The price range on the market for a dashcam is from USD30 to USD400. Every penny counts. However, it doesn’t always mean the higher the price, the better the device. Also, you should be watch out for those cheap models from China too. They may give you headaches. Most people would go for single camera dashcam because it’s easier to be hidden behind rear-view mirror, and also it’s easy to have DIY installation.
VicoVation offers middle range price dashcams like Vico-Marcus4 and Vico-Marcus2. Our warranty covers up to 1 year worldwide. We have a customer service team constantly checking our Facebook page and service email to ensure our customers are satisfied with their experience on using our products.
Most dashcams are capable of performing Full HD (1920*1080p) and HD (1280*720p) recording. However, Vico-Marcus4, one of the best-selling and most reliable dashcams on the market, not only is capable of recording under 1080p with HDR but is also capable of 2K Extreme HD (2304*1296p) and features 21:9 Movie Mode (2560*1080p) recording.
Why does higher resolution matter?
Recording under 720p or 1080p wouldn’t be so much of a problem if you were only trying to get the license plate number right in front of you. However, if you were to get the person who’s having a little distance from you, a dashcam with better image quality would be required.
What does HDR do for you?
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range Imaging technology. It is most famous for the HDR picture on iPhones. Having HDR on is the best way to record clear images during low-light environments like driving at night. HDR technology limit the brighter parts and lighten the darker parts of the image so the full image can be balanced to its best states.
Wide Angle Lens:
Wider lenses capture a bigger field of view, but more distant subjects will be smaller in the frame. Reduced field of view could result in missing a lot of action. The wider lenses are better, particularly with HD resolution. The reason you want a dashcam is to capture things going on around you, not something far away. Most of the dashcams have 120° to 150° recoding angle. With Vico-Marcus4, all the videos are recorded with 160° field of view seamlessly and automatically looped once the memory card is full. Both left and right lanes are coved and leaves the driver almost no blind spots to worry about.
Memory Card Supported Generation, Size and Class
Dashcams mostly support memory cards up to 32GB. Once the device detects the memory card is getting full, it would start the process of erasing the first file so the next one can be saved to the spot. It is required to use a Class 10 and recommended to have at least 16GB memory card equipped on Vico-Marcus4 (supports up to 64GB SDXC).
What is the difference between SDHC & SDXC? SDHC stands for Secure Digital High Capacity, which contains 4 to 32GB. SDXC means Secure Digital eXtended Capacity and contains memories from 32GB to 2TB. You will also see a Class of either 2, 4, 6 or 10 on SD Cards. This is the speed rating which measures minimum transfer speed for writing images to and from a memory card. Class 10 are designed for a minimum sustained transfer rate of 10 MB/s, which Vico-Marcus4 requires Class10 memory card, to ensure the seamless quality recording.
Size of the Dashcam:
The bigger the dashcam, the more obvious it is. Some dashcams are small enough to be hidden behind the rear-view mirror. Vico-Marcus4 is carried out to have stylish and premium design with a compact body. It is recommended to have your dashcam removed and placed into the glove box if you were in unfamiliar or unsafe areas so people wouldn’t try to steal it by breaking the windows.
Smaller dashcams are almost guaranteed to have no monitors equipped. The downside of not having a monitor is that it’s harder to adjust your dashcam into the right recording angle.
Automatic Loop Recording:
“Loop recording” means the camera continuously records in an indefinite loop hands-free without stopping, constantly overwriting the oldest video file with the newest video file. A dashcam is supposed to be a “set it and forget it” device that you never have to think about until an accident or other incident is captured that you want to rewind.
Many of the cheap dashcams are unable to seamlessly write the sequential video files to the memory card, resulting in a short gap in between every recorded file. For instance, a camera with this problem that is loop recording in 2-minute intervals would have a 2 or 3 second gap in between each file. That may not seem like much until something happens during that short gap that you wanted to record! On cameras with this problem, the gap worsens as file interval time increases. That is, a camera with this problem doing 15-minute recording intervals might have 15 seconds or more of a gap in between files. That’s a lot of time that something could happen and be missed entirely. Again, while most manufacturers have corrected this issue with most of the new models available today, you still should ensure that your dashcam records with no gaps.
Night-time Recording Quality:
One of the most important functions of having a dashcam. The night-time image quality varies on each model. Many companies claim their products to have great video recording quality at night. The safest way to make sure is to go online and watch some videos recorded by the interested dashcams before you purchase one. Whether the dashcam can show the plates in front of you clearly in darker environments or not is essential.
This is a mode that can be manually or automatically activated if the dashcam is permanently hardwired to the vehicle’s power instead of an ignition-controlled cigarette lighter outlet. Parking mode turns the dashcam into a motion-activated CCTV surveillance camera, allowing it to conserve the vehicle’s battery power while capturing events when the vehicle is unoccupied. With Vico Power-PLUS, Smart Parking Surveillance can be unlocked on Vico-Marcus4.
Cameras with this feature record your GPS position and current speed overlay along with the video, which can be played back with a Google map using special software supplied. Vico-Marcus4 offers optional GPS Mouse that can be purchased separately. Furthermore, GPS Mouse enables extra safety features on Vico-Marcus4, including LDWS, FCWS, and Over Speed Warning.
Some of the dashcams would have problems shutting off unexpectedly when they got too warm from being in direct sunlight in a hot car. This problem could be worse in the summer. A dashcam is supposed to be permanently installed on the windshield, so it must be able to withstand that type of environment. There are reports that even a few of the newer models on the market today aren’t up to the task when it comes to high-temperature performance. As a general rule, dashcams that use a super capacitor designed, instead of a Li-ion battery, will be far better in high temperatures. Vico-Marcus4 can be operating from 0 °C (32 °F) to 75 °C (167°F) with normal operation and safe power-down.