Note: non exhaustive list but some cars such as the Tesla, Mercedes Benz and current Land Rover and Jaguar models have UV treated/ heated windshields and some use a transparent layer which impedes GPS and/ or other wireless signals.
Blackvue offers a utility to set the item manually on a laptop before reinserting the the microSD card into the camera:
Please keep that in mind and consider your need/ want for the camera’s Parking Mode (reduced power consumption + motion and chock detection if power supply is present)) which goes into effect if the camera/ car has not changed based on its GPS for 20 minutes or more.
If your car shuts down the 12V outlet power supply when it is off or if you simply do not want to take up a 12V outlet for the camera, you can “hardwire” the camera during the installation by routing the power cable to (one of) the fuse box(es) in the car. Some makes do not have a fuse box in the cockpit. Other have one on the driver or passenger side upfront and another in the trunk usually. Please note: if you have never done 12V work and have the required knowledge and understanding to prevent damage to your vehicle and the camera, please seek the help of a professional.
There is also an infrared sensor on the left side of the camera you can hold a finger up to to toggle the audio recording on or off manually at anytime.
The manufacturer changed the bitrate over the years to balance heat/ processor load, performance and video quality. In the DR650S-2CH with the current firmware version as of Aug 2017 it is 10Mbps (Front)/5Mbps (Rear).
The manufacturer also makes firmware updates available for the camera itself. It is recommended to be on the latest firmware available but we recommend you do not install it immediately after release in case a corrective one is issued shortly afterwards so you don’t have to deal with any eventual issues.
The download link for the latest firmware is https://www.blackvue.com/downloads/ Choose Mac or Windows, decompress the file and copy the “Blackvue” folder to a formatted microSD before reinserting the memory card into the camera. The camera will then upgrade and that part may take up to 5 mns. Make sure the power supply to the camera is not interrupted during that process.
Go to your device’s settings / WiFi / tap the SSID that starts with DR650…. Enter the default password “Blackvue" (without quotations).
In Android devices, disable to option that check for internet connectivity (under WIFI advanced settings) to avoid a common “Weak signal…” warning/ issue. Once connected, launch the Blackvue App and tap the middle WiFi option on the screen.
If you prefer to use your computer to review the footage, simply unplug the power cable of the camera, IMPORTANT: WAIT until the orange status light stops blinking, press with your nail to pop the microSD card out and insert into the microSD to USB adapter included in the box to connect it to your computer. Here is the download link to the free BlackVue Viewer software which you can use to review footage, reset the Wifi password if you have changed it from the default “Blackvue” and also perform a few basic footage/ image manipulation such as taking a still image, rotating the video etc. https://www.blackvue.com/downloads/
Please make sure to understand how your car electrical system is configured (if I leave something plugged into a 12V outlet and lock the car, does it still get power?).
The Blackvue can be hardwired with a companion electrical module called “Power Magic Pro”, the job of which is to cut power to the camera if/ when detects the car’s battery voltage dropping and reaching a 12V or 12.5V (user configured) and/ or a certain period of time has passed, whichever (the low voltage or time) comes first.