Review: BULLETHD BIKER Riding Camcorder, 1080p, Wi-Fi, Water Resistant Motorcycle DashCam

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Thank you @Pier28 for sending this camera for review.

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Review Summary: Will update after finishing tests and review.
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Details:
This camera is available for purchase here: https://shop.pier28.com/index.php/dashcams/bullethd-biker-pro-wifi.html

The above link has detailed information on its features and specifications as well.





Description from the site:
-->BIKER PRO has a very nice water-resistant design which allows recording video even in heavy rain without a worry. (perfect for permanent installations) Hide the main DVR controller unit under your seat or stick it anywhere you'd like. Are you looking for the perfect high quality, stealthy set it and forget it automatic loop recording "dashcam" for your motorcycle? Look no further this is it.
-->Built-in Wi-Fi Module, Free iOS & Android app (search app/play store for "BULLETHD BIKER PRO"), 1920x1080, 30fps, 16Mbps, Full HD, H.264 MOV, f/1.8 Lens Aperture, 6 Element Glass, Anti Scratch + Dual Anti-Reflection, 18mm Ultra-Wide 160 Degree Wide Angle Lens, Novatek 96655 and Aptina AR0330, Storage up to 64GB microSD (microSD memory card not included)
-->Image Noise Reduction, Date & Time Stamp, Engine Start Recording, G-Sensor, Stabilizer, Good low-light Performance. 5/10/15 Looping Recording Segments
Built-in 850mAh 1 hour+ Battery (for supplemental usage), normal power usage for the Biker PRO/MATE is 500mAh & the max power usage is 550mAh, Optic nerve cable is durable. The cable has an outer packet that is waterproof, oil abrasion-resistant and erosion resistant. For more information see bullethd.us
-->Main DVR Controller + Flat Mount + 3M VHB Adhesive Type-A + 78 inch (2M) Optic Nerve Cable + Streamlined Lens Module + 360 Degree Lens Flat Mount + 3M VHB Adhesive Type-B, + Dual USB Power Converter (DC 12V to DC 5V) + mini USB cable + 2 piece Cable Connector

Specifications:
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This camera is based on Novatek NT96655 chip and records 1080p video @ 30fps.
This is advertised as the World's first motorcycle specific camcorder and looking at the design and different parts specifically made for riding, it's rightfully so.
It's water resistant: The mini USB and HDMI ports are deep in the camera body and lens to seal water as well as the USB tip also comes with a small rubber washer for the 12v to 5v converter.
Also the tapered HDMI tips help in this matter.

Unboxing Video: Handlebar swap @ 8:30.

Package is very good with custom compartments for lens, body and accessories.
It helps prevent shipping damage.

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Package contents:

1. Lens and 3M mount.
2. Camera Body and 3m mount.
3. 12v to dual 5v USB converter.
4. custom mini HDMI to mini HDMI cable.
5. USB to mini USB cable.
6. Positive power cable with waterproof inline fuse.
7. Negative/ground cable.
8. Scotch lock connectors.
9. Zip ties.
10. Quick start guide.
11. Pier28 Business Card.

-->My package also came with optional handlebar mount.

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Build quality is very good.
Feels solid and well designed.

The camera and other components are all black except the body has two lights on the front.

The idea here is to connect the 12v to 5v converter to power source using the two cables and then connecting the mini USB power to camera body.
The camera body connects to lens via mini HDMI cable.
One usb out of the converter is taped off so if using only one, no need to take that off.

Here is simulation hookup:
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Lens only has mini HDMI input on the back.

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Lens only has mini HDMI input on the back.

Front of the camera body has two alien eyes shaped lights and power and wifi buttons on the bottom.
Top of camera body has a small led indicator:
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Left side of camera body (looking from front) has mini USB and HDMI ports:

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Right side of camera body (looking from front) has covered microSD slot:
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Back of camera body has nothing as it's supposed to go flat in the 3M mount.

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Side-by-side with Innovv C3 body:

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BulletHD camera lens and body side-by-side with Papago GoSafe 520:
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Lens only has mini HDMI input on the back.

Front of the camera body has two alien eyes shaped lights and power and wifi buttons on the bottom.
Top of camera body has a small led indicator:
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Left side of camera body (looking from front) has mini USB and HDMI ports:

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Right side of camera body (looking from front) has covered microSD slot:
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Back of camera body has nothing as it's supposed to go flat in the 3M mount.

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Side-by-side with Innovv C3 body:

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BulletHD camera lens and body side-by-side with Papago GoSafe 520:
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Android app installation and settings:
Search for 'BulletHD' in the google playstore and you'll have few different ones.
You have to get the 'BULLETHD BIKER PRO' app.

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After installation, turn the camera on and press Wi-Fi button to turn the Wi-Fi.
Launch the app and it'll find 'BIKER-PRO' wi-fi network:
Select the 'BIKER-PRO' network, enter the password and connect.

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Once connected, it'll show camera's live view with icons for video files, settings, record:
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Settings Menu: There are a lot of settings to go through.

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Settings-->Resolution: Options are 1080FHD 1920x1080 or 720P 1280x720 60fps
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Settings-->Timelapse:
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Settings-->Loop Record:
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Settings-->Video Time:
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Settings-->G-sensor Sensitivity
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Settings continued...
Settings-->Audio Record
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Settings-->Date Stamp
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Settings-->Quality

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Settings-->Frequency
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Settings-->Default Setting
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Settings-->Format
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Settings-->Auto Power Off
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Settings-->Wi-Fi Name
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Settings-->Reset Password
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Settings-->Camera Name
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Settings-->Version
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Pressing the files icon brings up list of the recorded files:
File names are generic FILE####.MOV format.

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Looks like you have to have SD card in the camera to turn the wi-fi on.
I turned it on without SD card and it beeped and flashed quick and turned off.

When it's turned on with SD card, pressing wi-fi button makes blue and orange led's blink back and forth.
Once it connects to wi-fi, the blue and orange led's flash very slowly.

Here is a video of that Wi-Fi test with/without SD card:

 
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Folder and files:
Root folder has DCIM folder and Settings text file.
DCIM>100MEDIA
1 minute file is around 130 mb in size.

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Settings file:
Code:
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#system setting
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VERSION             = BP2015050402                # can't  change
WIFI_NAME           = BIKER-PRO                   # wifi name,length 1-32 (a-z, A-Z, 0-9)
WIFI_PASSWORD       = 00000000                    # wifi  password, length 8-32 (a-z, A-Z, 0-9)
RESOLUTICON         = 0                           # (0=1080p, 1= 720p@60pfs)
VIDEO_TIME          = 0                           # (0=5mins, 1=10mins, 2=15mins) recording chunk time
QUALITY             = 0                           # (0=fine, 1=good, 2=normal)
LOOP_RECORD         = 1                           # (0=off, 1=on)
DATE_STAMP          = 1                           # (0=off, 1=on)
G-SENSOR            = 0                           # (0=high, 1=mid,2=low,3=off)
TIMELAPSE           = 0                           # (0=off, 1=1s,2=2s,3=5s,3=10s,4=30s,5=60s)
AUDIO_RECORD        = 1                           # (0=off, 1=on)
AUTO_POWER_OFF      = 1                           # 0=Off,  1=3min,2=5min,3=10min
TIME_SET            = N2015.01.01.00:00:00        # Y=change  N=not change
DEFAULT_SETTING     = 0                           # (0=false, 1=true) when set to 1, the camera will ignore other settings, set to system default and write the default settings in this file
CAMERA_NAME         = BIKER-PRO                   # Device ID
##########################################################################################
#end
##########################################################################################
VBR:
Video bit rate: 16.4 mbps @ 30 fps.
Audio bit rate:

Code:
General
Complete name               : F:\DCIM\100MEDIA\FILE0002.MOV
Format                      : MPEG-4
Format profile              : QuickTime
Codec ID                    : qt
File size                   : 137 MiB
Duration                    : 1mn 5s
Overall bit rate            : 17.7 Mbps
Movie name/More             : CarDV-TURNKEY
Encoded date                : UTC 2015-07-28 18:41:51
Tagged date                 : UTC 2015-07-28 18:41:51
Origin                      : NVT-IM

Video
ID                          : 1
Format                      : AVC
Format/Info                 : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile              : High@L4.1
Format settings, CABAC      : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames   : 1 frame
Format settings, GOP        : M=1, N=15
Codec ID                    : avc1
Codec ID/Info               : Advanced Video Coding
Duration                    : 1mn 5s
Bit rate                    : 16.4 Mbps
Width                       : 1 920 pixels
Height                      : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio        : 16:9
Frame rate mode             : Constant
Frame rate                  : 30.000 fps
Color space                 : YUV
Chroma subsampling          : 4:2:0
Bit depth                   : 8 bits
Scan type                   : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)          : 0.264
Stream size                 : 127 MiB (93%)
Language                    : English
Encoded date                : UTC 2015-07-28 18:41:51
Tagged date                 : UTC 2015-07-28 18:41:51

Audio
ID                          : 2
Format                      : PCM
Format settings, Endianness : Little
Format settings, Sign       : Signed
Codec ID                    : sowt
Duration                    : 1mn 5s
Bit rate mode               : Constant
Bit rate                    : 512 Kbps
Channel(s)                  : 1 channel
Sampling rate               : 32.0 KHz
Bit depth                   : 16 bits
Stream size                 : 3.97 MiB (3%)
Language                    : English
Encoded date                : UTC 2015-07-28 18:41:51
Tagged date                 : UTC 2015-07-28 18:41:51
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Finally got around testing the BulletHD BIKER PRO as a dashcam.
I used Innovv C3's sticky tripod mount to hold the lens on the windshield.

A 5 minute clip is around 645 mb in size and VBR is 17.6 mbps.

Daytime screenshots:
All areas are in focus and very clear footage.
My dashboard reflection is the cause of some fuzzy areas in the corners.
Morning drive...
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Fall colors already here:
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Very sharp in the corner:

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Very sharp in the corner:

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All areas are in good focus and sharp:
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Underground parking:
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I used default settings and found videos are slightly brighter.
Good thing for underground parking/dark but may need to turn exposure down little bit for daytime.

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Daytime screenshots continued...
Afternoon's drive...

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Very sharp signboard:
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Against the Sun is pretty hard for dashcams without CPL filter but still can read the exit sign:
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Can't believe fall colors are already here on September 9th:

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License plates are readable, both on left and right sides:
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Daytime videos:
Morning drive:
Watch in 1080p...



When it takes more than 3 minutes finding a parking spot in dedicated underground parking garage, you know you are very late arriving at work. Had to go down 3 levels. :oops:
Audio replaced...

Afternoon drive:

Daytime video quality is very good for NT96655 based camera.
All areas are in focus and clear.
Audio is pretty good except has some hiss at few places, could be FM interference.

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Night screenshots:
It's pretty good where there is at least some light.
Dark areas are pretty dark like other NT based dashcams.
There are some pixelation at dark spots but they should be dark anyways.

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Stopped with Headlights on:

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Stopped with Headlights off:
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Night screenshots continued... low/high beam test...

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High beam:
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Low beam + fog lights:
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Night videos :
Watch in 1080p.

1. From no light streets to traffic lights:

Audio replaced:

2. Traffic light to grocery store:

Audio replaced:

3. Grocery store to strip mall to traffic lights:

Audio replaced:

4. Traffic lights to no lights, high/low beam at 1:54-2:03:

Audio original: Audio is very good.
Baby singing 'She loves you ye ye ye' by Beatles except she can only sing the ye ye ye part.
We have a small toy guitar that sings that song but she only picks up the last part ;).
Warning: That ye ye ye is continuous all the way... :D


I'll try to get some videos from the bike if I can get access to it.
 
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Driving alongside foothills:
 
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If you're getting passed on the right, move one lane to the right. Repeat if necessary.
 

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how do i get the setting file back, some how it is missing.And the iphone app shows no data.
Hi thanks for chatting live on our Pier28 site. In summary.

128GB cards are not supported. but might work if you manually format them FAT32 in a PC.
(32GB or 64GB Transcend or Lexar is best)
Sandisk is not generally supported in dashcam products long term. They use a proprietary controller that can flip into read only mode.

If you delete everything off the card using your computer, the next time you insert the card back into the alien head and power on, the settings.txt file will be re-created

Be sure you're on the new 2016 firmware. (use a 32GB card to do the update)
https://bullethd.com/en/content/15-firmware-biker-pro-mate
 
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DO NOT BUY TILL ISSUES ARE ADDRESSED!!

I purchsed the bikerpro twin-pack round September 2016 and so far it has been dissapointing with a few issues.


1. Sometimes (randomly) recording ill just stop & that file is corrupted & unreadable.

2. One camera stops recording alltogether (even though it's on & card is empty)

3. file names go from "FILE0006" to "EVE0007" then back to "FILE0008".
i'm not sure if 'eve' is meant to be 'event' and its after the g-sensor detects a bump - but i have it set at 'low' and i have not had an incident. only pot holes and speed bumps.

4. The app has issues too.

5. the time changes on its own. connecting to the app seems to re-synch the time...till it changes on its own again!
and the time cant be set in the app or settings file.

6. USB power cable in the power converter comes loose. however i have used strong sticky tape to ensure they dont move & above issues still happen.


the above issues have been experienced on the latest firmware:BP2016071501 and with the "new" factory HDMI cables
they also happend with muliple cards, and with various settings.
 

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