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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)

Nice review and I'd like the quality of this cam and that it have WiFi. In case of an emergency you can review or download recordings to a phone or tablet while in the car which is a nice bonus. I've had a Blackvue DR400G-HDII which has died recently and was looking for a new dascam which has a capacitor built-in because I've had to replace the battery of my Blackvue twice within three years of everyday use.. I don't want such hassle anymore.

The only problem of the Trancend I've seen on your review and other youtube videos so far is that it vibrates a lot due to the flimsy mount. I think the mount is to weak and too long to hold the big cam steady enough. Maybe it is possible to use a better mount since it uses a universal type connection. It has the same mount connection as the DOD dashcams and probably others.

Also I would look at the Panorama II S which is also nice, but pricier than the Transcend which is a absolute bargain.

Best regards,

Rudolf from The Netherlands

October 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRudolf

Just for info, I left my car for two weeks and my DP200 still retained the date and time (a few minutes off).

Also, while checking for new firmware if not already noted that they do a DP100 with no WiFi but internal battery so it works with no power.

On sale at Amazon UK

November 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIan

Great review. About the date and time issue. I just bought this camera and connected, via wifi, my iPhone. After connecting I went to set the date and time and it was already correct. I may have missed something but it certainly appeared to me as though the camera automatically sets this info when connected. I actually bought 2 cameras and the 2nd one, which I didn't connect to over wifi, I had to manually change the details. If I'm correct, this is an awful lot less fiddly than manually reseting. If I'm wrong, sorry.

November 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Is it possible, by modifying the 5 pin MINI USB (to PC cable), to record when using the Transcend connected to the PC? It would then, I assume, have identical wiring connection as the MINI USB to cigarette lighter cable?

December 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoypaun

Bought this dash cam it is as good as you say, but there is a caveat that should be mentioned the Video is QUICKTIME MOV with H264 which means you do need an APPLE iPAD or Apple computer to get the simplest and most effective communication “as seen in your video review”.
if you do want to store a group of clips and edit them into one continuous video say on a Microsoft windows computer you will need to convert the videos which can take up to 16 minutes to convert a 3min video to say MP4 if you want to convert to WMA then that can take up to 30 min, so it is not IT friendly for a beginner.
What I will be doing is uploading a few 1 minute clips at a time (If Req) to my ipad using a WI Fi album transfer App from my windows xp machine to an ipad, its ok for me as I have unlimited internet and HIGH SPEED internet connection.
But for those that want a direct connection with the SD card or the Drive Pro to a Windows Machine it would be a very long procedure requiring conversion of each clip, do not even bother trying to do it via WI FI.
I am going to try opening them in QUICK TIME PLAYER (Apple product media player) ON A WINDOWS COMPUTER, but I fear they will not be able to be threaded into one single video or opened as I doubt the correct H264 Mov codec are in Quick time on Windows.
Yep tried it does not work if you use it via itunes it is not stable.
Not tried on later Microsoft computers 7 or 8
I doubt many are aware of this and will not become aware until they try viewing the files unless they have an APPLE Product.
I have yet to find a Video Player for windows that will run H264 MOV files, either direct from the SD card or from drop and drag files onto the computer.
SEEMS TO BE A MAJOR FLAW with this dash cam. And defeats universal usage for all computer operation systems, when they favour just one system provider i.e. APPLE.

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNorman

Have been using this DRIVEPRO now for two months with no probelm wahtsoever and I am using it with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It plays back with absolutely no problem, so I disagree that it can only be used with Apple.

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterroypaun

Ok just read the comments it says not tried on more uptodate Windows operating systems do not be to quick to judge this is for information so others who use XP or Vista now know why they may have problems.
And that information as to what systems it works on should be on the BOX it is not.

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNorman

Hi after your great review of the DrivePro 200 I've just brought mine....Question is... when connected to my laptop should this power the unit up as all im getting is( Connect unit to computer)..Is this unit just acting as a card reader? do i have to supply power from a seperate source than my so whats the best external power supply to use please

Regards Mark

January 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Mark, that behaviour seems quite reasonable. As for an external power supply, anything with at least 1A at 5V should be enough, the cameras aren't that picky about power supplies.

Another option to make it work when connected to the computer (without acting as it does right now for you) is to disconnect the data pins on the usb cable (best to get a seperate cable for that).

January 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

Thanks for your reply Mikk36...Can i buy a seperate lead then that will connet to the camera and the pc and run the camera as shown on the video review..If so what lead do i look for and where from please....Like i say at the moment when its connected to the pc its just showing little red LED and the ON/OFF button is lite. connet to conputer

Mark .....a non techno wiz..

January 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I bought one of these about two months ago and its great. I live in the countryside so at night (where there are no streetlights) it isn't super clear, but is quite adequate. I have also left the thing plugged in for an entire weekend and it doesn't flatten the car battery. I have also left it unused for a week with no issues of date or time loss. I am having issues with the 5 minute videos breaking down at exactly 2mins 30 seconds, where they change from a smooth video to jumpy stills for the remaining 2mins 30secs which is very frustrating. I am going to change the duration of the videos to see if this cures the problem.

January 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChloe

I am having the same issues with video shudder on play back, on the 3 and 5 min setting it starts to judder after 1min 50 secs
to get smooth video play back you have to leave it on the 1 min setting which i think is very poor.

January 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergeorge

Just an update to my previous comments the Video H264 MP4 does work on windows 8.1. I have also now got it to work on Windows XP and Windows Vista, you will need to download a codec pack that includes the codecs H264 mov to Recognise the video format.

You can download K-Lite codec pack if you have XP or Vista operating systems and you will be able to view the video via the WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER.

If you are experiencing judder you may be trying to play the video from the micro card I would suggest you drop the files to a folder created on your desktop of your computer, the video should then play.

I have also tried several setups I currently find the 3 min 1080p is about right with the exposure set at +1. Each 3min video will be 336mb in size as you will only ever require a couple of videos at a time drop and drag from card to your computer desktop is best.
Hope this helps anyone with a similar problem.

One final point if you have an apple ipad download the transcend app this will enable you to sit in the car and connect to the wifi on the Transcend GO PRO200 allowing you to change settings much easier and view video, I would not recommend trying to download the video via this way as it would take forever.

Remember you will need to set up the wifi on your ipad under accessories, once done press the wifi button on the GO PRO 200 and wait. Open transcend ap and view all the settings, press done after each change you make, final note you will need to check that you select DRIV PRO
on your ipad each time you want to connect to the DRI PRO Camera also press the wifi button on the camera to connect..

January 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNorman

Hola, have just bought and installed my DrivPro 200. All is well except that at night it does not give a decent image, nowhere as good as your samples. Should I alter the settings for exposure or what?

February 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAylyn

Aylyn, check if you have the 1.22 firmware on your camera.
If not, upgrade it to 1.22 and you will notice an improvement of filming in low light conditions.

Check Transcend's site for firmware update or install the mobile application.

February 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTeddy

Hi, just purchased the Transcend drivePro 200. Everything seems to be working fine. However, I have the following problem with regards playback on my PC.

I have a windows vista pc, when I connect the cam to the computer through my usb lead, I can view all the thumbs. When I play one clip (1 min duration) it only plays that clip. That is through Windows media player and Quicktime player. Same on the Transcend DrivePro toolbox. I cannot seem to get continuous play of all clips. When I select a few files it opens seperate players.

I have read Normans advice above about the K lite codec and downloaded it, but don't really know what I'm doing from there. Any advice greatly appreciated.

February 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersteve S

Hi.Have just bought the DrivePro 200 & very impressed with it so far.One slight niggle is when I put the SD card in my laptop after approx 1 min 40 sec every file freezes.It doesn't happen when watching on the camera in car or when played via Wifi on the iPad!!!.Do I need a better programme on the laptop to play them right through without freezing???I am running Windows 7 & playing the files via windows media player.Have tried to play using QuickTime but that's worse!!!.Any help appreciated.Thanks.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLarry Green

More then likely you'll just need to update your codecs. Download the K-Lite codec pack. In addition play the files back after copying them to your PC's hard drive rather than playing them off the memory card.

March 6, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have now started using Registrator Viewer and continuous play is very good. You can also edit clips.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve S

I tried this camera and at first had big problems, the version of firmware on the camera was 1.23, the latest firmware on the Transcend web site was 1.22, this was a problem because as soon as I plugged it in, it started to emergency record and kept cycling every few seconds, I sent the first camera back as I was sure it was faulty, Amazon sent me a new one and that was the same but by now Transcend had updated the firmware on their website to 1.25, the camera is ok now but if you get a camera from Amazon, beware!! you must update the firmware....


March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHoward

Does anyone know where to get a good second plug for this to allow me to use the camera in two cars without having to transfer the wires every time? Was looking to buy the one advertised on Amazon but the host of negative comments put me off.

April 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJE

JE....I got this extra lead from Amazon,Works fine for me asa second lead..had it about 5 months and used every day. ...............12v/24v Car Power Supply Lead (1.9m long) suitable for Transcend 16GB DrivePro 200 Car Video Recorder - Exclusive to DigiBits
Sold by: uksalesdirect

April 9, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermark

Hi, just wanted to say thanks for the review of this camera. Really helped me make a decision and I actually got out of an accident because of it!

Now to the point of what I wanted to ask. Whenever I playback the videos from this camera on vlc media player, most of the time the license plates to the sides of my car are really blurred out. The car license plate in front is usually clear. I think it's a matter of the player or maybe because I didn't use an editing software? My camera is currently set at 1080P, 5min, exposure is 0. My computer is a windows 7 dell inspiron. I want it to be of the same kind of quality as the video review you did on youtube. The license plates were really clear! Any kind of help would be very much appreciated!

April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLeo

Two things could be happening. It might be a result of the ultra wide angle lens or if it only occurs on one side of the lens it might be a bit cross threaded. The fact you can read the reg plates in front of you tells me that it's working well enough for you to leave it alone. Lots of cameras aren't that sharp.

April 13, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Leo, is your camera on the center of the windshield or offset to the right/left ?
I noticed that the windshield acts as a lens as it is curved and it influences the quality you get on the video, in the terms of sharpness.

Experiment with the camera in different locations and see what works best for you.

Or what @Techmoan already said, a manufacturing issue might also be the culprit.

April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTeddy

@Techmoan and @Teddy

Thanks for the response! Likewise, maybe it has to do with the sun as well. I live on the tropical island of Guam and it's usually really sunny over here. As well as my camera is directly in the center of my car. Any advice on an editing software that could probably help me out?

April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLeo

You can't gain any sharpness in an editing program. At least nothing that really makes a difference.
I suggest to power the camera on and hold it in your hand and point it out an open window and see if the quality is good or not, when viewed on your PC.
This is to take the windshield out of the equation and see if the camera is faulty or not.

As for viewing videos on your PC, I use KMPlayer and I find it usefull as it has controls for flipping the image and stuff, which helps sometimes. No special codecs installed, only what windows already installed (I have windows 8.1).

April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTeddy

My Car Adapter for transcend drive pro 200 is not working. can you suggest any alternative Car Adapter plz... i am in india, and i cannot find transcend Car Adapter here.

May 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNithin

How do I transfer files to my computer via a cable please

July 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermike

My wife bought this camera as a Xmas present for me on 28th November 2014 from Amazon. I didn't start using it until March 2015. I've only used it around 6/7 times and it has packed up working. I forgot to register it when given it at Xmas. Now I've got a camera that doesn't work. I would like a replacement as it's just about 7 months old & it states that it's a 2 yr warranty on it. I'm not a happy man
Mr A Dowell

Sent from my iPad

July 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTony

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