The Urive Albatross II MD-7500P is a dual channel dashboard camera which was published in May 2013. The front camera documents at 1080p, 19fps using a bit rate of 8 Mbps. The rear camera records in 720p, 19fps in a low bit rate of 4 Mbps (Note the specifications say 20fps). We would like to thank our member niko who provided the review for this camera on our forum.
Video quality throughout the day is extremely good and nighttime is fantastic for the front camera in many conditions. Back camera is great throughout the day and typical at nighttime. Though the 8Mbps bitrate is far better than many other dual cameras currently available, video functionality can suffer in certain situations with a lot of moving objects.
The Urive Albatross II MD-7500P is bigger (front camera is 101.9 x 63.3 x 35.9 mm) compared to its sibling the Urive MD-8000P because of this 3.5″ touchscreen. Here’s an image of the Albatross II compared to this BlackVue DR500GW-HD.
The Albatross II comes with optional GPS, G-sensor and parking style which makes it a full featured dash camera. Additionally, it has battery discharge protection constructed in with the subsequent cut-off voltages: 11.5V, 11.7V, 11.9V, 12.1V. Note that 12.1V is somewhat on the minimal side. Also check: https://dashcambox.com
Macroblocking / Pixelation
A frequent issue with double cameras is macroblocking or pixelation due to the very low bit rates utilized. The Albatross II is having a bit rate of 8Mbps front and 4Mbps rear. The following video illustrates the pixelation issue. Note the video was listed in “1 channel” mode with a bitrate of 12Mbps and frame speed of 29fps. In “2 channel” manner, the quality could be worse given the lower 8Mbps bit speed and 19fps recording.
The camera has blue blinking “security” LEDs on the front and back cameras and there’s no choice to turn off them. You can use black electrical tape to cover both LEDs.
As stated previously, the framerate from the specification is 30fps for 1 channel recording and 20fps for dual channel. The camera actually records at 29Fps for 1 station recording and 19fps for 2 channel recording.
Changing off the Rear Camera
Currently there’s absolutely no method to switch off the back camera via the settings. To switch off the back camera you want to pull out rear camera video / power cable.
Should I Buy?
While this model is one of the greater dual channel cameras, the high cost, relatively low bitrate / framerate and moderate size make it a difficult sell. All 3 systems have their drawbacks. Unfortunately there are hardly any good multi-channel cameras available at the moment.