Cowon Auto Capsule AW1

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I am happy with Cowon MP3 players, but maybe dash cam world is too new for them. However at least hey could replay on e-mails from buyers. Lack of support puts down Cowon reputation.
 

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I took the plunge and bought this camera.
It arrived yesterday and I had sometime to Play with it.

Here is the RAW video.
http://rapidshare.com/share/D2E888A052FFCD494F66BADA62B6CA1B

And here is video uploaded on Youtube

Since this is my first camera, therefore I cannot comment on the video quality. Can someone check the RAW video and comment?

Quick Review:
Good points;
- Design
- Camera quality seems good
- It has iphone / android software
- You can see the live view and adjust the camera
- You can adjust settings through camera

Bad points;
- Designed for Left hand drive and not user friendly with Right hand drive cars
- The cigarette lighter has not light so you are not sure if its working or not
- iphone application crashed only on one setting
- I could not change the time through the iphone application and time was incorrect
- Some pixelation during the night time recording
- GPS antenna and external video share the same socket, so you can use one at a time. You cannot have GPS connected and video out. (Shame!)


I will record videos during the day and upload it to show the difference. In first few hours, no collapsing. No video clip missing or anything.
 

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Thanks for sharing your first impression thoughts.

I wonder why video always "Zoom-in / zoom-out" ?
It's look's like when camera view gets into the dark places, it's zooming-in and when into the brighter places it's soozming-out.
Interesting, what causes this ? ( firmware bug ? )
 

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Thanks for sharing your first impression thoughts.

I wonder why video always "Zoom-in / zoom-out" ?
It's look's like when camera view gets into the dark places, it's zooming-in and when into the brighter places it's soozming-out.
Interesting, what causes this ? ( firmware bug ? )
Are you referring to youtube video or raw video?
 

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YouTube.
Raw video is still downloading.
Strange that rapidshare server "sharing" speed is so slow. Only 10% downloaded. By that time same file would be downloaded 100% from mega.co.nz
 

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So any comments.
Daytime videos are excellent. will upload them when I get time.

Another bad aspect is adjusting the time. Iphone application does not allow that. However PC application allowed it but there is still some time difference.
I am going to take my laptop to the car and try it.

Thanks.

That is where Cowon should improve.
1- night time video
2- Separate ports for GPS and video out so both can be used.
3- Time can be adjusted through iphone application.
4- Phone should save the settings of the phone even if its disconnected. So you can download the latest firmware even when its not connected via wi-fi. When you are in your car, and try to upload you are limited to 3-3.5G data to download.
5- Cigarette lighter should have LED to give use an indication that charger is working.
6- I guess they should go for built in GPS antenna.
7- Voice commands are not loud enough when you are driving / listening to the music.
8- They should have RHD / LHD versions to make it more user friendly.


It is enough for the time being and I will update it as it progress.
 
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Ok Uploaded two clips of day time recording.
All I want is comments on the quality compared to your clips.

1st clip is full of hazards

Second clip
 

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Hi there, first of all excuse my bad english...
I own a cowon aw1 since some days now and i'm having some minor problems with it.

1. problem: camera starts recording continiously when votage drops below the setted shutdown voltage. I don't know why.
2. problem: the map isn't working in the pc tool. it showns only a white screen and the speed. (Yes I have the GPS sensor connected)
3. problem: I can't playback videos in the android app on my smartphone (samsung s3mini). live view is working but playback allways tells me "only sound reproduction". so I can hear the recorded sounds but I can't see the video. This only works by opening the videofile with another player.

Does anyone of you know a solution to any of these problems?
I allready tried to contact cowon but didn't get any reply till today.

Thanks a lot and best regards from germany

edit: firmware 2.3.0
pcmanager 1.1.8
 

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Viofo A139. A129+. SGGCX2. GitUp.
3. Try to use another player, something like MX Player. For some smartphones the video data rate is too much for the smartphone chipset.

enjoy,
Mtz
 

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Here is comparison of videos BV DR500, Cowon AW1 and Itronics ITB-100 HD.
In my opinion Cowon AW1 is far more better than BlackVue.
 

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OK thanks for your help, i fixed the playback problem with the latest mx codec.

also the auto power off problems are fixed.

only map isnt working...

any idea?
 
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