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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Pros: • Decent front camera • Cheap • Easy installation • Bright Display • Long enough wires • Rear camera helps with parking • Customer service that can actually talk.
Cons: • Bad rear camera, it won’t capture the plates of another vehicles regardless of the resolution you set • Ineffective video compression (each cam requires 141 MB to record 3 min of footage) • Audio is really low quality captures too much noise • Full HD is just a marketing trick, this cam clearly doesn’t need it.
Tips for buyers: • You don’t need Full HD, just use 720P to save storage • Buy 64GB and above MicroSD Card if you want ~20 hrs footage (10hrs on each cam) • Don’t set exposure above +1, anything above it will add unnecessary noise to your footage • Rear cam is just an optional thing, you can buy cheaper model without it • Select 3 Min Loop recording, don’t turn it off (if turned off each cam uses 3GB to record 30 min of footage (100MB/min))
Tips for manufacturer: • Please let each have different resolutions: front cam needs HD and rear cam doesn’t or replace rear cam with another one with better lenses. • Fix compression, 47MB for a min of footage is too much, isn’t it? For example HVEC MPEG4 Compression requires 5 times less space.
After seeing a lot of dash cam accidents, I decided to buy my first dash cam for my car. I wasn't so sure about spending $200-300 dollars for a dash cam. Just wanted something that works and does its job. I will try to review it thoroughly so you can get some idea on how this dash cam works.
Out of Box: (***32 GB SD Card NOT included*** bought it separately, and the max for this model was said to be 32GB) For the price, the box and packaging of cables and cameras were better than I have expected. Nice packaging and everything. Simple nothing more
CAMERA: Hooked up the camera to the suction cup relatively easy. Also easy to install the suction mount to the windshield. (Had it fall once so far, had it for about 3months)
Rear camera, I used the adhesive that came with the camera, fortunately I have a SUV and the back windshield is flat vertically so I could install the rear camera on the inside of my vehicle. For Sedan, they installed it on top of the license plate which is on the outside. Installation of rear camera was easy, it comes with 2 screws if you want to install it on the frame but I didn't.
CABLE: So I decided not to hard-wire the camera (connecting directly to the fuse-box so that it stays on even when the cars off ***hard-wire for this model was $19.99 separately DOES NOT come with dashcam*** So the main cable I routed to the driver side compartment and around the windshield into the interior frames and is plugged into the cigarette jack (it also has a built in USB on top of the connector, so you can still use the cigarette jack for personal use)
The rear camera cable I ran it across the interior roofing, and the little flat spatula that came with the camera worked like a charm, feed the cable into the roofing and use the spatula to keep running it so that its fully seated into the roofing and not visible. Then connected the AUX cable to the front camera. (only downside is due to my sensor being in the middle of windscreen I had no choice but to route my 2 cables upward along the sensor and then hide them into the roofing, aesthetically its not the best but I'm okay with it)
Power On: Inserted the 32GB SD card that I bought, turn on the ignition and the screen comes on with front cam taking about 75% of screen and rear cam showing on 25% of the screen. The button on the side can be used to change this to split screen 50:50 or showing 1 front, or 1 rear camera. Car ignition on: logo comes on camera shows up for 1 min and screen goes black but still recording Car ignition off: Screen comes on and record for few sec and screen shuts off DOES NOT RECORD (unless you hard-wire it) The only time it will record while the car is off is when the camera is shaken. Manual says it records and locks the moment camera is shaken but mine didn't record on a hard brake. (Crash impact-maybe. I almost got into an accident and hard braked while driving, the file was not automatically locked.)
Sound: Records pretty well, button on the side has a mute button just in case you don't want the camera to record sounds.
Parking: Due to spacious parking spaces where I live, the camera is off when the car is off and I cannot yet tell you about the "parking mode" from what I've read, it has a small internal battery, and when the car receives a shock (pretty sure of high magnitude, since my car hard braking on a high way did not lock the video automatically)
Some people were saying that they had issues where they had to format the SD card every 2-3 weeks because the memory was full. When I connect my microSD card to my laptop I did notice the memory being full but the loop-recording system works and I had no issues (32 gb gives me about 5-6 hrs of consecutive driving, and it erases the oldest 3 minute video and starts recording the most recent 3 minute)
The SD card records in 2 folders, 1 - Front cam 2 - Rear cam Recording, as you can see on the picture I have uploaded, You wont be able to see the cars license plate unless you're really close for front cam, and back car really close to your bumper with good lightings. Keep in mind, My car has LED headlights that are much brighter so the signs were more visible on the picture from the front cam. As for the rear cam, if the car was within a good distance at night, you only see light that is it.
In conclusion, it work. the one star was lost because I was trying to retrieve the video where I hard-braked on the highway to see if the camera worked or not.. but because of me driving 4-5 hours after the incident, the file was no longer available in the folder and only had the videos after that hour. The dashcam has buttons on the side where you can play the videos, delete, and lock from deletion, but I was driving 5 hours straight and I thought 32 GB would be suffice for at least 3-5 days of recording but I was wrong. The 1080 front and 720 rear takes up more space than I thought. Overall its a great camera and even a greater price for the dual cameras. Easy to install and set up. I think if you're looking for a dashcam around this price, well you have to expect some downside. Its not fancy $300+ camera with 128 GB SD card slot but it gets the job done.
You pay less so don't expect 4k camera quality front and back. And keep in mind that if something happens to your car, make sure you save the video that day.
I paid less than a $100.00 for the dashcam and the 32GB microSD card. I'm pretty satisfied with what I've received.
This was my honest review from the dash cam I bought with my money for my car. Good luck!
The C420D is now rought 2 weeks old. Within the first week the screen went black and it stopped recording. Customer service was available for the first 2 emails, now they haven't responded in roughly 5 days. I did as they asked, but I couldn't send the video to them and asked for suggestions. Still waiting... The C420D worked wonderful before it stopped working. So here I am.
102919 Update: I received a replacement dash cam. I am very pleased with with the dash cam. But, the customer service "emails" I am not pleased with. I could go without those. 4 stars, minus 1 star because of the emails. I don't blame it on the customer service rep., but I do blame it on the company. Hopefully I have no more problems with the dash cam. Fingers crossed. Thank you for making a good dash cam
To be completely honest I did not have high hopes for the product. I am a firm believer in that you pay for what you get. But in this case, I was wrong, what I paid for is much better quality than some very expensive dash cams I have purchased in the past. The packaging really blew me away, I really loved the packaging this product came in. Set up was easy and the instructions were detailed, it even had little diagrams to show how to wire the product through the car, not only that but it came with a little tool to push the wire into the headliner and side panel of the car to hide the wire. Overall I am impressed with the product, the camera quality is good, the night vision could be improved upon, I have seen better but at this price, it is very difficult to beat.
Updating my review from 3 to 4 stars. I can now hear the chimes when the unit turns on and off (I thought I had the setting enabled before but I just set it again). Can't say I'm a fan of the sounds but they do the job.
This is my first dash cam so I don’t have much to compare this to, but overall I think this product is a good value. I paid around $50 for it in late May 2020. However there are several areas that could clearly be better.
Here are my concerns:
1. The rear camera is difficult to mount in my SUV that has a vertical rear glass window. It probably works fine in sedans and other cars where the rear window is more slanted. The only way I could get it to mount properly was by mounting it upside down, and the camera doesn’t have an option to flip the video. So now all my rear video recordings are flipped.
2. The two plugs that connect to the unit seem poorly designed. The micro USB plug is a right-angle plug, but the connector is on top. The TRRS plug is a straight plug, yet the connector is on the side. This means that neither plug points in the proper direction (they should both point up) and it makes the camera look a little amateur.
3. The lens clearly needs a polarizing filter option. It would be great if one was included since I don’t know where to get one that fits this dash cam model.
Well packaged. Came quickly. So simple and (so far) reliable - and inexpensive! I don’t understand why the rear camera projects a mirror image on the screen. For example I am backing up and there’s a car physically on my left but on the camera it will show the car on the right. Weird. Took it for a test drive today and the forward camera has good quality image, the rear facing camera is catching a lot of glare… I mounted it on the inside of my rear windshield. Still not terrible, I guess I’ll just have to tweak it a little bit to try to get the best picture. I took the card and loaded it onto my computer and was impressed at the quality of the footage… Again the rear camera is a little less quality with the glare. . But I’m sure I can figure it out. Again for under 60 bucks this is quite a deal. I just hope it lasts and doesn’t break in three months.
This is an honest review, not trying to win the free gift they promise.
A good dashcam in general. The suction cup is really good; I mounted it 20 days ago and it is still there. Daytime video is great. In the night, the image disintegrates. Street lights create really bad flare. The rest is black.
I could not find a way to display the recorded video. In a case of accident, if you want to show the video to the policeman, you have to insert the card into your phone, if your phone has an SD card slot.
Not sure about the night vision however everything seems to be working fine. Set up was pretty easy, lots of video on YouTube of persons setting up. Be cautious of the back camera and it's placement, i would suggest back window just so that no one hits it during a accident. Camera activates once car is on by turning on its little monitor, then the screen goes off so not to dustract you.