BlackVue’s package is arguably one of the most comprehensive offered in the current dashcam marketplace, as it unique smartphone app unlocks a brave new world of potential. Almost all of the camera’s functionality is taken care of via a very slick and intuitive app, which some users may find painful, but the sheer weight of features calls for it.
There’s also a second wire to contend with, which trails from the rear camera to the front via another lengthy able. This must be threaded into the headlining of the vehicle in question, as not to cause too much of an obstruction, but BlackVue does supply a prying tool to make life slightly easier. Images appear crisp and suffer from very little distortion during the day but quality does suffer a bit during low light situations. It’s certainly not the best camera we have tested here for overall picture quality but it is more than good enough to present as evidence. There’s also a photo capture mode that allows the unit to be removed from the mount and used as a stills camera, should you need to take pictures of damage. When the car is stopped at a junction or in traffic, a “Go” Alert notifies the driver when traffic in front of has started to move. A Forward Collision Warning alert appears if you’re driving too closely to the vehicle ahead, plus there’s Lane Departure Warning alerts should the driver start drifting out of lane.
Effectively this renders the sensor useless; instead, if you want to lock a file you can do this manually via a button on the side . There’s no GPS on this model so speed and location are not recorded. Nice, simple button layout makes the menu easy to navigate and the 2.4in screen is large and clear. While the picture size is full HD, we found the lens focused on the windscreen rather than the road in front of the car.
However, PC connection was difficult and the nannying driver fatigue system does get irksome after a while. Users can also automatically play footage back via the unit’s small screen, for example when debating an incident at the side of the road. Nextbase says it has added a new polarising filter that helps removes windscreen glare and reflection but we found there was still some of the latter. Overall qaulity in varying light conditions, though, is unrivalled thanks to a new image sensor and a six-element lens. Crystal clarity is important, especially in situations where you need to record numberplates. In addition, the 140-degree viewing angle ensures that the periphery is covered and the camera performed well in low light conditions. As mentioned above, we were unable to get a recording at night due to a “card error”, which is hard to resolve due to the fact that there’s no built-in menu system on the camera, and our WiFi connection kept failing.
- You can also check for available updates through the Settings menu, within the Software Update section.
- InControl Touch Pro updates require a Wi-Fi connection or for a SIM card to be inserted within your vehicle.
- You can still use your vehicle when installing an update to your InControl Touch Pro system.
- You will receive a pop-up on your Touchscreen when an update is available for download and, once downloaded, a second pop-up to install the update.
- Or alternatively, visit your local Land Rover Retailer who will assist you with the update.
Nextbase is recognised by insurers and says Swiftcover will offer a 12.5% discount to customers that use its dashcams. At 720p, the definition isn’t up there with the best, and the 120-degree viewing angle is average, but it captures 30 frames per second, so there’s no judder in the footage, and low light is handled fairly well. Low-light footage does come across slightly grainy but the image quality is always clear enough to make out licence plates, while the sound quality is crisp and clear. A strong performance here, as the Sony Exmor CMOS camera sensor in the front-facing unit records in full HD 1080p at 30fps and a 10Mbps bit-rate. The picture quality is excellent during the day and the 129-degree field of vision captures a large majority of the outside world. BlackVue says that a bespoke power management system ensures that the camera will never run so long that is affects the car battery.
Step-By-Step Uncomplicated Driver Support Systems
For such a user-friendly piece of kit, the video quality varies greatly depending on the settings, requiring vigilance from the user. Evening footage could also be better, with plenty of light distortion and vibrations affecting the picture quality. Philips’s EasyCapture feature is simply its name for the button that can be pressed to lock an important piece of footage for viewing later. It does have a fatigue index driver alert, however, which gives a visualisation of a driver’s tiredness as a journey evolves. The 1080p full HD video is automatically time stamped, although there is no GPS functionality to highlight where an incident took place. There’s also a collision alert system, where an emergency recording is automatically saved to secure the evidence, prevent overwriting and take the responsibility away from the driver.
It requires a pincer motion of the hand to operate and it’s definitely not advised when moving. Good sound quality, crisp video resolution and a very user-friendly interface make this camera worth adding to your shortlist. However, cheaper units with similar features are available.
A built in G-sensor monitors sudden shocks and will lock footage when it thinks there has been an accident, and GPS logs your position and speed. Further marks off for the fact that there’s no SD card in the box. Kaiser Baas supplies adhesive mounts so you’ll want to get it right first time . The good news is that it’s such a compact design, you could tuck it away discreetly at the top of your windscreen and thieves might not notice it’s there. An extremely easy camera to set-up and use, with a picture quality that rivals cameras costing twice the price. The sound quality is also good and the crisp footage makes it very easy to pick out licence plates without having to delve into menus and change exposure and ISO settings. Like most cameras, this entry-level Nextbase will automatically start recording as long as it’s plugged in and the ignition switch is on.
The DriveAssist 50LMT-D isn’t your ordinary dashcam, as it fuses Garmin’s experience with sat nav systems , incident recording and driver awareness functions that are typically found in modern premium cars. It’s all very easy and the simple, on-screen prompts make interacting with the device a doddle. Like most current dashcams, the Garmin continuously records as soon as the unit receives power and will save files when a G-Sensor detects an incident or the user manually locks the footage. There are no complaints here (and rightly so, considering the eye-watering asking price), as this machine uses a responsive and intuitive touch-screen display that anyone with an Android device will find familiar. The price does include a very small 4GB Micro SD card, which should be enough to get you started but users may want to consider upgrading to a card with more storage space. However, we found that the power cable proved fiddly to plug in to the device while mounted, so it’s best to plug it in first before securing it in place. However, the small menu buttons are awkwardly located on both sides of the camera, meaning it can be fiddly to hit the right option.
There is a night vision mode, which should improve the quality of the footage at night, but in reality it wasn’t better than most rivals’ efforts. Unobtrusive, simple to use and producing good-quality footage, this is a great budget option.
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Like most Windows 7 drivers cameras today, this unit automatically records as soon as the ignition is switched on, and Philips has clearly put some thought into its user interface, which feels much slicker than others tested here. The Windows Metro-esque tiles are simple to navigate, although the small buttons can be fiddly to use. A Micro SD card isn’t included, so it drops a star, but once fitted, it’s simply a case of firing the unit up and following the initial set-up instructions on the screen. The camera comes with an adhesive mount, which sticks to the window and provides a semi-permanent placement for a ball joint fixture to neatly slide into. Easy to use and requiring little setting up, the Philips ADR 610 is a neat package. Plus the image and sound quality is perfectly adequate for sorting out insurance squabbles.