Navitel R450 NV is the latest DVR offer from Navitel. We can buy the device for less than 50 euro. How does it work in practice and is it worth buying? Welcome.
Navitel R450 NV – kit contents
Navitel R450 NV is a device that has a fairly attractive price for a representative of the video recorder segment. For this money, we get a dvr camera equipped with a GC2053 sensor with night vision function, recording at a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second, equipped with a g-sensor, parking mode and the ability to record in a loop and sound. You can also connect an additional rear camera (not included) to it. The device supports microSD cards with a capacity of up to 128 GB.
The video recorder uses a holder that is inserted into the housing. It is attached to the glass with a suction cup. It is powered by a relatively old mini-USB connector. In the box with the device you will also find a microSD card reader for USB (which is just a nice addition), and a 12-month license for Navitel Navigator.
Supercapacitor in place of the battery
A novelty in this recorder is the use of a supercapacitor in place of a battery. This solution has its pros and cons. The biggest pluses are weather resistance, fast charging and linear discharge. The supercapacitor increases the reliability and stability of the device in extreme conditions, and after disconnecting the power supply, it discharges linearly and there is no such sudden drop in capacity as in the case of batteries. In my opinion, our country does not have such extreme weather conditions that you can notice an advantage in the use of this solution in video recorders. I would rather see a capacious battery that will allow you to continue recording up to a few minutes after power loss (e.g. as a result of an accident), or activating the device and recording, e.g. as a result of activating the g-sensor in a parking lot.
Navitel R450 NV in use
Attaching the device to the glass is not a problem. The suction cup holds firmly and the angle can be adjusted quite strongly. This solution will work in a situation where the windshield in your vehicle has a smaller inclination. The lens sees everything within an angle of 130 degrees. The camera has an IPS screen with a size of 2.35 inches and a resolution of 480×320. It is not tactile – the device is controlled by means of four buttons located on the right side of the housing.
If, while driving, we come across a situation that we want to keep for the future, we can block such a recording. However, the device does not create a separate directory with such protected recordings, but only changes their name in the general directory. Initially, I was surprised by this fact, because I could not find the material that I had specially secured earlier.
The microphone in the Navitel R450 NV records very well and there is no distortion, hum and other distortions. We can easily hear and understand the conversation in the car.
In the case of recordings during the day, you can see quite a lot of compression and noise. The places with high contrast blend a bit, and sometimes the camera catches quite a large number of visible pixels on the recording for no reason (As if you were playing a movie on YouTube and suddenly your internet slowed down and the movie switched to low resolution). Car plates are quite clearly visible.
Assessing the recordings after dark, I must admit that it is not bad. Driving around the city, you can quite clearly see the street and pavements on the recordings. In the case of places with very bad light, we can easily see everything that is illuminated by our lights. However, the edges of the frame are completely dark. However, in the case of the camera for nearly 50 euro, this is not a bad result.