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Sunday
Mar312013

Blackvue DR500GW-HD WiFi GPS Car Camera

Most people will have heard of Sony, Samsung or Panasonic but the names of dashcam manufactures are less familiar. One of the biggest name in car cameras at the moment is the Blackvue range, from the Korean company Pittasoft. I was very happy then when they got in touch and asked me to review their latest and greatest model, the DR500GW-HD.

This is a fully featured, highly specified, yet easy to use device which warranted a very complicated review. With the built in GPS, WiFi and supplied software there was so many things to demonstrate that I that I ended up creating what is possibly one of my most detailed (and quite probably long winded) videos yet.

Normally once I complete a review of a car camera I immediately remove the mount from the car so I can move on to the next one... but with this one I've left it in place. That's because I hope to be able to revisit this one again if a firmware update is released which resolves the issues I experienced during my week of testing.

This specification of camera commands a premium price (£250-£300) and the best place to obtain one appears to be eBay.

I have uploaded a zip file containing original 1080p & 720p clips here.

Update - Thanks to Stefan Leone in the youtube comments for providing the fix for the GPS mislocation bug. This is resolved by downloading the latest V1.001 of the Player software from the Blackvue website here.

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Reader Comments (50)

Excellent video of a very interesting camera, thanks Matt. Looking forward to seeing your results of the update of the firmware when/if it happens.

But at the best part of £250 - £300 is does seem to be pretty expensive....

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Far too expensive.

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergus

Its very expensive for anyone who just wants a straight forward dash cam and since the 808 #18 DR32 costs £67 (inc P&P), I cant see in the review what amazing things the Blackvue does to tempt me or anyone else to shell out over £183 more.........Even the video quality looks worse than the DR32, which is laughable when bells and whistles (gimmicks) takes centre stage than video quality.

Thank you for the review.

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTerry

great review again. great camera but too expensive and too big.

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

The bloody cheek of the company to even charge such a high price for that inferior car camera.

In conclusion the Blackvue DR500GW-HD is overpriced, has worse video quality than el cheapo 32 and its features do not justify in anyway its ludicrous price.

At least Dick Turpin wore a mask.

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMan from Salford

Surprisingly flawed for this company. If they wanted to show up the cheaper brands, i think they just made them more appealing!
A shame really as they normally carve out great products and it looks like this model was rushed to market.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Late last year I decided to make a change from my cheapo car cam to one with GPS. I reckoned having a record of GPS and speed could be most useful in the unfortunate event of an accident. I therefore had a good look at the market and my final choice was between this one and the Roadhawk HD. I love the style of the Blackvue but the ones I saw were a dark silver so they looked eminently pinchable. There were mutterings too about overheating problems.
Therefore after reading many revues and watching video samples, I decided to go for the Roadhawk at a similar price. The software is not so good but adequate for my needs. It doesn't have parked car recording but I don't need that. It fits behind my car mirror (Hyundai ix35) and is not glaringly obvious to a passer by. Bit rate has a large range of adjustment.
If Roadhawk had any sense they would let you have one to try.

As always - Thanks for making it.

I agree with comments made about the prices but having tried several low cost ones I can only say that you get what you pay for.

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

I wonder if they had to lower the video bitrate to get the wifi streaming working?

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjazzist

I will say the review was top notch, having owned a few of the no named cheap Chinese ones, the video quality on this DR500GW-HD is not that much greater for the sum of £300 ish, there are much cheaper 1080p HD ones out there, in fact side by side when there was too much information for the camera to handle the image quality was the same or below the £25 - £35 DVR cameras from ebay, so if it's image quality you're after, for the cost of it, my opinion is give this camera a miss as it's not worth the 5 to 6 times the cost of the cheap ones on ebay, from another forum I was informed that the clips Pittasoft BlackVue show on their website were shote at a bit rate of 12000 giving great image quality, but for reasons best known to them (Pittasoft) they reduced the bit rate on the DR500 to around 7000 so when there is lotos of information sent to the SD card the camera can't handle it and image quality suffers. when you think that the "Go Pro" cameras are anywhere up to 20000 or more bit rate

someone brought out a custom firmware for the DR500GW HD (unofficial) to get the bit rate up to the 12000, I've tried to get it to work on mine but haven't yet managed to get it to work, but those that have say the image quality is good once installed, Pittasoft needs to address this issue of image quality on a camera of this price point

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStefan Leone

Up date, I've managed to install the (unofficial) firmware that has uped the bit rate to 11.86 Mbit/s from what was 7.46Mbit/s I'll do some testing over the weekend and see if the quality of the image is much better

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStefan Leone

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