|Item Weight||3 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.8 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches|
|Item model number||ITB-70G|
Itronics ITB-70G Car Black Box Dash Camera Video and Audio Recorder with GPS Record
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- Car blackbox with video, audio and GPS data recorder. Compatbile with Window XP, Vista and Win 7 32 bit
- The video and audio data are continuously recorder in H.264 compression format
- Records data due to collision, sudden acceleration and brake by the built-in impact sensor
- The recorder data is marked as event files in SD memory card (4GB card included - unit supports SD card up to 16 GB)
- Product Update: Effective mid May 2011, the display shows speed in MPH. Manual "record" button to record any specific view
- Not compatbile with Mac OS and Win 7 64 bit
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The front view camera can be tilted up to 180 degree and record inside the vehicle if necessary. Built in GPS records the driving speed and displays the data using your computer (using iPass Black Player - Software included). When you play your file via iPass Black Player - it coordinates and matches to the internet PC map (like Google map and etc - internet connection required). Information from device is stored in memory card and can be analyzed to help determine what the vehicles were doing before, during and after the crash or event. Type of Camera sensor: CMOS. Coverage: 120 degree / 0.3 mil pixels. Minimum Illumination: 0.9 Lux Data Compression: H.264. Sensor: Built in 3 axis impact sensor. Resolution: 640 x 480 (VGA). Selectable FPS: High 24fps, Standard 30 fps & 15 fps. Power Input: 12 ~ 24 v. Size: 92 mm (W) x 42 mm (H). Weight: 85g. Included in package: Main unit, mounting cradle, 4 GB SD memory card, adhesive tape, cable holder, power cable, user manual, SD card reader (via USB port). This product is certified by CE, E11 (Europe), FCC (USA) and VCCI (Japan). Made in Korea
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A car video recorder advertised to record events and help prevent liability in case of accident needs to record sequentially and reliably without glitches or 5 minute delays. 5 minute delays and large missing video recordings are not acceptable. Asking a busy person to format the SD card 2 times a week is placing a software workaround in the hands of the end user. Either the recording software, the firmware or the device itself has a critical and fatal flaw for the camera's intended purpose. Also, reaching the factory for support is ... well... humorous. The other reviewers here need to carefully check their camera cards and make sure they are recording sequentially, accurately and with no gaps.
I was initially going to rate this camera 5 stars. It has a fantastic form factor and is nearly invisible. It has everything going for it except for working as designed. If these 2 cameras could be returned I would but I've likely had them too long.
Update: I never did hear from the vendor on the problems mentioned here. I don't trust the models reviewed above and went back to my previous cameras. As an interesting aside I see they have a new HD camera mentioned in a review here. Again, I really like the form factor on these cameras. Excellent size and style so I ordered the iTRONICS ITB-100HD Full HD Car camera. It arrived as usual quickly (from South Korea) well packaged in a nice box. The ad said it had an English manual. But... it only came with a Korean manual and did not come with any software. The camera works better than my 70 series but still occasionally has gaps in the video. While you can play the AVI files with a video player I can't see the GPS information (speed, location, etc.) because their proprietary software contains those features. I haven't had a reply from two request to the company yet but hope this will be remedied soon. I'm determined to make these products work since they have the best (and most discreet) form factor on the market.
Itronics ITB-70G iPass Black
The Itronics ITB-70G (also known as iPass Black) is a dashboard/windshield mounted camera with built-in GPS.
Manufacturer claims (not my grammar, copied from their website):
Car black box with video, audio and GPS data recorder
The video and audio data are continuously recorder in H.264 compression format
Records data due to collision, sudden acceleration and brake by the built-in impact sensor
The recorder data is marked as event files in SD memory card
Manual "record" button to record any specific view
The front view camera can be tilted up to 180 degree and record inside the vehicle if necessary. Built in GPS records the driving speed and displays the data using your computer. Information from device is stored in memory card and can be analyzed to help determine what the vehicles were doing before, during and after the crash or event.
Type of Camera sensor: CMOS.
Coverage: 120 degree / 0.3 mil pixels.
Minimum Illumination: 0.9 Lux
Data Compression: H.264.
Sensor: Built in 3 axis impact sensor.
Resolution: 640 x 480 (VGA).
Selectable FPS: High 24fps, Standard 30 fps & 15 fps.
Power Input: 12 ~ 24 v.
Size: 92 mm (W) x 42 mm (H).
What's in the box?:
Main unit, mounting cradle, 4 GB SDHC memory card (made by Sandisk), extra adhesive tape, cable holders, power cable, user manual, SD card reader (via USB port).
OK, now that the facts are all copied out above, let's get on with the review already!
I emailed the Amazon seller ahead of time to discuss return policies and the like but mainly to test if I was working with someone from the USA. They responded quickly and kindly. The seller was very helpful and I liked the return policy. The item showed up promptly.
The box is quite nice and shiny. Everything is placed in small taped bags to prevent friction during transport. There are remarkably many things to dig through in this little black box. Instructions are on top and the camera and accessories are in a vacuum shaped pack. Camera in a bag on the right, center is the mounting bracket, ready to be taped to the windshield, other side had the power cord and underneath I found the memory card in a sleeve and the memory card reader and cable holders. The card reader is for if your computer doesn't read sdhc cards. There is also an extra piece of double sided rubber based tape, in case you mess up the install.
Slide the camera sideways into the mounting bracket, peel back the tape and stick it to the windshield. A nice touch, you peel back the tape and you can see through the rubbery adhesive, it says "Itronics" which can be viewed through the windshield. Put the memory card in the side, shut the flap and plug it in. That is all that is really to it, but the devil is in the details. It is advisable to keep it below any window tinting, so I had to mount it lower than I wished. It also has a bit of a fisheye effect so you may get part of your dash if you mount it too low. I decided that I would mount it behind the rearview mirror with the "REC" button slightly exposed in case I want to push it. Above all, make sure it is level or it will forever record your videos all crooked. You will have to take it down to straighten it. The unit comes with a cigarette lighter power cord and should be routed like your usual radar detector. It comes with looms to route it around your windshield. I am leaving it dangling straight down for now because I plan to hotwire it into the electrical system. If you find a switched source, it will turn off with the car. Otherwise it will stay on and you will have to unplug it from the unit to power it down. If left on with the car off, the mfg claims it will run in a lower power mode, lowering the frame rate. I have not and will not try this.
Turn on the car power. You will hear 3 small ascending chimes and it is recording. I didn't realize this when I bought it but the letters "REC" on the record button glow red when it is on, and it started flashing. Per the instructions, the flashing means it is trying to get a signal from the GPS. Once a signal is established, it will stop flashing and stay lit. So I messed around with it for a bit, checking the angle and adjusting it. It took about 2 minutes to get a signal while parked inside my garage. Once it had a signal, I turned off the car and took the memory card to the computer. It lets out 3 descending chimes when you shut off the power. You can wire it into a permanent power supply and it will record in a lower power mode should you be concerned for the night where you parked. It will consume power though, so I have not tried this setup.
Insert memory card into computer. Click the Playersetup.exe file and the software installs in seconds.
The instructions explain everything fine in English with a few spots that could use explaining so here are a few tricks that make it easier to understand.
Please click the photo I uploaded, it will open up two more fully labeled photos of the software.
First, when you hover over a button, it doesn't display a description, so you should check the manual.
Second, you should go into settings right away before messing with anything else. The settings button is the gear in the bottom right corner.
Clicking this brings up a small simple menu for my recommended settings:
Route for file save: Find a spot on your hard drive (not the memory card it defaults to) that the files will be copied to, should you decide to copy the files from the memory card.
Capture Image Format: choose BMP or JPEG
Audio Recording: Select on (high), on (low), off. I chose on (high) because it is still too quiet. You can turn off the audio in the menu and there is an "amp" button which tries to make it louder.
Impact Sensor Sensitivity: 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0, OFF. I choose OFF. The settings refer to G-forces that it measures in the x,y,z axis. EVERY SINGLE POTHOLE will make this flag a file with an exclamation point. Very annoying since flagged files do not get overwritten and each one will need to be deleted individually. A slow process when there are several hundred to go through. You can also just go to windows explorer and remove them there but they won't show up flagged. You are not obligated to use their software except for to set the settings and look at the g-force readings. WMP and QT play the files just fine.
Recording Quality: High 24fps, Standard 30fps, Low 15fps. I know what you are thinking. I made a typo, high should be 30fps. That is the way it is set up and I don't know what to tell you here except that each of my video editing software's showed that the Standard did indeed record at 30fps and the High did record at 24fps. Resolution stayed the same at 640x480. I keep it in Standard now.
Illumination Control: Standard, Bright. I keep it in standard. Bright didn't seem to help much since it is not a night vision camera. I barely noticed a difference.
Time Zone: set it and forget it.
There is a button with an exclamation point. Click this and all the flagged files will instantly be copied to you hard drive.
Next is a file to file button. Click and the highlighted file will be copied. Trash button deletes the selected file. You CANNOT highlight more than one file at a time in this software.
Next is a folder button that allows you to open files from your hard drive. Then there is a SD card button to go back to the SD card.
Above this is the GPS.
The GPS location is very accurate. It is from Google (I hope the path stays the same forever) and you can change from satellite to hybrid and map and zoom. You cannot scroll because it will automatically center you back in the screen.
Above this is the file selection showing File Name, Size and Date/Time. Every file is 11 megs and 1 minute long, unless you cut the power in the middle of a recording. It has a bit of back up power inside to finalize the file and then shuts down.
To the left is the viewing window for playback and it is date and time stamped, above which is a satellite icon (turns on if the GPS is locked in) and a KM/hour display. There is no way I have found to change this to MPH.
Below this large window is the g-force readings, hover over this and you will get a small reading for each axis.
Below this is a VCR type control, a zoom button, a brightness lever, flip video button, take a snapshot button, volume control and AMP button to make it louder.
Overall the software works fine. It is very simplistic and hasn't locked up yet. I was worried about spyware but it is a standalone product that didn't invade my registry with garbage. I wish there were more settings and I have yet to check the iPass website for a software update. The software comes on the memory card, so I recommend copying it off to somewhere safe in case the card gets bricked. The manual recommends weekly reformatting of the 4GB card. Firmware updates are stated to be easy to do by installing a .bin file on the memory card and inserting it into the camera. Also, inserting a new memory card into the camera will reformat it
It simply works! It does exactly what I was hoping it would. It keeps recycling the files when the card fills up, doesn't overwrite the flagged files and since I turned off the impact sensor file flagging option, if I see something interesting, I tap the record button and the file is flagged. I love what you can do with this thing, instead of telling stories of that jacka$$ that cut you off, or the two people ahead of you that tried to occupy the same space at the same time, or a nice car ride view of a drag race, you can SHOW IT! You can also swivel it around 180 degrees and face inside the car if you want, and there is a button to flip the video quickly so you don't make everyone watching, throw up.
I find that during dusk, the video gets quite grainy no matter what the setting, and at night, you see only what your headlights can hit since it is not night vision. The resolution is good but not great, and the video is not high enough quality to read someone's plate unless you are right on top of them at a stoplight.
There is a competing product called the Siv M7. It seems to do the same thing, costs the same and includes a bigger memory card. The frame rate is 30, 15, 10, 640x480 again and you can adjust the brightness and sharpness as well as each axis' sensitivity individually. The software seems a bit better. It can chart a full path traveled and show your average speed, distance, total stop duration, etc. But a few things put me off.
First, it has red buttons that don't fit with the finish of the model which is knurled black and silver. They stick out like a beacon. The ITB-70G has a "luxury feel" (I read this somewhere and laughed until I had it in my hands). It refers to that it feels like the same material your turn signal stalks are made if. It is very smooth and elegant looking and blends in very well with the car.
Secondly, the main thing that killed the SIV for me was...it talks. Whenever you get an alert, it will say, "EVENT"! It also says, "WELCOME, PLEASE REBOOT THE SYSTEM, AUDIO ON/OFF, PARKING MODE ON/OFF, INSERT SD CARD, CHECK SD CARD". I do not see a setting in the instructions I downloaded, to shut the voice off. It also has two flashing lights red and blue and depending on which is flashing or alternating in any number of combinations, each mean a different thing. It seemed a bit confusing. In the end I am happy with the camera I chose, but wish the software was more like the one with the SIV.
Presentation/Packing: 4/5 Nice artwork and glossy box, well packed, clear pictures and manual is in very good English
Installation: 5/5 easy. Stick, plug into cigarette lighter, you are done. Route the wire as you see fit.
Software: 2/5 too simple, works fine but more control and options would have been nice, especially when compared to the Siv software. Installed on XP SP3.
Hardware: 5/5 everything you need to hook it up and make it work on your pc is included. Quality of workmanship is very good with no sharp edges or poor fitting parts. It blended seamlessly with the interior of my car which has a black and grey interior.
Hardware Performance: 8/10 Easy to use, works flawlessly, non-intrusive, does what it claims. No other dash cams out there right now have great picture quality; all are best at 640x480 and 30fps. Going back and forth from shadow to light at dusk causes the image to pixilate.
Overall: 24/30 = GET ONE!
There is a firmware and software update on the Korean website. The software is regional specific and all in Korean. I could not get it to work here. I did NOT attempt to install the firmware because I do not want to brick my iPass in case it needs the latest software to run. I have no knowledge if these new updates will come to the US. My return policy window has expired. When the weather warms up, I will hotwire this in so I don't have to stare at the cable dangling down anymore. Will report back if there are any changes to the performance of the product or software/firmware updates.
Note to Critics:
I do not work for Itronics, Cyanics or any company affiliated with the prodution or sale of this product. This review is based solely on my experience with the item that I purchased. Also note that this is an Amazon Verified Purchase which means I personally paid for the item here at Amazon, who has proof of the transaction.