|Product Dimensions||17.78 x 10.16 x 10.16 cm; 199.58 Grams|
|Item Model Number||BV-DR590-1CH-16|
|Other display features||Wireless|
|Item Weight||200 g|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||9 April 2018|
BlackVue DR590-1CH-16 Full HD Dashcam Sony Starvis Image Sensor (16GB)
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
|Are batteries included?||No|
|Item dimensions L x W x H||17.8 x 10.2 x 10.2 centimetres|
|Video capture resolution||1080p|
About this item
- The DR590-2CH records Full HD 1080p videos of the front and back of your car at 30 frames per second, in a 139-degree wide view angle (rear 140 degrees).
- 2 Camera System (Front + Rear)
- Full HD Sony STARVIS image sensor
- Full HD Recording 1920x1080p
- Ultra-wide viewing angle - 139° (Front), 140° (Rear)
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The DR590-2CH records Full HD 1080p videos of the front and back of your car at 30 frames per second, in a 139-degree wide view angle (rear 140 degrees). With the front camera's Sony STARVIS imaging sensor, you get awesome image clarity day and night.
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My initial thoughts was to purchase a decent unit, but limit the price to ~$100. I ended up paying $120 for:
1) Screenless unit
2) 1K resolution camera
3) Front view only
4) uSD card slot (which I upgraded to 128GB @ $25)
5) Settled for *no* GPS
6) Settled for *no* park mode battery
BTW, the DR590 is a high quality unit, solidly manufactured. I have no regrets purchasing quality.
I was mixed on getting a unit without a screen. As it turns out, it is a pain to set the appropriate time (there is an online App where you can set the time via the uSD card - awkward, but once I thought about it, a pretty good idea). Fortunately, you set the time once and you are done with configuration. Also, I wanted to mount the camera behind the rearview mirror, and which would have made the screen useless.
Wiring it up is also a pain. It sounds simple to tuck the wire away in the seams, but I learned that the wires sometimes jiggle out or the cloth material (also tucked in the seams) will pull out.
The daylight image quality is excellent. Night-time image quality, not as much. The aspect ratio could be better (too much sky), but none the less, you see plenty in the horizontal direction.
Interestingly, video is captured in what seems like 30s-1m segments. It is somewhat awkward to manually click the next video, but not too bad. The upside is if you don't need to do any editing if you want to send the video clip to someone (i.e. insurance company or law enforcement).
1) 1-Ch verses 2-Ch
a) Front camera only
b) Front and rear cameras
2) Video resolution
a) Higher resolution often has poorer night video quality, but better daylight quality
3) Video formats
a) Standard HD format (1920x1080 or 16:9 aspect ratio) wastes image on the sky
b) Non-standard (wider formats) are more effective for dash cams
4) Night vision
a) Avoid cameras with LEDs as reflection from windshield washes out video image
a) G-force event causes camera to stamp the time and not allow over-writing
6) Parking Mode
a) In parking mode, camera continuously records, but will continuously record if a G-force event occurs
b) Parking Mode requires external battery
7) Cloud connectivity
a) Typically requires WiFi hotspot
a) Form factor (wedge shape is becoming more popular)
b) Color (black more discreet than white)
9) Loop recording
a) This is where G-Force sensor comes into play
10) Date and Time stamp
11) Auto On/Off
a) Camera starts recording when you turn the ignition key
- That a screen increases size of dash cam
- Screenless dash cams have desktop or mobile apps to view
a) Very nice to have as it captures location, direction and speed
14) Lock File Button
a) Allows saving footage in the even there is no G-force event
- Such as witnessing an event
15) Power Adapter
a) Note: you can optionally wire directly to fuse box
16) microSD card slot
And Do NOT even buy the 590W model. For about half the price you can buy a VVCAR dash cam that has a screen AND a WiFi connection to your phone. I'm sorry I bought this. If the marketer had cared he would have highlighted the features this doesn't have, not just the features it has. I WOULD NOT let this guy's son date my daughter.
I bought this cam long time ago. waste of money
When I've needed video off the cam I just take it out of the car and download it. I install these and forget about them, simple life, they just work. Once in a while the storage cards might get a bad sector and it will stop recording. When this has happened (twice in 8 years) I've removed the card, ran a CHKDSK to see if it was still OK then hard reformatted the card.
Since I have more than one car I used to move it between them depending one which car I was using. It was smarter to buy the extra cam then forget about.
In my oldest car with the 2012 cam, that car sits in direct summer sunlight and I thought for sure it would break the cam. It has not been a problem, that cam is still working just fine.
These cams just work really well, all the time. It's small, out of the way, I can't even see them because I mount them directly in front of the rear view mirror so I don't even see them. My daughter just got her license and we let her use one of our older cars which didn't have a cam, it does now! Hard wired in no problems. I would never use anything but these simple BlackVUEs.