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I don't know how anyone could give this 5 stars. Sure, all of the features that this camera advertises are technically extant, but only in the worst possible ways. Yes, it records front and rear-facing video to a memory card that can be imported to a computer. Yes, it has settings for how it records video, and it can even take snapshots. The front-facing video is technically 1080p and the rear-facing video is technically 720p, with the caveat that the rear camera uses an analogue connection. And it does come with an off-the-shelf, retail 32gb MicroSD card which the manufacturer only recently started crudely stuffing into their product packaging... While all of this is true, the manufacturer's description comes so close to lying without actually being dishonest that I’m convinced that they’re intentionally deceiving their customers for fast profit in a lucrative market.
To explain,I’ll put my review in the form of a short story.
I’ve had this camera for about 3 weeks. As soon as I got it I spent a morning installing it and then went for a test drive with it. I should have done this first because the video quality is so terrible that it would never, under any circumstances, have the fidelity to show other vehicle’s license plates. If I hadn’t already spent time installing it, I would have sent it back right away. So I opted to use the 12v power outlet instead of hard-wiring it, knowing that some of the memory card’s space would be wasted because my truck allows power to the outlet for about an hour after I kill the engine. This will be important later.
So from then on I didn’t notice any other problems. I even “locked” a few videos so I could review them later. And so yesterday was pretty much a typical work day for me. I drove to work and even I locked a video during my drive. I worked a long shift and then afterwords I drove to the grocery store. I spent about 40 minutes shopping, and then sat in the parking lot for a few minutes on a phone call. Then I drove home and parked in front of my building. Tonight I decided to check the videos that I had saved, but when I opened the SD card on my computer, what I found had me pretty frustrated!
The first thing I noticed was how few video files from either camera there were; only about 2 hours of footage from the front-facing camera! So right off the bat, 32gb of storage probably won’t be nearly enough for most people’s needs. The video files are just too large (i.e., cheap video encoding and compression). I honestly expected that from such a cheap camera. But you may already have guessed the next major problem…
I’m still using the 12v outlet for power, so with only 2 hours of stored video, over half of the footage on my memory card was of parking lots. The worst part is that, in one typical day of driving, the camera had already overwritten 2 out of 3 of my trips. It lost both my trip to work and the short drive to the grocery store!
Fine… at least I can easily lock videos at any time so that they won’t be overwritten… right?
NOPE... The final deal breaker for this discount, off-brand, big-box-store-electronics-section-rip-off was that it does NOT properly lock or write-protect video files! Now, maybe mine is defective, but I have a feeling that the manufacturer knows about this defect. I’ve re-read the manual a dozen times and tried researching the issue online. But I know I’m using the lock feature correctly because it IS locking the rear-facing, videos! I have all of those videos right here in front of me. I can even hear the exact moment that I push the button in the video! I don’t think this is an issue that I can fix. How freaking useless is that!?
There are other issues that I won’t waste your time with, and I could go on about how the manufacturer uses every trick in the book to skirt the lines of false-advertizing. And I cannot comment on the GPS functionality. It doesn't come with the gps attachment, I don't really have an interest in the feature, and I'm not willing to waste my money at this point.
This is my first dash-cam, and I’m glad I’ve learned a few things in the process, but that's really the only positive outcome of this purchase. I will definitely be replacing this camera with something better.
Even when plugged in, and the icons on the screen indicate that it is connected and charging, it powers off every few minutes. Unplugging it and plugging it back in solves this problem, but it is a pain to do while driving, and I usually have to do this two or three times during any drive. Customer service from Apeman is nonexistent, as every time I try to submit a request on their website I get a "Server is Busy" error, and I have been attempting this for weeks.
I HAD THIS CAMERA PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED IN MY CAR. DURING THE ACCIDENT THE CAMERA DID NOT RECORD 20 SEC OF THE ACTUAL ACCIDENT, THE REAR CAMERA COMPLETELY STOPPED WORKING RIGHT AFTER ACCIDENT, THE FRONT CAMERA RECORDED ONLY BEFORE AND AFTER THE ACCIDENT. THE ACCIDENT PROCESS ITSELF FROM START TO FINSH IS NOT RECORDED. ALL THAT THIS CAMERA WAS FOR DIDN'T WORK AND IN FACT I PAID A LOT OF MONEY INCLUDING INSTALLATION FOR THIS JUNK.
Alright , first off the cord is short did have enough room for the front to the back I need to buy an extension I paid 40$ for someone to help me put this thing in, the screen is so tiny very tiny my friends bought a dash cam for 30$ Hers is awesome I should have Listened to her.
I originally had this camera in my truck. I went to format the card and it would not format. I contacted the company and they sent me another camera and I just got around to install. Now I can not format the card in this one. Now I’m out to memory card and no camera because this is worthless. Do not buy any of there cameras!!!