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Thursday
Feb072013

The Smallest Car DVR - So close, but misses by a mile.

The form-factor of this car DVR is almost exactly what I want, compact, neat simple and inconspicuous.

The camera attaches with one wire, doesn't beep (ever), eschews using distractingly bright LEDs, and doesn't have the typical overly-large suction cup mount. It also doesn't have features that I find unnecessary like an LCD display, GPS or LED Night Vision. It just performs one simple role, recording driver's eye view footage all your journeys.

But if it's so good, then why did I remove it from my windscreen the moment my testing was complete. You'll find the answer in the full video review below.

The auction that I bought mine from has closed and the typical selling prices are now quite a bit higher than I paid. I should mention that at the time of typing many retailers of this camera have temporarily taken down their auctions during Chinese New Year. There should be more sellers appearing after the holidays have concluded.

If after watching the video you do still want to buy one, you could CLICK THIS LINK - which will perform an appropriate search on eBay - but when you get there you'll need to change your buying/search location preferences to worldwide to bring up the Chinese retailers.

I do like this camera's external design so I may revisit this model again but next time I'll try to source an improved model that really does record in h.264. I have my eye on this one (on eBay) - which looks like it might be the real deal.

 

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Reader Comments (37)

Might be worth a moan back to the seller - see if they will send u a better one - looks like a copy cam to me

nice design tho - maybe the goldie locks of car cams is close!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatt_uk 2

When I click on your link to ebay, I get an ebay page. When I click the back button on my browser, I return to your website, but the video is no longer there. It has been replaced by an Amazon.uk.com advertisement. I had to back out then click my link to your website (as I have you as a Favorite) to get the video to appear again. Is that what you want??? I always enjoy your reviews. Thanks for the great work.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Judging by those images of the sky, this must be the North Korea version.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIan

Dammit, I suggest you something and then you get screwed over, kinda makes me feel like it was my fault.
But eh, can't really do anything about people who blatantly lie in eBay.
Better luck next time, and sorry!

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn_Edward

John, Well at least i got a review out of it. The 12V plug versions are nowhere to be found now - perhaps we imagined them.

February 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Techmoan - you should test one of the "better" ones from South Korea. They are not cheap but the video quality is great. May I suggest the Blackvue DR500GW?

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwilly

Not to be contrary, but a Blackvue (or Finevue) is the last DVR to bother sampling. They're overdone and over-priced, costing about 10x the cam sampled here. The trick is to find the sweetspot of a very good cam for less money. There are lots of examples from Abee, VicoVation, Mio, teXet, DoD - even iTronics, although they have recently raised prices significantly and also changed their product line for the worse versus the ITB100-HD. Garmin also sellss a cam, although only fund in Taiwan. Half of the trick is to get any of these products into the Western hemisphere at a reasonable price. BTW - another fine job Mr. Moan!

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom

About that vendor with the cam you have your eye on ... it seems they get some respect from the crew at dashcamtalk.com See this link from discussion on the DVR-027 >>> http://goo.gl/MAaqj (Also: "Note: it appears that estore009 and hopezone001 are the same eBay sellers."

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom

@Tom:

I really dont understand how you can compare this dashcam to a Blackvue. Yes - the Blackvue may cost 10 times the money but it has one big advantage -> it works :)

Lets take 30 Dollar dashcams out of the equation and have a look at a better dashcam (tested by Techmoan) ->V1000GS. Daytime footage OK - nightime footage horrible. Techmoan bought it for 160 Dollars. I contacted 2wincctv. If you buy directly from them it would still cost you 145 Dollars (135 Dollars if you buy ten).

Now - compare the V1000GS to the DR500GW-HD and the latter doesnt seem that expensive anymore, does it? Compare the nighttime footages and you will see how bad the V1000GS is. You say these Blackvue cams are overdone. IMHO they only meet the minimal requirements. Are they overpriced? Maybe :)

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwilly

Surley the camera you received is faulty?

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

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