Mini DVR1 Bullet camera kit
This has got to be one of the best and easiest to use 2 piece wired bullet camera system on the market today for under £200.00!
We've seen quite a few small digital video recorders since we started in this business. We've seen cheap recorders on ebay from China that look really tempting but just not worth even the price of the postage.
The Mini DVR1 is the smallest digital recorder with a built-in screen on the market today, even smaller than the brilliant DV500. We weren't expecting much from the mini DVR1 because of it's price tag but after playing with it for a while and more importantly viewing it's video quality...we couldn't exclude it from the DogCam website.
The bullet camera in this package is a 520tvl Sony Exview camera with interchangeable lenses and fully waterproof. The mic is built in to the recorder making the wiring very neat and tidy (one cable goes to the bullet camera, no extra battery pack required)
The Mini DVR 1 has a really high quality 1.5" TFT screen built-in for previewing the image from any camera or for playing back the video you have recorded. It uses MiniSD cards up to 2gb in size which will hold just under 2 hours of high quality digital video.
You can connect this recorder to your computer using the supplied USB cable and watch your videos on your PC or Mac. It's also supplied with cables for instant playback to your tv.
The changeable battery will power the recorder and camera for over 1.5 hours. Changing the battery is as easy as most mobile phones. Two batteries are supplied with each kit.
The Mini DVR1 records in mpeg4 format at 640 x 480 resolution. This looks great on a PC screen but if you play back the video on a very large screen then you may notice the limitations of this device. We find that most customers are more than happy with this kind of video quality and it's absolutley perfect for things like video analysis of your track day.
Editing Mpeg4 video of any type very much depends on the software you are using and the video codecs installed on your computer. You can save yourself a whole lot of hassle by converting the mpeg4 files before you try to edit them.
For a guide on how to do this, please see editing mpeg4 video files.
We see this device as a great solution for in car or on bike recording.
Beware of devices of a similar price which only support 320 x 240 resolution. These days, you should not settle for anything less than 640 x 480.
Unlike a lot of other digital video recorders in this price range, this unit does 25fps so the video will look much better on your TV.
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