Car DVRs are growing ever more popular, which says something about our driving or the state of our traffic laws. But in either case, it’s definitely worthwhile having some sort of evidence if you ever suffer from a traffic related event. The new generation of car cameras offer this peace of mind, and the really good bit is they don’t cost the earth. Nor do they falter when it comes to bad lighting conditions.
This Advanced Car Camera uses the latest Ambarella A12 chipset to capture superb quality video in just about every lighting condition. You can check out the video below to see us give it a once over in the car and out.
The camera comes in a typically nondescript package, so loved by budget Chinese manufacturers. But once you get past the generic branding (not even a product name, tsk), you’ll find a box full of useful stuff. There’s an extra long USB power cable, a GPS unit and cable, a data transfer cable, user guide and the all important windscreen mount. The user guide is simple but decent enough.
The mounting of the camera is as simple as most of these units, just clamp it to the windscreen and wind the cable around the edge of the windscreen to feed it to the power socket. Maximum 10 minute job. You may need some fixing gubbins to make sure the cable doesn’t droop though, unless you’re brave enough to try and tuck it in where possible.
The actual camera looks pretty professional, which is both a blessing and a curse. On the positive side, it looks like a quality product sitting in your windscreen, but on the negative it could easily be a thief magnet, especially in big city use where your car is parked on the street. We hope that future versions might consider some sort of stealth option (even a black cover would help at night we think).
The controls are easy to master, with the buttons arranged on the side of the camera. We found this slightly more fiddly than buttons on the bottom as with other cameras, but it’s not a deal breaker. After all the important thing is can you get to the ‘event’ button quickly in case you want to record something that’s just happened. And you can.
The big deal about these cameras revolves around the quality of the video, is it good enough to see number plates etc, and also how ‘fire and forget’ is it? If you have to constantly fiddle around to get a result it’s a fail. We’re happy to report that this product passes muster on both accounts. It’s a cinch to work and the video quality is excellent. Which makes it a good option if you’re in the market for a decent car camera at this sort of price.
Price: $117.12 / £77.11 (special code D201 for Red Ferret readers offers discount price of $96.99 / ￡63.80 – ends 29th Feb 2016)
Dome D201 2.7 inches LCD 1440P super night vision car GPS recorder
Ambarella A12 chipset
5.0MP COMS OV4689 image sensor
170 degree super wide angle lens
2560 x 1440P / 30fps high definition resolution
Advanced H.264 video compression technology
2.7 inches high resolution LCD, can view while recording
Support HDMI high quality video transmission
Built-in GPS for tracking
G-Sensor to keep the record of sensor data at emergency cannot be cover
Loop recording with seamless, does not leak second
Automatic circulating recording, it’s able to set the record time for each file
Watching video simultaneous while driving, supporting on-spot play back
Time and date display changed, there is no need to reset when re-starts
Motion detection function
Automatically turn on / off function
Can charge and transmission through USB
Support maximum memory storage TF card up to 512GB
Lithium battery 190mAh, supporting car DVR long time using