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The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

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Sunday
Dec062015

Dashcam Review: Transcend DrivePro 220 with GPS & WiFi

The Transcend Drivepro 220 is a fully featured dashcam at a sensible price from a recognisable brand with a two year warranty. What's not to like? Watch the video below to find out all about this camera.

Purchasing

If you want to buy this camera, it is available online at Amazon UK or Amazon US (click the links to see the current price) There are also some good deals on ebay that may work out cheaper than Amazon (Click your country below to see the current prices available to you). 

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Sample Clips

If you want to download some sample clips from this camera Click Here.

You can find out more about the Drivepro range of dashcams on the Transcend Website

 

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Reader Comments (33)

Looking for heavier duty suction cup mount for Transcend 220. One more sturdy than OEM. Would prefer Amazon U.S. Thanks.

January 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill

I have some experience of these cameras and was interested in your review of the 220. I wanted an additional camera for our second car but was unable to get an HPF800g again due to shortages. I ordered on of these new transcend units it arrived ok and powered up ok and was easy to get up and running. Now the problem - it would not resolve a street name at 20 feet despite being static. I tried again and still could not even read a number plate on pause playback. Transcend Technical looked at the clips and agreed. but said it could be a 2week plus wait for a replacement. My rest showed its screen resolution was no better than 460 - far short of the 1080p that is should be if its HD. Then did an exchange for a Nextbase 520 and its even better than my already good HP unit.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersteve b

A brilliant website extremely professional and very fair.
Well done

January 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGordon S

great review as always.......regarding UTC timezone? would i be correct in leaving 0 mins & 00 hrs for UK?

tony

January 18, 2016 | Unregistered Commentertony carrington

It's +/-0 in Winter and +1 in British Summer Time (after Spring Forward).

January 18, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just changed car and just can't hide the dashcam wires at all. Having been the victim of road rage I really just want to record my complete journey to and from work (under 40 minutes each way) and be able to play it back on a PC later if I had any trouble that day. I really don't need any fancy features. Surely there must be a dash cam that I can recharge daily and not have wires trailing to the 12v socket whilst driving? Alternatively, would I be better sticking an action cam on my dash as these do seem to have the battery life? Any thoughts and recommendations greatly appreciated.

January 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWilko

I have tried to set up the Drive Pro 220 Wifi with my LG Android phone without success.
Trouble is I need walking through the instructions as I'm a silver surfer, can you help

February 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSPud Kelly

Fantastic video. I hate reading manuals, but now you have kindly showed me all the features, I at least know what it can do. Very professional, no-nonsense presentation. Many thanks, A

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterA Driver

How do you rate this vs the DrivePro 200? I found the 200 to be fairly solid, my only issue being that I drive less frequently than I used to and the internal battery (or capacitor or whatever it is they use) discharges over a few days and I have to re-set the date/time.

Is this still an issue with the 220? Is the 220 worth the upgrade or would you stick with the 200?

April 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I am comparing 3 dash cameras, 1. Transcend 220, new for $145, 2. Rexing S300, new for $150, 3. Garmin 20, Factory refurbished for $130. I would appreciate any feed back help in deciding which to buy and why? Thank you, David

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

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