Dome D201

Dome D201

The Dome D201 is a Chinese manufactured dash cam from Shenzhen Dome Technology.  The D201 is one of the first dash cams based on the Ambarella A12A55 processor and OV4689 CMOS sensor.  The Ambarella A12A55 is one of the newest Ambarella processors and records at a resolution of 1440p.

The video quality during the day is very good and at night it is good. The camera records with an overall bit rate of 19Mbps which supports the good video quality. The D201 has external GPS, G sensor and 2.7″ screen.  The camera also comes with Front Collision Warning System and Lane Departure Warning System however like other cameras with these systems, they are more of an annoyance which most users will just turn off.

One of the main drawbacks of this camera is size and form factor.  The D201 is a relatively large rectangular camera at 99mm x 50mm x 18.4mm.  It also has lots of chrome accents on the front and uses a suction cup mount.  Definitely not the most discreet camera.

Dome D201 Dimensions

One other drawback of this camera is that the filenames do not include the date and time which is common on most cameras.  One nice feature of the camera is that it supports up to 512GB MicroSD cards.  One of the few cameras to support these large cards.  We would like to thank our forum member Sunny for providing a detailed review of the Dome D201 on our forum.

Size Comparison

Size comparison from Sunny. SJ7000 top left, Dome D201 top middle , Firefly 6S top right, Gitup Git1 bottom left, Dome G90 bottom middle, Firefly 5S bottom right.

Dome D201 Size Comparison

Known problems

Poor Suction Mount

There have been numerous complaints that the suction cup mount is not strong enough to support the Dome D201.  Ensure you are attaching the camera to a clean portion of the windshield below any dotted / tinted area.  Another option is to purchase an adhesive mount such as this one from eBay that fits the D201.

Mounting the Camera

From our member Olgu.

Dome D201 Mounted

Sample Videos

Day Video

Night Video

Should I Purchase?

The Dome D201 has excellent video quality given its Ambarella A12A55 processor.  Build quality is quite good and the camera includes GPS.  The price is reasonable given the video quality and initial reliability has been positive.  Unfortunately the camera is quite large and the rectangular form factor is not discreet.  Also the suction cup mount is not the greatest.  If size and discreetness are not concerns, the D201 is an all around good camera especially the video quality.  See what other owners have to say about the Dome D201 on our forum.

Where to purchase for lowest price

The Dome D201 sells for approximately $120.

With GPS

Without GPS

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. Ensure the battery is fully charged or the camera is connected to the power supply before attempting to update firmware
  2. Copy the file with extension .bin onto the root directory of the MicroSD card
  3. Turn on the DVR
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to update
  5. When the firmware update is complete, DELETE the firmware file from the card

Note that some firmware files come with a “bst_bld_sys_dsp_rom.elf” file.  To update the firmware with this file instead of the .bin file, you will need to use the DirectUSB software.

Latest Firmware

Previous Firmware

Custom Firmware

Some users have created custom firmware with higher bit rates.

PC Software

The Dome D261 comes with the following PC Software: BlackView_Player_installer_v1.109.rar

Alternatively, many owners have indicated the Daum Potplayer works well with the video files from this camera.

Specifications

 Dome D201
Price$110
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ManufacturerShenzhen Dome Technology
CountryChina
Specifications 
ProcessorAmbarella A12A55
CMOSOmnivision OV4689
Channels1
Screen2.7"
GPS
G-Sensor
Wi-Fi
Parking Mode
Lock FilesAuto or Button
Video 
Max Resolution1440p 30fps
Max Bitrate (Mbps)19
Video FormatMP4
CompressionH.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle170°
Recording 
SD Card TypeMicroSD

Max Size (Spec)512GB
Max Size (User)512GB
Other 
Size (mm)99 x 50 x 18.4
MountSuction
Power Supply5V
Operating Temp
Battery190mAh
Release DateOct 2015
AppsPC
Unique FeaturesLane Departure Warning System
Front Collision Warning System
Rating 
AdvantagesGood video quality
Upto 512GB MicroSD
DisadvantagesPoor suction mount
Not discreet
Video Day
Video Night
Reliability
Size / Discreetness
Price
Available Support
Overall Rating
Final WordExcellent video quality for the price but camera is not discreet.

Published: April 13, 2016