I was driving since I was 16 years old, although I tried to avoid it as much as I could because of the f*cked up daily traffic made even worse by those stupid drivers who know nothing about defensive driving.
It was only last year when I began to drive again daily since I got my own car. And though it wasn’t something I was really excited about it was still a lot better than getting squeezed and robbed inside the MRT.
I consider myself a very safe driver, I don’t drive fast and usually give way as long as you make the proper turn signal. So imagine my annoyance when I got hit (for the first time in 20 years) by another vehicle who was switching lanes even though I already stopped and gave way.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have any proof and the driver of the other vehicle naturally tried to put all the blame on me. It was a good thing I had insurance, and the police officers were very helpful because the driver of the vehicle was as stupid as he was very uncooperative (his vehicle already had a lot of scratches and bumps so you know he’s gotten into a lot of previous accidents).
It was then I realized the importance of having an in car video camera or dahs cam and why Mr. James Deakin has been a very strong advocate of having one installed in every vehicle. It saves you the effort of having to explain yourself and is perhaps the best proof of what really happened in case of an accident.
But with the popularity of dash cams also comes the now confusing task of how to choose which one to buy. The proliferation of those cheap Chinese dash cams (more on it later) may give you cheaper options but cheaper as you know is not always better.
For the last month or so I have been using the Transcend DrivePro50 and I can honestly say that I am pretty satisfied with it.
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Founded in 1988, Transcend is one of the leading global brand for digital storage, multimedia and industrial products. Their products, especially storage devices, have earned awards all over the world and has become one of most the trusted names in the industry.
The DrivePro50 continues that tradition winning the Good Design Award 2016– one of the world’s most prestigious design awards, with more than 4,000 entries submitted from all over the world.
The jury was impressed by its compact size, large aperture, viewing angle and Full HD imaging sensor for clear and smooth 1080p (30fps) video recording.
The packaging of the Transcend DrivePro 50 is similar to its other brother, the Transcend Dive Pro 520. The front of the box highlights the features of the product and indicates the inclusion of a FREE 16GB microSD card.
Upon opening the box, you’ll find another plain white box that contains the DrivePro 50 camera, 16GB microSD card, cigarette lighter adapter, suction cup, information booklet and warranty card.
The first thing you’ll notice about the The DrivePro 50 is that it is very light weighing only 49g and compact. It is housed in a matte black polycarbonate plastic body giving it a sleek and discrete look. On the front side you will see the camera lens, built in microphone, buzzer and the Transcend Logo.
On the top is the slide lock socket where the suction mount attaches.
On the right side is the mini usb slot where you plug in the cigarette lighter for charging and on the left is the microSD card slot and the Power/Emergency button.
As mentioned earlier, there is no LCD screen on the back, only the Transcend Logo and the small LED light, which indicate that it is recording.
So how can you view the videos if there is no LCD screen? Well that is where your smartphone comes in. All you have to do is download the DrivePro App from either Google Play or the App store for iOS. The DrivePro app connects via wifi and lets you watch the videos live or stream them to your phone for saving. You can also use the app to change the settings of the camera such as the video resolution, exposure, video length, date format, G-sensor sensitivity, and to change the WiFi password.
To start recording, simply press the red button on the left side. It also automatically starts recording as long as its plugged in when you start your car. The LED light at the back will turn blue when recording starts and if you want to check if your video is perfectly lined up you just have to open the DrivePro app on your smartphone. Connect to the camera WiFi with the default password of 12345678. To stop recording simply press and hold the button for a couple of seconds until the LED light turns off.
The DrivePro 50 features a camera which captures a wide 130° viewing angle and a Full HD imaging sensor for clear 1080p at 30fps video recording. It has 6 glass lenses to capture Ultra sharp images and an infrared filter lens which are designed to prevent fogging from heat generated during extended recordings and to ensure recorded videos are still clear. And most importantly it has built-in G-Sensor that instantly triggers the Emergency Recording and protects the file from being erased.
What I like about the The DrivePro 50 is that it is very easy to mount. You don’t have to read the manual to install it and as long as you download the App you are good to go in less that 10 minutes!
Video quality is quite good especially during day time driving. You can easily read out the important details like license plates very clearly as long as they are in a considerable distance.
Night mode is also very good thanks to its f/1.8 aperture and video quality is brighter than similarly priced car cameras.
My only complaint is that it can sometimes be too bright that the light gets washed out and it can be difficult to read some of the plate numbers. So I suggest you adjust the exposure a bit instead of relying on the default settings.
Audio quality is also very clear and sharp, you can hear your turn signals and it actually captures conversations quite well I had to put a music track to mask the original audio.
Overall, the Transcend DrivePro50 is a good buy considering its price and features. The DrivePro 50 has all the basics you need in a dash camera– a wide 130° viewing angle; Full HD imaging sensor for clear and smooth 1080p (30fps) video recording; and its 6 glass lenses and infrared filter ensure that you get clear videos throughout the entire day.
Plus you are getting a branded product with a warranty from a very reputable company. Those China-branded dashcams may tempt you with its features and price, but quality can be a hit and miss. I’ve even heard stories about a dash camera melting under the sun or breaking down just after a couple of months, so unless you want to buy a different dashcam every two or three months go for a reliable car video recorder like the DrivePro50.
Transcend brand name
Can record Full HD video up to 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30 fps
130° wide view to capture the interior or exterior of the car
Built-in G-Sensor for Emergency Recording mode
DrivePro mobile app is easy to use
Comes with Transcend 16GB microSD card
Second thoughts because?
No LCD screen for quick viewing
Charging port is not the standard microUSB port which means you have to get a cigarette lighter adaptor or you won’t be able to use in for other devices
If you are looking for a dependable and durable branded dash cam with all the basic features, and don’t mind the lack of an LCD screen, you can’t go wrong with the Transcend DrivePro50
Transcend DrivePro 50 Specs
Camera Type: Car Video Camera Recorder
Weight: 49g (1.73oz)
Lens: ƒ/1.8, 130° wide angle
Video Resolution: Full HD (1920×1080) 30fps / HD (1280×720) 30fps
Video Formats: H.264 (MOV: up to 1920×1080 30fps)
Connectivity: USB 2.0 / WiFi
Battery: Li-Polymer 430mAh