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Dump the free Mini card.,
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Purchased the first one from Amazon and it didn't seem to work correctly, power button issues. So I returned that one and ordered another one from the company through Amazon, since Amazon would only offer a refund. The second one was dropping many of the files, wouldn't open, so I tried replacing the mini card with one I had in my cell phone and it worked much better; although some of the fills were still corrupted. I was ready to send it back but decided to try a new card, SanDisk Ultra 16 GB MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card and recorded about two hours on it and not one corrupted file. So don't bother with the card they give you, throw it out and order a good one from the start. For the price and features I haven't found anything better with spending much more - $225.00 minimum.
As for the camera itself, the quality isn't Hollywood but it'll document just fine and the back view is a real plus to have. If you want to read plates and see people flipping you off as you drive by, then you'll need to spend $200 plus a card for a good camera. Even so they don't include the rear camera so you would need to buy two and that's gettin' expensive. Other reviews didn't make much of the sound quality but It's pretty good. I could even hear my dog smacking his lips for his cookie when I was at the bank window. The features are easy once you get the hang of it and having the internal battery means you can sit at the kitchen table and play with the thing for an hour once the battery is charged. Although the manual isn't the best, it took me about and hour or two just trying out the different menu items to get a good understanding of all the functions. You can set it to stay on after the vehicle is off and it even has a motion sensor which I haven't tried yet. When you install the back camera and play it back the image will be flipped horizontally. At first I thought it was somehow defective but then I realized what was going on. Whatever passes on the left will show going by on the right, from the back view if you have both videos on the screen at the same time. Normally you would think this was wrong but the idea is to have the images overlaying and then whatever goes by on the left will come out one left...got that? By having the images overlaid -PIP-you have effectively rotated the back view 180/deg. Don't worry since it took me a while to get it straight in my brain. Also if you want to use the suction cup mount and have a windshield with those little screened dots, put a little water on the cup otherwise it'll keep coming loose. Those dots are raised just enough to create a space and the water will keep a good suction. The unit easily slides off/on just be gentle.
One last thought, AppleCare suggested I download the free video app "VLC". Great software which seems to run any format of video and also has some basic editing functions that will run on either PC or Mac. I downloaded a Windows video from my PC on to a cd, dropped it into the Mac and it played without any problems. Good luck!
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Initial post: Sep 5, 2014, 9:01:07 AM PDT
Lucy Care says:
Thank you very much....Nice review.
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