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Snooper DVR-4HD

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Key Features:

  • Full HD camera
  • 2.7-inch screen
  • Safety camera locations

With a 2.7-inch screen, the Snooper DVR-4HD is much smaller than a sat-nav and attaches to your windscreen using a suction cup. The power cable is also long enough to be routed around the windscreen.

Footage is recorded to a MicroSD card and the DVR-4HD comes with a 16GB module included. Set-up is straightforward and recording is started simply by sliding the switch on the bottom of the unit. The device will record in 1080p with a 17Mbits/sec data rate, although there is also a 720p option. In 1080p mode, the 16GB storage card will store around two hours of footage.

Once the card is full, the device will begin recording over the oldest files unless specific footage has been marked as an ‘event’, in which case it will be saved indefinitely. Overall, image quality is good in both bright daylight and night-time, although in low light you’ll need to be fairly close to another vehicle to make out details such as the licence plate number.

Other features include an accelerometer to detect collisions or emergency stops, a GPS receiver to record your position alongside the video, and speed camera warnings. There’s also a lane departure warning system, forward collision warning, and the ability to set alerts for when you exceed a certain speed.

What’s more, the DVR-4HD works with smartphones via Wi-Fi. You can turn on all the safety features using the dedicated app which works on both iOS and Android devices. You can even view your recorded files on your phone, although the best view comes from using the desktop application. Unfortunately, the desktop software is somewhat hit and miss, and we encountered problems with maps loading during our tests.

Although the Snooper DVR-4HD is more expensive than other options, and doesn’t have the best desktop software, it does come with a range of extra features and does its main job well.



At time of review the Snooper DVR-4HD was available for £149.99

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