FineVu CR-300HD

The FineVu CR-300HD  dash cam is a compact Korean built dash cam with excellent picture quality during the day but average picture quality at night.  It does not come with a built in GPS module but an external one can be purchased separately.  This dash camera also has a G-sensor and parking mode. For parking mode, this camera has a built-in low voltage cut-off.  Unfortunately the low voltage cut-off is set at 11.6v, which means your battery will likely be dead if it hits that voltage.  If you are using parking mode, you may want to consider a Battery Discharge Prevention Device.

It is easy to install a circular polarizing lens (CPL) on this dash cam which helps reduce reflections when shooting in sunny weather.  If you do opt for a CPL, it is recommended to remove it for night recording otherwise the video will be dark.  The CPL is sold separately as well.  The FineVu CR-300HD hasn’t achieved the same popularity as other dash cams due to its high price tag.  However reliability appears to be quite good for this camera.

Comparison with DR-400G-HD II

This camera is often compared to another Korean made DVR, the Blackvue DR-400G-HD II.  The main differences between the two cameras are as follows:

  1. CR-300HD does not have GPS, DR-400G-HD II does
  2. CR-300HD can use CPL, DR-400G HD II does not
  3. CR-300HD has a wider angle compared to the DR-400G HD II
  4. CR-300HD and DR-400G HD II have excellent day video quality
  5. CR-300HD has average video quality at night, DR-400G HD II has good video quality at night
  6. CR-300HD is $50 more expensive than the DR-400G HD II

Overall, if you are looking for a compact, reliable, non-GPS dash cam but are ok with a high price tag and average night visibility, the FineVu CR-300HD DVR is for you.

Known problems

This camera was released in 2012 and to date there have been few reliability problems identified.

Mounting the Camera

Standard Mount comparing the FineVu CR-300HD DVR on the left with the Blackvue DR400G-HD DVR on the right.

PC Application

The latest English PC Application is v3.1.8.

Android App

There is a an Android App available for configuring the DVR FineVu CR-300HD at Google Play.  A pro version of this configuration app is also available.

Sample Videos

Day Video

Night Video

Where to purchase for lowest price

Right now, eBay is the best place to purchase this camera.  Price is approximately $250.

dreamseller on eBay on eBay has sold over 75 of these cameras

FineVu CR-300HD from jjmall on eBay has sold over 50 of these cameras

FineVu CR-300HD from cool-guys on eBay has sold over 40 of these cameras.

Note that most eBay purchases do not come with warranty.

Firmware

WARNING!  MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR FIRMWARE ARE PERFORMED AT YOUR OWN RISK.  WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DASH CAM AS A RESULT OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

Firmware Update Instructions

  1. Download the latest firmware.
  2. Remove the Micro SD card from the dash cam and place it in the micro SD adapter. Insert into a memory card reader on a PC.
  3. It is recommended that you back up all important files on the Micro SD card.
  4. Format the memory card prior to the firmware upgrade
  5. Unzip the downloaded firmware and copy it to the root directory of the memory card.
  6. When you insert the micro SD card into the black box and turn the power on, 4 LEDs will flash and the upgrade will start.
  7. The upgrade takes approximately 3 minutes. When the upgrade is complete, the firmware file will automatically be deleted.

Latest Firmware

The latest firmware file can be found on the FineVu site in the Downloads section (Korean only).  English firmware can be downloaded here: CR-300HD_Firmware_v2.02.100_eng.zip

Previous Firmware

User Manual

Specifications

FineVu CR-300HD
Price$250
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ManufacturerFine Digital
CountryKorea
Specifications
Processor
CMOS
Channels1
Screen
GPSOptional
G-Sensor
Wi-Fi
Parking Mode
Lock FilesAuto
Video
Max Resolution1080p 30fps
Max Bitrate (Mbps)10
Video FormatAVI
CompressionH.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle129˚
Recording
SD Card TypeMicroSD
Max Size (Spec)32GB
Max Size (User)32GB
Other
Size (mm)39 x 64 x 50
MountAdhesive
Power Supply12V
Operating Temp0°C to 55°C
Battery200mAh
Release DateJan 2012
AppsAndroid, PC
Unique FeaturesBuffers video in parking mode (saves 5 seconds before impact / motion detection and 35 seconds after)
Rating
AdvantagesGood video quality
Reliable
Buffers in parking mode
DisadvantagesExpensive
Night quality could be better
Not the most discreet
Video Day
Video Night
Reliability
Size / Discreetness
Price
Available Support
Overall Rating
Final WordToo expensive for no GPS and average night visibility.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2013