Transcend DrivePro 520 dash cam review: Front and interior camera

Transcend DrivePro 520 dash cam review: Front and interior camera
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The Transcend Drive Pro 520 is unique because it is a dual channel camera and because it captures the interior of the car instead of the rear. This becomes useful for taxi drivers or even in a family car. The usage is pretty easy and so is the video quality. You also get to decide the type of mount you would like to go with. Only one would be included in the box. The external characteristics remind the users of an XLOR film camera. The interior camera can rotate horizontally and track the rear and the driver seats. The camera can look forward to acquire additional coverage.

The camera facing towards the back is quite distant and would not be able to catch the traffic in the back. The device uses the 3 MP Aptina AR0330 sensor and a 1 MP camera in the rear. While the front camera has a 130-degree wide angle vision, the rear camera has a 110-degree vision. The G sensor that stops videos from getting overwritten. The GPS would get the location and the relative speed.

The four buttons on the back of the device allow proper navigation through the 2.4-inch display. The still capture button is easy to press on this device unlike most of the others on the market. There are cameras that offer better resolution than the 1080p video quality of this one but must use compression. Hence it has one of the most desired video qualities. However, the colour might seem a little saturated in some instances and a little sharp in some others.

The5re are four sensors around the interior camera. These help to adjust the camera to take images at night. The night video on the outside has good colour and details. The camera can adapt well to the ambient lighting conditions.

Technical Specifications:

ResolutionFront: 1920 x 1080p at 30 fps,
Rear: 1280 x 720 HD at 30 fps
LensFront: f/1.8, 130° wide viewing angle
Rear: f/2.8, 110° wide viewing angle
IR LEDs4 infrared LEDs
Video FormatsH.264 (MOV: up to 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps)
Display2.4″ (6 cm) color LCD
G-SensorYes
MicBuilt-in
SpeakerBuilt-in
Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n
GPSBuilt-in GPS receiver (Glonass)
StorageUp to 128 GB microSD cards (Class 6 or above) – best sd card for dash cam
Connection InterfaceUSB 2.0
Power SupplyInput: 12 to 24 VDC
Output: 5 VDC, 1 A
Snapshot FunctionYes
Built-In BatteryLi-Polymer 430 mAh
CertificatesCE, FCC, BSMI, RCM, KC
System RequirementsAny computer with a USB port and one of the following operating systems:
Microsoft Windows 7, 8
Mac OS X 10.8.2 or later
Linux Kernel 2.6.38 or later
Operating Temperature-4 to 149°F (-20 to 65°C)
Dimensions3.8 x 2.5 x 1.7″ (9.6 x 6.5 x 4.4 cm)
Weight3.8 oz (107.7 g)

Pros and Cons

The Transcend Drive Pro 520 is a good dual channel camera that offers you the option to short videos of the interior. This is quite not the case with most others.

Reasons to Buy

  • There is an integrated rear-facing camera on the device.
  • One of the most amazing facts is that it does a good job of recording videos both during the day and at night.

Reasons to Avoid

  • It is not possible to record the traffic on the back with the integrated interior camera.
  • It would cost the consumer extra bucks to get both the suction and the sticky mounts.

The Transcend Drive pro 520 stands out among the rest as it is easy to store and use. The video quality is also quite good and it offers you the option to record the interiors.