press it again to go full screen rear camera, it will revert back to how it was before, but so far, with mine flipped using this method, it has remained the right way round no matter how long the device is switched off for. On a plus note, my camera which had a faulty battery has fixed itself! It reached full charge yesterday whilst I was driving and it now retains charge! I have no complaints with regards to the image on mine. It looks just like Techmoan's and just as good as any dashcam footage I have seen, especially for this price. Left all the settings to auto and it seems to work it all out. Night doesnt seem to bad. Roads with street lighting look like Techmoan's and I think his footage looks quite good.

November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Matt, I tried your solution but it doesn't work. I even tried to reset to default settings by pressing the little button next to the Power button. Maybe is the firmware version. As far as I know, the latest vesrion is the F20_20120905 but I have the F20_20120716 installed. Which one is yours? Anyway, there is no big deal if the rear camera is mirrored, maybe it's more convenient when parking.

P.S. I have the same video quality as kev's videos, posted above.

November 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPostman

Regarding the rearview camera being the wrong way around. I see these DVR's sold with various kinds of rearview cameras. Prorbably depends on what is available when packing the product, as the rear camera is not made by the company which make the DVR itself. The makers of the Rear cameras have them i two versions, one is mirrored, one is not. It is a setting inside the camera, usually in a Flash EEprom on the board. There is nothing to do about this unfortunately.
My bundle came with a rear camera that looks like Techmoan's and it's the "right" way around watching the video file on the computer, not mirrored - I personally doesn't care which way round it's on the DVR display as i do not watch that. I have a seperate reversing camera and monitor in my car.
Also, i got the Black model of the DVR, no remote, and even on +3 setting the picture is pitch black in the evening, so it's kinda crap in that regard:-/

I took some pictures of the internals if anyone is interested:

November 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPer Jensen


I have just bought one of these devices; the main unit looks the same as the one in the review, but the rear camera is rotateable.
Came with remote control, suction mount, stick-on mount, and no string...

Bought from a seller on Ebay called "mteli_cctv", item snappily named "Dual Lens 720P 2.0 Car Vehicle HD DVR Camera Video Recorder Camcorder G-sensor".

Couple of problems though, and wondered if it's just because the instructions are out of date, or if there is a fault.

1) I can't access the menu. I've pressed the "Menu/Model" button (top left) twice as per the manual, but nothing. Long-pressed, single-pressed, pressed lots of times....but no apparent change. Is there a different way of accessing it ?

2) I can't enter playback mode. If I long-press the Photo/Playback button (top middle) as per the manual, nothing changes.

3) The screen sometimes displays random noise rather than any form of image. Think this maybe related to rotating the front lens.

November 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermuddy

Postman, I have ver_20120509 installed on mine. Strange one. Either way, it's useless as a reversing camera. I figure it's there in the event of a collision or incident, and right or wrong way round it's still going to record what happens. It can always be edited and flipped before burnt to a DVD if needed as evidence I suppose.

Muddy, I bougt mine from the same ebay seller and I dont have the problems you have. In response to your questions:

1. The menu is accessed by a single click of the top left button. But you MUST make sure the camera is NOT recording. If mine is recording I cannot access the menu. If you have auto record set to on, it will always start recording when you switch it on, either by plugging it in or switching it on manually. Stop it by pressing the 'rec' button and you should be able to access the menu. You do need to give the buttons a good press too.

2. Playback mode is accessed by a long press of the middle button on the top, the one with the picture of a camera and a play triangle next to it. Once again, you need to make sure the camera is not recording.

3. Very rarely, when I have the screen switched off but still recording, and then switch it on it displays a white screen rather than the image. I have to switch the screen off and on again and it's ok.

Hope this helps with some of your issues.

November 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Great, thanks Matt - I'll try stopping the recording first, never thought of that.
I know the button works, as a long press turns the screen off...

November 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermuddy

hello all
just to let you all know bought 2 of these cams been using them for around 3 weeeks now sent 1 back 4 days ago battery dead kept on switching off today look bad but the second one seem to be going the way the first one went keeps knocking off battery totaly dead after hous of charging !!!!!!!!

November 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

Paul, how were you charging it? If you look back at an earlier post of mine, I charged mine off a standard 5v mini usb phone charger for a couple of hours and it killed the battery. It wouldn't hold any charge at all after that and would only run whilst connected to the car charger. Although this was a slight problem, as long as it recorded in the car, and powered up when connected via USB to the computer which it did, then I was ok with it. Strangely enough, after a few weeks now the battery seems to have fixed itself and it hold charge and works like it used to. I did put a warning on my post that these cameras seem very fussy about what they charge from. The car charger and the USB connected to the computer are fine, but charging from the mains is a no no. I think the general guidance should be not to pre-charge these cameras, and just use them plugged into the car.

November 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I'm going to buy a USB OTG cable for my Samsung Galaxy S3, and I wondered if I can then plug direct into the camera USB port with my phone, and see the files on the memory card. Would be an easy way of retrieving or uploading files while in the car...

Anyone tried this ?

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermuddy

To follow up on the USB OTG....I have bought a USB OTG cable for my Samsung Galaxy S3.
Using this, I can connect direct to the camera, and view the stored videos direct from my phone.
So, I can playback recorded video on the phone screen, share/upload wherever I want, or copy/delete as appropriate.

The bad news is that my camera is faulty - well the front camera at least. It just shows and records a green noise pattern. It was intermittent at first, but now it's more often than not. Repeated resets etc don't fix it.
The rear camera still works and records OK.

I've agreed with the seller than I can buy a new one, then when it arrives, send the original one back for a refund. Means I'll get my hands on a new one sooner, and perhaps won't have to pull all the wiring, rear camera etc out of the car.
Seller did mention that delivery times were longer now due to Christmas rush though.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermuddy

Well my faulty one I sent back to my Ebay seller from China got to China.......and that's about it. Royal Mail says delivery unsuccessful and it will probably be returned back to me in the UK. Not impressed but we'll see what the seller says if he ever replies to my messages.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Just a follow up to my last post, the seller has replied stating he has received the item back and is sending out my replacement tomorrow. Just a waiting game now.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Keep us posted Matt, I bought from same seller...

Looks like the fault with mine (green noise screen from front camera) happens when the device warms up.
It nearly always works when I get in the car after it's been parked for a long time, then falls over maybe 10-15 mins later. Won't recover until it's been left for a long time again, no matter how many times I try and reset it.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermuddy

Hi, unfortunately I’ve had to return my camera as well due to the Green Noise bars from the front camera.
I found that it only ever did it when the surroundings were dark, i.e. at night and having the rear camera plugged in made it happen more often. Rear camera was fine and if switched off and on a couple of times it normally did revert back to being OK, but very annoying so returned it with promise of new replacement.
I also asked them to make certain the replacement was ok with the same conditions, hopefully it will be OK.
Supplier was happy to have just the camera back as the rest of the kit is fitted in the car.
I’ll let you know the outcome.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercharmin

Some days mine will run fine throughout my entire (1.5hr) commute - others I get the green noise all the time.

What seller did you buy yours from Charmin ?

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermuddy

Well, mine stopped working completely.
I asked the seller if he was happy for me to open it up and have a look inside, before I send it back.
So I did - and I *think* the culprit is the ribbon cable that runs from the rotatable front camera to the main PCB.
If I remove and reinsert the ribbon cable to the PCB connector, sometimes it starts up and runs fine, sometimes it starts with the green noise screen, other times - dead, no boot at all.
This ties in with my thoughts that the problems were related to rotating the front camera...

December 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermuddy

HI Techmoan< I have to say your site and reviews are great, I bought a camera almost the same as this one, I've checked it out and everything is great ( I can't use it until Christmas as my kids are giving it to me 3-5 yr old) was on E-bay from Hong Kong.

The only problem I have is with the rear view camera, the cable is too short, I have a hilux ute and by the time I go from the dash to the back I'm not going to have enough cable I need about an extra 1.5 to 2 metres more, what type of cable and connectors are they ? would it effect the video having a longer cable?

thanks Techmoan

December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEgg

Thank you for your fantastic review! You helped me find the perfect gift for my father! I opted for what appeared to be the upgraded model (i1000L) at, with the rear camera in a swivel mount and a 3" screen instead of 2" (so that he'll have an easier time making it do double duty as a backup camera). Hope it works as well as yours.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlilstar

Hi, I've just received my car camera. It has a newer firmware version - F20_20120929. It has no longer the 30/60 FPS option. It also has a different box with lower ammount of spelling mistakes (but it's still chinglish).
I've bought the version with suction cup and slightly different rear camera from eBay - you can make an offer, the seller accepts few bucks discount. Here is all the stuff from the box (except the user guide) .
You are right, the LEDs on the top are too much bright. I decided to make them dimmer, so I opened the camera (it has 6 screws at the bottom and 3 smaller inside) and placed a bent paper with a transparent double sided tape to each individual "window" for the LEDs. It's much better. This reminds me, that you were wrong in the video - it has a microphone between REC and MIC button. The hole at the side of the camera is for the "night vision" sensor. If you want to know, what's inside, look at these two photos - .
The rear camera has built in night vision too, but you can't turn it off (you can put a sticker on the LEDs :-D). Another difference is, that the rear cam has only few inches of wire and it has a proprietary connector, so the wire loom has the counterpart on one side and 3.5 mm jack on the DVR side.
I think that's all I wanted to write you about this car DVR :-)


December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrinom

I like the basic design of this camera system with the exception of no GPS.
I don't mind wiring one into my car. Has anyone seen one like this with gps or another gps unit with detached rear camera?

I am also looking into the option of a DIY kit where I buy seperate cameras, pvr and gps and hook them all together.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDJ

Mine are both still going strong a couple of months on now. No more problems to report thankfully. I have found a really useful feature to prevent it shutting down when the ignition switches off. Sometimes if i'm leaving the car for just a few minutes i like to leave the camera recording. After the ignition is switched off, but before the camera shuts down, press and hold the button to turn off the screen and the camera will now remain recording on battery power.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Well my replacement arrived yesterday from by ebay seller and it's good news and bad news. Straight out the box it was dead on arrival. Would not charge or switch on and sounded like something was lose inside. Whatever charger I used it would come on for a second and then just switch off straight away. Opened it up (no way this was going back again!) and found that the battery was lose and caught up in the ribbon cable for the front printer. Detangled, put it back together and it sort of works somehow. I managed to get it connected to the PC via USB which gave it a bit of charge enabling me to power it up. Although the screen shows it charging, the red light does not illuminate straight away. However, this one I have got has a newer firmware and additional features. It has an auto backlight off function which can be set to a pre-determined number of minutes before the screen switches off by itself which is good. Also the date and time on the screen are no longer in a white colour but are now green in a black box so very clearly visible now. The other feature which I dont understand is under the auto record menu option which now has on, off and 'video charge' which I havent got a clue what that's for. On the road, about 20 minutes into my 2 way commute yesterday the red light does come on to say it's charging, but despite this, the battery doesnt appear to retain any charge in it. But, as long as it works when it's plugged into the car, that's all that matters! Still recommended but you pay your money and take your chances. I have had 4 of these sent to me and 3 of them have had some sort of fault.

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Matt, what's your software version? The version F20_20120929 has yellow text at the top left corner and doesn't have any black rectangle behind it.
here is a sample video from last week -

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrinom

I will find the version number later when the wife returns with the car. In the meantime i have found this camera for sale in the uk for under £40!!!!!!!

December 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

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