Dash Cam Pro
Dash Cam Pro is a personal security camera for your car. This camera was designed to be installed anywhere in your vehicle and it records both audio and video. The suction cup can be securely placed on your dash or window. This camera will record road conditions throughout your entire trip. If ever you get in a jam or there is an accident you will have footage backing up your claim. It is safe and convenient to have.
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- Pivot Mount
The pivot mount feature lets you turn the lens and screen around. This allows you to film the road ahead of you or to film what is going on in the back seat so you never miss a thing.
- Crystal Clear Video
The 120 degree wide angle lens captures crystal clear video in high definition.
- Rechargeable Battery
The built in rechargeable battery is extremely convenient because you never have to worry that the camera will stop working while you are on the road. When the battery is getting low all you have to do is plug in the charger in your car. The charger is also provided with your order.
- Motion Detection
Dash Cam Pro has a motion detection feature. If you are not in your vehicle but someone hits your car the camera automatically will turn on and start recording the incident for you.
- Image Stabilization
Driving on the road is not always a smooth ride but this camera ensures you have a stable video thanks to the image stabilization feature. The features helps to keep the filming steady.
- Time and Date Stamp
Your video recordings can even have a time and date stamp in the bottom left hand corner. This feature is optional and you can easily turn it on or off whenever you like.
- Picture Mode
The camera can be set to picture mode where it will take pictures for you as opposed to videos.
- Automatic Start up
You can also program Dash Cam Pro to automatically start recording as soon as you turn on the engine.
- Automatically Adjusts to Light
Dash Cam Pro automatically adjusts to light while you are driving. Should you happen to enter a shaded area or a tunnel it will adjust its settings to provide a clear image. The same occurs when you are coming out of a dark tunnel and entering the bright sunlight.
- View Video Now or Later
You can watch the videos on this security camera immediately after they have been recorded. This can be done directly on the unit or you can load the videos onto a flash drive so you can permanently store them on a laptop for later viewing.
- Record for Hours
The SD slot of Dash Cam Pro can support a memory card of 32 GB or less. This is a total of 14 hours of video.
- Records at Night
This security camera also has the ability to record crystal clear images at night.
- SD Card Not Included
It is important to note the an SD card does not come with your order. The SD card stores the video for you as it is being recorded. You have to purchase this separately and insert it into the SD slot.
This personal security camera could save you a lot of money in the long run. Should you happen to get a ticket or get in an accident, the recordings on this camera will show who was really at fault and if you did anything wrong. It could save you from paying fines, legal bills, insurance claims and so much more.
Dash Cam Pro does not come with user-accessible internal storage. To be able to store pictures, audio and video, customers will need to supply an SD card (one of which can be purchased separately when ordering, or at any local electronics store; even Wal-mart). These storage units are tiny, affordable and are available in different capacities so users can save money by not paying for unneeded space. The Dash Cam Pro features an SD card reader that can accept capacities up to 32 GB. With the maximum amount of space available, the camera is capable of recording as long as 14 hours of video footage. However, this does not mean that the card will have to be removed for clearing once it is full. By engaging a loop feature, users can instruct the device to start recording over the oldest footage once it reaches maximum capacity. This looping mode practically enables unlimited recording time and liberates the customer from having to deal with data management on a regular basis.
You Get What You Pay For
This camera is a great value. There are higher quality devices out there, but at much higher prices. Aspects of the Dash Cam Pro that might be seen as weaknesses (no internal storage, short battery time) are actually necessary and deliberate omissions that allow it to be offered at such a low cost. SD cards are becoming cheaper every day so the additional storage expenses are minimal and customers get the bonus of choosing their storage capacity instead of having to settle with whatever would have been pre-installed. Also, since the device includes a car charger and can accept an AC wall adapter, there is little reason that it would need to be left unplugged for long periods of time.
Many people have serious problems driving at night, especially those of advanced age. Darkness is dangerous and unavoidable in most cases, but the Dash Cam Pro can help to reduce the visual impairment that is caused by a lack of light. In night vision mode, the device utilizes modern technology to both increase the visibility of available light and make observable energy at the infrared band of the spectrum. Normally, infrared energy is imperceptible to the human eye and we tend to think of it as a form of heat if anything at all. It gets radiated by just about anything that produces warmth, like people and vehicles. Night vision takes the abundance of infrared information available in the environment and translates it into various shades of a single color (usually green). In this device, it then gets displayed on a bright 2.5-inch full high definition LCD screen for easy viewing and recording. Please note, it is not recommended to use the screen while driving. The purpose of the screen is to ensure proper alignment and review recordings when your vehicle is topped and pulled off the road.
Dash Cam Pro is a high definition camera that is capable of recording video at a quality as high as 1080p. The video definition scale is classified by the number of lines it can produce over the area of the screen. Image clarity gets better as the number gets higher because more packets of information are being fit into the same space. In North America the lines are counted horizontally, so a 1080p camera will capture video that is comprised of 1080 lines from top to bottom (and vice versa). This level of quality is referred to as full high definition. In contrast, a traditional CRT television typically displays at 480p, which now known as standard definition and is becoming increasingly unpopular.
Relatively new video definition classes exist that generate an even larger number of lines (Ultra HD, Quad HD) but the technology remains relatively rare and expensive, especially in recording devices. In addition to Full HD, the Dash Cam Pro can be set to record at 720p. This quality is still considered high and is quite common, but takes up less storage space because it produces less data, so it may be a better option for those using low-capacity SD cards. Additionally, customers who are most concerned with cramming the longest possible amount of recording time into a small space can choose the less common VGA setting, which records at 640p. It is important to note that when considering image quality, the displaying device can limit what has been recorded. So, if a video was recorded at 1080p and played on a standard definition television, it would only be displayed in 480p. All video clips on this camera are saved as AVI files and include audio, regardless of quality selection.
This device is powered by a rechargeable battery. The purchase of a Dash Cam Pro includes a car adapter for convenient charging during use, but the camera can also be plugged into a home outlet using a different adapter that must be purchased separately. A potential problem for users may be the short recording time of 10 to 30 minutes when disconnected from a power source. Again, this was likely a cost saving sacrifice as rechargeable batteries can be very expensive.
The designers included two features that help users get the most from the available disconnected recording time: motion detection mode and an auto-off setting. Customers have the option to enable a movement sensor that will place the camera into a power-saving standby mode when there is nothing detected. Energy usage can then be greatly reduced by preventing undesired recording activity. This feature also allows users to freely move the camera to another location or leave it in their car for overnight security purposes. The auto-off setting can be triggered by users, so that the camera will be powered down after a certain number of minutes without activity (1, 3 or 5). It is configured to not function while recording is active to prevent unwanted interruptions, so the battery will still be quickly drained if users leave the camera with recording engaged.
Nanny Cam / Security Camera
The camera can be effectively used as a monitoring device thanks to multiple features. Motion detection helps overcome a short battery life so that it can be left in a parked vehicle or anywhere else without access to an outlet. This feature is also great for security purposes because it prevents useless footage from wasting precious space on the memory card. To eliminate all power concerns, users can purchase a separate wall adapter that will ensure the device is capable of recording at any time (providing enough space is available and/or loop mode is engaged). Recording material that may serve as potential evidence can be easily transferred to a backup device using the included USB cable or directly from the removable SD card.
360 Degree Pivot Mount
One annoyingly common design flaw that tends to limit the usefulness of vehicle cameras is the inability to face them anywhere but forward. Some devices have a tilting mount that allows for slight adjustments, but this is of little help when someone wants to capture footage from beside, behind or especially within the vehicle. The Dash Cam Pro’s 360-degree mount eliminates the issue by providing full range. This has obvious benefits for safety and security purposes, like capturing the identity of thieves and enabling drivers to monitor areas around the vehicle that would normally be obscured on the high definition LCD screen. The mount also comes in handy for capturing family moments inside the vehicle, providing parents with a new way to preserve memories (or evidence).
Monitor Children’s Driving
Learning to drive can be scary, especially for parents of inexperienced youths. The Dash Cam Pro with its 360-degree adjustable mount can capture a driver’s motion on the road or their behaviour while operating the vehicle, depending on the chosen orientation of the device. Such footage can be used simply for ease of mind, but it could also provide important information for teaching purposes. For example, bad driving behaviours (especially those related to distractions) can be identified early and corrected before they become dangerous habits. Customers can also use the camera to keep an eye on borrowers of their vehicle, extending the usefulness of its monitoring capabilities to people without immediate new-driver concerns.
Video & Still Images
Video footage is useful in many situations, but sometimes users may want to capture information in a different format. The "cam" can record video with sound, still images and even audio alone. Users can select from four different photo quality settings that are classified similarly to those available in video mode. Lower numbers mean less clarity, but also less space, so the best choice will depend on the user’s storage capabilities and personal preferences. All of the available photo choices will save the image as a JPG file. Audio is always recorded in a standard WAV file format that provides high quality sound without sacrificing a lot of data space.
Storing important recordings or photos from this camera for the long-term is easy, and users have two options to choose from. For one, the SD card provided by the customer can be removed at any time and the information transferred to a computer or other device that has the appropriate slot. The second data transfer option is even easier because it bypasses the removal step. Dash Cam Pro can be directly connected to a computer with the included USB cable. Customers can then transfer files from the camera as if it was an external storage drive without having to download extra software.
Not Available in Store
Potential customers should be aware that the claim of this offer being unavailable in stores does not refer to the camera itself, but rather in the details of this specific offer. There have been reports of the Dash Cam Pro being available at local stores. This could mean that when sold elsewhere, the product will come with different accessories or it will be alternately priced. It is possible that the exclusivity is found in the free shipping offer for buying multiple devices, though those costs wouldn’t be a concern if it was being purchased in person anyway.
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Customers are protected by a warranty that ensures a full refund if the device is returned within 30 days of purchase. However, this coverage only applies to the cost of the product and not shipping or handling charges for either delivery or return, so consumers may still incur a small financial loss.
This is a versatile device that is capable of acting as a dash cam, security unit, child monitor and much more. The Dash Cam Pro is a high definition digital video recorder that is available for an extremely low price. There are of course a few cutbacks in order to accommodate the increased value, like a lack of internal storage and short battery life, but the many remaining features are useful enough to more than make up for any shortcomings.
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