Gear: WatchGuard DV-1 Digital Police In-car Video System


WatchGuard DV-1 Digital Police In-car Video System

Watch Guard
Category: Patrol Vehicles & Equipment
Subcategory: Other Equipment
Price: $ 5000.00
Average Rating:
(10 Votes)

The WatchGuard DV-1 Digital In-Car Video System is a digital police in-car video system that records onto rewritable DVD-Video discs that play on regular DVD players. The system records up to eight full hours of high quality digital video on a single, inexpensive DVD disc that can be reused many times.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 24 Mar 2008 08:24:27 UTC.
    1st review

    Recently had this system installed in my patrol car and love it. It is easy to operate and works well. Seems to be well-built and durable.

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    UHPD627, Wed, 26 Mar 2008 02:43:20 UTC.

    Love the options. Space saver, the microphone is a little thick but picks up even the slightest sound.

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    Watchsgt, Mon, 02 Jun 2008 13:18:32 UTC.

    This product is a very sound and dependable unit. Customer service is superb, and I love this product. Very stable platform for the LEO professional! Thats my take. ENJOY

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    Stevesmart, Thu, 12 Jun 2008 05:20:16 UTC.

    I have had 7 watchguard dv1 2nd generations dvd system. Each of the 7 units have been replaced by the watchguard at least twice in this year. 40% of the dvds we have made have had errors. We have asked for a full refund, and we bought the Martel MDE2 Digital Video system and we are very happy. They make the USA militarys system ultra reliable.

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    j706, Thu, 19 Jun 2008 11:22:19 UTC.

    Outstanding product. If we could have bought this one first we could have saved a lot of money. Killer support!

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    STAYAWAY, Thu, 14 Aug 2008 23:31:11 UTC.

    Stay away from this product. the idea of this system is fantastic, unfortunately, they have not work out all the problems with it. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has purchased a few hundred of these video systems and the failure rate is unacceptably very high. With warranty returns back to the factory averaging 8 a week, there are more going back to the company than going into new units. If you do purchase this as your video system, get an extended warrany or you will regret it. Please call agencies that have the DV-1 and research it very well.

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    AlbertaRob, Thu, 23 Oct 2008 17:18:29 UTC.

    Coming up on our first year with this product and I love it. New versions of internal and external software just released after consultation with existing users. Our units take a beating on a lot of back roads and take it well. Fewer (if any) Recording errors with new upgrades (all free).

    This system is more important to me that ballistic vest. It saves my butt regularly. A couple weeks ago, I got accused of asking for a bribe - by a 'client' who had no idea the whole stop was recorded.

    I would have three concerns and I'm sure they will be addressed in future upgrades.

    -Higher resolution video - it's good but I'd like better
    -More compact file format - maybe WMV
    -Ability to take a short clip out of a full title. ie; defence just wants to know if his client really did blow the stop sign - doesn't want video of a 10 minute t-stop.

    Good support with installation and technical questions.

    Highly recommended

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    Anonymous, Mon, 03 Nov 2008 07:38:14 UTC.

    love the cabin view camera

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    Sergreant, Tue, 04 Nov 2008 02:05:49 UTC.

    We have 5 units and have had trouble with 2. Both are installed in Chevys and they are killing our cars. Service has been very good and free replacement parts have been sent right away. The problem is there is some type of drain on the battery that will kill a squad car in 4 hours. Watchguard says it is their battery system that is trickle charging off of the main battery. However a change of their battery does not fix the problem and the other three cars are not having trouble. The company that installed the cameras did all of them and say they followed the instructions exactly.
    Has anyone had this same problem? The system is a good but I am really tired of jumping my car everytime I need to start it. Leaving it running is not fuel wise and my response time to calls and backing up my men is becoming dangerous. I would like to hear from anyone who has had any similiar problems.



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    ourobouros2k2, Mon, 03 Aug 2009 23:22:03 UTC.

    I too have experienced battery drain issues. This system is installed in my '09 Charger and creates such a load on the alternator that ever so often I have to charge the battery. When this unit does this, it enters a low-voltage state and will not turn on. You can tell that it is still receiving power because the wireless mic is still charging inside it's cradle. Power drain issues aside, it is a good unit, does what it says, and does it well. Only other gripes that I have about it are the random disc errors, which are unpredictable and annoying, poor quality lcd screen (for a unit at this price point, it really should be less blocky and have some sort of decent contrast ratio), and onscreen recorded display glitches. Oh, I cannot get my stalker radar image to display despite the fact that it is correctly installed, interfaced, and configured. I have heard good and bad things about this unit, and despite the flaws that it has, it hasn't left me without video or audio when I needed it. Jury is still out on this, we shall see how it handles with time.

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