Road rage, vandalism, road accidents or tampering with a vehicle in the parking, are a few reasons, which can damage your beloved vehicle, despite your countless safety efforts. Regardless of how careful you are, sometimes you have to pay for someone else’s stupidity. At such a time, you need evidence to prove yourself, not guilty.” And, in case, you don’t have a camera in action, you will be left with only one option and i.e. using your mobile phone’s camera. The worst part is, you cannot use it while driving and using it after the accident, is of no use. In case, you use a mobile for taking photos or capturing videos while driving, it will be considered a violation of traffic rules and will attract a penalty. Now, imagine, having a portable video recorder in the action! This was the idea that made my mind to buy for my car and here is my review for the same.
Things that I liked in the Blaupunkt Digital Video Recorder Camera BP 2.1 FHD
Well, this camera has many features, but there are a few things that I would definitely like to talk about.
There is no apprehension that the market is full of cheap car cameras, and 90% of the cameras are worthless investments. These cameras come with no guarantee/warranty, and they offer a poor quality recording. Many of these cameras are very large in size and heavy in weight. According to many customers, most of these cameras use very poor quality lenses. Most importantly, they are unreasonably highly priced.
On the contrary, Blaupunkt is a world-famous name for the car accessories. The is very attractive.
The lenses used are matchless. And weight wise, this camera weighs only 50 grams. Its entire body is made of plastic.
The camera is made in black, which looks not only beautiful but also mixes with the interior of your car and looks beautiful.
According to some people because of its color, it gets dirty very quickly. To an extent, this is true. But, as you are going to keep it in your car only, so dirt is not going to bother you much.
Color LCD Display
Blaupunkt Digital Video Recorder Camera’s 2.0″ color LCD display screen gives a very good display.
Blaupunkt Digital Video Recorder Camera BP 2.1 FHD is very easy to install. You do not have to tamper with electronic circuits in the car for this unless you have special requirements.
You can stick it on the front windscreen using a transparent adhesive band made of silicon and a plastic clip under the camera.
As soon as you place the band on the front of the vehicle on the windscreen, it automatically glues. Once you are happy with its location, press the plastic clip down and you are done. With this, the camera sticks well.
You also have to repeat this process to take the camera off. First of all, raise that plastic clip towards you, then detach that silicone made band. As soon as the accumulated air is released, the camera will automatically come off.
Another feature of this camera is that the photography or videography taken are stable.
Even if the road is bad and full of humps, it is not going to affect the capture.
G-Sensor And Motion Sensor
G-sensor and motion sensor are two another feature of .
Additionally, as soon as there is an activity in its video frame, this camera starts capturing video. This is very good in terms of security.
There is a small hole on the right side of the , which is used to reset the camera. As you can reset the camera (recording mode, quality of the photo or video, voice recording, etc.) according to your own choices, so there are chances that you will want to reset all changes made, in case of any problem.
If for some reason you think you had disturbed some important settings and want to bring the camera back to the factory setting, then this reset button can help you. You need to insert a pin-like object in the hole, and you have to hold it for a few seconds, and this will automatically reset the camera to the factory setting.
In addition to the reset hole, there are two more ports on the right side of the camera; first is for the USB cable and second for a memory card.
With the help of a USB port, this camera receives power. Power is given by connecting the camera to the slot of the phone charger in the car.
To transfer the data, you need to connect the same USB to your computer or laptop’s USB port. In addition, if you have a memory card reader or your laptop has a slot to insert a memory card, you can transfer data without a USB cable as well.
The second slot is given for inserting memory cards because usually, such cameras have no inbuilt storage. You have to buy it separately.
Another feature of is that you do not have to give frequent instructions for recording, as this camera record things on its own. The camera actually follows a LIFO (last in first out method).
In simpler terms, to save the latest recording, it automatically deletes the oldest recording. Therefore, it is advised to take backups on your computer or a laptop.
Different Capturing Modes
In this camera, you get two different modes.
One is for capturing videos.
One for clicking photos.
And, third is for viewing the captured files.
You can select the mode by clicking on the mode button. One is for taking photographs.
Full High Definition
Blaupunkt Digital Video Recorder Camera BP 2.1 FHD lets you capture high definition videos or photos. But do keep in mind that high definition videos or photos occupy more space on the memory card.
There are 5 different quality resolutions in video capturing such as VGA 640 x 480, WVGA 848 x 480, 720 P 1280 x 720, 1080P 1440 x 1080, and 1080 FHD 1920 x 1080.
It is your choice, what quality of the video you want to record. Keep in mind, higher the quality, bigger will be the storage requirement for the same.
Similarly there are different resolutions for taking photographs such as 12M 4032 x 3024, 10M 3648 x 2736, 8M 3264 x 2448, 5M 2592 x 1944, 3M 2048 x 1536, 2MHD 1920 x 1080, VGA 640 x 480, 1.3M 1280 x 960.
And, it is your choice for the quality of pictures. Again, higher the quality, biggers will be the storage requirement for the same.
It depends entirely on your preference and by going into the camera setting, you can decide what quality and resolution you want to choose.
Blaupunkt Digital Video Recorder Camera BP 2.1 FHD supports 13 different languages such as Turkish, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, etc.
You can go to Settings and choose language as per your convenience.
The length of the charger cable is also great.
Due to its length, you can put the camera anywhere in the car.
Microphone and Speaker
Right behind the LCD display screen, on the bottom left of the camera lens, you can see the microphone and speaker.
It is entirely your choice whether you want to record the sound during the recording or not.
You can turn off audio recording via settings.
Wide Angle Recording
The recording angle of is very wide, i.e. if it is placed on the front window screen of the vehicle, then it records everything within 120-degree angle.
This is a very wonderful thing. Compared to other cameras, it records most of the activities around.
Things I disliked in Blaupunkt Digital Video Recorder Camera BP 2.1 FHD
The battery backup of this camera is not very good, i.e. if you want to use it when the ignition is not on, like in the parking, you will not be able to use it for more than 1 hour.
As I mentioned earlier, if you want this camera to record things continuously, you have two options.
- Making the necessary changes to the electronic circuits of your vehicle
- Using a power bank
So far, I have not tried using the camera with a power bank, so giving any comment on the same is not possible for me.
No Inbuilt Storage
The camera comes with no inbuilt memory or memory card. In order to record things, you have to spend a few more bucks on a memory card.
I do not think that the problems like power backup (that can be sorted out with a power bank or electric circuit amendment) or storage memory (that can be sorted out with an additional memory card) can influence the buying decision.
This is a great and very important product according to safety. When it comes to safety (of you and your car), such investments can prove to be very beneficial. According to the Information Technology Act, the Supreme Court of India has recognized the video or audio recording as a proof. Therefore, I strongly recommend buying .