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Tuesday
Jan122016

Recording inside and outside the car - with the Transcend DrivePro 520 Dashcam

Over the last few years I've been searching for a suitable camera for taxi drivers. They regularly get in touch asking me to recommend a camera that's able to record both the road and their passengers, day and night. I finally have an answer, and it's the Transcend DrivePro 520. Full video review below.

 

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Reader Comments (11)

Nice Post!

January 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Greece

i bought one of these to try out through amazon. it is a nice camera. with decent video quality.

I'm comparing it to my street guardian 9556. so far nothing beats its IQ, other than an iphone.

did you have any issues with connecting the wifi live view function? mine never worked.

January 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLuke Kwan

Love your work! Best consumer electronics reviews anywhere. Hope you can bring us a review of the new Xiaomi yi dash camera when you get your hands on one.
Cheers

February 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

I got this dash cam it never managed to send a file over WiFi.

After 3 weeks it started to stop recording and needed to use
the reset button.

When it was working I found the video smooth but not amazing.

Taken the dash cam back and on the lookout for another.

PS: the inside camera got turned to the side after a few days of looking at my own face.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMick Parker

Thanks for posting this review. I decided to go for one when I was planning a tour of Europe. My circumstances have changed now so will be a trip to Scotland. Like cam so far but think what will annoy me is having to bring my laptop with me if I want to share videos on trip as you point out the wifi function is slow and I was hoping to carry less but I'll see how it goes. Also I knew you had to turn off video stamp to lose display of speed but have since read that if you follow not have date displayed any cam evidence will be useless in an insurance claim. Does anyone know if this is correct? Keep up the good work. Hope you get loads of free fun gadgets for your excellent reviews

July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEarthlingOkIrish

Sounds a bit like nonsense to me. So I'm driving up the M6...a yellow van with the registration number ID10T sets off from the hard shoulder, hits the side of my car, we both spin and crash and block the M6 for half an hour causing a ten mile tailback. The police ask what happened, I show them the video...they say....well that could be any day or time or van or road as their is no time stamp...I guess we'll just never know what happened.

July 25, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I need something like the Transcend, except to record the driver's side window (police/road rage interaction), and the rear windshield. Have any suggestions Techmoan? I was thinking of grabbing one of these and just rotating 90 degrees to the right, but that would be an expensive proposition for the goal I had (staying within a low budget)

August 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHDR

Hi have been following your reviews for a while and they have to be some of the best on the web. I purchased a DDpai dash cam after reading your review. I wonder if you could shed some light on an issue that I am having. The issue is that despite the GPS lock announcement when I go to the track screens and open them up my track is overlaid onto a French map. It is clear that my routes do not match the French locations as they do not follow the roads, they cut across roads and through countryside without roads. Have looked through all the settings but cannot find anything that will resolve the issue. I can open the map up and centre it on my location but after checking my track I once again see my journey overlaid onto a part of France. Any suggestions prior to me contacting the seller would be helpful.

September 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRon Collins

You might get more luck under the DDpai review...but check the time stamp...is it accurate, GPS relies on the correct time, if you are using an android phone set the clock to 24 hr mode.

September 21, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the advice. Sorry about posting to the wrong place thought I was on the DDPai page. Obviously not.

Checked phone and no problem found with settings as expected. Prior to further investigation while connected to camera a new update installed itself to the system. Following this update the system now works perfectly overlaying my track onto the correct map location. Thanks for your help and keep up the good work.

Ron

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRon Collins

I'm trying to get my son a dashcam for Christmas. Not sure if this is what I'm looking for. He wants one to show the road and the interior. What he's wanting it to pick up (which is kinda of what was asked previously but not answered) is when someone is at the window. he is registered to conceal carry but in case he ever has to use his weapon wants to have evidence of the event as well as a regular dashcam. So if this isn't the one, is there one you recommend?

November 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJacque

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