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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 (53)

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.
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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

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