Of all the arts, the most important thing for us is cinema. Especially when an accident happened on the road. Or maybe it didn’t happen, but they just extort money from you. And it doesn’t matter who the professional coders or unscrupulous inspectors are. In all these cases, the video recorded by the DVR should help. Moreover, even the very presence of a switched off or faulty device sometimes cools the ardor of aggressors. Therefore, the DVR is certainly useful.
It is difficult to answer unequivocally which model is the best: to some extent, it is a matter of taste. But there are, after all, some general principles of choice. About them - in our information inserts. And about the devices themselves - in the captions to the photo. We ranked them in ascending order of retail price.
An example of a program window displaying both video recording and coordinates, speed and shock data. The provided buttons allow you to save the desired frame or the entire clip with one click, and sometimes even immediately send the picture to the printer
An example of a program window displaying both video recording and coordinates, speed and shock data. The provided buttons allow you to save the desired frame or the entire clip with one click, and sometimes even immediately send the picture to the printer. An example of a program window displaying both video recording and coordinates, speed and shock data. The provided buttons allow you to save the desired frame or the entire clip with one click, and sometimes even immediately send the picture to the printer.
Is it true that the court does not accept home-made videos?
Any audio and video recordings may be used in the meeting. But the key word here is "can." It is the judge who decides whether your video is credible. He also has the right to appoint a technical examination of the authenticity of the record. By the way, the order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs No. 185 forbids police officers to prevent citizens from filming inspectors at work.
Do I need to immediately give the flash drive to the inspector at the scene of the accident?
Not necessary. But to record in the protocol that a DVR was installed in the car and the shooting was carried out, it is necessary! At home, make a copy of the necessary fragments and submit it to the traffic police or the court along with the petition to attach the record to the case. Then, if necessary, the original can always be presented.
Do DVRs work in winter?
In a car, there is usually no severe frost or sizzling heat. Nevertheless, the question is not idle. A number of devices has a very narrow temperature range, for example, from 0 to 40 ºС. Therefore, the registrar may refuse to record the accident that happened, say, in the winter, right away from the yard. Or everything is the same, only in the summer: the sun heats everything behind the glass, which is much hotter than the permissible degrees. Therefore, it is worth paying attention to this parameter, especially if you travel all year round.
Do I need to remove the recorder from the glass when I leave the car?
But this is a question! On the one hand, the device behind the glass causes some citizens an irresistible desire to break this glass and take possession of the DVR. Even the left bracket can become the trigger of the attack: it hints that it makes sense to rummage through the glove compartment. (By the way, suction cup holders are better than those that are firmly glued.) On the other hand, almost all modern devices have a motion sensor that automatically turns on recording in your absence if someone makes dangerous maneuvers near a car. And then there is a chance to find the offender, say, in the night parking lot near the house.
Now on almost all boxes HD letters appear. What, even cheap registrars write a picture with such quality?
Yes, an era of permissions like 640x480 has sunk into oblivion. Now the vertical resolution of 720 pixels has become the norm, and 1080 is not uncommon. But the number of pixels on the matrix is not at all a guarantee of a clear picture with the smallest details. Optics is very important. If instead of a beautiful enlightened lens the size of a coin you see a small hole, do not hope for a miracle. Before you is not a pinhole camera. Of the lenses, those with glass lenses are better. But you can verify this only if the manufacturer specifically indicated the type on the box or in the description of the device.
Some recorders have infrared backlight LEDs. Can they really highlight the road in front of the car?
Of course they cannot. Moreover, reflecting off the glass, this invisible light can degrade the recording quality with spurious illumination. This is more of a marketing move by the manufacturer! In fact, a high quality headlight is quite enough for a high-quality registrar (and you don’t drive without it). So we advise you to turn off the LEDs when driving. Another thing is if you decide to get out of the car with the recorder and take, say, body damage or something else. Here, at close range, they are effective. All of the above applies to the front camera. But the interior illumination of the car with a DVR with a second, rear camera is a necessary thing: without it, the device will not see what is happening in the car at night.
On some registrars there is no monitor. Maybe not needed at all?
For the operation of the device is not needed. And for the convenience of working with it, it is very useful. By the way, today small LCDs cost almost nothing, and large screens do not need a registrar. But appreciate the pluses: it’s easy to install the device correctly in the picture, to calm yourself down with one glance: the recording is in progress, you can immediately see it right in the car, and finally, the menu on the screen will facilitate the settings.
Prestigio RoadRunner 300
Origin: Cyprus Made in China
Estimated price - 3000 rubles
Prestigio RoadRunner 300
Outwardly, a good lens turned out to be so in practice, the quality of shooting day and night is very decent. When shooting digital image stabilization EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization, anti-shake) is used. Current consumption in recording mode - 180 mA. No memory card included. There is a voice recorder mode without recording an image. And the mysterious SOS button simply manually protects the file from being deleted if there was no hit that could automatically save the event. The device is removed very easily from the mount. The set time for the week is not lost. Given the price - a clear contender for the leader!
Origin: Hong Kong
Estimated price - 4000 rubles
Lexand LR 3500
The lens is small, there is useless infrared illumination on the go with eight LEDs, the current consumption in recording mode is 300 mA. No card included. A very primitive holder, like a radar detector, - without the ability to adjust the position of the device. The recording quality is average during the day and unimportant at night. The device itself is very compact and can be easily removed from the holder. The built-in battery saved the set time for a week of inactivity. The miniature size of the device makes it suitable for use as a webcam. The manufacturer also thought about this and included a special mode in the menu.
Estimated price - 6000 rubles
A good lens, the quality of shooting could be higher, but we were forced to reduce the resolution for the same viewing angle as most rivals. Night shooting - on a four. White LED backlighting is good only when shooting the consequences of an accident with your hands. The current consumption in recording mode is 250 mA. A memory card is included. The holder is removed very easily. We don’t know why this is for the DVR, but the device provides options such as digital zoom, photo and video effects, white balance settings and even self-timer for self-portrait mode. There is also a version of this device with GPS.
Witness 3600 FHD G
Estimated price - 7000 rubles
Witness 3600 FHD G
A good lens provided a clear picture during the day and somewhat worse at night. The backlight will help with handheld shooting in the dark. Current consumption in recording mode - 330 mA. There is no memory card in the kit, but there is a GPS module. To view the coordinates and data of the shock sensor, you need a special program from the included CD. There was trouble ahead: a speed indication confirmed that the module was working, but the program could not open the coordinates on the map! In addition to the instrument, we write, however, the ability to view files directly from a USB flash drive, and the speed numbers are imprinted in the picture - this is convenient.
Tibet System NEO HD
Estimated price - 7500 rubles
Tibet System NEO HD
A good lens is the key to excellent picture quality, but only during the day. At night, illumination from the reversing lamps interferes - it blinds the camera. The current consumption in recording mode is 170 mA. The GPS module works accurately and correctly sets the current time, which is important in the absence of a display and a computer in the car. SD card included. You will insert it into the device, pay attention: the orientation of the map is incorrectly indicated on it! To view and set parameters, software from the disk is required. The program interface is simple and straightforward. There is no battery in the device, so you can’t remove anything without a wire. The Velcro holder will remain on the glass for a long time …
Highscreen Black Box Radar-HD
Estimated price - 7800 rubles
Highscreen Black Box Radar-HD
The micro-lens tormented a rather muddy picture, but at night the recording quality earned a solid four. Current consumption in recording mode - 300 mA. Memory card included. The built-in radar detector and the GPS module with the traffic police cameras recorded in the database completely disappointed. Messages about exceeding the permissible speed rained down at each starting from the beginning … from 5 km / h! The database is imperfect: it does not know many video recording cameras, speed limit signs. By the way, when driving along Myasnitskaya Street, the registrar several times scared the missing mobile camera. GPS data is displayed on the map separately from the picture itself in a special program window.
Estimated price - 10 000 rubles
xDevice BlackBox 42G
Despite the small lens and unknown matrix, this recorder made very good quality recordings, both day and night. The holder is designed so that the lens is directly at the glass. But to remove the registrar from it is difficult. A convenient rotatable (360º) display and the presence of a second camera to record what is happening behind complete the picture. The current consumption in recording mode is 240 mA. 16 (!) GB memory card included. Viewing using a special program that appears on the memory card when formatting it turned out to be very simple and convenient. The GPS module very accurately displays the coordinates and location on the Google map.
Estimated price - 12 500 rubles
FineVu CR 300HD
A very good lens and, as a result, impeccable recording quality, moreover with the greatest viewing angle. But this is where the virtues end. Due to the lack of a display, it is difficult to set the recorder parameters - you need a laptop. Again, you can control the work only by remembering a bunch of combinations of flashing LEDs. The end of the matter is that during the night trip the recorder did not enter the recording mode! Probably, a copy of the 0.3% defect declared by the manufacturer was caught. The device saves time, but you can also install it only from a computer. The consumed current is 230 mA. Memory card included. And the holder can not be removed: it is Velcro.