The importance and necessity of video recorders today hardly needs to be explained to anyone. Universal devices that are on the market today are suitable for any car, take up little space, do not interfere with the view and do not attract attention. Thanks to another camera – a rear view – they record everything that happens not only in front, but also behind the car. Information from the rear view camera often plays a key role in determining the culprit of the accident and helps to sort out controversial situations.
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What are DVRs with a rear view camera
As a rule, they are divided into two types: “regular” and built into the rearview mirror. In the first case, the device is fixed on the windshield using a suction cup or double-sided adhesive tape, in the second case, it is installed on top of the standard mirror. The advantage of the second type is that it is installed permanently and you can not hide it when you leave the car in the parking lot.
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Cameras can be built-in and remote. If both cameras are built-in, then events are recorded simultaneously both in front of the car and inside the cabin. If the device involves one built-in camera and one remote camera, in this case the second camera is mounted on the rear window (if we are talking about a crossover, hatchback or station wagon), or taken out and installed on the trunk lid or bumper (in the case of a sedan).
When installed on the rear window, the camera’s viewing angle is quite large, but in winter, image viewing inevitably worsens due to snow and ice that cover the glass. When mounted outside the car, the camera quickly becomes dirty in bad weather – some cars have standard lens washers, but in the case of a DVR, you will either have to wipe the camera yourself or install a washer.
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- Application versatility
- Recording what is happening behind the car
- Solving the problem of blind spots
- Can be used for parking assistance
- Mounting on a mirror can be short-lived
- Difficult installation if the camera is installed outside
- Large vehicles may not have enough wire length
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Nuances of choice
There are many models on the market – you can choose devices for every taste and budget. And here’s what you need to pay attention to.
- Viewing angle
- Number of frames
- Recording format
- Availability of GPS
- Availability of the display
- Built-in memory
- infrared illumination
And now let’s move on to practice and see which devices are the most popular on the market.
one Camshel DVR 240
This DVR is perfect for taxis and company cars. Its second camera is swivel, rigidly fixed to the body. She takes pictures of everything that happens in the cabin. In addition, this camera has an IR LED, so it perfectly captures what is happening even in complete darkness.
2 Full HD 1080P DVR
Convenient design, combined with a mirror. The main camera is located directly in the mirror housing, the additional one is a separate element with a mounting bracket. On the screen (under the glass) you can display images from both cameras at the same time. The main shoots in Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and a frame rate of 24 per second, the second – in a resolution of 1280×720 pixels.
3 Cenmax FHD-700
Another option with a mirror. Of the pluses – a good matrix that allows you to shoot not only video in FHD, but also take photos in a resolution of 4032×3024. Of the minuses – a modest recording resolution of the second camera, only 640×480
four SilverStone F1 NTK-60F Taxi II
If you are willing to spend a little more, but buy a device from a well-known manufacturer, you can consider the SilverStone F1 NTK-60F. The prefix Taxi speaks about the main purpose of the registrar. The second camera captures the situation in the cabin: it can rotate 220° and is equipped with infrared illumination. There is a G-sensor (fragments of the recording are protected after an impact), a parking mode and a motion sensor (recording starts when motion is detected in the frame).
5 Artway AV-535
DVR in a classic form factor with the ability to connect an additional camera. The asset is a rather large 3.2-inch screen – if you use the rear view camera for parking, it will be more convenient to view obstacles. The cost of the device is low, so the characteristics are mediocre: the registrar records video in 1920×1080 resolution at 30 fps.
We also recommend reading our articles on how to choose a DVR and a memory card for it:
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