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I ordered this dash cam and the first one I received had a buzzing sound when listening to video playback. The second camera seemed to work great but I noticed it’s stopped recording at random times. It’s gradually made it impossible to listen to my XM because of the interference. I ordered rings to put around the cords, but that didn’t help. If I want to listen to XM, I have to completely unplug the camera. I didn’t have this issue when I first started using it, and never had this issue with my old Rexing dash cam. Just within the past week, my camera randomly shuts off while going down the road. I’m not sure what the issue is considering my camera stays hanging on the window and is never moved. Unfortunately, I’m outside the return window. Looks like I’ll be looking for a new dash cam elsewhere.
It seems to work as advertised, but as other reviewers have mentioned the file sizes are all 640MB regardless of length, which is strange and seems very inefficient. Also the file compression is terrible at high speeds (anything above about 25 miles per hour), so the image quality is awful and very pixelated basically anytime you're moving. This seems pretty counterproductive to the purpose of a dashcam, which is to record video while the vehicle is moving. During the day the images have poor dynamic range, so white cars are extremely washed out and just look like white blobs while darker areas are just not visible.
On the plus side, installation was extremely easy and the little crowbar tool they give you was very helpful and running the wires underneath the trim and insulation pieces around the doors and roof. However, it uses a mounting bracket that tapes to your windshield, and there is no way to move this device between 2 different vehicles. I don't think you could even remove this from one vehicle without basically destroying the mount in the process. It would have been nice if they had used Velcro or some other non permanent attachment like a suction cup or something.
The backup camera is even lower quality than the front camera, 720P versus 1080P. I was hoping to be able to use the backup camera as a parking assist camera, but the screen on the device is too small and too dim in daylight to be used as a backup camera. And at night the backup camera is entirely useless, as it does not have the same night vision capabilities as the forward camera.
Overall I think having this device is better than having nothing at all, but I am very glad I did not pay full price for this system because the video and image quality and screen size and controls are extremely disappointing. I would not buy this again, even if it were half price.
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 thing 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.
This was my first ever dash cam purchase, and I wanted one that also came with a rear-view camera, and price point was a big factor. This one had good ratings, and has seemed to live up to them so far, but there are some things one should be aware of before buying. The rearview can act as a backup camera (something I did not know, having no experience with dash cams) if your car does not come equipped with one, like my older vehicle. Had I known this, I would have chosen a model with a much bigger screen and mounted it where I could see it better than on the windshield, just under the rearview mirror. Even in a better position, the screen is very tiny, and probably wouldn't serve the purpose.
Another thing is that navigating the menu is very confusing, and the buttons are not arranged in an ergonomic fashion. I would recommend keeping the manual nearby at all times when trying to set anything or perform any function.
Also, you will need to format the SD card prior to using it in the dash cam, so make sure you have an adapter for your PC.
Finally after a month of having it, I finally went to install it. I had to buy an extension cable to install on my truck. When I did plug in the extra cable, the rear camera kept going off and on. I know that I got the correct cable. After messing with it for about 30 minutes to try to get the rear camera to stay on, I gave up. To me, it was not worth the money. I am going to go with the Haloview MC7109 wireless set up with an extra camera for a dash cam. At least with the Haloview MC7109, I will have a big enough screen (7 inches) to see everything.
You need to buy a separate kit to keep the parking monitor on when the car is off. It needs a rechargeable lithium battery that can operate the camera when the car is off. Seller needs to make that clearer in the description.
It's supposed to be 1080p but the video isn't crisp and great looking after watching the recording. For the price, Best Buy carries a much better model. Plus what's with USB 2.0, that's totally back in the 2000s, now it's the 3.0. just that tells you the how lower quality this device is.