BlackVue Wi-Fi DR500GW-HD 16GB Car Black Box/DVR Recorder
- New Wi-Fi Feature, Full HD Video: High Definition & High Frame Rate, Extended recording time with a high compression rate
- 2 megapixel CMOS sensor, Diagonal 120, horizontal 98, Built-in microphone, High-Capacity Memory Card Support (up to 32GB)
- Various Recording Modes, Motion Detection in Parking Mode Recording, 360 rotation cylinder in sleek design, Full HD label
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New Wi-Fi Feature, Full HD Video: High Definition & High Frame Rate, Extended recording time with a high compression rate 2 megapixel CMOS sensor, Diagonal 120, horizontal 98, Built-in microphone, High-Capacity Memory Card Support (up to 32GB) Various Recording Modes, Motion Detection in Parking Mode Recording, 360 rotation cylinder in sleek design, Full HD label Universal File Format: MP4, Video Playback on various devices, BlackVue App and Software(for PC), MyWay Viewer Built-in GPS and G-sensor, Internal Emergency battery, Voice Guide, 3-color LEDs, Video out, Resolved Heat Issue
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Died on me within four months of use. I suspect heat was the problem. My vehicle is in the SF bay area, so in general its pretty mild weather. We had a short heat wave two weeks ago (88-92 degree weather), and the camera stopped working properly. It appears that the GPS sub-system died. Since you can't set the clock (time of date is set with GPS), so every file and video timestamp was dated with a Unix EPOCH 1969 date. Using it in sunny 75 degree weather was not a problem, although the device would be very hot to touch.
I tried filing a warranty claim and it was a total waste of time. The manufacturer points you to the reseller and the reseller pointed me to the manufacturer (I bought from a marketplace vendor instead of amazon.com). Though, its not like amazon's standard return policy would have helped after 4 months of usage.
The wifi is mildly interesting, but difficult to use. It acts as a infrastructure base station, but it obviously does not route to a real network. Connecting via iPhone means you can connect to camera, and launch the app to interact with the camera. However, the annoying part is you need to "forget" the network right after unless you want your iPhone to not have a network when you're around the camera. Also the wifi appears to randomly not connect properly. I know my phone has the SSID and password saved, can scan for the SSID, but it simply does not connect. Very frustrating.
So the pros: The build quality of the device is rather good. The mount is very well thought out and the cable is long enough for me to connect to the CLA in the center console of my full sized truck. Image quality during the day is excellent. I thought night shots were good enough. Very wide angle lens. Packaging is like an Apple product.
Software: The desktop software is decent (I used the Mac version). The iPhone application is a little cheezy, but it does the job.
If you make the mistake of buying this camera, at least look to a Square Trade warranty (you'll need it :) ).
I'm going to try the Lukas 7900. Its spec'd to work up to 180 degrees F. Cheaper, also S Korean built. I'll use the savings to buy a SD card to camera kit for the iPad.
While it worked, the unit is a sleek, good looking unit that blends in and doesn't look like a point-and-shoot camera stuck to your windshield. I preferred the smaller size of the previous version, but understand that they probably had to increase the size to add features. The WiFi and iOS app are decent to get a live view at reduced resolution. That helps when you're adjusting the camera. However, viewing and transferring recorded videos that way is extremely slow and I gave up on doing that. When needed, I would just pull out the microSD card and view the recorded videos instead. So the WiFi became significantly less useful than I would have thought. I'm trying other brands of dash cams with integrated LCD displays instead.
In terms of other points, the integrated GPS is nice as well. With some other dash cams, it's a separate piece or antenna that you might have to install or buy separately. The provided software for the Mac is slow and buggy, but useable.
I've since moved on to other brands and would definitely not recommend BlackVue due to the poor reliability, and worst of all, the lack of support from the manufacturer.
My complaints: The factory SD card is prone to failing. (You can take it out, put it in a computer, delete files and then it will work again. It hasn't done it in a while but used to be frequent "check SD card"...."check SD card".....). Also, the WiFi feature is terrible. The connection often times out and has difficulty connecting even when the phone is just a mere foot from the unit. My brother has the newer front/rear cam system and it appears to be improved. I wish it had better power management when in park mode because if left on for more than a day without driving it will drain the large battery in my Tahoe. Other than that, great buy!
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The item is really easy to use, to setup you simply connect the SD card in the supplied USB adaptor and copy the software from a file located on it.
It installed quickly on both my Windows and Apple laptop.
The features are great in the software you can see a map of the location, speed and also if there was an unexpected move measured in "G's". Either; Normal, Parked Or "E' (Crash or high 'G'.)
This camera has excellent video quality, when looking from the iPhone App the footage is dramatically reduced in quality and there is a long delay n playing this file back on your device.
When installed in the car it is very easy to disable sounds by just the wave of a hand by the sensor.
Interms of removing the camera when away this can easily be done by the click of a button and the camera will slide out, depending on where you live this may be an issue. I've never had an issue with break in's etc and will comfortably leave the camera in the car at any time. I have even had the camera installed when going away and used airport parking and car garage and is interesting to see where they actually take you car!
This camera is great as incase of an accident you can easily prove your point to the authorities. This can be down by simply loading the App on your phone or by transferring the files to your computer to save and send to the police.
One point that could be an advantage and a disadvantage is that depending on your car people may think you are the police.
I drive a black estate car with blacked out windows, dog cage and this camera, many people do overtake and then reduce their speed dramatically. All depends, this is good because it does mean people will reduce their speed. :)
Possible disadvantage is the price, but in an accident this could easily pack back if you can prove it wasn't your fault.
I since bought the BlackVue after reading reviews and establishing it is one of the best.
It fits neatly and smart to the windscreen behind the middle mirror.
It's well made and looks good.
I disagree with people complaining about the picture quality. The video is smooth and clear. I suspect people make sure the settings are on the highest quality and picture frame rate because the default is the middle setting. Also jumping picture is usually caused by the player your using and the codec.
The wifi function is good. I have an iPhone 5s and it found the wifi and connected with no problems.
You can then download one of the videos to your phone to view but you can only view on the app which is annoying. You can't transfer from the app to your computer. You still have to download from SD card.
What I really like is you can see that live picture from your phone to position it. Best of all is you can change the settings from the app.
I will update this review if I find something bad but I'm really pleased.
The quality is good enough to see what is happening but number plates are not easy to read unless close up. This is a common feature for all similar car-cameras.
I have wired this into the electrics so that it powers up automatically when the car starts - permanently wired up in the ceiling - easy to do. It is set-and-forget. Always going. There is a feature for it working when engine is off, to catch people who nudge your car when they are parking. However this drains the battery (you need an accessory to stop this), and as the car is so close I doubt if you'd get number plate or you'd be able to see your car move enough to proof the point.
Absolute peace of mind.
(Some insurers are now offering discounts for camera users)
Thank you Amazon for coming to my assistance (not for the first time) and resolving this problem to my satisfaction.
In summary, good whilst it lasts but reliability is a major issue for such an expensive carcam.
However, that gripe apart, the camera is excellent in the quality of the video - even the 'still' facility produces pictures of screen quality as good as any average digital camera. Fit it and forget it. The wide angle of view is exceptional and any distortion is minimal.
The software on my Windows 7 setup is intuitive and provides all the information clearly and easily. Recommended.