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Old 12th December 2017, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My new dash camera

Dashboard camera or dashcam has been around for ages but it wasn’t made popular until people started sharing road rage or accident footages on social media network. It made us realize the importance of having the crucial video evidence when undesirable commotion took place. For starters, it harnesses the combined might of the Sony Exmor sensor and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technologies. This grants the DrivePro 230 the ability to capture sharp, high resolution images and 1080p full HD videos at 30fps with extremely fine tonal gradation, even in adverse low light conditions and at night. What’s more, its intuitive user interface is a breeze to master, not forgetting its novel ability to snap still photos while recording videos simultaneously.



In the box:
Transcend DrivePro 230 dashcam, Transcend 16GB High-Endurance microSD card, Lighter socket charger, Suction mount (also available with adhesive mount, depends on your purchase selection)



A good memory card is key to storing critical evidence. Transcend has generously included a 16GB microSD card with the dashcam. The MLC-based NAND flash memory is designed for consistent long-life durability and endurance. You do not need to spend extra money and effort in seeking a compatible and reliable flash card to make your dashcam work. 16GB will be enough for recording 2 hours of 1080p Full HD footage. When the memory is full, the dashcam will overwrite the oldest video.



At the front, apart from the 130-degree ultra-wide angle lens, there isn’t much going on here except for the printed branding. Basics aside, there’s Wi-Fi connectivity and a GPS receiver. The former provides smartphone connectivity and social media livestreaming using a dedicated app that’s available on both Apple App Store and Google Play. The latter, on the other hand, further supplements the basic video and stills data logs by adding location, speed and time logs.



The 2.4-inch TFT LCD may not has the best viewing angle and colour reproduction, but it works just fine for a car dashboard camera. The 4 buttons under the display work for the navigation across the settings and configuration. The overall build quality is solid with high-quality finishing.

Unlike the average dashcam, the DrivePro 230 features a built-in, high capacity Li-polymer battery, meaning users don’t have to have it plugged in all the time. Crucially, this endows the DrivePro 230 with a Parking Monitoring Mode that utilises both a motion detection system and time-lapse video recording functions, thus enhancing vehicle security when parked. Rounding off its impressive basics is the presence of a decent microphone and speaker, the latter enhancing on-device playback for users.



I am very happy with the overall video quality. Even when the lighting condition changes, such as when moving into a tunnel vice versa, the camera is quick to adjust the exposure value. The recorded footage also shows the date time, GPS location as well as vehicle speed.



Night time video quality is exceptionally well with lots of details and reasonable ISO noise.

I’ve been using the Transcend DrivePro 230 dashboard camera for almost a month now and I am very satisfied with the video quality and the added security features that come with the dashcam. Transcend aims to break the conventional dashboard camera’s design where the dashcam now has more purpose than just recording videos. The added innovative security features would definitely help keep drivers and pedestrians safer on the road. All said, the Transcend DrivePro 230’s feature-rich package makes it an all-in-one device solution users can truly appreciate.

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Re: My new dash camera

This days dash cams are used as part of crime prevention in neighbourhood multi storey carparks too.

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Nice review, thank you for sharing

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Re: My new dash camera

and here is a review of endurable microSD card for your dash cams

Source: https://www.myeverydaytech.com/revie...ts64gusdxc10v/

microSD cards are getting more important than ever, thanks to the need for high speed & high capacity storage to support those video capture devices such as smartphones, action cameras, drones and body cameras. Today what we have in our labs is the Transcend Ultimate microSDXC 64 GB card that supports up to 4K high-resolution video recording.

Transcend High Endurance microSDXC 64GB C10 (TS64GUSDXC10V)
•Capacity: 16 GB | 32 GB | 64 GB | 128 GB
•Class: microSDXC C10
•Read: 21 MB/s
•Write: 20 MB/s
•Warranty: Two-year limited

High Endurance microSD card?

Transcend TS64GUSDXC10V


Before we move into the benchmarks and tests, we must first clarify the reason why Transcend created this series of microSD card and what is the target use cases for it.

As the name suggests – High Endurance. This card is meant to be used for a long period of time. For example, car dashboard camera and standalone monitoring cameras. They are built to withstand long hours of video recording. Transcend claims that the high-quality MLC NAND is capable of standing up to 24,000 hours of Full HD video recording. That is about 3 years of 24/7 non-stop writing into the card.

With that being said, in order to achieve that kind of durability, we have to sacrifice the Read/Write speed of the card. So, you can find many other brands also having the speed handicap for their CCTV microSD cards.

Synthetic Benchmark

Transcend TS64GUSDXC10V - CDM Sequential


Transcend TS64GUSDXC10V - CDM Random

CrystalDiskMark shows the card is indeed performing as per advertised. The read speed is about 2 MB/s faster than the acclaimed 21 MB/s and the write speed is about 1 MB/s faster.

Real World Usage
Read from micro SD card



Write to micro SD card

As for real life file transfer test, reading from the card results in a weird spike in speed at the middle point of transfer. For some reason, the card would suddenly increase the read speed and then returns to 22~23 MB/s range. As for writing into the card, the process is pretty consistent at 21 MB/s.



Some of you might be asking, is 21 MegaByte/s write speed enough for car dashboard camera and CCTV that records Full HD or 4K footage?

Short answer, yes.

Let’s take our Transcend DrivePro 230 car dashboard camera as an example. It records high-quality 1080p Full HD video at 30fps. The average bitrate is 15.2 Megabit/s, which if we do the math, that is around 2.275 MegaByte/s. That means we are only utilising 11% of the maximum write speed.

For some other camera that records 4K footage @ 60 Megabit/s, divide by 8 and we get 7.5 MegaByte/s. So, as long as the video bitrate is under 160 Megabit/s, then you should be safe.

Final Thoughts


While we can’t really test how long the card would last for 24/7 usage, otherwise, this article would need a few more years to complete. From our past experience of using the High Endurance 16 GB card, we are really happy with the result and the overall stability. With 64 GB of storage, our DrivePro 230 dashcam can now record up to 8 hours of high-quality Full HD footage before it starts to delete the old video.

Once again, we have to highlight the card is designed for long hours of continuous usage. While you may use it in smartphones and other devices, however, we strongly suggest you take a look at other cards such as the Transcend Ultimate microSD card which is more suitable for smartphones.

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