In 2022, car DVRs, like other accessories and electronics, have risen in price, but even gadgets that have grown in price will cost less than those lost in traffic police proceedings, finding the person responsible for the accident and waiting for insurance repairs. It is better to think about possible problems in advance and get a DVR: which option to choose and what parameters to pay attention to, and which ones can be ignored – we tell in our selection.
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What to look for when choosing a DVR
If the main thing for you is the quality of the recording, and not the abundance of functions that you can show off to your friends, then just choose a device that meets the following parameters:
- Resolution – Full HD. Not the best for today, when there are recorders on the market with 4K shooting, a high level of video, but sufficient for a DVR. A much better honest resolution of 1920×1080 pixels than the declared 4K, but which is obtained by interpolation, when the resolution of the video is increased by the software method, but at the same time its quality leaves much to be desired.
- Good matrix. If it is “branded”, this is usually indicated. It is better to focus on devices with matrices from well-known manufacturers, since the image quality largely depends on the sensor.
- The viewing angle is 140-170 degrees. The sector that the lens “sees” depends on this angle. If the angle is too small (less than 140°), what is happening around the front wings may not be framed. If it is too large (greater than 170°), distortion will be noticeable at the edges.
- Reliable fastening. It is better to choose a device whose design provides for a minimum number of moving parts. Each joint means deterioration of the picture due to the lack of rigidity of the entire device and the vibrations that are inevitable during movement. Therefore, it is better to choose a DVR on a suction cup (for attaching to the windshield) with a fairly tight hinged mount (allowing you to choose the optimal installation angle) and ideally power supply to the mount so as not to additionally load the DVR itself.
- Availability of GPS/GLONASS sensor. If it is, most likely, the bases of control posts will also be loaded into the device. So it will be able to warn you about stationary cameras (although it will not help detect mobile radar if there is no radar detector function).
Daocam Combo: DVR with radar detector function
This is a hybrid device: a DVR and a radar detector in one housing. In addition to video recording, the gadget can not only warn about stationary control posts (using a GPS base), but also pick up signals from mobile radars. However, this feature can be disabled if necessary. The use of a patch antenna made it possible to make the hybrid very compact compared to devices with a horn antenna.
The design of the Daocam Combo is well thought out: there is no need to use cables. The device has a magnetic mount, so it is easy to remove and install it. In addition, the Wi-Fi module allows you to receive updates “over the air”, without a physical connection to the computer. Video recordings can also be controlled wirelessly.
Daocam Combo uses a Sony Starvis 307 sensor, which allows you to get good quality images in both day and night shooting. In addition, WDR technology is used, and there is an anti-reflective filter on the lens. The viewing angle is quite wide, 170°. Please note that the device allows you to use an additional camera: there is a package in which it is already included.
As a radar detector, the device can recognize almost all radars that are found on the roads today (including laser devices). There are 4 modes of operation: one for the highway, two more for the city and signature, in which the number of false positives is minimized.
iBOX RoadScan WiFi GPS Dual: with GPS/GLONASS camera base
A decent model from iBOX with a magnetic mount and a swivel arm. The bracket can be installed on the glass in two ways: using adhesive tape and vacuum suction cup. The latter option will be more convenient if you have several cars, or you often use carsharing cars.
The device is based on the MStar 8339 processor and the Sony Starvis IMX307 CMOS sensor, which allow you to record videos in Full HD. Improvers help to ensure high quality – both software (WDR, Super Night Vision technology for shooting in poor lighting conditions) and physical ones (an anti-glare filter to combat headlights and sunlight).
iBOX RoadScan WiFi GPS Dual has a constantly updated database of stationary control posts. It has about 70 different types of cameras, including the Avtohuragan and Avtodoriya radarless systems with average speed calculation. At the same time, in the settings, you can turn off notifications about certain points (for example, dummies of control cameras). Or add your own, so as not to forget about dangerous places on the roads.
You can connect a second camera to the DVR. In the parking mode, recording can be made to both cameras at once, when there is movement in the frame or a mechanical impact on the car (the conditions are set in the application). There is no battery in the device, so you can safely leave the recorder under glass in winter or summer on a sunny day.
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Roadgid Mini 3: one of the most compact
The smaller the size of the DVR on the glass, the less it interferes with the view. Roadgid Mini 3 is about 1.5-2 times more compact than most models. It has a very small screen, 1.54 inches, but this does not prevent them from being fully used. All settings can be made through a mobile application, which is much more convenient than manipulating the buttons on the case.
The device has a magnetic mount through which power is also supplied. The bracket is equipped with a hinge that allows you to rotate the recorder 360°. This can be convenient, for example, to record a conversation with an inspector through the side window. In addition, Roadgid Mini 3 can work in standalone mode (without external power). True, not for long (about 1 minute), but this is enough to fix the consequences of an accident or other important points.
Despite its small size, the DVR records videos in full HD, the quality suits most users (which is evidenced by a score of 4.9 points on Yandex.Market). The 170° viewing angle allows you to capture everything that happens even on a multi-lane highway, WDR provides uniform illumination throughout the frame.
Inspector HermeS: classic hybrid with horn antenna
Although many manufacturers of hybrid devices are using compact patch antennas with might and main, there are those who continue to install horn ones. This is a classic option: such combos can be recognized by the massive body. It is believed that horn antennas have a greater working distance (the distance at which the device detects radar radiation) and accuracy. All this can play a role only on a country road at high speeds, so Inspector HermeS may be of interest to lovers of autotravel or those who have a need for frequent work trips.
The device is powered by an OmniVision OV4689 sensor with a five-year-old Ambarella A12 processor. The recording quality can be rated at 4: WDR technology is used, an IR-coated glass lens. There is a shock sensor that allows you to protect the recording in the event of an accident. The rest without much frills.
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70mai Smart Dash Cam 1S: no screen at all
Not the newest, but very popular DVR. Why do users like it so much? First, it’s very compact. It is really hidden behind a mirror, and it will not interfere. Secondly, it costs only 4000 rubles, and the recording quality is quite decent.
But there are also nuances. The recorder does not have a screen – all settings are made through the application on the smartphone. The mount is not removable, that is, it will not be possible to quickly remove the device and hide it in the glove box. The viewing angle is not as large as we would like, only 130 °. An important point – it is better to buy this registrar in a trusted store. Otherwise, there is a risk of buying a device with Chinese firmware, then you will have to suffer with its upgrade to international.
SilverStone F1 Hybrid Elbrus: a hybrid in a mirror form factor
Actually, why hide the DVR under the mirror, if you can immediately install just such a model. In a large case, there was also a place for a radar unit, so the device turned out to be a hybrid.
SilverStone F1 Hybrid Elbrus attaches to stock rear view mirror. The lens is located on the right side when looking at an already installed device. The large 5.1-inch screen will be especially useful when connecting a second camera: the image will help you park.
The radar part has a signature mode, due to which the number of false positives is minimal. Separately, we note convenient gesture control: for example, to turn off notifications, just swipe your hand along the mirror. And to switch between cameras, cover the sensor on the inside with your palm.
BlackVue DR900X-2CH: premium 4K model
“The DVR is not for everyone.” If only because it costs more than 50,000 rubles. What is special about it?
First of all, the resolution of the shooting. The device can shoot in full 4K at 30 frames per second or in the more familiar 1920×1080 at 60 frames. The increased frequency makes the image on freeze frames clearer, especially at high speeds. In addition, the device can write video directly to the cloud. This will allow you not to lose valuable shots if the car is stolen or robbed, taking the gadget itself with you. The owner of the DVR can connect to the broadcast at any time and see what is happening with his car.
True, to work with the cloud, you will have to … buy a couple more components. Firstly, a kit for organizing an access point with mobile Internet (12,000 rubles). Secondly, a battery for up to 24 hours in parking mode (35,990 rubles). In total, an ideal set can cost about 100,000 rubles! We hope the quality is worth it.
Neoline G-Tech X77 AI: with speed warnings
Another interesting feature in the DVR is the recognition of traffic signs of speed limits. The Neoline G-Tech X77 AI model can do this, but it does not just inform the driver about the restriction. Using a GPS sensor, the device determines the speed of the car, compares it with the limit indicated on the sign. If there is an excess, a warning will appear.
In general, the navigation application on a smartphone can perform the same function, but it is unlikely that you turn it on when the route is familiar. In addition, it may not respond to temporary signs (for example, during roadworks).
Neoline G-Tech X77 AI is based on modern components and almost all image enhancement technologies that are used in recorders today. This is HDR, and night mode, and an anti-glare filter. In addition, the DVR can shoot in Full HD quality at 60 frames per second. It has a convenient magnetic mount with active charging, as well as flexible parking mode settings. The cost is quite adequate for today’s times.
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Camshel Stream: with three cameras at once
The main feature of this registrar is the ability to record video on three channels at once. One camera is traditionally directed in the direction of travel, the second – into the cabin, the third – where you install it (for example, back). This configuration can be convenient for taxi drivers to record what is happening in the cabin. Or for travel bloggers to shoot a video without being distracted by manipulations with a smartphone.
In terms of hardware, everything is not bad here: the GC2053 sensor (the same as, for example, the Navitel R450), the relatively fresh Jieli JL5401B processor. For control, a 3-inch touch screen, large by the standards of DVRs, is used. There are shock and motion sensors, a built-in battery. Of the shortcomings – support for cards up to 64 GB, which is not so much for three-channel recording.
Onlooker M84 Pro: tablet recorder
Finally, a little exotic: not a DVR, but a whole combine with a bunch of useful functions. In fact, this is a 7-inch Android 8.1 tablet with Wi-Fi modules and a SIM card slot. Accordingly, he does not need a smartphone to access the Internet (but he needs a separate SIM card). You can download apps from Google Play just like you would on a regular tablet. For example, install a navigator and use it without any problems – the screen size allows. The presence of Bluetooth allows you to connect the tablet to the audio system and broadcast music from the online service. The gadget is attached in two ways: using adhesive tape (on glass or dashboard) or suction cups.
The device uses a Galaxy Core 2395 CMOS sensor (12 megapixels, so the photos will turn out to be quite readable) and the SL8541 Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A7 1.4GHz processor. Shooting is carried out in resolution up to 1920×1080 using WDR. Another important feature is support for ADAS, driver assistance systems. The Onlooker M84 Pro can beep if you get too close to the vehicle in front, or if you accidentally start to leave the lane.
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