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Good for the price but not perfect,
This review is from: E-PRANCE New Car DVR Mirror Rearview Mirror + Dual Swivel Front Cameras+Rear Backup Camera + Ultra Wide Angle 360 Degrees + 4.3" LCD + HD 1920*720P + G-Sensor (Electronics)
I've been using this for a week now and I am mostly happy.
I've installed in a VW Up!
I have purchased a 32GB Sandisk Class 10 card, and this allows for about 3 hours of recording using the front camera only.
The really impressive thing is the field of view. It is so wide.
You can adjust the vertical tilt on the camera - but not left to right. Given the rear view mirror is not tangental to the road, it means I can see about one third of the view out the passenger window round to my driver side windscreen pillar.
I would have liked to have a left to right adjustment.
When driving, the contrast seems good and would certainly show what happened in an accident. However, the resolution isn't enough to catch numberplates more than a few feet away if say you see a driver doing something terrible. As such, you need to have the audio record on and then call out the numberplate. Have a look at the video attached - it's impossible to read the numberplates.
I was using my LG G2 mobile phone before this, and the video quality was much higher - although the field of view was paltry and it hammers the battery and causes the phone to over heat. So, I am still pleased with the E-PRANCE
I started out with a 4GB chip which was good for 25 minutes. This doesn't really work as there is no way to save a block of video apart from crashing the car and using the G-FORCE function. So, this would be really useful - "IF YOU PRESS THE RECORD BUTTON - THEN SAVE THE CURRENT VIDEO". Moving to the 32gb, I now have a spare chip in the car so I can change it if something happens and the recording won't be recycled.
The camera has LEDs to illuminate at night. DUH! Illuminate what? My dashboard and trim. These are not infrared boosters, but white LEDs that just make your trim glow.
As with all chinese cameras - the manual is terrible. IF E-PRANCE read this, please contact me as I do write technical manuals in english for banks now and then, and could do you a decent clear translation for a modest fee.
I like the way it starts recording and stops. I need to hard wire the lead into something near the interior light. Not sure if there is an appropriate wire. Also, it doesn't come with a bare lead, so you'll have to cut the cigarette lighter, or buy one from Maplins.
Not sure what the motion tracking function is for. The camera turns on with power, and then saves every single movie as you are driving because it detects motion. This fills up the chip rapidly.
Build quality is good. Haven't tried the rear camera yet.
The TV monitor needs to have some kind of brightness control as you can't see it in some lighting conditions. The mirror is kind of dull compared to the proper one this clips onto - a bit like a layer of gently tinted glass.
In short - there needs to be an event button - which doesn't overwrite say 4 minutes before and 4 minutes after, plus the video quality should be higher so you can read number plates. LEDs seem pointless. GPS would have been nice.
I am generally pleased though. When the GPS version with image stabilisation and night vision comes out and 4K video - I will upgrade PDQ.
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Initial post: 25 Jun 2014 14:16:18 BDT
Did you write the instruction manual? Just got one of these and cannot follow the instructions - don't know when its recording on both cameras or just front one or if I have accidentally switched it off. Apart from that it seems great!
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2014 14:25:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2014 14:26:19 BDT
C. N. Russell says:
I didn't write the manual.
If the thing is flashing the bottom led (not mentioned in the manual) it is recording. If you have the rear camera plugged in then I believe it is recording both front and rear.
The display however is just that... And you can choose what you want displayed, front, rear or both.
If the numbers are red in the bottom right corner and moving, then it is also recording. However to be legal, you should turn the display off when driving.
So if you have the top and bottom LEDs lit and the rear camera plugged in, you are recording.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2014 14:44:02 BDT
Very kind to respond so quickly - thanks. I will try out soon - only arrived and installed this morning
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