I have a new camera I want to write about. About two or three weeks ago, someone bumped me while I was exiting the freeway or highway in some places. In any case, no damage was done, but I got a nice jolt and reminder to look for a new camera and see what is out there now. I didn't bother after my first one since the quality wasn't there and it was more of a headache than anything. Since I got bumped from the back I thought I check out the dual camera dvrs vs the single front facing one. I found this one called the i1000. I checked out the usual youtube reviews and saw that this one seems to at least work than the first one I got. It is also somewhat small, but larger than the last one. Anyway I'll just move on to the pictures and I'll do a simple pros and cons at the bottom because this camera is also not perfect as you will see.
So now this brings me to the pros and cons...
-Dual camera. The second camera can be placed outside or inside the vehicle. I like this flexibility.
-The physical format works well. Small lcd to review anything if it's ever needed.
-It has some interesting settings that you can customize, although some people did notice that the movement doesn't pick up too well. Using the car bump setting is pretty good, but it will also set that off when you open and close the doors. So you will end up with more useless files. Good setting but it's sort of a catch 22. Specially if your mount is very lose like mine is.
-All the buttons are large enough and seem to be well laid out.
-Nice little remote to help you make changes instead of trying to reach up there. Specially if you tried to hide it as much as possible.
-Camera quality is still not quite there yet. Don't bother with the 720p, you can't read the plates. It will be good once they improve both the front and rear camera to be the same but higher quality.
-No option to change the date stamp to a different location other than the lower middle or just turn it off which is not what you want either. At least on mine. I saw other cameras had it in one of the upper corners.
-The physical camera felt a bit cheap since it's all plastic but at least it works for the most part.
-My sd card wasn't getting picked up for whatever reason. It eventually picked up, but this is similar to the problems I had with the other camera, so this is another thing that needs to get looked at and fixed.
-My camera tends to shutdown and restart randomly for no reason. There is an option to turn the lcd off so it's not always on but is still recording. This was not the problem I was referring to.
-No matter where I plugged the camera, I could not get it to charge in my room. It started charging once I used the cigarette plug in the car but only briefly. There is some weird issue with this as I read others having similar problems. I plugged it into the computer, the UPS usb and also used the phone plug since it's a usb too. It charged for a bit, but then shut down. The camera still won't fully charge even in the car. So there is a problem with that. It still works when driving but it would be nice if it would actually get fully charged.
-My camera fits lose in the mount so I'll have to put something to help with that or it will fall off if I accidentally move it.
-No hardwired adapter included.
-The cables makes the dvr a bit bulkier in the windshield but the format is still ok.
-I have a small car and the rear camera cable barely made it there once it got routed through the car.
-Very tiny icons
-There are a couple of different firmware versions from the videos I saw.
-I finally took this out for a spin in the car and what do you know, the darn thing kept falling off the small mount you attach with the double sided tape. It's just too lose that every little bump would just knock it right off. It was really annoying. I finally gave up putting it back on the mount and just left it hanging recording the dash. I'll try to add some tape to see if I can get it to fit better.
I'll add anything else I may have missed. But for now, if they do come out with new versions I hope they called it i2000, i3000 etc so that you know what's newer and hopefully the quality of both the camera hardware and the firmware will improve. I like the dual camera setup because you can put the second camera pretty much anywhere. Maybe they'll even get a four camera version for the sides, but this may take a while I'm sure. Not to mention it may be harder to keep it small. Not a huge deal since some electronics are so small now anyway. The specs on these things are pretty much a toss up as you can see in the images I have posted. So not exactly high quality video, but at least they are going in the right direction. For this reason if you can find them for about 20-30 bucks, sure they work so why not. Anything more though, that's up to you, but I wouldn't bother. I paid a bit more because I really wanted to find out and do the write up. You can find them for the lower amount, you just have to look in the right places.
September 28, 2015
I finally got a chance to use the camera and here are the problems I have so far...
-It won't fully charge no matter where or how long it's plugged in.
-It won't record anything more than a minute even with the setting set at 5 minutes.
-No videos of the rear camera now, I checked the folder and it's empty even though it shows the back camera when first turn it on.
In short, it's just not working the way it's supposed to. Night time is practically useless even with the night LED's.