After much research & reviewing many cheaper versions I decided to pay a bit more for this model in the hope that it would provide a better experience. This I have yet to determine as it is now hooked up to my PC for initial charge (3/4 hours) before putting it to the test, after which I will provide a more concise review. In the meantime I suggest you search the model on 'You Tube' where many people(mostly in Eastern Europe!!) have shown this camera in operation.
At this time however I would like to praise 'Amazon' in respect of delivery. I ordered this item late on 21st March 2012 with free post & packing & had email confirmation followed by further notification (on 22nd) that item despatched & delivery expected on Tuesday 27th.
At 07.20 today (Sat 24th) the package arrived, well packed & complete so as long as the product lives up to my expectation (some don't)I am so far happy with the service provided & would recommend (NOTE: This is my third purchase from Amazon & same applies for each). Prestigio Road Runner HD1 Car Digital Video Recorder
My proper rating for this will come later.
As promised, a follow up review of this car cam:
PRO's: Simple, intelligible set up instructions. Easy menu to navigate change/modify settings. Can be charged via USB OR Car 12v & has seperate AV cable to attach to TV for playback. Audio can be on or off (useful if you don't want background chat/music etc). Easy download of clips via USB or Card Reader. It really does switch on/off with engine & you can hear it start & stop without the need to drive with the screen open which can be a distraction in normal use. This means you can mount it at bottom of screen rather than the top (with screen open)where it's a bit conspicuous & you have trailing cable (quite a lot of cable). I have no idea how long it will hold charge if used unconnected but think it best to be charging continuously whilst in use.
CON's:Personally, I doubt the performance of this camera is any better than some of those at half the price. It's very slow adapting to changing light conditions & my limited use at night suggests that it needs to be surrounded by bright City lights as intermittent light sources tend to create flare as it tries to keep up. Number plates & road signs can only be clearly read in 'close up' under ideal lighting conditions. The suction clamp is compact & effective once properly affixed however it is sold as a seperate item on Amazon for £4.95 & it shows. The screw that locks the ball into the desired position failed on me first time with insufficient 'bite' on the thread to remain tight. Luckily I had spares from those mini camera tripods you can get from the £ shops which worked but I intend to replace it with something a bit more substantial. In conclusion, it does the job but you get what you pay for I suppose & in the event of some loony smacking into you at the lights, it has to be better than nothing. Also, it's worth paying a bit more to avoid having to read Chinese (Chinglish)instructions but maybe not so funny!!(see my video at [...]