The Dash Cam Pro is a camera that turns on when the car does and regularly records driving data. It can hold up to 14 hours of data with the appropriate SD card and offers time and date stamps for authenticity. This product offers a fun picture mode for capturing pictures on the road, in addition to a pivot mount that enables drivers to record in any direction. The Dash Cam Pro camera can put an end to disputes about who was at fault in an accident.
Total Cost Breakdown
The cost of Dashcam Pro is $39.99 plus $6.95 shipping, for a total price of $46.94.
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- Only 180 Degrees
It offers a pivot mount so that it can be turned around to face which ever direction consumers need, but this, again, is misleading.
The commercial convinces users that they can catch any accident or road trouble on camera or record precious road trip moments with kids in the backseat. However, the camera cannot be focused in two places at once and it does not record beyond 120 degrees wide angle.
So drivers can either have it pointed to the kids in the backseat or to the road ahead of them. If they are rear-ended and the camera is pointing to the road ahead, it won’t catch it. Should they be T-boned from the side and the camera is facing the backseat, it won’t catch it.
While it is a good idea in theory, its inability to record all directions simultaneously makes it a game of chance. Consumers have to bet that when that accident or terrible situation strikes, the camera will face the right way.
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It comes with a built-in SD card, not the actual card. So consumers might be save money when they buy this particular product over others, but they still have to pay the cost of the SF card. That said, the company claims that up to fourteen hours of continuous recording is possible, but this is misleading. Again, consumers can only enjoy this feature if they buy an SD card to fit the SD card slot.
- Potential Distraction
The camera has a drop down video screen so that drivers can view what is being recorded. This is great for things like, positioning it correctly so that it catches your kids in the backseat. However, much the same as fumbling with GPS or a cell phone while driving, it can be problematic and dangerous. Adjusting the camera while on the road can be a danger to your awareness. Seeing the video screen as it is recording out of your periphery is a cognitive distraction that takes focus away from the road. Drivers might find themselves looking at the video screen rather than in front of them, like drivers look at GPS maps rather than the road in front of them.
How to Use (Step by Step)
- Adhere to Car
Place the Dash Cam Pro on the windshield or where ever you want it positioned in the car and snap the suction cup in place.
- Pull Down Screen
Pull down the HD wide angle video screen to view what is being recorded.
- Start Recording
Buy and insert your SD card and let it automatically turn on when the car is turned on.
- Transferable Data
The video recorded can be downloaded to a computer or flash drive, something other car cameras don’t offer. This means that instead of losing precious data after 14 hours of driving, content can be moved and then space freed for additional recording.
Each order has a USB car charger so that it can be automatically charged while it is in use in the car.
- Many Settings
The camera can be set to automatically start recording as soon as your car is turned on, which helps people who might otherwise be forgetful or busy and don't turn it on each time. Additionally, with motion detection, consumers can adjust settings so that it automatically records when motion is detected. The camera features image stabilization so that consumers don’t have blurry photos. It also has an automatic adjustment for various lighting. This means it works well at night, automatically adjusting from shadows to sunlight.