1080P @ 30fps video quality, even in high-speed driving
140° wide recording angle and 3" LCD screen
With a built-in battery, this dash cam will automatically power on and record a short video after detecting a shock or vibration when your car is parked
With a built-in G-sensor, the dashcam will automatically lock & save the video when detecting a collision
The video will not be overwritten
Slim metal construction with a 3-inch compact screen will not block your sight, and the included power cord sports a super-long cable for routing alongside your windscreen for discreet factory-like installation
@spitfire6006006 hoping for micro usb. I don’t expect usb-c at this price. I don’t expect a Panasonic Arbitrator to ever show up here, but dang. I guess not everybody pulled down their headliner to install USB ports above their mirror while they were installing a rear view camera and emergency lights, huh?
@fuzzmanmatt@Kerig3@spitfire6006006 This! Micro USB is flimsier and less reliable. It’s fine for phones and things where the connector is unlikely to experience stress, but Mini is a much stronger connector.
I have a pair of portable DVD players that just sit in a cabinet. They used Micro USB for power and they connectors lost all retention after my kids used them for about four hours.
@fuzzmanmatt, the charging cable is an auto charger cable because the device is hopefully in one’s auto!! The only other way to charge this cheap device is with a cheap battery charger, but why waste the juice in a charger when you can use the auto battery to charge it, plus, there’s no reason it needs charging That often, less, one has alot of wrecks!! I don’t like the cheap namebrand!! Wait!! …I thought it was a Viva product, My Bad!! I humbly admit I was wrong, unless the Vava brand’s no better than a Viva brand!!..what-fn-ever!!
No, capacitors are a rarity for dash cams. They sound great in principle, but personal experience with a capacitor-based camera (this one) soured me on the idea.
Eventually the capacitor degraded to the point that there wasn’t enough juice to survive a split-second power interruption caused by a bump in the road. Needless to say, that happened a lot, so I went back to batteries. (Even a camera with a dwindling battery won’t be that hypersensitive.)
I’ve owned five or six different models, which makes me kind of a dash cam enthusiast, I guess? All but one used a battery. Haven’t had any explosions here in the Northeast, but maybe in Arizona it would be more of a risk. (Heat does shorten the battery’s life, but it’s usually something else that dooms the cameras I’ve owned.)
My latest dash cam (this one) has a magnetic mount that the USB cable plugs into, so it’s easy enough to rip the camera off my windshield (“rip” is the word — it’s a ridiculously strong magnet) and bring it inside. Not because of temperature extremes, but because I haven’t been driving enough to keep the battery from running down. (Thanks pandemic!) So I charge it in the house before I go out.
I have one of these in my car and got one for my dad. Put a 32gb SD card in them. They work great. Not the most high end things obviously but they do their job. Luckily I haven’t had to use any of the footage for an actual incident but I do have some good videos saved of people being absolute dipshits.
Bought this from the mehverlords last time. I’ve had a couple different kinds of cheap dashcams, and this one seems solid. My car is a sporty rattlebox, so I had to turn off the over-sensitive shock detection, but otherwise this is a good deal.
Nice wide-angle shot, decent video quality, reliable performance thus far. NO RAGARTS.
Wouldn’t you know it, I just bought 2 dashcams from Amazon. They’re going to be here tomorrow. I paid a bit more for gps so that speed is recorded on the video. I saw a youtube where a cop pulled over a nice car and accused the driver of speeding. The driver still had the dash cam on and told the cop that the speed he was going was recorded on the video and he’d bring it to court. The lying cop backed down and said “I’ll let you off with a warning”. Driver was white, otherwise the cop probably would’ve shot him.
@Kyser_Soze Actually, by your anecdote, you don’t need GPS, just the threat- which’ll work whether your dash cam actually has it or not.
IIRC, at least one site recommended not to have GPS, because it can also be used against you in court.
@hamjudo@Kyser_Soze@wp23n, OR they don’t like talking about racism because it makes their racist fuckin ass un-fn-comfortable!! They don’t mind whinning about how it was really unneccessary to bring it fuckin up though!
@decoratedwarvet@hamjudo@Kyser_Soze@wp23n Not sure how saying “Driver was white, otherwise the cop probably would’ve shot him.” is really construed as a discussion about race or racism. Unless you are referring to that statement itself as ambiguous racist rhetoric. Because to really round out the statement, and make it fit the current politicized race debate, you would have to add that the cop is white. If a police officer of color shot a black man, this statement would not apply in current race debate. So far in 2020, 242 white people have been shot to death by police versus 123 Blacks.
“Sadly, the trend of fatal police shootings in the United States seems to only be increasing, with a total 661 civilians having been shot, 123 of whom were Black, as of August 30, 2020.” Source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/
@accelerator@hamjudo@Kyser_Soze@wp23n, what if the cop was black, Then how would the debate play out¿ By the way, the commentor who said ‘if he were black he would’ve shot him’ [not verbatum] said he saw a video on YouTube, so logically speaking, debate wise, one could conclude had the officer not been white, he would’ve said so, AND OR would Not have even brought that scenario up at all!! I do have to wonder why all those white people being killed by the police are never mentioned in the damn media!! I hope this is not just a statement Mr tRumpty Dumpty made!! I don’t form my debates by any rhetoric Cheeto tweets!! I will have to research those stats & log on to the link that you provided & I wanna see if they provide stats of how many Hispanics are killed by the cops, or are they included [& counted as white] in with the whites just to bring thosefucking numbers up!! BTW, usually a race debate is between an anri-racist & a racist, otherwise it would just be catagorized as a discussion, not as a debate!! JSYK!!
@decoratedwarvet@hamjudo@Kyser_Soze@wp23n These are interesting and compelling thoughts. The meh community is very diverse! I have to add a disclaimer to my link. I really didn’t research at all as to whether or not those numbers are accurate or how they were derived. Also, as was said, statistics derived by dividing numerator by denominator would equal a higher percentage of killings in the Black population. The ambiguity surrounding skin color as a definer of race is tricky. The denominator is blurry. I’m not really even sure what race I am! I haven’t done the DNA search thing. I’m a mutt and they probably wouldn’t figure out what race I am until I got shot.
Anyway, I’m really not good at this race defining thing. I believe we are all brothers and sisters and I view the world this way from a somewhat “Polly Anna” lens. On that note, I wish all my human family peace and love.
@accelerator@hamjudo@Kyser_Soze@wp23n, I here you, brother!! The reason I mentioned the Hispanic situation is cause I’m Hispanic, but on my license it had always classified me as being white. I don’t drive now, so don’t know if that has changed!! I do know numbers & stats can get tricky. A great example, odd fact & trivia is that you need a slide rule, or calculator in Algebra & Trig, but need neither for Calculus analysis, and calculations. Who Knew¿? Ergo, I’ve learned to take life with a grain of salt,… maybe two grains!!
@Kyser_Soze absurd you people think you’re doing anything but inciting hate with these types of remarks. No one in America is “probably” going to get shot interacting with police, no matter the race. You’re either a victim of fear mongering or a fear monger yourself.
@mike808 $75-$125 will get you good one on Amazon. $150 will get you one with more features. $200-$300 will get you even better features and/or features, but you’re getting less bang for the buck on the top end of that range.
What the hell, for 24$… It looks like VAVA is the real deal when I cross checked them on Amazon/Google. I couldn’t believe the 5 STAR average and 1700+ reviews for their VAVA VD009. This will be my first dash cam so I’m sold.
@mellowirishgent Depends on the size of the SD card. I turned off the Audio and record the highest resolution, and a I estimate the 16GB card I have in it will store about 2 hours. I don’t need more than that, but still might bump up to 32.
Also depends on how many events it “locked”. Locked videos don’t get overridden, so they just take up space. I turned off the impact sensor, it was always locking video if the road isn’t newly paved and perfectly smooth. It will remind you periodically to format the card, which clears all the locked footage.
They sell adapters for everything, but you shouldn’t need one. The included cable is long enough to run from the cig lighter for my back seat, up the side of my car, to the windshield, and to the camera in the middle. And then some. All tucked in along the way, and it comes with sticky clips to hold it in place.
I got one last time, and it’s been great, overall. I had to replace the suction cup mount, but that was cheap. Recording at night, or in direct light, with glare, isn’t great. But it’s worth this price. And I, for one, am glad it doesn’t specify the speed of travel. I just wish there was an online manual that more thoroughly explained all the options.
Luckily I haven’t had to use it for an accident or road rage incident, yet. But it did nicely capture when we turned a corner and a 10-point buck was standing in the middle of the road. It’s very easy to pop the card into a laptop add copy the video over.
@mellowirishgent You can get any kind of direct adapter between any two of USB/miniUSB/microUSB on ebay. You can also get any kind of cable with any two of those three connections. It will never be a problem to get a correct cable between any of these. Hint: check “US Only” on the ebay page to get it from US in less than a week, paying an extra dollar or two, instead of direct from china in 4-6 weeks.
@GeckoD thank you for that breakdown. I bought one last time it was here, or maybe one of the sister sites, and it seems decent enough for the price. But the settings are not all real obvious and one thing that has bothered me was a yellow pop-up randomly saying it wouldn’t save, or something like that. I think I was running out of space in the included 8gb and it is likely because of the “auto lock feature” you mentioned from random street bumps. So I’ll just need to adjust that to stop that annoying issue. I had to idea that it was lol. So thanks!
MicroSD cards wear out as they are written to over and over. For the utmost in reliability—especially for those people who will be having their dash cam running for multiple hours on most days of the week—be sure to get a high endurance MicroSD card. You wouldn’t want to find out your card is borked when you need a recording the most!
@GLaDOS Indeed. FWIW, micro SD cards are one of the most counterfeited items out there. It’s easy to rewrite the header to make it appear to be, say, 256GB when in reality it’s only 16GB. It will write like normal until it runs out of space. These things are all over Amazon and other outlets. Whenever I buy flash memory or SSD I just go straight to the manufacturer. The price difference is really minimal and the peace of mind is worth it. https://shop.westerndigital.com/c/memory-cards.security-camera.microsd_cards
My commute just increased by quite a bit so why not? Besides, it will give the wife and I something to talk about: “Hey, check this out…you’ll never believe what happened on the way to/from work…”
@tweezak Maybe I’ll start a YouTube channel of stupid stuff I see on the freeway. Some of it really just makes you shake your head. Maybe I’ll call it “That Guy” because I’m “that guy” that drives the speed limit on the freeway (unless I’m passing…then I wick it up to stay out of the way).
@tweezak Funny timing, I’m in the Portland Oregon area and this morning on the local news, there was a story about a guy that started doing exactly that, partly after being in several incidents with no proof of what “the other guy” did. So now he records all drives and then if anything interesting happened, extracts the video and submits to YouTube. it’s called “Bad Driving in Portland” or something like that.
@tweezak I wish we’d had one the day mom and I were on the interstate and there was a freaking black bear sitting in the middle of the inside lane. Wasn’t close to the mountains or anything, so I still have no idea where it came from.
@IAMIS I was actually going to mention that because: who would believe that now? When I started working on this type of device in the electronics industry, it was about 20 years ago, the sizes were so small, you could only get maybe 64 or 128 MB (not GB); it was enough to store a music album or two in heavily-compressed MP3, or a few photos from a digital camera (which did not have high megapixel count yet). An engineer I was working with at a company said “someday you will be able to put a whole movie it” – and co-incidentally 8GB is about the size of a typical DVD actual storage. I said “bah, that’s ridiculous!” But it would take several years to get to that point, mid-2000’s, and the cost of the first ones was prohibitive (just like a 512GB or 1TB card is now).
@IAMIS Remember when 8 GB hard drives were a couple hundred bucks? When SD cards started getting high in capacity, I remember thinking that it was a miracle getting that much data into such a small physical volume, and at prices similar to old gigantic drives.
I remember working tech support in the nineties and having someone with a high end rig call in. When I asked how much memory they had, they said one gigabyte and my response was “you mean one megabyte, right?” The possibility if a gigabyte of RAM had never occurred to me.
Max SD card is 32GB? I would expect at least 64GB these days (though I admit I’m still using a 32GB card from several cameras ago). Also, 1080p at 30fps is just OK when you can get something with 1440p at 30fps or even 4K.
(Also looks like there are more choices for capacitor-based dash cams now, so maybe they’ll hold up better than mine did.)
On the other hand, cameras with those specs will probably cost you ten times as much, so this is a good deal. I’ve spent more on no-name Russian and Chinese imports, and VAVA is a brand with a solid reputation.
According to the lens in Pic #1, this is only a 2.0 Mega Pixel camera. The one listed above for $5 more is 12.0 Mega Pixels, indicating a much better picture even with a wider field of view. I can’t see spending $24 for such a terrible digital imager.
@CatFriend But 1080 video only requires 2.07 MP. (sometimes mentioned as 2.1MP rounded up). not sure what the 2.0MP means for this, maybe you get a few less pixels. Or maybe just 2.0 sounded better. Why would you put that on the lens anyway – the lens doesn’t care how many MP the sensor is.
Anyway a 12MP sensor in a camera like this doesn’t make sense – possibly the sensor is actually 12MP but the picture is reduced down to 1080 in that Amazon one? Or maybe it can take still photos at higher resolution?
I bought this last time it came around on Meh, and I have to say, I completely hate it. I can’t tell whether it auto-deletes the oldest footage when the SD card gets full, so I can never be confident that it’s actually working. The manual is un-intelligible, so no help there. In the settings menu, there’s a “format reminder”. If you enable that, then every X days it covers the screen with a message which says “Format SD card”. You can disable it, but then who knows what’s happening? I guess this is my only gripe with it, but being that it’s supposed to be an always-on camera on which I’ve staked my nice, shiny car, I would like to be able to trust that it’s doing the right thing.
The best thing I can say is that it has only fallen off of the windscreen once.
For the environmentally conscious, it also comes in an absurd amount of packaging, which is another thing to dislike about it. Even if you don’t care about the quantity of package, it’s annoyingly difficult to open.
I wish someone could explain this to me.
I live in Plano Tx. The package started out in Carrollton Tx which is right next door to Plano. Then it went back to Plano and then on to Grapevine Tx which is a bit farther away. Then it went back to Plano and to the dreaded USPS. From their it registered a Delivery Exception but was eventually marked as arrived at USPS Delivery Unit in Plano. Now it show as In Transit to Coppell Tx which
is quite a bit further away from Plano. Any clues? I have a feeling that I’m not ever going to see it if my experinces with USPS are any indication.