Genius DVR-FHD568 Conclusion
IMPORTANT: 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.
We begin our ratings with performance, which pits the Genius DVR-FHD568 against others we’ve tested such as the previous DVR-FHD590 model and expensive Papago! P3 dashcam. All of these are limited to a 32GB memory card, which I believe should be the starting point for storage capacities and not the limit. The menu on DVR-FHD568 is the most straight-forward and refined we’ve seen on any camera yet, and does not require a manual to understand the options or their function.
For vehicle recorder cameras, image quality is paramount. On the Genius DVR-FHD568 dashboard camera, a 2.0 megapixel 1/2.7“CMOS image sensor captures 1080p video at 30 FPS. While other dashcams may offer larger resolution, they typically use a smaller image sensor that diminishes low-light recording quality. This was evident in the comparison to Papago! P3’s 8.0 megapixel 17.30 mm2 image sensor, which produced a picture with poor exposure and no better detail quality. The video captured using a 21.70 mm2 image sensor on DVR-FHD568 was clear and fluid, which is important for clean playback.
Back when the Genius DVR-FHD590 dashcam was tested I complained about wanting a slightly wider field of view, even though I understood it would reduce overall detail quality. Although everyone has different needs, mine have changed since then towards better detail sharpness. After attempting to read license plate numbers with these 130-140° wide-angle lens cameras, I’m actually most pleased with the results from the 128° lens. Image sensor technology may ultimately improve the situation, but only the 128° lens on FHD590 was able to display readable license plate numbers at distance.
Appearance 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-FHD568 offers a subdued flat-black finish that is imperceivable within darkened cabin interiors. This color helps hide the camera from conspicuous view, so to avoid drawing attention to itself. The camera unit measures 3.1″ wide by 2.2″ tall, so it’s easy to find a mounting spot on the windshield.
The Genius DVR-FHD568 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 crash damage and provide video evidence, making it far more durable than other models. The camera will easily survive falls from the windshield or being accidentally dropped.
In terms of functionality the Genius DVR-FHD568 offers everything you could want from a dashboard camera, with the small exception of GPS (a feature of their DVR-FHD660G model, which I hope to review next). GPS notwithstanding, all other functions of DVR-FHD568 worked exactly as advertised. Automatic features intuitively started and stopped when needed (without being prompted). The automatic emergency recording feature that uses the units 3-axis G-Force sensor for collision detection offered peace of mind that you’ll capture the most critical events. If desired, the unit can be detached from the bracket and used as a digital camera to take pictures.
As of October 2014, the Genius DVR-FHD568 Vehicle Recorder (model 32300115101) is available online for $103.26 (Amazon). Compared to similar dash cameras, the Genius DVR-FHD568 certainly offers a value-priced edge over the competition. This camera does not include a (required) Micro SDHC memory card, so I recommend a fast (UHS1/C10 speed) product like the Transend TS32GUSDU1E or SanDisk SDSDQU-032G-AFFP-A – which both include adapters.
The Genius DVR-FHD568 belongs to a growing genre of consumer electronics, and based on my experience with this camera I expect it to do well in the marketplace. This is truly one of the few win-win products I’ve tested in my time, where there’s no downside to having it installed in your vehicle. I plan to continue using the Genius DVR-FHD568 in my vehicle, because it’s been proven so useful with every close call and near hit. This is an outstanding product with many great features, and I highly recommend it to all drivers.
+ Outputs H.264 full-HD 1080p quality video
+ Automatic emergency recording for collision detection
+ Motion-detecting IR receiver
+ Large 1/2.7″ CMOS digital image sensor
+ Integrated microphone and speaker
+ Features 3-Axis G-Force sensor
+ Doubles as a 2MP digital camera
+ 420 mAH Li-polymer battery enables recording when car is off
– Requires Micro SDHC card (not included)
– Mounting brackets may obscure view
– 140° wide-angle lens reduces detail quality
Final Score: 8.95 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
COMMENT QUESTION: Which is more important to you: wide-angle view or better detail clarity?