The Transcend DrivePro 200 Dash Camera is a brilliant, feature filled dashcam.
The Transcend DrivePro 200 dashcam records rich, hd content with flawless playback. The features of the DrivePro 200 are up there with the best of them, with automatic impact detection which saves the latest recording instantly and protects it from being overwritten, to a fantastic 2.4″ LCD screen for instant playback, or indeed live output, this camera performed high up the charts in our testing.
The camera comes with a huge 160 degree viewing angle, the DrivePro 200 picks up video from a much wider range than a standard 120 degree camera, even at night. The camera also has an F2.0 aperture which makes for excellent night time recording (as well as daylight recording of course!). Whilst the square design makes this camera appear slightly bulkier than some of the cameras we have reviewed, it measures at 6.7×3.4×7.2 cm so takes up very little space, and coming in at only 91g it is very lightweight too.
- 160 degree wide viewing angle
- F2.0 Aperture giving excellent video quality, day or night
- Emergency recording – in event of an accident the camera’s g-sensor will automatically save and protect your latest video
- 2.4″ LED screen for instant video playback, and live video view
- Full 1080p recording @ 30fps
Installing the camera is a doddle – turn on the LED screen and you can see exactly what the camera sees, no need for changing the position later when you realise the view is blocked. The camera mount comes with 2 sticky pads, although we do prefer suction cup type mounts, these are readily available on the likes of Amazon.
With such a feature rich device there are going to be a few niggles, but surprisingly on this particular dashcam they are few and far between – check out our pros and cons.
- Excellent quality recordings – playback is crisp even on larger screens/televisions
- LED screen allows viewing live output or playing back recordings easily
- Smartphone app allows live viewing of the video and adjusting of settings over wifi
- Night time recordings are almost as good as daytime!
- Can be turned/swivelled to look out side windows
- Stored time and date resets if the camera isn’t used for a few days
- No USB cable or SD card reader included (easily purchased seperately though)
- More noticeable than other dash-cams – we’re not sure if this is a pro or a con! You can argue both sides – noticeable makes it a target for thieves, whereas hidden makes it less of a deterrent to vandals.
Summary Of The Transcend DrivePro 200 Dashcam
This is truly a simple setup device – you can literally unbox this, plug it in and stick it to your window and go – whilst there are many editable settings, the default settings work perfectly well. In fact, unless you know what setting you’d like to change, we’d just leave it as-is!
Fitting is a dawdle, the dashcam can be rotated both left and right so should you wish to film for example a confrontation with another road user, you can turn the camera to film the incident. The supplied power cable is more than adequate to fit most cars whilst routing the cable suitably. The provided smartphone app allows your passenger to watch the journey in real time (although we find looking out the window works just as well!) or to play back something which has already happened – useful if something hits your car and you’re not sure what!
Since the unit doesn’t use a standard battery, instead favouring a capacitor style to save enough power to remember the time and date, if you don’t use the car for a few days you’ll need to set the time and date on next use, this was one of the issues which we found most annoying, however it only takes a few seconds either using the inbuilt LED screen or the smartphone app, so it’s not a huge issue at all.
If you do a lot of night time driving the Transcend DrivePro 200 really comes into its own, with video quality being great even in poor lighting situations, and with your normal dipped beam headlights on the quality is almost as good as daytime.
So – do we recommend the Transcend DrivePro 200?
Definitely – with a plethora of features to choose from, and excellent day and night recording, this dashcam is definitely in our top picks – you might like to check out the later offerings – the big brothers of the DrivePro 200 – The DrivePro 200 v2, the DrivePro 220 or the DrivePro 520 too.