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Genius DVR-FHD650 review and testing

Today the object of our attention was the DVR Genius DVR-FHD650. We have already tested several devices of this kind. But their cost was from €100 and up. The price tag for the same model varies within €80. At the same time Genius DVR-FHD650 as its more expensive counterparts can record the video in Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution at 30 fps and has a number of interesting technologies that we will explore in more detail in this review.

Genius DVR-FHD650

The specs:


Genius (KYE Systems)



Image Sensor

CMOS (1/2,7")

Effective pixel number, Mpixel


Video resolution

1920 х 1080, 1280 x 720

Frame frequency

30 (60 in mode 720p)

Video format

.AVI (codec H.264)

Viewing angle,°




Sound recording


GPS module


Shock sensor


Motion sensor


Record activation

cyclically, according shock sensor

Display, inch


Memory type


Memory capacity, GB


Capacity of storage battery, mА*h


External interface

1 x mini-USB
1 x mini-HDM

1 х AV

Additional capabilities

The support of dynamic contrast change technology (SHDR), record protection against  data cancellation

Relative humidity, %


Environment temperature,°С


Dimensions, mm

66 х 60 х 21

Weight, g


Producer website


Packaging and content

Genius DVR-FHD650

Video recorder Genius DVR-FHD650 is supplied in a compact colorful cardboard which provides protection from impacts and possible mechanical damage. On the front side of the package there is a picture of the device, as well as a list of its features:

  • FHD Video Recorder – video recording in format Full HD (1920 x 1080);
  • 127° View Angle – the lens has quite big view angle (127°);
  • 2.4 TFT LCD – availability of 2.4-inch LED screen;
  • SHDR technology - support of dynamic contrast change technology;
  • Support up to 32 GB SDHC – support of microSD memory cards with capacity  of 32 GB;
  • Emergency Recording – automatic video recording in case of road accident.

Genius DVR-FHD650

More detailed information is specified on the one box end.

Genius DVR-FHD650

Set of delivery of  Genius DVR-FHD650 includes the following components:

  • holder for device fixation on windshield;
  • car charger;
  • mini-USB↔USB cable;
  • user’s manual.

To provide power supply there is a device with traditional motor plug and fairly long cables.

Design and operation characteristics

Genius DVR-FHD650

Model Genius DVR-FHD650 has a very compact size only 66 x 60 x 21 mm. By the way, this is the smallest DVR tested in our lab. Taking into account the purpose of the device, the small size is its advantage.

As for case, it is traditionally made of plastic and painted black. The quality of its assembly will have no complaints: all panels fit tightly to each other, there is no large gaps or any other defects.

On the front side you can find a 2.4-inch screen and controls of the recorder in the form of 5-buttons. By the way, it is very convenient that they are all in one place and do not arranged all over the body.

Genius DVR-FHD650

As it is difficult to read the inscription on such tiny buttons, during the device configuration the screen displays a small prompt with a strip of icons. Display does not operate all the time. It is switched off for 2-5 minutes (can be configured in the “Auto Off. LCD”) in menu.

Genius DVR-FHD650

The camera lens is placed on the reverse side of the device. 2-Mpixel CMOS-sensor with size1/2,7" is used. It can record video at resolution 1920 x 1080 or 1280-720. The frequency in the first case is 30 fps, in the second it reaches 60 fps. Recording is done in the format .AVI with codec H.264. Also the model MIO MiVue 388 has the ability to record and play the sound. The microphone and the speaker are located next to the lens. Another advantage is the usage of 6-component glass providing a high quality of the picture.

Genius DVR-FHD650

Internal memory in models Genius DVR-FHD650 is not provided, and all the material is recorded on a memory card of standard microSD. Its maximum volume can be up to 32 GB. Manufacturer recommends using a solution of Class 6 or higher. In practice, the copying speed from the memory card was about 3 MB/s, which,in our opinion is a bit slow.

Close to the installation hole it can be found a small slider which is responsible for turning on/off the device. Just below there is a mini-HDMI port for direct image output from the DVR to a digital monitor or television. At the opposite end there is AV-output and «Reset» button to reset the settings. Let’s remind that set of delivery doesn’t include the cables with connectors AV- and HDMI, so they must be purchased separately.

Genius DVR-FHD650

Mini-USB connector to connect the DVR to a PC and power supply is brought on the upper part of the case.

Genius DVR-FHD650

For installation of the model on the automotive glass a special holder with movable hinge on the end. Due to this aspect Genius DVR-FHD650 can be easily configured in the most appropriate space to the user. However, the developers have decided for some reason to add a thin long leg to the design that connects the recorder to the hinge. As a result, the device has become more sensitive to vibrations while driving, and will have a negative impact on the quality of the recording.

Genius DVR-FHD650

The holder fixation to the glass is provided by powerful sucker. This method is quite simple and at the same time reliable. Besides, it does not leave any marks on surfaces.

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