dealsroad vehicle sport car mini dvr for $32.99 + free…

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Anyone else think this was a DVD player at first?

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@allhighruler: I most definitely did. Right up until I read your comment and then scratched my head...

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It A cheap camera with a 2.5 inch screen that mounts in your car so you have video evidence of an accident.... Sucks if they hit you from behind or the side! 1/4 chance in an improbable event... No thanks.

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@allhighruler:

Even if they hit you from behind, this could prove that you were not moving backwards at the time of the hit. If you are hit from the side, this could show whether you had the right of way in the accident.

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How long does it record for?
It says it starts deleting the file when it's full- does that mean that the oldest bits are gone, or is it a new file entirely?
I know it's really cheap, but I'd still like to know.

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The description on the website says "This will especially save your valuable time on your way home, to vacation or to work."

Huh? How does having a video camera in your car save you time?

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Interesting.

I'm looking for a setup that reacts to motion or impact, and will record while the vehicle is parked. I know this doesn't fit the bill, but i'm sure there's options in between this unit, and the 5,000.00 surveillance units i've been seeing for my purposes.

Any ideas?

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@gidgaf: The length of recording time depends on the capacity of the SD/MMC memory card. And yes, if the memory is full, the oldest bits will be covered.

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@suntekstore: Lets assume a 32gb card, at 15fps - what kind of record times are we looking at before it starts over-0writing older stuff?

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@goatcrapp: According to one of our customers who bought this DVR, a 16GB memory card can hold at least 6 hours of videos.

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@suntekstore: perfect amount of time to make it a nanny cam!

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@nightwolf67: It says just before that; "The high quality video & audio can be timely and strong evidence to address accident and distinguish responsibility." So I guess they are saying that you will spend less time at the scene with the cops because you can quickly show them this video and avoid a ticket and also avoid maybe having to goto court later to sort out blame. I guess it takes the normal "Your word against his" outta the equation at the scene and lets you get on your way, while the other guy has to stay and wait for the cop to write his ticket.

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I have this, it's not horrible but it really is worth 30 bucks. I use it, the quality is not bad. umm i think it can play avi, but the screen is small. you leave it in your car with the power adapter plugged in and it just starts recording once on.

One issue is you have to check the position of the camera to make sure you can read a plate real good, i found that by moving it the view of a tag could be fuzzy to clear.

I got ine for a friend, where i live in the city people run stop signs all the time.

if you have a android you can get a app called "Dailyroads" does the same but has motion G force sense.

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@kamikazeken: you can actually hide it and run it, ive done it.

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@goatcrapp: might consider an Android smartphone with a Cardock and loading up something like DailyRoads Voyager. You can configure when it records, how much time it will retain, how much of your storage it can use, and it access the devices motion sensors to save a set of recording if there is a sudden shock. So even if you can't get to the screen to tap to to say "save", it does it for you. It'll also tap into the GPS if you want & superimpose your speed & GPS coordinates onto the video or pictures.

BTW, apart from the phone & dock (which has to be cheaper than the $5k you mentioned), the app is free.

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@goatcrapp: If it started recording on impact, wouldn't that be too late?

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Just be sure to not get any cops in-frame...you'll wind up in jail here in Illinois.

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Is this a flux capacitor?

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@goatcrapp: most (most not all) dashcams have g sensors that, in the event of a crash, will protect the last xx seconds before the impact; if you leave that running, even if it doesn't have enough space for one night,in case of an accident, it will keep what you are interested in
However, I see another problem: car battery ... how much electricity do any of these use and will you start your car every morning to recharge the battery?

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I've had this exact same model on my Amazon wishlist for awhile. Time to pull the trigger, I guess.

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@mortuorum: Cool! :P Thanks guys. For any after-sale trouble, please contact support@suntekstore.ca or log-in with your order number and e-mail address at: http://support.suntekstore.com/support

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I've got an old cellphone I think I'm gonna repurpose for this.

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1. I take it that there is no zoom capability, correct? 2. It appears that the camera will swivel on its mount so you can view sideways as well, correct? Thanks for your help.

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@perryinjax: but how fast can you delete the evidence when the wreck is your fault?!

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@ejsolomo: I'm looking for something to leave in the car, unattended and a smartphone would present too much of a theft temptation, i'm afraid.

@tfisch: no - the surveillance system i'm thinking of will have a pre-cache where it's constantly monitoring and in the event of a trigger (lets say impact) it will commit the previous 5 seconds, plus the duration of the trigger event, to permanent memory. Most surveillance systems do this to conserve energy and recording memory.

@curiosul: yep - i'm aware of those. From what i've seen, you can get systems that run on about 500MA with a couple of cameras, and i would also install a low voltage cutoff on the battery. This is for my truck, which has a nice dual battery setup totaling over 100 amp-hours (based on the std draw rating that places most car batteries around 40Ah) - regardless, the truck is used pretty much every day.

I found this: http://www.eyespypro.com/products/Mini-4-Camera-Vehicle-DVR.html - + a couple of bullet cams.

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Can this camera record my friend doing stunts so I won't have to.

Stunts like this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvUqCJaolwY

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I have been looking into something like this for a while, and the one that I am on the edge of buying is the BlackVue DR400G-HD (http://www.blackvue.com.sg/) although it is a bit pricey at ~$300on ebay. This might be a good cheap alternative, but my main concern is being out of the way not a theft concern.

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@arndta: Luckily you can't be compelled to bear witness against yourself.

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I'm in for one... I drive a bus to move inmates at work. The bosses think a cam for the bus is a waste. But, as many times as I have had a dumbarse pull right in front of me and brake suddenly, I think I will get one.

Hey, anyone who does not know, it takes a lot further to stop a 50,000 pound loaded bus than it does your Prius. If I ever hit one of these geniuses from behind, I will use this to prove their fault, not mine.

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This is extremely tempting, with all the idiots in my town. I'm lucky to make it a week around here without nearly being killed by someone who should never be a licensed driver. Last weekend in a 48 hour window a car flew off the road on a bright & warm sunny day, then some other bonehead drove their car in to the front of a pet store. 48 hours prior to that, some other genius impaled a pedestrian with their car when it was previously stuck on someone else's bumper.

Oh, how I cannot wait to live some place else. Some place where people actually earn a driver's license and aren't just handed it to them as a right of being 16.

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@lparsons42: Where do you live so I can NEVER move there???? Sheesh!

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The site's order process doesn't seem to work with Opera. After clicking "Confirm Order", it says "Please wait, redirecting to PayPal" and nothing happens. I had to use Firefox to order the item.

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@bloodshedder: Sorry :( We will fix the error asap.

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Tried to order a pair of these for 2 cars and it took all of my info (name, address, email, etc) and then passed me over to the PayPal site. That is where it went wrong.

No matter what I selected for payment method it would only allow bank transfer. I never use bank transfer ever. This has never happened with any other PayPal transaction including a different one that I did this morning.

Even though all of the order had been entered on the SuntekStore site I didn't receive anything regarding the order in my email.
There is no way I would re enter all of my personal info a second time to create a duplicate order just to see if it would go through.

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Hi @bloodshedder , the error is solved. You can visit and pay through Opera browser now :-)

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@arndta: I think that's when you just take it down and shove it under the seat :-)

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Got mine a few days ago and I must say that I am quite impressed. Not the sharpest video in the world, but VERY useful for its intended purpose. Heck even if you caught the crime of the century, this would be better than just eye witness. Video enhancing would probably help it also.

Dang good deal for amount.

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My verdict is in, and I like it; in the past week and a half I've already caught half a dozen moments worth saving. Despite that, I feel I should point out some issues:

* The resolutions on the page don't match what's available (a scan of the manual is in the "Document Downloads" section, and it lists the correct resolutions)
* There does not seem to be a way to select the frame rate (FPS), despite the product page saying there is
* The frame rate of recorded video is inconsistent and ends up being a bit stuttery and choppy in both of the resolutions I tried (the largest, and one step down), but it is still usable (using a Transcend 32GB class 10 card)
* Despite being set to "Auto", the IR (infrared) LED either never comes on, or is so weak as to be useless
* There is a 2-3 second gap in recording between segments if the card is not full, and if it is full, the gap increases to 5-7 seconds
* Screen visibility in bright daylight is poor (not really a big problem)