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Amazon customer review for BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Dashcam
I’ve been using GoPros in my vehicle for front and rear video and they work ok, but have to many limitations. Such as no time stamp, they keep falling out of loop or wifi mod. Then they cost $400 a piece. So I wanted something a bit more dash cam friendly. After researching 10-15 cameras I picked this one.
I just received my DR650 in the mail. I’m going to write an on going type of review since I’ve just received it. As far as delivery, two day free shipping really you can’t beat it. Came as advertised.
Unboxing was not problem and I started to try to set it up in the vehicle but that was a bit of a pain, because if I didn’t like it I didn’t want to have to tear it down. So I had a 12 volt power supply in the house, works a lot better especially if you have to get on the internet to figure the crap out of their very very very limited in box manual!
Right off the bat a problem formatting the 16g SD card provided. The nice annoying voice keep repeating please check SD card, please check SD card, etc… Your supposed to insert the card and hold the button for 7-10 seconds and BAM it’s formatted. That didn’t work. Had to read other’s experiences about the same issue and ended up downloading a program for FAT32 formatting and formatted my 64g card and it worked fine.
Then the WIFI, just make sure you look at all the paper work in the box, the Easy Tip for Wi-Fi gives you the PW, it’s easy just the name of the company. Once you download the program on your phone you can change it to a secure PW.
That’s another thing. Went to the website to see if their was an update, yep there is a firmware update, from 1.000 to 1.003. Yet when I followed their instructions to a T, it will not update the firmware no matter which way I try to do it.
As for the iPhone interface with the WIFI connection to the camera, it’s ok, but needs to be more user friendly. Now the Configure button takes you to the Firmware Settings. I would be nice if the manual and the PDF you can down load would mirror the phone interface and explain each setting. But no it doesn’t, so you have to guess at some of them! I believe the firmware update would have taken care of some of this if I had been able to update it. (Hoping these people are reading our reviews) Would also be nice if they had a 800 U.S. tech support number to call instead of Korea!
Now onto the camera, one of the main reasons I got it was after watching the video reviews on Youtube, the picture clarity on both day and night were better than my GoPro. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case with mine. Took it out for a spin at twilight and it was disappointing compared to those reviews I watched. Maybe the lens was dirty or smuggled because oncoming head lights worry terrible, they halo’d/star’d out the video till the vehicle passed. Even then it was still not the best I’ve seen. So tomorrow I’ll mount the camera and drive it during the day.
Before I used my GoPros I used MUVI cameras, for front and rear, they had a standby on mod and you could link them both with one wifi control. They also had a time stamp on the video for evidence in court if you need that, where the GoPro doesn’t. The only problem I had with the MUVI’s, they would overheat (same with GoPro, unless you turn wifi off and use a lower resolution setting), the MUVI’s battery would also swell to the point it wouldn’t recharge or some of the control functions would not work till it cooled down. But when it did work it was great.
The only concern I have is that others report some overheating and shutting down. I know with windows up and sun shining on a black camera they get HOT! I measured my MUVI’s and Gopro at over 145 degrees and they shut down. This is rated at 20c – 60c (-4F to 140F). So I’ll have to wait for summer to know if it will take the heat of the cab.
Now onto what I really, really, really, like about this camera. First of, it not only has a time stamp, but GPS stamp and speed stamp, all of which you can turn off. I turned off the speed stamp because if you’re in an accident that can and will be used against you in a court of law! Even though they could recreate your speed it would still be harder to prove it than if they just look at your video. BTW, officer can not by law take your video without a warrant. If is your property and your evidence. So tell them either get a subpoena or a warrant for a copy of the video. It has a parking mod with motion sensor that you can set. You can also turn the parking mod off since it defaults to that when the vehicle isn’t moving for any length of time. I prefer a continuous recording so I turned off the parking mod.
This leads me to the PC or Mac interface for the video’s, I just FRIG’N love it. The GPS maps out everywhere you went and uses Googles maps to show you. This is without a doubt the best computer/car cam interface I’ve seen. They get a AAA+ on it, at least for now until I use it more.
The other PLUS I liked about this camera is the rear camera that records on the same card at the same time and in the computer interface program you can switch between each file seamlessly! Also you don’t need a separate power cord for the rear camera. It comes with a 15 ft coaxial cable but I’ll have mine mounted in my camper shell on the truck so I ordered a 50 ft one to run from the cab to the rear window of the shell.
So that’s all for now, look at the reviews on Youtube there are couple of well presented ones that go into detail. If anyone is interested on other cameras and how the compared to this one, go to: http://dashboardcamerareviews.com/dash-cam-comparison-table/
Feb. 15th Update:
The halo’d/star’d out lights in the video I found was the lens had a smudge on it. So if you don’t keep them clean or touch it with your finger you’ll get blur video or halo on the car and street lights.
Day time video is GREAT, I only wish it was 1080 at 60sec maybe they can do that in the next model. Nighttime is also good when you have lots of ambient light, like driving in a city, rural roads it’s not as good but would do fine if you had an accident. I haven’t been able to use the rear camera due to needing a longer coaxial cable, 50ft on order.
On one of the Youtube video reviews the guy also has a DR500 2CH he’s using for a rear camera plus using the 650 and 500 rear cameras as side cameras for a 360 degree coverage.
So I’m going going to get another DR650 and do the same. I’ve already had the opportunity to use my Gopro cameras with the NCHP when I had a trucker try to run me off the road, got everything I needed to prove his intent. He was fired from his job, but without the video I would not have been able to prove anything.
So far I’m completely satisfied with the operation of the camera, except the firmware update. Still working on getting that resolved.
I just received my second DR650 for using as a rear view and side camera. Starting it up it immediately went into firmware update mode, unlike the first camera I purchased. With the new firmware it gives me more options then before. So I tried every way I could to get the first camera to update but it just refused to do so. So I’m returning it for a refund and purchasing another one, hopefully it will work correctly.
Received my replacement camera from Amazon, this one had no issues upgrading to the new firmware.
I’ve now installed two DR650 2ch on my truck (Tacoma) with camper shell. I have the main cameras for front and rear and the smaller (rear) cameras for L & R side views. Took all day to install both because I took my time and professionally installed it running rubber conduit to incase the electrical and the coaxial cable. Easy hookup with the Power magic pro’s. I just wish Power Magic Pro Plus was available, you can’t find them anywhere in the US, so I have two switches one front and one for rear. Took the truck for a spin and I really like the 360 degree coverage. If someone T-bones me I’ll have it on video. Plus the rear camera will be full 1080p. I’ll try to post pics of my set up.
The only thing I wish you could do is turn off ALL led lights and the rear (small) camera light, hate that it’s on all the time even in parking mode. I just put some electrical tape on it to cover up the light. You also can’t turn off the GPS led, but it’s blues so you can’t see it as well. All other lights you can turn off in setup.
So for now I’m going to bump this up to 5 Stars and see how it works out.
Update April 17th.
I really love these cameras and my 360 degree recording. Have had the opportunity to record a tractor trailer rig trying to push me out of my lane and other stupid drive stuff. I like this camera so much I put one in the new car I bought my wife. I can’t say anything bad about it for now.