The RoadHawk HD represents a breakthrough in vehicle camera black box video technology.
RoadHawk HD uses a high end 1080p video processor and very high quality CMOS sensor not found in other leading brands of forward facing cameras.
This chipset is capable of 720p / 60 frames per second or 1080p 30 frames per second.
Video files are standard MP4 and can be played full screen on any modern computer.
Our new software is compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and OSX for MAC.
You can also play the videos in Quicktime, VLC or Windows Media Player.
The standard video files can be edited by just about any video editng software available today.
We chose the best low light CMOS sensor on the market by Aptina.
This sensor not only provides excellent colour reproduction and SHARP day time images but also unrivalled low light ability.
Every sensor is time tested and guaranteed against dead pixels.
We designed the RoadHawk HD based on the feedback from our customer from our previous cameras.
Use the provided 3M adhesive pad to mount the camera behind your rear view mirror.
Most drivers do not even see the camera from a normal driving position.
Enough cable is provided to route the power to the camera around the screen and to the accessory socket.
RoadHawk HD cameras can also be easily wired directly to your car or vehicle using an optional hard wiring kit.
Most customers tell us they can install the RoadHawk HD themselves out of the box in 10 to 15 mins.
Using the latest SDXC technology, the RoadHawk HD camera is compatible with the latest range of high capacity cards.
Tested with 64gb and 128gb SDXC cards.(see below for compatible cards)
Camera uses from 2gb to 6gb of data per hour depending on video quality settings.
RoadHawk HD Dash Cam uses a 5hz GPS module. Most cameras only use 1hz.
This makes the RoadHawk HD 5 x more accurate than its competitors.
Faster GPS lock on times and much smoother positioning of the vehicle over Google Maps.
RoadHawk HD is the first in car camera on the market fitted with full EIS (electronic image stabilisation) to give you the smoothest video even on the roughest of road surfaces.
The 3 dimensional gyro provides G-Force data which will LOCK a video file if the camera detects an impact.
In order to meet TfL (Transport for London) regulations we have designed an optional lockable cage for the RoadHawk HD camera.
With the locking box in place, it is not possible to remove the SD card without a key.
The lockable cage also means the power cable cannot be removed from the camera making it virtually tamper proof.
Click for more info on the RoadHawk HD Locking Box.
For vehicles that struggled with GPS reception – we added an external GPS antenna in to the box.
You can use it for even faster lock-on times (usually less than 30 seconds from cold start) and for greater GPS accuracy.
We know many of our customers will want to use this camera for track/racing purposes and so we have built-in a mode which allows the camera to make larger files up to 30 minutes long and not overwrite them. This makes the RoadHawk HD a powerful track analysis driving aid. We even included an external microphone input for connecting higher quality recording equipment or for connecting to a radio communications device or intercom.
We understand that suction mounts are not always permitted on track and so the RoadHawk HD camera is supplied with an adhesive windscreen mount as well as a ¼” camera mount for use with roll bar clamps.
The RoadHawk HD dash camera gets lots of great reviews.
The guardian recently awarded it best in class for image quality.
Click here to read the latest review by Fleet Safety magazine.
RoadHawk HD in a HGV at night (no audio)
Download RaceRender 3 for RoadHawk HD (PC and MAC)
1 x RoadHawk HD 1080p Camera
1 x 8gb Class 10 SD Card
1 x External GPS Antenna (in most cases you will not need to use this antenna, it is for vehicles with heated front screens)
1 x Accessory socket power cable
1 x Adhesive windscreen mount
1 x Adhesive Vertical Windscreen Mount
1 x Software on CD-ROM (PC & MAC)
1 x User Manual
Video: 1080p (30fps) or 720p (30 or 60fps)
Audio: Variable sensitivity internal mic – External mic input (3.5mm jack)
Encoding: H.264 .MP4 Files with embedded G-Force and GPS data
Bitrate: adjustable from 4Mbits to 12Mbits
Loop Mode: 1 Min files continuous loop with file locking
Normal Mode: Up to 30 min long files (no looping or file locking)
GPS: 5Hz GPS receiver with internal antenna
External GPS: Waterproof, magnetic external GPS antenna supplied
Power: 12v to 24v input – 5m Power cable supplied
EIS: Gyro controlled electronic image stabilisation
G-Force: 3D G-force Sensor installed (variable sensitivity)
Internal Power: 2 x Super capacitors to ensure safe camera shutdown
Memory: Internal 2GB DRAM – SDXC Compatible
Sensor: High-End Aptina sensor with WDR
Lens: Wide angled 135 degree lens
Mounting: Standard RoadHawk Adhesive mounting ¼” Camera thread for suction/clamps mounts
Compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and OSX 10.1 or better
Automatic SD card detection
Automatic Software updates
Automatic Camera Firmware updates
Video and Audio control
Speed display in MPH or KPH
Vehicle position on Google Maps
Vehicle G-Force display
Change camera resolution
Change camera frame rate
Change Time Zone
Change file length
Turn Loop Mode on/off
Change Bit Rate
Change Mic Sensitivity
Change camera Speaker Volume
Change camera Record Mode
Change G-Force Sensor sensitivity
Recommended brands of 64gb SD Cards
Kingston SD SDXC 64G class10
LX Series SDXC 64G class10
SanDisk SDXC I class10 30MB/s
TRANSCEND SDXC class 10
Kingston SDXC I 233X class10
Lexar professional SDXC 133X speed class10
IF 3c SDXC class10
Choicee SDXC class10
TOPRAM SDXC I Class10
pqi SDXC I Class10
Intergal ULTIMA Pro Class 10 45mb/s
MAC Users you may need to install Adobe Air before installing the RoadHawk software..
Video Guide for RoadHawk HD and RoadHawk HD Software
RoadHawk HD Software is both PC and MAC compatible. We designed this app to be as easy to use as possible.
It will auto update your camera for you and we continue to add more features at regular intervals.
When you run the RoadHawk software it will look for the SD card from the RoadHawk HD camera. If the SD card is blank, the software will NOT see the SD Card.
You MUST use the SD card in the camera BEFORE using this software.
Once you insert the SD card from the camera in to your computer it will list all the video files on that card on the right hand side of the screen.
A USB card reader is supplied with the RoadHawk HD camera.
Just above the list of files you will see three buttons. EVENT, NORMAL and ALL.
EVENT: will list only the files that have been created by the camera because of an EVENT.
This could be a collision, a pothole or a manual event created by pressing the E button on the camera.
NORMAL: Will display only NORMAL video files created by the camera, this should be your normal everyday driving.
Depending on the size of the SD card you are using and also depending on the quality settings, you should expect to see your most recent journeys here.
ALL: This will display all files on the card in the order they were created.
Please note that the earliest files will normally be EVENT files as these stay on the card longer than NORMAL video files.
At this point, you might be seeing a video recorded several days or weeks ago at the top of the list. Towards the bottom of the list you will start to see your normal everyday driving videos. It is normal to have gaps in these files because of the way the camera overwrites the earliest files recorded.
Below the list of video files you will see the MAP. This will show the location of the vehicle at the time the video was recorded. If the camera was not receiving a GPS signal at the time of recording or if your computer does not have an internet connection then you might not see the MAP.
Within the MAP screen you can use the buttons in the top left to navigate around the MAP and to zoom in or zoom out.
Below the main windows is a G-Force Meter display. The small spot in the centre of this meter represents the G-Force experienced by the camera at the time the video was recorded.
As the vehicle accelerates you would expect to see the spot move towards the bottom of the meter. Braking will show up as the spot moving upwards on the meter. Cornering will send the spot left or right. The more heavy the manoeuvre, the further the spot will travel on the graph.
Just below the main video window is the speed of the vehicle shown be default in MPH. Clicking here will change the display to KPH and vice versa.
RoadHawk HD Camera Settings
Click the settings icon within the software to change the settings on your camera. When you make a change to the settings, the software will save a small config file to your SD card. The next time the camera is powered on with this card inserted it will read the config file and set itself accordingly.
In this menu you can change:
Resolution: The size of the image being recorded.
Frame Rate: Set the amount of frames being recorded per second.
Time Zone: Set your local time zone.
File Length: Set the length of time before a new file is started.
LOOP: Choose if the camera should loop record or simply stop recording when the SD card is full.
Mic Sensitivity: Set the volume of the internal mic. (Lower = quieter: 0 = off)
Speaker Volume: Set the volume of the internal speaker in the camera.
EVENT Sensitivity: Set how sensitive the G-Force sensor is. (Lower = less sensitive)
Contrast: Sets the contrast settings for the image produced by the camera.
Brightness: Sets the brightness of the image produced by the camera.
Saturation: Sets the saturation (colour) of the image produced by the camera.
Bit-Rate: Set the overall video quality. (Higher = better quality)
Record Mode: Choose if you want the camera to record EVENTS or just NORMAL video.
Spot Metering: Enables/Disables spot metering mode on the image produced by the camera.
Timestamp: Enables or disables the timstamp recorded on the image by the camera.
Notes on the new software settings for the RoadHawk HD Dash Camera:
In most cases the default settings for the camera will provide the optimal image quality. We have now added the ability to tweak these settings so you can fine tune them to your own preference. By adjusting the contrast and brightness settings it is possible to improve low light performance but at the cost of some image quality during day time driving. The saturation setting controls how much colour in the image the camera will produce.
When this is selected to ON the camera will measure the exposure settings from the center of the image instead of the outside. Set this to ON of the camera is to be mounted on a roll bar. This will stop the camera from over exposing the image through the windsreen and underexposing the inside of the vehicle.
The RoadHawk dash camera gets its time and date from GPS. When this setting is on, the time and date are imbedded in to the right lower corner of the image. Disabling this will remove the time and date from the video. If you are using the RoadHawk HD as a dash camera then it is recommended to leave this setting enabled for evidential purposes. NOTE: Even when the timestamp is disabled, the file names of the videos produced by the dash camera will still be created using the time and date found whilst the camera is recording.