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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

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Reader Comments (97)

Hi

Today I installed the Transcend DrivePro 220 in my car. I am very happy with it. The video quality is very good. The G-Force setting is on low and not one single pothole made it lock out any video shots so for now at least I will leave that on. And the sound volume is good enough too. So, it seems Transcend have made a couple of improvements at the very least since your review of the 200!

Here are two short clips so you can see the video and sound quality...

YouTube Video #1
YouTube Video #2

Regards

August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHarry Baldwin

When i try using the usb socket to power my drivepro 200 the screen states that it is connected to computer
How can i stop this

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertaff

Plug into the USB power adaptor plugged into your car' cigarette lighter socket. Not a USB socket connected to your radio designed for playing music on the audio system.

August 14, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi looks like a really good camera does it Display the speed you are doing on the screen and videos you have recorded

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Nuttall

Thanks for the review. good as always. I just picked up this model and with a bit of gaffa tape it now looks slightly less nickable! i hope.

My android app is showing an icon for DELAY POWER OFF. and im wondering if anybody has got this to work. It dosent appear on the on camera menu. and when selecting on the app it fails.

thanks in advance
David

August 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdavid

I can't use my drive pro 200 from my cig lighter as I have a drain on my battery, what external power source can I buy/use
Regards

September 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterScotty

I finally pulled the trigger on this model after a good 2 weeks of research and because of the many positive reviews and price. I didn't need or want GPS on my dash cam, I have that on my Garmin and my phone. After watching 1 video I was able to set it up w/o needing the manual. It has crystal clear detailed videos and the sound is absolutely fine.

November 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Happy with the quality of the low light and night footage Rick? The price is tumbling at the moment!!

November 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenter75ra

Thank you for the review. you have helped me make a choice. i had shortlisted G1W, Mini 0805 earlier, but the negative reviews and fakes meant i could not buy one. reliability and build quality was also an issue as reported by many users.

back to the DrivePro, wonder if the silver metal ring could be spray painted without warranty issues.

December 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSachin

hi there, I am looking for a replacement dash cam - I had a next base one used it for a couple of years but the battery is low, I am unable to charge it up & so reverts back to a default date. can the battery be replaced & if I get a replacement camera can that one be charged indoors/how long should I expect a battery to last ??

January 24, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterchris

A great review of this camera. In fact I think I want to buy one.
But, off topic, Your review was the first one I found on you tube and I could not believe the area you were filming in. Standish and Wigan. Do you come from Wigan? I found myself pointing out the places I know. Shows how long ago it was made though-that co-op in Standish is now an Aldi.lol.

February 6, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermartin

Hi Mat
What program did you use to 'stitch' the film clips together ?
Many thanks for a brilliant review - this is why I bought the product !

February 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Ludwig

I edit all my videos together in iMovie (which is a program for Macs)

February 6, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The Transend Drivepro 200 dashcam has been around for some 2 years now. Has the maker taken note of the criticisms re. the over-sensitive G-sensor and low audio volume voiced by all the reviews I've read, and addressed them now?

February 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

They brought out the Drivepro 220
http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2015/12/6/dashcam-review-transcend-drivepro-220-with-gps-wifi.html

February 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Matt.

Very helpful article indeed after reading a few negative comments about the Pro 200. I have a Fiesta with heated front screen and auto windscreen wipe, which means I can't place the car cam behind the mirror. Do you have any advice about location using an optional suction mount?

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I've just got it and it records on 3m loops and with a 16gb card. How long will it record for in total?

March 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterR

Look at the size of your 3 min clips in MB - divide that number by three... you've now know how many MB, one minute of video takes up - we'll call this number X. 16GB is approx 16,000 MB therefore you need to divide 16,000 by X and you now know how many minutes of video you can fit on your 16GB card.

March 8, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Matt, I'm in Aus. just bought the same cam. you are talking about, so thanks for video, very helpful. Just one thing that is bugging me at the moment is that I am trying to load it on TV, got all the plugs etc. needed but can't turn on the damn camera without it being plugged into car (no 12v in house bloody unfortunate!) however, how do you keep camera on or even get it on when no 12v is going through it.... thanks Min

March 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMin

Dash camera run off 5V supplied via the USB port (the power adaptor converts the 12v/24v from the vehicle to the 5v the camera uses). You can power them in the house by attaching them to a USB wall charger, for a phone/tablet etc.

March 26, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you very much for your reviews. As a trucker I wanted a dash cam that I could use both in my personal vehicle and in my semi truck. I chose this because of your review. This is my first dash cam, and I wanted something fairly inexpensive that would work well in both day and night conditions. I also bought the suction cup mount for my pick - up truck, and I will keep the mount with the 3m tape in the semi. I have watched your introduction to dash cams and several of your dash cam reviews. And I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work and dedication you put into these videos. I really appreciate it!

April 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Can you have more than one? We have two cars but only one email can I add two onto one? If that makes sense

May 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Hi
I bought the Drivepro 220 based on this excellent review and I've been really happy with it.
Until now I've linked it to my Mac PC to upload and view the footage and this has been fine.
However, I'd like to upload the footage to my IPad but seem to be struggling.
Using the wifi option via the transcend App, I've only been able to view the still photo images and no video footage.
I've plugged it to a card reader hub and to my iPad but think that the card reader hub does not support the mov playback files.
So, can you advise how it can be uploaded to an iPad (what type of connection to be used?) and what App do I need in order to view/support the format it is in?
Thanks!
Gavin

May 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGavlad

Hi Matt thanks very much for explaining how this piece of kit works I learnt more watching your instructions on the video than studying the manual, I to think it is a very good Dash camera although it is my first camera. One problem I have had I remove the SD card and down load the files to my lap top I then delete the files, re-install the card to the camera and start recording again, I normally do this when we are on holiday driving through picturesque villages or mountains. However each time I try to upload the files to my lap top it uses the same TS_N 0001 number for the start of each time I use the card, are you aware of anyway to get these numbers to run in order and to not keep starting from the beginning each time. Gently please I am a bit of a luddite with this techie stuff.
Once again thanks very much for all the info
I may upgrade to DrivePro 220 which takes a bigger card than the 32gb of the DrivePro 200 Good idea?

May 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

The problem is that you are deleting the files off the card...do not delete the files off the card. The camera will delete the files itself when it needs the space.

May 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I'm going to move the camera to another vehicle. There is a small difficulty: the camera is relatively distant from the driver and therefore I can not easily reach the red button to save interesting shots. I'd like to install a remote switch parallel to (or instead of) red button. I can not open the camera body - I'm afraid to break something. Can anybody give some advice how to do it?
Thank you!
Miran

May 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermiran

In the video, the reviewer says at 17:11

"You can record and stream the video at the same time if you want".

But the video streamed through the AV out cable is CROPPED SHOWING ONLY THE TOP LEFT of the picture, cropping off about 25% on the right and 50% below, displaying only about 37% of the video area on your TV.

June 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Dow

Just bought the DP200, was really happy with it at first, until i uploaded some of the videos to the computer to see a ton of blurry edges and grainy footage, nothing like what you've got in the youtube video's let alone the downloads you provide... maybe i have a faulty cam?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Is it possible to play video clips continuously without having to click on each one?

July 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I recently bought a DP200M for my works van as i already have a DP200 in my car, and found there is a difference when i use the emergency record. It no longer records 10/50 but just records the minute in which you press the button. For example if you press at 30secs into a minute loop it records 30/30. The problem you have is if you press, say at 56 secs you get 56/4, as happened to me when i came across an accident, i lost the rest of the incident as it had been overwritten by the time i got home. I have been in contact with Transcend and they have stated this is correct. My worry now is that to make sure you have recorded what you want to record you now have to leave the LCD screen on permanently so that you can check the time index in the loop to get full recording which means taking your eyes of the road for longer than is safe especially if the time is near the end of the loop and you have to press the button again.

August 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Hardman

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