BlackVue DR900S almost here

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  1. Vortex

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    haha not yet. I do have one coming and literally dreamt about running the DR900S and DR750S side-by-side last night to compare them. It's fun being excited about testing something. Way better than testing something kinda lame like a GT-360 just because I'm curious.

    but yeah, the improved level of detail and how the night time quality looks are my two biggest questions.

    @blackboxmycar, do you have any raw video samples we can download to see how our computers handle 4K and H.265?
     
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    blackboxmycar Manufacturer/Vendor General User MFG/Vendor

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    Yea for sure let me upload some for all of you!

    -Jimmy @ BlackboxMyCar
     
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    blackboxmycar Manufacturer/Vendor General User MFG/Vendor

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    That's a video that we having coming up!
    Just working on compiling footage at the moment

    You can turn off the volume on the F800 by going in the settings

    drive.google.com: 20180412_110303_EF.mp4
    Here's raw footage from the DR900S-2CH (just the front) on a lovely sunny day in Vancouver.

    - Jimmy @ BlackboxMyCar
     
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    Thank you for the video sample!

    I'm really surprised. With my iPhone 8 shooting 4K, when I drop a video on the timeline in FinalCut Pro X on my MacBook Pro, it bogs down. With the DR900S's 4K clip, I can drop it on the timeline and it plays smoothly, like it's 1080p or something. That's pretty impressive and it's great for people like me who are running machines a few years old. :)

    I'm reviewing and comparing dashcam footage from my other dashcams this afternoon and so the timing is great. Looking at that clip and comparing it to what I'm getting with my other dashcams, it's pretty clear that this one is actually allowing us to see license plates at a short distance pretty consistently which isn't something I can say for the others. With some other dashcams, I can be right next to a car and not make out the plate, but I'm not seeing this with the DR900S. This is great.
     
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    Is that with the update that just came out for FCP? (A couple days ago)
     
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    Definitely getting this! And my old Blackvue cam will go in my wife's car.
     
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    Yes sir! I actually updated like an hour beforehand. :)

    Correction: Sorry, I was wrong @synistyr. I just tried it again post-update and now my iPhone's 4K H.265 clips are playing smoothly as well. Guess this was a pretty big update with FCP! Wow... Maybe I can start shooting in 4K now. :)
     
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    I have the Thinkware F770 dual and will only work with Thinkware cards with a maximum available size of 64GB. Disappointing.

    I would have probably went for the Blackvue for this reason alone.
     
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    Man I lost the promo code. Anyone have it. It starts with BL
     
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    For Blackvue's website? I'm not sure.

    BlackboxMyCar is actually selling it for less than Blackvue direct.

    Blackvue is selling the DR900S-2CH w/ a 16gb card for $499.

    BlackboxMyCar is selling the DR900S-2CH w/ a 16gb card for $479. I have a code you can use (VORTEX20) to save another $20 so it'd be $459. (Full disclosure, that code is my affiliate code.)

    So you can get it for $40 less with BBMC, who is the OP for this thread, than from Blackvue directly.

    The same is true for the DR900S-1CH and if you opt for one with a bigger memory card too.
     
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    Thanks man!!!! I need the wiring kit though right? And what about this install kit their website keeps popping up now? I don’t know what order on that.
     
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    blackboxmycar Manufacturer/Vendor General User MFG/Vendor

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    I can put some clarity on that, the install kit is supposed to be $20 kit that people are able to purchase but we feel a lot of our customers can take advantage of everything that's inside espcially if they hardwire the dash cam in their vehicle. It comes with the circuit tester to see which fuse to use, two fuse taps to make the install cleaner and of course a trim tool and stickers to keep things neat and secure.

    If you're not interested you can click the box on the bottom right labelled "Don't show this message" and it'll stop popping up for the next 10 minutes.

    -Jimmy @ BlackboxMyCar
     
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    Order placed!!! Thanks man!!!
     
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    Woohoo! My DR900S just arrived today. Here's a few photos.

    DR900S-2CH on box.

    DR900S open box.

    I also got the updated B-124 battery pack in as well.

    DR900S and B-124.

    I plan on doing the install tomorrow so I'm getting everything together to get it mounted.

    DR900S with battery, Blendmount, and cables.

    Finally, as just a fun bonus, my dog was playing as I was shooting photos and here's one of him in the background. :D

    DR900S, B-124, and Albus.
     
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    @Vortex Great new idea for durability testing on gear you get! Give it to the dog for a bit and see if it holds up. hahaha
     
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    @Biohazardous haha

    I was playing with the dashcam last night. It’s pretty straightforward. Same experience as the DR750S with a few new options in the app.

    IMG_1025.JPG

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    For faster video streaming to your phone, there’s now an option for playing at reduced quality.

    IMG_1029.JPG

    I’ll install and shoot some video with it today.
     
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    Ooh, just snagged a deal on a GoPro Hero 6 which also shoots at 4K30. I've been wanting to upgrade my GoPros for a little while now and the new Hero 6 has some dashcam-like GPS functionality. This is gonna turn into a fun project. :D

    Anyway, weather's good this morning. Time to install the DR900S and get some footage before it starts raining later today.
     
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    I'm sitting here reviewing some sample footage between the two dashcams and the differences can be pretty dramatic. Literally the difference between legible details and an essentially unusable blur. Check this out, for example... (Posted at full 4K res if you wanna zoom in.)

    Edit: Sorry, my DR750S was accidentally set to 12 Mbit yesterday. Here are updated comparison images.

    DR750S vs DR900S Delorean license plate comparison.

    DR750S vs DR950S Safeway parking lot license plate comparison.

    DR750S vs DR900S TJs parking lot license plate comparison.
     
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    Wow, that's an amazing difference. If you still have an A119, that might be worth throwing in the mix at 1440p for comparison too, just since it's greater than 1080p.
     
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    Good idea. I can add that in too. :thumbsup: