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Saturday
Sep122015

Philips Dash-cams: ADR610 & ADR810

I've been reviewing dash-cams for years, but it's only in recent months that a number of the more recognisable electronic brand names have introduced cameras onto the market. I've been reliably informed that Philips are one of the market leaders in car cameras in China, but this is the first time their cameras have been available in the UK.

I was interested in finding out how these Philips cameras performed, so I've managed to get hold of both of the UK models, the ADR610 and ADR810 and you can see how they fared in the video below. 

Sample Clips

The samples are hosted on pcloud - and are available here: http://pc.cd/U8hrtalK

Downloadable sample clips are provided for.......downloading. By that I mean if you were silly enough to try and stream them from pcloud, they wouldn't look any different to the streamed youtube video. The only way to see the original quality of the video files is to DOWNLOAD the clips to your computer and play them locally.  

Purchasing Links

ADR810 Ebay: http://goo.gl/bgnLAI

ADR610 Amazon: http://amzn.to/1KenULO

ADR610 Ebay: http://goo.gl/uiAdPQ

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Reader Comments (30)

Hi, your reviews are really professional and detailed. Can I recommend our products for you to review?

September 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Nice! Liking the video quality, especially the nighttime footage, on the ADR810, very enticing indeed, makes my DOD LS430W look a tad old LOL... The latter has been a "ROCK" for me and we're going on 17 months, guess we can't complain.

If it weren't for the fact the audio is dismal (may be a one-off?), and the price here in Canada being around $325 I'd be all over it, don't use the audio in many of my productions (10%) but having that option is always nice.

The ADR810's menu system/navigation seems very simplified and nicely laid out, too bad the ADR610 wasn't equipped similarly. As for the mounting system, my DOD uses similar and find it the best due to the application, thought the 1/4" tripod mount was the only way to go but constant transfers between vehicles has proven otherwise.

Thanks for another awesome review :-)

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

I'm guessing that they're not actually made by Philips but rather Chinese units that are being made/badged for Philips. The menu options and functions are too different to have come from the same manufacturer.

September 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPete

Purchased an ADR810 after seeing TM's review and have to say very underwhelmed.

Daytime footage is so edge enhanced that it is impossible to read roadside signs (official UK signs).
Night-time footage had a sparkling all over it, as though there was fairy lights over the whole image.

Suspect the camera had a fault which caused both issues, will be returning it for a refund.

May try same model again but will wait until they have been out a little longer.

Maybe we should have gone with our 1st choice of a Vico Vation, we selected the ADR810 as we live in a rural area so night-time footage quality is very important.

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIan

We bought and installed an o806 into my husband's car, which is working beautifully. I now have a new car and would like a front and rear cam. So, am trying to decided between the K1S and the two Philips - 610 in the back and 810 in the front.

Do you have any views on using the 2 cameras in this way?

Are you aware of any other dual camera units, like the K1S, which I should wait for.

Many thanks indeed for all your video reviews, especially the work you put into the day and night shots on the dashcams, must say the banana machine review had me laughing out loud!

September 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBev

I haven't seen any other dual dashcams recently. The K1S and the Vicovation Marcus 5 are the only good quality units I've tested. If you have a way to power the rear camera then it's not a bad idea having two different cameras. It might be a bit trickier to sync up both video streams on a computer...but that's probably something you'll never need to do.

September 30, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

What to you make of this mini dashcam. the ebay seller is assuring me its a 96650 chip in it, but on ebay anyway cant see others like it,except lots at the same price.. On image search there are other sellers however

2.4" HD 1080P Car DVR Vehicle Camera Video Recorder Dash Cam Novatek 96650 UK

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-4-HD-1080P-Car-DVR-Vehicle-Camera-Video-Recorder-Dash-Cam-Novatek-96650-UK-/151755879772?hash=item23555af55c

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfelix

I suspect that the specs are a bit muddled. Some places advertise it as outputting .MOV files, this one states it as .AVI I've ordered one, for the price it's worth a go.

October 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi,
Can you tell me the size of the ADR 810 unit please.
I bought an E-Prance 1296P on your recommendation over a year ago and it has worked very well, but has now died!
So, I think that the ADR 810 would be a suitable upgraded replacement.

Many thanks

David

October 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I don't have mine any more as I gave it to a friend. However the specs are available here: http://www.philips.com.sg/c-p/ADR81BLX1/car-driving-video-recorder-adr-810/specifications

October 4, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just rec'd our ADR810 unit today from Amazon.com and are unable to format a newly purchased Class 10 32gb microSD card. The unit display continues to show "Please wait" - then the screen goes dark. After waiting for up to 5 minutes, there is no other progress shown in the display window.

We purchased the microSD card "new" from our local office supply store.

Thinking the card might have been formatted, we proceeded with the various settings, but the date/time function does not retain our settings. ??

The unit itself has no contact information available for assistance.

Can you offer any solutions? Thanks!

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanis

Is the MicroSD card Class 10 speed?

October 18, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello, I bought this camera based on your great reviews, however I am having a bit of trouble with mine. Anytime it is twilight or later and the sky gets darker my videos are useless. I have an enormous vibration. It appears that everything is mounted properly but I can not get it to go away. Do you have any ideas?
here is a short video of me driving on probably the smoothest street I could find. Do you think I have a defective unit perhaps?
Again this is the BEST it is at night, on most streets that have a bit of texture or are rough the video is useless.

https://youtu.be/CNfejBMImPk

https://youtu.be/RWl4bF8f3ZY


Thanks for any help.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

I didn't see a problem with the brightness at night, just the vibration. I'd expect the vibration is there during the day too, but perhaps less obvious. Beyond the obvious fact that perhaps the windshield is transmitting a vibration to the camera I don't know what is happening. Do you feel a vibration in your car, does it have hard suspension...I know that one of my cars shakes more than the other. I wouldn't say it was useless though...it would still make for perfectly good evidence of who was at fault in an accident.

October 30, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the reply. The car feels smooth as can be and I do not feel any vibrations. It is a factory BMW suspension, not an upgraded one or stiff one. I guess you are correct, while the videos at night look very poor with the vibration, It still would help if there were an accident. Thanks again, and keep up the good work. Love the site.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

TO: Bev and anyone else wanting to use 2 cameras in their car. Check your owners manual. Most small and mid size vehicles tell you not to use the adapter socket while the headlights are on {day time running lights are fine}. Cars nowadays are built to exact standards and there isn't ample volts etc to run all of the gadgets. So just know that running a camera at night may not be approved of by the car manufacturer and running 2 cameras... well I don't know, maybe your battery can be run down over time? Maybe damage to your alternator?

Be careful.

November 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNeil M

Regarding two cameras and the car battery: The adapter socket is not on the same fuse as the headlights, so that's ok. Also the camera (even two) take so little power that it's of no consequence. The manufacturer just has to give a warning for the same reason all plastic bags have suffocation warnings. It would be different if You used a 12V space heater or watercooker it the car, since they can draw up to 15A and drain Your battery quite quickly, unless You have the engine running at the same time. You can't draw enough current to destroy the alternator, any of the fuses will blow before that. And if power usage is an issue in Your car, You will notice that there is usually enough space to install a much larger battery. There are no negative effects to doing that, apart from that a larger battery cost a bit more.

December 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStix

I have just bought three ADR810's and the audio on all three is absolutely fine. Techmoan ,you must have had a dud. Very impressed and they were on offer at £100 each on Amazon. Absolute bargain!

January 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJimmy

Quite soon (use wise) but not soon post purchase I ran into SD card problems. Reformatting attempt produced the display "mass storage" and no attempt to get further worked. I phoned Phillips helpline to be told that this camera shouldn't be available in this country! They could offer no suggestions other than try to reformat in another device, which I don't have, or buy a new card ... I'm very disappointed. HELP!

February 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill Jones

Do you really have no other device - a dashcam isn't too much use without a computer to copy the files to.
Where did you get the SD Card - are you sure it's genuine - many cheap ones bought from random ebay sellers are fake and won't work in anything. I have a column on the right of the page all about this problem,
The camera will show Mass Storage - if you plug it into a computer - you aren't doing this are you? Are you trying the use the camera when it's plugged into a computer (which I wouldn't think you are because you don't have one). You can only use the camera menus when it's plugged into the USB lead in the box that plugs into your car cigarette lighter socket.

February 6, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have an iMac but no device that uses the micro SD card. Am I able to reformat using an adapter? I have tried the camera both linked to my computer and in the vehicle with the dedicated lead. I have a Samsung card.

February 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill

I use Macs with a £1 USB MicroSD adaptor from Poundland - works fine.I don't understand why the screen on the camera isn't showing the normal menus....are you sure you are using the 12V to USB power adaptor that was supplied in the box in your car?

February 6, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Def using the supplied usb lead. What is most likely to be at fault? The card or the camera?

February 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill

...and it's plugged into your car Cigarette Lighter socket?

February 7, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Yes it is.

February 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill

The Philips ADR610 model, is that the same as the Asus Reco Classic? They look very similar.

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterManT

They probably share some components.

March 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello Techmoan.
I bought myself ADR 810 model but I have a question. You said emergency file size is 1 minute, 30 seconds before and 30 seconds after. Is my emergency room two files, each with a duration of 3 minutes. Is my camera defective?

ps:sory for google translate :)

June 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIuda

They've probably just changed the configuration through a firmware update, these kind of things happen all the time.

June 4, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Here's an example of the part you need to attach the waterproof case to a standard tripod screw. http://amzn.to/1TTTpWG

June 4, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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