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Sunday
Mar012015

K1S - The first Front & Rear Hidden 1080p Dash Camera

My full video review for the K1S 2ch HD Car DVR is below. 
   
  
If you want to watch my 'Beginners Guide To Dashcams' video - Click here.
   
The K1S manufacturer website is here, and pdf manuals for the camera can be found here.
   
For my downloadable sample videos click here  As always, download these files to your machine before viewing them - streaming will make them look worse than youtube.
Note: These files have been manually trimmed for length (and filesize) - therefore the start and end points for the front and rear clips no longer match each other perfectly.
  
Size Comparison
The control unit is approximately the same thickness as a box of cards but a bit smaller overall (without cables).
   
Buying the K1S
I’ll add links below as and when I discover additional resellers. 
 
EBAY
US link here
UK link here
  
AMAZON
(US) With GPS: http://amzn.to/1MKU4lY
(US) Without GPS: http://amzn.to/1DBbUpZ
  
  
 
   
UPDATE 02 March 2015
I've received the answers to a few questions I asked the manufacturers.
 
1) The Car Lamp Open/Closed menu as expected does warn the driver if they are driving in the dark with the headlamps off. It judges this by the exposure.
  
2) Apparently the battery used is a Standard GoPro size....which is great. Normally I try to avoid dashcams that use batteries, because when the internal battery fails you have to replace the whole camera - in this case you can buy a new battery. Just a reminder -  I can't comment on the long term reliability of any cam after only a month of use.
 
3) I wasn't sure how the emergency button handled the files. I was concerned that if you saw something you wanted to keep - but the camera started recording the next file before you managed to press the button then you would be protecting the wrong clip. Well it turns out the manufacturer has thought of this. "When this button is pressed, if current recording is less than 1 minute, then current file and the file before this (together 2 files) are locked"
 
4) Not a question, but I have raised the issue of the need for resellers in China who can export to Europe and also the Speedcam database is no use in the UK until the camera can support additional database formats. Both these things are being explored...but the database issue isn't a simple quick fix.
>>>>>IMPORTANT - READ THIS... (OCTOBER 2016)
Both my cars had a K1S installed until a couple of months ago - They were still working 100% at the point I took them out. I removed them so that I could test other cameras, although I was getting a bit sick of the rear wire interfering with the rear hatchback door on both cars - this would work better in a car with a fixed rear window.  It seems that my experience is not the same as that of other people - perhaps the manufacturer changed the product after I purchased my cameras...but if you read through the comments it seems that other people are having lots of reliability issues. You may have noticed that this is no longer on my list of Recommended Cameras - and this is the reason. I was happy with the performance of both of my cameras for 18 months...but perhaps my experience was uncommon. 

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hey dave. Is there anyway I could get the data from pocket gps world for usa.. more specifically california? I am thinking about doing the excel work and give it out for free.

I guess I can manually add some in my area and expand out.

March 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterchris

Anyone else have their Spy Tec order cancelled or is it just me? Website now says it is on backorder; email they sent says "currently not available with no ETA".

March 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKarel

Karel - me too... on the hunt for another seller.

Chris - the PGPSW database is strictly copyright enforced - I'd not recommend 'open sourcing' it at all. Also, I don't think they cover the USA unfortunately.

I imported the Navitel DB into Google Earth and it seems to cover Spain, Eastern Europe, Russia and (bizarrely) London inside the M25.

Anyone have any other ideas for sellers of the K1S?

March 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Thanks Matt, good to hear it is still working with no hitches, even if it has been only a few weeks.

Spytec told me that they expect more K1S' in next week.

Perhaps the newer ones will have the audio hardware problem fixed?

Also left a message on Koonlungs facebook page asking about buying from them and the price being higher than their reseller, they have not answered,, no surprise. Probably charge more to protect the resellers.

March 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrett

Well I guess i'll just manually input it.

March 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterchris

maybe we could use google docs and make one?

March 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterchris

@brett not sure where you got the idea Street Guardian says the K1S is rubbish, I've made no such statement and nobody else speaks on behalf of our brand, if you've taken something out of context or misinterpreted as being a comment about this product then please let me know where and I'll address it so that it's perfectly clear

Build quality of the product is good, a lot of issues since the 2013 version of this product (the K1) have been improved enormously, the audio is currently very poor and needs improving, I'd expect to see that improved in the next version as currently it is the only major issue and it has been brought to the manufacturers attention already, there's some minor things that could be improved also but not deal breakers

Of the other dual remote camera products, IRO, Kome etc this is certainly the better of them, not perfect, but far from being rubbish

March 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

@jokin Hi, don't know where you got the idea I said said the K1S was rubbish? I have re-read my comments, and all I said was that Street Guardian said the K1 was rubbish. To the best of my knowledge, which is very limited, Street Guardian has not reviewed the K1S.
Perhaps you could enlighten me?

March 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrett

@brett, perhaps you could enlighten me, you said we said the K1S was rubbish, news to me, maybe you're confusing someone else's posts for mine

and yes I have the K1S, have had it since October last year, have not posted any reviews on the product, nor will I

March 25, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjokiin

@Karel Mine is definitely on its way, i've had the tracking number. It's currently in Jamaica, NY. Perhaps they only had a few in stock?

March 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTheCarMadDad

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