Maxesla 1080P Full-HD 170° Wide Angle DashCam

As insurance fraud grows daily one way of protecting yourself from driving related scams is to install a dashcam. Dashcams such as this one are positioned discreetly pointing forwards through the front window and record all your driving activity. The dashcam turns on automatically when the car is started and off again a short time after the engine is turned off. It records continuously in short recordings onto a memory card that seamlessly dovetail together when played back. When the card is full the camera records over the oldest recording. A good camera will have a built in G-Sensor which automatically records impacts and secures that file against overwriting. The point of having a mass of short video recording files it to make it easier to find the one you need to examine.

This new dashcam from Maxesla arrived nicely presented in a mid market product box. Inside was the camera itself, long USB car charging cable, short USB cable, suction cup mount. dual port car USB adaptor and User Guide. The User Guide is nicely designed compared to those usually supplied but is poorly translated. I attach a scanned and edited copy to my unboxing video.

The camera looks quite discreet and can hide into the car window nicely. The camera attaches to the windscreen with the supplied suction mount and in my tests this worked well. Like most cameras this one has a built in battery but is designed to allow the device to power down correctly and to give short term coverage should the car power supply fail in the event of a crash. For normal operation it should always be powered from the car power port or USB socket. The camera has a speaker and microphone which is useful in incident if you have the presence of mind to observe and announce number plates or external events not captured by the camera. The dashcam has a G-sensor, a must for any dashcam, which will ensure that impacts or other events are not overwritten by other recordings on the card. The camera takes a micro SD card of up to 64GB (according to the User Guide although Amazon page says 32Gb only) to record onto and you must get a good quality high speed card. Class 10 is best, if a card is too slow the camera will not be able to write to it properly.

The camera lacks a GPS sensor , a disadvantage for many users but not for me as I found watching my journey on the map is a novelty that soon wears off. Also should your device fall into the hands of the police after a crash they will be able to note and use against you any previous speed infringements or driving errors caught by the GPS. Unlike many budget dashcam this one does not have any annoying LED night lights which cause glare on the windscreen and reduce visibility if turned on.

Video results are good for the price and it offers multiple resolution levels (the User Guide at one points claims 5 levels, later just 2). At the maximum FHD resolution of 1080p @ 30fps , which is about the minimum capable of producing worthwhile results for a dashcam, the picture is good but not outstanding. Several looping time lengths are available and I suggest 3 minutes for best results. The G-Sensor trigger will lock and the flag the current video file. There is no emergency record button which can be handy if the car is stationary or to record outside events.

The camera offers Parking Mode, triggered either by a built in motion detector or by the G-Sensor. which sets the camera off even when the engine is off (this may depend on how you car power socket is configured) to catch vandals etc but the system latency means you usually miss them and this can also be a nasty battery drain in some circumstances.

This is an entry level dashcam and priced as such but provides all you need from a dashcam plus some extras besides. Video quality is fine for the price and for the current low price praise is well deserved.
The Good
FHD video 1920×1080@30fps
Microphone
G-Sensor
Auto on/auto off
Attractive design
Large bright screen
170 degree wide angle lens
Microphone
Parking Mode
The Bad
No GPS sensor
No Emergency button
Poor User Guide
No memory card supplied

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