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Does It's Job... Barely
on July 4, 2014
-Supports up to 32GB micro SD (any class)
-Great suction on mount
-Auto lamp (for nighttime)
-Easy enough to use without looking at the manual
-Small and unobtrusive
-Does not support 64+GB
-Mount adjusting arm not very sturdy
-Very poor battery life
-Blurry video when hot
-Loose piece inside camera causing rattling noise
-Only the included car adapter provides enough power
The little lock release on the mount where the camera attaches broke the first time I tested it. Huge lack of quality control there. Camera will still attach to the mount but is not fully secure. Because of that, it has fallen off a number of times. Suction is great, but the adjustable arm is still a little loose even after I really tighten it to keep the camera from moving.
Video quality is average even for 1080p resolution. It is still a little difficult to make out license plates, may depend on time of day and situation (shadows, lights, reflections, etc). I'm not able to make out license plates of vehicles in lanes beside me, only those close in front. Street signs are barely legible. Focus could be better, speaking of, there is NO option to adjust focus, there's exposure but no focus. It's no where near GoPro quality, but that's to be expected.
While driving, or even playing loud music, there is a rattling noise that get's caught in the audio. I found that the noise was coming from inside the camera due to a loose part or something. Playing back my captured video is VERY ANNOYING because of this issue. This has been happening since day one. May just be my particular unit, but quality control is certainly lacking.
One big issue I have with this dash cam is after work, when my car has been sitting in the sun for 8 hours, all video recorded on my trip home is extremely blurry. So blurry, you cannot read ANYTHING, the only thing you can make out is what make & model car is in front of you and trees and buildings that remind you of the location. Signs and license plates are impossible to read. It's just fine in the morning or at night, but under heat, it falls flat. I try to refocus it by putting my hand in front of it, but that doesn't help in the slightest.
Bottom line, would I recommend this product? Honestly, no. I doubt it will do much to help your case in the event of an accident. It's the bare basics, if you just want some security of having an extra eye on the road, then for the money, it's not a bad choice. However, you may have to pay more to get a better product. Hence, I gave it two stars; I'm not gonna rate it 4 or 5 because it's under $50; a good product is a good product, a bad product is a bad product. I hope you found this review helpful, hit that button if you did!