I bought two ROAV C1’s about a month ago… one for my wife’s car and one for mine.
I pulled mine out of my car today to look at some footage and as most know when you unmount the cam from the dash you usually accidentally press the power button and start the recording of a 60 second video.
After one second I noticed a blue error message saying “Memory Error”.
When I put the microSD into my laptop the card was recognized immediately. When the folder popped up I saw it had stopped recording around the 16th of last month:
I am able to copy gigs of files to this card so the computer has no issue writing to it at all… so it is odd the camera is unable to.
The card in question is a brand new Sandisk Ultra 64gb card that is more than capable of handling the 13mbps bitrate the ROAV writes.
When I first got the C1 it gave me an audible PLEASE INSERT TF CARD error because the 64gb cards come formatted exFAT and it apparently can’t handle that. I had to jump through hoops to get the 64gb card formatted FAT32 and then the camera was fine with it.
So I have a few questions…
Why is the MEMORY ERROR error not audible? I would have caught this weeks ago if I heard the camera tell me there was a problem. In my car the only place for the camera is directly behind the rearview mirror and there is no way to see it unless I sit in the passenger seat.
Is the FAT32 limitation possibly the cause of this error? Windows doesn’t even let you format a 64gb card as FAT32 because it is, apparently, a dumb idea in 2017.
Why is there a FAT32 limitation anyway? The new C1 PRO camera suggests you use a 64/128gb card so clearly it does not have the same FAT32 limitation. Can this be fixed in firmware or is it a hardware issue? Also, why does the manual suggest you format any card larger than 32gb “often”? Like I suggested earlier, is a 64gb card formatted to an archaic file system prone to corruption or something?
A dashcam should just silently work every single day and night until, god forbid, you need it. I didn’t buy this to have to babysit the thing. If I wanted a hassle I’d just use my gopro or my xiaomi yi as a dash cam and yank the thing off every time I parked.
Any answers to the questions above is appreciated.
I’m in the middle of pulling all the footage off the SD card and will reformat it in camera to see if that solves it, but even if it does…
What happens the next time this happens? The camera isn’t going to tell me there is a problem… there needs to be some kind of audible message any time there is a problem.