I don’t spend much time on the road as a lot of professionals. However, the more time I spend in the car, the more aware I am becoming about the safety of me and my family and that of other drivers. Dash cams are compact cameras that can be used to record 24/7 video from the view of your windshield. You can use one to capture the picturesque scenery on your family road trip and if you were ever unfortunately in an accident or pulled over for a traffic violation, the dash camera video offers excellent footage for insurance companies and courtrooms.
Most dash cams on the market can already do pretty impressive stuff and this Transcend DrivePro 50 comes with the features I required at an affordable price. I am impressed by the compactness of its size, the large aperture and viewing angle with the full HD imaging sensor. A little information about the prestigious brand behind this alluring device is Transcend which was founded in 1988 and has a rich history in making products for digital storages, industrial products and creating tremendous multimedia devices. Transcend is among the worldwide trusted name and continues the legacy with the DrivePro 50, which is a winner of 2017 Taiwan Excellence Award.
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
Upon opening the box, it contains the camera unit, 16GB High Endurance microSD card, adhesive mount, warranty card, and a power cable that attaches to the car cigarette lighter. The DrivePro 50 is featured with a wide angle of 130° and a Full HD imaging sensor for 1080p at 30fps recording. It is also equipped with 6 glass lenses to capture ultra sharp images.
At the front of it is the camera lens, a microphone and obviously the Transcend logo. On the left side is the microSD card slot and red button that act as the power on, record, and off button. In the event of a collision, the built-in g-sensor in Transcend’s DrivePro 50 will detect the impact and instantly trigger an emergency recording. Emergency recording mode protects the current recording as well as the critical seconds before the accident from being overwritten. Alternatively, you can also manually activate emergency recording mode by pressing the red button on the side of the unit. In the back, there is no LCD but the brand’s logo.
Now, the question you may ask is how you will be able to watch all those videos if there is no LCD screen. This is the place where your smartphone will take a dive in. You will just have to download the DrivePro app from the App store or Google Play. The App connects through the Wi-Fi and allows you to watch those videos live or you also have an option of streaming and saving them into your phone. What’s more, through the app, you can change all the settings such as the G-sensor sensitivity, Wi-Fi name and password, video length.
To start the process of recording, just presses the red button. It will automatically start the recording as long as it is plugged in with your car. There is an LED light on the left which will turn blue when the recording starts. If you want to watch your video or check if the camera is lined up properly, just use the App on your smartphone and connect it through the Wi-Fi.
Here I mounted the DrivePro 50 to the front window of my cart and set off to capture the essence of the drive. What I like about the DrivePro 50 is that it is very easy to mount. You don’t have to read the manual to install it and it only took me like 5 minutes to get it ready for the trip.
The camera emits a single beep when powered up. When connected to the DrivePro through the Wi-Fi, you can stream, playback, and download videos, and easily adjust DrivePro 50’s settings on the smartphone or tablet. The good thing is, you can live view what is happening in front of the road even if you are a passenger sitting in the back.
The dashcam integrates a wide 130° viewing angle and a Full HD imaging sensor for clear and smooth 1080p (v30fps) video recording. In addition, the 6 glass lenses plus 1 infrared filter lens are designed to prevent fogging from heat generated during extended recordings and to ensure the whole trip is recorded in high clarity. It also has a small built in battery for an extra 30-second recording in case of power failure.
With great picture quality and performance, live streaming to Android/iOS devices, compact design, and included High Endurance memory card, the DrivePro 50 has those important features you need in a dash camera. Some dash cameras may come with a built-in LCD viewing screen, while it is also likely to increase the size of the unit. If you want a durable and exceptionally featured dash cam which is from a reliable brand and comes with a warranty, the DrivePro 50 is an ideal choice.