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The good, the bad, and the fuzzy
on 19 September 2011
I was initially very happy with this recorder. Wow! an in-car camcorder that will record for days at a time without any attention at all.
Problem 1. The internal rechargeable battery packed in after a week. I was initially happy with the battery failing because it meant that I didnt have to switch the camera off manually when I shut the engine off. But the downside is, unless I do remember to turn the camera off it wont save the very last video on the memory card. This means that if I ever had a car accident that was caught on video, and if I turned off the ignition to go and have words with the driver, then I'd have lost my video evidence (unless I switched the camera off first).
Problem 2. A scouse taxi driver pulled out in from of me at a roundabout, he was well out of order so I wanted to report him to his company. When I got home and re-played the video, the quality was 'ok' as usual, but not good enough to be able to read a taxi's number plate - even although it was a clear day and he was only 6 feet from my bumber. Pathetic really.
Problem 3. Very sensitive to sunlight, this causes the video to become very dark depending on how the sun hits the lens.
Despite all this I do enjoy having this camera. In an accident it could well make the difference between a successful insurance claim or not.
After using this video camera for around 7 months it now wont record any videos onto the memory card. Time to look around for a more expensive and reliable beastie.
Latest update (some time later).
Ok, I'm back in action. I did a hard reset on the camera using a paper-clip. Plus I formatted the SD card. The camera now records as before.
Very latest update:
Oh forget it! My car got broken into and the video camera and SD card were stolen. I'm glad, as it saves me messing around with cameras and SD cards every day :)