That’s simple enough, assuming you have a smartphone and an internet connection to download the app. You then connect to the camera via WiFi, allowing you to view a live stream of the camera on your phone for initial positioning on the windscreen.
Like so many other cameras in the price bracket it will automatically turn on and off when ignition is detected and will loop recording, wiping old unlocked clips to best utilise the space on the memory card. A plug and play model, you’ll be up-and-running in no time as it starts recording as soon as you connect to the 12V cigarette lighter socket.
However, the UK version comes as standard with adhesive pads and so you’ll need to get the position right first time as removal and adjustment is a pain. Arguably not the most attractive dash cam but it became one of our favourites thanks to the large screen, high quality video even at night and low cost. The option to plug in a GPS recorder seems smart but would make set-up slightly fussy. Comes with an adhesive pad rather than a sucker mount, so effectively once stuck it’s hard to remove the mount. The DrivePro 100 comes with a very generous 16Gb memory card in the box. With no GPS or G-sensor, the Smart-i Drive can’t track your location or speed or register an accident automatically. The specification sheet highlights that it can be used as a PC webcam, which gives you an idea of the genesis of the device – it doesn’t appear to have been born for use in a car.
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Footage can be captured in full HD at 1080p or 720p should you want to save space on the memory card. The viewing angle is superb and the camera handles low light and poor weather conditions very well. We like the large screen, while six buttons and a reasonably intuitive operating system make the Kaiser Baas R10+ menu easy to navigate.
Cobra released this dashcam in late but at the time of writing , both are for sale for the same price on the Cobra website. It is described as “an easy out-of-the box solution that is quick and uncomplicated to set-up”. It’s simple enough but as with the 820, the screw-in sucker mount isn’t the most user-friendly. It also requires you to enter the date and time before use. However, it shares a couple of advantages with the 820 — compact size and an 8Gb memory card in the box. The 16GB version stores 124 minutes of footage, as invidual one-minute films and files, and overwrites these once the memory card is full.
GPS is built in so you don’t have to mess around with extra cables, and the suction mount makes it easy to attach and detach from the windscreen. The 512G drops a star because Nextbase doesn’t supply a memory card in the box. About as far removed from “plug and play” as you can get, the Kaiser Baas R30 requires you to download an app brother mfc-9130cw to your phone before you can view the footage it records.
We also had to set the time and date before initial use – it doesn’t do it via satellite – and there’s no memory card in the box. The free memory card is an incentive to buy, though, and should an insurer offer a discount similar to that of the Nextbase models, choosing between the two would be tough. The DP 220 is relatively simple to install as the GPS is built in, meaning no additional cables beyond the power cord, and it’s a nice, compact unit.
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In the event of an accident, should the dash cam detect an impact it saves and protects footage of the 10 second priors and after the impact. It’s WiFi enabled, so you can connect it to a smartphone app and play back footage before downloading clips to your phone, from which you can share online (we can’t see a way to do this via the app currently).