There are so many car dash DVRs and action cameras on the market that barely differentiate themselves on the market that I don’t usually write about those anymore.
But SQ8 “mini car video recorder full HD sports DV camera” caught my eye First, because at $8.99 on GeekBuying it’s really cheap, but most importantly because it’s incredibly tiny, even smaller than JeVois computer vision camera I reviewed last year.
SQ8 camera specifications:
- Chipset – “AnGuo”
- Storage – micro SD card up to 32 GB
- 12MP CMOS image sensor for 1080p30 videos (AVI/MJPG)
- 65 Degrees Wide Angle
- 3mm lens
- Motion Detection, Night Vision
- Audio – Built-in microphone/speacker (AAC)
- USB – 1x mini USB port
- Misc – On/off and mode buttons, reset pinhole, LED indicator
- Battery – 200 mAh good for about 100 minutes
- Dimensions – 2.2 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm
- Weight – 25 grams
- Operating Temperature – 0 – 60 Deg.C
The firmware supports car DVR function, “circulate record function” to record video every 5 minutes and overwrite all video(s). The mounting clip can be used to attached to your clothes, backpack, back of cap, etc… Bear in mind the camera has no waterproof rating, so it may not be safe to use when it is raining, and it should certainly not be immersed in water. The “mini Car DVR camera” ships with a USB / TV out 2-in-1 cable, an adjustable mounting bracket, a mounting clip, and an English user manual.
SQ8 camera may be new to me, but the product was actually released in 2016, or about two years ago, and there are several reviews on Youtube, including the one embedded below that after the unboxing part shows some videos sample from the camera while used as a bodycam or a car DVR. I have to say the quality is not that bad.
Beside GeekBuying, you’ll find the camera on other websites too like Amazon or GearBest, but usually a little over $10. The Amazon reviews are not really reassuring though, with lots of one star reviews saying the camera only worked one day… There are also newer models with SQ11 that looks a little better (esthetically) and sells for as low as $9 including shipping, as well as SQ12 camera which comes with a waterproof case for $16.99 shipped.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.