Clear Dash Hd Cam
Clear Dash HD Cam is a dashboard camera which attaches to your windshield easily and captures high definition video of your driving day and night. With a wide angle lens, it aims to capture the road behind you or in front of you with regular audio and video recordings. Theoretically, this lets you take pictures of kids doing cute things in the car ( though slightly unsafe if you are driving ), record video of an accident, or counter an inaccurate ticket.
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- Car Video Camera
Clear Dash HD Cam is a video camera that functions inside of your car. It mounts allegedly anywhere in the car and then records the roadway as you drive, playing back high definition video and audio when you need it.
The content you record can be downloaded to your computer and saved for later. Therefore, if ever you are involved in an incident, accident, or insurance claim, you have the footage to support yourself against tickets or scams.
- 1080 hd
The camera has a 1080, wide angle HD screen which actually gives a 120° view of the road around you, based on where you put it. You can put the flip lens facing forward so that it records everything in front of you, or facing backward so that it records the road behind you. Building off that, it also has a brightness adjustment feature which adjusts automatically for brightness so that you can film during the day or night.
- Time and Date Stamp
It has a time and date stamp such that you can safely record all information based on the correct time and date, something particularly important for legal cases.
- Motion Detection
The camera has a stabilization feature built into it which means the images you record won’t come out shaky and blurred. This is important when filming inside of a moving car. On that note, it also comes with a motion detection function such that when motion is detected, the camera will turn on. For those users who might otherwise forget to turn it on when they get in the car, this is a nice feature.
- Hard to Put in Place
Even though they said that it can be put anywhere, getting the suction cup to stick is actually quite challenging.
- Shaky Image
The image is a lot shakier than it lets on, especially given the special stabilization features it claims to have. What’s more, there is no real evidence that this stabilization feature works.
- Poor Quality Image
The image quality that you get is poor to fair at best, not really something you would expect given how highly marketed the “hd” aspect of it is.
- Interior Audio
It records interior audio too, which can cover up a lot of the necessary sounds from outside and during playback is a challenge.
- Bad Customer Service
The company that has manufactured this camera is called Tristar. They are a large as seen on TV company that has brought many other items to the marketplace successfully. This brand is a good company in terms of what they produce, but they are a bad company in terms of their customer service. For this product, and many others they produce, their customer service record is quite poor. Complaints address how it is challenging to discuss problems with customer service representatives, to take advantage of return policies, and more.
- Long Shipping Time
When you order it from the online site, you have to pay for shipping and handling. However, in spite of the modern day and age in which we live where things can easily reach you overnight, shipping this product is a nightmare. The company will not give you a tracking number unless you bother customer service ( equal nightmare ). They will also use a slow shipping method fit for the 1990’s, so you are lucky to have your camera within four to six weeks.
- Works Decently
It works, so far as a camera in the car is meant to work. In theory, if you have the camera pointed the right way and you have it turned on, saving to your computer regularly, then you can get yourself out of a serious scam or undeserved ticket.
- Same Product, Different Name
Aside from the color, it is important to point out that the competing Dash Cam Pro and this Clear Dash HD look exactly alike. There is no exception between them save for color. Additionally, there are also multiple results that look exactly the same from competing companies online, exactly the same. While it is not uncommon for competing brands to be similar, it is still odd. An overseas manufacturer might be selling unbranded items to multiple third parties, who then sell the same products under their different names. This is not unheard of, but you might consider just looking for the cheapest option out there given that this is very likely what is happening here.
How to Use (Step by Step)
Mount it to your car using the added suction cup, anywhere you need on your windshield.
Plug in the camera to your car charge and turn your car on.
Download and save recordings after the fact for additional long term protection.
How it's Different from Competitors
Manufacturers have stated that Clear Dash HD is better than any other option on the market. However, it seems remarkably similar to the Dash Cam Pro which means it is not necessarily the best option out there. Reason being, when electronics are involved, generally you get what you pay for. So if you want to be able to turn to this camera after an unfortunate accident and have evidence as to what happened, it will work. However, if you are expecting the finished result to be a crystal clear, high quality HD film it won't. If you want film that lets you grab license plate data off the back of the cars behind you in the film, then it won’t live up the expectations. It will not really work like a traditional camera in capturing beautiful landscapes like the manufacturer claims.
The camera is thirty dollars plus an additional eight dollars for shipping and handling. Comparatively, there is an older version of the HD camera, the Pro, which is ten dollars more expensive. What’s more, the HD camera gives you a sixty day refund policy that the others do not. The majority of consumer complaints are not about the quality or workability of the camera. Rather, they are about shipping issues and customer service problems. That said, you can find local retailers that sell as seen on tv products. You can purchase the camera there instead of dealing with the shipping and handling costs, or the customer service. Returns are decidedly easier in this instance too.
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