Dashcams are becoming increasingly popular thanks to insurance companies insisting on their installation for lower premiums. But, do the many dash cameras available on the market offer you the picture quality and usability you want?
If the answer to that question is no, then the VanTrue N2 Pro dual dashcam with dual HD cameras, night vision and timelapse might be the one you are looking for.
If you are in a hurry, here is my two cents on this camera –
It’s lightweight, features stable software and very easy to use. The picture quality is Full-HD with 60 fps, and on the single recording mode, it’s 1440P with 30 FPS. You also have the option to use a number of photographic modes and monitoring scenarios. This is a great dashcam with a range of features that match the price.
Why Install A Dash Cam?
You might have been using an old smartphone as a dash camera, perhaps a disused action cam or you might have an older model that crashes a lot and leaving your driving unmonitored.
With a dash camera installed, incidents on the road that you witness can be recorded and forwarded to insurance companies and law enforcement agencies. You might even capture moments from other events such as explosions, fires, car chases, generally any newsworthy occurrence.
As long as the unit is easy to set up, features stable software, has a reliable battery and has a straightforward to install process in your car, it should be high on your list for possible purchases.
With a cam installed on your windscreen, you can record incidents happening on the road automatically. Share them with your friends or on YouTube.
There are cheaper ones out there, but they don’t perform the same as this model does. Here are the top seven features you should look for in a dashcam.
- Easy setup.
- Stable software.
- Decent amount of storage.
- Reliable battery.
- Easy to install.
- Long power cable.
A lot of people talk about the importance of getting one, but strangely very few people do. You know very well how frequently accidents occur on the road and we all had lucky escapes at some point in our life.
It’s time to record everything on the go and collect evidence that you can use to sue drivers behaving in irresponsible ways. These footages will be very useful to the emergency services too.
Does the N2 Pro tick all these boxes?
Of course, it does. Don’t believe me? Check the VanTrue N2 Pro Review to find out for yourself.
VanTrue N2 Pro Review
In short, the N2 Pro is a professional grade camera that can record the road and the driver at the same time. It also includes a microphone for audio recording.
I can see a lot of uber drivers hyped up for this one. Record funny incidents in your car with audio and upload it to YouTube. Whatever the case, this model should be high on your purchase list.
Out Of The Box
The N2 Pro comes in a small 4-inch square box. Inside you’ll find the actual cam, a data cable (Mini USB), a car charging cable, and a windscreen mount. Both the mount and camera will have mini USB connectors.
On the mount that holds the camera, there is a small connector that can be used to transfer power to the cam.
Apart from these, you’ll also get a quick-start guide and a standard manual. And, also the warranty. Basically, you’ll get all the reading materials.
The only thing bothered me is that it doesn’t ship with a Micro SD card. You’ll need to provide your own. It supports Micro SD class 10 cards between 16 to 64 GB.
For ultimate performance, go with the SanDisk Ultra 64GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card.
VanTrue recommends reformatting your SD card every 14 days. This not only ensures reliable footage but also prolongs the card’s lifespan.
Mounting is a simple case of running the cable from the behind the car’s charging point, behind your dashboard and your interior trim to the top of the windscreen. Then, all you need to do is attach the car mount and lock it in place. Finally, slot the dashcam on the pass-thru connector.
If you want GPS functionality, a mount with a built-in GPS receiver is available to purchase separately.
Cameras & Viewing Angles
The N2 PRO offers driver-facing & road-facing at Full-HD resolution. Which means you can record up to 1920 x 1080p at 60 frames per second. An impressive 170-degree view of the road ahead is covered by an OV4689 image processing sensor.
Which means you can capture those license plates in full details.
Simultaneously, the interior is also recorded, and the Sony IMX323 sensor captures 140-degrees of your vehicle’s cabin. Which also includes the view out of the back window at the same resolution.
The angle of this camera can be adjusted independently of the rest of the unit. A microphone is also included, but this can be disabled if necessary.
Emergency Saving Button
It has a special emergency button that you can press immediately following an accident. This will ensure that what has just been recorded, whether it’s an accident or an incident or something you might want to share on YouTube, is saved and won’t be overwritten.
Additional Recording Options
As if these were not enough, some additional recording options are built-in. Single cam recording will switch off the rear cam and increase the resolution of the front camera. This can go high as 1440p at 30 frames per second, or you can go 60 frames per second if you drop the resolution 1080p.
The time-lapse mode allows you to record at 1 second, 5 second and 10 seconds delayed and automatically saves the compiled video as an mp4 file. The reason for this feature is that the dash camera saves the recorded video the microSD card in a loop which is by default 3 minutes per clip.
Single Press Photo
Meanwhile, a single press of the parking/event will snap a pair of photos from each camera and save them to the corresponding directory.
Night Time Shooting Mode
The reverse camera is equipped with infrared while the front-facing camera uses HDR technology to record a balanced video with the road ahead.
On the rear camera, 4 IR LED lights with an F2.0 6-glass lens records the vehicle’s occupants and F1.8 6-glass lens on the front camera observes the road.
With this mode, the dash cam will need a hard-wired connection to your car’s fuse box. Once connected, the cam will record anything that sets off the camera’s motion-detecting sensors while you are away from your vehicle.
This might be a potential car thief, someone colliding with your car, or some incident taking place nearby. Motion detection might be a little too over-sensitive, but that’s a minor issue.
Probably the best feature of this model. Once you connect this cam to the car battery, the onboard cam will switch on and off without you having to do anything. The best thing about this feature is that you don’t need to turn it on and off on your own. Just make sure to check the recordings and the storage space when required.
It makes using this cam utterly effortless and gives you a straightforward experience all around.
Unless the interior of your car gets too hot, you won’t have any problem with this camera. The working temperature of this cam is between 32 to 158 degrees. If the temperature exceeds this range, it will automatically shut down. I’d recommend you take the dashcam inside when not in use.
Should You Buy This?
I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t buy this cam. Dual HD video on both the front and the back camera, wide-angle video coverage, HDR and Infrared which works as a night vision mode, ability to snap still pictures, emergency save button, microphone, this small unknit packs a lot of features.
Fitting a dashcam probably isn’t going to make you into a better driver, but it can help you to become a safer one. Installing one will certainly reduce your insurance cost.
While the compact 1.5-inch LCD TFT display isn’t the easiest interface to navigate but the simplicity of the VanTrue N2 Pro coupled with its high definition dual camera should put it at the top of any dashcam shopping list.