A video recorder is an impor­tant assis­tant for a safe trip, but it is not always easy to choose the right mod­el. We have col­lect­ed the most inter­est­ing and pop­u­lar mod­els, and we will talk about their strengths and weak­ness­es.

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A video recorder is an impor­tant assis­tant for a safe trip, but it is not always easy to choose the right mod­el. We have col­lect­ed the most inter­est­ing and pop­u­lar mod­els, and we will talk about their strengths and weak­ness­es.

70mai Dash Cam Pro Plus A500s + Midrive RC06

The video recorder 70mai Dash Cam Pro Plus A500s + Midrive RC06 cap­tures per­fect­ly at any time of the day, all thanks to the high­ly sen­si­tive Sony IMX335 matrix, which works in a pair with a six-lay­er lens, a high-per­for­mance proces­sor, WDR and 3D DNR sup­port.

Thanks to the AntiFog func­tion, the clar­i­ty of the image increas­es in rain or fog. The lens can be rotat­ed around a hor­i­zon­tal axis, chang­ing its angle of incli­na­tion.

The key fea­ture of the mod­el is the addi­tion­al Midrive RC06 Full­HD cam­era, which will help mon­i­tor the rear hemi­sphere.

The recorder has a com­pact body. It is firm­ly fixed on the plat­form-brack­et, which is fixed on the wind­shield with the help of dou­ble-sided tape.

This for­mat is def­i­nite­ly more reli­able than the usu­al suc­tion cup, but the brack­et is more dif­fi­cult to remove and install again. It will be almost invis­i­ble at the top of the wind­shield.

The mod­el has GPS sup­port, record­ed video can be tied to coor­di­nates. It is a pity that there is no infor­ma­tion about police cam­eras — the so-called. Speed­cam, this fea­ture is ask­ing for it here.

A good help for the dri­ver will be ADAS, which warns of a dan­ger­ous approach to road users or acci­den­tal depar­ture from its lane. To pay more atten­tion to the road, use voice con­trol.

A use­ful func­tion of the mod­el is the park­ing mode, in which the recorder records the move­ment of oth­er cars, the record­ing is acti­vat­ed in the event of shocks and impacts.

If the cig­a­rette lighter sock­et los­es pow­er when the igni­tion is off, an addi­tion­al pow­er con­vert­er may be required.

The stan­dard pow­er adapter of the mod­el has two sock­ets, so you can eas­i­ly con­nect anoth­er gad­get to it, for exam­ple, a smart­phone.

Xiao­mi 70mai Dash Cam Pro Plus A500s + Midrive RC06

Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Pro Plus A500s + Midrive RC06

Car video recorder • matrix: Sony IMX335 • res­o­lu­tion … unfold

The recorder has a Wi-Fi mod­ule, thanks to which it can be con­trolled from any com­pat­i­ble gad­get — a tablet or a smart­phone.

Pros: small size, invis­i­bil­i­ty in the cab­in, high qual­i­ty of shoot­ing, func­tion­al­i­ty, two record­ing chan­nels.

Cons: Speed­cam sup­port would be nice.

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70mai Dash Cam Pro Plus A500s + Midrive RC06 is anoth­er styl­ish prod­uct from the Xiao­mi brand, with a large pack­age of func­tions and high-qual­i­ty dual-chan­nel record­ing

DDPai Mini 5

The DDPai mini5 recorder is made in the form of a small bar with­out a dis­play. The brack­et has a sim­ple design, it is attached to dou­ble-sided tape. The recorder is insert­ed into it from the side and can be adjust­ed ver­ti­cal­ly.

The entire assem­bly is com­pact: it will not inter­fere with the wind­shield, it will not attract unnec­es­sary atten­tion.

DDPai Mini 5 is remark­able in terms of hard­ware. The mod­el shoots video with a 4K res­o­lu­tion, the SONY STARVIS IMX415 sen­sor, 7‑layer glass optics and a pro­duc­tive Huawei Hisil­i­con 3559 proces­sor with 4 GB of RAM are respon­si­ble for this.

The man­u­fac­tur­er claims to use Real­cube pro­cess­ing algo­rithms to improve pic­ture qual­i­ty.

An unusu­al fea­ture is the built-in mem­o­ry of 64 GB, so the recorder is ready to work “out of the box”. But expan­sion with mem­o­ry cards is not pro­vid­ed.

The Wi-Fi adapter works only at the 5 GHz fre­quen­cy, pro­vid­ing high-speed com­mu­ni­ca­tion with tablets and smart­phones. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the pop­u­lar 2.4 GHz stan­dard is not sup­port­ed for some rea­son, but not all gad­gets work with the “five”.

The built-in GPS receiv­er helps to track coor­di­nates, con­duct geo­t­ag­ging, spec­i­fy time and speed on the road.

The ADAS sys­tem will warn the dri­ver about a dan­ger­ous approach to objects on the road. The built-in 6‑axis gyro­scope works with Sense Real­i­ty tech­nol­o­gy, pro­vid­ing accu­rate infor­ma­tion dur­ing accel­er­a­tion, decel­er­a­tion, upward move­ment and realign­ment.

DDPai mini5

DDPai mini5

Car video recorder • matrix: SONY STARVIS IMX415, 8 MP • sep­a­rate … unfold

A nice bonus: the pres­ence of a mod­ern USB Type‑C port, which oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers are in no hur­ry to imple­ment.

Pros: design, com­pact­ness, high-qual­i­ty record­ing in 4K, USB Type‑C, Wi-Fi 5 GHz.

Cons: some­one will miss sup­port for mem­o­ry cards and Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz.

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DDPai mini5 is an unusu­al and at the same time very advanced reg­is­trar. An excel­lent choice if you want to get involved in 4K

Aspiring Alibi 9

A key fea­ture of Aspir­ing Ali­bi 9 is the pres­ence of three cam­eras at once. The first and main one writes in Full­HD for­mat and cov­ers every­thing that falls into the front hemi­sphere with­in 170 degrees.

The sec­ond cam­era is mount­ed on the trunk lid or some­where near­by, and records in the rear hemi­sphere in HD.

The third is mag­net­i­cal­ly attached to the recorder and records in HD every­thing that hap­pens in the back of the cab­in.

Such a three-chan­nel con­fig­u­ra­tion is easy to install and will be use­ful pri­mar­i­ly to taxi dri­vers. At the same time, the cab­in cam­era can be quick­ly dis­con­nect­ed.

The brack­et attach­es to the wind­shield with suc­tion cups, has neodymi­um latch­es, and is pow­ered through. This allows you to put on and take off the video recorder lit­er­al­ly with one touch.

Thanks to the GPS receiv­er, the so-called geo­t­ag­ging – link­ing coor­di­nates to a video record­ing, which will be unnec­es­sary in case of legal pro­ceed­ings. Anoth­er impor­tant plus is the pres­ence of Speed­cam: it informs about police radars.

The man­u­fac­tur­er did not skimp and equipped this mod­el with a 2.35-inch IPS screen, so the image is clear­ly vis­i­ble regard­less of view­ing angles.

Aspir­ing ALIBI 9

Aspiring ALIBI 9

Car video recorder • matrix: GC2053 • pic­ture res­o­lu­tion: … unfold

The only wish is that ver­sions with Wi-Fi appear on sale.

Pros: three cam­eras, sup­port for GPS + Speed­cam, tra­di­tion­al­ly con­ve­nient brack­et.

Cons: where is the wifi ver­sion?

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Aspir­ing Ali­bi 9 is an excel­lent option for those who are used to mon­i­tor­ing every­thing around them, but are not ready to install a pro­fes­sion­al video sur­veil­lance sys­tem

Playme Tio

The Playme Tio reg­is­trar has a body made in the form of a bar, and the USB con­nec­tor and mem­o­ry card slot are hid­den by a rub­ber plug.

The strong point of Playme Tio is an ergonom­ic brack­et with a mag­net­ic lock, through-through pow­er sup­ply and an exter­nal GPS mod­ule. This is a huge bonus for ease of use and addi­tion­al nav­i­ga­tion­al “use­ful­ness”.

The usu­al “for­mu­la of suc­cess” is respon­si­ble for the high qual­i­ty of shoot­ing: the Sony matrix, a six-lay­er lens with an IR light fil­ter and sup­port for the extend­ed dynam­ic range of WDR.

The man­u­fac­tur­er offers the Road­Cam appli­ca­tion to smart­phone and tablet users. After installing it, you will be able to con­trol the recorder, view and down­load the cap­tured video via Wi-Fi.

The stan­dard dis­play is quite small, so it is more con­ve­nient to view files on a smart­phone or tablet.

An inter­est­ing fea­ture is the abil­i­ty to con­trol ges­tures, for exam­ple, with a wave of the hand, you can turn on the block­ing of the era­sure of the record­ed file.

The kit comes with a pow­er sup­ply unit with two USB ports, which is con­ve­nient if you need to con­nect anoth­er gad­get to the cig­a­rette lighter.

Pros: design, ergonom­ic brack­et, equip­ment, shoot­ing qual­i­ty.

Cons: small screen

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Video recorder Playme Tio is an inter­est­ing and con­ve­nient flag­ship solu­tion from Playme

Gazer F750w

Gaz­er F750w is no longer a video recorder, but a whole video record­ing com­plex.

It is built accord­ing to the mod­u­lar prin­ci­ple and con­sists of a main unit with a 3‑inch screen and two exter­nal cam­eras with wired switch­ing.

The cam­eras record in Full­HD, are equipped with a Sony Exmor matrix, six-lay­er lens­es and sup­port for an extend­ed dynam­ic range of WDR.

They are attached using dou­ble-sided tape to any flat sur­face and thanks to the hinged attach­ment, they can be ori­ent­ed in any way.

The front cam­era has a micro­phone and a wide-angle lens for instal­la­tion in the cab­in.

The sec­ond cam­era has a sealed hous­ing, thanks to which it can be mount­ed out­side, for exam­ple, as a rear view cam­era.

Options for con­fig­u­ra­tion with var­i­ous types of cam­eras are avail­able, includ­ing with an ultra-wide-angle Fish­Eye lens.

By installing the pro­pri­etary Gaz­er Dash­cam appli­ca­tion, you can con­trol the recorder, view and down­load the cap­tured video via Wi-Fi.

There is no built-in bat­tery, instead there is a super­ca­pac­i­tor that will help save the record­ed video in case of an emer­gency.

The era­sure lock is acti­vat­ed auto­mat­i­cal­ly: by a shock sen­sor sig­nal or man­u­al­ly, using an exter­nal wire­less but­ton.

There is a park­ing mode for video doc­u­men­ta­tion of what is hap­pen­ing around the car dur­ing the reg­is­tra­tion of shocks or jolts. At the same time, pro­tec­tion of the car bat­tery from exces­sive dis­charge is pro­vid­ed.

Gaz­er F750w

Gazer F750w

Car video recorder • matrix: Sony Exmor 1/2.7″ • res­o­lu­tion … unfold

A con­ve­nient option from the man­u­fac­tur­er: the Gaz­er ACG750 exter­nal GPS mod­ule, which adds the abil­i­ty to link videos to coor­di­nates and view routes.

Pros: mod­u­lar design, func­tion­al­i­ty.

Cons: quite a price, instal­la­tion requires skills.

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The Gaz­er F750w video recorder is a flag­ship solu­tion with an appro­pri­ate price

Xiaomi 70mai Smart WiFi Car DVR

Xiao­mi 70mai Smart WiFi Car DVR is the most com­pact solu­tion of the brand, made in a tubu­lar body sim­i­lar to Black­vue.

It was not pos­si­ble to place the screen here, instead there is a three-col­or dis­play on the end and a built-in Wi-Fi mod­ule. Thanks to the lat­ter, syn­chro­niza­tion with com­pat­i­ble gad­gets, full man­age­ment and view­ing of con­tent is pos­si­ble.

The max­i­mum record­ing res­o­lu­tion is 2304x1296 pix­els, thanks to the sup­port of extend­ed dynam­ic range (WDR) and advanced 3DNR noise reduc­tion.

When con­nect­ing the brand­ed pow­er cable, a park­ing mode appears, in which the recorder will record the move­ments of oth­er cars around the clock and acti­vate the record­ing in the event of shocks and impacts.

The brack­et is attached to the wind­shield with dou­ble-sided tape and can be tilt­ed up and down. You won’t be able to remove it quick­ly, but you won’t have to wor­ry that it will fall off at the wrong time.

The capac­i­ty of the built-in bat­tery is 240 mAh.

Xiao­mi 70mai Smart WiFi Car DVR (Midrive D06)

Xiaomi 70mai Smart WiFi Car DVR (Midrive D06)

Car video recorder • matrix: Sony IMX323 • res­o­lu­tion … unfold

The recorder comes in three col­ors – blue, black and beige.

Pros: design, shoot­ing qual­i­ty, Wi-Fi, col­or options.

Cons: no screen

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Xiao­mi 70mai Smart WiFi Car DVR is a com­pact recorder designed to work with a smart­phone or tablet

Gas F125

This very com­pact Gaz­er F125 recorder records video with Super­HD res­o­lu­tion, which is pro­vid­ed by a Sony Exmor 1/2.9″ sen­sor and a six-lay­er glass lens with an F2.0 aper­ture.

The view­ing angle reach­es 160 degrees, so almost every­thing in the front hemi­sphere will be in the frame.

The case has a Soft Touch coat­ing that is pleas­ant to the touch. The brack­et is sim­ple and com­pact, is attached to the wind­shield using dou­ble-sided tape and allows you to eas­i­ly adjust the tilt and turn in dif­fer­ent direc­tions. A mount­ed recorder will attract a min­i­mum of atten­tion.

The Gaz­er Dash­cam appli­ca­tion and the built-in Wi-Fi mod­ule will allow you to eas­i­ly syn­chro­nize the recorder with a tablet or smart­phone.

An option­al GPS mod­ule can be con­nect­ed, which will allow you to attach geo­graph­ic coor­di­nates to the record­ed video.

The F125’s short­com­ings are in many ways an exten­sion of its virtues. Due to the small dimen­sions of the mod­el, the capac­i­ty of the built-in bat­tery and the diag­o­nal of the dis­play are lim­it­ed.

Gas F125

Gas F125

Car video recorder • matrix: Sony exmor • res­o­lu­tion … unfold

The recorder turns on and off auto­mat­i­cal­ly, fol­low­ing a sig­nal from the igni­tion cir­cuit. Emer­gency sav­ing of record­ed frag­ments is pro­vid­ed when the shock sen­sor is trig­gered, the nec­es­sary pow­er for this will be pro­vid­ed by the already men­tioned bat­tery.

Pros: size and weight, shoot­ing qual­i­ty, the pos­si­bil­i­ty of con­nect­ing a GPS mod­ule.

Cons: a mag­net­ic mount on the brack­et would­n’t hurt.

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Gaz­er F125 is a com­pact video recorder with a pleas­ant design and decent equip­ment

Navitel R1050

The minia­ture Navi­tel R1050 has a com­pact spher­i­cal body and is quick and easy to assem­ble and dis­as­sem­ble.

The mod­el has a mag­net­ic latch and a through-hole pow­er sup­ply. The brack­et is attached to the wind­shield with tape — it is def­i­nite­ly sim­pler and more reli­able than a suc­tion cup, even if mobil­i­ty is lost. The design can be rotat­ed 360 degrees — for some, this is an impor­tant plus.

Despite the dimen­sions, the equip­ment and shoot­ing qual­i­ty are in com­plete order here. The time-test­ed SONY IMX323 sen­sor and glass wide-angle optics give an excel­lent pic­ture.

The record­ed con­tent can be viewed on a 1.2‑inch mon­i­tor, but it is bet­ter to use Wi-Fi syn­chro­niza­tion and con­trol the recorder from a tablet or smart­phone. For this, you will need the pro­pri­etary appli­ca­tion Navi­tel DVR Cen­ter.



Car video recorder • matrix: SONY IMX323 • res­o­lu­tion … unfold

The mod­el has a GPS/GLONASS receiv­er and sup­port for inform­ing about police cam­eras. But there was no place for a full bat­tery, for obvi­ous rea­sons.

Pros: very small size, shoot­ing qual­i­ty, GPS + Speed­cam.

Cons: the bat­tery and dis­play are too small — com­pact­ness had to be paid for.

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Video recorder Navi­tel R1050 is an excel­lent choice for those look­ing for a com­pact and con­ve­nient solu­tion with high-qual­i­ty record­ing

Aspiring EXPERT 8

Aspir­ing EXPERT 8 ​​is a video recorder with two-chan­nel record­ing in Full­HD for­mat.

The sig­na­ture fea­ture of these mod­els is a con­ve­nient brack­et that is attached to the wind­shield with a pow­er­ful suc­tion cup. The recorder itself is fixed on it with the help of sticky neodymi­um mag­nets.

Thanks to the pass-through pow­er sup­ply, there is no need to con­stant­ly plug and unplug the USB cable, which improves ergonom­ics.

High-sen­si­tiv­i­ty Sony IMX 307 sen­sor, 6‑lens optics with anti-glare coat­ing and sup­port for extend­ed dynam­ic range (WDR) are respon­si­ble for the qual­i­ty of shoot­ing, which adjusts the lev­el of illu­mi­na­tion by elim­i­nat­ing glare from bright light sources.

The view­ing angle of the main cam­era is 170 degrees — almost com­plete cov­er­age of the space in front of the car.

The built-in GPS receiv­er allows you to imple­ment geo­t­ag­ging, which will come in handy in case of legal pro­ceed­ings. Anoth­er impor­tant plus is the pres­ence of Speed­cam, inform­ing about police radars.

The 2.35-inch screen is made of an IPS matrix, so infor­ma­tion will be read well at any view­ing angle.

The video recorder can be con­nect­ed to a tablet and smart­phone using the pro­pri­etary Road­Cam appli­ca­tion and a Wi-Fi con­nec­tion.

Aspir­ing Expert 8

Aspiring Expert 8

Car video recorder • matrix: Sony IMX 307 • res­o­lu­tion … unfold

The built-in bat­tery has a small capac­i­ty — 200 mAh, but for its main task, which is the emer­gency sav­ing of record­ed video in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, it is enough.

Pros: high qual­i­ty shoot­ing, ergonom­ic brack­et, Wi-Fi, GPS + Speed­cam, good addi­tion­al cam­era.

Cons: the high price.

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The video recorder Aspir­ing EXPERT 8 ​​is a sol­id mod­el with advanced func­tion­al­i­ty and high-qual­i­ty record­ing


The DDPai MOLA N3 GPS log­ger has a small styl­ish body with­out a dis­play. The brack­et is attached with tape, equipped with a quick instal­la­tion mech­a­nism with a lock­ing but­ton and a GPS mod­ule.

The mod­el has end-to-end pow­er sup­ply, that is, it is enough to con­nect the USB cable once and you do not need to mess with it any­more.

The OmniVi­sion OV05A10 matrix pro­vides shoot­ing with a res­o­lu­tion of 2K, which is bet­ter than the usu­al Full­HD. The six-lay­er glass lens pro­vides a 140-degree field of view.

A dual-core Hisil­i­con Hi3556 proces­sor is used for video pro­cess­ing. Sup­port for extend­ed dynam­ic range (WDR) and the Super Night Vision func­tion are respon­si­ble for the high qual­i­ty of shoot­ing day and night.

Wi-Fi sup­port makes up for the lack of a screen. Install the pro­pri­etary appli­ca­tion, syn­chro­nize the recorder with the gad­get, and you can view records and per­form set­tings from your tablet or smart­phone.

There’s no built-in bat­tery, instead a super­ca­pac­i­tor that will pro­vide emer­gency pow­er when the shock sen­sor is trig­gered to pro­tect record­ed con­tent.



Car video recorder • matrix: OmniVi­sion OV05A10, 5 MP • sep­a­rate … unfold

If, with­in 15 min­utes, the sen­sors do not detect shak­ing and accel­er­a­tion char­ac­ter­is­tic of the car’s move­ment, the video recorder will auto­mat­i­cal­ly switch to the “park­ing” mode.

Pros: design, com­pact­ness, high-qual­i­ty record­ing, Wi-Fi.

Cons: there is no bat­tery and dis­play — the expense of com­pact­ness.

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DDPai MOLA N3 GPS is a small, inex­pen­sive, but high-qual­i­ty recorder for shoot­ing in 2K

We hope our guide will help you make the right choice, we wish you safe roads and suc­cess­ful pur­chas­es from Hot­line!

Author: Olek­san­dr Sher­styuk