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    [IN-BOX] BEVRC PV700 high quality DVR with mini review

    After so-so experience with my previous DVR I have decided to go for something better. The choice was PV700 (http://www.bevrc.com/bevrc-pv700-hig...rder_p297.html). I was focused on something good, small, simple and that records on SDHC D1 res.

    In many places I have heard good things about FPVJapan (http://fpv-japan.com/item/fj-dvr-sd4/lang/en/) and FPV BlackBox Flight Recorder (http://www.multiwiicopter.com/produc...4-pvr-for-sdhc). It looks like this is all the same unit (at least they look so), however FPVJapan is 200USD, BlackBox 170USD. Quite some money. PV700 is "only" 120USD. With shipment it was 136 USD. I have ordered it 21st June, 29th was at my home (Europe). I have no idea if the firmware of those 3 is the same but the manual looks very much the same... There is also another one for 200$ at Foxtech - and looks the same as well - http://www.foxtechfpv.com/dv02-porta...der-p-541.html

    So what do we get there?

    Nice looking black box is telling us that inside you will not find the crapy product.


    After opening the box you can see the DVR and the remote.


    And all other equipment is under the plastic case.


    In the box we got:

    1. Magic switch (I will get back to it later on)


    2. Remote (in example we can switch off the LCD saving the battery)


    3. LiPo 1000mah


    4. PS US plug with EU converter


    5. AV/DC cable


    6. USB cable


    7. Nice case


    8. And the DVR itself














    More pic, tech details, etc, can be found on the shop web page. First impression is that this is very small unit and it looks like very well made and good quality. It does not look like cheap stuff. I believe the body is made of aluminum, switches are OK, LCD is small but decent res. All in all it looks professional. One thing I have noticed is that inserting battery is not ideal, but I guess you are not doing this to often anyway.

    There is no manual (paper or CD), but the menu is quite simple and pretty self-explanatory. Surprisingly enough it has vibration alarm. Another interesting thing to mention is that you can adjust mic rec level. Detailed manual can be found on the shop web.

    Res: 720576, 25FPS for PAL or 720x480, 30FPS for NTSC
    Codec: Xvid Mpeg4
    Bitrate: 8300Kb/s

    This is how it records:

    1. Class6 SanDisk


    2. Class10 PQI


    Besides the above - what is most important for FPV - it looks like it records everything. Noise, static, no signal - you name it.


    GSpot info:



    And at last the magic switch - this is very interesting function. There is this switch that is great help for recording. When it is on the DVR powers up and starts rec automatically. When it is off - the DVR shuts down saving the avi file. Very cool. Unfortunately the switch itself is an absolute made in China crap. Sometimes it is working, sometimes not. Luckily changing it to something better quality is as simple as it can be.

    Maybe one more thing to add - it would be nice if there was a second AV cable for AV out function. Other than that I see no negatives. OK, the last one - lack of 12V DC acceptance...

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    I got one last week and am pretty happy with it. I really like the one button recording and my button seems to work okay but it does look like junk and could fail at any time. I may check into changing it. It did take me a while to figure out that the unit had to be off before the button would work though. They do have a manual for it. The link is at the top of the description on their website. http://www.bevrc.com/download/PV700%...n%20Manual.pdf

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    Thanks for the review. I stumbled upon this review while doing some post purchase research.

    Do you have any first hand experience indicating battery life? Anyone find a mod out there for powering off an external lipo, I understand unit is only 5v?

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    Thumbs up no spare AV out or in cable, no standard pinout on 2.5mm jack

    I think the lack of AV out cable is a serious problem. I dont have any spare av cable if
    I lost or broke it (they include only one av in dc out cable). The other thing it has special layout pin on the jack plug, +5v, video, gnd, audio. So you couldnt use normal standarad pinou jack-rca cables because they last pin is ground not the audio. The +5v is also can be dangerous if you use other pinout jacks from local electric store. I dont understand why should they use custom layout jack cable...only if business.
    why they use 2.5 mm jack instead of commonly used 3.5mm ones????
    BEVRc did not respont to my mails about this issue, nor my request to order 1 spare cable from them.
    I need to buy other cable from ebay or FPV Japan site. (fpv japan also did not react to my order) The price on ebay is 25 Usd for one single cable

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    Thanks for the post anyway Ltomi. I am going to build my own camera cable to connect everything and it is good to know the order I need. Now just need to buy a 2.5 jack.


    does anyone know where you can get another battery for it in europe?
    Whaka's Tinkerings blog --> http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread.php?36623-Whaka-s-Tinkering&p=631753#post631753
    Battle H Virus (home build basher quad tutorial) --> ]http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread.php?12544-Tutorial-Battle-H-Virus
    Range record on 5.8ghz 200mw 24km --> http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1441664

    The one thing I know how to do well with FPV - crash. All in a day of fun!
    I believe landing is a full body experience .... I do my best to aim for your body.

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    I have the dvr from multiwii and it is exactly the same as this one, all the same cables, case and features that you describe...down to the difficult to insert battery. Where were you last month? You would have saved me 60 bucks! I'm very happy with recorder because it just works and is simple. I was originally not happy that it required a 5V in. I've found that the battery lasts quite long enough for me. I've recorded 1hr on a single battery with room...and they give you two. For now one less cable is worth has been worth it as I usually don't record over an hour at the field.

    One feature that I really like is that it records the sound at the ground station (I'm assuming if there was audio coming over the air it would record that instead). I find the chatter between me and my spotter is very nice to have recorded.

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    To all those users that have a mac and use imovie for editing. I hated that I had to convert them to a format that imovie could understand so I went searching for a codex. found this and it works well.

    http://www.3ivx.com/download/macos.html

    now I just bring in the video right into imovie for less picture loss and a hell of a lot faster.

    here is my latest and it still can get better. I need to find the best export settings.

    Whaka's Tinkerings blog --> http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread.php?36623-Whaka-s-Tinkering&p=631753#post631753
    Battle H Virus (home build basher quad tutorial) --> ]http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread.php?12544-Tutorial-Battle-H-Virus
    Range record on 5.8ghz 200mw 24km --> http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1441664

    The one thing I know how to do well with FPV - crash. All in a day of fun!
    I believe landing is a full body experience .... I do my best to aim for your body.

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    about to click the send it to me button...

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    done

    SPARE cable is in and only 4.99

    also "alishanmao" gets you a 5% discount

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