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How many times have you found yourself in or in front of a car accident and you just wished you had the means to prove that you were not the one responsible? Well i don't know about you all but this has happened to me once and although in my case i saw the person responsible for my accident he fled the scene almost immediately afterwards and got lost in traffic so in the end i just had no way of tracking him down to get his insurance information (although i really doubt he had any). Of course there are many other reasons for a person to own a good car camera/camcorder but even so i don't even know a single person who does own one. On the other hand i know quite a few who chose to go with action cameras for more flexibility and although i can understand their choice (not many can afford to have two such cameras) still dedicated car models come packing certain features you will need a lot more when inside your car. Rollei has been in the camera business for many decades and after the very good S-50 Wi-Fi Nitro Circus Live Limited Edition Action Camera which we reviewed a while back it was just a matter of time before we put their latest CarDVR-110 Full HD GPS Car Camera to the test.
Rollei’s history goes back to the year 1920 and a workshop in Braunschweig. With the launch of the twin-lens Rolleiflex, a landmark film camera, Rollei quickly established a global reputation for precision engineering. A cult brand, it gave rise to its very own photo style in the 1950s and ’60s. In 2007 Hamburg-based RCP-Technik GmbH acquired the European rights to Rollei and since then has marketed Rollei consumer products with growing success. Rollei products are currently sold in more than 20 European countries. The Rollei product range features digital cameras, camcorders, action camcorders, digital picture frames, slide scanners, professional tripods as well as camera and iPhone accessories. Excellent service is assured for all Rollei products with the all-inclusive package for 24 months. If a defect is found within this time, the product can be returned and a new one received within eight days.
As clearly stated by the description the CarDVR-110 by Rollei is not your average car camera since it packs a sensor capable of taking 3MP stills (2048x1536 pixels) and record video at either HD 720p (1280x720 pixels) or Full HD 1080p (1920x1080 pixels) resolutions at 30 fps. It also comes ready with a 2.4" color LCD screen at the rear (480x234 pixels) that allows you to clearly see what you're shooting (can also be used to playback recordings), an internal lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery (470mAh), collision detection sensor for recording only when a collision is registered, built-in speaker and a built-in GPS that can keep track of both where you've been and how fast you were going at all times. So as you can see the CarDVR-110 may not be waterproof and it doesn't feature Wi-Fi connectivity like most action cameras but it does offer features that can be very beneficial to drivers as you will see later on in this review.