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
Love mine. A friend had to pull his gun from an altercation, so I bought one a few months back…records everything for my protection. First day I had it, a truck runs a red light right in front of me…btw I paid $45
@CraigDanger That’s manly of you to know when you need assistance with prying trim! But if the trim you are prying is that tight you’d probably be better off working on getting your trim broke in properly by yourself. I imagine it would definitely be a challenge worth tackling SOLO…just you the “spudger” aka “prybar” and the ultra tight trim. I mean really, would really want different guys all handling your “spudger”? Plus, NO ONE is going to care about taking proper care of your trim more than you! Other than maybe the trim…but we all know quality trim doesn’t have emotions, in retrospect NO trim has emotions so pry away my friend!! The best of luck to you and what lies ahead!
Seems to be an average dash cam, I wouldn’t get my hopes up when it comes to catching plates when looking at the sun and/or at night but at the price they’re asking it’s hard to beat. A cheap addition to your insurance policy to prove if you are at fault or not.
Got 2 at $29 each. They are a super deal. Formatting the 64GB card to FAT32 lets it work perfect in the cameras. Footage and audio very high quality. Settings available are mind boggling. My GoPros have 1/10 the choices.
I’ve seen too many close calls to the point where I feel like I need a dash cam (drivers in West Palm Beach are crazy).
How long does 8 GB record for?
Is it easy to set up/remove if necessary? How long does it take to charge?
@JT954 I have another one, a capacitor version, they generally record for hours and hours until they overwrite the oldest. I’ve pulled videos off about twice now, grand total. First time, the SD-card became faulty, or was faulty or something.
Though- this is sitting in your car. Batteries do not do well at high temperatures. But they hold more power, and can do constant g-shock stuff and keep time better.
Capacitors hold FAR less power. No powered-down features, and my camera generally keeps the time for about 4 days before it resets. But, doesn’t give a damn about temperature, and shouldn’t lose life like all batteries do.
So if you use a garage mostly, these are nice. Pull video off asap, or pull the card. You know, if something happens.
My car has a dash cam that watches the lanes to steer me back in if I drift out and to watch speed signs to display on the GPS, so, why don’t they just let me stick an sd card in so I don’t have a stupid thing hanging from my wind shield with cords and plugs? WTF?
@Kyser_Soze Are you sure the speed limits are being pulled from signs and not a database? Google Maps knows, and it’s definitely not using a camera in my car. JW.
@GLaDOS The Tesla option is nice but annoyingly half baked. They really should stick a dedicated SD Card slot somewhere, that would be fantastic. Throw in some sort of sensor driven incident detection and they’d have a real winner. Instead, you have to stick a flash drive in one of only two USB ports they provided for charging devices, hope nobody knocks it loose, and remember to push an on-screen button in the event that something happens which you want to keep a record of. Otherwise it just loops video over itself.
My boss literally got upset with me from 800 miles away because he’d knocked his USB drive loose the night before, witnessed a pretty grisly accident, and was unable to give the police the footage from his dash cam because it wasn’t recording. Unreasonable expecting me to diagnose why it wasn’t working from 800 miles away? Sure. (and not really in my job description but that’s neither here nor there) But it’s Tesla’s half baked solution that was the root cause of the dash cam not working so…
I question the claim on the main page that this dash cam model has “Super Night Vision”, can anyone confirm? It states that on the linked Amazon model, but that model also has a 170° view angle whereas this model only has 140°. Also, what’s its battery capacity? The one sold here seems to be an older, discontinued model of the one sold on Amazon that’s only $15 more if you have Prime.
@Kidsandliz Crap, you’re right. Although the one in my link says it also has a 140° view lens, but the one on Amazon (no model number shown that I could find there) says it has a 170° view. What’s the truth seems to be anyone’s guess and they’re not listed on Vava’s website…no manuals, no support, no nothing. I’m worried that until Vava came out with their well-reviewed dash cam, the one that’s conical, they were just getting some inferior chinese cam and slapping their name on it, because this one really looks like every other cheapo chinese cam form factor that flooded the market about 5 years ago. Sure, they’re inexpensive, but if it doesn’t work well then it just another item for a garage sale.
@andrewj And I’m not buying this dash cam, which I have since realized was the same cheap model that often comes up for sale on Woot. Maybe you have $30 to throw away at buying older electronics of questionable functionality, but I don’t.
@andrewj Because I considered buying it and then by using the knowledge and opinions of other members made an informed choice to not buy this dash cam. What do you think this forum is about? Flinging insults???
My crappy dash cam disappeared a couple years ago when we moved. I checked Side Deal, and they have them for $29, so I used my pastadrop coupon and got it for $20.57 with tax.
The things that count are:
1 - what file format are its files, should be MP4
2 - what size are the files for 3 min. or 5 min. or whatever break it uses
3 - how much in total time will a 32gb card hold
4 - are the instructions in understandable English
No thanks. Not without a capacitor. Cheap dash cams are cheap for a reason. They’re powered by batteries which don’t like low or high temperatures. When you find it dead on a hot summer day you now know why.
Nothing was exceptionally good nor bad about the video quality on either model. No guarantees that you’ll be able to read license plate #'s, But it should show that the light was green when you entered the intersection before being T-Boned.
I had nearly instant buyer’s remorse for a couple of reasons. Most importantly, the lack of a rear mounted camera meant there’d be no recording of rear impacts - which, at least for me, have been the most common accidents I’ve been involved in: Once seeing the light turn yellow and slowing down to stop, while the car behind me saw the yellow and hit the gas. Another time stopped at a red light, car behind me rolled into my bumper as the driver was busy texting and wasn’t paying attention.
The other thing I didn’t care for was that the logo and the rim around the lens on this camera have a chromed finish. Strategically placed electrical tape might help solve that problem. Also because of the large lens mounted on front face of this dashcam, I had to mount it lower than I cared for it to point straight out below the visor tinting. In short, it was obvious to anyone that I had a cam making it potentially attractive to someone who might want to do a smash and grab, whether because they thought it was worth anything, or they hit my parked car and wanted to remove any potential evidence.
The model I replaced this with has most of the camera body mounted behind the rearview mirror adhered to the visor tint, with the swiveling bottom mounted lens just peeking below the tint. It’s much more inconspicuous.
@sammydog01 True. But I’d like to have that recording of the driver behind me staring down at their smartphone when they hit me… Especially if they tried to claim that I put my car in reverse and hit them…
@ciabelle the issue I had was, instead of tint, there are dots on my windshield above the mirror that the suction cup won’t stick to, and the geometry of the suction cup mount means I end up with the camera itself fully below the mirror. I probably need to find one that mounts without a suction cup, and since my previous one (a vantrue N1) just about melted in spring heat, would like to find one where the body is rated for higher temps.
@kevinrs The dots are standard on pretty much every car I’ve seen in the past 15 years or so. You’re right, a suction cup won’t adhere, so this cam had to be mounted below them = Very visible to the outside, and a bit in the way while driving.
The style cam I replaced this with uses a 3M adhesive pad for the mounting plate which adheres to the dots just fine – just make sure the surface is clean and dry first. The camera easily slides into and out of the mounting plate in case you need to adjust it or download images off the camera.
@ciabelle@sammydog01 Distracted or not, the driver behind is at fault.
And a front camera alone can tell whether you’re going forward, reverse, or stationary.
Only real reason I can imagine needing a rear facing camera is when you’re driving backwards. That’s typically a parking situation where you don’t have the right of way, and it’s on you to ensure it’s safe to back up, so I don’t know what recording that buys you.
Exceptions exist, but most people have no use for rear cams other than peace of mind.
Rear cameras are for security. A front-facing camera won’t catch the hooligans walking up to your car in the driveway or breaking into your car or who rear-ended you in the Walmart parking lot.
@ciabelle Yeah, that’s the style I’m thinking I need, but I’ve got a vantrue that is supposed to be good to 160F here that the case is all distorted, looks like it’s been through an oven, so I’ve been reluctant to buy anything I’ve seen since.
I keep going back to looking at dashcams, because I keep seeing people drive worse and worse though.
@ciabelle@MehAmphetamine@sammydog01 Also, keep in mind the rear-facing camera records the occupants, which is important to cabbies/chauffeurs/ride-share drivers; you’ve probably seen some “passenger mistreating the driver” videos before, and this is how they were captured.
Dash cam arrived yesterday (thanks, meh, for shipping via Fedex). Hooked it up, ran the nice long power cable out of sight around the a-pillar, and charged it for a bit. Seems to be working well. Boots up faster, records sooner, and has a bigger screen than my considerably more expensive Garmin Dash Cam 30 (at temperatures lower than 40 degrees F, the Garmin crashes and reboots repeatedly until it warms up, too). They seem to record footage a little differently (looping one file vs filling the card and looping?), but to the detriment of neither.