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BlackVue DR3500-FHD review

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Protecting yourself on the road from wayward drivers and crash for cash fraudsters is the main driving force behind sales of dash cams. The BlackVue comes with a flat support base and some two-sided sticky tape and is mounted on the other side of the rear-view mirror. There’s a long trailing lead that needs to be stuck all the way around the windscreen area, if you do mount it high up, and this may not be long enough for very large cabs. In terms of spec, the DR3500 (£139.99) offers full HD at 30fps and has a one-touch button for easy voice recording. Three modes decide when it starts recording to the supplied 16GB microSD card – there’s normal, event (ie an accident) and parking mode. A GPS unit (£29.99) is an optional extra.

One problem is that there’s no LCD on the unit, so it’s impossible to know whether the camera is set up to get a good view until you review the one-minute long clips later. There is software provided on the USB reader for this. Although it’s full HD resolution the quality is only average, making it hard to make out the registration of cars coming towards you unless it’s in a car park though the wide-angle lens covers almost all the road ahead.

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