Video is recorded to SD memory on the Dogcam MiniDVR HD, with a slot on the side provided. A 16GB module will be enough for 2.75 hours of footage at the top data rate of 13Mbits/sec. Aside from the aforementioned mini HDMI port, a multi-purpose mini USB port is also integrated, which can be used to hook the unit up to a power source, data connectivity, and also analog video output via the supplied cable. There’s even a minijack for an external microphone – great if you want to hook up a lavalier for providing narration that is actually audible during your activities
The camera itself is fixed focus, and doesn’t incorporate any controls at all. It’s sealed, so essentially waterproof, where the base unit probably wouldn’t resist a dunking. Dogcam can supply replacement windowed end caps, in case the original one gets damaged, costing £9.95 each.
As with the other Dogcam bullet cam we have tested, the accessory bundle is comprehensive. Pretty much every attachment requirement is catered for. There are a couple of different mounts, supplied with adhesive velcro patches. One hinges and another rotates, but is otherwise static, so you can select the one which lets you point the Dogcam in precisely the direction you want.
A further velcro mount is elasticated and flexible, so you could attach it to a helmet you use all the time. There’s also a mount that loops onto an elastic strap, for wrapping round your head or a helmet you don’t (or can’t) put a permanent fixture on. Yet another attachment is designed to provide a firm hold on a bar or rod – great for connecting to a car roll cage.
The accessory bundle doesn’t stop there, either. Power adapters are supplied for mains and a car cigarette lighter socket. There’s even a wired remote control button for triggering record, which glows red when deployed. This also comes with velcro pads, so you can attach it somewhere convenient, but hooks up to the base unit via USB, so can’t be used in conjunction with a power source.
Both the camera and the base unit incorporate regular screw mounts. The base unit also comes with a plastic holster with a built-in clip. The screw mount on the camera is right next to the location of the cable, which will limit what you can attach it to, but otherwise these screw mounts add yet more options for affixing the Mini DVR HD securely in many different ways.
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