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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2013
I'll start off with the positives. It has a decent camera. The field of view is about the same as looking straight ahead with glasses on. I can make out license plates reasonably well. It can see clearly in day and it does ok at night. It is mostly self evident what all the settings do without reading the manual. The power cord is long enough to run from beside the driver's seat in my Mustang, under the dash, to the side of the door, and along the edge of the windshield to under the rear view mirror--staying out of sight. With the screen shut, It doesn't draw a lot of attention to itself from the outside. The accelerometers are sensitive enough to detect bumps in the road or a door opening. The GPS works well with the Google map software on PC. The manual was written by someone who had English as a second language, but I'd say it is good enough for the most part. I've certainly seen worse.

Now the negatives: It freezes up. I have had it for two months. At first I thought it might be the temperature. It has been between 40 and 95 degrees out. It has an upper limit of 120 degrees, (although I suppose it is in direct sunlight most of the time I need it, so there's that.) but it freezes up at any temperature, and it seems to be getting less reliable as I use it. It can be easily recovered from this condition by unplugging it and plugging it back in, but doing so will reset all the settings to their defaults including the time. For this reason, I haven't bothered with the lane warning feature since it needs to be trained. (I don't really care about that feature anyway.) While setting the device isn't hard, going through the options definitely isn't easy enough to do it while driving and the remote can be a little frustrating. At least it works in video mode straight away without pressing any buttons or setting the time. But a lot can happen in the 20 seconds or so it takes for it to come on. The software for the PC is easy enough to use, and it gets the job done, but it needs to look more like a professional Windows app for my tastes.

Everything about it makes it seem it was meant to be on all the time. However, since it keeps freezing for no apparent reason, I can't seem to count on it recording the whole trip or keeping watch over my car when I leave it parked. I want to give it a better review, since it has some nice features. But it doesn't keep them on the whole time.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2013
Here are my First Impressions, before testing. Ordered 5/8/2013, received 5/11/2013 in Atlanta, GA. Very fast shipping from California. Vacron (manufacturer) has representatives in California, what makes fast shipping. Unit was received with letter stating that unit was tested in USA. Vehicle Video Recorder (later - VVR) came wery well packed. In my package was VVR with 2 mounting options: 3 suction cups, and adhesive; remote control, very good looking USB SD card reader, 8 GB SanDisk Ultra SD, instruction manual written in good English, and CD with instruction manual as PDF file and Player Software, both in 2 versions: in English and simplified Chinese. Menu was set in English, but speed measurement units were in km/hr, what was easy to change to mph. My first impression is very good: good quality design. Case is made of non-glossy rubber-feel black plastic. All connectors, SD card slot and SD card cover are well designed and build. I am Electronic Design Engineer with 30+ years experience, and I can judge what is good and what is not in electronics :) Unfortunately, today is a rainy day in Atlanta, and I cannot evaluate the quality of video-recording. In a few days I will make full evaluation with Ultra and Extreme SD cards, and will post results of my tests.
P.S. I've used it for 1 week. Quality of video during day and at night is perfect. Software and construction can be better: my point of view as experienced (30+ years) electronic hardware and software engineer. Possible hardware improvements: make bigger "ears" for connecting body and mounting plate - it will make it more rigid. Software improvements: 1) video player should display name of played file; 2) player should play all files in directory, even if some files in sequence are deleted.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2013
I got it pretty quick, set it up, recorded video.... HD is great, GPS location, MPH, sound, lane warnings, all great! Very nice recorder, well built and has accessories for it. Thanks!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2013
buycarcamers customer service 5star

I give it a four only(changed rating to three, see below) because it started malfunctioning several hours after installing. Like any other electronics in my experience, it will show signs of a problem in the beginning or last forever. I do like the unit and it's functions. May seem a little pricy but the time spend in court and time off from work for someone making false claims puts it at a insurance drop in the bucket for me.
Personally I thought it was the power supply not the unit.

But I emailed buycarcamers customer service there was no hesitation in getting back to me and immediately replacing the unit.
I would recommend them they get a 5 star.

February 2014
I had occasion to avail footage to a police dept for an accident.
The software, in my view, leaves a lot to be desired.
First I can not figure out how to load the software on to the computer so you do not need the disc.
Second the files are not in a format that can not be loaded on a disc and viewed on any computer, they have to be converted with a third party software that I had a problem finding, and all info, (speed - time - etc.)is lost, on the conversion. Its not a direct copy, what I was able to do was make a streaming copy only.
Third the viewable on your computer is not able to be made larger or full screen.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
It was so easy to set up. It tells your speed. I did cut off the voice recording.
Have not set up GPS. I love gadgets and just wanted one. Hope I never need
it for a reason like a wreck or deer. I will also use it in the house to watch my
dog while I'm away. I bought "The Beast" ( air compressor) from QVC and it
has Cig. lighter, so can use inside house. The picture is outstandingly clear.
I'm glad the recording automatically starts over when the 32 GB card is full.
It records and saves 5 minutes on each side of a big bump even if there is
no wreck. WOW, it's just great!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
Very well made camera. Good customer support from Vacron-USA. Unknowingly at the time, my request for support went off to the Taiwan brach and that was pretty much a waste of time.

Im getting excellent quality video from this dash cam and would strongly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
The camera has worked well, no issues at all.

I had some questions/issues not related to the performance or quality of the camera so I contacted the selling company, BUYCARCAMERAS, through their e-mail address. Their contact information was enclosed in the box with the dash camera.

I got a fast response and my questions/issues were resolved quickly and completely.

I would buy this company's products again with confidence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
Got this dash cam in the hopes that the footage never needs to be used but figure when/if it does it will more than pay for itself right away.

Pros:
Awesome Picture
clearly pics up voices and noise inside the vehicle

Cons:
software dosent work on a MAC-----ways around this is to download "VLC Player" open the folder the media is stored on and it will play all the files back to back, granted it dosent stitch them all together like the PC version but it works.

All in all I would def suggest going with this certain product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2014
I purchased this dashcam and less than two months later it stopped working. I liked pretty much everything about it until it died, especially the playback and Lane Departure Warning System.
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on June 20, 2014
I've had this Dash Cam for a few weeks and it's performing well. Menus are more user friendly than two other units I tried (and subsequently returned). I was hoping for a little better quality in the video at the highest quality setting so that's why only 4 stars but I'm pretty picky.

The BuyCarCameras customer service team gets 5 stars for being awesome. Friendly and responsive with crisp, clear communication and instructions for a couple questions I had after my purchase. They knock customer service out of the park. Keep it up guys!
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