DR900s is Simply Useless to Proof a Close Call Incident at Night Time! Video & Pics (1 Viewer)

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That makes it even worse. Because like I said now you have relatively massive amounts of light (and reflective glare) in one area of the frame and almost none in the rest.
Yep. Actually if you're going to continue comparing cameras to the human eye, the human eye is actually very crappy at being able to see detail over a wide field of view. Even modern cameras are better at this than we are. Try staring at this dot "." on the screen and reading the words elsewhere on your monitor. You won't be able to do it. So although we can see over a wide dynamic range, in low light conditions, we can do so only for a very small focal point in our vision. We "cheat" by constantly moving our focal point to whatever we're most interested in at the time, and by dilating our pupils to gain dynamic range. But if we were to make a camera that could "see" things the way we do, we wouldn't be satisfied in the slightest with the images that came out of it. It would have a very small center point where there's a very high level of detail and nothing but blurred stuff to the sides.
 

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I will definitely try switching from 30fps to 60fps to see if that helps
Remember to do so at lower resolutions as well. Like I said, leaving it in 4K is going you no favors. It’s possible (but not guaranteed) Blackvue makes use of the sensor better for your purposes in a lower resolution.
 

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One thing I've done in my videos is reading the license plate out. I remember with my Blackvue 400 having terrible resolution and died in a year.

Edit: This is probably why I haven't gotten a new camera in my car. I just haven't really found one that is to my liking and has all the things I want. Good resolution is #1 on my list.
 
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If we want to talk about deficiencies of the BlackVue cams, the ridiculous boot time is probably #1. More times than I'd care to count, I've started the car, began driving, and the camera doesn't start recording until I've driven over 100 feet, sometimes 200-300 feet. That's absolutely ridiculous when you consider how many accidents happen as people are pulling into or out of a parking space. I like BlackVue products and I use them in all of my daily driver cars, but come on, even my Viofo A119 that I got for rental cars boots and starts recording in 5 seconds, which is usually around the time I can get the car in gear and turn my head.
 
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If we want to talk about deficiencies of the BlackVue cams, the ridiculous boot time is probably #1. More times than I'd care to count, I've started the car, began driving, and the camera doesn't start recording until I've driven over 100 feet, sometimes 200-300 feet. That's absolutely ridiculous when you consider how many accidents happen as people are pulling into or out of a parking space. I like BlackVue products and I use them in all of my daily driver cars, but come on, even my Viofo A119 that I got for rental cars boots and starts recording in 5 seconds, which is usually around the time I can get the car in gear and turn my head.
That used to be a big complaint for me as well for the exact same reason, at least until I started running it in parking mode full time. Once I switched to that, the dashcam was always up and running and just had to switch recording modes.

If it is off while parked the yeah, you will have to wait longer than average for the dashcam to boot up and recording to start and you can miss something at the very beginning.
 

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That used to be a big complaint for me as well for the exact same reason, at least until I started running it in parking mode full time. Once I switched to that, the dashcam was always up and running and just had to switch recording modes.

If it is off while parked the yeah, you will have to wait longer than average for the dashcam to boot up and recording to start and you can miss something at the very beginning.
True. Mine is working 24/7/365 since I have the parking mode on
 

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That used to be a big complaint for me as well for the exact same reason, at least until I started running it in parking mode full time. Once I switched to that, the dashcam was always up and running and just had to switch recording modes.

If it is off while parked the yeah, you will have to wait longer than average for the dashcam to boot up and recording to start and you can miss something at the very beginning.
That's true, but a good camera should address all common use cases, not just some of them. Uncommon use cases...that's a bit different. But not everyone who buys the BlackVue cameras even buys the Power Magic Pro, much less a backup battery to keep it running, so I think the camera on only when car is running use case is likely pretty common, and should be addressed better than it has by BlackVue.
 

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That's true, but a good camera should address all common use cases, not just some of them. Uncommon use cases...that's a bit different. But not everyone who buys the BlackVue cameras even buys the Power Magic Pro, much less a backup battery to keep it running, so I think the camera on only when car is running use case is likely pretty common, and should be addressed better than it has by BlackVue.
I totally agree. I have a similar complaint with Stinger's long startup times.

There's a lot of things about the Blackvue that I wish were different... faster startup time, no ad upon starting the app, manual recording that records for a minute before you trigger instead of just 6 seconds before, the ability to have it do normal video during the day and switch to HDR / night time recording at night, options for higher bitrate for better capturing of details while moving, improved high heat tolerances, lower thresholds for the G-sensor while driving so it doesn't get triggered on bumps in the road and lane reflectors on the road when changing lanes, and on and on.

There isn't a single dashcam that I think is perfect in every way. It's similar to dashcams where it's all compromises and trade-offs. They all have room for improvement.
 

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Glad I joined this forum. It's becoming more and more evident that I will need to review my video and adjust settings over time to increase my chances of quality video when I need it.
 

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