Dash cameras are nothing new, but the lens/sensor technology and convenience features help elevate the Genius DVR-FHD590 to a level above previous offerings.The whole variety of the brightest smartcard is now gathered under one roof. There's no doubt that vehicle recorders will ease fears when dealing with insurance claims or law enforcement, and based on my short time testing DVR-FHD590, I'm confident vehicle recorders will contribute to numerous online videos that capture road-rage and other driving un-pleasantries. With just under eight hours of footage recorded, there were two close calls and at least five times where other drivers were captured behaving dangerously to the point of nearly causing an accident.
The only perceivable downside to
having a vehicle recorder is the obstructed view caused by the camera. I
was able to alleviate the distraction by hiding it behind the far side
of my rear-view mirror, but ultimately I would have preferred to keep it
at the bottom of my dash out of my peripheral view. Ideally, the
camera's profile would be smaller (shorter) and the mounting hardware
would be much more compact so that it does not interfere with my vision.
The mounting hardware that came with DVR-FHD590 did not permit this,
since it must attach to the top or bottom of the camera and either hang
from above or below.
Although the rating and final score
mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible,
please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently
at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all
aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen
market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication
that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase
solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating
specifically for the product tested which may differ from future
versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary
for each of the areas that we rate.
When it comes to cameras,
performance is paramount. The 5-MP 1/3.2" CMOS image sensor enables
full-HD 1080p resolution on Genius DVR-FHD590, which is output in H.264
at 30 FPS. Although my example footage is considerably clear despite
processing done by the host, actual .MOV footage is noticeably better
during playback and when paused. Although I would have appreciated a
slightly wider field of view from the wide-angle lens, I understand that
this would reduce overall detail quality as a result of increasing the
aspect ratio. That being said, it seems like a 32GB memory card should
have been the starting point for storage capacities, not the limit.
is a much more subjective matter, especially since this particular
rating doesn't have any quantitative benchmark scores to fall back on.
The Genius DVR-FHD590 offers a black on blue finish that is
imperceivable to contrasting dark cabin interiors. This color
combination helps hide the camera from conspicuous view, so to avoid
drawing attention to itself. The camera unit measures 2.6" square, so
it's easy to find a spot that fits somewhere on the windshield.
Genius DVR-FHD590 is built solid, and offers a very durable
construction. A reinforced plastic camera housing protects the lends and
LCD screen, so the most likely causes for failure would be liquid
submersion or electrical damage. This device is designed to endure
crashes and provide video evidence, so it's not surprising that no
damage occurs if the unit falls from the windshield or is accidentally
Back in the early ‘70s, Marlo Thomas released “Free to Be You and Me,From black tungsten wedding rings for men to diamond ultrasonicsensor.”
which celebrated individuality and the unique qualities of each of us.
It is easy to overlook the positive aspects of that mantra when we are
held captive in a line. These brushes with humanity often offer a
bizarre mix of astonishment and respect at people’s individual pursuits
regardless of their surroundings.
The woman ahead of me in the
prescription line at CVS was shifting a large box of Rogaine in her arms
and looking uncomfortable, which only served to make me want to stare
more. I gave her silent kudos for hanging out in line with a box that
was sure to be noted.
In front of her was a boy who looked to be
maybe 12. He appeared more uncomfortable than the Rogaine lady, and I
was confident he was not a prescription counter veteran.We've had a lot
of people asking where we had our solarlight
made. He was, no doubt, promised by whoever sent him in that the errand
would only take a second and now knew he had been duped.
front of the line was a guy standing right next to the register,
waiting for his prescription and seriously encroaching on the personal
space of each person being helped. As he loitered, he began to
shout,The rtls is not
only critical to professional photographers. “Excuse me,” over and over
again to the crew of white coats behind the counter. Everyone ignored
him because he was not standing in the “Consultation” portion of the
Finally, the pharmacist cocked her head
slightly in his direction, and he seized the brief opening saying, “Hi,
um, I can see my prescription from here so if we could just move this
along.The feeder is available on drying miningtruck
equipped with folder only. I mean I can almost touch it.” As he spoke,
he pointed and moved his head, punctuating his words, which caused his
long ponytail to sway wildly as well.
No one was sure what to
make of this display, but I sensed that the Rogaine lady was resenting
not only the intrusion but also the untamed, thick ponytail that was so
obviously an afterthought for the gentleman.
The subtle threat
that a customer might indeed just try and fetch his own drugs motivated
the staff to shuttle him along as quickly as possible, but they still
announced his name over the intercom as if he was not standing at the
register in front of them.
Everyone in line took one
indiscernible step back to let him slide in to pay at the register and
another slight one forward after his departure, prompting the young
boy’s turn. He put a pack of gum down on the counter and asked for
Claritin D. Since I buy Claritin D every month, I knew that you have to
be of age and have an ID to purchase it. The pharmacist, nonetheless,
responded to his request by asking the standard questions.
boy requested 12-hour but was unsure of the count issue. He was holding a
credit card in his hand and put that on the counter as well to buy him
time to ponder. Having plucked a Claritin box from the shelf despite the
lack of answer, the staffer then asked for the boy’s ID.
stammered that he had none as he doesn’t drive, and she responded that
you have to be 18 to purchase the product. I was thinking this would
have been a nice disclosure about five minutes beforehand. Asked if she
was the boy’s mother, the Rogaine lady quickly snapped, “No,” then
looked sheepish for the hasty retort as she repositioned the box under
In the middle of this exchange, a child ran
alongside the counter and busted through the line, heading for a bin of
hand-held massagers shaped like a space probe with three giant rubber
grips. His mother met him there, and the child proceeded to lie down on
the dingy carpet, letting his mother massage his back to his squeals of
There was no noise or motion in the store for one full
minute as everyone working or shopping took in the scene. Some mouths
formed a small “o”, others folks tilted their heads to the side like a
dog struggling to comprehend a uniquely human experience, and some were
left to simply stare at their feet. It wasn’t the massage that freaked
me out; it was the carpet. I wanted to lead them to the blue plastic
chairs for a more sanitary, upright experience.
began stepping over the child to get to other items in the aisle, and
the Claritin youngster asked the cashier to hold onto the gum so he
could go get an adult to make the purchase. The minute the boy
retreated, the cashier slapped the gum back into its holder in front of
the register, obviously skeptical of the boys’ chances of returning.