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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)

Added on to my last post. I also forget to mention that the camera also records a blurry image of the original and is kept in a temp folder. Transcend have said this is normal. 1. why do you need a blurry image of the original and 2 doesnt it just take up space on the micro card which could be used for more original recordings

August 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpeter hardman

Low resolution files are the one used to show thumbnails on the app via wifi - most WiFi cameras do this as the full size files take too long to transmit

August 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I've read a lot of reviews saying the Drivepro 200 loses date/time settings when the capacitor runs out. Does it also lose other settings when this happens, such as microphone mute, g-sensor, and custom WiFi password? Thanks.

September 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDashCamGuy

Hi I thought I would let you and other interested viewers kno that I was able to buy a 22mm magnetic CPL filter for the Drivepro 220 on Ebay for just over £14 The link is - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400983168272?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

September 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Flack

Hi, Im hoping you can help me with a problem Im having with my drivepro200. I purchased mine at the beginning of the year, everything was great with the camera. Then my husband decided to remove it from the window, dropped it and smashed the screen! The camera was sent away for repair through Transcend for a very reasonable £10. Since getting the camera back Ive been experiencing a problem with the recording randomly stopping. It is set to record 3 minute videos and gforce is on low. Whenever I leave the car parked on the drive it makes 3m videos perfectly. When driving it stops at different times. The most recent one was after 1:53. The screen lights back up and stays on constant, the time freezes and the REC symbol in the top left corner disapears. I have played the video back and it has definitely stopped recording. The only way I can find to get it to start recording again is to press the wifi on then wifi off, whilst driving. This happens on most journeys at least once. Is there some way I can fix this or do you think the unit is faulty.

December 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

The only possible causes could be
A) a faulty power supply
B) a faulty memory card

I'd first suggest trying a new card and/or formatting the existing one.

December 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks. I've just formatted the card and will try it tomorrow.

December 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

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