I went through a few dash cams before deciding on features that matter most to me.
First, the dash cam needs a monitor. I will no longer use a dash cam without a monitor. Without a monitor, I don’t know if the cam is recording or not. Without a monitor, I don’t know if I have the dash cam angled correctly. Without a monitor, I can’t review footage. I need a monitor. The Eachine AT55C Car Camera has a monitor.
Second, the monitor must turn off after a minute or so. Monitors that stay on distract me, especially at night. The AT55C’s monitor turns off.
Third, the dash cam must record onto a memory card in a format that doesn’t require I install any sort of software onto my computer. That way, I can take the card out and view the video. The AT55C records onto a micro SD card (not included) in MOV format.
The AT55C has every feature I want and a bunch that I don’t use, but maybe others might like. For instance, I turned off the LDW and distance alarm because the beeps were annoying me. If I can’t tell I’m over the left lane or right lane, or I’m tailgating, or a car has passed in front of me, I shouldn’t be driving.
This dash cam has a battery that charges and holds a charge. I mostly rely on that battery when I’m parked and want to look at some footage. I don’t use it for filming while driving, because I like having the dash cam automatically turn on and off when powered on and off. I don’t like to think about needing to recharge it.
Also, I didn’t mount my dash cam on the windshield, since that is illegal in my state. To mount it on the dashboard with the suction mount, I have to place it upside down. Since I want to view video right side up on my computer, I opted to use a generic dashboard mount to hold the dash cam.
Bottom line: I get clear video I can play back on my dash cam or PC, which makes the AT55C one of my favorite dash cams.
This product was provided for review by Eachine.