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It is the 21st cen­tu­ry in the yard, and it is most effec­tive to resolve con­flict sit­u­a­tions on the road in court, hav­ing pre­vi­ous­ly filmed the vil­lains on video. For­tu­nate­ly, many high-qual­i­ty devices have been cre­at­ed for this, which do not cost a lot of mon­ey. Today we will talk about bud­get video recorders.

Why do you need a video recorder
What char­ac­ter­is­tics to look for
Video qual­i­ty
Frame
Fas­ten­ing
addi­tion­al char­ac­ter­is­tics
Price spread in the bud­get seg­ment
Check­list: how to choose a good car DVR
Top bud­get car recorders up to 5000 rubles
minia­ture mod­el
Rear cam­era mod­el
Mod­el with two cam­eras
Mod­el with mag­net­ic mount
Night shot mod­el
Results

Why do you need a video recorder

Record­ing from the DVR is your main argu­ment in con­tro­ver­sial sit­u­a­tions on the road. Even the cheap­est mod­el

  • film the moment of the acci­dent on video for evi­dence in court;
  • pro­tect against ille­gal actions by law enforce­ment agen­cies;
  • help in dis­putes with insur­ers;
  • record ille­gal actions on the part of pas­sen­gers for taxi dri­vers;
  • will allow you to become a YouTube star by cap­tur­ing a fun­ny sit­u­a­tion on the road.

What characteristics to look for

When buy­ing a bud­get device, you are com­pro­mis­ing in terms of per­for­mance. At the same time, for many users, addi­tion­al fea­tures of expen­sive mod­els may sim­ply not be need­ed. We will ana­lyze the most impor­tant fea­tures that your device should have, and based on this, we will rank video recorders up to 5000 rubles.

Video quality

The main task of the reg­is­trar is to shoot high-qual­i­ty video, which will make it easy to make out the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion and the reg­is­tra­tion num­bers of oth­er vehi­cles. And one of the first indi­ca­tors of image qual­i­ty is its per­mis­sion. The high­er the res­o­lu­tion, the eas­i­er it will be to rec­og­nize the num­bers of oth­er cars by cut­ting a still frame from the video.

In the bud­get seg­ment, Full HD res­o­lu­tion of 1920x1080 pix­els has already become the stan­dard, which is enough for any task. Of course, you can still find old mod­els with HD 720p, but today it looks like an anachro­nism.

At the same time, low-cost DVRs also have high­er res­o­lu­tions, for exam­ple, Super HD (2304x1296 pix­els) and high­er. These mod­els include Xiao­mi 70mai A400 Dash Cam. There are even cheap 4K devices like the X‑TRY XTC D4010 4K, but we don’t rec­om­mend chas­ing megapix­els. The res­o­lu­tion is not the same as the final qual­i­ty of the record­ing, so good Full HD will some­times be bet­ter than bad 4K. In bud­get mod­els, such a high res­o­lu­tion can be achieved by pro­gram­mat­i­cal­ly stretch­ing video from Full HD — nom­i­nal­ly, the pic­ture will be larg­er, but the detail will remain the same.

As a sim­ple rule, we rec­om­mend choos­ing devices with res­o­lu­tions start­ing from Full HD.

The next impor­tant indi­ca­tor of video qual­i­ty is frame fre­quen­cy. The DVR records video while mov­ing, so in order not to miss impor­tant frames and avoid motion blur, the shoot­ing speed must be at least 30 frames per sec­ond. 30 fps is a stan­dard option even for very cheap reg­is­trars, so it’s almost impos­si­ble to make a mis­take here. A high­er frame rate (60 fps), which could the­o­ret­i­cal­ly come in handy if the num­ber of the desired car appeared in the frame for only a frac­tion of a sec­ond, is already found in more expen­sive mod­els.

And one more impor­tant char­ac­ter­is­tic for a high-qual­i­ty pic­ture from a DVR — view­ing angle. Your device must be able to cap­ture a wide area in front of you, includ­ing adja­cent lanes. It is bet­ter to choose a view­ing angle of 120–140 degrees: three lanes of the road will fall into the frame, which is more than enough for most sit­u­a­tions. An exam­ple is the entry-lev­el mod­el Uno from the Kore­an brand Inspec­tor with a wide 140-degree view­ing angle.

More wide-angle cam­eras dis­tort the pic­ture a lot. And with a nar­row­er view­ing angle, some impor­tant events dur­ing an acci­dent may sim­ply not get into the frame.

The DVR cam­era has a rather small matrix, so soft­ware meth­ods are some­times used to improve shoot­ing in poor light­ing — a spe­cial night mode. Pho­to: manevr.by

Sep­a­rate­ly, it is worth men­tion­ing night shoot­ing — not all DVRs can boast of a high-qual­i­ty pic­ture in poor light­ing, but some­times this can be a crit­i­cal fac­tor. The pres­ence of a sep­a­rate night mode is a good indi­ca­tor for a bud­get reg­is­trar.

Frame

The dimen­sions and form fac­tor of the device, its dis­play and con­trols are impor­tant fac­tors when choos­ing a mod­el. They are espe­cial­ly impor­tant in the bud­get seg­ment, where man­u­fac­tur­ers save on the qual­i­ty of mate­ri­als and com­po­nents. At the same time, it is in the bud­get seg­ment that there are many com­pact devices that are not bur­dened with extra bells and whis­tles for the aver­age user. Com­pact­ness for a DVR is a big plus, because the small­er the device, the less it inter­feres with the dri­ver’s view.

The form fac­tor is direct­ly relat­ed to the size of the mod­el. The most com­mon option in the bud­get seg­ment is a sim­ple box that com­bines a cam­era, a screen, and the tech­ni­cal stuff­ing of the recorder. Such mod­els can be found at almost any price — from 500 rubles and above.

A pri­vate option can be called “cylin­dri­cal” reg­is­trars — in them the cam­era and the insides are also com­bined in a sin­gle case, but there is no screen. All set­tings and view­ing the footage are in the appli­ca­tion. This form fac­tor is espe­cial­ly pop­u­lar among man­u­fac­tur­ers of smart gad­gets like Xiao­mi.

An advanced ver­sion of the usu­al box — two cam­eras in one case: one is direct­ed to the road, and the oth­er — to the salon. Such reg­is­trars are usu­al­ly used by taxi dri­vers and pub­lic trans­port dri­vers in order to mon­i­tor what is hap­pen­ing in the cab­in. For the sec­ond cam­era, of course, you have to pay a lit­tle more.

A lit­tle less often among cheap reg­is­trars there are mod­els with a remote cam­era — the cam­era is mount­ed on glass, and the box is placed in any oth­er place. This is a con­ve­nient form fac­tor, since the cam­era itself takes up less space and does not obstruct the view as much.

More and more pop­u­lar mod­els in the form of over­lays on the rear-view mir­ror. Such mod­els have become wide­spread in the bud­get seg­ment up to 5000 rubles. Many of these DVRs are equipped with an addi­tion­al park­ing cam­era — the pic­ture from it is usu­al­ly auto­mat­i­cal­ly dis­played on the screen when the reverse gear is turned on.

Xiao­mi 70mai Rearview Dash Cam Wide Midrive D07 DVR in the form of an over­lay on a mir­ror. Pho­to: carcam.ru

Anoth­er fac­tor to pay atten­tion to is the dis­play. We are used to doing every­thing through a smart­phone, but often in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions it will be much more con­ve­nient to use the screen on the recorder itself. A 2‑inch screen is well suit­ed for both set­tings and quick view­ing of mate­r­i­al. Devices in the region of 4–5 thou­sand can usu­al­ly already offer a high-qual­i­ty dis­play.

Large con­trol but­tons on the case are a def­i­nite plus for any form fac­tor. It is most con­ve­nient if the main but­tons are locat­ed on one side — this is the most com­fort­able way to con­trol, which will allow you to adjust the set­tings even while dri­ving.

Of course, all these fac­tors — com­pact­ness, large screen and con­ve­nient but­tons — often con­tra­dict each oth­er, so most like­ly you will have to find a com­pro­mise.

Fastening

The brack­et with the recorder is attached to the glass through a vac­u­um suc­tion cup or a spe­cial adhe­sive tape. If this is your first recorder and you do not know where it is bet­ter to attach it, then a vac­u­um suc­tion cup is your option, because it can always be moved. At the same time, the adhe­sive tape holds more reli­ably, this is espe­cial­ly notice­able when dri­ving on uneven roads, pits and pot­holes. But re-glu­ing it sev­er­al times will not work. Ide­al­ly, if both mount­ing options are includ­ed in the kit.

The most pop­u­lar mount­ing for­mat is a suc­tion cup on glass. Pho­to: ixbt.com

More impor­tant­ly, how the recorder is fixed on the brack­et — through a sim­ple clip or mag­net­ic mount. The mag­net­ic mount allows you to quick­ly remove the recorder when you leave the car. This option is more com­mon in more expen­sive devices, how­ev­er, in our top DVRs under 5000 rubles there will be a bud­get mod­el with a mag­net­ic mount.

Recorder pads are fixed on top of the rear-view mir­ror using har­ness­es or elas­tic straps.

additional characteristics

Let’s briefly talk about addi­tion­al fea­tures that can be found in bud­get DVRs and which may be use­ful.

First­ly, there must be a loop record­ing func­tion: if there is not enough free space, a fresh video will auto­mat­i­cal­ly be record­ed over the old one. So you will avoid the sit­u­a­tion when the mem­o­ry card runs out of space, and the reg­is­trar sim­ply did not record an impor­tant moment.

Sec­ond­ly, your recorder must have a func­tion to auto­mat­i­cal­ly turn on when the engine starts. This will save you from the sit­u­a­tion when an acci­dent hap­pened, and you for­got to turn on the reg­is­trar.

Both of these fea­tures are present in the vast major­i­ty of devices today, even the cheap­est ones.

An option­al fea­ture will be built-in Wi-Fi for con­nect­ing to a smart­phone (in recorders with­out a screen, this is a manda­to­ry option) — you can quick­ly view the video and make set­tings direct­ly from your smart­phone.

We have already men­tioned the rear cam­era — some mod­els come with a rear cam­era in the kit, and some just have an addi­tion­al con­nec­tor for con­nect­ing it. If you need a park­ing cam­era, it is bet­ter to choose mod­els that pro­vide an addi­tion­al cam­era con­nec­tion.

In many bud­get recorders, you can find a shock sen­sor (G‑sensor): by reg­is­ter­ing a sharp move­ment of the car — a sharp turn, brak­ing or impact — this func­tion auto­mat­i­cal­ly pro­tects the record­ed file from over­writ­ing, ensur­ing its safe­ty. If the record­ing was not enabled (for exam­ple, if the car was stand­ing still with the engine turned off, and some­one drove into it from behind), the sen­sor will start record­ing in an emer­gency.

Com­bo devices are also worth men­tion­ing — this is a DVR with a built-in radar detec­tor (they are some­times mis­tak­en­ly called “anti-radar”) and a speed­cam (GPS infor­mant with a data­base of the loca­tion of sur­veil­lance cam­eras). There are no decent com­bo devices among bud­get mod­els: recorders with a high-qual­i­ty radar detec­tor cost around 10–12 thou­sand, how­ev­er, in our rat­ing of video recorders for a car up to 5,000 rubles there will be one inter­est­ing mod­el with a GPS informer.

Price spread in the budget segment

We have set a “psy­cho­log­i­cal lim­it” of 5,000 rubles for our rat­ing, which we will go beyond only as an excep­tion. Even in such a nar­row seg­ment, you can find dif­fer­ent devices — from out­right garbage to high-qual­i­ty mid-range reg­is­trars.

To make it eas­i­er for you to nav­i­gate when choos­ing, we will rough­ly indi­cate what you can expect from mod­els depend­ing on their cost:

  • up to 1 thou­sand rubles. This main­ly includes an unver­i­fied Chi­nese noun with a basic set of func­tions. We strong­ly do not rec­om­mend buy­ing such devices, they can fail at any time.
  • 1–3 thou­sand rubles. Basic devices of pop­u­lar Chi­nese brands such as Xiao­mi, as well as old­er mod­els of spe­cial­ized Kore­an brands. There are very com­pact devices with good Full HD shoot­ing, as well as reli­able old devices that shoot only in 720p.
  • 3–5 thou­sand rubles. Here you can already find proven and loved by many “state employ­ees” from well-known brands, for exam­ple, Playme TAU, with a mag­net­ic mount and a high-qual­i­ty dis­play.
  • 5+ thou­sand rubles. In the region of five thou­sand rubles, there are strong mid-range mod­els with a very high-qual­i­ty pic­ture, like the Advo­Cam-FD Black II, as well as many mod­els of a high­er class at a dis­count.

Checklist: how to choose a good car DVR

  • Decide if you need a mod­el with one or two cam­eras
  • If you want a mod­el with two cam­eras, then what should be the sec­ond — a cam­era for park­ing or a cam­era that shoots the inte­ri­or
  • Choose the right form fac­tor
  • Choose com­pact mod­els
  • Mod­els with a mag­net­ic mount are the most con­ve­nient
  • Shoot­ing res­o­lu­tion — start­ing from Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Opti­mum view­ing angle: 120–140°
  • There is a loop record
  • There is an auto­mat­ic inclu­sion of the reg­is­trar when the engine is start­ed

Top budget car recorders up to 5000 rubles

In this top, we have col­lect­ed DVR mod­els for every taste — dif­fer­ent form fac­tors, mounts, addi­tion­al cam­eras and spe­cial func­tions for var­i­ous tasks. What unites them is that every motorist can afford such a device.

So, we choose the best video recorders up to 5000 rubles!

miniature model

Inspec­tor Uno (4900 rubles)

Despite its com­pact size, the Inspec­tor Uno has a large and com­fort­able screen.

Pros:

  • minia­ture dimen­sions with a 2.4‑inch screen;
  • built-in GPS-informer;
  • built-in bat­tery.

Minus­es:

  • flare and not too “beau­ti­ful” day­time video.

As we not­ed above, among bud­get mod­els there are a lot of com­pact devices that do not inter­fere with the dri­ver while dri­ving. How­ev­er, even among medi­um-sized devices, the minia­ture Inspec­tor Uno GPS stands out.

Despite the super com­pact size (55 x 65 x 30 mm), the device is equipped with a read­able 2.4‑inch screen and four con­trol but­tons.

There are no com­pro­mis­es in terms of video qual­i­ty either: the minia­ture Inspec­tor shoots in Full HD at 30 fps, cap­tur­ing a wide angle of 140 degrees. Both day and night shoot­ing are at a good lev­el, although, of course, the pic­ture qual­i­ty is clear­ly not enough for a video blog. Dur­ing the day there are pro­nounced flare in bright areas.

An exam­ple of day­time video shoot­ing on Inspec­tor Uno. Source: Youtube chan­nel Video recorder NN

An exam­ple of night video shoot­ing on Inspec­tor Uno. Source: Youtube chan­nel Video recorder NN

An inter­est­ing fea­ture, unchar­ac­ter­is­tic for bud­get devices, is a built-in GPS-informer with a data­base of sta­tion­ary radars and cam­eras. At the same time, the data­bas­es are reg­u­lar­ly updat­ed — the last update on the man­u­fac­tur­er’s web­site at the time of writ­ing was Octo­ber 2021.

There are all the nec­es­sary func­tions — loop record­ing, auto start and shock sen­sor. There is also a small built-in bat­tery, which allows you to cor­rect­ly save the last record­ing in the event of a sud­den pow­er out­age. Also, the bat­tery allows the device to work in park­ing mode with the abil­i­ty to record on impact or motion detec­tion in the field of view of the lens. An addi­tion­al cam­era can­not be con­nect­ed.

Rear camera model

Xiao­mi 70mai A400‑1 Dash Cam (5580 rubles)

The front cam­era with “brains” is on the left, the rear view cam­era is on the right. Pho­tos: 3dnews.com / hoylar.com

Pros:

  • front 2K cam­era with a good view­ing angle;
  • Full HD rear cam­era;
  • set­ting up and view­ing video both through the screen and through the appli­ca­tion.

Minus­es:

  • the front cam­era does not rotate;
  • both cam­eras are not quick release;
  • strong noise dur­ing night shoot­ing.

The Xiao­mi 70mai A400‑1 Dash Cam is a bit out of our $50 lim­it, but this mod­el is worth it. In the bud­get seg­ment, most devices with an addi­tion­al rear cam­era are the same rearview mir­ror cov­ers with the cheap­est low-qual­i­ty addi­tion­al cam­era. Xiao­mi took a dif­fer­ent path: it took the clas­sic A400 Dash Cam box and equipped it with an addi­tion­al 70mai RC09 Full HD cam­era.

The main cam­era shoots brisk 2K (2560×1440 pix­els) video at 30fps with a wide view­ing angle of 145 degrees. The qual­i­ty of the pic­ture dur­ing the day is not bad — the num­bers are read from a dis­tance of up to 20–30 meters, and the high res­o­lu­tion helps with the increase in still frames from videos. At the same time, due to the dis­tor­tion of the wide-angle lens, it can be dif­fi­cult to read the num­bers of cars to the side of you. Night shoot­ing is noisy, nor­mal vis­i­bil­i­ty is with­in a radius of about 10–20 meters. It can be dif­fi­cult to see the license plates of oth­er cars at night.

Day­time shoot­ing on 70mai Dash Cam A400‑1 front cam­era. Source: Youtube chan­nel Sergey Bazarov

Night shoot­ing on 70mai Dash Cam A400‑1 front cam­era. Source: Youtube chan­nel Sergey Bazarov

The reg­is­trar is glued to the plate, which is installed direct­ly on the glass — it will not be pos­si­ble to quick­ly remove the device. The design does not allow you to turn the cam­era towards you — this would be use­ful, for exam­ple, in the case of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with a police­man.

The rear view cam­era is a tube with a swiv­el part and is glued to the rear win­dow. It shoots in Full HD with a 130° field of view, which is bet­ter than most com­peti­tors offer­ing 640 x 480 rear cam­eras. Like the front cam­era, it has a night mode that improves the qual­i­ty of shoot­ing in low light.

The kit comes with a stan­dard 4.5 meter cord that con­nects to the front cam­era. The rear cam­era also does not have a quick-release con­nec­tion — you won’t be able to take it with you.

Day­time shoot­ing on 70mai Dash Cam A400‑1 rear cam­era. Source: Youtube chan­nel Sergey Bazarov

Night shoot­ing on 70mai Dash Cam A400‑1 rear cam­era. Snap­shot: ixbt.com

The main front device has a high-qual­i­ty 2‑inch dis­play, you can also view videos and con­fig­ure the recorder using a mobile appli­ca­tion.

The 70mai A400‑1 has a built-in 500 mAh bat­tery — it pro­vides emer­gency record­ing when the shock sen­sor is trig­gered in a park­ing lot. Nat­u­ral­ly, there is a cyclic record­ing and auto start record­ing when the engine starts. You can also set the timer to turn off the device.

Model with two cameras

Sil­ver­Stone F1 NTK-60F Taxi II (4990 rubles)

You can switch between the view from dif­fer­ent cam­eras in the menu. Pho­to: Youtube chan­nel technomode.ru

Pros:

  • two cam­eras in one body;
  • IR illu­mi­na­tor for inte­ri­or pho­tog­ra­phy in the dark.

Minus­es:

  • poor qual­i­ty of night video from the main cam­era;
  • small screen.

Dri­vers of taxis, pub­lic and com­mer­cial vehi­cles, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dri­ving schools may also need a mod­el with two cam­eras, but the sec­ond cam­era should cap­ture what is hap­pen­ing in the cab­in, and not the road behind the car. Of course, you can also use a rear view cam­era for this, but first­ly, it usu­al­ly gives poor pic­ture qual­i­ty in poor light­ing (espe­cial­ly among cheap mod­els), and sec­ond­ly, install it so that it does not block the view and the wires do not hang where hor­ri­bly, almost impos­si­ble. There­fore, dri­vers pre­fer to use spe­cial­ized DVRs with two cam­eras in one hous­ing. There are very few such devices in the bud­get seg­ment, so the Sil­ver­Stone F1 NTK-60F Taxi II is a pleas­ant excep­tion.

The road-fac­ing cam­era shoots in Full HD at 30 fps with a 140-degree field of view. The inte­ri­or cam­era, locat­ed on the side of the main cam­era, shoots in HD qual­i­ty with a 90-degree field of view, but at the same time it is equipped with a built-in infrared light for record­ing in total dark­ness, and can rotate 220 degrees ver­ti­cal­ly. The man­u­fac­tur­er man­aged to fit a 1.5‑inch dis­play and a whole set of but­tons to con­trol the device into the same case, but it is not very con­ve­nient to make set­tings and watch videos on such a minia­ture dis­play.

The main cam­era does not shine with pic­ture qual­i­ty: in oncom­ing traf­fic, license plates are dis­tin­guish­able only when the oncom­ing car has almost dri­ven up point blank. How­ev­er, in most dri­ving sit­u­a­tions, such detail will be suf­fi­cient. At night, the qual­i­ty dete­ri­o­rates sig­nif­i­cant­ly and the num­bers of oth­er cars in oncom­ing traf­fic are already com­plete­ly indis­tin­guish­able.

An exam­ple of day­time video shoot­ing on the main cam­era. Source: Youtube chan­nel Video recorder NN

An exam­ple of night video shoot­ing on the main cam­era. Source: Youtube chan­nel Video recorder NN

The salon cam­era copes with its tasks — you are unlike­ly to receive a prize for the best doc­u­men­tary video, but it is quite pos­si­ble to prove your case if the client behaves inap­pro­pri­ate­ly. IR illu­mi­na­tion for night shoot­ing turns on auto­mat­i­cal­ly and does not inter­fere with dri­ving — do not for­get to acti­vate the option in the menu. The built-in speak­er can’t match stu­dio sound qual­i­ty, but its sen­si­tiv­i­ty is enough to record voic­es not only from the front but also from the back seats, which is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for taxi work­ers.

An exam­ple of day­time video shoot­ing on a salon cam­era. Source: Youtube chan­nel Video recorder NN

An exam­ple of night video shoot­ing on the main cam­era. Source: Youtube chan­nel Video recorder NN

Loop record­ing, auto­mat­ic start of record­ing at the start of move­ment, shock sen­sor and bat­tery life up to 10 min­utes — all the nec­es­sary basic fea­tures are avail­able. In gen­er­al, a good car recorder, espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing the price. But if you need a high­er qual­i­ty video, it is bet­ter to take a mod­el with a high­er class.

Model with magnetic mount

Playme TAU (3,990 rubles)

Playme Tau has a clear menu with­out unnec­es­sary items — all the nec­es­sary set­tings can be done in a cou­ple of clicks. Pho­to: www.habr.com

Pros:

  • mag­net­ic mount allows you to quick­ly remove and install the reg­is­trar;
  • the abil­i­ty to con­nect a sec­ond cam­era;
  • all the func­tions nec­es­sary for the DVR — cyclic record­ing, auto start record­ing, shock sen­sor, etc.

Minus­es:

  • video qual­i­ty is suit­able only for record­ing events on the road;
  • weak night video.

Playme TAU is the win­ner of the title of the best bud­get mod­el from the leg­endary mag­a­zine “Behind the wheel”. It tra­di­tion­al­ly col­lects excel­lent reviews from motorists. One of its main fea­tures is a mag­net­ic mount, which is very rare in cheap mod­els. Thanks to it, you can quick­ly remove the recorder from the brack­et when you leave the car. In addi­tion, it is more con­ve­nient to view the video by remov­ing the recorder from the mount. Despite a decent 3‑inch screen size, the TAU is a very tiny device that does­n’t block the dri­ver’s view.

The mod­el shoots Full HD at 30 frames per sec­ond. The video is ful­ly suit­able for its pur­pos­es — record­ing ongo­ing events, but for oth­er tasks, for exam­ple, for YouTube videos, the qual­i­ty is clear­ly not enough.

The main prob­lem, per­haps, is the out­dat­ed video codec (Motion JPG), which is used when record­ing video, as well as a nar­row dynam­ic range — be pre­pared for “pix­e­la­tion”, glare and noisy video in low light con­di­tions. Night video is not a strong point of the mod­el — the num­bers of cars pass­ing by at night are some­times not vis­i­ble due to strong blur­ring. A wide view­ing angle of 170 degrees dis­torts the pic­ture in the cor­ners, although not enough to cause incon­ve­nience.

An exam­ple of a day­time video. Source: Youtube chan­nel Video recorder NN

Night video exam­ple. Source: Youtube chan­nel Video recorder NN

Again, this qual­i­ty is enough to record what is hap­pen­ing on the road.

The recorder sup­ports loop record­ing and auto­mat­ic start. Addi­tion­al fea­tures include a shock sen­sor, as well as the abil­i­ty to con­nect a sec­ond cam­era via a 2.5mm mini­jack. Video from the sec­ond cam­era will be dis­played in a small win­dow in the upper right cor­ner of the main frame.

Night shot model

Xiao­mi 70mai Dash Cam Lite Midrive D08 (3 650 rubles)

Xiao­mi knows a lot about orig­i­nal design. Pho­to: e‑catalog.ru

Pros:

  • high-qual­i­ty night shoot­ing;
  • built-in bat­tery;
  • the abil­i­ty to con­nect a smart­phone with a screen and phys­i­cal con­trol but­tons.

Minus­es:

  • qual­i­ty of day­time shoot­ing;
  • Cam­era can­not be adjust­ed hor­i­zon­tal­ly.

Midrive D08 has an inter­est­ing appear­ance — the device looks like a hybrid of a cylin­dri­cal recorder and a clas­sic box with a 2‑inch dis­play.

At the same time, the case turned out to be com­pact (82x58x41 mm), it prac­ti­cal­ly does not block the dri­ver’s view. The device can be con­trolled both with the help of four phys­i­cal but­tons, and by con­nect­ing to it via Wi-Fi: using the 70mai appli­ca­tion, you can not only con­fig­ure the recorder, but also view the video.

The mod­el records video in Full HD at 30 fps with smart adjust­ment to light­ing con­di­tions. For this, the auto­mat­ic expo­sure adjust­ment func­tion is used, which allows you to get more detailed infor­ma­tion in both dark and bright areas. The cam­era per­forms espe­cial­ly well in night shoot­ing, rec­og­niz­ing license plates from neigh­bor­ing cars.

An exam­ple of a day­time video. Source: Yotube chan­nel Obzorpokupok.ru

Night video exam­ple. Source: Yotube chan­nel Obzorpokupok.ru

But the day­time pic­ture leaves much to be desired — pix­els and noise, like the Playme TAU dis­cussed above. But, again, we will make a reser­va­tion, for reg­is­ter­ing traf­fic events of this qual­i­ty is enough.

The view­ing angle of the device is 130 degrees, while the cam­era posi­tion can only be adjust­ed ver­ti­cal­ly, which is not always con­ve­nient.

The recorder can work with­out being con­nect­ed to the cig­a­rette lighter or on-board net­work — it has a built-in bat­tery that lasts for a day of work in the park­ing mon­i­tor­ing mode.

Midrive D08 has the whole set of nec­es­sary func­tions: loop record­ing and auto start, shock sen­sor, date and time record­ing. They even added a motion detec­tor in the frame. The sec­ond cam­era, unfor­tu­nate­ly, can not be con­nect­ed.

Results

If you are look­ing for the most com­pact DVR, pay atten­tion to Inspec­tor Uno GPS — as a bonus to a minia­ture body with a full-sized 2.4‑inch screen, you will also receive a GPS informer.

If you need an addi­tion­al rear view cam­era, for exam­ple, for park­ing con­ve­nience) Xiao­mi 70mai A400‑1 Dash Cam comes with a decent rear wide angle Full HD cam­era. And if you want to record not only the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion, but also what is hap­pen­ing inside the car even at night, then it is dif­fi­cult to find com­peti­tors in the bud­get seg­ment for the Sil­ver­Stone F1 NTK-60F Taxi II.

Among inex­pen­sive mod­els with a quick-release mag­net­ic mount, the favorite of the pub­lic Playme TAU remains a uni­ver­sal option, and for high-qual­i­ty night shoot­ing, you can take a mod­el from Xiao­mi — Xiao­mi 70mai Dash Cam Lite Midrive D08.

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