Auto
Capsule
User Guide ver. 1.0
COWON AF2
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+ All contents in this manual are protected under copyright law.
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copyright law.
+ This manual is based on the specifications of the product available at the point of publishing it.
Note that the sample sentences, charts, pictures given as an example, detailed functions of a
product, specifications of H/W and S/W recorded in this manual are subject to change without
notice.
Precautions
This device is for recording the driving image of vehicles. Recording may fail depending on
the given situation. The videos recorded with this product can only be used as a reference for
examining the driving image.
+ This manual is based on the product available at the point of publishing it. It thus may
contain errors or omissions in its technical editing.
+ Always back up any important video files.
+ COWON SYSTEMS, Inc, shall not be held accountable for any data loss, poor recording or
recording error.
COWON AF2
CONTENTS
CONTENTS
6
Before You Start
Precautions for Product Handling
Package Components
Names of Parts and Functions
Installation
Connection of Uninterruptible Power Cable
Connecting Rear View Camera and External GPS
module
Detaching from a product holder
Basics
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Getting Started
Live View
Main Menu
Settings
File Playback
Magic Touch
COWON AF2
CONTENTS
CONTENTS
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Basic Functions
LED Status Indicator
Button Operation
Protection From High Temperature
File Management
Additional
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Description
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Product Specification
Troubleshooting
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Precautions for Product Handling
This section regards precautions to prevent users from compromising safety or experiencing
property damage. Please read the followings carefully before use. (Company has nothing whatsoever to do with any accident caused by a user who failed to conform to warning and precautions.)
+ Changing the installation location of the product may result in a change in the camera angle. Adjust the
camera angle after installing the product and test the recorded images. Normal recording cannot be
guaranteed if the product is incorrectly installed.
+ Recording video is not available when this product is being booted. Drive safely after booting is completed.
+ Recording may be distorted when entering or exiting tunnels during daytime.
+ Avoid excessive car window tinting. It deteriorates the recording quality. The white balance of the video may
vary depending on the degree of tinting.
+ In the event a product is damaged or disconnected from power due to a critical and impactful accident, the
product may not work and fail to record the accident.
+ Do not disassemble or alter the product at your discretion. It may cause electric shock, product damage or loss
of recorded data.
+ Always keep the front window clean and free from dust before recording to guarantee the most optimal
recording quality.
+ Foreign matters (e.g. fingerprints) on the lens of the product may adversely affect the recorded videos. Always
keep the lens clean and free from dusts.
+ Avoid inserting metals or flammables into the MicroSD card slot. It may cause a fire or electric shock.
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Precautions for Product Handling
+ If liquid spills onto the product, disconnect the power immediately and contact the customer center.
+ Refrain from operating the product while driving. It may cause a car accident.
+ Do not use voltage other than the rated voltage specified by the product. It may cause an explosion, fire or
mechanical failure.
+ Do not use the product in a place where there is flammable or explosive gas. Otherwise, ignition or explosion
may ensue.
+ Keep the product away from the reach of babies, children, or pets.
+ Avoid high temperatures such as inside the closed car under hot weather or a place with direct sunlight. It may
adversely affect the exterior or internal parts of the product, causing a fire.
+ Do not apply too much pressure to the lens and the exterior of the black box, or a mechanical failure may
ensue.
+ Install the product in an area that doesn't disrupt a driver's visibility. Otherwise, it may cause an accident.
+ If you use the product for a long time, it will heat up. So be cautions not to get burned by touching it. Avoid
touching the metal area when removing the MicroSD card after using the product for long hours.
+ Do not cover the product with a cloth or other type of cover. It may contain the heat inside the product,
resulting in an exterior deformation or a fire.
+ Do not spray water or wax directly onto the product when cleaning the inside of a car. It may cause mechanical
failure or electric shock.
+ Always use the genuine products and parts from COWON SYSTEMS, Inc. COWON SYSTEMS, Inc. shall not
be held accountable whatsoever for failures or accidents caused by using the product and parts from other
sources.
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Precautions for Product Handling
+ Memory card is an expendable item which needs to be periodically examined and changed. Use a COWONauthorized memory card.
+ Before removing the memory card from the product, press the button for more than three seconds. Removing
the memory card without doing this, it may cause recording errors or product malfunction.
+ If storage space on the memory card is insufficient, previously-recorded files can be deleted in a pre-set
order. You can also transfer important recorded files can be transferred for safe-keeping on a separate storage
device.
+ The backup battery is an expendable item, and its life span can be affected by the environment around it.
Replace it with a new one when operation becomes unstable.
+ Do not wipe the product with chemical substances or detergent. Wipe the product gently with a soft cloth.
+ If you don’t intend to use the product for a long while, unplug the power cable of the product. Otherwise,
it may cause electric discharge of a car battery or fire. The user shall be held accountable for any product
damage or car damage.
+ Do not use wet hands when plugging/unplugging the cigar jack cable. It may cause an electric shock.
+ Plug in the power cord completely and firmly. Otherwise, it may cause a electrical short.
+ Do not use a damaged cigar jack cable. It may cause a fire or an electric shock.
+ In accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act and other relevant regulations, users are held liable
for data stored using the product’s video/audio recording features. You are advised to take due precaution in
storing recorded data.
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Package Components
Rear-view
camera
Auto Capsule AF2
Rear-view
camera
connection
cable
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(Front & Rear)
Hex wrench
Cigar jack*
Memory
card & card
adapter
Product holder
Manual & PC viewer CD,
Quick guide
Cable holder
clips
(3EA)
Double-coated tape
External GPS receiver
(Optional)
Uninterruptible
power cable
(Optional)
The product holder may come with double-coated tape already attached.
N
ote that included items may vary according to the product specifications and may look different from the images provided in
the manual.
*Cigar
jack cable provided does not support Battery Discharge(by time and voltage setting) as well as Parking Recording.
Uninterrptible power cable may be purchased for Parking Recording. Connection of the cigar jack power cable to an
uninterrupted cigar jack power supply will drain battery. Ensure that the cigar jack power is off when the ignition is turned off.
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Names of Parts and Functions
1
2
6
7
Front View Camera (AF2 Body)
3
4
8
9
5
10
No.
Names
Functions
1
Camera lens
Records the front direction of a vehicle.
2
LED status indicator
Displays the operational status of the product.
3
Power terminal
Connects with cigar jack cable or with uninterruptible power cable.
4
Rear view camera terminal
Connects the rear view camera. 1)
5
GPS terminal
Connects with external GPS.
6
Screw
Secures COWON AF2 firmly onto the product holder.
7
Product holder
Secures COWON AF2 to your vehicle.
8
Power button
Press and hold while recording - ends recording and power is turned off.
Long press again - power is turned on and recording starts.
9
Protective lid
Protects memory card inside the memory card slot.
10
LCD
Shows video being recorded or menu with which users can operate the black box.
1) This terminal is designed to fit the rear view camera only; it is not compatible with other devices.
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Lock
Adapter
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Names of Parts and Functions
Rear View Camera
1
2
4
3
No.
Item
Description
1
Connector
Connects with the product holder.
2
Camera lens
Records the rear view of the vehicle.
3
LED status indicator
Displays the operational status of the product.
4
Front View Camera Terminal
Connects with the front view camera. 1)
1) This terminal is designed to fit the front view camera only; it is not compatible with other devices.
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Installation
1
2
Open the protective lid as shown in the
figure.
4
3
Push and close the protective lid.
12
Insert the memory card into the product.
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Place AF2 in the product holder.
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Installation
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5
Remove the release paper from one side of
the double-coated tape.
Attach the side that removed release paper
onto the holder.
8
7
Select a location
and install
Remove the remaining release paper on the
double-coated tape.
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Select the position carefully as removing the product to
reposition it will cause it to be significantly loose. Doublecheck the chosen position before fixing the product.
The product holder may come with double-coated tape attached.
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Installation
LED Off
(Orange)
Adjust the direction of the camera
lens.
LED On
(Orange)
LED Off: LED turns off when disconnected from power or while the
settings are modified after stopping driving recording.
LED On: When the power is on, LED blinks to indicate that
recording starts.
Direction can be easily adjusted while looking through the LCD screen.
Adjust the camera lens to make about 10-20% of your vehicle’s hood to be appeard on the recording
screen.
Use a hex wrench to ensure the product is securely attached.
A
Adjust the angle and press area A to secure the product in
product holder.
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Connection of Uninterruptible Power Cable
When connected with uninterruptible power cable, recording continues even when
the vehicle is parked and the engine is turned off.
Be sure to fully understand how to set up uninterruptible power before connecting the device.
ach wire must be fixed to a specific dedicated location.
E
(Otherwise inverse voltage can be generated, seriously damaging the product.)
Black wire (GND)
Fix it to a bolt attached to the metal
of the vehicle's body.
Red wire (BATT+)
Connect it to the uninterruptible power
fuse of the vehicle's fuse box
(hazard flasher, dome light, taillight, etc.)
Yellow Wire (IGN)
Connects to Power
Unit (IGN) for engine
ignition
Connect the yellow wire to ACC (cigarette lighter, etc.) for vehicles such as the Chevrolet Cruze,
because Parking Mode is unavailable if the cable is powered by IGN in these models.
Uninterruptible power cable must be installed using wires from the fuse box inside the car.
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Connecting Rear View Camera and External GPS Module
REAR
CAM
GPS
Connecting Rear View Camera and External GPS Module
The rear view camera's LED turns on once connected, indicating that the camera is ready for
simultaneous 2-channel recording of both the front and rear areas.
Connecting an external GPS module allows PC Manager to show recorded places on the map.
External GPS is available for purchase.
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Detaching from a product holder
1
2
B
A
Push the back of the product holder (Picture 2) with your thumbs while
holding the AF2 (See A, Picture 1) for easy removal.
Make sure to press area A (not to be confused with area B).
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2
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Getting Started
Booting
When the car is started or the power button on the right-hand side of the
product is pressed, the black box’s power turns on. As soon as booting is
completed, the product automatically switches into driving mode recording.
The LCD screen will display live video footage of the driving mode
recording. Touch the Home button to display Main Menu.
2
1
Live View screen
Video being recorded by the product’s camera appears on the LCD screen.
3
Home (Main Menu)
Main Menu appears when the Home button on the left-hand side is
touched.
4
Switch View
Press the Switch View button while the rear view camera is connected to
toggle between Front and Rear Live View. The Front/Rear Live View screen
will only display the front view if the rear view camera is not installed.
(Disconnecting the rear view camera connection cable will pause
recording.)
5
Screen Off
Touch the Screen Off button to turn the LCD screen off. Touch the LCD
screen to call up Live View screen again.
6
2
3
4
Anti-fog
Allows clear live/recording view in a foggy environment.
(Can be turned on/off on demand, and automatically turns off after
1 hour from turing the function on.)
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Live View
1
Recording Indicator
The
2
icon displays when recording begins.
Recording Modes.
Displays recording mode.
REC: Driving recording
EVT: Event recording(an event occurred)
Parking: Parking recording
3
Time Indicator
Displays current recording time.
4
1
Sound Recording Indicator
3
2
4
5
6
Sound recording is deactivated.
Sound recording is activated.
5
GPS Connection
GPS connection is indicated by the GPS
Connection Icon
, which disappears when
disconnected.
6
Vehicle Voltage Indicator
Displays the vehicle battery’s current voltage.
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Main Menu
Main Menu appears when Home button on the Live View screen is touched.
1
Recording
Displays what is being recorded on the LCD
screen.
2
AF2 Information
Shows the model name, firmware version and
storage use.
3
Settings
Moves to Black Box Settings screen.
4
Recorded video files can be watched.
Touch a file on the playlist and the selected
video file will be played back automatically.
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1
2
3
4
Playback
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Settings
The Touch Settings button on the Menu screen will display the following.
1
Screen Setting
Set brightness, LCD Off, and rear view camera recording options.
2
Sound Setting
Set volume, sound recording, and beep.
3
Auto Capsule Setting
Battery Discharge Time Setting, Impact Sensitivity, and Recording Quality options can be set.
4
System Setting
Set time, memory card, and coordinate options. 1
2
3
4
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Settings
Screen Setting
1
Brightness/LCD OFF
Change LCD brightness (4 levels) or set time for LCD to turn off (3 options).
2
Rear View Camera Settings (Rotate (L/R) View)
You can set the rear view camera’s recording screen.
Rotate (L/R) View is comfortable because of the same direction between recordings in the rear view and the
rear view that a driver look through a rear view mirror.
1
2
Brightness/LCD OFF
Rear View Camera Settings
(Horizontal Flip)
Rear View Camera LCD Screen Options
Original
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Rear View Mirror
Basics
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Functions
Rotate (L/R) View
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Settings
Screen Setting
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Language Setting
한국어 / English / 日本語 / русский
Language Setting
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Settings
Sound Setting
1
Volume
2
Sound Recording/Beep
Adjusts speaker volume including voice announcements.
Decides whether to include sound in recording. Camera will only record video without sound when set to
OFF.
Selects whether or not to activate sound when the screen is touched.
2
1
Volume
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Sound Recording/Beep
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Settings
Auto Capsule Setting
1
Battery Discharge Setting
When the vehicle’s battery voltage falls below the pre-set voltage value, the product’s power shuts down.
2
Auto Shutdown Timer
Time limit for parking mode recording can be set.
3
Impact Sensitivity
The shock detection sensor can be set at 5 sensitivity levels, and Bike Mode is also available.
When set to Bike Mode, the sensor does not report detected impact as an event.
4
Parking Recording Quality
Set the recording quality for Parking Mode.
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2
3
4
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Settings
System Setting
1 Time Setting
Date and time can be set.
2 Memory Card Setting
Formatting: Integrated formatting feature for memory card stability.
Schedule: Formatting Reservation
Safe Removal: Safely remove memory card.
3 Coordinate Setting
This feature allows you to correct the position of the LCD screen touch area.
4 GPS Time Setting
Set time zone to any region with the external GPS module.
1
2
Time Setting
Coordinate Setting
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Memory Card Settings
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3
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Functions
GPS Time Setting
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File Playback
This screen appears when the Recording Mode Switch button on the Menu screen is touched.
1
Previous/Next buttons
When there are many recorded files, touch these buttons to move to the previous or next page.
2
Playlist
The list shows recorded files in consecutive order.
Each page of the list shows four video files. When the name of a file is touched, that video file will be
played immediately.
3
Home Button
Returns to Main Menu.
4
Video Select Button
Displays the list of recordings.
View videos by All (A)/ Normal (N)/ Event (E)/ Motion (M).
5
Image Select Button
Displays the list of captured images.
View by Type
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List of Recordings
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Play Screen
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File Playback
Touch the recording from the Play List to immediately play the video.
1
File Name
Displays the file name of the currently playing video.
2
Play Screen
Plays the recording on the LCD screen. The next video is played when the current file ends.
3
Zoom Screen
Pause the playback and zoom in the screen.
4
Screen Capture
Captures playing screen.
5
Back
Moves to the previous menu (Play List).
6
Select Front/Rear View
If the recording has both front and rear views, touch one
of the buttons to play the video in front or rear view.
7
6
Player Key
Play/pause the current video or move to previous/next
video.
8
Progress Bar
Moves to the preferred time using the bar. (Displays
played time in the video being played together.)
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File Playback (Zoom Screen)
Pause the playback and zoom in the screen for a better view.
1
Zoom the screen at 4 levels.
2
The feature is available during playback. You can also zoom the captured image.
3
Touch to adjust zoom in/out levels.
4
The image zooms in, centering on where you touched.
Play Screen
X1
X2
X3
Touch
X4
X1
X2
- Level Zoom Image
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Magic Touch
Magic Touch allows you to manually record event files and capture video
images during recording by using simple touch gestures. This feature is only
available only with LCD OFF or in Live View.
1
Activate Manual Event
During recording, drag the Live View screen from left to right to activate Manual Event for manual recording.
2
Capture Screen Image
During recording, drag the Live View screen downward to capture the current image.
Activating Manual Event
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Capturing Screen Image
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LED Status Indicator
Category
Recording
System
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Operating mode
Color
Blinking cycle
Drive Record
Orange
Blinks
Parking Mode Standby
Orange
Slow blinking
Event
Orange
Fast blinking
Motion
Orange
Fast blinking
Booting, No memory card
Orange
OFF
Firmware Upgrade
Orange
Fast blinking
Format
Orange
OFF
Safe Memory Card Removal
Orange
OFF
Play File, Settings Mode
Orange
OFF
Heat Protection
Orange
OFF
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Button Operation
Press and hold the button:
power ON/OFF
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Protection From High Temperature
LCD Protection
In high temperature environments, the product records without turning on
the LCD screen to protect the LCD. When activated, you will hear a voice
announcement, “Operating with LCD screen off to protect against high
temperature.” and the LED will blink orange based on the mode. The LCD
screen will automatically turn on when the temperature is stabilized.
System protection
If the car’s interior temperature continues to rise, the product’s power will
turn off automatically and you will hear a voice message: “Stopping Recording
to protect Auto Captsule against high temperature.” When the temperature
goes down, the power will resume on automatically. Even with this system
protection function activated, the power can be turned back on by pressing
and holding the power button.
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File Management
Recordings are saved in the AUTOCAPSULE – Recordings folder, and images are saved in
the AUTOCAPSULE – Images folder in the memory card.
The Recordings folder contains normal, event, and motion files.
The Images folder contains captured images.
Folder
Type
File Name
Memory
Allocation
Images
Capture
yyyymmdd-hhmmss_IMG_C1.jpg (1 channel)
yyyymmdd-hhmmss_IMG_C2.jpg (2 channel)
1%
Event
yyyymmdd-hhmmss_EVT_D2.avi
20%
Normal
yyyymmdd-hhmmss_NOR_D2.avi
Motion
yyyymmdd-hhmmss_MOT_P2.avi
Recordings
75%
Ex) A normal file recorded on May 1st 2013, 12:10:10(H:M:S): 20130501-121010_NOR_D2.avi
An event file recorded on May 1st 2013, 12:10:10 (H:M:S): 20130501-121010_EVT_D2.avi
A motion file recorded on May 1st 2013, 12:10:10 (H:M:S): 20130501-121010_MOT_P2.avi
A image file captured on May 1st 2013, 12:10:10 (H:M:S): 20130501-121010_IMG_C2.jpg
When the Normal+Motion or Event file storage is full, the oldest files will be deleted.
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Product Specification
Item
Specification
Lens
Front: F2.2 All Glass/Rear: F2.0 All Glass
Note
Image Sensor
Front: 2 megapixel CMOS Image Sensor/Rear: 1 megapixel CMOS Image Sensor
ISP
60fps Super WDR, 3D Noise Reduction, Defog Function
LCD
3.5 Inch Wide Full Touch LCD
Recording Resolution
1 Channel – Front: Full HD (1920 X 1080P), 30fps
2 Channel – Front: Full HD (1920 X 1080P), 23fps/Rear: HD (1280 X 720P), 23fps
Recording Angle
Front - Diagonal: 126˚/ Rear - Diagonal: 120˚
Video Encoding
H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC)
Recording File Types
Normal, event, motion, and capture files 1)
1/3 Inch
16:9 Wide (480 X 272)
Audio Recording
PCM
Battery Voltage
Management
Integrated voltage detection circuit
Auto shutdown voltage setting, Auto shutdown
timer
File playback, Screen Capture, Save Recordings,
Driving Speed 2), View on Map 3)
Software
PC Manager (for Windows PC)
Dimension and
Weight
93.0 X 67.0 X 18.5mm/Front: 134g, Rear: 40g
Storage
Support up to 32GB memory card
Operating Temperature
-20˚C ~ 60˚C
Power
DC 12V ~ 24V
Others
G Sensor, Speaker (Voice Guide), Front/Rear LED Indicator, External GPS Module
1) Motion file can be used only when the product is connected with uninterruptible power cable.
2)~3) Only files recorded with external GPS module can be viewed.
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Troubleshooting
Video is not recorded.
Check memory card. Since memory cards have a limited life span, they may not operate normally if they
are used beyond their lifespan.
Periodic re-formatting is recommended for memory cards.
Voice is not recorded.
Check if voice recording is disabled. If voice recording function is active, make sure the microphone of the
black box is not blocked.
LCD screen does not come to life.
When you start the ignition, the LCD screen automatically turns on but the screen is programmed to
automatically go off after a while. When this happens, touch any place on the LCD screen and the screen
will turn back on. If the screen remains black even after multiple touches, contact your local service center.
PC manager does not display map.
This device supports connection with external GPS. Check if the external GPS cable is firmly connected with
the main body of the product. If the problem remains unsolved, make sure the external GPS has a clear,
unobstructed view of the sky so that its signal reception from the satellite is not blocked.
(External GPS receiver is optional.)
Image is blurry.
Clean camera lens. Always keep the front glass of your car clean.
Power is not turned on.
If power is not turned on in spite of using the included cigar jack cable, separate the power cable from the
device and reconnect it. If power remains off, contact your local service center.
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Image is shaky while driving.
Make sure the device holder is secured firmly. If the device is shaky, use a transparent double-coated tape
to secure it firmly.
The screen is dark.
The screen may appear dark due to the level of glass tint on your car. If this is the case, install the black box
in a lightly tinted area or adjust the brightness of your screen on the Settings menu on the LCD screen.
File cannot be copied on memory card.
Try again after formatting. If file cannot be copied even after formatting, contact your local service center.
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