The last time I purchased a vehicle dash camera was nearly 5 years ago. Although I liked it at the time, it was definitely larger than I would have preferred, and the video was marginal in some situations. The video recorded at night was especially poor, and was very dark and
The last time I purchased a vehicle dash camera was nearly 5 years ago. Although I liked it at the time, it was definitely larger than I would have preferred, and the video was marginal in some situations. The video recorded at night was especially poor, and was very dark and grainy. The dash cam finally broke after about 2 years. Thus, I was anxious to see how far the technology had advanced in 5 years. When looking at ads for new dash cams, I was initially impressed with the small size of the TaoTronics TT-CD06 dash cam. The listed HD video resolution was impressive, and the night time vision was advertised to be very good. Also, the price was considerably less than my dash cam from 5 years ago. This dash cam came packed in a sturdy box, and I was immediately impressed with the small size of the camera, an important feature to me. I liked that all of the many functions of the camera could be accessed with only 4 buttons along the bottom of the camera screen (except for the ON/OFF button which is located on the left side of the cam). With only 4 buttons, each button has different functions in different modes. However, I found it easy to navigate with only 4 buttons, since an icon was always displayed above each button, along the lower edge of the 2 inch color LCD display screen. Each icon displays the function to be performed when each button is pressed. I was comfortable with the camera after about 15 minutes of use, with only a few glances at the user manual. However, the user manual appears to describe all functions of the camera if you need to learn more. Although there are many features and modes for this camera, I liked that the basic default mode is very easy to use, and is what I (and most people) will probably use this dash cam for. This mode starts the camera when you start your car, and turns the camera off when the car’s ignition is turned off. The dash cam adjusts automatically to light levels, and produced very nice video in bright, sunny conditions, as well as during night driving. The lens is a wide angle one, and produces a width of 160 degrees, to record as much of your field of view as possible. Recommended video resolution is 2K (1920 X 1080 at 30 FPS (frames per second). This is standard 1080p HD video (sound is also recorded with the built-in microphone). It will also work at this resolution at 45 FPS, although I did not try this mode. The dash cam comes with a 32 GB Kingston micro SDHC flash card, which is used to hold the video recordings. The camera can use up to a 64GB micro SD card, if you need more room for recording and storing videos, although I found that the included 32 GB flash card was plenty for my use. A dual USB charger (2.4 amp and 1.0 amp) is included, which plugs into a standard 12 volt accessory outlet. The 2.4 amp USB outlet is used to power the dash cam (the camera has a micro USB plug on the side on the cam). A 12 foot USB to micro USB cable is also included, which allows plenty of length to allow the cable to be routed out of the way along the top and right side of the windshield. An installation tool is provided to help you route the cable around or behind the trim of the windshield to the USB power. A nice suction cup holder is included if you would like to “stick” your camera on the inside top of your windshield. This is what I used, and it seemed to hold well. A 3M “sticky pad” is also included for mounting the cam on the back side of the rear view mirror, if you like. This is a nice way for mounting to make the camera as invisible as possible. Video and pictures can be transferred to your computer through a USB connector on your PC or laptop. A 6 inch USB to micro USB cable is included for connection between the camera and your computer. The cam shows up as a device on your computer (just like any USB device would), with two directories. One directory is labeled NORMAL (for everyday recording), and the other is named EVENT (where extraordinary events are recorded and stored). Files can then be easily transferred to your computer with normal drag and drop, just the way you normally transfer files in directories on your computer. Of course, you can also transfer files by removing the micro SD flash card from the camera, and putting it into a card reader on your computer, if you have a reader. The materials and construction of the camera and included accessories seem to be very good. Enough accessories are included with the dash cam, to allow me to use the cam in just about any way I can think of. Video quality is very good, and I am especially pleased with the quality of the night time video. I would not hesitate to recommend this dash cam to my friends.