|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||7.7 x 5.3 x 3.1 inches|
|Memory Card Slot||SD|
CarProCam(TM) HD 1080p Car Dashboard Camera Car Accident DVR with LCD, LED LIGHTS, HDMI OUTPUT, CYCLE RECORDING. Model z06
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High Definition Video Camcorder is equipped with high-resolution (1920x1080 @ 30fps) video recording feature,and uses the most advanced H.264 video compression technology to provide much longer recording time. For users who always drive at night, GS600 reinforce the night recording quality. When the storage space is full,it can automatically cover the earlier segment. Wide angle 120 degree: with ultra wide-angle lens installed in your car can allow you to shoot the panoramic view. Support up to 32GB SD memory card, support for all major brands of SD cards. After the car start, CarProCam will record automatically and search for the GPS signal, after the car been turned off about 5 seconds, it will save the file and shutdown automatically. AV-OUT or HDMI output. 1). Image Sensor: 5Mega Pixels 2). View Angle: 120 Degree 3). 30° Rotatable Camera 4). Video Standard: H.264 5). Adjustable Resolution: -1920x1080@30fps, 3.6GB/Hour -1440x1080@30fps,2.8GB/Hour -1280x720@30fps, 2.4GB/Hour -848x480@60fps,1.8GB/Hour 6). Adjustable Time Slice:1min, 5min, 10min, 15min 7). Cycle Recording: over-write first file if memory is full 8). Support Real Time & Date display on the video 9). Built-in Microphone, Record sound 10). 2.0inch LTPS LCD 11). Motion Detection Function 12). Automatically Recording after Car power on 13). Language: English/Russian/Japanese/Chinese 14). Interface: AV, HDMI & USB2.0 15). Support SD/MMC Cards: up to 32GB 16). 1000mAh Lithium Battery 17). Power Supplied by Car cigarette Charger 18). Color: Black
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1.) Massive storage capacity (up to 32GB) on SDHC
2.) Connects to your computer via included USB for charging and file transfer
3.) Cigarette lighter power cord for long trips
4.) Excellent H.264 High Definition video quality
5.) Two-way adjustable mount. You can pivot up and down and swivel left-to-right with two secure tension knobs
6.) Date and time stamp on corner of video
7.) Wide angle lense shoots true panoramic view. Even with my camera mounted on the upper-right side of the windshield I am able to capture the entire front of my vehicle. ***See uploaded photos of my mounted camera***
1.) Limited features and basic settings but for the price and purpose this is not a problem for most
2.) Battery life is rougly 3 hours
3.) Inability to disable the LCD screen or microphone to extend battery life
4.) Night recording is poor even with my xenon high intensity headlights and regardless of streetlamps being overhead. The video quality comes out grainy and is no longer high definition as a result of the processing software within the camera itself.
4 out of 5 stars.
Once I installed it in my car, I was disappointed right away. It recorded for 37 seconds, and then froze - stopped recording, and the display froze on the last image recorded. I turned it off and on again, and it recorded for five minutes, and then froze again. I replaced the memory chip, but it still froze many times after a minute or two of recording.
Then, all of a sudden, the pivot head on the camera body flipped up and would not stay in the flat (in-line) position, so when it did record, it was always looking up at the sky. Useful to record incoming kamikaze attack aircraft, but we don't get too many of those around here.
To get two failures like that in one unit within the first 24 hours of use - an electronic failure and a mechanical failure - suggests to me there is a lack of quality control on the manufacturing side. Perhaps mine was built on a Friday afternoon, but then again, how many others were built on the same line?
Not to discount several excellent reviews of this product, but be warned this might be a buyer beware deal.
Once I put the camera on I noticed a trend. First the car behind would come speeding up to me, even if I was behind a line of cars. Often times the drivers approaching are doing 20-30 over, some even more. They'd get right on my bumper. After about 15 seconds it looks like someone dropped an anchor off the car. It backs off about 50 feet and stays there. At traffic lights and stop signs the car will usually stop 1-2 car lengths away from me. This makes me feel much safer because I know that the driver behind me is paying attention and I know that they are aware they were tailgating.
I've driven without an SD card in place, with the power cord out, and the effect is the same. Just the idea that someone is filming their actions is enough to make people behave better.
Since I got the cameras in March/April (8 months ago, just before our first son was born, then again for the second car after I tired of moving the camera back and forth), except when the cameras fell or whatever, not counting night time (you can't see the camera at night), I've been seriously tailgated only 4 or 5 times. That's it. Before it was all the time, 4-5 times every time I went to work, every time I went shopping, every time we went out for meals.
(I should point out I'm not an abnormally slow driver. In fact I normally catch up to others and then drive at their speed. Other drivers will catch up to me and that's when the problem starts. I get tailgated infrequently when I have a free road in front of me.)
1. Records in HD. You can read plates during the day or in well lit instances at night.
2. Loops. I have 32GB cards in there, set to record in 1 min increments. I can go back several days, even weeks, worth of driving if I want to. Once the card is full the camera will overwrite the oldest file.
3. Power on/off. Since I have both of these mounted in the rear window I don't want to turn it on and off manually. The power outlet in the rear (we have VWs) goes live only when the ignition is on. The camera starts right away when I turn the key to on. The camera shuts off when I turn the key to off.
4. There is a 1/4-20 threaded mount at the base of the camera. If I had the wherewithall I'd use the 1/4x20 thread in the base of the camera and mount it permanently. If I do this I'll try and find this review and post pictures. Right now, though, I don't have a place to fix such a mount. It can't be too far from the window, it needs to be in the area swept by the rear wiper.
5. Tones indicate power on and power off. This is nice because I know that things are good when I start up the car, and I know it's turning off when I shut down the car.
6. Screen goes live when powering on. I can look back and see if the screen is on; if it is then it's recording.
1. Functionally speaking, i.e. there is no way to improve this that I know of. No way of saving a particular clip. If I want to save something I have to take the SD card out and manually transfer or rename the file. I like saving interesting clips, driving in heavy snow or going around a corner just right, so I find myself looking for particular clips on a somewhat or totally full card. My workaround - I bring the card in every now and then, transfer all the files to my laptop, put the card back. At some point I find the clips I like, rename them, and delete the rest. It seems to work.
2. Sub-par cigarette lighter power plug. The plug's diameter is smaller than all the other plugs I have - it falls out of one car's socket regularly. With no power the camera turns off so this is a problem.
3. Suction cup mount takes a while to "set" and quality is variable. Not great to mount in cold weather although it'll hold if it's already well sealed. When you mount it you can see if there is a good seal by looking at the base from the other side of the window. If you don't have a solid black circle then you don't have a good seal - the suction cup will let go. Since I have both my cameras mounted on a rear hatch the cup has to hold even when I close the hatch - one takes a lot of force to close properly. It took a while before I could finally get the suction cup on with a good seal. It's been 4 or 5 months since one has fallen off. The other just fell off when the temps changed 40 deg F in one day.
4. Poor night vision. What can you expect. I don't see a solution because you can't shine a light out a rear window, any infrared won't work with headlights shining at you, etc. You can read plates if things are just right, like the car is so close that their plate is visible. But generally speaking this doesn't work at night except in broad terms, i.e. you can tell if someone ran a red light or stop sign but not who they are.
5. Clunky mount. Maybe I'm using it wrong but it's awfully clunky. I was hoping for something more streamlined. I think to clear an aggressively sloping windshield the mount needs to put the camera far back. On my hatch and wagon (with a hatch) the camera ends up 3-4 inches away from the window.
6. I use microSD cards in an SD adapter. I found once that the microSD card had slipped just a bit out of the SD adapter. The card slot is not on the side - it's on the bottom. Any regular bumping force could potentially push a microSD card out of an SD adapter. I've been very careful seating the microSD card and have not had a problem since.
User errors that I made.
1. I set it to power off after x time thinking that I'd want to capture a minute or two after I turned off the car (like in a parking lot). I didn't realize this power off happens even when the power is on. The camera dutifully shut itself off x time into each drive. Set your camera to never turn off.
2. Set definition as high as possible. 60 fps is not necessary so I have it set to 1080 at 30 fps. Big clear pictures, half the space as 60 fps. I'm not interested in making movies, I'm interested in documenting anything that happens. I want license plates, road conditions, etc. I don't care if I have the car's movement in 10 inch increments.
3. I failed to wrap the power cord around the mount one loop before leading it to the outlet. This meant that the USB plug took all the strain. I ruined two cords because of this, one factory and one aftermarket.
1. Use an aftermarket 12v>USB adapter. I used one that I got with something, maybe one of my old phones. Except for me forgetting to loop the cable (and relieving stress from the USB plug) it worked fine. If you use a coiled cable make sure it's long enough - the tension of the cable makes it prone to pulling the camera off the window.
2. No matter what you should wrap the cable around the camera once to relieve the stress on the USB plug.
3. I am buying two 12v>USB outlet adapters and will used non-coiled USB cables to connect the two. Since I can't see the base of the rear window due to the rear headrests I will fix the cable to the window, maybe using 3M sticky hooks, maybe putting under trim, not sure. I plan on using longer cables and running them up to the hatch's hinge, then down to the 12v outlet. The cable won't be draping and hooking onto stuff.
4. I want to mount the camera using the 1/4-20 thread at the base of the camera. I haven't figured out how yet.
Is it worth it? I think so, even with the flaws. I spend twice as much every month on insurance on our vehicles and the insurance doesn't help drivers behind me back off voluntarily or stop at stop signs or stop driving distracted. I hope I never use my insurance but I need it. I use the dash cam every day and I see the benefits every time I drive. I think everyone should drive with cameras because cameras make people police themselves. My rear camera makes me feel more comfortable driving. It forces the car behind me to behave better, to give me more room. It captures everything I do too, so it keeps me honest. I'd gladly hand it over to law enforcement if something happened because I stand by everything I do when I drive. I want others to do the same.
Added March 2013. I've since bought a stronger suction cup mount, a Fat Gecko Mini Camera Mount. It works well. I am hesitant to drill a hole in the trim as we're trying to figure out what to do vehicle-wise - we may trade one of our cars in to get a larger vehicle. The Fat Gecko Mini mount is so strong that even though the camera was hitting the privacy cover over the rear of the hatch area (in a Golf) it just flexed about an inch and stayed in place.
Also I bought a Mediabridge High Output dual USB charger. I use one of the many USB cables I have laying around at home, the nicer Mediabridge plug, and I never have a problem with the plug set up. It's also modular - I can easily replace the USB cable with another normal USB cable, no need for a 12v end. I broke the end of the 12v cable, the end that goes into the camera, so being able to replace the cable easily is nice.
I still want to drill a small hole in the trim to permanently mount the camera. I figure if we trade in the car we can use a plastic plug/cap thing used for covering interior screw heads.
I still think this is the best deterrent for tailgaters. I use my phone for a dashcam (DroidX running Daily Roads) but no one can tell it's a cam so they still run red lights, stop signs, etc in front of me.
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