Re: Buying a Dashboard Camera – Advice & Discussions
I have been using the video recorder that I mentioned in #35
for around 20 days now and would like to share some of my experiences with you. Considering the low cost of the camera, I am quite pleased with it; I think I'm getting my money's worth.
When I unboxed the camera I was stunned to discover that the default language for the menu was 'Chinese'
Luckily, I somehow managed to change the language to English by blindly playing with the buttons. Should anyone encounter this problem, here is how to set the language to English- press 'MENU' two times; then press 'DOWN' three times; then press the 'record' button and the language should change to English [the record button functions as an 'ENTER' button while navigating the menu].
The camera does not have an HDMI port, but it comes with a rechargeable battery, very long power cord and a surprisingly sturdy mount with suction cup.
Here is a short video clip that I made for demonstration. The video is displaying the year 2013 because I forgot to set the time and date, so please forgive me
You can see that the camera is very stable in spite of the rough terrain, thanks to sturdy mount.
The camera supports MMC upto 32 GB which has to bought separately as it is not included with the camera. I bought a 16 GB MMC which allows me to record 9 hours of continuous VGA (640x480) video. Recording in higher resolutions is also possible if one wishes but will obviously eat up more space in the storage. Loop recording of 2, 10 and 15 minutes duration is also possible and still pictures of different resolutions can also be taken. See the specs shown in #35
The night vision feature is ineffective but I don't mind this since I use the camera for road inspection during daylight only. If you require night vision this camera is useless.
The camera also supports low quality audio recording which can be disabled to make more storage space for video recording.
One feature that I particularly like is the ability to stamp time and date on the video. This function is of utmost importance if one intends to archive the videos.
The recorded images and videos can be viewed on the 2.5" LCD screen. There also is an AV-OUT output jack but I have not tested this yet.
This car dash camera is a rudimentary low cost equipment but it serves my purpose well enough.