Gone are the days when DVRs were an expensive toy for rare connoisseurs of modern technology – now it is perhaps more difficult to find a car without such a device. The benefits of a DVR are obvious. In addition to the ability to film and post on YouTube a recording of something unusual on the road, the gadget will help you defend your rights if some kind of conflict situation or an accident happens on the trip.
More recently, it was possible to pick up a simple device for 5-6 thousand rubles. But after the next jumps in the foreign exchange market, the situation has changed: now it is not easy to find something decent for less than 10 thousand rubles. We have selected several models with their own features and good recording quality (and this is the main thing) – for sure, one of them will suit you.
Mio MiVue C430
Inexpensive video recorder from Mio without additional features, but with decent recording quality both at night and during the day. Mounted on the glass with a suction cup, while it is possible to rotate the device itself 360 °. This can be useful if you need to record a conversation with an inspector through a side window or other important event. By the way, the recorder has a built-in battery: it lasts for several minutes, but this will be enough, for example, to get out of the car in the event of an accident and capture the consequences.
MiVue C430 is quite compact – it is almost invisible under glass and does not attract too much attention. The screen, respectively, is also small – 2 inches. There is a GPS module: it allows you to automatically synchronize the date and time, as well as work with the installed base of control posts. Another nice “trick” is its own MiVue Manager application for watching videos. In it, you can not only watch the video itself, but also see the coordinates of the car on Google maps, as well as quickly share the recording on social networks.
Roadgid Mini 3
A very compact option for those who do not like large gadgets on the windshield. Here, even the GPS sensor is remote – you can fix it in the corner of the glass, where it will not bother anyone.
The DVR has a magnetic mount with a swivel arm. The screen is quite small, 1.54 inches. But all settings can be done using a mobile application, with which the device communicates via Wi-Fi.
The shooting quality is quite high both in the daytime and at night, thanks to the Galaxy Core matrix and WDR technology. The device is able to work both in normal mode and in the parking lot: a special sensor allows you to record only when motion is detected, which significantly saves space on the memory card. And the G-sensor automatically turns on the recording of a video fragment during sudden braking or collisions.
The kit includes a convenient adapter with an additional USB socket. Thus, even one outlet is enough to power the DVR and charge your smartphone.
Digma FreeDrive 606 Mirror Dual
- Resolution: 1920×1080
- Viewing Angle: 170 degree diagonal
- Sound: built-in microphone
- Screen: touch 9.66 inches
- Built-in battery: 500mAh
- Memory cards: microSD up to 32 GB
If you do not want to remove the device while parking and install it before the trip, or just do not want to clutter up the windshield, you can choose Digma FreeDrive 606 Mirror Dual – this is a DVR combined with a rear-view mirror. You can gently pull the power cable under the skin, and it will be almost invisible.
This device has several advantages. Firstly, it is a 9.66-inch touch screen, huge by the standards of DVRs (the entire surface of the mirror). Secondly, the ability to connect a second camera (included in the kit): it can be installed, for example, as a rear view camera. Finally, the lens has a 170-degree field of view, so almost everything that enters the front hemisphere will be recorded.
Otherwise, everything is traditional for an inexpensive device: the ability to record in FHD quality at 30 frames per second, built-in microphone and speaker, not the smallest 500 mAh battery. In mid-March 2022, this FreeDrive 606 Mirror Dual can be bought for less than 8000 rubles, and by now this is a great price for such a device.
Neoline G-Tech X76 Dual
Another two-channel DVR, both cameras have a resolution of 1920×1080. We tested a similar model, the G-Tech X74 – here’s the full test. The device has a convenient magnetic mount through which power is supplied and even the video stream from the second camera. For those who prefer to remove the dash cam while parking, this is a very practical solution – just pull the gadget towards you, and you don’t have to fiddle with wires.
In addition to the usual control buttons, the device has one more, HOT-KEY. When pressed, the created entry is blocked (so that a new one does not overwrite it), and when held, the parking mode is activated. The beauty is that instead of turning on this mode, you can use another function, having previously configured the button in the menu.
The G-Tech X76 shoots in Full HD, supports WDR and has an anti-glare filter. The recording quality is very decent in any light level. The recommended price for mid-March 2022 is about 14,000 rubles, but you can also find old stocks cheaper than 10,000 on sale.
70mai Dash Cam Pro Plus+ A500S
Where are we without Xiaomi! The subsidiary brand of the famous Chinese giant produces excellent video recorders. This one, with as many as two pluses in the title, can still be bought for less than 10,000 rubles. What can the device offer us for this money?
Let’s start with secure fastening with adhesive tape. The lens can be tilted so that it looks at the road in the best possible way. The registrar has a GPS module, and can also perform the functions of driver assistance systems: warn if you are moving out of the lane or approaching the vehicle in front too close. Another interesting feature is working with the application. Through it, you can watch videos, and if necessary, download videos. This will be useful if the memory card needs to be given to the inspector when registering an accident.
As options, a second camera and a cable for direct connection to the on-board network are offered.
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SHO-ME FHD 525
Not quite an ordinary DVR, which will be of interest, first of all, to those involved in passenger transportation. The fact is that the device has two cameras at once: one is directed to the road, the other to the salon. Thus, everything that happens in the cabin is recorded. Moreover, the device is quite compact and does not catch the eye.
Otherwise, nothing out of the ordinary. The recording quality suits most users, the swivel mount allows you to turn the recorder in the right direction.
If you do not like any model, try choosing another according to our guide. And do not forget about a suitable memory card – read our separate article which one is right for you.