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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)

First of all, thnx for the great review and btw. sorry for my poor english...

what I really love to know is, what happens when I rotate the built in cam to the display side looking to the display and inside the lens. Is the vodeo "up side down" or does the image/video flip/rotate so that it is correct? Maybe there is an option in the menu to flip/rotate this?
Would be very nice if an owner could check this and post some experiences :-)

Regards from germany

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWChilla

Quote from the manual in the box:
"REC/up button:
Flip function -positive
While recording state, press the button 3 seconds to start the flip function. If the image (such as plate number) is inverted while recording, thhe user can record it as a positive way by this function. The setting will be saved while power off."
"Mic/ down button:
File function-inverse
While recording state, press the button 3 seconds to start the flip function. If the image is positive while recording, the user can record it as reverse way by this function. The display screen will be reversed accordingly. The setting will be saved while power off."

Haven't tried it yet.

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Thnx for the response Eric... would be great if someone could check this.
E.g. does it really work? what happens to the date/time?
My challenge is that I will need to mount it behind me (at the rear window) with the display in driving direction and so I will need to rotate the lens in driving direction... for any who are curios why, just google the pisc of "vx220" or "opel speedster" :-)
Cheers

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWChilla

Nestorius/Eric

The Smart Cam II is not the same model I reviewed, I have never reviewed this model and therefore the price has not increased due to a review by myself. I assume that the Smartcam II was probably always this price since day one. If it has increased it is not because of any review I have done. Equally the wired rear camera Car DVR I reviewed went up in price before I published my video. I think the price was increased by the seller to match the prices asked by other sellers for the same camera. Perhaps he sold it too cheaply to start with because the price changed a couple of days after I placed my order. The Liquid Image Ego camera price increased because the retailer that I ordered my one from sold out and the only others for sale were at retailers at higher prices. The price they were selling them for did not increase, it's just the unusually cheap place sold out.

This site is supposed to be a friendly place for people to chat and have a bit of fun. Please keep things civilised.

October 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi. I was not trying to be rude, just thought I could help with a quote from the manual that came with my cam. It seemed a bit more useful than the one you showed in the vid.
I was a bit in a hurry, so I posted a reply that might just have been a little too short. ;) apologies.

I do have the same cam you reviewed, albeit in black. Nice piece of hardware, I think. Your review helped a lot. Thanks for that.

As I said in an earlier post, it did not come with the remote, but all functions can be operated with the buttons on the cam.
Now if only my memory were a little bit better, then I could actually remember what all buttons do ;)

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Eric(Borst) - No my comment wasn't in reply to you, it was to Nestorius, a few comments earlier (who's name is also Eric...I can see the email addresses). Your answer was helpful and in no way short, so apologies for the misunderstanding.

As far as flipping the screen image goes, you are right, it is possible, as to WChilla's question, I'm not too sure what happens to the time on screen etc...I'd need to check this at the weekend. If anyone wants to beat me to it and save me a job, please feel free.

October 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Eric

I don't think TechMoan's reply was targeted to you but to me only as Nestorius (first name Eric, with a eric.xxxxx@gmail.com) based on some email exchanges we had the two of us outside this blog about IPOL comments here.

Thus my post on Oct. 18 above, which may sound "paranoid and sinister" to some of you, which I apologize for.

Best regards,

Nestorius/Eric

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNestorius/Eric

nestoria eric sorry to disappoint you no trolls here actually I am retired in france and the information i posted was supposed to be of help to people using the site.If my experiences with sellers had been negative believe you me I would have roasted them and post a comment not to go near them.As it is so far I have had no nasty surprises but never say never.The details i posted were in response to Charmins requests and the installation progress as a thank you to Techmoan without who,s help I would not have got this far.That said constructive discussion is never a bad thing..... best regards to all who rely on this site for guidance as i do....and to coin and slightly change a Techmoan quip ......but for the moment thanks for reading ......sorry its the sense of humour of a 74 year old non troll

October 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteripol

Hi Nestoria (Eric)sorry to disappoint you no Trolls here actually I am retired in france my purchase details were in response to Charmins request and my installation progress as a thank you to Techmoan without who,s help I would not have got this far.If my experiences with chinese or any other sellers had been negative the readers on this blog would be the first to know and I would have roasted the sellers concerned.But so far I have had no bad experiences (never say never) I hope this clears up the confusion and I am sorry to have caused undue concern.That said best regards to you and all who rely on this site for guidance and to coin and slightly change a Techmoan quote all it remains for me to say is bye for now and thanks for reading ......sorry its a 74 year old non trolls sense of humour........PS if this message duplicates its because I messed the first one up but it might load any way

October 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteripol

Sadly my DVR had to go back, no sound was ever recorded which wasn't a huge problem, but it also corrupted the sd card when the rear camera wasn't plugged in. In the end it failed to record off the rear camera and struggle to charge.

Very annoying as its was perfect and I had done a cracking job of routing the cables around.

Can't decide whether to get another or wait for another excellent review.

But keep up your excellent reviews Mr TM

October 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterterry

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