HP F210

HP F210 Dash Cam

The HP F210 is one of the few dashboard cameras from a well known brand.  While this might be branded as a Hewlett Packard camera, HP is not the actual manufacturer of this product.  It is produced by a Chinese manufacturer that rebrands it for various companies.

One benefit of this camera is that some major retailers are carrying it in the United States and Canada. The camera records 1080p at 30 frames per second and has very good video quality during the day and above average video quality at night.  Night quality is slightly worse than the better NT96650+Aptina AR0330 cameras such as the the GT680W, RX300, etc.

The camera is based on the Ambarella iOne processor and Aptina 3135 CMOS sensor.  Not much info on the Aptina 3135 sensor is available but the specs look quite similar to the popular Aptina AR0330.  If that is the case, this camera is likely not providing true WDR (Wide Dynamic Range).

The camera comes with a G-sensor, GPS and 2.4″ screen.  Overall build quality is quite good as well.  This is a medium sized camera at 70 x 36 x 31mm but the squarish form factor is not the most discreet.  Also the camera comes with a very large mount which makes this camera too noticeable. HP F210 Dash Cam Mount

Other Models

This camera is sold under the Rollei CarDVR-110 brand as well. Rollei CarDVR-110

The manufacturer appears to make cameras for the following brand names:

  • Abee
  • Aiptek
  • Blaupunk
  • Group 5
  • MiVue / Navman
  • Panasonic
  • Parkcity (Russian)
  • Whistler

Known problems

Shaky Video

Due to the large / long mount, the video quality is described as being shaky by some owners.  A smaller mount resolves this problem.

Changing Speed Setting

Some owners have a difficult time changing the speed displayed from KPH to MPH. This is setup when you first start the camera.  To change it later, you will need to do a factory reset by holding the power button for more than 10 seconds.

Sample Videos

Day

Night

Should I Purchase?

Overall, this is a reasonable camera for the price given the video and build quality.  If you are looking for a GPS enabled camera this isn’t a bad choice but take a look at the GT68oW or RX300 which are a bit cheaper and slightly better night quality.

We are not fans of the mount but changing this to a smaller adhesive mount, makes this a better choice.  Be aware that HP does not make this camera but rather just some manufacturer in China.

Where to purchase for lowest price

The HP F210 sells for approximately $170 on Amazon.

On Amazon, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de

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.

The HP F210 and Rollei CarDVR-110 firmware are compatible with this camera.  Also owners have had success with the Parkcity 710 firmware, MiVue 388 firmware and Abvee V50 firmware.

Firmware Update Instructions

  1. Download and extract the firmware file to your PC.  You will find a file called sp8g.bin
  2. Copy the sp8g.bin file to the root directory of a MicroSD card.
  3. Insert the MicroSD card into the camera
  4. Turn on the camera on and accept the firmware update.  Once the update is complete, turn off the cam and delete the sp8g.bin file from the card.

Latest Firmware

The latest HP F210 firmware is f210_v2.01.18_hp.zip

The latest Rollei CarDVR-110 firmware is Rollei_CarDVR-110_10219.zip

Previous Firmware

HP

Parkcity 710

User Manual

The English user manual can be downloaded here.

Specifications

 HP F210
Price$160
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ManufacturerHP Branded
CountryChina
Specifications 
ProcessorAmbarella iOne
CMOSAptina 3135
Channels1
Screen2.4"
GPS
G-Sensor
Wi-Fi
Parking Mode
Lock FilesAuto or Button
Video 
Max Resolution1080p 30fps
Max Bitrate (Mbps)12
Video FormatMOV
CompressionH.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle130°
Recording 
SD Card TypeMicroSD
Max Size (Spec)32GB
Max Size (User)32GB
Other 
Size (mm)70 x 36 x 31
MountSuction
Power Supply5V
Operating Temp-10˚C to 60˚C
Battery470mAh
Release DateJun 2013
AppsPC
Unique FeaturesNone
Rating 
AdvantagesDecent build quality
Good video
DisadvantagesHuge mount
Video Day
Video Night
Reliability
Size / Discreetness
Price
Available Support
Overall Rating
Final WordDecent camera but smaller mount is required. Price is a bit high but not outrageous.

Published: March 21, 2014