INNOVV C3 Dash / Motorcycle Camera
Today we'll review a very special product that is a must have for many motorcyclists. I have a dash cam installed in my vehicle and recently I bought myself a motorcycle. I am a person who believes that dash cams is one of the best investments any person can make. Anytime I am driving a vehicle, my camera that is installed on the windshield records automatically.
Since I did not see any options, I was riding on my motorcycle with an action camera installed on my helmet. I did not like that option for couple reasons. First, my helmet got heavier and I was not feeling secured with that installation. Second, I had to press the button on the camera any time I wanted to start or stop a recording.
For last couple months, I was just riding without a video recording, until I saw Innovv C3. After reading some reviews, I placed an order on INNOVV web site and received my camera in several weeks.
I decided to go with a 90 degree version because I did not want a fish eye looking videos. When I placed my order, I also ordered several other mounts and all extra mounts go for about $1 each.
I received the product in a nice box with all accessories inside and on the very same day installed the camera on my motorcycle (Ninja 300).
The installation was very easy. I mounted the camera on my handlebar and the recoding device under my back seat (compartment). Couple things to consider, make sure you disable the G-sensor as it may interfere with the position of the video. Also, on the INNOVV website, it says that the camera cable is 4m (4 meters in my understanding). But the camera cable was about 1.5m. The length was just enough to reach the back seat from the handlebar. I heard there was an option to get a longer camera cable, but I could not find it on the web site. See if they have an option or if you can buy some sort of cable extension.
The slot for microSD appears to be too deep. I am not sure if all units are like that or just my unit. I had to use a sharp object to plug the microSD in and out.
I connected the main unit to a tag plate light. That way, anytime I switch ignition on, the unit starts recording. That is where I faced numerous problems. When ignition is ON, the camera would start recording, but as soon as I start up the bike, recording would stop. It appears that when there is voltage change, camera stops recording. Innovv staff was helpful and recommended me to do the installation with a relay, but that did not help as well. It appears that even after number of firmware updates, the time delay in C3 recording device is not working. I had to tap into headlight wire, so that the recording device will work only when the bike is running. I was told that the issue is more common with some Kawasaki motorcycles.
So here is how I connected mine (with a relay).
Relay positive input goes to battery positive
Relay ground goes to battery ground
Relay positive output goes to unit's positive wire
Relay trigger goes to Red/Yellow wire on top of the battery (pictured)
I definitely recommend Posi connector here instead of actually splicing the wire.
So if you want to use the camera on Kawasaki Ninja 300, tap into the Red/Yellow wire and definitely use a relay. The fuse for headlight on this motorcycle is on anytime the ignition is on.
Other thing that was somewhat confusing. If you want to update your recording device, you need to plug it in the computer with USB cable and your camera must be connected to the C3 device. If you'll have camera installed and wired through motorcycle, it will be tough to remove the camera anytime you want the main unit connected to the computer. I just used my microSD for any updates from the computer.
So really the only thing I wished is a longer cable. I think 2 meters would be enough.
Here I mounted the camera on the front left mirror handle.
Here I mounted the camera to the left handle.
The video quality is amazing. I set mine to record at 1080p since I used a 64gb microSD card. On the side note, if you want to update the system's firmware, you have to use a 32gb microSD card or smaller. There is another issue with unknown solution. In the video footage you'll see that there is a red light flashes throughout the videos. It doesn't happen much, but may be annoying. The sound is also clear and good.
Don't forget to set the unit to "loop" mode.
I'll upload couple videos here just to show you.
Sample of various driving conditions (including night and rain)
Video of riding to a store
The C3 unit with a 90 degree camera lens go for $129 and 120 degree camera lens go for $139. I also found a coupon/promotion online for $5 off.
There are couple things INNOVV can do to make the unit even better. One is to have at least one more camera plug on the main unit. That way, one camera can face the front and another can be installed by the tag for rear view recording. Another cool addition would be WIFI connection. That way it will possible to view recordings and/or change settings through a smartphone. I believe there is a unit with WIFI capabilities, but I don't know much about it at this time. I will contact INNOVV regarding that unit and possibly review that product if the company will send me one.
UPDATE - Innovv released another video recording unit, K1. I will ask to review one and will let you know how it works.
C3 Official Website