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Sunday
Apr122015

Taxi Cam - Dual Lens Rear-View Mirror Car Recorder

One of the more common email requests I get is to do more reviews of rear-view mirror car cameras. It's not for want of trying, but this particular sector of the 'dash-cam' market seems to be particularly under represented. Most of the cameras currently on sale have similar out-dated internals, use the old MJPEG codec and offer (upscaled fake-hd) resolution of 1280x960. 

For this video I managed to find an h.264 camera that is supposed to offer 1080p, has rotating cameras which makes it suitable for both left and right hand drive vehicles and importantly if it's to be used as a Taxi-cam has IR leds that point inwards. Watch the video below to see how it fares. 

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Reader Comments (11)

Hi Mat, great video, surprisingly expensive this one, bit bulky for me, but I do love the idea of dual cams, had one myself for years.

Great stuff

As always thanks for listening

Daz

April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Hi mat,

This rear mirror is very normal for us,as we are dash camera manufacturer, the rearmirro has other cool feature: 1. it can receive calls and make a calls use voices, 2. it has GPS navigation. 3. It can connect with weixi app in china.....

This product is our A201 rearmirror ( chinese model name). So the rear mirror you review is very normal for us.

daniel
http://www.szdome.com

April 14, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdaniel

Haven't watched it yet Mat, but that's a cracking pun - see how it fares . . ;)

April 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

Hi Mat. Another fascinating video. Not a product I am likely to buy any time soon though. I already have front and rear facing cams, but I rarely carry passengers, and have no desire to see their antics on screen.

April 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterQuaser

The same goes for me.

April 15, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Recently returned this camera.

Even on a cloudy day, the white balancing was bad. Couldn't see anything out of the rear window, and the front was just "meh" quality

April 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Yes mirror cameras aren't really designed to see out of the rear of a car. They'll just show the interior. That's why I'm referring to this one as a Taxi Cam.

April 16, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Blackview DOME also have car Rearview at www.szdome.com

April 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterzhangyuying

One TINY (maybe) plus is that you could angle both facing forwards and get them to just overlap in the centre - Wide angle without having to see too much sky - esp maybe in low res mode. It's the biker in me thinking aloud. SMIDSY

May 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I found the lens needs to be 2.1mm to obtain the angle needed, its no good seeing half a car, it looks ok but let down by cheap parts

January 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterP Elton

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