Rearview Mirror DVR

Rearview Mirror DVR

The Rearview Mirror DVR, is a high definition dash cam that records 720p at 30fps.  Even though marketing material indicates this camera can record at 1080p at 15fps, this is not true.  The 1080p video is actually interpolated.  The video quality during the day is good but night video quality is poor.

What makes this dash cam interesting is that, to the untrained eye, it looks like an oversized rearview mirror.  It is 8cm tall and 31.5cm wide.  Many people would not realize that this dash cam was installed in a vehicle.  It has a 2.7″ screen built into the mirror.  The default setting is to have the screen always on.  This is not ideal for driving so you should set screen-saving mode  to 1, 3 or 5 minutes.  This turns off the screen automatically and leaves it just as a mirror.

The internal components of this dashcam are identical to the Carcam K2000 DV Turnkey.  Hence it is based on a Novatek processor (click picture to enlarge).

Rearview Mirror DVR
Rearview Mirror DVR

There are numerous rearview mirror camera versions available.  To identify this particular model, look for the word Rearview on the top middle of the mirror and the following 6 buttons on the bottom.


There are several names that this camera is called:

  1. Rearview Mirror DVR 720p
  2. Rearview Mirror DVR 1080p
  3. RM-I270
  4. X888B
  5. CR1051
  6. Jado D600

The easiest way to identify this rearview camera is from the 6 buttons on the bottom and the K2000 style menus.

Rearview Mirror DVR

Known problems

Poor sound quality

These dash cams are notorious for having crackling and hissing sounds when recording.  In some cases the quality is so bad that you cannot hear conversations in the car.  This is due to poor quality of the microphone used.  The only solution is to replace the microphone but this is a relatively complex procedure.

Camera stops recording or freezes

There are many instances of cameras that stop recording or freezes.

Some potential solutions are:

  1. Reset camera and format the card in the camera
  2. Use a class 4, 8 to 16 gigs micro-SD card.  Do not use class 10 micro-SD cards or micro-SD cards with capacity over 16GB
  3. Replace the camera

Video is out of focus or blurry

This is a very common problem.  The lens of the dash cam is not adjusted properly and needs to be turned or twisted until it is in focus. Since the lens is exposed in this Rearview Mirror DVR, some people have adjusted the lens without disassembling the camera.

Mounting the camera

This camera mounts on top of your existing rear view mirror.  There is no need to remove the existing mirror.

Rearview Mirror DVR
Rearview Mirror DVR
Rearview Mirror DVR

Here is a short video on how to install this camera (note that the camera in the video is a slightly different model).

Disassembling the Dash Cam

Rearview Mirror DVR
Rearview Mirror DVR
Rearview Mirror DVR
Rearview Mirror DVR
Rearview Mirror DVR
Rearview Mirror DVR

Sample Videos

Day Videos

Should I Purchase?

This camera’s design and low price make it an interesting option.  If you are ok with the video quality and the known issues, this camera may be a viable option.  For just a little bit more money than the K2000, this camera is a better choice due to its covertness.



Firmware Backup

Before updating your firmware, it is highly recommended to backup your existing firmware.  This can be easily done using the following method.

  1. Format a micro-SD card
  2. Create a blank DVPLS.txt file and copy to the micro-SD card
  3. Insert the card into the dash cam
  4. Hold down the “OK” button while holding down the “ON” key.
  5. The dash cam will go into the engineering menu (Calibration).
  6. Select the menu item number 8 ReadNorFlash and click “OK.” The dash cam will create a backup
  7. When finished, you will see “ReadAllNorFlash OK”
  8. Press the button “OK” in the menu
  9. Select the item number 7 to Exit
  10. The backed up firmware is on the card

Firmware Update

Any updates you perform are at your own risk.

  1. You must use an micro SD-Card reader to perform this operation.  Do not attempt to do this directly on the dash cam.
  2. Download the desired firmware from the section below.
  3. Copy the firmware file to a micro SD-card using a card reader.
  4. Insert the card into the dash cam and turn it on. Do not press any other buttons until the firmware is updated
  5. Once updated, remove the micro SD card and delete the firmware file from the micro SD Card

Firmware File

There is only one publicly available firmware at this time.



Detailed Specifications

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Camera Type Single Channel
Form Factor Rearview Mirror
Country China
Processor Novatek NT96220
CMOS Front Unknown
Channels 1
Screen 2.7"
G-Sensor Yes
Wi-Fi No
Parking Mode No
Lock Files Auto
Max Resolution Front 1280 x 720p
Front Frames Per Second 30
Max Bitrate Front (Mbps) 6.5
Max Resolution Rear N/A
Rear Frames Per Second N/A
Max Bitrate Rear (Mbps) N/A
Video Format AVI
Compression H.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle Front 140°
Diagonal Viewing Angle Rear N/A
SD Card Type MicroSD
Max Size (Spec) 32GB
Max Size (User) 32GB
Size Front (mm) 315 x 80
Size Rear (mm) N/A
Mount Clip on to mirror
Power Supply 5V
Operating Temp 0°C to 40°C
Battery 500mAh
Error Notification No
Apps None
Cloud Connectivity No
Release Date Nov 2012
Unique Features None
Advantages Clips to mirror
Disadvantages Poor video quality
Below average reliability
Final Word Same internal components as the Carcam K2000 but with a better covert design.
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Rearview Mirror DVR

The Rearview Mirror DVR has the same internal components as the Carcam K2000 but with a better covert design.

Product SKU: Rearview Mirror DVR

Product Brand: Generic

Product Currency: USD

Product Price: 60

Price Valid Until: 2023-01-01

Product In-Stock: SoldOut

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