GS8000

GS8000

The GS8000 DVR was released in 2013 and is becoming quite popular.  This camera can record at 1080p @ 30fps and is based on the Ambarella A2S70 processor.  Video quality during the day is good but video quality at night is at best average.  The GS8000 comes with a g-sensor and GPS.  This dash cam is not too large and it comes with a 2.7″ screen.

There is a cheaper Novatek version of this camera for sale as well.  The Novatek version has worse video quality and is not recommended.

GS8000 Models

This camera is also sold under the following names:

Known problems

There have been more than average problems noted for this camera.  Be aware before purchasing.

Records only for a brief period

Some owners have complained that the camera will record for approximately 30 seconds or a minute than stop recording.  This appears to be a problem with how the SD card is formatted.  To correct, format the SD card via a computer using Fat32.

GPS issues

Some owners have indicated the GPS does not catch or stops working altogether.  A potential fix is to reposition the dash cam on your windshield.  You could also remove the GPS antenna from the mount.  See the following pictures of a modified mount with the GPS antenna removed from the original mount and glued onto a new mount.

GS8000 Different Mount 1

GS8000 Different Mount 2

GS8000 Different Mount 3

This may not solve the problem since some owners have complained of a completely inoperative GPS unit.

Dead / Unresponsive Camera

There have been a few cases of dead / unresponsive cameras.  One potential cause is removing the GPS cable when the camera is powered on (not confirmed). Reflashing the firmware is an alternative option.  Note some of the issues may be hardware related which do not have any known resolutions.

Camera Freezes

Watch this Youtube video on a freezing GS8000.

Mounting the camera

Standard mount

GS8000 Mount 1

GS8000 Mount 2

GS8000 Mount 3

Disassembling the dash cam

GS8000 Disassembled 2

GS8000 Disassembled 1

Sample Videos

Day

Night

PC Software

If you are having trouble with the PC software that comes with this camera, particularly the GPS, you can try one of the following software packages.

GPS8000GPStool.zip

GPS_Player.zip

GS5000 DVR Driver.iso

Should I purchase?

Many people who have received this camera are quite pleased initially.  The biggest issues are the average night time video quality and potential GPS issues that some owners have complained about.  However with the growing complaints of reliability problems, we cannot recommend this camera.  See our complete comparison on the dash cam comparison page.

Where to purchase for lowest price

The GS8000 sells for approximately $110.

in4dealz on eBay has sold over 20.

icubot on eBay is another seller.

Geekbuying.com also sells the camera.

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.  IF YOUR FIRMWARE VERSION IS NOT SIMILAR TO THE ONE ON THIS SITE, DO NOT UPDATE.

Firmware Update Instructions

  1. Download the latest firmware
  2. Format the SD Card
  3. Copy the firmware to the SD card, only copy  “yamaha.bin” to the SD Card
  4. Insert the Micro SD Card to the GS8000 Card slot, then power on the DVR, it will update automatically, and you will see “firmware update”. After a few seconds, the upgrade completed and the DVR powered off automatically.GS8000 Firmware Update
  5. If you can’t power on the DVR, please try to reset the DVR, hold the reset button for a few seconds.

Latest Firmware

The latest firmware version is V1.0.8 G82A K

Specifications

Sensor 5M COMS sensor,1/2.5”light-sensing surface area
Solution Ambarella A2S70
lens Aperture 2.5, focal length 2.8mm
wide angle lens 170 degree Ultra High-definition wide angle lens
Display 2.7″ inch LCD screen
Video output AV(CVBS) composite television signal output NTSC/PAL ,TV HDMI output ,Max 1920×1080
Photo JPG; Max 5M pixels
Video format MOV
Recording resolution 1920*1080(30fps) 1440*1080(30fps) 1280*720(30fps)
Video codec H.264
Zoom 4 time digital zoom
Recording media Support max 32GB TF card
Audio Built-in MIC and horn
Shutter button Electronic shutter
AV AV-OUT
Fill light Electronic infrared fill light
Battery 300mAh, 3.7v, lithium ion polymer battery
USB USB2.0

Last Updated: June 5, 2013