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COWON AC1 Vehicle Car Black Box HD DVR Road Dash Video Camera Recorder 8GB Black

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  • 16:9 Wide vivid 720P / 30 FPS / 1280 x 720p high resolution video recording / 2 M pixel CMOS image censor camera
  • LED indication / Red and Blue LED shows the current mode and status / Easy to use through LED and voice guide
  • 360 degrees angle rotation / choose the view at your preference
  • 150 degrees of wide angle / all accidents occurred from front to side view can be recorded
  • Built-in Mic for audio recording / record audio with a high quality microphone
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight11.2 ounces
Product Dimensions10 x 4.6 x 2.2 inches
Item model numberAC1
  
Additional Information
ASINB008LR0TSC
Best Sellers Rank #45,912 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 12, 2012
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Cowon
  • Model: AC1

Product Description

The AC1 is a device installed on a car windshield to record video, audio, and other data related to vehicle impacts or accidents. Especially, with its 16:9 wide aspect and 720p HD recording capability, the AC1 offers clear and accurate images and recordings by catching plate numbers, colors of cars, and so on even on a cloudy day, day in and day out.

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Customer Reviews

VIDEO QUALITY: Very clear and viewable.
AEinstein
When powered up kept starting up then shutting down over and over.
ChrisCross
Its s Korean made- easy to log in website and set it up.
Timothy A. Hoffman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

94 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Graham Weiss on October 31, 2012
Bought this camera for my car because it reviewed well on CNet.com
Well I loved it until it froze on me, attempted to troubleshoot it through Cowons website, NO HELP!
left an email about a week before my return period was about to expire and did not get a response, so safely returned the camera.
To this day almost 2 months later I have yet to receive a response?
I strongly suggest not purchasing this based only on their support!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By iPod Mania on November 9, 2012
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I've been using this Cowon AC1 for about 3 months. The picture quality is superb that I can see little details of the car running in front of my car. It is a true HD video recorder with low price. I have another car blackbox on my other car, but this unit is much superior in video quality, file size, and operations.

The unit has 4 separate folders, realtime recording, events, and so on. The Realtime folder stores video files while you are driving. The events folder stores files with any shocks or impacts to the car such as crash and bumpy roads. Each file is one minute long, around 45 MB of size.

Someone wrote that the unit suffered from heat, but I've never experienced such issue. I installed it during August in the Southern California. Some people pointed out that this device does not have built in GPS. It could be useful on certain occasions, but I believe the video itself is enough to prove how the accident occurred in front of my car.

The device can record events while your car is parked. It continuously monitors activities in front of your car, and stars recording if it detects any movements. If no movements, then it stops recording. This feature needs an optional cable to hook it up to the car battery. I haven't used it yet.

There is no phone support, only instant chatting is available. I contacted the support to correct the time stamp issue. Overall, it is a good product for the money. I highly recommend this unit.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lynette Engelke on August 27, 2012
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I have been using this device for 10 days or so. There is a good review over on cnet. The only issue I want to add is that it appears to have problems starting up if it gets too hot. Three times when parked in the sun for lunch, the device did not boot up. All other times parked in shade / a garage it has fired up perfectly. Use the supplied software to update the configuration (turning off the voice prompts for example) on the MicroSD card while it is in a supplied MicroSD to USB converter hooked up to your computer - when you install the card back in the device the new settings will work. I have not yet found a way to update the date / time - there is no data link to the device itself - all you can do is remove the MicroSD card, read the videos, and change the config settings. It appears to maintain the date / time from the factory which I believe is in Korea (the other side of the international date line from me - all my videos are from the future...) - so the timestamps are not "local" unless you are in that city.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jerald Barker on March 18, 2013
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I purchased this COWON AC1 car recorder this week and have been experimenting with it the last few days. I am very happy with my purchase.

--- INSTALLATION ---
It couldn't be much easier to install:

- I took the COWON, the 8 GB card, and the device holder out of the box.
- I put the 8 GB card in the COWON, and put the COWON in the device holder
- I set it on my dash and plugged in the power cord, both to the COWON and to my cigar jack

Ready to go! I played with it like this for a day, then I installed it behind my rear view mirror (also very easy to do)

--- USAGE ---
The instruction manual that comes with it is close to useless, but luckily it is so easy to use I didn't need it.

- When it is plugged into the cigar jack, it boots itself and tells you when it's ready

- By default, it records all the time (puts 5 minute AVI videos in the REAL TIME directory)

- When it detects an unusual event (hard braking, huge bump) it chimes to let you know it was detected and creates a short AVI clip (starting 15 seconds before the chime, and going 15-30 seconds after chime and puts it in EVENT directory)

- When you see something you want to record, simply hit the button on the left end of the unit and it creates an AVI clip (starting 15 seconds before you press button, going 15-30 seconds after you press button, and places clip in MANUAL directory)

- There is also a mode for recording only when the unit detects motion in the lens field of view, but I have not played with that mode yet.

- It is easy to tell when the unit is recording events or manually - there is a red circle that glows around the button. Otherwise, the circle glows blue when the unit is on.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joe Diver on January 26, 2013
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I've been using the AC1 for over a month and am very happy.
The video quality is good but not great. Like someone said, you're not going to get a license plate from far away.

Mine is installed behind my rearview mirror, and except for the reflection of the blue/red led, I don't even notice it.

The only annoying problem I have it the g-force sensor goes off over any big bumps; for me the same places to and from work everyday.

Mine came with a Micro SD to usb adapter that works well in all my pc's. I use vlc player to view the videos.
The AC1 will create folders on the sd card for various recordings; event, manual, motion, real-time.
Motion turns on automatically if you're sitting in one place too long.

To fix the time stamp I had to do this:
Format the card to erase all videos and folders.
Reinstall the sd card back in the AC1.
Turn it on long enough to get one real-time recording.
Remove the card from the AC1, install in your pc.
Download an attribute changer, I found a free one on cnet.
Change the time-stamp on the one recording on the sd card to your current date/time. Save it.
Reinstall the sd card back in the AC1 and your problem should be fixed.
It didn't work if there is more than one recording on the sd card when you change the date/time.
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