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Hi cost - But will save you money if the worst happens!!!
on 28 April 2012
After a lot of research i ended up purchasing this wonderful device, the seller was Samsung 3D store uk - next day delivery faultless!!!, they even sent me the english version of the manual in advance of recieving the item so i could read up on the device before hand (thankyou!!)
My reason to purchase this device-
I was nearly the victim of a staged crash in the early hours of the morning, my licence is essential for my job and i happen to really love the car i currently own, the idiot decided that he (with another car behind) would overtake and slam thier brakes on as hard as they could with the brake lights disconnected. As the cars had been following me for quiet a while i had became aware of them and this saved me as i had covered my brakes when the manuver was undertaken, also the brakes on my car were much better than the ones on the car that was trying to do the insurance scam.
Now the device-
I originally was looking at the cheap devices that are all over the ebay site, having looked at the videos of them in action on you tube i was left feeling deflated with the overall quality of the recordings, also i was unhappy with the sizes of the devices. A lot of them have small LCD screens, big suction caps to fit to the screen, and basically scream steal me.
The Blackvue is tiny, approx the size of a packet of extra stong mints, infact its virtually invisble on my car, no lcd screen though.
Ive put the machine behind the rear view mirror, this area is blacked out on my car so all that is visible is about 1/3 of the device.
The machine fixes to your windscreen using double sided adhesive tape (supplied with a spare), this is the same tape they use to affix rear view mirrors to windscreens so is very strong.
Before you fix it to your windscreen check you have put it in the correct locations, the micro sd card slot and power input need to be on the right side otherwise your pictures will be upside down.
Also check you have good clear view, you dont want the camera looking though a tinted piece of glass.
One last thing is make sure you have enough access to remove the micro sd card and power lead, in hindsight i should have put mine under the rear view mirror mount as it fiddly removing mine.
The box comes with everything you need, it has a 12/24 volt cigar lighter adaptor to plug into a power outlet, but be aware the blackvue has a parking feature and needs constant supply for this feature to work. My car turns of all power to everything when the ignition is off, i ended up hard wiring it to constant 12volt supply so i could have the parking feature.
The power lead has to be ran around the edge of the windscreen where i have dropped it into one of my pillars and then into the dashboard, totally invisble installation, the lead is very long and there is plenty of length to get to a power output on the majority if not all motors including lorrys and coaches.
You also get adhesive cable holders if you cant tuck the lead into your cars trim.
You also get a 16gb class 6 samsung micro sd card, an micro sd to sd card adaptor and an sd adaptor to usb adaptor.
You get a manual - this is sadly in Korea but the english version is avalible online and is also on the sd card.
From what ive been reading the software only supports windows at the moment (inc 64bit - there are reports it dosnt work but i only have 64 bit machines and the software works fine). Sorry mac owners.
To install the software is a doddle, you plug in the sd card and open it, in here you can change all the settings from the colour of the lights, picture quality, sensitivity, time etc.
This is also where you can view the recorded footage - the program has 3 different levels of recording, N for normal (green), P for parked (blue), E for event (orange (these wont be overwritten)).
You can view all your footage in this application - the files are standard mp4 so you can also view them on other players like VLC or even a android phone.
With the application though it will show up excatly where your driving on google maps, it give you the option to zoom in, extract a video segment, take a frame as a picture or even print a frame directly from the app. It also records your g forces (very tempting lol)
Overally i am rather impressed with the job they have done on the software, it works seemlessly on my machine and has been thought though well.
It would be nice if they released an linux and mac version
The picture quality - FANTASTIC!!!!! at 1080 30fps the details are outstanding, even at night everything is very clear. Ive put the quality down to 720p as ive found the quality more than acceptable with nearly double the record time. The viewing angle is about 140 degrees (as per manual) so give a real good birds eye view but Dont take my word on this one look on you tube to find examples.
The device remains on 24-7 if you have it wired to a constant supply, when you pull away it talks if you have enabled it saying something like normal mode activated drive safely, when you park it eventually says park mode activated, but you can turn it straight to park mode and vice versa my using the button on the side.
Around the button is a ring of leds, you can config these to match the colour of your dash board in the app, or if you dont like them at all turn them off. you also have a recording light and gps light, the gps stays green all the time, but the recording goes to red when motoring and green when parked. When its flashing its writing to the sd card.
The machine also has a built in microphone (which can also be disabled in the app) - tbh it works but isnt a high quality microphone, but for govenment work it will do the job!.
I only have one worry about this machine, it seems to run very hot, i dont know if its the gps reciever, the speed it writes to the sd card or the cpu, its just seems to run very hot, with that in mind if your leaving your car for over a week i would pull the lead out or get the battery protection kit. It will drain the battery over time, but the current it uses is very low, with a good quality battery on your car i would expect a min of a week before it would run down - just keep that in mind if your jet setting of for a month.
There is a built in battery but i think that is just to keep the internal clock running as its only 130mha the machine wont run on it and will power down when the supply is disconnected.
Ask yourself this, what would happen if you had to take the blame for an accident you didnt cause because of the lack of evidence, you had your car vandalised, became the victim of road rage?
It might cost you your excess - average at the time of writing is probo around £250 mark, or if your unlucky you could lose your licence (what happend to a friend when someone reversed into him and claimed he drove into them - then claimed for personal injury, result was the court took his licence away for 6 months),
this little box of tricks will take away the grey area of liabilty, you can proove you wasnt at fault, or proove that the hooligan down the road was the culprit of your break in (as long as he dosnt notice the blackvue). With all the fraudsters about now on our roads can you afford not to purchase one? - if the answer is yes send me your location im moving there!!!