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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

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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.
PLEASE MENTION THAT THIS DRIVE PRO DASH CAM IS REALLY FOR APPLE USERS IT IS NOT MICROSOFT WINDOWS FREINDLY AT LEAST ON BOTH XP AND VISTA.
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 laptop...is 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

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

January 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMark

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