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: 720×576, 25FPS for PAL or 720x480, 30FPS for NTSC
Codec: Xvid Mpeg4
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.
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...