Dashcam Reviews from USDashCamera

Discussion in 'Dash Cameras & Car Recording Devices' started by USDashCamera, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. USDashCamera

    USDashCamera Learning to Drive General User

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    Hey guys,

    I am a big dash cam enthusiast and also for several years been using radar detectors. I won't get too deep into why I got into them, but I know a lot of people into radar detectors are also interested in dash cams. I have reviewed at least 70 dash cams over the last 3 years and have a lot of experience with majority of the big name brand ones and many cheaper chinese cams. You can see my full list of dash cam reviews here:

    Dash Camera Reviews - YouTube

    The main features I would consider are necessary for a dash cam include:
    • Auto on/off record – when you turn your car on or off it should power up and start recording by itself so you don’t have to worry about turning it on or hitting record.
    • Looping video – it should record 1 – 10 min long clips that fill up your memory card, and then record over the oldest footage when the card is full.
    First thing is first, I don't recommend using a phone app as a dash cam. Some newer ones can auto start and record, so sure they can make ok temporary dash cams but phones are not made to record video for long periods of times while baking in the sun on your hot dashboard. It could damage your phone in the long run.

    Also GoPro's make poor dash cams because they don’t automatically turn on and start recording when it gets power. The GoPro Session is pretty easy with the single on/record button but you still have to press that button. A good dash camera shouldn’t make you fumble with it each time you get into your car. GoPros have a looping mode but as far as I know it does not record multiple clips like a typical dash cam or security camera system, it records a single clip of the length you choose (I believe up to an hour) and just erases the footage after that length time limit. A good dash camera with a big memory card can have 4-5 or more hours recorded so you can witness an accident, and still have time to drive home without turning it off.

    All of my youtube descriptions have links to where you can buy them. They are affiliate links so they do help support my channel with small percentage of commission, so I would appreciate any support by purchasing through the links listed on my youtube descriptions. You can clink the link to view the video in youtube to get to them. Feel free to ask any questions in this thread and I will try my best to answer questions. I am going to continue to update this thread with my top 5 dash cams. These are not in any particular order, but I will describe why I like them. Some of them are cheap, some of them are expensive beyond some people's imagination.

    Top 5 Dash Cameras New Years 2018:



    This list is not in any specific order, it is my top 5 dash cams of varying prices and features. So it's not gonna be a bunch of $300 dash cams, they vary quite a bit and I talk about why I like each one.

    Current Top 5 Dash Cam Individual Reviews:

    Thinkware F800 Pro

    I like this camera because you can buy it as a single cam and buy the rear channel later, or buy it as a 2 channel bundle. It has great 1080p front and rear, and a great parking mode.

    Thinkware F800 Pro Video Review

    Blackvue DR490-2CH

    The Blackvue DR750S-2CH is blackvue's top of the line camera with 1080p60 + 1080p30 and advanced cloud features (review here) but it has some design issues that make me prefer the F800 PRO such as the g sensor based auto parking mode (compared to 3 wire direct connection of the thinkware cams) and lack of a power button to turn it off when I am parked in my garage. The DR490-2CH has the same great Sony Starvis image sensor and arguably better video quality in some instances for half the price of the 750S model. It is a great camera if you are willing to lose WiFi and GPS (although GPS is an optional external add on).

    Blackvue DR490-2CH Video Review

    Viofo A119 (or A119S)

    Great video quality, cheap ~$100 price. Enough said.

    Viofo A119 vs. A119S Video Review

    Anker Roav C2:

    This might surprise many people, it has a battery instead of a super capacitor so it is not a great option for people in hot climates such as southern Texas or Florida but as long as you don't run the parking mode and dont leave it running in a 140+ degree car you should be fine. It is very cheap and has audio alerts to warn you when something is wrong with your memory card such as when it needs to be formatted. It is only $60 currently on Amazon.

    Anker Roav C2 Video Review

    Vantrue N2 PRO:

    I have been using this cam for about a month now, I do not have a video review up yet but it has good 1080p + 1080p in car video, or a decent 1440p mode comparable to the A119. Review coming soon.

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    I plan on changing these, even as I post this in December 2017, I know I will likely change 2 of these within the next month. Check back for updates, I will post my new reviews in posts below, but I will always keep my top 5 updated. If you have questions let me know!
     
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    Welcome to the community!

    Going to strongly recommend doing some audio processing in the future, your mic has a tooooooooon of background noise.
     
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    USDashCamera Learning to Drive General User

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    Yea I've been meaning to buy a better mic set up... I need to learn a lot about video production. It annoys me that I can even hear my chair squeek. I just have a cheap desktop mic with a pop filter on it but just record with default windows software.
     
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    Dude you fell off the face of the earth. Lol
     
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    USDashCamera Learning to Drive General User

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    I am still here :D it's just hard to balance reddit, tacomaworld, dashcamtalk AND work haha. I got my new Top 5 dash cams for new years 2018 coming.
     
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    Well,I already bought the Thinkware F800 Pro. I hope it works out. I liked your video on it.
     
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    Very nice! Thanks for the review!
     
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    If anyone is interested, we are trying to start a group buy over at tacomaworld.com. There are two separate group buys, one from blackboxmycar for the thinkware f800 pro and blackvue dr750s-2ch, another for street guardian. check it out for details if anyone is interested:

    www.tacomaworld.com: Any interest in a dash cam group buy?
     

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