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Novus Piccolo Review and Comparison

Novus Piccolo budget GPS speed camera detector (now discontinued) provided alerts to speed camera locations across the UK. Find out more about the Piccolo's features, how it works and which speed cameras it detects. Plus read reviews, share your own reviews and read comparisons with other best buy speed camera locators.

Review: Novus Piccolo
Detection range: 500yards
Set up: Integrated GPS antenna. Spoken voice warnings.
Cost: £59.99

Key features

‣Detects fixed and mobile speed cameras - Detects to Gatso, Truvelo, SPECS, Speedmaster, DS2, traffic light cameras, accident blackspots and all other permanent safety cameras.
‣No false alerts - The driver is advised of only cameras on the road they are driving along, thereby negating false alerts.

Novus Piccolo Explained

The entry-level Novus Piccolo is easy to install and alerts the driver to a fixed and possible mobile speed camera sites. Novus Piccolo provides speed limits at each speed camera location with spoken voice alerts and red LEDs counting down to the speed cameras location.

To read more about the Novus speed camera detector range click here.

Piccolo alerts

When you are approaching a fixed speed camera or a possible mobile speed camera site, the Novus Piccolo warns you approximately 500 yards before the speed camera. Our research has show that this is the preferred distance, giving ample advanced warning, but not too much such that you forget about the location of an approaching speed camera!

When you are 500 yards from the speed camera, a voice inside will say for example:

"Warning! Speed Camera 500 yards ahead, Limit 30 miles per hour."

When you are 200 yards away, the Novus Piccolo senses whether you are over speed for the approaching camera. If you are travelling at or below the speed limit, you will not be hassled with constant alerts before passing the camera or other hazard. The Novus Piccolo knows exactly how fast you are travelling by the GPS satellite technology and the award winning database knows the speed limit of the road on which you are travelling.

If you are exceeding the speed limit in the last 200 yards before the speed trap, Novus Piccolo will say:

"Attention! Reduce Speed."

It keeps repeating this message until you reduce your speed to the speed limit or below.


Installing the Novus Piccolo is easy via the supplied magnetic dash mount, and the supplied vehicle power adaptor will work in vehicles between 12-24 volts. Allowing the Novus Piccolo to also be used in HGV's and other commercial vehicles.

Detectable Speed Cameras

Utilising GPS, radar and laser detection the GPS Rider can provide advanced warnings to the following fixed and mobile speed cameras:

Fixed cameras:

SPECS average speed

Mobile cameras:

‣Mobile speed camera locations as included within the downloadable speed camera database.

Novus Rider features

‣Warnings of fixed cameras including Gatso, Truvelo, SPECS, Speedmaster and DS2
‣Warnings of red light cameras
‣Warnings of possible mobile sites
‣Warnings of accident black spots
‣Clearly announces the legal speed limit when approaching camera sites
‣Clear voice alerts
‣Bright LED's showing countdown to speed camera
‣Comprehensive UK speed camera database
‣Timed warnings when entering the congestion charging zone
‣Over speed warning in close proximity to speed cameras
‣Direction Sensitive
‣Lightweight compact design
‣Easy plug and play dashboard mounting system with rubberised magnetic mount
‣9-24 volt operation (ideal for commercial vehicles)
‣Easily transferable between vehicles
‣USB 2.0 compatible
‣FREE Standard Database updates
‣2 Year manufacturers guarantee

Novus Piccolo alternative purchases

Please note the Novus Piccolo is no longer available, the Snooper Pantera (compared below) is available, however the Novus Rider (also compared below) is no longer available.

The Novus Piccolo isn't the only speed camera detector available to buy and use in the UK. Below you can read comparisons with two alternative speed trap locators the Snooper Pantera and Novus Rider. To read the latest speed camera detector reviews click here.

Snooper Pantera

Snooper Pantera GPS speed camera detector like the Novus Piccolo provides warning to all UK fixed and mobile speed camera locations via an internal speed camera database of GPS co-ordinates.

Novus Piccolo (when sold) included free lifetime database subscription, whilst Snooper Pantera subscription is priced at £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99 a year.

To read and view the Snooper Pantera GPS detector review click here.

Novus Rider

Novus Rider features the same speed camera database as the Novus Piccolo. But whereas the Novus Piccolo requires a vehicle charger to operate the Novus Piccolo, the Novus Rider includes a lithium-ion rechargeable battery which provides up to 8 hours wireless operation.

Novus Rider, like the Novus Piccolo also includes free lifetime speed camera subscription and a years additional warranty cover, 3 years instead of 2 years which is offered with the Novus Piccolo.

To read the full review for the Novus Rider GPS locator click here.

Last updated: 17th February 2023