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Impressive bit of kit (OLD review) - All of it broken now (NEW review),
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This review is from: Full HD 1080P X5000 Car Black Box DVR Dual Camera Recorder (Electronics)
I have two of these from Barsoom and I strongly recommend you stay away from 1) this item, and 2) the seller, Barsoom. Both items have progressively fallen apart, degraded and failed. I wrote to Barsoom to hear my experience. They did not even acknowledge my email. Both items are still under warranty! In the space of 10 months, the image sensor has failed on one of the cameras, one camera output video which 'slides frames, a windscreen suction cup just crack and broke (without which the camera can longer be mounted for use), the video output signal is seriously deteriorated for one camera, and the plastic frame on both remote controls has become distorted.
Despite all, I can still understand that this is b grade Chinese stuff really for the price and is prone to go wrong but what I cannot accept is the seller's arrogance to ignore my complaint. This is after I promoted them on a YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NQqXIRJCUA
The video covered a topic which attracted thousands of car enthusiasts. Who knows how many people saw the video's credits and gave Barsoom business!! Rated 1 star purely for being a rubbish company on Amazon.
Recommended and comes with a remote too which most products of this price range and spec do not. Recordings are clear and it's very easy to operate. Particularly like the wider viewing angle of 140deg and the way the TFT can flip and close with the TFT still viewable. Instructions are next to useless but easy to work out. Battery life is not brilliant and a 32GB SD card won't hold massive amounts of HD footage - so good practice to charge device and format SD between use. Am planning to order another one as a gift. Very handy device to have for vehicle security and safety.
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Initial post: 28 Sep 2013 15:29:03 BDT
Hi punn. Can you clarify if this starts automatically if plugged in; I can't see it in the description. I've bought a cheaper model (Vehicle HD DVR Car Rolling Camera Dashboard Video Recorder 140¡ wide angle Lens) for the rear, which starts automatically, and now I want a cam for the front too. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2013 11:38:41 BDT
Hi there, so yes this cam will switch on AND begin recording (from the previous settings you have made) automatically when the supplied Mini USB-to-cigarette charge is plugged in and receives power. However, it does not do this when I use my own cigarette USB adapter plus the USB cable supplied. I can only assume this is because my own charger solution does not have the same 12v-5v DC-DC circuit to give the cam enough current to detect it is being powered like the supplied cigarette charger does. So what does that mean? Basically, use the supplied cigarette charger. Now your question is timed well because I have a new problem with the supplied cigarette charger - it has begun causing interference with the video output. The LCD video on the cam itself is fine but I actually output the video to the DVD screen on the rear headset. I get interference lines and the picture is black and white on the DVD screen. When I remove the supplied cigarette charger, and replace it with power from the wall (as an experiment), the interference goes. This means something is up with the supplied cigarette charger now as it worked fine before. Now I am going to hard wire the Mini USB cable to a DC 12v-5v module which should cleanly convert the car's power to the 5V (USB) power required to power the cam. These modules cost about £5 from eBay. Haven't installed mine yet as the module is on order but all this happened over the weekend! Will let you know how it works out if you're interested in hard-wiring the USB power cable for cam in your car. Cheers.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2013 22:16:20 BDT
Thanks for the response and sorry you're having trouble. It sounds like hardwiring your USB might do it for you. I don't think I need to go that far though (hope not). I've actually just ordered this - 4 Port USB Car DC Charger Adapter For Phone iPod iPad2 3 iPhone 3G 4G 4S BC21B - so hopefully it'll give off enough power for my phone, iPod & 2 cameras! Good luck..
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