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  • Misleading specifications and fake resolution

    posted by fubarrhubarb on 01/21/2011
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    Small, quite well built.
    Comes with standard screw-mount suction cup bracket that could be used with other cameras.
    The camera fits in a cradle that screws onto the suction-cup mount.
    Inbuilt speakers, screen and microphone.
    Motion detection record works well.
    Seems to have quite good battery life.
    Webcam feature seems to work well (looks like 640x480@30fps). Sadly, much better than the recording feature.

    Cons:

    Resolution appears to be native 640x480
    Video:
    Scaled and padded either side with black bars to reach 1280x960.
    Each frame appears to be recorded twice to achieve 30fps (while watching actual visual frame rate looks like 15fps)
    Video frames are over-compressed and lose too much detail.
    Drivers do not appear to be windows 7 compatible and once installed do not have an automatic uninstall.
    Device is bundled with two drivers which are not compatible with each other, installing both will cause both to fail. Under windows 7 this could be a major problem.

    OtherThoughts:

    It would be good if you could change the video recording resolution and compression ratio. I would be happy with good quality 640x480, even if at 15fps.

    Bottomline:

    Manufacturers should be honest with the device capability.
    Crippling what could have been a good, cheap device to give fake, really bad quality 1280x960@30fps (which is really badly compressed and stretched 640x480 at 15fps with each frame recorded twice) is a fast way to earn a reputation for dishonesty.
    Cannot honestly recommend this device, which is a shame as with a few minor changes and a little bit of honesty in the description would be a good buy.

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