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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A high quality Car DVR but by no means perfect.
on January 30, 2012
The resolution of this device is great, and you can actually read licence plates and signs, as long as the roads are smooth. Where I live, sadly the roads far from autobahn smooth, but this is no fault of the device.
The DOD GSE 550 does have three faults in this otheriwse good unit.
1) Users have reported that the battery only holds a few seconds of charge, so do not expect to use this without it being plugged in (USB works as PWR source too). Not a huge negative, as the battery is only there to enable soft recording shut-downs when you turn off the car.
2) The screen is located a few precious pixels off centre and sits about 1/8 inch down, so the timer text is cut in half and not really readable. Other owners of the GSE 550 have also experienced this. I have not connected it to an external monitor.
3) For me biggest concern is the screen turning itself on, while in screen saver mode. At night this is bad.
My only guess so far is that the screen somehow gets activated when driving over a sharp bump. All my "G-sensor" settings are at zero, but the screen just turns itself on mid drive, while recording. The only way around this, is you have to stop and restart the recording, using the fiddly buttons now behind your mirror. Not recommended while driving.
This is my first Car DVR device, so I can't compare it against others. All in all this is a decent car DVR, with quality image and solid design clam shell. If a software update can fix the items above it gets five stars, otherwise a solid four.