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  • Value for money

    posted by asita on 05/27/2011
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    Low price
    Auto on-off or motion sensing mode
    Auto cycling of memory write (erase old files for new files to be written)
    LCD is off when started, only on when you flip it open (compared to SKU 35356 which is on even when not flipped open. Only turns off when you flip it open and then close it).
    Sufficiently clear video to show sequence of events, but not enough to see all license plates.
    Passable night video capability (only on brightly lit roads)
    Allows 3 choices of recording length, 2/5/15 min.
    Records audio too.
    Wide angle (120deg).

    Cons:

    Not very good video quality, can only see license plate when vehicle is right in front.
    Tends to get blinded by sun glare easily, esp when sun is lower.
    Bundled holder joints tends to get looser with time. Gotta keep tightening.
    When card is full, erasing of files takes time. Larger files take longer time, 15min files can take 30 sec or more. 2 min files takes about 4 sec. Hence in memory cycling mode, there is a gap of at least 4 sec between files (in 2 min file size mode)

    OtherThoughts:

    Tested with Kingston 32GB SDHC Class 10.
    Should record at 640*480 as any above shows no improvement
    Motion sensing mode will capture fixed (2/5/15 min) upon trigger.

    Bottomline:

    Gotta be realistic at this price level. Video is good for showing what happened, but some finer details will be lost.
    Lots of good useful features like auto-cycling of memory, auto on/off, motion sensing, etc.
    Basically a 'install and forget' device. Once configured and installed, needs no further attention.
    Useful for accident investigation and recording road trips.

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