(5 of 5 Stars!),
Sunday June 03, 2012
by Timothy Reichert
This is a great DashCam. Very easy to set up and install. High quality recordings. Everything works just a advertised.
As 1 previous review mentioned, the camera sometimes will not start. You correct this by removing and reinstalling the battery. Also, the camera sometimes only goes half way thru the startup and then shutdown. You correct this by removing and reinstalling the SD card.
As another reviewer mentioned I needed to download the VLC Media Player to view files on my computer.
The instruction manual appears to have been written by someone who has English as a Second Language. It's poorly written and doesn't give a lot of information. Fortunately the camera is easy to operate and most settings are self explanatory.
Here are some things I've picked up about the camera for those who are intersted.
Owner Revision to the Instruction Manual
You can charge the battery either through the USB cable from your computer or by using the car charger. The battery charge indicator in the bottom left corner of the screen will turn all white when the battery is fully charged and starts showing a black area as it discharges. A fully charged battery will allow unplugged recording for a little over an hour.
1. Install the battery and the SD card.
2. Turn the camera on by pressing the on/off switch (11). Turn it off by pressing the switch again.
3. The camera will start automatically when it is plugged into the car power supply and will turn off automatically when power is removed. If your car power supply turns on and off with the car you can keep the camera plugged in and it will turn on when you start the car and turn off turn the car off.
4. The camera begins recording when it is turned on. The red indicator in the upper left hand corner of the screen indicates the camera is recording.
5. To take a still photo press the blue SNAP button (12)
The camera will sometimes fail to turn on. If this happens remove the battery and reinstall it. You may have to do this several times to get the camera to turn on.
The camera may also go through half of the startup and then go blank. When this happens remove the SD card and reinstall it.
You may also get a failed SD card indicator. This is a red outline of an SD card with a capital F in the middle. When you get this symbol you can reformat the card on your computer and it will work just fine again.
The indicators on the top of the screen are
 Red recording indicator
 Motion detector on indicator
 EV setting *
 Frames Per Second setting
 HD (High Definition)
* EV In photography, exposure value (EV) denotes all combinations of a camera's shutter speed and relative aperture that give the same exposure. You can adjust this with the up/sown buttons in the record mode, or you can push the mode button once and adjust the EV value.
With the camera on, press the MENU button (14). You can scroll up and down the list with the up and down buttons (15 & 16). You select a setting by pressing the blue SNAP button (12).
• Movie size. You can select 640X480, 848X480 or 1280X720.
• Audio recording. Select on or off.
• Volume. The settings are 0 (off) to 7 (max volume)
• IR LED. You can select auto or off. The IR LED is for night recording.
• Motion detection. You can select on or off. With motion detection ON, the camera will record for 2, 5 or 15 minutes (see Recording Time) and then, if there is no motion it will go to sleep until motion is detected. It will then begin recording again for the specified time period.
• FPS. Frames per second. Select 10, 20 or 30 FPS. Since the camera loops select 30 FPS to always have the best recordings.
• Record Time. You can select 2, 5, 15 or off. The camera records in segments. You are selecting the segment time. This also controls the motion detection recording time. There is a 2 second gap at the end of the recording period while the camera sets up the next segment. If you select off the camera records in 1 minute segments (actually 59 seconds) and will not loop. The SD card will fill up and you will get the SD failed indicator.
• Date Stamp. You can select to have your recordings stamped with the date and time, or to not have them stamped.
• Date/Time. Set the correct date and time for the camera. The camera saves the recordings in segments with file names that tell the year, month, day and time of the recording. When it loops the oldest segments are over written first.
• Language. You can select English, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese or Russian.
• Light Freq. 50HZ or 60HZ. Probably refers to North American or European electricity frequencies.
• Restore Default. Yes or No.
• Version. Just shows the software version installed in the camera.
Preview and Delete:
With the camera on press the mode button twice. You will get a screen that shows the year. Select the year and the next screen will show the months. Select the month you want to preview and you will see the days. Select the day you want to preview and you will get the files by time. Select the time you want to review.
You scroll up and down with the up/down buttons and select the file with the SNAP button.
With the camera in the preview mode you can delete files or format the SD card. To enter into this mode press the MENU button. You will get a screen that allows you to delete the currently selected file, delete all files, or reformat the SD card.
You can hook up the camera to your computer by plugging in the USB cable. You can view the files while they are still on the camera or you can transfer the files to your computer and then view them.
The file format requires an ICM H.264 compatible AVI player. You can download a VLC Media Player for free. Make sure you go to the official VideoLan site. Other offers of free VLC Media also load several nuisance programs on your computer.
• Image sensor: 1/4 color CMOS WXGA HD Sensor
• View Angle: 120 degrees wide angle
• Video standard: H.264
• Picture resolution: 3MP
• Picture modes:1, 3, or 5 pictures
• Adjustable resolution: 1280x720@30FPS, 2.5GB/Hour -- 848x480@30FPS, 2.3GB/Hour -- 640x480@30FPS, 2GB/Hour
• Adjustable Time Slice: 2 min, 10 min, 15 min, off
• Optional Cycle Recording: over-write first file if memory is full
• Adjustable volume: 0-7 level
• Time & Date stamp on the video
• 2.5 inches TFT Color LCD
• Interface: HDMI & USB2.0
• Support SD/MMC Cards: up to 64GB
• 500mAh Lithium Battery (This is a Nokia BL-4C Li-ion batttery)
• Power Supplied by Car cigarette Charger
• Color: Black
• Product Size: 10x6.2x2.2cm