Dash Cam Is Built For Capturing That Scenic Road Trip You’ve Been Meaning To Take
The best use case for a dashboard camera in your vehicle is probably video evidence for an accident. The best reason to buy a dash cam however, is to shoot video of all the things you can’t take pictures of while keeping your hands at ten and two. Dash cam, shortly to be a Kickstarter success, offers both these options through one of the most advanced high definition lenses on the market. Browse Dash Cam Store
Dash cameras are popular all over the world. In Russia there is rarely a car without a dash cam. Corruption and lax law enforcement make it a necessity. We all know how exciting those videos can be. Meanwhile, Switzerland warns that dash cams should not be used in public places due to privacy laws, regardless of the growth in popularity. Then of course, there are the Vloggers who Vlog while driving or parked.
These Vloggers love cameras like the Vava dash cam. It rotates 360 degrees to shoot video of your face or family, singing whatever songs people sing in the car on road trips to the 1960s. No more Vlogging from the back of the bus kids, now you can do it while stuck in traffic. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road.
The dash cam has a couple features that one would especially look for in a dash camera. 140 degree field of vision, built-in GPS and it is always recording and auto-saves footage of sudden braking and impact. The Vava dash cam can also record while your car is parked, thanks to an included battery pack that plugs into the cigarette lighter. I’m not calling it a charging port. It’s a cigarette lighter. Regardless, this offers a great security feature at night, in case the thieves leave the camera on the ground when they steal your car.
As far as video quality, the default is 720p HD but can be changed through the app to 1080p HD. Based on test videos from Vava, it shoots pretty damn good at night, which is rare for any camera. you get pretty crisp video as long as your windshield isn’t as dirty as mine. There are a bunch of videos of the dash cam in action on its Facebook page.
The dash cam is suctioned cupped to your windshield, right under the rear view mirror, though I suppose you can stick it wherever you want.
I have this strange distrust of suction cups that I can’t explain. My Sunpass uses tiny suction cups, I lick my finger then wipe it on the suction cups to create a better seal. Maybe that’s what is so bothersome. You can’t just shove a dry suction cup on the glass. The Vava dash cam has a large suction cup base that snaps into a magnetic mount on the camera and allows the camera to be rotated on the base. The suction cup is, well, a suction cup. I have nothing else to add there. It didn’t fall off, it did what a suction cup is supposed to do. Some reviewers have had more of an issue with the suction cup, but it should be noted the device is in the prototype stage.
The dash cam connects via the app to your smartphone, which hopefully is mounted on the dash and not in your hand while driving. The included remote can be stuck to anything and is used to quickly snap pictures. The camera is always on and you can record and get a live view of what you are shooting through the app
The app not only controls recording and live video, but you can upload and share video as well. There are filters and you can create trip logs as well, in case you want to remember where the camera automatically snapped a picture of that deer hitting your car. The nice bit is that once connected with the dash cam, the app doesn’t use any of your precious LTE data to transfer video to your phone.
The cord on this thing was a bit of a hassle, but when I asked around people didn’t seem to have a problem with a USB cable hanging down in their field of vision. The instructions show the cord being tucked into the space between the upholstery and the frame, but that space doesn’t exist in most cars. It existed in my 1987 Oldsmobile. You remember that one right? With the headliner that slowly deteriorated due to humidity? So, I’d say this would be a cool device if wireless, but that doesn’t make any sense due to the whole security at night thing. You can just duct tape the cord to the frame, because that’s classy.
Based on the Kickstarter, it looks like the dash cam is going to retail for around $200 (the early bird special is 50% off at $99/$119) which is close to mid-range for a dash camera. There are certainly comparable cameras closer to the $100 price point, Brose Dash Cam Shop, which offers many of the same specifications but in a more compact package. In fact, I was hard pressed to find many dash cameras over $100 and many had specifications that were pretty close if not better than the Vava dash cam. I’m thinking that the price point may stay around the Kickstarter sale range when the camera goes into its second round of manufacturing.