So I’ve been trying to get to grips with the Full HD 1080p Vehicle Blackbox DVR Dash Cam.
From the outset it looks like a nice compact unit; one that will not fill up and block vision on the windscreen. However things become a little more complicated once you power the unit on.
You are greeted by a barrage of Chinese symbols and pictures. Trying to navigate the menu system is a little complicated but I managed to get to a stage where I felt comfortable that hitting the record button the unit would do what it was meant to.
Unfortunately, this was not to be the case. The unit only works by a constant power supply. Which means you will constantly have to have this plugged into a 12v socket in the car and have the leads, which in my Honda Civic, were not long enough to reach the camera in an optimum viewing position on the windscreen.
When the power supply is also removed or disrupted then the camera unit goes into meltdown first freezing on a Chinese warning screen before shutting down completely.
I was not able to actually get the unit to a stage where it would record film; as it should.
I don’t know whether it was a defective unit or something in the setup; which was difficult due to the Chinese menu system.
In conclusion, the unit sounds like a fantastic option, on paper at least, for the price compared to more comprehensive and well-known brands. These units retail on eBay anywhere from £9.99 to £29.99 and I can honestly see why. It goes back to the age old saying “You get what you pay for”.
If the unit worked as it should, i.e. recording footage, then I would say yes, it could be an option for someone that just wants a little bit of protection when they eventually go out driving; your grandma popping to the shops once a week for her shopping & medication, for example.
My advice and recommendation would be; yes you can save money initially buying a cheaper unit such as this; but eventually you’ll be replacing it with a more expensive, trust worthy option, therefore spending more money in the long-run.
There are definitely better options out there available for just a little more expense.