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A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

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Monday
Jun302014

Dual HD Dashcam is almost half as good as two cameras

In my G1W review in December 2013, I mentioned that I'd like to revisit Dual Lens Dashcams in 2014. It's taken me over six months to source a camera that claimed to have better specs than the previous dual cameras I reviewed two years ago when I looked at both a wired and all-in-one unit. The subject of this new video is another wired rear camera setup and whilst this camera itself doesn't impress me, I do appreciate the desire to have a rear-facing camera. 

I predict that some hasty commenter will suggest that I take a look at the Vico Marcus 5 Dual HD camera...however, a closer look at the Vicovation website reveals a 'Coming Soon' notice. Hopefully I'll get a chance to review that model when it does come out because it will be interesting to see how a proper dashcam manufacturer overcomes the technological challenges in squeezing two full HD streams onto one SD card. 

However that's (possibly) the subject of a future video - right here and now, this is all you get, and it's not pretty.

 

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Reader Comments (22)

Hi Mat, a great review, strange they aren't combining the video images on one record, I suppose one advantage is the files can be edited in a package, where as if they were both stored as one image, then it's not so easy.

I am on the look out for a good reversing camera / dash cam though - again not seen one thats any good yet.

Keep up the fab work!

Thanks
Daz

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Good review Techmoan, I have 2 of the previous dual camera dvr's (the gold one mentioned in this review) and they have been great. I think some of the internals have been used in this camera as the on screen date and time is identical to mine and the way it names the files is the same too. I still keep searching in the hope that a really good 1080p dual camera under £50 will come on the market that can also be fitted very covertly. I would like it if the front camera was like the back and had the actual lense on a wire (a bit like you did with 801 but longer) and the actual recording unit fitted elsewhere like in the glovebox. I never need to look at the screen whilst driving so don't want it on show for thieving fingers!

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMattD

Bit slow with the rear camera idea there :-) I've been using mobius in the front and a black SJ4000 in the rear for a while, and a mate uses a mobius front and rear.

I think if you used CAT6E to connect the rear camera to the device and fitted an internal SSD, as a buffer to an SD Card you could overcome the two 1080p limitations you mention - now just need someone in China to build it! :)

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

I just have two cameras in my car. The Ambarella VF960 from my wreck has moved to the back and soon the Mini 0803 in the front.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Chris, is everything back to normal with you now following the smash?

July 1, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

For reference, here's the wreck (accident at 1:13):

http://youtu.be/s5R5fgdJgkA

Everything was settled and I upgraded my car. People over here (the U.S.) are amazed at the quality and usefulness of the cameras. I'm pretty sure I've sent several people to this site and FoxOffer. Such a small financial investment can save you much time and frustration dealing with the police, insurance companies, and less-than-ethical drivers.

I'm anxious to get the 0803 delivered and installed.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

No wonder you had an accident - you're all driving on the wrong side of the road!

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

I've also noticed that tailgaters back off when they see the rear cam.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I've also noticed that tailgaters back off when they see the rear cam.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hey Matt,
What happened to the Toyota IQ that you decided to return to smart and get a Roadster Coupe?
You know my site, contact me if you'd like complimentary access to everything (it's subscription based for some of it).
Any questions or problem, just contact me and I'll do my best to help.
Kane.

July 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEvilution

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