4 x Digital Zoom 1080P FULL HD G-sensor 2.7 Inch Seamless Loop-cycle Recording Camera Car DVR Vehicle Blackbox with G-sensor & HDMI & TF Slot
This Vehicle Blackbox is my third dash cam. By now, I think I know what I want and don’t want in a dash cam. This dash cam combines some of the features I like from the previous two dash cams. I took it on a two week trip, and it has performed very well.
This dash cam is suction mounted, as opposed to my previous dash cam which mounted to the rear view mirror. I prefer suction mounted dash cams because the mirror mounted dash cam blocks my backup cam video.
Mounting on my windshield doesn’t block my vision at all, because I mount it behind my rear view mirror. I’ve had this mounted on my windshield for a couple of weeks in triple digit temperatures and the suction hasn’t failed me yet.
The dash cam does have a battery, but it doesn’t last long. I charged it up and it lasted me as I drove to my daughter’s school and turned off as I was coming home. I’d say it was about fifteen minutes.
Instead, I use a mini USB cable and plug it into a USB car charger. Having a cable hang down as I’m driving isn’t distracting at all. I thought it would be with my initial dash cam, but I let it hang and it’s just fine. I do that with all my dash cams. That way, I never have to worry about turning the dash cam on and off, because it will turn on and off automatically. It also means I don’t have to worry about charging the dash cam.
Not all dash cams come with a display. My first dash cam did not, and it was a pain to have to remove the memory card and check what’s being recorded. This one has a display, which shows exactly what is being filmed. I can review the videos and program the dash cam without ever removing the dash cam from the car or taking out the memory card.
My first dash cam required me to take out the memory card and use software installed on my computer to change the settings. My second dash cam could be customized via the display, but it difficult to learn. This dash cam is the easiest to use. Changing the settings can be done via the display and it is completely intuitive. I didn’t need to read the instructions, except to figure out how to choose a selection. FYI, once you make a pick, push the button above the camera as if taking a photo to finalize the setting.
WHAT IT’S MISSING
This dash cam has a wide angle lens. They all do, but it can view in one direction only. My second dash cam had two cameras that could be adjusted 360 degrees around the car.
My first dash cam not only recorded video, it also had GPS capability, showing the direction, speed, and location on a map that could play alongside the video. Not this dash cam.
WHAT THE OTHER TWO DON’T HAVE
This dash cam is supposed to be able to record video if the car gets hit while it’s parked and I’m away. Fortunately I haven’t had to see if that works. I hope if the time comes, it does work. This is the only one I’ve owned that makes that claim.
The is the best of my three dash cams. It has a display, it doesn’t block my backup cam, it’s easy to program. I prefer a suction mount made with the gel pad, but this one is hanging tight so far. It’s a keeper.
This product was provided for review by Bravolink.