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Monday
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

Click on the image below to if you want to buy one from Amazon in the UK. 

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Reader Comments (97)

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
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