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This dual front/rear dashcam had great reviews, but I later learned that those were largely due to incentives that the company apparently gave to customers in order to boost the product's ratings. The front camera is decent, but can be drastically affected by sunlight obscuring views. The rear camera was so bad that I chose not to use it. The rear camera looks so hazy and opaque that it's essentially useless. There's also no mobile app, so retrieving cam footage requires removing the dashcam and using the USB for downloading; another alternative is removing the SD card. Both are annoying. I should've bought a dashcam with wifi.
There's an on/off button on the dashcam, so even if you turn the car off while the dashcam is still plugged in, it will continue to be on. Having to remember to turn the dashcam on/off is annoying, but that's to allow parking monitoring to work.
Overall it's okay, I guess for a first dashcam purchase, but not having wifi/no app/bad rear camera are definite drawbacks.
The one real issue I’ve found with this camera so far is that it doesn’t always turn on. Picture quality is good enough in the front, and enough to prove your accident in the rear (no denying it’s a cheap product), but if it won’t turn on, what’s the point? Only way to correct it is the little reset button (I suggest keeping the included pin in your vehicle), but you won’t always know it’s happening in the moment, and that could be the window in which you needed it. For example, I drove 5 minutes home from the store today, almost got swiped by a speeding driver, but had no footage when I got home. The rest of the day was on the card, though. I clear the card every few days just to be safe, so it has nothing to do with being full. Still debating whether I should return it for something trustworthy. Other than that, it’s simple, I like the low profile design, and no other complaints for the price.
I emailed Apeman's tech support describing the issues. They emailed back in about 36 hours, as they are in China, unfortunately. In the email, they said that they would send a replacement rear camera. The rear camera is not easy to install, but not too difficult if you aren't afraid of prying on inside body panels, roof liner, and pillar moldings (tool supplied but not perfect).
The new rear camera has been faultless for almost three weeks, we'll see...
Giving a GENEROUS 3 Star rating due to the inconveniences, frustrations, and having to wait three weeks for the replacement part to arrive from China, AND having to re-install the rear camera which should have worked in the first place.
---------------------------------------------- I have this dashcam and the GPS unit.
First, the rear-facing camera goes totally black after sitting overnight, a restart of the camera is sometimes required. Sometimes, pulling out the rear camera connector is NOT enough. With this said, I have driven down the road to various destinations only to discover that the rear camera was black, and yes the connection is tight.
Also, the Motion Detection shuts itself off after the vehicle sits for a time, especially overnight. So, what good is that? I have to go back into the menus and turn it on every single day!!!
The menus SUCK!, the instructional manual is one of the worst I have ever seen, it does not walk you through how to use the menus, it just shows you what things are, leaving you guessing. -VERY POOR and Disappointing!!!
The customer service is email-only, and they must be outside of the United States, as they take forever to get back to you, only with limited explanations.
It is a decent camera with nice features for the price. The reason that I knocked it down a few notches are because in my truck, with the angle of the windshield I cannot view the LCD screen to see what is being recorded at all. The LCD doesn't have that fantastic of a viewing angle. I you are wanting one for emergencies like collisions and don't care about live viewing it is fine.
This looks like a quality item, but it only has a wired option. Others have a battery option. Also, it looks like it may be confusing to operate. I would love to have kept it, but it may be for a more tech savey user. I can't comment on it much further as I really didn't attempt to install it, nor did I really take it out of the box. If you want a dash cam without wires and very simple options, look elsewhere. It does look like a great dash cam though. I am shipping it back and may look at the Sharper Image one that looks much simpler.
I have been using dash cams in all my cars for the past few years, so a new car calls for a new dash cam. I started with dash cams that cost a 100USD and worked my way down about 70USD just for the sake of finding the best bang for the buck dash cam available. Those dash cams proved reliable and video quality was very good.
So in my curious quest of finding the most bang for the buck dash cam that hopefully would dethrone my last purchase of the 70USD unit i found the specs and reviews of this dash cam quite good , 59 USD for dual cameras!
Daytime video quality is good, At night i would consider it average at best even though we have a million streetlights where i live!
the biggest disappointment however is the rear camera, its poor, the video is over exposed during the day and at night the video is like watching fireflies on a black screen...just horrible.
so my previous 70USD dash cam keeps its bang for the buck title.
I bought two dash cam at the same time. I like the other one a bit better. However this one also has GPS, so it know how fast you're going. the car DV player is a OKay, the picture quality is a bit better when you see them on computer. I like the part it comes with a 32G SD card, so you do not have to buy another one. The cam itself is made by plastic, therefore it will not get too hot in the heat. the things I do not like is the cable. It is too long and too thick therefore, it's hard to install it in a regular car.
I drive a Mustang and the windows are at a lower angle than most cars. When I put this camera, I can’t really see the video... I was going to make the 2nd camera as parking aid for the front and honestly isn’t going to work for the thing I wanted it for. Besides the purpose I want it for, I think the video screen is too flat in the first place. I don’t think this is an ideal dash cam unless you don’t really care to know if your camera is recording or not. This would be great for trucks however.
Update: Downgraded my review to 3 stars because I just found out that it's hard to figure out how to play back the recorded videos. Also, the double sided tape is a pain, they should have used a suction cup instead.
This is a good first time dashcam. It is priced as such. It's very compact and doesn't take up too much space on the windshield. The quality of the recording is ok. Would have been better if it had a suction cup instead of the double sided tape.
Product seems fine...but i bought it for the gps/speed tracking....however you must purchase an aux antenna to have use of this funtion....ant could be integrated.....but its and add on you get charged more for.....and its not clearly defined in the product info....