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Vava Split Cam
The Vava Dash Cam started as a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year when the discharge’s creators asked people what they wanted in the perfect bit cam. As of early late June, the project has collected over $425,000 from Kickstarter sponsors, proving if nothing else that consumers are intrigued by Vava’s high points.
We received a pre-production unit to try, and arguably the biggest draw of the Vava Bolt Cam is its swivel design. The hockey puck-like camera body attaches magnetically to the windshield mount, slack off on you face the camera in front of you, toward the street, or into your car where it can look for you and your passengers. Hand-in-hand with this is the device’s mobile app, which receives you share photos and video clips taken by the dash cam to social way.
In the box you get the camera module and suction-cup mount, a pre-installed 32GB microSD card for extenuatory photos and videos locally, a USB cable with built-in GPS chip, a 12v car charger that also plays as a 2,300 mAh power bank, and the snapshot button that you can stick anywhere in your car to swiftly take a photo with the dash cam. The Vava Dash Cam connects to your channel in the same way that most other dash cams do—connect the camera to the mount, assumed the mount to your windshield (preferably in the middle, behind your rear-view looking-glass), and connect it to the car charging port using the USB cable and the car charger.
Handling a tinge cam that doesn’t have a display on it is a little off-putting at first, but the non-stationary app provides a live feed if you really need it. In fact, you won’t really use the stay feed on the screen of any dash cam while you’re driving, and the onboard screens are mostly for changing environments using the on-camera controls. The Vava Dash Cam mobile app is where you do all those things, so there’s no call for for an onboard display.
The bound cam will automatically turn on when you turn on your car, but, unlike other run cams, the setup process is a little unclear. After you download the Vava transportable app and create an account, you’re neither prompted to do anything nor are you guided through environment up a new dash cam. The homepage of the app has a live-feed window as well as manual photo and video apprehend buttons. The way to connect the camera to your smartphone is by connecting to its unique Wi-Fi network functioning the information and password provided on the packaging, and then you press the live-feed purpose. After that, your smartphone should automatically connect to the Vava Toss Cam’s network whenever you get into your car, and you have to be connected to it to have access to all the motorized app’s features.
While you’re driving, the Vava Dash Cam records video cuffs in one-, three-, or five-minute intervals. You can pick your clip duration favourite in the video settings, and everything recorded shows up in the Media Gallery folder in the expressive app. That folder is nicely organized by manual snapshots (or those you grasp with the app or the snapshot button manually), travel recordings, and emergency recordings (which are automatically precluded when the camera detects sudden breaks). The contents of those folders are separated by date, which makes finding footage easy.
You’re supposed to be skilled to download specific clips and photos to your smartphone while linked to the dash cam’s network, but I was never able to do so. Each three-minute video longing be half-downloaded before the action failed and I was told to try again. You’ll have bettor luck connecting the microSD card to your computer and finding footage that way.
Each video attach and snapshot photo has a small arrow at the top-right corner of its thumbnail that you can tap to download it. One time the file is saved locally to the app, you can download it again to your smartphone, or you can instanter share it via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Downloading clips to your smartphone is the most at ones fingertips way to get footage fast, but I was only able to do so after receiving an updated reading of the Vava Dash Cam.
The original pre-production unit had a bug that prevented me from downloading any cuffs to my smartphone. Thankfully, that was fixed in the new unit I received, which is one from the anything else batch of devices being sent to Kickstarter backers.
If you don’t want to trouble with OTA video downloads, you can always go the traditional route and remove the microSD reveal all from the camera to view footage on your PC. The card is also established conveniently into Emergency, GPS, Movie, Snapshot, and Thumb albums, with the Thumb album frugal one snapshot for each video clip taken. Each three-minute, 1080p clout takes up about 307MB on the microSD card, allowing you to save almost 104 clips on the 32GB card provided.
By default, the camera records in 1080p at 60 fps, but you can fluctuate the quality of the video in the mobile app. Both daytime and nighttime footage is somewhat clear, and you can even make out license plates in daytime footage. The 140-degree greensward of view is certainly enough to capture you and your passengers if you choose to kick out the camera toward the car, and the quality is perfectly fine for social-media video extracts. Thanks to its magnetic construction, swiveling the Vava Dash around 360 degrees is lenient, and the magnet is strong enough to keep the camera in place through a knobbly ride.
Each obliging trip you take is recorded in the travel log where you can see a GPS-assisted map of your itinerary. These maps are useful if you need to remember an unfamiliar route, but as you’ll see when we examine the DDPai X2 Pro and its similar feature, the log isn’t as useful as it could be. The Vava Dash Cam also incorporates a “driving journal” in which you can name and save a route found in the wanderings log and give it a cover photo. While the travel log is just a collection of mapped routes you’ve mean, the driving journal lets you put a more personalized, emotional feel to paramount trips you want to remember.
Thanks to the power bank in the included car charger, the Vava Bound Cam can record potentially valuable footage when you’re not around. The bank accumulates power when the car is on, so it can oust on the dash cam in an emergency if necessary. There’s a G-sensor in the camera, so if someone vandalizes or touches your car when it’s parked, the Vava Dash Cam will turn on using the power bank’s battery and history a 15-second video clip. That video will only be supportive if it manages to capture the perpetrator, but it’s better than nothing when you’re not round to protect your car or call authorities immediately. Vava estimates this Parking Status will be effective for up to 30 days when they power bank is fully priced, and it allowed my dash cam to record clips for hours in between my driving sittings. The G-sensor is helpful in case of an emergency when you’re not around, but extra, passively-recorded clasps could also let you see suspicious activity around your car when you’re not wide.
I personally think the “carpool karaoke” sharing aspect of the Vava Shatter Cam is frivolous, but I also don’t do a lot of daily driving—nor am I in the car with a group of friends varied than a couple times a month. However, this might be a spotlight that can get both parents and young drivers on board to the idea of entertaining a dash cam in the car. Above all, dash cams are protective tools—they won’t put a stop to you from getting into an accident, but they can protect you after the factually using the footage they capture. While that’s enough of a proper for me to install a dash cam in my car, it might not be for others. Dash cams are also avenues that you set and forget; unless you get into an accident or someone bumps your car, you may on no occasion touch the camera after installing it. The Vava Dash Cam is one of the only in-car cameras to volunteer a social aspect in addition to regular safety features, and that collective aspect will keep users interacting with the Vava Frustrate Cam and its app more than they would a regular dash cam.
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Garmin Dash Cam 55
Garmin is no stranger to dash cams, but the presence upped their game with the Dash Cam 55. It is, without a have misgivings about, the smallest dash cam I’ve ever used, measuring just 5.62 cm x 4.05 cm x 3.53 cm. Most run cams are built to sit behind your rear-view mirror so the don’t get in the way of your observe while driving. The Dash Cam 55 disappears behind my mirror so much so that I had to crane my neck underneath the mirror image to see it at all.
You have a few choices when buying the Dash Cam 55: you can choose video account up to 1080p or 1440p, whether you want a wide-angle lens camera, and if you stand in want voice-control options. My review unit shoots 1440p video and has expression controls. Garmin just came out with the Dash Cam 65 which has a super-wider 180-degree enthusiast of view, and that’s the only difference between it and the Dash Cam 55 (which has a 122-degree FOV).
Voice commands are a feature unique to the Dash Cam 55 that I didn’t conscious I wanted in a road monitor. They let you tell the dash cam to do certain obsessions like save a video or take a photo without pressing any buttons on the camera itself. While force you can say “Ok Garmin” to wake up the voice assistant, and then tell it to save a video, walk off a photo, record audio (if it’s not already), or a start Travelapse recording. Travelapse is Garmin’s way of discerning long stretches of driving footage shareable by condensing it down to well-founded the highlights, so you can start and end a Travelapse recording easily just by using the vote command.
The Dash Cam 55 has most of the standard features you’d expect in a $199 ardour cam. It has a 3.7MP camera and a 2-inch LCD display with an automatic shut off so it won’t divert you while you’re driving (if you can see it at all). It has audible alerts for lane-departure and forward-collision warnings, a GPS for stereotype videos with your location and speed, and a G-sensor that wish trigger the camera to automatically save a video if you get into an accident. Videos are screened on a loop so new footage will film over old footage when the microSD file card gets full. It supports up to a 64GB card but mine came with an 8GB take action included, and each one-minute video clip takes up about 84MB of room. The Dash Cam 55 also has a parking mode in which it’ll monitor relocation around your car even when it’s off, but that requires an additional telegraph that charges the device so it can last while your car is turned off.
The Sprint Cam 55 beeps when you approach a red light or speed traffic camera. This appear c rise standard on the device, but you’ll have to pay for a $25-per-year
Footage on the microSD plan is divided into event, saved video, unsaved video, Travelapse, and photo folders. This frames it really easy to find the kind of footage you’re looking for, and I appreciate that there’s a scram separation of videos you saved via voice command and video saved via the G-sensor. The Verve Cam 55’s video is crystal clear, and night vision details are backed by the camera’s 1440p output. Overall the colors in the video footage are numerous true to life than those in the Vava dash cam’s footage, which would rather a yellow-ish tint. However, Vava’s camera makes use of my car’s headlights multitudinous in nighttime footage than Garmin’s camera does, thus originating slightly brighter footage in the dark.
Voice command was my favorite draw about the Dash Cam 55 because it made the device more interactive fairly than just a stationary camera that you set and forget about. One of the reasons why profuse people don’t invest in dash cams is that they don’t see an immediate use to them—they’re safety devices and not something like a smartphone or even an action cam that you may interact with on a circadian basis. Adding a hands-free interaction component to the Dash Cam 55 hand over me want to use it more often to save photos of a particularly pretty sunset against the limits in front of me, save videos of near-accidents, and save footage of coastal press along the beach.
Magellan MiVue 480D
Magellan’s newest throw cam is most similar to Cobra’s $199 dash cam we previously reviewed. The $299 MiVue 480D bonds a full-service front-facing dash cam with a connected rear camera that minds an eye on the road behind you. Like Cobra’s cam, the MiVue 480D takes a myriad time to set up in your vehicle than normal dash cams since you obtain to connect the rear dash cam to the front mechanisms. There are more wires and inspirational parts involved, but once set up the MiVue 480D is easy to use. It automatically rolls on and starts recording when the car starts, and it will show the rear camera’s last view in a smaller window on top of the main, front-facing video feed.
The easier it is to shift the settings on a dash cam the better, and Magellan put four clear buttons on the side of the might camera to navigate the menu on the 2.7-inch LCD display. The top button accesses the menu, while the blemished button selects and the bottom two buttons scroll up and down. Thanks to the GPS in the power camera, I didn’t have to manually set the date and time, but I did go through the other customizable settings.
The MiVue 480D is slightly different in that it has more warnings and alerts within reach than most dash cams. In addition to forward collision, transportation camera, and speeding warnings, it also has lane departure, driver enervate, and headline alerts. The first three alerts are popular features in most spring cams and they’re quite useful. For example, forward collision alerts sentinel the space in between your car and the car in front of you and will sound when you’re overturing the vehicle ahead too quickly, which could cause an accident. You can settle upon to turn any of these off completely, or receive a beep or voice alert when you should be produce more attention.
Driving fatigue and headline alerts are particularly second to none in harmony: the former lets you set a timer that will sound when it’s delay to give the current driver a break, which is most useful during extensive trips, while the latter will sound when the sun goes down to predict you to turn on your headlights. Both of those are quite practical, but driver tire will likely only be useful for those who frequently spend myriad than three or four hours in the car at one time.
Speeding and traffic camera alerts were the most salutary for me. I live in an area where speed limits change frequently depending on which for all practical purposes of a town-crossing road you may be on, so whenever I heard the chime of the dash cam, I knew I should dumb down. Traffic cameras are also plentiful in my area, but not at every intersection and I certainly haven’t memorized where they all are yet. That vivacious sounds when you’re approaching a filmed intersection and stops beeping when you’ve cleared the surveilled section, making it clear where you should be observing your surroundings and make tracks more than usual. For some reason, the device thought the roadways in my apartment complex had a traffic camera waiting to capture irresponsible drivers was one did not stay alive. Aside from that error, the MiVue 480D was fairly on target in alerting me to actual traffic cameras.
I’ve only tested a couple chuck cams with included rear cameras, but I always enjoy bring into the world that extra eye watching the road behind me. In New York State where I charged, drivers don’t necessarily have to worry about what happens behind you while you’re persistence. Most of the time if you’re rear-ended, the driver behind you is at fault because it’s taken he or she did not leave enough of space in between their car and yours. The law may be on your side, but hold video evidence of such a situation can bring a lot of peace of mind. It could also settle in handy if any commotion or actions occur behind your car during a See trade stop, another type of accident, or any situation where you’re forced to get out of your conveyance.
The MiVue 480D shoots super HD, 1296p video, with a 140-degree follower of view, with more than enough clarity to see signs and permit plates of nearby cars. The footage combined the best aspects of the Garmin Sprint Cam 55 and the DDPai X2 Pro—sharpness, little to no noise, and true colors—and videos with a lot of impulsive light didn’t appear as blown-out as they did on Garmin’s dash cam. Degree, I was surprised to see that the MiVue 480D didn’t light up the roads and handy sidewalks nearly as much as the Vava Dash Cam did in its nighttime footage. In varied videos, it didn’t even look like I had my lights on while determination at night (I always do), but the Vava Dash Cam clearly showed the light authority and used other light sources like lamp posts and alley signs to illuminate more of the field of view.
The rear camera mementoes 1080p video and looks most like the footage from the Vava Style Cam, both in daytime and nighttime conditions. All video is recorded to the included 16GB microSD condolence card (the camera supports a card up to 128GB) and it’s organized similarly to the other pitch cams. Separate folders for Events (caused by impact or sudden put on), Parking (short videos taken after the car has been shut off), Head camera, and Rear camera populate the SD card, making it easy to come up with the type of video you’re looking for. Like other dash cam’s memory playing-card footage, the files themselves are named by date, which makes it kind of simple to find a particular video, but not totally easy. I set the MiVue 480D to data three-minute video clips, so if I was looking for a particular video, there were multiple clouts recorded on a specific day to sort through. Each video is stamped with the in good time dawdle and GPS coordinates of your location, which may not mean anything to you, but could be momentous for law enforcement or insurance companies if you hand over any footage to them. Each three-minute video also withs up about 335MB on the microSD card, but loop recording ensures you’ll each have the latest footage saved.