Best DVR 2018: inspired by readers' letters

Greetings to the dear readers of Mobile-Review.com, Belarusian Alexander Shub is with you again - the leading Russian expert in the subject of car DVRs! Let me remind you that my experience in testing devices of this type exceeds five years, and the number of closely studied models has exceeded three hundred.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

Here in this publication you can find out in as much detail as possible why I consider myself a leading expert. The material also directly touched upon the issue of choosing a registrar. After publication, I was contacted by about two hundred Mobile-Review motorists-readers. Therefore, new material suggested itself - with explanations on common questions and the intricacies of choosing DVRs.

Let me remind you of the basic principles by which I recommend certain devices to motorists:

1. No noname models and Chinese devices from AliExpress. In no way can I be aware of the details of the development and production of native Chinese devices. I can’t know the competence of the local engineers, the level of organization of the mass production of devices of each individual brand (in particular, quality control).

Best DVR 2018 Based on Reader Letters

Nameless registrars from the Middle Kingdom are a lottery with an increased risk of running into marriage. At the same time, in case of any problems, you will certainly think: “What a bad expert this Belarusian Shub is, because I bought an unreliable model precisely on his tip.” And I, in turn, will not be able to help you in any way - for obvious reasons, organizing with my assistance a free pick-up of the device for service, repair or exchange for a new device with a decent discount will not work.

And vice versa - I can responsibly recommend only devices officially sold in Russia. I can say for sure that my personal acquaintances cover the vast majority of manufacturers and / or suppliers of the highest quality devices of the most different price ranges. Therefore, if a driver who suddenly turns to me for advice comes across a marriage (which happens with any manufacturer), I will always personally help to solve the problem.

Best DVR 2018 Based on Reader Letters

2. Image quality is not the only important criterion for choosing a recorder. Important - yes. Even in second place. But by no means the only point that you need to pay attention to when choosing a particular model. Let's think about what you should be primarily worried about after an accident or illegal actions against you by pedestrians, inspectors or other road users? That's right, the AVAILABILITY and SAFETY of the video. Which, in turn, is ensured by the highest possible reliability of the device.

In other words, you must be sure at any time that the recorder is really recording, and after the incident, when the power is turned off, it will correctly save the recording. Will not show you an empty memory card (the record indicator Law Books in Kenya blinked provocatively, but due to software problems in fact shooting was not conducted), will not delete the last file when the car is turned off (because the battery “died” after the first winter night in the car).

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

In theory, I admit situations when a sub(e)tree from the Celestial Empire, which is 1.5-2 times cheaper than some Russian device, shoots similarly or even better. But after the accident, will you be happy with the complete absence of a recording from the registrar, even with the best shooting quality in the world?

Attempts to save money seem especially ridiculous to me in the light of the presence on sale of many high-quality "white" and "branded" devices in the price range of 3-6 thousand rubles. It doesn’t seem to me justified to buy a “Chinese pig in a poke” from AliExpress instead of, for example, the Russian super-budget AdvoCam FD4 for 3,000 rubles. By the way, the latter shoots video at the level of models twice as expensive - with a price tag of 5-6 thousand. And at the same time, like all AdvoCam devices, it is adapted for operation in harsh domestic conditions. That is, in the development process, all models of the manufacturer are frozen in temperature chambers, shaken on vibration stands. In general, they check in every possible way for resistance to Russian frosts and potholes. I personally saw these tests - everything is fair.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

3. Ignore accessories. A popular misconception is to compare recorders based on components, in particular processor and matrix models. Let me give you an analogy - surely advanced smartphone users are aware that sometimes B-brand phones can use, say, a matrix from a well-known Japanese or Korean manufacturer. Therefore, the B-brand in advertising (and reviewers often with it) emphasizes in every possible way that, they say, here we will get photo and video shooting on the same level as the flagship of the A-brand, but at a much more modest price.

Best DVR 2018 Based on Reader Letters

I remember that at one time a B-brand released a smartphone “with a camera from Samsung Galaxy S3”. However, the competitor of the second tier somehow did not work out with the flagship shooting ...

In fact, everything turns out to be not at all so rosy - with top-end components, the pictures are at best similar to the price "classmates". And in no way, not even close to similar to the photos of an expensive competitor. Just because the presence of the same “hardware” alone is not enough, competent work of programmers and engineers with firmware and drivers is required. In this case, the potential of the components is fully revealed, and the end user receives the very flagship shooting.

Recommend me the best DVR

I'll tell you a terrible secret - there is no universal answer to the request "advise me the best, the coolest DVR". There are dozens of options, many form factors, all sorts of features. The best DVR for one buyer is when the absence of a swivel mount is unacceptable (hello Korean DVRs!). For another, speeds are absolutely necessary (and then goodbye, models are cheaper than 6,000 rubles!). The third focuses on operation in a frosty region.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

I already published a separate large material on the topic of criteria for choosing a DVR already in 2015. Since then, the market has not stood still, and frequently asked questions from readers have accumulated in my mail. So I decided to arrange a small “hodgepodge” and answer the most popular questions, so that every driver, even before contacting me, would roughly understand “where to look.”

So, we will talk about the following things:

1. Why is it important for Alexander Shub whether you leave the camera in the car at night?

In the Russian climate with frosty winters and hot summers, one of the main questions when choosing a registrar is whether you will leave the device in the car. The fact is that the vast majority of devices are equipped with a lithium battery. For your information - the failure of such batteries is the number one reason for citizens to contact service centers. The peaks are in the winter and summer periods. Guess the reason?

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

Car owners keep cameras in the cabin around the clock, that is, at least half a day the model stays in deep frost. Further, in winter, the driver starts the car, immediately supplies power to the registrar and thereby arranges for the battery of the device to be charged when the temperature drops from “minus” to “plus”. And these are ideal conditions for the "death" of the battery. Depending on the specific model, the battery can either “leave us” after a couple of such charges, or even withstand a whole winter. The consequences of failure, again, vary. This is the loss of the last file when the power is turned off or, in addition, resetting the settings (including time and date).

Best DVR 2018 Based on Reader Letters

A battery swollen due to constant temperature fluctuations unambiguously hints at the need for a replacement in the service

Output. If you plan to constantly keep the camera in the cabin and at the same time operate the recorder without any problems, buy a video recorder with a supercapacitor. In 2018, you can even find devices for sale for 3-5 thousand rubles, and we are not talking about AliExpress crafts at all. The supercapacitor stably withstands even operation in deep frost, even those regular temperature drops. You will have to sacrifice autonomy, such recorders turn off immediately after the power supply from the vehicle's on-board network is cut off.

Or the second option. Recorders with built-in automatic shutdown of battery charging at sub-zero temperatures. Alas, so far I know of only three such models. All are domestic: AdvoCam-FD Black-II GPS + GLONASS for 5,300 rubles, AdvoCam-FD8 Red-II (GPS + GLONASS) with Super HD shooting for 7,000 rubles. And AdvoCam-FD8 Gold-II (GPS+GLONASS) with Quad Full-HD (2560x1440 pixels) and Wi-Fi for 10,000 rubles. Other manufacturers, besides AdvoCam, do not yet offer such a function. If I missed someone out of sight - indicate in the comments.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

AdvoCam-FD8 Gold-II (GPS+GLONASS), RUB 10,000

And if you constantly take the registrar with you?

In this case, there is, roughly speaking, hardly any option. The first - registrars powered through the bracket. The cable plugs right into the mount, meaning you don't have to remove and then plug the cable back in every time. Keep in mind, such holders are mainly found in models from 5-6 thousand rubles.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

I recently talked about one of the most affordable devices with pass-through power - AdvoCam-FD Black (here is my review of the model). Without exaggeration, this is a legendary model that has been in the top sales of registrars in Russia for four years now. For 4,500 rubles, the user gets a compact body with a large 2.7-inch screen, power supply through the bracket and excellent Full HD shooting.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

In 2017, an updated version of the device was released - the AdvoCam-FD Black-II GPS + GLONASS mentioned above for 5,300 rubles. It adds support for a speedcam with a dozen types of alerts. Along with the option I have already given to automatically turn off battery charging at sub-zero temperatures. An archival feature for any recorder with a lithium battery.

The second option is models with a power connector on the recorder body. With rare exceptions, the removable mechanism is organized either along or across the body. The preferred choice is exactly across. As my practice has shown, in almost all models it turns out quickly and even with one hand to remove the camera from the mount.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

The least convenient holders - with installation in the transverse recess on the body of the registrar. Usually the brackets are still equipped with a characteristic "tongue". Frankly, I have not yet met a single registrar with a convenient mount of this type. This is an eternal hassle, in which you bend the tongue with one hand, and at the same time try to move the registrar to the side with the other.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

2. I have 3-5-9-15 thousand rubles, what can I buy with this money?

Up to 3,000 rubles. The best option to spend such a budget is, for example, to go to a cafe with a girl on drink. But don't buy a recorder.

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For brands operating in Russia, ultra-cheap registrars are an excellent opportunity to fill up the shelves with products and "light up" themselves, and at the same time make money on a consumer with a limited budget. Let's say a huge container is taken with a batch of 5,000 devices, the purchase price is 530 rubles apiece. The goods are imported unofficially, so we throw in one dollar for the services of a “gray intermediary” (which is at least twice as profitable as the official payment of VAT and customs duty), in total we get about 600 rubles of cost. We add about 900 rubles - the profit of retail chains, which are very fond of such a product because of fast sales, large volume and high margins. You naturally object - but what about the grandiose marriage that buyers will certainly encounter? And it's simple: brands act pragmatically and initially include the cost of marriage in the price tag.

Once again: in quite a "white retail" even the largest retailers do not hesitate to put on the shelves cheap products with a defect rate of under 50%. By the way, I have repeatedly examined the boxes of obviously inveterate deshman with surprise in the offices of large brands. And what can you do, - the companies sighed - the stores of large federal chains demand exactly cheap stuff, so you have to create a side nightmare brand. Cheap and cheerful!

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

The most interesting thing is that it would seem obvious that there will be deshman brands in the Russian top sales. But no! At the end of 2017, the Russian AdvoCam became the No. 1 brand by registrars in Russia, in total about 135,000 devices were sold. According to various estimates, about 700,000 autoregistrations were distributed across the country last year, so AdvoCam was able to win almost 20% of the market. Excellent result! Especially considering that the brand still does not sell the most frank, cheapest "deshman" and does not seek to take its place under the sun in the hybrid market (recorders with radar detectors).

3,000-5,000 rubles. In 2017 and early 2018, a good selection of reliable devices with high-quality Full HD shooting appeared on the market. Even a couple of recorders with supercapacitors. Most likely, you will not get GPS, speed cameras, power supply through the bracket and so on and so forth, but the device will perform its basic task - shooting video - perfectly.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

From such a set, last year I was looking for the best state employee for "Behind the Wheel". AdvoCam-FD One took the first place in terms of shooting quality. In 2017, its updated version AdvoCam-FD4 was released for 3,000 rubles, in a thinner case and with a large 2.7-inch screen

5,000-7,000 rubles. Due to the fact that most brands have very little control over the pricing policy of retail stores, the “price” of a particular model can easily dance around plus or minus 1.5-2 thousand rubles. Therefore, in general: in this price range, you will get excellent Full HD shooting, power supply through the bracket (but not a fact), a supercapacitor or a lithium battery to choose from, high-quality speed cameras along with GLONASS / GPS (which gives the presence of GLONASS, I will tell below).< /p>

7,000-12,000 rubles. Single-chamber recorders without a radar detector (not to be confused with a speedcam). As a rule, we are talking about models in which the price is determined either by individual remarkable features, or even by a whole set of such “chips”. These are spaced devices (a separate compact camera and a body with the main "stuffing"), devices with a magnetic mount, "bells and whistles" such as two slots for memory cards. In other words, if you just need a quick-release magnetic bracket, get ready to shell out at least 8-9 thousand rubles.

A vivid example is Playme UNI for 9,000 rubles, which is interesting with the mentioned magnetic bracket. It's not even a quick release, it's literally an instant release mount. No pins protrude from the holder, you just need to bring the camera - and it itself will firmly stick to the bracket. The magnet is quite strong, the device does not shake on the road, but at the same time it is removed without much effort and easily turns sideways. By the way, power is supplied to the bracket, otherwise the whole story with quick release would not make sense.

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And, which is already great, the model supports Wi-Fi for quick copying of clips to a smartphone. I definitely give the device a “like”, I have no doubts that Playme UNI is a hit.

Most good hybrids also settled in this range. But if you are in no way interested in a radar detector, as well as any "super functions", with such a budget I recommend taking a closer look at two-chamber devices. I will tell you more about them below.

3. Does it make sense to buy recorders with one camera at a price tag of over 15,000 rubles?

The niche of ultra-expensive registrars is densely occupied by Korean companies, their models are complemented by literally a couple of brands from other countries. In 2017, I tested premium devices for the Za Rulem website, and I have two news for you.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

Good - they really shoot at the top level. The best DVR in terms of shooting quality is about them. Bad - not at all directly proportional to the increase in the price tag. Quoting myself:

Question. It turns out that state employees, in general, shoot video only a little worse than expensive flagships, and the price gap reaches 4–5 times. What's the point of overpaying then?

Answer. Indeed, the top registrars showed superiority in shooting clarity by about 45% in terms of the sum of points. Is an overpayment of up to 500% adequate? Firstly, the market for premium goods has not appealed to strict proportions of price and opportunity / result for a long time. After all, the fact is that there is still superiority. This means that there will always be even a small group of consumers who want to get the best that the market can offer at a certain point in time. Secondly, as a visual comparison showed, top recorders are more thought out in terms of various technical and design aspects.

To draw analogies: Lada Vesta, just like the Mercedes-Benz S-class, "only" transports you from point "A" to point "B". But it is unlikely that the reader will be outraged by the fact that one car costs 516,000 rubles, and the other 6,000,000 rubles, which is 1162% more expensive.

4. Recommend me a DVR with two cameras

If in 2017 I was asked this question once or twice a month, in 2018 the choice of two-chamber devices worries almost a third of those who contacted me. Alas, brands are extremely reluctant to develop this segment, for which there are obvious reasons. A decent two-channel “pepelats” costs around 12 thousand rubles, which means that, alas, there is no talk of mass sales in the harsh Russian realities. However, first things first. Let's start with expensive devices and gradually move down the price ladder.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

14-30 thousand rubles. With a few exceptions and half a dozen mirror registrars, the Koreans have firmly "registered" here - first of all, BlackVue and Thinkware. I have already talked about whether it is worth overpaying for their products. Be prepared for the fact that the model with GPS and Wi-Fi will cost at least 17,000 rubles. A significant plus of many models originally from South Korea is the ability to purchase a single-chamber device and later purchase and connect a second “peephole”.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

I’ll note separately that those who want to get “full stuffing” should pay attention to the current flagship BlackVue DR750S-2CH for almost 29,000 rubles.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

Here we see the top-end Sony StarVis matrix for both cameras, the front one shoots at a frequency of 60 fps, the rear one at 30 fps. The readability distance of the numbers is a record, up to 25 meters during the day and up to 20 meters at night.

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Cloud technologies are supported, which I have talked about many times - you can track the location of the car from anywhere in the world. And at the same time use the registrar as a security system - receive alarm messages on your smartphone, for example, when a tow truck is about to take the car away. Useful advice - BlackVue DR590W-2CH with exactly the same hardware, but without the cloud, costs 21,000 rubles.

9-13 thousand rubles. It is here that you are looking for decent "two-chamber". Two "eyes", each with Full HD-shooting, and closer to the mark of 13,000 rubles, you will also get GPS support with GLONASS.

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Also, in my opinion, this is the "golden range" for hybrid devices - DVRs with a full-fledged radar detector. I emphasize that as of 2018, hybrids provide decent shooting, and they show themselves perfectly as a “radar hunter”. At the same time, bulky models with horn antennas are gradually becoming less popular. Consumers prefer devices with patch antennas, in which case the dimensions and design of a 2-in-1 device cannot be distinguished from a “solo” DVR.

According to Yandex.Market, almost 90 devices are offered in the range of 9-13 thousand rubles. I would focus on devices like PlayMe Arton. For 10,000 rubles, this is almost a classic example of a mid-budget hybrid.

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Shooted in Super HD 1296p. Large 3-inch screen, which is important in terms of a radar detector. There is a lot of information, on a 2.3-inch display (which is not uncommon among hybrids), it can be difficult to perceive the entire array of data. Plus there is FCWS - a warning about reducing the distance with the car in front. Useful in traffic jams in the city, so as not to inadvertently drive into someone. As for the radar part, everything is in perfect order - as it is now fashionable to put it, the device detects "all radars of the 2018/2019 season." A GPS-informer with a regularly updated database helps him.

6-9 thousand rubles. In the vast majority of models here, the rear camera is just such a cube. That is, the most typical rear-view camera. Two main downsides. Firstly, in such “eyes”, the resolution, depending on the model, will be 1280 x 720 pixels (less often) or VGA 640 x 480 pixels (more often). And the typical viewing angle is only a hundred degrees diagonally, very little. Literally one and a half lanes of the road fall into the frame. Secondly, installing the camera inside the car under the rear window will not work. The design is such that the lens will have to be directed almost parallel to the rear window, only the asphalt at the bumper will get into the frame. Therefore, you will have to tinker with the installation above the license plate of the car.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

AXPER Throne GPS rear camera

Now about the pros. At one time, I tested the AXPER Throne GPS model. Priced at just under $6,000, it has front 1080p (Sony Exmor) and rear 720p cameras. And even "buns" like an external GPS receiver and two mounts (on 3M and a suction cup).

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

So, the shooting quality of the HD-eye is quite enough so that the picture does not turn into a pixel mess, and at night does not become one continuous square of Malevich. Or a couple of cars behind you wouldn't be fully exposed.

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Therefore, if you are not sure about the need for super-quality shooting with the rear module or are not ready to pay 12-13 thousand for a device with two Full HD channels, a relatively budget model for 6-9 thousand rubles will be a good choice. That is, you get some kind of rear shooting, while not at the expense of a decent front recording. Well, a nice bonus - the power cable of such cameras, as a rule, is equipped with additional wires for connecting to the brake lights of the car. As soon as you start to reverse when parking, the broadcast of the rear lens image immediately opens in full screen.

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AXPER Throne GPS power cable, red wires connect to brake lights

5. Recommend a modular device - so that the camera is external!

Modular, they are spaced, they are registrars with an external camera - a rather “rare” guest on the registrar market. In Russian official retail, such models can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

The essence of the device lies in the fact that the body with the camera contains a lens with a matrix mounted on a tiny board. The rest of the "stuffing" is hidden in a separate control unit (CU). Depending on the specific model, it means either hiding the block under the skin of the car, or being near the steering wheel.

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The main advantage is obvious: the extremely small size of the camera, i.e. the recorder will in no way impair visibility. Plus, the model, due to its low visibility, will attract a thief with a minimum probability. You need the best DVR with compactness as the main selection criterion - you are in for modular devices.

Best DVR 2018: inspired by readers' letters

Greetings to the dear readers of Mobile-Review.com, Belarusian Alexander Shub is with you again - the leading Russian expert in the subject of car DVRs! Let me remind you that my experience in testing devices of this type exceeds five years, and the number of closely studied models has exceeded three hundred.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

Here in this publication you can find out in as much detail as possible why I consider myself a leading expert. The material also directly touched upon the issue of choosing a registrar. After publication, I was contacted by about two hundred Mobile-Review motorists-readers. Therefore, new material suggested itself - with explanations on common questions and the intricacies of choosing DVRs.

Let me remind you of the basic principles by which I advise certain devices to motorists:

1. No noname models and Chinese devices from AliExpress. In no way can I be aware of the details of the development and production of native Chinese devices. I can’t know the competence of the local engineers, the level of organization of the mass production of devices of each individual brand (in particular, quality control).

Best DVR 2018 Based on Reader Letters

Nameless registrars from the Middle Kingdom are a lottery with an increased risk of running into marriage. At the same time, in case of any problems, you will certainly think: “What a bad expert this Belarusian Shub is, because I bought an unreliable model precisely on his tip.” And I, in turn, will not be able to help you in any way - for obvious reasons, organizing with my assistance a free pick-up of the device for service, repair or exchange for a new device with a decent discount will not work.

And vice versa - I can responsibly recommend only devices officially sold in Russia. I can say for sure that my personal acquaintances cover the vast majority of manufacturers and / or suppliers of the highest quality devices of the most different price ranges. Therefore, if a driver who suddenly turns to me for advice comes across a marriage (which happens with any manufacturer), I will always personally help to solve the problem.

Best DVR 2018 Based on Reader Letters

2. Image quality is not the only important criterion for choosing a recorder. Important - yes. Even in second place. But by no means the only point that you need to pay attention to when choosing a particular model. Let's think about what you should be primarily worried about after an accident or illegal actions against you by pedestrians, inspectors or other road users? That's right, the AVAILABILITY and SAFETY of the video. Which, in turn, is ensured by the highest possible reliability of the device.

In other words, you must be sure at any time that the recorder is really recording, and after the incident, when the power is turned off, it will correctly save the recording. Will not show you an empty memory card (the record indicator Law Books in Kenya blinked provocatively, but due to software problems in fact shooting was not conducted), will not delete the last file when the car is turned off (because the battery “died” after the first winter night in the car).

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

In theory, I admit situations when a sub(e)tree from the Celestial Empire, which is 1.5-2 times cheaper than some Russian device, shoots similarly or even better. But after the accident, will you be happy with the complete absence of a recording from the registrar, even with the best shooting quality in the world?

Attempts to save money seem especially ridiculous to me in the light of the presence on sale of many high-quality "white" and "branded" devices in the price range of 3-6 thousand rubles. It doesn’t seem to me justified to buy a “Chinese pig in a poke” from AliExpress instead of, for example, the Russian super-budget AdvoCam FD4 for 3,000 rubles. By the way, the latter shoots video at the level of models twice as expensive - with a price tag of 5-6 thousand. And at the same time, like all AdvoCam devices, it is adapted for operation in harsh domestic conditions. That is, in the development process, all models of the manufacturer are frozen in temperature chambers, shaken on vibration stands. In general, they check in every possible way for resistance to Russian frosts and potholes. I personally saw these tests - everything is fair.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

3. Ignore accessories. A popular misconception is to compare recorders based on components, in particular processor and matrix models. Let me give you an analogy - surely advanced smartphone users are aware that sometimes B-brand phones can use, say, a matrix from a well-known Japanese or Korean manufacturer. Therefore, the B-brand in advertising (and reviewers often with it) emphasizes in every possible way that, they say, here we will get photo and video shooting on the same level as the flagship of the A-brand, but at a much more modest price.

Best DVR 2018 Based on Reader Letters

I remember that at one time a B-brand released a smartphone “with a camera from Samsung Galaxy S3”. However, the competitor of the second tier somehow did not work out with the flagship shooting ...

In fact, everything turns out to be not at all so rosy - with top-end components, the pictures are at best similar to the price "classmates". And in no way, not even close to similar to the photos of an expensive competitor. Just because the presence of the same “hardware” alone is not enough, competent work of programmers and engineers with firmware and drivers is required. In this case, the potential of the components is fully revealed, and the end user receives the very flagship shooting.

Recommend me the best DVR

I'll tell you a terrible secret - there is no universal answer to the request "advise me the best, the coolest DVR". There are dozens of options, many form factors, all sorts of features. The best DVR for one buyer is when the absence of a swivel mount is unacceptable (hello Korean DVRs!). For another, speeds are absolutely necessary (and then goodbye, models are cheaper than 6,000 rubles!). The third focuses on operation in a frosty region.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

I already published a separate large material on the topic of criteria for choosing a DVR already in 2015. Since then, the market has not stood still, and frequently asked questions from readers have accumulated in my mail. So I decided to arrange a small “hodgepodge” and answer the most popular questions, so that every driver, even before contacting me, would roughly understand “where to look.”

So, we will talk about the following things:

1. Why is it important for Alexander Shub whether you will leave the camera in the car at night?

In the Russian climate with frosty winters and hot summers, one of the main questions when choosing a registrar is whether you will leave the device in the car. The fact is that the vast majority of devices are equipped with a lithium battery. For your information - the failure of such batteries is the number one reason for citizens to contact service centers. The peaks are in the winter and summer periods. Guess the reason?

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

Car owners keep cameras in the cabin around the clock, that is, at least half a day the model stays in deep frost. Further, in winter, the driver starts the car, immediately supplies power to the registrar, and thereby charges the device’s battery when the temperature drops from “minus” to “plus”. And these are ideal conditions for the "death" of the battery. Depending on the specific model, the battery can either “leave us” after a couple of such charges, or even withstand a whole winter. The consequences of failure, again, vary. This is the loss of the last file when the power is turned off or, in addition, resetting the settings (including time and date).

Best DVR 2018 Based on Reader Letters

A battery swollen due to constant temperature fluctuations unambiguously hints at the need for a replacement in the service

Output. If you plan to constantly keep the camera in the cabin and at the same time operate the recorder without any problems, buy a video recorder with a supercapacitor. In 2018, you can even find devices for sale for 3-5 thousand rubles, and we are not talking about AliExpress crafts at all. The supercapacitor stably withstands even operation in deep frost, even those regular temperature drops. You will have to sacrifice autonomy, such recorders turn off immediately after the power supply from the vehicle's on-board network is cut off.

Or the second option. Recorders with built-in automatic shutdown of battery charging at sub-zero temperatures. Alas, so far I know of only three such models. All are domestic: AdvoCam-FD Black-II GPS + GLONASS for 5,300 rubles, AdvoCam-FD8 Red-II (GPS + GLONASS) with Super HD shooting for 7,000 rubles. And AdvoCam-FD8 Gold-II (GPS+GLONASS) with Quad Full-HD (2560x1440 pixels) and Wi-Fi for 10,000 rubles. Other manufacturers, besides AdvoCam, do not yet offer such a function. If I missed someone out of sight - indicate in the comments.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

AdvoCam-FD8 Gold-II (GPS+GLONASS), RUB 10,000

And if you constantly take the registrar with you?

In this case, there is, roughly speaking, hardly any option. The first - registrars powered through the bracket. The cable plugs right into the mount, meaning you don't have to remove and then plug the cable back in every time. Keep in mind, such holders are mainly found in models from 5-6 thousand rubles.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

I recently talked about one of the most affordable devices with pass-through power - AdvoCam-FD Black (here is my review of the model). Without exaggeration, this is a legendary model that has been in the top sales of registrars in Russia for four years now. For 4,500 rubles, the user gets a compact body with a large 2.7-inch screen, power supply through the bracket and excellent Full HD shooting.

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In 2017, an updated version of the device was released - the AdvoCam-FD Black-II GPS + GLONASS mentioned above for 5,300 rubles. It adds support for a speedcam with a dozen types of alerts. Along with the option I have already given to automatically turn off battery charging at sub-zero temperatures. An archival feature for any recorder with a lithium battery.

The second option is models with a power connector on the recorder body. With rare exceptions, the removable mechanism is organized either along or across the body. The preferred choice is exactly across. As my practice has shown, in almost all models it turns out quickly and even with one hand to remove the camera from the mount.

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The least convenient holders - with installation in the transverse recess on the body of the registrar. Usually the brackets are still equipped with a characteristic "tongue". Frankly, I have not yet met a single registrar with a convenient mount of this type. This is an eternal hassle, in which you bend the tongue with one hand, and at the same time try to move the registrar to the side with the other.

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2. I have 3-5-9-15 thousand rubles, what can I buy with this money?

Up to 3,000 rubles. The best option to spend such a budget is, for example, to go to a cafe with a girl on drink. But don't buy a recorder.

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For brands operating in Russia, ultra-cheap registrars are an excellent opportunity to fill up the shelves with products and "light up" themselves, and at the same time make money on a consumer with a limited budget. Let's say a huge container is taken with a batch of 5,000 devices, the purchase price is 530 rubles apiece. The goods are imported unofficially, so we throw in one dollar for the services of a “gray intermediary” (which is at least twice as profitable as the official payment of VAT and customs duty), in total we get about 600 rubles of cost. We add about 900 rubles - the profit of retail chains, which are very fond of such a product because of fast sales, large volume and high margins. You naturally object - but what about the grandiose marriage that buyers will certainly encounter? And it's simple: brands act pragmatically and initially include the cost of marriage in the price tag.

Once again: in quite a "white retail" even the largest retailers do not hesitate to put on the shelves cheap products with a defect rate of under 50%. By the way, I have repeatedly examined the boxes of obviously inveterate deshman with surprise in the offices of large brands. And what can you do, - the companies sighed - the stores of large federal chains demand exactly cheap stuff, so you have to create a side nightmare brand. Cheap and cheerful!

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The most interesting thing is that it would seem obvious that there will be deshman brands in the Russian top sales. But no! At the end of 2017, the Russian AdvoCam became the No. 1 brand by registrars in Russia, in total about 135,000 devices were sold. According to various estimates, about 700,000 autoregistrations were distributed across the country last year, so AdvoCam was able to win almost 20% of the market. Excellent result! Especially considering that the brand still does not sell the most frank, cheapest "deshman" and does not seek to take its place under the sun in the hybrid market (recorders with radar detectors).

3,000-5,000 rubles. In 2017 and early 2018, a good selection of reliable devices with high-quality Full HD shooting appeared on the market. Even a couple of recorders with supercapacitors. Most likely, you will not get GPS, speeds, power through the bracket and so on and so forth, but the device will perform its basic task - shooting video - perfectly.

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From such a set, last year I was looking for the best state employee for "Behind the Wheel". AdvoCam-FD One took the first place in terms of shooting quality. In 2017, its updated version AdvoCam-FD4 was released for 3,000 rubles, in a thinner case and with a large 2.7-inch screen

5,000-7,000 rubles. Due to the fact that most brands have very little control over the pricing policy of retail stores, the “price” of a particular model can easily dance around plus or minus 1.5-2 thousand rubles. Therefore, in general: in this price range, you will get excellent Full HD shooting, power supply through the bracket (but not a fact), a supercapacitor or a lithium battery to choose from, high-quality speed cameras along with GLONASS / GPS (which gives the presence of GLONASS, I will tell below).< /p>

7,000-12,000 rubles. Single-chamber recorders without a radar detector (not to be confused with a speedcam). As a rule, we are talking about models in which the price is determined either by individual remarkable features, or even by a whole set of such “chips”. These are spaced devices (a separate compact camera and a body with the main "stuffing"), devices with a magnetic mount, "bells and whistles" such as two slots for memory cards. In other words, if you just need a quick-release magnetic bracket, get ready to shell out at least 8-9 thousand rubles.

A vivid example is Playme UNI for 9,000 rubles, which is interesting with the mentioned magnetic bracket. It's not even a quick release, it's literally an instant release mount. No pins protrude from the holder, you just need to bring the camera - and it itself will firmly stick to the bracket. The magnet is quite strong, the device does not shake on the road, but at the same time it is removed without much effort and easily turns sideways. By the way, power is supplied to the bracket, otherwise the whole story with quick release would not make sense.

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And, which is already great, the model supports Wi-Fi for quick copying of clips to a smartphone. I definitely give the device a “like”, I have no doubts that Playme UNI is a hit.

Most good hybrids also settled in this range. But if you are in no way interested in a radar detector, as well as any "super functions", with such a budget I recommend taking a closer look at two-chamber devices. I will tell you more about them below.

3. Does it make sense to buy recorders with one camera at a price tag of over 15,000 rubles?

The niche of ultra-expensive registrars is densely occupied by Korean companies, their models are complemented by literally a couple of brands from other countries. In 2017, I tested premium devices for the Za Rulem website, and I have two news for you.

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Good - they really shoot at the top level. The best DVR in terms of shooting quality is about them. Bad - not at all directly proportional to the increase in the price tag. Quoting myself:

Question. It turns out that state employees, in general, shoot video only a little worse than expensive flagships, and the price gap reaches 4–5 times. What's the point of overpaying then?

Answer. Indeed, the top registrars showed superiority in shooting clarity by about 45% in terms of the sum of points. Is an overpayment of up to 500% adequate? Firstly, the market for premium goods has not appealed to strict proportions of price and opportunity / result for a long time. After all, the fact is that there is still superiority. This means that there will always be even a small group of consumers who want to get the best that the market can offer at a certain point in time. Secondly, as a visual comparison showed, top recorders are more thought out in terms of various technical and design aspects.

To draw analogies: Lada Vesta, just like the Mercedes-Benz S-class, "only" transports you from point "A" to point "B". But it is unlikely that the reader will be outraged by the fact that one car costs 516,000 rubles, and the other 6,000,000 rubles, which is 1162% more expensive.

4. Recommend me a DVR with two cameras

If in 2017 I was asked this question once or twice a month, in 2018 the choice of two-chamber devices worries almost a third of those who contacted me. Alas, brands are extremely reluctant to develop this segment, for which there are obvious reasons. A decent two-channel “pepelats” costs around 12 thousand rubles, which means that, alas, there is no talk of mass sales in the harsh Russian realities. However, first things first. Let's start with expensive devices and gradually move down the price ladder.

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14-30 thousand rubles. With a few exceptions and half a dozen mirror registrars, the Koreans have firmly "registered" here - first of all, BlackVue and Thinkware. I have already talked about whether it is worth overpaying for their products. Be prepared for the fact that the model with GPS and Wi-Fi will cost at least 17,000 rubles. A significant plus of many models originally from South Korea is the ability to purchase a single-chamber device and later purchase and connect a second “peephole”.

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I’ll note separately that those who want to get “full stuffing” should pay attention to the current flagship BlackVue DR750S-2CH for almost 29,000 rubles.

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Here we see the top-end Sony StarVis matrix for both cameras, the front one shoots at a frequency of 60 fps, the rear one at 30 fps. The readability distance of the numbers is a record, up to 25 meters during the day and up to 20 meters at night.

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Cloud technologies are supported, which I have talked about many times - you can track the location of the car from anywhere in the world. And at the same time use the registrar as a security system - receive alarm messages on your smartphone, for example, when a tow truck is about to take the car away. Useful advice - BlackVue DR590W-2CH with exactly the same hardware, but without the cloud, costs 21,000 rubles.

9-13 thousand rubles. It is here that you are looking for decent "two-chamber". Two "eyes", each with Full HD-shooting, and closer to the mark of 13,000 rubles, you will also get GPS support with GLONASS.

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Also, in my opinion, this is the "golden range" for hybrid devices - DVRs with a full-fledged radar detector. I emphasize that as of 2018, hybrids provide decent shooting, and they show themselves perfectly as a “radar hunter”. At the same time, bulky models with horn antennas are gradually becoming less popular. Consumers prefer devices with patch antennas, in which case the dimensions and design of a 2-in-1 device cannot be distinguished from a “solo” DVR.

According to Yandex.Market, almost 90 devices are offered in the range of 9-13 thousand rubles. I would focus on devices like PlayMe Arton. For 10,000 rubles, this is almost a classic example of a mid-budget hybrid.

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Shooted in Super HD 1296p. Large 3-inch screen, which is important in terms of a radar detector. There is a lot of information, on a 2.3-inch display (which is not uncommon among hybrids), it can be difficult to perceive the entire array of data. Plus there is FCWS - a warning about reducing the distance with the car in front. Useful in traffic jams in the city, so as not to inadvertently drive into someone. As for the radar part, everything is in perfect order - as it is now fashionable to put it, the device detects "all radars of the 2018/2019 season." A GPS-informer with a regularly updated database helps him.

6-9 thousand rubles. In the vast majority of models here, the rear camera is just such a cube. That is, the most typical rear-view camera. Two main downsides. Firstly, in such “eyes”, the resolution, depending on the model, will be 1280 x 720 pixels (less often) or VGA 640 x 480 pixels (more often). And the typical viewing angle is only a hundred degrees diagonally, very little. Literally one and a half lanes of the road fall into the frame. Secondly, installing the camera inside the car under the rear window will not work. The design is such that the lens will have to be directed almost parallel to the rear window, only the asphalt at the bumper will get into the frame. Therefore, you will have to tinker with the installation above the license plate of the car.

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AXPER Throne GPS rear camera

Now about the pros. At one time, I tested the AXPER Throne GPS model. Priced at just under $6,000, it has front 1080p (Sony Exmor) and rear 720p cameras. And even "buns" like an external GPS receiver and two mounts (on 3M and a suction cup).

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So, the shooting quality of the HD-eye is quite enough so that the picture does not turn into a pixel mess, and at night does not become one continuous square of Malevich. Or a couple of cars behind you wouldn't be fully exposed.

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Therefore, if you are not sure about the need for super-quality shooting with the rear module or are not ready to pay 12-13 thousand for a device with two Full HD channels, a relatively budget model for 6-9 thousand rubles will be a good choice. That is, you get some kind of rear shooting, while not at the expense of a decent front recording. Well, a nice bonus - the power cable of such cameras, as a rule, is equipped with additional wires for connecting to the brake lights of the car. As soon as you start to reverse when parking, the broadcast of the rear lens image immediately opens in full screen.

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AXPER Throne GPS power cable, red wires connect to brake lights

5. Recommend a modular device - so that the camera is external!

Modular, they are spaced, they are registrars with an external camera - a rather “rare” guest on the registrar market. In Russian official retail, such models can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

The essence of the device lies in the fact that the body with the camera contains a lens with a matrix mounted on a tiny board. The rest of the "stuffing" is hidden in a separate control unit (CU). Depending on the specific model, it means either hiding the block under the skin of the car, or being near the steering wheel.

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The main advantage is obvious: the extremely small size of the camera, i.e. the recorder will in no way impair visibility. Plus, the model, due to its low visibility, will attract a thief with a minimum probability. You need the best DVR with compactness as the main selection criterion - you are in for modular devices.

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Greetings to the dear readers of Mobile-Review.com, Belarusian Alexander Shub is with you again - the leading Russian expert in the subject of car DVRs! Let me remind you that my experience in testing devices of this type exceeds five years, and the number of closely studied models has exceeded three hundred.

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Here in this publication you can find out in as much detail as possible why I consider myself a leading expert. The material also directly touched upon the issue of choosing a registrar. After publication, I was contacted by about two hundred Mobile-Review motorists-readers. Therefore, new material suggested itself - with explanations on common questions and the intricacies of choosing DVRs.

Let me remind you of the basic principles by which I recommend certain devices to motorists:

1. No noname models and Chinese devices from AliExpress. In no way can I be aware of the details of the development and production of native Chinese devices. I can’t know the competence of the local engineers, the level of organization of the mass production of devices of each individual brand (in particular, quality control).

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Nameless registrars from the Middle Kingdom are a lottery with an increased risk of running into marriage. At the same time, in case of any problems, you will certainly think: “What a bad expert this Belarusian Shub is, because I bought an unreliable model precisely on his tip.” And I, in turn, will not be able to help you in any way - for obvious reasons, organizing with my assistance a free pick-up of the device for service, repair or exchange for a new device with a decent discount will not work.

And vice versa - I can responsibly recommend only devices officially sold in Russia. I can say for sure that my personal acquaintances cover the vast majority of manufacturers and / or suppliers of the highest quality devices of the most different price ranges. Therefore, if a driver who suddenly turns to me for advice comes across a marriage (which happens with any manufacturer), I will always personally help to solve the problem.

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2. Image quality is not the only important criterion for choosing a recorder. Important - yes. Even in second place. But by no means the only point that you need to pay attention to when choosing a particular model. Let's think about what you should be primarily worried about after an accident or illegal actions against you by pedestrians, inspectors or other road users? That's right, the AVAILABILITY and SAFETY of the video. Which, in turn, is ensured by the highest possible reliability of the device.

In other words, you must be sure at any time that the recorder is really recording, and after the incident, when the power is turned off, it will correctly save the recording. Will not show you an empty memory card (the record indicator Law Books in Kenya blinked provocatively, but due to software problems in fact shooting was not conducted), will not delete the last file when the car is turned off (because the battery “died” after the first winter night in the car).

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In theory, I admit situations when a sub(e)tree from the Celestial Empire, which is 1.5-2 times cheaper than some Russian device, shoots similarly or even better. But after the accident, will you be happy with the complete absence of a recording from the registrar, even with the best shooting quality in the world?

Attempts to save money seem especially ridiculous to me in the light of the presence on sale of many high-quality "white" and "branded" devices in the price range of 3-6 thousand rubles. It doesn’t seem to me justified to buy a “Chinese pig in a poke” from AliExpress instead of, for example, the Russian super-budget AdvoCam FD4 for 3,000 rubles. By the way, the latter shoots video at the level of models twice as expensive - with a price tag of 5-6 thousand. And at the same time, like all AdvoCam devices, it is adapted for operation in harsh domestic conditions. That is, in the development process, all models of the manufacturer are frozen in temperature chambers, shaken on vibration stands. In general, they check in every possible way for resistance to Russian frosts and potholes. I personally saw these tests - everything is fair.

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3. Ignore accessories. A popular misconception is to compare recorders based on components, in particular processor and matrix models. Let me give you an analogy - surely advanced smartphone users are aware that sometimes B-brand phones can use, say, a matrix from a well-known Japanese or Korean manufacturer. Therefore, the B-brand in advertising (and reviewers often with it) emphasizes in every possible way that, they say, here we will get photo and video shooting on the same level as the flagship of the A-brand, but at a much more modest price.

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I remember that at one time a B-brand released a smartphone “with a camera from Samsung Galaxy S3”. However, the competitor of the second tier somehow did not work out with the flagship shooting ...

In fact, everything turns out to be not at all so rosy - with top-end components, the pictures are at best similar to the price "classmates". And in no way, not even close to similar to the photos of an expensive competitor. Just because the presence of the same “hardware” alone is not enough, competent work of programmers and engineers with firmware and drivers is required. In this case, the potential of the components is fully revealed, and the end user receives the very flagship shooting.

Recommend me the best DVR

I'll tell you a terrible secret - there is no universal answer to the request "advise me the best, the coolest DVR". There are dozens of options, many form factors, all sorts of features. The best DVR for one buyer is when the absence of a swivel mount is unacceptable (hello Korean DVRs!). For another, speeds are absolutely necessary (and then goodbye, models are cheaper than 6,000 rubles!). The third focuses on operation in a frosty region.

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I already published a separate large material on the topic of criteria for choosing a DVR already in 2015. Since then, the market has not stood still, and frequently asked questions from readers have accumulated in my mail. So I decided to arrange a small “hodgepodge” and answer the most popular questions, so that every driver, even before contacting me, would roughly understand “where to look.”

So, we will talk about the following things:

1. Why is it important for Alexander Shub whether you leave the camera in the car at night?

In the Russian climate with frosty winters and hot summers, one of the main questions when choosing a registrar is whether you will leave the device in the car. The fact is that the vast majority of devices are equipped with a lithium battery. For your information - the failure of such batteries is the number one reason for citizens to contact service centers. The peaks are in the winter and summer periods. Guess the reason?

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Car owners keep cameras in the cabin around the clock, that is, at least half a day the model stays in deep frost. Further, in winter, the driver starts the car, immediately supplies power to the registrar and thereby arranges for the battery of the device to be charged when the temperature drops from “minus” to “plus”. And these are ideal conditions for the "death" of the battery. Depending on the specific model, the battery can either “leave us” after a couple of such charges, or even withstand a whole winter. The consequences of failure, again, vary. This is the loss of the last file when the power is turned off or, in addition, resetting the settings (including time and date).

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A battery swollen due to constant temperature fluctuations unambiguously hints at the need for a replacement in the service

Output. If you plan to constantly keep the camera in the cabin and at the same time operate the recorder without any problems, buy a video recorder with a supercapacitor. In 2018, you can even find devices for sale for 3-5 thousand rubles, and we are not talking about AliExpress crafts at all. The supercapacitor stably withstands even operation in deep frost, even those regular temperature drops. You will have to sacrifice autonomy, such recorders turn off immediately after the power supply from the vehicle's on-board network is cut off.

Or the second option. Recorders with built-in automatic shutdown of battery charging at sub-zero temperatures. Alas, so far I know of only three such models. All are domestic: AdvoCam-FD Black-II GPS + GLONASS for 5,300 rubles, AdvoCam-FD8 Red-II (GPS + GLONASS) with Super HD shooting for 7,000 rubles. And AdvoCam-FD8 Gold-II (GPS+GLONASS) with Quad Full-HD (2560x1440 pixels) and Wi-Fi for 10,000 rubles. Other manufacturers, besides AdvoCam, do not yet offer such a function. If I missed someone out of sight - indicate in the comments.

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AdvoCam-FD8 Gold-II (GPS+GLONASS), RUB 10,000

And if you constantly take the registrar with you?

In this case, there is, roughly speaking, hardly any option. The first - registrars powered through the bracket. The cable plugs right into the mount, meaning you don't have to remove and then plug the cable back in every time. Keep in mind, such holders are mainly found in models from 5-6 thousand rubles.

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I recently talked about one of the most affordable devices with pass-through power - AdvoCam-FD Black (here is my review of the model). Without exaggeration, this is a legendary model that has been in the top sales of registrars in Russia for four years now. For 4,500 rubles, the user gets a compact body with a large 2.7-inch screen, power supply through the bracket and excellent Full HD shooting.

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In 2017, an updated version of the device was released - the AdvoCam-FD Black-II GPS + GLONASS mentioned above for 5,300 rubles. It adds support for a speedcam with a dozen types of alerts. Along with the option I have already given to automatically turn off battery charging at sub-zero temperatures. An archival feature for any recorder with a lithium battery.

The second option is models with a power connector on the recorder body. With rare exceptions, the removable mechanism is organized either along or across the body. The preferred choice is exactly across. As my practice has shown, in almost all models it turns out quickly and even with one hand to remove the camera from the mount.

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The least convenient holders - with installation in the transverse recess on the body of the registrar. Usually the brackets are still equipped with a characteristic "tongue". Frankly, I have not yet met a single registrar with a convenient mount of this type. This is an eternal hassle, in which you bend the tongue with one hand, and at the same time try to move the registrar to the side with the other.

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2. I have 3-5-9-15 thousand rubles, what can I buy with this money?

Up to 3,000 rubles. The best option to spend such a budget is, for example, to go to a cafe with a girl on drink. But don't buy a recorder.

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For brands operating in Russia, ultra-cheap registrars are an excellent opportunity to fill up the shelves with products and "light up" themselves, and at the same time make money on a consumer with a limited budget. Let's say a huge container is taken with a batch of 5,000 devices, the purchase price is 530 rubles apiece. The goods are imported unofficially, so we throw in one dollar for the services of a “gray intermediary” (which is at least twice as profitable as the official payment of VAT and customs duty), in total we get about 600 rubles of cost. We add about 900 rubles - the profit of retail chains, which are very fond of such a product because of fast sales, large volume and high margins. You naturally object - but what about the grandiose marriage that buyers will certainly encounter? And it's simple: brands act pragmatically and initially include the cost of marriage in the price tag.

Once again: in quite a "white retail" even the largest retailers do not hesitate to put on the shelves cheap products with a defect rate of under 50%. By the way, I have repeatedly examined the boxes of obviously inveterate deshman with surprise in the offices of large brands. And what can you do, - the companies sighed - the stores of large federal chains demand exactly cheap stuff, so you have to create a side nightmare brand. Cheap and cheerful!

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The most interesting thing is that it would seem obvious that there will be deshman brands in the Russian top sales. But no! At the end of 2017, the Russian AdvoCam became the No. 1 brand by registrars in Russia, in total about 135,000 devices were sold. According to various estimates, about 700,000 autoregistrations were distributed across the country last year, so AdvoCam was able to win almost 20% of the market. Excellent result! Especially considering that the brand still does not sell the most frank, cheapest "deshman" and does not seek to take its place under the sun in the hybrid market (recorders with radar detectors).

3,000-5,000 rubles. In 2017 and early 2018, a good selection of reliable devices with high-quality Full HD shooting appeared on the market. Even a couple of recorders with supercapacitors. Most likely, you will not get GPS, speeds, power through the bracket and so on and so forth, but the device will perform its basic task - shooting video - perfectly.

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From such a set, last year I was looking for the best state employee for "Behind the Wheel". AdvoCam-FD One took the first place in terms of shooting quality. In 2017, its updated version AdvoCam-FD4 was released for 3,000 rubles, in a thinner case and with a large 2.7-inch screen

5,000-7,000 rubles. Due to the fact that most brands have very little control over the pricing policy of retail stores, the “price” of a particular model can easily dance around plus or minus 1.5-2 thousand rubles. Therefore, in general: in this price range, you will get excellent Full HD shooting, power supply through the bracket (but not a fact), a supercapacitor or a lithium battery to choose from, high-quality speed cameras along with GLONASS / GPS (which gives the presence of GLONASS, I will tell below).< /p>

7,000-12,000 rubles. Single-chamber recorders without a radar detector (not to be confused with a speedcam). As a rule, we are talking about models in which the price is determined either by individual remarkable features, or even by a whole set of such “chips”. These are spaced devices (a separate compact camera and a body with the main "stuffing"), devices with a magnetic mount, "bells and whistles" such as two slots for memory cards. In other words, if you just need a quick-release magnetic bracket, get ready to shell out at least 8-9 thousand rubles.

A vivid example is Playme UNI for 9,000 rubles, which is interesting with the mentioned magnetic bracket. It's not even a quick release, it's literally an instant release mount. No pins protrude from the holder, you just need to bring the camera - and it itself will firmly stick to the bracket. The magnet is quite strong, the device does not shake on the road, but at the same time it is removed without much effort and easily turns sideways. By the way, power is supplied to the bracket, otherwise the whole story with quick release would not make sense.

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And, which is already great, the model supports Wi-Fi for quick copying of clips to a smartphone. I definitely give the device a “like”, I have no doubts that Playme UNI is a hit.

Most good hybrids also settled in this range. But if you are in no way interested in a radar detector, as well as any "super functions", with such a budget I recommend taking a closer look at two-chamber devices. I will tell you more about them below.

3. Does it make sense to buy recorders with one camera at a price tag of over 15,000 rubles?

The niche of ultra-expensive registrars is densely occupied by Korean companies, their models are complemented by literally a couple of brands from other countries. In 2017, I tested premium devices for the Za Rulem website, and I have two news for you.

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Good - they really shoot at the top level. The best DVR in terms of shooting quality is about them. Bad - not at all directly proportional to the increase in the price tag. Quoting myself:

Question. It turns out that state employees, in general, shoot video only a little worse than expensive flagships, and the price gap reaches 4–5 times. What's the point of overpaying then?

Answer. Indeed, the top registrars showed superiority in shooting clarity by about 45% in terms of the sum of points. Is an overpayment of up to 500% adequate? Firstly, the market for premium goods has not appealed to strict proportions of price and opportunity / result for a long time. After all, the fact is that there is still superiority. This means that there will always be even a small group of consumers who want to get the best that the market can offer at a certain point in time. Secondly, as a visual comparison showed, top recorders are more thought out in terms of various technical and design aspects.

To draw analogies: Lada Vesta, just like the Mercedes-Benz S-class, "only" transports you from point "A" to point "B". But it is unlikely that the reader will be indignant at the fact that one car costs 516,000 rubles, and the other 6,000,000 rubles, which is 1162% more expensive.

4. Recommend me a DVR with two cameras

If in 2017 I was asked this question once or twice a month, then in 2018, the choice of two-chamber devices worries almost a third of those who contacted me. Alas, brands are extremely reluctant to develop this segment, for which there are obvious reasons. A decent two-channel “pepelats” costs around 12 thousand rubles, which means that, alas, there is no talk of mass sales in the harsh Russian realities. However, first things first. Let's start with expensive devices and gradually move down the price ladder.

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14–30 thousand rubles. With a few exceptions and half a dozen registrar mirrors, the Koreans have firmly "registered" here - first of all, BlackVue and Thinkware. I have already talked about whether it is worth overpaying for their products. Be prepared for the fact that the model with GPS and Wi-Fi will cost at least 17,000 rubles. A significant plus of many models originally from South Korea is the ability to purchase a single-chamber device and later purchase and connect a second “peephole”.

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I would like to note separately that those who want to get "full stuffing" should pay attention to the current flagship BlackVue DR750S-2CH for almost 29,000 rubles.

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Here we see the top-end Sony StarVis matrix for both cameras, the front one shoots at a frequency of 60 fps, the rear one at 30 fps. The readability distance of the numbers is a record, up to 25 meters during the day and up to 20 meters at night.

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Cloud technologies are supported, which I have talked about many times - you can track the location of the car from anywhere in the world. And at the same time use the registrar as a security system - receive alarm messages on your smartphone, for example, when a tow truck is about to take the car away. Useful advice - BlackVue DR590W-2CH with exactly the same hardware, but without the cloud, costs 21,000 rubles.

9-13 thousand rubles. It is here that you look for decent "two-chamber". Two "eyes", each with Full HD-shooting, and closer to the mark of 13,000 rubles, you will also get GPS support with GLONASS.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

Also, in my opinion, this is the "golden range" for hybrid devices - DVRs with a full-fledged radar detector. I emphasize that as of 2018, hybrids provide decent shooting, and they show themselves perfectly as a “radar hunter”. At the same time, bulky models with horn antennas are gradually becoming less popular. Consumers prefer devices with patch antennas, in which case the dimensions and design of a 2-in-1 device cannot be distinguished from a “solo” DVR.

According to Yandex.Market, almost 90 devices are offered in the range of 9-13 thousand rubles. I would focus on devices like PlayMe Arton. For 10,000 rubles, this is almost a classic example of a mid-budget hybrid.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

Shooted in Super HD 1296p. Large 3-inch screen, which is important in terms of a radar detector. There is a lot of information, on a 2.3-inch display (which is not uncommon among hybrids), it can be difficult to perceive the entire array of data. Plus there is FCWS - a warning about reducing the distance with the car in front. Useful in traffic jams in the city, so as not to inadvertently drive into someone. As for the radar part, everything is in perfect order - as it is now fashionable to put it, the device detects "all radars of the 2018/2019 season." A GPS-informer with a regularly updated database helps him.

6-9 thousand rubles. In the vast majority of models here, the rear camera is just such a cube. That is, the most typical rear-view camera. Two main downsides. Firstly, in such “eyes”, the resolution, depending on the model, will be 1280 x 720 pixels (less often) or VGA 640 x 480 pixels (more often). And the typical viewing angle is only a hundred degrees diagonally, very little. Literally one and a half lanes of the road fall into the frame. Secondly, installing the camera inside the car under the rear window will not work. The design is such that the lens will have to be directed almost parallel to the rear window, only the asphalt at the bumper will get into the frame. Therefore, you will have to tinker with the installation above the license plate of the car.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

AXPER Throne GPS rear camera

Now about the pros. At one time, I tested the AXPER Throne GPS model. Priced at just under $6,000, it has front 1080p (Sony Exmor) and rear 720p cameras. And even "buns" like an external GPS receiver and two mounts (on 3M and a suction cup).

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

So, the shooting quality of the HD-eye is quite enough so that the picture does not turn into a pixel mess, and at night does not become one continuous square of Malevich. Or a couple of cars behind you wouldn't be fully exposed.

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Therefore, if you are not sure about the need for super-quality shooting with the rear module or are not ready to pay 12-13 thousand for a device with two Full HD channels, a relatively budget model for 6-9 thousand rubles will be a good choice. That is, you get some kind of rear shooting, while not at the expense of a decent front recording. Well, a nice bonus - the power cable of such cameras, as a rule, is equipped with additional wires for connecting to the brake lights of the car. As soon as you start to reverse when parking, the broadcast of the rear lens image immediately opens in full screen.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

AXPER Throne GPS power cable, red wires connect to brake lights

5. Recommend a modular device - so that the camera is external!

Modular, they are spaced, they are registrars with an external camera - a rather “rare” guest on the registrar market. In Russian official retail, such models can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

The essence of the device lies in the fact that the body with the camera contains a lens with a matrix mounted on a tiny board. The rest of the "stuffing" is hidden in a separate control unit (CU). Depending on the specific model, it means either hiding the block under the skin of the car, or being near the steering wheel.

Best DVR 2018: Inspired by Reader Letters

The main advantage is obvious: the extremely small size of the camera, i.e. the recorder will in no way impair visibility. Plus, the model, due to its low visibility, will attract a thief with a minimum probability. You need the best DVR with compactness as the main selection criterion - you are in for modular devices.

Best DVR 2018: inspired by readers' letters

Greetings to the dear readers of Mobile-Review.com, Belarusian Alexander Shub is with you again - the leading Russian expert in the subject of car DVRs! Let me remind you that my experience in testing devices of this type exceeds five years, and the number of closely studied models has exceeded three hundred.

Here in this publication you can find out in as much detail as possible why I consider myself a leading expert. The material also directly touched upon the issue of choosing a registrar. After publication, I was contacted by about two hundred Mobile-Review motorists-readers. Therefore, new material suggested itself - with explanations on common questions and the intricacies of choosing DVRs.

Let me remind you of the basic principles by which I recommend certain devices to motorists:

1. No noname models and Chinese devices from AliExpress. In no way can I be aware of the details of the development and production of native Chinese devices. I can’t know the competence of the local engineers, the level of organization of the mass production of devices of each individual brand (in particular, quality control).

Nameless registrars from the Middle Kingdom are a lottery with an increased risk of running into marriage. At the same time, in case of any problems, you will certainly think: “What a bad expert this Belarusian Shub is, because I bought an unreliable model precisely on his tip.” And I, in turn, will not be able to help you in any way - for obvious reasons, organizing with my assistance a free pick-up of the device for service, repair or exchange for a new device with a decent discount will not work.

And vice versa - I can responsibly recommend only devices officially sold in Russia. I can say for sure that my personal acquaintances cover the vast majority of manufacturers and / or suppliers of the highest quality devices of the most different price ranges. Therefore, if a driver who suddenly turns to me for advice comes across a marriage (which happens with any manufacturer), I will always personally help to solve the problem.

2. Image quality is not the only important criterion for choosing a recorder. Important - yes. Even in second place. But by no means the only point that you need to pay attention to when choosing a particular model. Let's think about what you should be primarily worried about after an accident or illegal actions against you by pedestrians, inspectors or other road users? That's right, the AVAILABILITY and SAFETY of the video. Which, in turn, is ensured by the highest possible reliability of the device.

In other words, you must be sure at any time that the recorder is really recording, and after the incident, when the power is turned off, it will correctly save the recording. Will not show you an empty memory card (the recording indicator of Law Books in Kenya blinked provocatively, but due to software problems, no shooting was actually done), will not delete the last file when the car was turned off (because the battery “died” after the first winter overnight stay in the car).

In other words, you must be sure at any time that the recorder is really recording, and after the incident, when the power is turned off, it will correctly save the recording. Will not show you an empty memory card (recording indicator Law Books in Kenya Law Books in Kenya flashed provocatively, but due to software problems, no shooting was actually done), will not delete the last file when the car is turned off (because the battery “died” after the first winter night in the car).

In theory, I admit situations when a sub(e)tree from the Celestial Empire, which is 1.5-2 times cheaper than some Russian device, shoots similarly or even better. But after the accident, will you be happy with the complete absence of a recording from the registrar, even with the best shooting quality in the world?

Attempts to save money seem especially ridiculous to me in the light of the presence on sale of many high-quality "white" and "branded" devices in the price range of 3-6 thousand rubles. It doesn’t seem to me justified to buy a “Chinese pig in a poke” from AliExpress instead of, for example, the Russian super-budget AdvoCam FD4 for 3,000 rubles. By the way, the latter shoots video at the level of models twice as expensive - with a price tag of 5-6 thousand. And at the same time, like all AdvoCam devices, it is adapted for operation in harsh domestic conditions. That is, in the development process, all models of the manufacturer are frozen in temperature chambers, shaken on vibration stands. In general, they check in every possible way for resistance to Russian frosts and potholes. I personally saw these tests - everything is fair.

3. Ignore accessories. A popular misconception is to compare recorders based on components, in particular processor and matrix models. Let me give you an analogy - surely advanced smartphone users are aware that sometimes B-brand phones can use, say, a matrix from a well-known Japanese or Korean manufacturer. Therefore, the B-brand in advertising (and reviewers often with it) emphasizes in every possible way that, they say, here we will get photo and video shooting on the same level as the flagship of the A-brand, but at a much more modest price.

I remember that at one time a B-brand released a smartphone “with a camera from Samsung Galaxy S3”. However, the competitor of the second tier somehow did not work out with the flagship shooting ...

In fact, everything turns out to be not at all so rosy - with top-end components, the pictures are at best similar to the price "classmates". And in no way, not even close to similar to the photos of an expensive competitor. Just because the presence of the same “hardware” alone is not enough, competent work of programmers and engineers with firmware and drivers is required. In this case, the potential of the components is fully revealed, and the end user receives the very flagship shooting.

Recommend me the best DVR

I'll tell you a terrible secret - there is no universal answer to the request "advise me the best, the coolest DVR". There are dozens of options, many form factors, all sorts of features. The best DVR for one buyer is when the absence of a swivel mount is unacceptable (hello Korean DVRs!). For another, speeds are absolutely necessary (and then goodbye, models are cheaper than 6,000 rubles!). The third focuses on operation in a frosty region.

I already published a separate large material on the topic of criteria for choosing a DVR already in 2015. Since then, the market has not stood still, and frequently asked questions from readers have accumulated in my mail. So I decided to arrange a small “hodgepodge” and answer the most popular questions, so that every driver, even before contacting me, would roughly understand “where to look.”

So, we will talk about the following things:

1. Why is it important for Alexander Shub whether you leave the camera in the car at night?

In the Russian climate with frosty winters and hot summers, one of the main questions when choosing a registrar is whether you will leave the device in the car. The fact is that the vast majority of devices are equipped with a lithium battery. For your information - the failure of such batteries is the number one reason for citizens to contact service centers. The peaks are in the winter and summer periods. Guess the reason?

Car owners keep cameras in the cabin around the clock, that is, at least half a day the model stays in deep frost. Further, in winter, the driver starts the car, immediately supplies power to the registrar and thereby arranges for the battery of the device to be charged when the temperature drops from “minus” to “plus”. And these are ideal conditions for the "death" of the battery. Depending on the specific model, the battery can either “leave us” after a couple of such charges, or even withstand a whole winter. The consequences of failure, again, vary. This is the loss of the last file when the power is turned off or, in addition, resetting the settings (including time and date).

A battery swollen due to constant temperature fluctuations unambiguously hints at the need for a replacement in the service

Output. If you plan to constantly keep the camera in the cabin and at the same time operate the recorder without any problems, buy a video recorder with a supercapacitor. In 2018, you can even find devices for sale for 3-5 thousand rubles, and we are not talking about AliExpress crafts at all. The supercapacitor stably withstands even operation in deep frost, even those regular temperature drops. You will have to sacrifice autonomy, such recorders turn off immediately after the power supply from the vehicle's on-board network is cut off.

Or the second option. Recorders with built-in automatic shutdown of battery charging at sub-zero temperatures. Alas, so far I know of only three such models. All are domestic: AdvoCam-FD Black-II GPS + GLONASS for 5,300 rubles, AdvoCam-FD8 Red-II (GPS + GLONASS) with Super HD shooting for 7,000 rubles. And AdvoCam-FD8 Gold-II (GPS+GLONASS) with Quad Full-HD (2560x1440 pixels) and Wi-Fi for 10,000 rubles. Other manufacturers, besides AdvoCam, do not yet offer such a function. If I missed someone out of sight - indicate in the comments.

AdvoCam-FD8 Gold-II (GPS+GLONASS), RUB 10,000

And if you constantly take the registrar with you?

In this case, there is, roughly speaking, hardly any option. The first - registrars powered through the bracket. The cable plugs right into the mount, meaning you don't have to remove and then plug the cable back in every time. Keep in mind, such holders are mainly found in models from 5-6 thousand rubles.

I recently talked about one of the most affordable devices with pass-through power - AdvoCam-FD Black (here is my review of the model). Without exaggeration, this is a legendary model that has been in the top sales of registrars in Russia for four years now. For 4,500 rubles, the user gets a compact body with a large 2.7-inch screen, power supply through the bracket and excellent Full HD shooting.

In 2017, an updated version of the device was released - the AdvoCam-FD Black-II GPS + GLONASS mentioned above for 5,300 rubles. It adds support for a speedcam with a dozen types of alerts. Along with the option I have already given to automatically turn off battery charging at sub-zero temperatures. An archival feature for any recorder with a lithium battery.

The second option is models with a power connector on the recorder body. With rare exceptions, the removable mechanism is organized either along or across the body. The preferred choice is exactly across. As my practice has shown, in almost all models it turns out quickly and even with one hand to remove the camera from the mount.

The least convenient holders - with installation in the transverse recess on the body of the registrar. Usually the brackets are still equipped with a characteristic "tongue". Frankly, I have not yet met a single registrar with a convenient mount of this type. This is an eternal hassle, in which you bend the tongue with one hand, and at the same time try to move the registrar to the side with the other.

2. I have 3-5-9-15 thousand rubles, what can I buy with this money?

Up to 3,000 rubles. The best option to spend such a budget is, for example, to go to a cafe with a girl on drink. But don't buy a recorder.

For brands operating in Russia, ultra-cheap registrars are an excellent opportunity to fill up the shelves with products and "light up" themselves, and at the same time make money on a consumer with a limited budget. Let's say a huge container is taken with a batch of 5,000 devices, the purchase price is 530 rubles apiece. The goods are imported unofficially, so we throw in one dollar for the services of a “gray intermediary” (which is at least twice as profitable as the official payment of VAT and customs duty), in total we get about 600 rubles of cost. We add about 900 rubles - the profit of retail chains, which are very fond of such a product because of fast sales, large volume and high margins. You naturally object - but what about the grandiose marriage that buyers will certainly encounter? And it's simple: brands act pragmatically and initially include the cost of marriage in the price tag.

Once again: in quite a "white retail" even the largest retailers do not hesitate to put on the shelves cheap products with a defect rate of under 50%. By the way, I have repeatedly examined the boxes of obviously inveterate deshman with surprise in the offices of large brands. And what can you do, - the companies sighed - the stores of large federal chains demand exactly cheap stuff, so you have to create a side nightmare brand. Cheap and cheerful!

The most interesting thing is that it would seem obvious that there will be deshman brands in the Russian top sales. But no! At the end of 2017, the Russian AdvoCam became the No. 1 brand by registrars in Russia, in total about 135,000 devices were sold. According to various estimates, about 700,000 autoregistrations were distributed across the country last year, so AdvoCam was able to win almost 20% of the market. Excellent result! Especially considering that the brand still does not sell the most frank, cheapest "deshman" and does not seek to take its place under the sun in the hybrid market (recorders with radar detectors).

3,000-5,000 rubles. In 2017 and early 2018, a good selection of reliable devices with high-quality Full HD shooting appeared on the market. Even a couple of recorders with supercapacitors. Most likely, you will not get GPS, speeds, power through the bracket and so on and so forth, but the device will perform its basic task - shooting video - perfectly.

From such a set, last year I was looking for the best state employee for "Behind the Wheel". AdvoCam-FD One took the first place in terms of shooting quality. In 2017, its updated version AdvoCam-FD4 was released for 3,000 rubles, in a thinner case and with a large 2.7-inch screen

5,000-7,000 rubles. Due to the fact that most brands have very little control over the pricing policy of retail stores, the “price” of a particular model can easily dance around plus or minus 1.5-2 thousand rubles. Therefore, in general: in this price range, you will get excellent Full HD shooting, power supply through the bracket (but not a fact), a supercapacitor or a lithium battery to choose from, high-quality speed cameras along with GLONASS / GPS (which gives the presence of GLONASS, I will tell below).< /p>

7,000-12,000 rubles. Single-chamber recorders without a radar detector (not to be confused with a speedcam). As a rule, we are talking about models in which the price is determined either by individual remarkable features, or even by a whole set of such “chips”. These are spaced devices (a separate compact camera and a body with the main "stuffing"), devices with a magnetic mount, "bells and whistles" such as two slots for memory cards. In other words, if you just need a quick-release magnetic bracket, get ready to shell out at least 8-9 thousand rubles.

A vivid example is Playme UNI for 9,000 rubles, which is interesting with the mentioned magnetic bracket. It's not even a quick release, it's literally an instant release mount. No pins protrude from the holder, you just need to bring the camera - and it itself will firmly stick to the bracket. The magnet is quite strong, the device does not shake on the road, but at the same time it is removed without much effort and easily turns sideways. By the way, power is supplied to the bracket, otherwise the whole story with quick release would not make sense.

And, which is already great, the model supports Wi-Fi for quick copying of clips to a smartphone. I definitely give the device a “like”, I have no doubts that Playme UNI is a hit.

Most good hybrids also settled in this range. But if you are in no way interested in a radar detector, as well as any "super functions", with such a budget I recommend taking a closer look at two-chamber devices. I will tell you more about them below.

3. Does it make sense to buy recorders with one camera at a price tag of over 15,000 rubles?

The niche of ultra-expensive registrars is densely occupied by Korean companies, their models are complemented by literally a couple of brands from other countries. In 2017, I tested premium devices for the Za Rulem website, and I have two news for you.

Good - they really shoot at the top level. The best DVR in terms of shooting quality is about them. Bad - not at all directly proportional to the increase in the price tag. Quoting myself:

Question. It turns out that state employees, in general, shoot video only a little worse than expensive flagships, and the price gap reaches 4–5 times. What's the point of overpaying then?

Answer. Indeed, the top registrars showed superiority in shooting clarity by about 45% in terms of the sum of points. Is an overpayment of up to 500% adequate? Firstly, the market for premium goods has not appealed to strict proportions of price and opportunity / result for a long time. After all, the fact is that there is still superiority. This means that there will always be even a small group of consumers who want to get the best that the market can offer at a certain point in time. Secondly, as a visual comparison showed, top recorders are more thought out in terms of various technical and design aspects.

To draw analogies: Lada Vesta, just like the Mercedes-Benz S-class, "only" transports you from point "A" to point "B". But it is unlikely that the reader will be indignant at the fact that one car costs 516,000 rubles, and the other 6,000,000 rubles, which is 1162% more expensive.

4. Recommend me a DVR with two cameras

If in 2017 I was asked this question once or twice a month, then in 2018, the choice of two-chamber devices worries almost a third of those who contacted me. Alas, brands are extremely reluctant to develop this segment, for which there are obvious reasons. A decent two-channel “pepelats” costs around 12 thousand rubles, which means that, alas, there is no talk of mass sales in the harsh Russian realities. However, first things first. Let's start with expensive devices and gradually move down the price ladder.

14-30 thousand rubles. With a few exceptions and half a dozen registrar mirrors, the Koreans have firmly "registered" here - first of all, BlackVue and Thinkware. I have already talked about whether it is worth overpaying for their products. Be prepared for the fact that the model with GPS and Wi-Fi will cost at least 17,000 rubles. A significant plus of many models originally from South Korea is the ability to purchase a single-chamber device and later purchase and connect a second “peephole”.

I’ll note separately that those who want to get “full stuffing” should pay attention to the current flagship BlackVue DR750S-2CH for almost 29,000 rubles.

Here we see the top-end Sony StarVis matrix for both cameras, the front one shoots at a frequency of 60 fps, the rear one at 30 fps. The readability distance of the numbers is a record, up to 25 meters during the day and up to 20 meters at night.

Cloud technologies are supported, which I have talked about many times - you can track the location of the car from anywhere in the world. And at the same time use the registrar as a security system - receive alarm messages on your smartphone, for example, when a tow truck is about to take the car away. Useful advice - BlackVue DR590W-2CH with exactly the same hardware, but without the cloud, costs 21,000 rubles.

9-13 thousand rubles. It is here that you are looking for decent "two-chamber". Two "eyes", each with Full HD-shooting, and closer to the mark of 13,000 rubles, you will also get GPS support with GLONASS.

Also, in my opinion, this is the "golden range" for hybrid devices - DVRs with a full-fledged radar detector. I emphasize that as of 2018, hybrids provide decent shooting, and they show themselves perfectly as a “radar hunter”. At the same time, bulky models with horn antennas are gradually becoming less popular. Consumers prefer devices with patch antennas, in which case the dimensions and design of a 2-in-1 device cannot be distinguished from a “solo” DVR.

According to Yandex.Market, almost 90 devices are offered in the range of 9-13 thousand rubles. I would focus on devices like PlayMe Arton. For 10,000 rubles, this is almost a classic example of a mid-budget hybrid.

Shooted in Super HD 1296p. Large 3-inch screen, which is important in terms of a radar detector. There is a lot of information, on a 2.3-inch display (which is not uncommon among hybrids), it can be difficult to perceive the entire array of data. Plus there is FCWS - a warning about reducing the distance with the car in front. Useful in traffic jams in the city, so as not to inadvertently drive into someone. As for the radar part, everything is in perfect order - as it is now fashionable to put it, the device detects "all radars of the 2018/2019 season." A GPS-informer with a regularly updated database helps him.

6-9 thousand rubles. In the vast majority of models here, the rear camera is just such a cube. That is, the most typical rear-view camera. Two main downsides. Firstly, in such “eyes”, the resolution, depending on the model, will be 1280 x 720 pixels (less often) or VGA 640 x 480 pixels (more often). And the typical viewing angle is only a hundred degrees diagonally, very little. Literally one and a half lanes of the road fall into the frame. Secondly, installing the camera inside the car under the rear window will not work. The design is such that the lens will have to be directed almost parallel to the rear window, only the asphalt at the bumper will get into the frame. Therefore, you will have to tinker with the installation above the license plate of the car.

AXPER Throne GPS rear camera

Now about the pros. At one time, I tested the AXPER Throne GPS model. Priced at just under $6,000, it has front 1080p (Sony Exmor) and rear 720p cameras. And even "buns" like an external GPS receiver and two mounts (on 3M and a suction cup).

So, the shooting quality of the HD-eye is quite enough so that the picture does not turn into a pixel mess, and at night does not become one continuous square of Malevich. Or a couple of cars behind you wouldn't be fully exposed.

Therefore, if you are not sure about the need for super-quality shooting with the rear module or are not ready to pay 12-13 thousand for a device with two Full HD channels, a relatively budget model for 6-9 thousand rubles will be a good choice. That is, you get some kind of rear shooting, while not at the expense of a decent front recording. Well, a nice bonus - the power cable of such cameras, as a rule, is equipped with additional wires for connecting to the brake lights of the car. As soon as you start to reverse when parking, the broadcast of the rear lens image immediately opens in full screen.

AXPER Throne GPS power cable, red wires connect to brake lights

5. Recommend a modular device - so that the camera is external!

Modular, they are spaced, they are registrars with an external camera - a rather “rare” guest on the registrar market. In Russian official retail, such models can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

The essence of the device lies in the fact that the body with the camera contains a lens with a matrix mounted on a tiny board. The rest of the "stuffing" is hidden in a separate control unit (CU). Depending on the specific model, it means either hiding the block under the skin of the car, or being near the steering wheel.

The main advantage is obvious: the extremely small size of the camera, i.e. the recorder will in no way impair visibility. Plus, due to its low visibility, the model will attract a thief with a minimum probability. You need the best DVR with compactness as the main selection criterion - you are in for modular devices.