Xiaomi has presented a very interesting device for your car, namely a new model of a video recorder or DVR. The device was named Xiaomi Driving Recorder 2.
The first generation of Xiaomi Driving Recorder was quite popular, and many motorists liked the recording quality and low cost.
But the updated DVR has received a number of improvements that I want to talk about. But the price tag has not grown much compared to its predecessor. For example, the Xiaomi Driving Recorder 2 is currently priced at around $57, while the first generation will cost you $7 less.
The main upgrades I can attribute are the improved design, the ability to record at 2K resolution, and the presence of a built-in battery with a capacity of 470 mAh. The device also uses a 5-megapixel module with f/1.8 aperture optics, a viewing angle of 140 degrees, and a night vision with 3D noise reduction.
Well, let’s check the device in real life and see how the DVR can cope with the tough tasks.
Xiaomi Driving Recorder 2: Specifications
|Xiaomi Driving Recorder 2:||Specs|
|Video Resolution:||2K (2560 x 1600 pixels)|
|WiFi Network Frequency:||Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz|
|Night Vision Distance:||3-50m|
|Size:||92 x 51.5 x 18mm|
Unboxing and packaging
A dashcam came to me for a test in a small white box, which has all the main features and benefits. For example, on the front, there is a picture of the device and the name of the model.
Inside the box, I found a fairly large number of components. This is the DVR itself, a removable platform for attaching the device to the windshield, a 3.5-meter power cable, a 5V, and a 2.4A power adapter.
In addition, the kit includes one adhesive tape, two transparent electrostatic films, a plastic spatula for laying the cable inside the machine, and instructions for use in Chinese.
In general, the package bundle is pretty good and I would say there is everything you need for full use. But let’s take a look at the exterior and how the device is assembled.
Design, materials used and assembly
In appearance, the new model of the Xiaomi Driving Recorder 2 is very much like its predecessor. But in terms of design, the device has received a number of updates.
First of all, these are dimensions, for example, the new DVR received dimensions of 92 x 51.5 x 18 mm, and the first generation had dimensions of 87.5 x 53 x 18 mm.
I would like to note that the device is made of durable black ABS plastic. The build quality is high and the body of the DVR is almost monolithic. I did not find extraneous squeaks and sounds while driving, even on bad roads.
On the upper edge, there is a groove for attaching the removable platform. The platform itself has a 45-degree beveled angle and adhesive tape for attaching to the car windshield. From myself, I can note that the mount used is quite reliable and strong. Due to the rubberized insert between the mount and the device, I did not notice any rattling or extraneous sounds.
Another improvement is the ability to adjust the angle of the camera lens. The movement is very smooth and precise. Even driving on bumps or uneven roads, the selected lens position remains unchanged.
On the opposite side of the lens is a screen. The Xiaomi Driving Recorder 2 model does not use a touch screen but is controlled by the lower mechanical buttons.
The on/off button is located on the left side of the device.
But on the right side, there is a MicroUSB port and a slot for a MicroSD memory card up to 128 GB.
Okay, in terms of appearance and build quality is good. Now let’s go through the main functions, check the quality of shooting, and show you how to connect the DVR to a smartphone.
Functions, app connection, and sample video
Xiaomi Driving Recorder 2 received a 5-megapixel sensor that can record video with a capture angle of 140 degrees.
Also inside the case is a HiSilicon Hi3556 processor, which can easily shoot and process video with a resolution of 2K or 2560 x 1600 pixels.
The big news for me was the presence of a built-in 470 mAh battery. Thanks to it, you can use the device without recharging for about 1 hour.
Of the minuses, I can note that the user interface of the DVR itself is completely in Chinese. Currently, it is not yet possible to even choose English or another language. But thanks to the mobile application, you will be able to understand the basic functions.
Before connecting the Mi Home app, you need to select English in the app and set the Chinese region. After that, you need to turn on Wi-Fi on the DVR itself and then connect the device to the application. The process itself took me about 5 minutes and did not cause many difficulties.
The application menu is almost the same as that of the entire line of video recorders from Xiaomi. Here you can set the sensitivity of the collision sensor both while driving and while parking. That is, the parking recording mode is triggered by the shock sensor.
Also in the settings menu, you can set the duration of the recorded clips from 1 to 3 minutes, select the type of encoding and recording resolution from 1080p to 2K.
As for the example of video recording on Xiaomi Driving Recorder 2, the quality of the shooting is at a fairly high level. Even at night, I can easily see the license plates of cars and road users. Below I will leave video examples of recording both in good lighting and in bad.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
The updated model of the Xiaomi Driving Recorder 2 DVR has received a number of improved indicators. For example, I can refer to them – this is a higher quality video recording with a resolution of 2K.
The device also received a built-in battery with a capacity of 470 mAh, which will allow you to record video when hitting in a parking lot or while driving.
H.265 encoding makes the picture smoother and clearer, which makes it possible to view car license plates even in the dark. Also, 3D noise reduction for night shooting will allow you to get videos very clear and without strong noise.
Of course, there were some drawbacks. For example, the device is for the Chinese market only, so the entire user interface is still in Chinese. But I know that in the future, Driving Recorder 2 has received an update that will have many languages for different countries.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
The price tag for the second generation of the Xiaomi Driving Recorder 2 is almost the same as the first generation. Let’s say you can now buy a device at a low price of $ 57.16 with a 31% discount.
The last generation has a price tag of up to $10 less, but the functionality of the second generation is much larger and better. So if you are looking for a new 2K dash cam, then Driving Recorder 2 is a good choice.