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Monday
Jan142013

HD Car DVR Rear-view Mirror Camera

Integrating a dashcam into a rear-view mirror is a very sensible idea but it also comes with some unexpected issues, and these unfortunately mean that this particular camera is not suitable for me.

This isn't a bad camera though and may actually be exactly what some people are looking for. It's simple to use, forgoes the complications of G-Sensors and GPS but incorporates the essential car DVR features such as looping video and auto-start/stop (providing your 12V socket powers down when the engine does).

Perhaps the best feature about this camera though is it's price. When I bought mine I paid just £36 including delivery. Unfortunately if you are in the UK, then you'll find that this isn't suitable for your car (watch the video to see the reasons why). For readers in other countries (who greatly outnumber my UK viewers) the current price at the time of writing is $60 USD, $57 AUD, or €45

You can CLICK HERE if you want to buy one (this is where I bought mine). Note that this camera seems to be named the X888B.

P.S. If you really want to download some files taken with this camera I've uploaded some here, two have been converted into MP4s (so I could edit them) and one is untouched - but if I were you I wouldn't bother because the youtube video is a very accurate representation of the video quality produced by this camera. 

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Reader Comments (52)

Hey,

Just to clarify, was it the design of your current rear view mirror that stopped you from mounting it a bit offset to the left?

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

I am looking for something similar, but in my opinion it should be concealed better, the large mirror with the big lens and LEDs seems too much visible to be safe to leave it in the car. I would prefer to completely replace the existing mirror.

For UK users could you mount it shifted more to the left? The lens would be more distant to the mirror frame and you could open your sun shield, but not the passenger one.

The field of view doesn't seem to be wide enough for a car DVR, I think that a wide angle is necessary to be able to see what happened at a crossing or in a curve in the event of an accident.

P.S.

I am thinking about hiding an 808#16 into the mirror. I tried to lock the power button pressed, and it can auto start recording when the battery is connected, with the appropriate settings. The problem is that it will not save the last video when power is removed (or the battery is disconnected). Also, the date and time will always reset as power is disconnected. I am working on a solution...

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFozzillo

Why don't you flip the mirror camera upside down, thus on yr left-hand drive car it will be set properly (of course not the buttons & the icons on the screen)

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

"flip the mirror camera upside down" - interesting.
In sunny regions of this planet, we need to worry about sun & heat. Heat will destroy the LCD & some electronics. Direct sun will exaggerate the over-heating.
Chief Information Officer (retired, 1985)
Australian Capital Territory

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergregzeng

A few answers.

The mirror was shifted as far left as it could physically go. My existing mirror has a raised section in the mirror that prevents the legs that hold the camera from going any further left.

As far as mounting it upside down. I have no intention of doing this. It would also most likely fall off. The mirrors legs are designed to first hook over the top of the existing mirror and then the bottom ones contract to rest against the bottom. This mechanism would not work upside down...the contracting legs would just rest on the top and not hook over.

January 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Did you find that the camera mirror was not as reflective as the original car mirror? That was my experience with the one I purchased, before it stopped working that is.

Also I felt that the size of the mirror obstructed my view of the road to an extent.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom

It had a very slight brownish tint, but wasn't really any less reflective. I didn't find it obscured the road for me....but cars vary and in a sports car, like my old MX5 it would be a problem.

January 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Another item not covered was using this mirror hides the garage door buttons.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDon

I don't know what you mean by this, my car doesn't have 'garage door buttons' - but lets not just try and pick holes (imaginary or otherwise) in my countless hours of work.

January 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I am impressed by the camera. I wonder what else that is (or will be) fitted in?

RHD cars are not that small a market either. Us in the UK and Ireland, the Australians and New Zealanders, swaths of southern Africa, Japan, Indonesia and India. That suggests is even a market for making a version for proper drivers!

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

I believe you've received an ABEO HDVR-150 knockoff. The genuine camera has the display on the right side and has recently been upgraded to a full 1080p. It also costs considerably more (149 USD at Amazon). More debate and sample videos at dashcamtalk forum (enter "hdvr 150" in forum search bar).

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfrisk2k

Goto love instructions in Chinglish Matt. You could do a mini just showing the funny side of the Chinglish instruction manuals you have to decifer. :@)

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Hi Techmoan,

Thanks for this review, I have been thinking of getting somethings like this myself. There is a similar device, with front and rear cameras, at Chinavasion, which, although the cameras may be a bit obtrusive, would seem to resolve some of the the problems you mentioned for RHD cars: SEE HERE

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

Hello I just found this mirror with a second back camera on ebay please tell me what you think ? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hi-tech-HD-D-Lens-2-7-LCD-Car-Rearview-Mirror-DVR-Camera-Recorder-Vehicle-Video-/370745111485?pt=US_Surveillance_Digital_Video_Recorders_Cards&hash=item56522173bd

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervlad

iPad is the best friend I've ever got just Hold it in your hand and you are hooked by its size, feather weight and sheer quality. Apple was late with the iPad mini but in my view they really have hit the spot.

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenteriPad 3 Keyboard trooper

What is the name of the company that manufactures this?

Just wondering.

Didn't see it on the video.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKenn

The concept of integrating the dash-cam into the rear view mirror is quite interesting. But I hate the part which involved a bunch of wires hanging down the mirror. Something like that would distract anyone. I wish the device could be altered a bit so as to use wireless or Bluetooth instead of all that wires. In addition to that the device is quite large and would seem normal in an SUV but it would appear out of place for smaller cars. At a length of 12 inches,I'd say that's a really big rear view mirror.

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric

The wires in these cameras are supposed to be routed around the perimeter of the windscreen...I just test them temporarily so don't do a proper installation job.

March 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great info and this video was the best source for figuring out how it works. One thing I still can't figure out is the DC in. Is that just a switch sensor to turn the camera on and off. Even more importantly is what is the polarity of the post?

In home testing I've learned it turns it's self on and off when the USB power is on or off. So it really doesn't need the DC sensor input just wire the USB it to a switched power lead.

Any Ideas or anything I've over looked let me know.

Thanks,

Emmett

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmmett

Luxury cars are very popular these days to ride. People now a lot more craze about the luxury cars. Luxury cars are really very comfortable to drive and also the sitting comfort is awesome due to the internal designing. The seats are well placed and it gives more comfort to the people sitting in a car. The sound and music system in the luxury cars are really very nice. The car camera also very nice and useful in a luxury car these days. This all due to the latest car technology.

September 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Katich

There are a lot of experiments done with the cars to attract the customers and this HD Car DVR Rear-view Mirror Camera one is really a nice one. As I have gone thorough this video and read the article I can say "It is good for our car but without it we are not going to face any problem and the main reason to have it is that we are going to have an external feature along with our car." I am a little bit of confused in the line mentioned here saying "providing your 12V socket powers down when the engine does". Can you please explain this for me.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrame Smith

Does your lighter plug (12v socket) have

a) Constant power even when the ignition is switched off?
or does does it
b) Disconnect the power when the ignition is switched off?

All car cameras rely on your car having a 12v socket that turns on and off with the ignition to be able to switch the power to them on and off automatically.

October 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanx Techmoan for your answer. My doubt is clear after your answer and all the best for your work, Keep it on.

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrame Smith

Thanx Techmoan for your answer. My doubt is clear after your answer and all the best for your work, Keep it on.

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrame Smith

I was wondering why you don't use the mirror upside turned down so the camera is on the right. I realize the buttons would be turned over also, but many people can learn t read a few buttons and message even mirrored - which is more difficult

November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDani

I review items and point out their limitations. This particular mirror was designed for Left Hand Drive vehicles and this is what I was pointing out in the video. If you have a LHD vehicle then this is not an issue. If you have a RHD vehicle then choose an alternative model, no need to buy the wrong device and turn it upside down...better to buy the correct device in the first place (using information gleaned from reviews like mine.)

Upside down mounting is a non-starter for me anyway, for a number of reasons...my mirror has a lump at the bottom...a chin which prevents upside down mounting as the legs can't fit over it, the camera doesn't hold to a mirror if used upside down as the legs at the top are designed to hook over a the mirror and the bottom ones contract to lay flat against the bottom, therefore it would fall off when mounted the wrong way up,

I turned the youtube comments off for this video because someone posted this very same suggestion at least twice a week and I got tired of explaining the above to each one of them - I counted over 30 suggestions of flipping the mirror by the time I turned the comments off.

There's no need to worry about what fits in my particular car, unless you also plan on buying this camera and drive a RHD Toyota IQ3. I only use things whilst I'm reviewing them - this camera was disposed of in January 2013.

November 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I bought one of these units and it works and I was able to down load the videos into my MAC I photo program.
The I video program works also.

My problem is with the menu.
It does not look the same as this review shows.
Also when I select Date and time I cannot get to a menu or mode to actually set the date and time.
The I just set it to no date and time and hit OK .No change. Hmm.
2nd thing There is a slider control on one menus that shows positive top and negative bottom and looks like a battery but I cannot tell what it controls.Ie. brightness of something? Instruction not complete and not very good at all.
It is not a Cinese/english problem it is a geek type technical brain problem.Give me a GUI interface any day.

November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucky

Hello technoman im kinda new with this car camera stuff.

im relly looking foward to get this rear view mirror you reviewed. but i was also looking for a rear camera for when im parking and i was wondering if i can use the av conector on this mirror to hook up this rear wireless camera.

http://dx.com/es/p/300k-pixel-waterproof-car-licence-plate-rear-view-camera-with-7-led-night-vision-12v-65563

this will take usb port but i think i can use dc for power.

so, is this setup compatible?

if its not do you have any guidance?

thank you

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternad

I purchased the HD Rearview dash cam that you reviewed. The one with the six rectangular buttons at the bottom.
I bought it on Nov 6th this year and it quit working on December 4th. This year.
It will not power up or turn on at all.

I have contacted the seller on Ebay and let the seller know what has happened.
I wanted to let the seller know that e camera has failed in less than 30 days of operation.

I am waiting to see at the seller wants me to do. Send it back,or what.

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucky

I forgot to mention in my previous post that I bought the Rearview mirror dash cam
from mastation365 seller on Ebay.

I think you have mentioned that some sellers or cameras are better than others as far as the quality.

I also purchased the Mobious rectangle dasham at the same time (Nov.6th 2013) and that camera works fine and the quality
of the video is much better than the rearview mirror camera that I bought. The RC group Tech help for the Mobious cam is fantastic.

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucky

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