HP F210

HP F210

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).

HP F210 Dash Cam Mount

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.

Other Models

Rollei CarDVR-110

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

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.

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

Detailed Specifications

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Camera Type Single Channel
Form Factor Hanging - Square
Country China
Processor Ambarella iOne
CMOS Front Aptina 3135
CMOS Rear N/A
Channels 1
Screen 2.4"
GPS Yes
G-Sensor Yes
Wi-Fi No
Parking Mode No
Lock Files Auto or Button
Max Resolution Front 1920×1080p
Front Frames Per Second 30
Max Bitrate Front (Mbps) 12
Max Resolution Rear N/A
Rear Frames Per Second N/A
Max Bitrate Rear (Mbps) N/A
Video Format MOV
Compression H.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle Front 130°
Diagonal Viewing Angle Rear N/A
SD Card Type MicroSD
Max Size (Spec) 32GB
Max Size (User) 32GB
Size Front (mm) 70 x 36 x 31
Size Rear (mm) N/A
Mount Suction
Power Supply 5V
Operating Temp -10°C to 60°C
Battery 470mAh
Error Notification Screen
Swivel (To Record Side Windows) Yes
Apps PC
Cloud Connectivity No
Release Date Jun 2013
Unique Features None
Advantages Decent build quality
Good video
Disadvantages Huge mount
Final Word Decent camera but smaller mount is required. Price is a bit high but not outrageous.

Published: March 21, 2014

HP F210 - DashCamTalk
HP F210 Dash Cam

The HP F210 is a decent camera but smaller mount is required. Price is a bit high but not outrageous.

Product SKU: HP F210

Product Brand: HP

Product Currency: USD

Product Price: 160

Price Valid Until: 2023-01-01

Product In-Stock: SoldOut

Editor's Rating:
4.8