The Aukey DR-01 is a compact dashboard digital camera that may seize a steady loop of full HD 1080p video of the street forward of your automobile.
It has a compact, light-weight design with a squarish black physique (measuring 2.28x 2.24×1.25 inches) that you could be acknowledge from motion cameras similar to GoPro. Nevertheless it’s nowhere close to as rugged.
On the DR-10’s enterprise finish is an actioncam-like 170-degree extremely wide-angle lens — the higher to get a pleasant extensive view of the street with. Mild passing by means of the lens falls on a Sony CMOS sensor. Together with the remainder of the digital camera’s , that sensor captures 1080p video at 30fps or 720p video at 60fps or 30fps. Video loop is the default mode.
When the digital camera is on, it can file clips till an inserted micro SD card (not included) is full. Then it will start overwriting the oldest footage.
Together with the digital camera , the DR-01 has an inside accelerometer. This G-sensor is used to detect automobile impacts. When an impression is detected — or the far left “emergency” button pressed — the digital camera will stop the present clip from being overwritten, shifting it to a protected folder referred to as “RO” on the SD card.
Different seize modes embrace movement detection, which begins the digital camera recording when it senses motion and stops when it is nonetheless. There’s additionally a time-lapse mode, which captures one image per second and stitches them collectively right into a 30 fps time-lapse video, and a snapshot mode, which captures a 2.19-megapixel JPEG nonetheless picture on the press of a button.
There’s additionally an inside microphone, nevertheless it’s of merely acceptable high quality. It is ok to choose up the sound of a bump hitting the automobile or the tire screech of a close-by automobile, however principally it simply picked up the sound of my radio.
There is not any type of wind safety so, relying on its placement on the windshield, vent followers can blow up onto the gadget and smash the audio recording. I do not assume sound high quality is a large promoting level for dashcam patrons, so I am prepared to forgive this. Plus, you may simply maintain a single button momentarily to toggle audio recording off.
You’ll be able to work together with the dashboard digital camera through a 2-inch LCD show on the unit’s bottom and a set of 4 buttons. Faucet the button on the far proper to deactivate the display screen — I extremely advocate you do that to keep away from distraction, particularly at evening. Even with the display screen off, a small “recording” LED lets you already know the DR-01 remains to be doing its factor.
Alongside the highest edge is a mini USB port for powering the digital camera and syncing the recordsdata with laptop. Operation is easy: Plug in to USB energy and it begins recording. Unplug it and the recording saves and stops.
On the high edge you may additionally discover a pinhole reset button for returning the unit to its default manufacturing unit settings, a three.5mm analog audio-video output and a GPS enter — apparently, you may join the DR-01 to an exterior GPS receiver so as to add positioning knowledge to the video recordings, however nothing within the included documentation explains how or what receivers are appropriate.
Additionally within the field: The Aukey dashboard digital camera ships with a suction cup mount for attaching it to the windshield and an alternate adhesive mount with 3M adhesive pads for extra everlasting mounting. There’s additionally an additional lengthy mini-USB cable with adhesive cable-management clips and an Aukey twin USB 12V automobile charger with two USB ports. The charger’s three.1A complete output is sweet because it permits for charging of a second cellular gadget.
You may have to produce your personal micro SD card. The DR-01 requires a high-speed Class 10 chip with as much as 128GB. You’ll be able to definitely get away with smaller capacities — simply know that the bigger the cardboard, the bigger cache of the video you may maintain earlier than issues begin getting erased by the loop.
Video high quality is kind of good in the course of the daytime. It isn’t wonderful, however satisfactory for its supposed goal. The decision is excessive sufficient that I used to be capable of simply learn plate numbers for vehicles close to the middle of the body from as much as three automobile lengths away. Close to the sides and additional out, studying plates is a bit harder, however that is a symptom of most extra-wide-angle cameras I’ve examined. Chromatic aberration (fringing) and a little bit of ghosting is noticeable, notably on bushes, nevertheless it will get the job performed. I used to be particularly impressed by the digital camera’s means to reveal particulars of automobiles and even site visitors lights backlit by a dawn or sundown.
At evening, the picture suffers however the high quality remains to be higher than I anticipated. In areas the place there’s adequate illumination from streetlights, the picture turns into contrasty sufficient that license plate particulars tended to blow out except bang-on within the middle of the seize. Nevertheless, I used to be nonetheless normally capable of inform what was occurring in a clip throughout playback, even throughout darker passages.
After all, general video high quality will rely in your automobile and the chosen mounting location, so take care to keep away from reflections from the dashboard and for goodness sake, clear your home windows.
General, I discovered the Aukey DR-01 dashboard digital camera to be straightforward to make use of and its recorded video of pretty good high quality — definitely ok for documentation functions. The on-board menus are pretty straightforward to navigate and are not complicated. I feel most individuals will be capable to set it up and go, which is nice as a result of the included documentation is overly easy and would not fairly do the job.
At round $70 on Amazon, the Aukey DR-01 is a simple advice in the event you’re seeking to doc your drives for cover, curiosity or amusement.