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Dogcam MiniDVR HD - Image Quality and Verdict

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

9

For our most extreme test, we strapped the Dogcam MiniDVR HD's camera to a helmet for a gruelling go karting session at The Raceway in London. We were able to adjust the helmet attachment for an optimal track view as we raced, and the device grabbed our entire 30 minutes of track time without missing a beat. You can see a sample of the footage in our accompanying video review. Given good lighting conditions, the footage has the best contrast, detail and colour fidelity we've seen from a bullet cam, and it does pretty well in mediocre lighting too.

Dogcam Mini DVR HD

In our more formal test of low light performance, however, the Dogcam didn't perform quite so brilliantly. There was some colour and definition visible in our 100W ceiling light test, but footage was not as good as we would expect from a standard camcorder of the same price, such as JVC HD Everio GZ-E205. But no bullet cam we have tested has truly excelled in this area. The Mini DVR HD does better than most, and its other features more than make up for this.

Verdict

The Dogcam MiniDVR-HD is one of the most expensive bullet cams we've tested. But the external recorder with LCD and generous bundle of attachment options really make up for this. It's a premium product for a premium price. Although low light performance is not as good as budget camcorders costing similar money, the range of situations where you could use the Dogcam to capture action moments is very great indeed. If you're serious about recording your sporting activities, this camera really delivers.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • Image Quality 8
  • Perfomance 8
  • Value 9

Tony Walker

June 10, 2012, 7:23 pm

I couldn't see any reference to the unit's obvious competitor the GoPro HDhero2. That seems to be around the same price and I've seen it or it's predecessor used in programmes on the major UK television networks.

Oh and kill the advertising that's jumping up and down in your face. If you did that in a pub you'd rightly get punched.

Spawny76

June 13, 2012, 1:14 am

Also the Drift Hd unit which was the original HD camera with built in screen, full HD recording and 60fps at 720p. As above I've also seen Drift footage used for British Superbikes broadcast on Eurosport. The GoPro and Drift definitely need mention in this article.

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