Transcend doesn’t only offer digital storage solution products they also have a highly reputable rating car dash cameras. There are 5 models of dashcam by Transcend;
▪ Transcend DrivePro 520 – Feature dual cameras and GPS receiver
▪ Transcend DrivePro 230 – Parking monitor and GPS receiver
▪ Transcend DrivePro 200 – 160° Wide Angle
▪ Transcend DrivePro 130/110 – Parking Monitor with WiFi
▪ Transcend DrivePro 50 – Large Aperture, WiFi & Budget
Thanks to the Transcend team in Taiwan, they have sent us an unit of Transcend DrivePro 50 for review. Let’s begin with the specification and follow by what’s inside the box.
▪ 130-degree Wide Angle with Large Aperture f/1.8
▪ Shoot up to Full HD @ 1,920 x 1,080 (30fps) – H.264 Format
▪ 55mm x 58mm x 31.15mm @ 49grams
▪ Built in Microphone & Speaker
▪ WiFi 802.11b/g/n
▪ 430 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
Upon opening the box, you will see the camera unit, adhesive mount, cigarette lighter power cable, a 16GB Transcend High Endurance microSD Card, an extra 3M double-sided tape, warranty card, manual document and some brochure of Transcend’s products.
There’s no LCD display on this dashcam and it fully relies on your smartphone to do any settings changes and retrieve footages. There’s an app that can be download from Google Play and App Store. With the app, you can communicate with the dashcam through WiFi connection that allows you to preview live recording, access to the saved recordings and also change the dashcam settings.
At the front are the camera lens and microphones. On the left are the microSD card slot and a red button uses to power on/off and emergency record.
On the right is a miniUSB port for power up the dashcam. It also has a built-in battery that can continuously record for 30 seconds in case of power failure. By default, it would only extend 10 seconds and can change it to 30 seconds through the Transcend DrivePro app.
There’s an LED light on the rear bottom that will blink in blue when it starts recording. It would automatically start the recording along with a “Beep” sound when you ignite your car engine.
The dashcam has built-in G-sensor that will get triggered the emergency recording when detected an event of a collision. The emergency recording mode will safeguard the recordings and as well as critical seconds before the footages being overwritten.
Installation of the Transcend DrivePro 50 are the same with other Dashcam and the provided power cable is more than enough to reach from the top windscreen to the cigarette lighter port. The mount that provided allows the dash camera to pan and tilt easily in case you would want to record other angles.
Transcend DrivePro 50 features a wide 130-degree viewing angle and wide f/1.8 aperture lens for better low light recording. In addition, the camera has 7 glass lenses and 1 of it is an infrared filter lens that designed to prevent fogging from heat.
Here are some footages recorded with the Transcend Drive Pro 50;
Overall the video recording quality is great especially the night footage where it’s pretty bright and less grainy comparing to other dashcams. What I don’t really like is the bulky cigarette charger and it’s not universal like USB port. Since it doesn’t have a display, it’s good to have voice command to take a picture or perform emergency recording.
Transcend DrivePro 50 may not be the most budget dashcam as what the company positioned it. But considering Transcend a brand name that officially available here in Malaysia and they even bundle in a 16GB microSD card. It’s a peace of mind to own a reliable brand that comes with a local warranty.
The Transcend DrivePro 50 is retailed at RM 399 with a two-year warranty. There is some eCommerce platform offered it at RM 338 only.