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My original review was just a one star as the product did not work when I received it. Basically the internal formatting process ruined every SD card I tried to use. Well, after leaving the review I was contacted by the company who's representatives were quite anxious to make it right. They shipped me a new camera free of charge and stayed in contact with me until I installed the camera and made sure it worked. Well, it did and now I am pleased with the outcome. It is rare to see such dedicated customer service. Thank you.
Nice little unit. Amazon one day shipping ensured I got the unit quickly to get installed right away. It only took about 30 minutes to install in a 2015 Audi Q3.
They don't include a seam tool so if you don't have one I highly recommend getting one to pull the edge of the header to hide the cables. The cables otherwise hide nicely away along the header and into the corner where the A beam cover is. I was able to hide it completely with the help of a little tool I recommend having around. The cable then lays nicely between the rest of the rubber seal down the side and as yoi can see I ran the cable along the seam on the frame next to the passenger seat and under the floor mat.
The bonus is that the power cable is long enough to go into the rear 9v power socket. Thus adding a usb port that is already built into the power adapter. Bonus!
Since my car is essentially a hatchback, the rear camera is much more difficult to maneuver and would be impossible to attach to the rear glass without a lot of cable exposed due to the hatch. One could attach the camera with screws to the head liner or simply leave enough cable slack for the harch opening and closing. So in the end i ended up not using the rear camera. I now sort of wish I got the wifi c580 version with just the fron camera but no matter, the unit comes off easy enough with its quick release.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars on the first day. Fairly simple to install with a couple useful tools to slightly pull the liner. A tool that wasn't included and installing the rear camera on a hatchback is difficult unless you attach the camera inside and not on the glass.
I will update uf come across any issues, will see if motion detection works well and for how long. Built in battery life is very short... lasting about to 5 to 10 minutes. Will see if this improves.
So happy with the unit... be aware if you have a hatchback, the rear view camera install may need it to be atteched in the head liner at the rear of the car. I may use it for something else possibly, don't know what yet, maybe side view... if I can't figure out a good spot for it for the rear.
I was pretty surprised to see how small it is and worried that it may take up too much of my windshield screen, but it fit nicely behind my rear view mirror, I wasn't too crazy about the sticker mount because I didn't really want to deal with sticky residue later on, but that's the trade off for saving the space instead of the traditional suction mount. All the settings were pretty straightforward, I was actually able to use NONE class 10 SD card and record the video just fine, however, I noticed if I do that, some of the video will become corrupted, but if I use class 10 sd card, it would have no problem, so if you currently don't have a class 10 sd card, don't sweat it, you can still use your older one before you get yourself a class 10, but just know that video file have about 45% of being corrupted. It's quite nice to have extra back camera, you can choose to have front and back displayed at the same time or just the front camera.
I wasn't too thrilled about the sound quality, it sounded muffled all the time, surprisingly, my 5 year old car recorder(bought in 2014) has better sound quality than Apeman, but it's not a main concern during accident as long as it record footage I can let it go. I guess I was just spoiled.
Angle wasn't as wide as I was hoping, but since I have a smaller car, I think this part is acceptable, I also notice there were quite a bit of sun glare when the sun hits at specific angle on the windshield, so it makes it a bit difficult to see license plate on other car from video.
PROS: - Great beginner dash cam for the price. - The quality of the front camera is great but the back I would recommend an 1080p upgrade as the quality of 720p in the rear is not as clear or crisp as the front. - The Microphone is great.
CONS: - Rear Camera quality. - The parking monitor/ G-Sensor works but it seems to only trigger near the camera. I've tried kicking(Rocking) to simulate a low speed collision or vandalism and no response from the camera. Now if I slap the windshield near the camera it will trigger the 20sec recording. I do plan on the fuse box setup for a more advanced parking monitor but it concerns me that if someone in a parking lot hit me again that this would trigger recording without the fuse connection. - Have no idea if motion detection works
Other than the things stated , maybe Apeman can put out test and demonstration videos to better ease consumers minds.
The camera overall is nice. It was relatively easy to set up once I got the hang of how the buttons worked. I do worry a little about remembering to lock a video if anything happens in the future when it's been a while since I've messed with it, but it's not like they can put a full keyboard on the thing. Video quality is decent and I liked the rear camera feature. There are two things that I feel could be improved on the camera: 1. The files it creates on the memory card are pretty confusing and look to be Chinese or foreign (to me) file types, but at the very least using some foreign language. So, trying to figure out which folder the videos are in took a second. 2. The other thing I would say is that the rear camera cord wasn't long enough to reach the back of my truck so that I could attach it near the bumper. So, I'll probably end up trying to figure out how to install it on the inside of the truck looking out the back window, but my concerns with this are that the bed of the truck will block things lower and close up and the tint on my windows might affect light coming in and being able to see things clearly.
Better than I was expecting for what I paid (got it in a lightning deal). Actually functional, but I don’t like the adhesive-based mount hardware. And I don’t think there’s an option to get more adhesive mounts or any adapters that would be compatible.
We’ll see, but so far I am pleased. Setting up the rear camera is a pain, though. Im an Uber driver, so I actually mounted both cameras in front, one pointing out the windshield and one into the cabin. Clearly the R&D dept didn’t think of this when designing it because now I have a 20’ cord when I only need 6” and there’s no way to trim it down or even use a different cord. It’s hardwired in. So yeah, I don’t like that.
I bought this as a little insurance for myself .Now living in a state where people drive poorly,and insurance is really expensive, I wanted to cover myself as much as possible, in the event of any mishap. This system works well and was easy to set up, but my one major complaint is that the camera mounts make no sense.The front facing camera is so steeply angled once mounted that it is hard to view. The rear camera comes with a mount that seems to be for permanent screw in mounting. and it is not weatherproof despite the way it was shown in the advertisement.For the money though. I really can't complain too much. I got 2 cameras in one package for around $50 if I remember correctly.
I really like this camera. I bought the car connect kit and even with the additional wire, it was very simple to install. I really like that they included a tool for me to use to push the wires up into the trim of my headliner and my pillar posts. The camera quality is excellent, the screen works fairly well, and I like that it's quite small and doesn't obstruct my vision when it's mounted to my windshield.
My only complaint about it is that it constantly turns itself on and off when my car is turned off. I can hear it powering up and then shutting down over and over from inside my house with the windows open. All night long it chimes on, and then chimes off. I've turned off every setting except for the notification chime and it still does this. I've turned off the parking monitor which is what I thought was setting it off to begin with even when the car was turned off and nobody was in it, but that has not stopped it from constantly turning on and off when the car isn't running. I suppose I could turn the power on and power off chimes to silent and not hear it, but still knowing that it's doing it kind of bugs me.
This camera is just OK. Card must be formatted FAT32, so even a 64gb will work if you download a FAT32 formatter. Each clip is 5 min long, so it records a long drive in bits. Of course the idea is to have a record just in case of an accident. Resolution is fair; night vision doesn't resolve license numbers well, but video is OK. I haven't installed the back camera yet, so no opinion. Having to reformat the SD card every 14 days (less if you drive a lot) is a pain and is why I deducted a star. All in all an OK camera for the money