Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: APEMAN Dual Dash Cam for Cars Front and Rear with Night Vision 1080P FHD Mini in Car Camera 170° Wide Angle Driving Recorder with G-Sensor, Parking Monitor, Loop Recording, WDR
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Camera works as expected and quality is decent. However the instructions included in the manual are pretty useless. I had to figure out how parking and motion mode work by trial and error as the manual provides very little information. No help online either
If you want the camera for recording video while driving, this will suit your needs. But parking mode and motion detection are useless.
How to connect the camera: It's very important you connect it to a power source that turns off when car turns off. Otherwise camera will drain the car battery. Here the 3 options: - Method 1) You can plug it to a 12V outlet (make sure it disconnects when car turns out). This is the easiest solution if your outlet turns off when car turns off. - Method 2) If your car has USB cable that turns off when car turns off, this is an easy alternative. You'll need to buy a long USB to USB-C cable. For some car models you'll need a charge cable (not a data cable). Typically fast charging cables work. Otherwise you can cut some wires of the cable, you'll need to do some research. - Method 3) Hardwire kit from Apesman. I haven't tried this method but I wasn't comfortable with Apesman solution. - Method 4-recommender) Hardwire cam to a fuse. You need a fuse kit for dashcam, there are several in Amazon for $10-20. They include fuse protection so this won't drain your battery. You need to find a fuse (mirror) that turns off when car turns off. Then connect the camera there via the kit.
About the parking mode: - set parking mode to ON. Plug the camera to an outlet that powers off when the car powers off. Once the car turns off, the parking mode starts automatically so when the camera detects a shock (via it's accelerometer) it turns on and starts recording. However, chances are that by the time the camera turns on (takes about 5 or 10 seconds), it won't capture the plate of the front car. Forget about capturing the impact. In addition camera uses it's internal battery for this mode. It typically will only work the following 5-10h after parking the car. Therefore parking mode is pretty useless.
About the motion mode: - This mode starts recording when the camera detects motion (person approaching, car). The camera needs to be plugged in and the car on. I don't really see the point of this mode but maybe I'm missing something. As I said, instructions are almost non-existent and neither Amazon or the company were able to help..
Overall, 4* for the quality of the video at this price point. 1* lost because parking and motion mode are useless, 1* lost for lack of instructions and help. Also, I received an open package. It include all parts but it had been opened before.
I bought this unit with high hopes. It as lots of features but those features are very clumsy to use. You have to scroll thru endless menus to turn things like Motion Detection mode on EVERY time you want it to work because the camera turns this function OFF EVERY time it powers up. If the unit needs to turn off functions to operate normally it should turn them back on when it is powered down or at least be easy (push a button). And yes i have had several emails trying to resolve this issue with Apeman. So bottom line if you want it to monitor your car 24/7 it needs to be powered up 24/7. I am still on the fence about returning it and replacing it with a unit that cost twice as much. It was not so much an issue of cost when i bought this unit i just got sucked in by their vague claims and do like the small size and dual cameras and it seems to be built well. Your first clue is to look at the manual the first thing to notice is there is no "key" telling you what all the various icons that appear on the screen, kind of the first things you see in other manuals with menu driven systems and icons. Picture quality is good, NOT great on the main camera. Looking at the video files on a computer it looks like a video of good quality, when i look at the videos from my Rove Dash cam it looks like i am watching a actual movie. The more i think about it i an going to send it back and spend more money for the product that i know works. I hope this review helps. Maybe there next version will address theses issues.
As others have said, the camera is not loop recording. I have checked all settings (as recommended in other reviews) and am using the correct SD card. Every couple of days the card needs to be reformatted. Defeats the point of having a dash cam in my opinion. The first time it kept turning off I didn't know why it had stopped working properly. I tried to review the video files but it said the files were corrupt. Not sure about the next time, I just did a re-format in-camera and it's working again so my assumption is the card is full due to not loop recording. Otherwise, I like the camera but am extremely disappointed that it won't loop record even though it is set to do so. It was given as a Christmas gift and is unfortunately past the return window because it was purchased well in advance of the holiday, and it took a few weeks before we had time to install it.
Pretty happy about this dash cam purchase. Setup was fairly easy and you will have all the necessary pieces. I wish the rear camera cable was a tad bit longer though so I can mount it to the trunk easily.
Update: March 16 2020, looking at the footage, last night was the first time I looked at the quality of the recorded videos, the camera does not capture the plate information, it looked very blurry(front and back camera), have to downgrade my rating from 5 to 2. I bought the camera based on the positive reviews, maybe I got a dud? Not sure, I feel like the ratings are not reflecting reality in my opinion.
The suction comes off every few days even though the windshield is properly cleaned and the knob turned in the correct direction. OR the suction will stay but the camera falls off the mount. I always ensure it is slid into the mount properly whenever I take it down to format it but it still falls out when going over bumps. I had to add a twist-tie to keep it from sliding out. Very distracting when it falls out while driving, which is almost every time I drive. More trouble than what it's worth. Also want to add that it will just randomly stop recording even though the card isn't full/has been formatted.
I have contacted Customer service I have posted questions there seems to be no real answers. I have had constant issues with this camera, from the rear camera recording up side down, to the loop recording not working properly, the poor design of having the power cord plug so close to the mount that is never fully locks into place. I purchased a different brand previously and it has worked fine for the past year, it is slightly larger but oh well I will just buy another one from them. I do not recommend this camera.
After reading lots of other reviews, positive and negative, the many positive ones overcame my suspicion of the product because of its low price. After an extended trip and multiple attempts to get it working, going on their website to trouble shoot, and even checking their paper manual which was no help, I’ve tossed in the towel. While not always true, you buy cheap you get burned more easily.
First of all the home screen is a jumbly mess of icons that the manufacture don’t say what they mean. The orange light is blinking so I assume it’s recording. Nope, went to go review the footage and not only is there only one file for the whole night it is corrupted. I have the correct SD card and everything. The night vision especially on the rear camera isn’t even comprehensible. Every time I’ve needed to review footage of something that has happened it either hasn’t recorded it or the file is corrupted. If a dashcam requires 30 different settings to make sure it’s recording it’s kind of a terrible dashcam. Spend more money to get something better.
Kinda disappointed! Why because it stopped working after 5 month of use. At first it was working great. And then my mom called me one day and informed me about her dash camera stopped working and she wasnt sure why. Im not happy at all. I thought i did my research well before buying but I guess not. Not good quality of a video too.
The camera itself produces a fairly decent image with minimal frame stutter. The rear camera quality is lacking, but you get a basic image of the road behind you... Can't really complain, as the front camera is what matters most, and it does decent job. For a dual-view dashcam under $100, it's pretty good, which is what made me want to try it out.
Unfortunately, the loop recording feature doesn't seem to work on the camera. I have it set for 3 minute intervals, but as soon as the card fills up, the camera stops recording and won't let you start recording again until you format the SD card... This is really inconvenient, as you kind of have to either plan to format your card at the start of every drive, or be constantly watching the camera to make sure it's on. I just gave up and purchased a 128gb card, and that way you can at least get 6 hours of uninterrupted recording time in one drive.