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Sunday
May122013

The GSE550 1080p GPS Dashcam (clone)

I started on this review a couple of months ago, after a few people had requested that I do some reviews of higher priced dashcams. I thought that a small car camera with built in GPS and 1080p h.264 video for less than £70 could be of interest to a lot of people (if it was any good).  

I broke away from doing this review when Blackvue and Hetai sent me their latest dashcams but now that those reviews are complete I've finally found the time to finish this video.

In the meantime I've found that this camera is a knock-off of the real GSE550 made by DOD. I'd imagine that the original DOD version is in a completely different league from this camera. 

I was very tempted to just delete the project off my hard drive, and start on something more interesting….but after spending £68 and countless hours, I wanted to have something to show for my efforts, so here it is, a review of a camera that really wasn't worth reviewing.

If you like the design of the camera, but would prefer a version that works properly - then this link will take you to both auctions of the real DOD GSE550 and the knock-off version I bought and reviewed. 

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Reader Comments (19)

Hi Matt,

Another great review under your belt mate.I know this is probably the wrong section to ask this question but hear goes anyway,how are you getting on with the Sony action cam,are you going to put up more footage of it as you use it.Its just that i am still wanting one but would like to see more of your videos with it as in my humble opinion your video reviews are the best out there.

Kind Regards

Willie

May 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

Willie, you are in luck. There will be a new video about the Sony Action camera next weekend.

May 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi, thank you for yet another great review!

I was wondering if you have any plans to create and maintain a "Best dash camera at a certain price point" list? To clarify: a list where one could find the best dash camera for up to 50GBP, 75GBP 100GBP and so on. It could be very helpful.

Sincerely,
Karolis

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarolis

I've no plans for that. I only sample a fraction of a percent of the available cameras. Most of the ones I've reviewed have been discontinued, and none of the remaining models have blown me away. I'm still looking for a camera I'd use myself, none of the ones I've tested have been suitable yet.

May 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Matt thanks for the reply. Looking forward to that as it seems to be a nice camera in your last review of it.
With regards to your reply to Karolis, Have you thought about one of these cameras to review as it looks to
have really good quality footage of what i have seen of it on YouTube.

LUKAS LK-7900 ACE

Regards
Willie

Ps, Do you have any raw footage of the GSE550 you have just reviewed.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

Well I'm glad someone is happy....most of the messages I've been receiving are from people questioning my original positive review.....and integrity. It's for this reason that I'm not accepting any more free product samples. I've got two things in the pipeline, one car cam and possibly the 808#26, but after that I'll probably just stick to things I've bought.

May 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks persevering with the review matt. Even though the product is a bit naff the review is still very useful. It tells us what to avoid, but also and perhaps more importantly, what features to check for when considering other models.
It never ceases to amaze me how manufacturers can make fundamentally perfectly decent products and yet ruin them with a couple of ill thought out design features.

A request - which may be more trouble than it is worth for most of your readers: Any chance of an accurate measure of field of view? Could be done with a simple calibrated scale drawn on a wall and the camera pointed at it from a fixed distance. No probs if you don't think its worth it, but to some (ok, me) it would be nice to know.
Cheers.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBillycan

Love watching your reviews and especially about action, spy & dashcams.
This one, even if it's a clone, optical image quality looks good if this image quality is constantly like this in these cameras.

I have gotten so far one cheap brandless dashcam and pretty sure it's a clone as well but this one has pretty bad optical image quality even it claims to be an HD camera. It looks more like bad VHS cam from the 80's :P
Resolution in this one is 1280x720, also two other resolutions are available.
Here's a pic of my camera:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/dcast/Misc/Dashcam/Dashcam1.jpg
Sample clip of my dashcam:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDyGnIN-LxE&feature=youtu.be

I also have the 808 keyring camera with 720x480 pixels, it has much better image quality than the actual dashcam but narrower fied of view. It fits nicely with suction cup behind my rearview mirror even my car has black rastering on top of the windscreen:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/dcast/Misc/Dashcam/Keyringcam_w_sucktioncup2.jpg
This is how I attached the keyring cam to the suction cup. Ok, rubberband doesn't look very professonial way but it works :D
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/dcast/Misc/Dashcam/Keyringcam_w_sucktioncup.jpg
Sample clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoRIVh8Lmfg

So, still looking for an affordable and good quality dashcam myself and keep enjoying your reviews :)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

That one looks pretty bad.

I'm hoping the new 808#26 camera will work as a car cam - loop and auto start/stop - but I'll only know for sure when/if it turns up.
I'm still looking too - I'm going out for a drive in a few minutes to test out two more car cameras in the dark.

May 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Billycan, I'm not going to implement a measured FOV test. I prefer to do real world tests by putting the camera in my car window. If it records everything in front of the car then that's good enough for me. Whether it's 120º or 140º is academic for my requirements. I know that there are lots of different things that some people would want to see...but these videos are already a whisker away from becoming tedious and I really want to try and make them shorter and less dry whenever possible.

May 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I personally use an 808 #11 Jumbo to film in a double decker bus (click) and the quality for such an small camera with additional power pack is great and they should add features to that camera aimed for cam camera usage.

I do not want people to notice I have a camera pointing out of my windscreen and nearly all car cameras are in no way discrete compared to the 808 cameras..

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Hi Matt!

It's incredible the nonsenses we have to read... Someone thinking some review isn't fair? I haven't seen a single review from you I have thought it was biased. In fact, a lot of times I have thouht how neutral (even hard) you were on some equipment you were given to test.

I'd say don't stop testing something just because someone thinks you are not doing it right. Or test them but don't say they are free samples :p . But of course that's something up to you ;)

Sorry for keeping OT, but if you review the 808#26 (from the people behind #18) maybe you could also review the Mobius cam (from the developers of the #16 cam).

Best regards.

BTW I also liked your Sony AS10 review. It will be my next cam.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Ok matt, thats cool. It was a bit of a geeky request and I understand your reasoning. Your reviews will still be the benchmark by which others are judged:)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBillycan

Hi Techmoan,
I received the 808#16 today and YES it's great!
I took your review for the first steps and everything wworks fine.
BUT:
I overwrote the SYSCFG.TXT (for LED-blinking during REC and SETTIME).
In the moment I updated the file, the 808 accepted the changes but deleted the file.
Thank God it's Friday: I still had the file opened in the editor, so I could save the file on my PC.
Did you make the same experience?
AND
The configfile has become a lot of settings more in the latest version and the case itself has become a flat bottom for better adhesive an a flat ground.
Thanks for your reviews
Best regards
Toni
(From Stuttgart - The Porsche and Mercedes capitol)

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterToni

Hi Techmoan,

A few (selected?) people already have a Mobius from the #16 developer.
From what I've seen published, the video quality is fantastic and the camera's functionality seems to be even better than the #16.
It hasn't been officially released, but it already appears to be more popular then the #26!!!!!

I would love it if you could grab one of these and give us your unbiased comments.

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterminimania

I received one this week and am currently testing it out for the manufacturer. If I do end up putting a review together it will take me a few weeks....longer if I don't get the right weather to get out on the bike.

June 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Toni. The config file is supposed to auto-delete once its updated the settings. You create a new file from the current settings every time you want to alter them. There's no need to keep a on old copy of the config file.

June 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I for one Techmoan would be very grateful if you did do a review on the Mobius - and it would be interesting to see how it compared to the #26 - although I guess that may be asking a tad too much?!
Muchly appreciate your work - cheers.

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobbie

Small update to my earlier post. Managed to adjust the focus of my car camera by trial and error. It's a bit better now but still not laser sharp. This is as good as I got it.
Here's a videoclip I made in the same place where the original clip so you can compare the optical image quality:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5lE2TtY7os&feature=youtu.be

June 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

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