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Jul072014

Transcend Drivepro 200 Dashcam Review

At the time of writing, this is currently the #2 Car Driving Recorder on Amazon UK, and that is especially impressive when you consider that the #1 and #3 Driving Recorders cost £10.39 and £23.99 respectively.  The owner reviews are overwhelmingly positive as well, so even though it's already been on sale for six months, I decided that it's a camera I really should take a look at. 

You can download a full PDF manual from the Transcend website here. and the product page is here

For Downloadable Samples CLICK HERE

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Reader Comments (97)

H Mat,

Yet again, a brilliant review...I agree with all the points that you have said, I'd also add the cam seems a little pricey too, considering the poor sound. I still feel the Mobius wins over this cam with its quite clear sound recording, and great video quality, admittedly, this cam has a very clear screen (which the mobius lacks) but do you really need a screen on these cams?.

Other points - no GPS ?

Thanks again for a impressive review.

Daz

July 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

On a technical note and maybe a bit nitpicking: I would slightly turn up the volume of when you read over the video. It seems a bit more silent than when you speak directly into the camera microphone.

July 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

I really don't like GPS on cameras - it provides no benefits to me and introduces a lot of potential issues. GPS speed has a lag compared to reality, so a GPS speed overlaid on a video may be 3-5 seconds behind reality. I've looked at clips where my car had stopped at traffic lights and the GPS speed is still showing that I'm doing 20mph. You could therefore have a collision and the video footage would show that you hadn't braked.
I often find myself driving at 33mph in a 30 zone. If I had a collision whilst this was happening, the very fact that the video evidence shows I'm exceeding the speed limit means that a proportion of the responsibility lies with me and not the nutter that reversed off his drive into my car,
I just don't know why anyone would want GPS on a dashcam - but I know I'm not everyone, so someone somewhere might think it's a great idea (but they would be wrong).

July 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Mikk36, I always try to make each video to the best standard that I can - sometimes issues arise and I try to improve on these in the next video. I've already made a mental note to boost the mic a bit more. On the positive side, you'll notice that there hasn't been any peaking-out or popping on the last few videos.

July 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I, for one, would really like having wifi on a camera. Because then i could align the camera on my helmet wilst wearing the helmet.

With wifi on a dashcam it would eliminate the need for a screen for me, and then it could be smaller and cheaper.

July 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoel

Why cant someone make a dash cam where the camera sensor is tiny and is in the windscreen and the processor etc is in a box near the lighter socket that way only a tiny unit is in the windscreen and the bulk is somewhere else out of sight

July 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermatt_uk

@Matt_UK

Is this what you are looking for? https://joovuu.com/gb/home/191-samoon-a17.html It'll be in stock soon.

July 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJooVuu

I agree with matt_uk .... small camera in the windscreen or mounted on the forward face of the mirror, with the screen etc mounted remotely on the dash.
Perhaps there is too much video quality loss with a long cable between camera lens and processor?

July 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

you mean like this?

http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2014/2/24/using-a-mobius-camera-and-some-accessories-to-make-my-ideal.html

July 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoel

Hey Roel, thanks for the reminder of that conversion, its certainly the closest thing yet to what i would consider spending money on

July 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

Techmoan,

Thanks for this review. I get the impression from the video that this cam is unusually good at recording number plates legibly at night. I downloaded the sample clips to study this further, however, the clips are so short that they're of limited value. Would you please make longer clips available for download, e.g. a few minutes each for unlit roads & lit roads in town. Thanks.

July 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Hi, thanks for a great review of the Transcend DrivePro 200!
I drive quite a lot in remote areas and sometimes I come across interesting situation (mostly wild animals crossing the road in front of me) which usually I don't succeed to photograph on time. And just for memory of that event I think that dash cam might be a good solution. Of course if I remember (manage) to press the emergency buttom on time. I'm even thinking of asking a electronics expert to modify the emergency button into big remote on-dash button.
Therefore I have 3 questions:
1/ if "G" sensor is disabled, can the emergency (red button) function still be used?
2/ can the 10/50 second intervall of emergency recording be altered, for example in 20/40?
3/ can the relatively low number if protected clips (15) be increased?
Thank you!
Miran

July 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMiran

1) Yes
2) No
3) No (but I'd be surprised if I saw 15 interesting things all year).

July 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

As to the remote lens idea, there's a discussion on www.dashcamtalk.com concerning a remote style of camera being developed by the people behind the Innovv camera, I believe. http://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/the-wishlist-for-motorcycle-and-ridding-camera.5584/
Not sure if I did that correctly, if not you should still be able to find it. It's geared toward motorcycles, but it may fit what you're looking for.

As far as the "emergency" button, unless you're holding it in your hand at the exact moment, I think separating a clip / photo on a viewing program might be more practical. Or not ?

July 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArt

Art, thanks for the link, i will keep an eye on this development....

July 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

The INNOV-C3 looks like an interesting development. Should be about in approx 3 weeks apparently.

July 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Lets hope for a Techmoan review as soon as possible :)

July 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentereddie

I see Lidl are getting in on the act now http://www.lidl.co.uk/en/our-offers-2491.htm?action=showDetail&id=15036 - Matt does this resemble anything that you have seen before?

July 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBobby

It's not one that I've encountered before.

July 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Cheers - looks big and chunky and not too discrete but a 3 year warranty! My DR32 lasted just less than a year and was told that wasn't too bad for a dashcam?

July 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBobby

Just found this online re the Lidl camera - think I will stick with your reviewed cameras but for some less fussy it would maybe be a good deal for the cost and guarantee - http://www.lidl-service.com/static/81807820/47583_EN_FI_SV_DA.pdf

July 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBobby

Hello,

Thanks Matt for bringing this camera to the spotlight! Was actually looking for a dashcam and made an order for it.
Unfortunately, your amazon link only works for UK (I guess). When I clicked it, I got a pretty large message about them being unable to ship it to my country.
Everything was fine when I manually searched it on amazon uk and ordered it, though.

Keep up the good job and thumbs up from Romania! :)

August 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmeriknu

Hi Matt, surely these prices are wrong: "At the time of writing, this is currently the #2 Car Driving Recorder on Amazon UK, and that is especially impressive when you consider that the #1 and #3 Driving Recorders cost £10.39 and £23.99 respectively. "
If they are correct then please let me know what the #1 and #3 cameras are so that I can buy a few :0)

August 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Collinge

Amazon Best Sellers can be searched for on the site - here is a link to the current best selling car cameras.
Best Selling Car Cameras

A lot of these cameras are utter rubbish, so choose carefully.

August 10, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hey Matt,

Can a car camera come equipped with the following, if no, can it be recommended to the cam manufacturers for the following reasons:

1) A camera having a slot for SIM card (GPRS enabled) , so that it can be connected to a mobile service providers and with the help of 3G networks can transfer data to remote servers thus ensuring that the data is safe atleast somewhere, I say this as during a car crash, depending on the severity of the crash, one may not have the time to prove ones innocence to law enforcement agencies as he / she may be attending to the injured if any or arguing / talking to the people concerned in the crash. The G sensor when it detects an impact obviously it will save the footage prior to the impact and some after the impact and due to the 3G enabled feature can have it sent to a remote server which the user can access and download the footage.

Typically in India, when there is a crash , people gather around the vehicle , some to help, but , many to take advantage of the situation and robbing the belongings inside the vehicle , a car cam would be an ideal steal thus ensuring that one has lost data stored as well.

2) Blue tooth enabled ,to transfer data faster to your hand held devices again to have it handy for insurance / law enforcement agencies.

2) Good to know that the Transcend is Wi-fi enabled, nevertheless as seen in your video, the data transfer is slow but the data still can be transferred while one is stranded without the means of a laptop or data cable to have the footage downloaded to the phone / tablet.

These features if included would ramp up the cost of the device no doubt , but are essential I feel ( personal opinion) as that is when the cam would be of real use in a situation that it is meant for.

Best regards, Sid.

August 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSiddharth Talageri

Where can I buy one of these In Australia PLZ ? - I dont think we have Amazon and I would never trust Ebay. Or is there a reputable Chinese website were I can go? How much is it in AUD/Lbs?

Can you recommend a Motion activated camera? For the Car.

TY

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFred Australia

Hi Techman. Thanks for the review. This Transend model always seems to come up good. If I was looking for a dash cam suitable for use while an electric car was parked can you advise if the Drivepro 200 can be powered for relatively short periods by a separate power supply. I am thinking of these power pak models used for charging all types of mobile devices. Thanks a lot.

Regards Gary

August 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Hi Matt
Thanks to your great reviews I've just bought the Transend Drivepro 200 and got an extra 10% discount on my car insurance with Swiftcover.
Is there a hardwire cable available. Don't like the cable hanging down.
Regards
Stephen

September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephen wilson

Hello Matt, I saw your video about the Transcend Drivepro 200 and although a bit on the large side, it looked like a camera I could live with in my car. I was about to buy one but I noticed quite a lot of reviews with the same problem, the problem being that when the capacitor completely discharges, the camera forgot the time and date and users had to keep re-inputting the date and time. This is surely quite a serious flaw as if the video didn't have time and date, it probably wouldn't be much use in the event of an incident. I would be interested to know if your camera suffered form the same problem after being left in the car, especially as like you I would prefer a model that didn't have an internal battery which would probably fail after a while?

Regards
Tony

September 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Hello Matt, I saw your video about the Transcend Drivepro 200 and although a bit on the large side, it looked like a camera I could live with in my car. I was about to buy one but I noticed quite a lot of reviews with the same problem, the problem being that when the capacitor completely discharges, the camera forgot the time and date and users had to keep re-inputting the date and time. This is surely quite a serious flaw as if the video didn't have time and date, it probably wouldn't be much use in the event of an incident. I would be interested to know if your camera suffered form the same problem after being left in the car, especially as like you I would prefer a model that didn't have an internal battery which would probably fail after a while?

Regards
Tony

September 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTony

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