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HP Car Camcorder to the Rescue

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Category: Hardware Published on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Okay, imagine this scenario: You're driving down the street, probably listening to your favorite CD or the radio, when - - - BAM - - - you get hit (or crash into) another car. Next comes the game of "it wasn't my fault," where you and the other driver argue over who did what to whom.

Who's to blame?

Whose insurance rates are going to go up?

Who gets a ticket?

All of these questions can be answered by using the new HP Car Camcorder f210 from VistaQuest ($149.99).

This handy device mounts on your car's windshield and is automatically activated to record as soon as it detects a collision, providing evidence of what happened and who was at fault. Argument over!

The camcorder uses a three-axis G-force motion sensor to detect the impact and provides up to five minutes of 1080p HD video of the incident, which can be presented to your - - - or their - - - insurance company.

As with all things, there are a few instances where using it won't resolve the dispute:

  • If the accident happens outside of the camera's viewing angle, which is 130 degrees
  • If you're rear-ended (unless you mount the camera on your rear window)

Of course, these problems can easily be resolved if you have two lighter sockets in your car and mount a second camera in the rear window.

Another, more appealing, function of the camera is its ability to record your road trips. You no longer have to get out of your car to take videos of those grand scenic vistas or other things that catch your eye. Just turn it on and it will capture it all for you.

Other key features include:

  • Continuous GPS tracking for picture and video location information
  • You can manually add speed camera locations using the camera's speed point feature
  • You can set Speed Limit Alerts by customizing your maximum speed limit
  • A three megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Full HD recording (1080p and 720p) at 30 frames per second
  • A 2.4-inch TFT LCD display
  • 32 megabyte internal flash storage that's expandable to up to 32 gigabytes using an SDHC card
  • A built-in lithium ion battery
  • HDMI output

Although you can't use the camcorder to shoot your own full-length feature film - - - each video is limited to five minutes, which, according to the folks at HP, makes it easier to find that "exact" scene you want to show everyone - - - it can become an essential addition to all of the other tech devices many of us have become dependent upon.

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