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#1 jaymer smith

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Posted 01 July 2009 - 01:47 AM

hello guys!

I'm looking for an easy to use Mini Digital Video Recorder. Possibly self-powered.

I was looking at the http://www.hiddenpinholecameras.com/
and it looks too good to be true. Anyone with comments on it?

Any models, old or new, let me know...


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#2 Charles Papert

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 02:16 AM

The first one you linked to is 320x240, pretty low-res.

There are others out there that are smaller and some that achieve 720x480, all MPEG-4, and all require cycling through annoying menus to move from record to play. Look through Supercircuits.com and pimall.com for some good examples.

Many people use the Archos as the build quality and interface is cleaner.

There is no "too good to be true" solution out there at the moment...I've been talking to one company that is building such a thing (and it will manage HD as well as SD!) but until they get further along with it, it's still vaporware (legitimate company though, which is good).

Everything depends on one's personal preferences. I know a bunch of folks who swear by their particular DVR's but the next guy (such as me) might not be impressed.
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#3 Norbert von der Heidt

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 05:52 AM

Hi guys

I found this unit on the web at: http://ericfirm.en.ec21.com

Unfortunately there is no ther info available directly but it looks interesting and possibly relatively inexpensive. Here are the unit's specs.

The DVR-301A is perfectly suited to under cover filming and
sports both a 30GB hard disk AND an SD slot for solid state
recording. You can choose to record direct to hard disk or when
conditions get tough switch to solid state memory SD card for
uninterupted recording. You can record to SD card then transfer
the files to the hard disk for longer record times. The DVR-301A
also has a 5v and a 12v power output to send power to the
camera so you don't need to carry an extra power pack or set of
batteries. Record resolution is 640 x 480 pixels at 30fps PAL or
30fps NTSC. Or 720 x 480 25fps

This device records in standard MP4 format. AVI files which can
easily be dragged in to your video editing software and then put
on the DVD or VCD.


High Resolution:
Can record 640 x 480 high picture quality on to it's 30gb hard disk
or SD memory cards. 1-8gb SD cards can be used with the

Power to camera supply:
Can power 5v covert spy cameras. Or 12v to standard helmet
cameras. Can record for at least 90 mins whilst powering a
520TVL bullet camera.

High Capacity internal battery:
Using an 2400mAh Li-Ion 3. 7v standard cell-phone rechargeable
battery that can be replaced for longer recording times.

Multi Recording Mode:
Includes Manual / Auto / Motion detection / Schedule for different

Surveillance Cameras:
Available with a range of covert hidden cameras with built-in mics.
One cable from DVR-301A to hidden camera so no extra power
supply is required.

Display 960*240 3. 5" True color TFT- LCD with LED back light
NTSC / PAL TV output
Interface One SD Card Slot Support SDHC & SD1. 1 SD card
AV line-in 5mm audio / video jack
AV line-out 5mm audio / video jack (earphone jack)
Mini USB 2. 0
Mini MIC
0. 5w speaker X 1
Video Encode 720x480 (HIGH) / 640x480 (Medium) / 320x240
(Low) Quality file format AVI from AV line-in record (CCM / DVD / TV / DV etc.)
Decode 720x480 30fps max
Direct MPEG4 (AVI, ASF)

If anyone finds out more please let me know.


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#4 Nikolay Kerezov

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 12:14 PM

Have a look at this:
I have two of those by the time the price was 500+ usd.It worth every cent!
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