Simon Lai reviews Gator in-car cam with front and rear camera.
Continuing our review of the Gator series of in-car dash cams, and following on from my review of the Full HD unit, next in line is the Gator HD DVR 720P Car Camcorder.
This model, as the name suggests, comes with the standard front camera as well as a smaller rear camera. The front camera comes with a 1280x720P resolution, 140° wide angle lens.
The rear, surveillance type camera has a metal bracket attached for you to fix it to the desired location with the adhesive sticker or screws supplied. Unfortunately the one I had was not centred properly meaning the camera was not orientated horizontally.
The rear camera also plugs straight into the main unit meaning the cord is quite long and cumbersome and will need to be tucked away.
The resolution in the rear camera is a lot less than the front but is still clear enough to see what’s going on. And the footage from the front and rear cameras are stored in separate folders. A quick look at the time signature makes it easy enough to match up the corresponding clips.
As with the upper spec model, the DVR 720P has functions like picture quality and exposure options, auto motion detection which will turn the camera on when it sees any quick and sudden movement.
Like most car cameras, recording will continue until the memory card is full. After this the camera will overwrite the oldest data. So if you record some important footage you want to keep, switch off the device immediately and save the data. You can also instruct it to record in 1, 2, 5 or 10 minute segments making the files easier to manage.
The 720P version also comes as a base model without the rear camera and is my recommendation for the everyday user. 720P is a decent resolution that is sharp enough without being too blurry and comes in at an affordable price.
The HD DVR 720P Car Camcorder with Front & Rear Camera [HDVR245H] has a RRP of $199.00
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Both models come with a 4GB micro USB card are available from Autobarn, Autopro, Supercheap Auto, Repco, Car Audio Maters and independent car retailers.