Today we’re publishing our findings on the DriveSense Ranger Duo Dash Cam, courtesy of Andatech.
It’s a nifty little front and rear cam with a built-in screen.
Best feature? The price.
I think most of us have watched dashcam videos at some point - Meteorites exploding over a city, crazy drivers on the road, and the occasional aviation disaster just to name a few. There is even a website dedicated to dashcam accident videos. BlackVue was kind enough to ship was a DR650GW-2CH, the successor to the DR550GW-2CH reviewed by us a few years ago. In addition to the camera kit, we also received the Power Magic B-100 kit to go with it.
You could say I am a little late to the dashcam party, the truth is that I was a little slow to the realisation to the potential value. I mean, my beloved Saab did get sideswiped by a taxi while it was parked (no they didn't leave a note and the distinctive yellow and green paint on the paintwork left me no doubts at all). Amongst other not-at-fault accidents, it was eventually written off by having a pretty large branch falling on it. On average I drive between 20,000 to 40,000km a year, thinking back, some of the miraculous near misses on the road would have made for interesting footage. Fast forward many years, let's see what the DR650GW and the B-100 can do together.
I have become a fan of dashcams lately. Not because I want to have footage of being the first to arrive on the scene of my next accident, but for a bunch of other reasons we highlighted in our first review of the BlackVue DR5000GW-HD
So what's new with this model?
For starters, it's a dual channel unit....
Traffic in Taiwan is interesting to say the least. Most of Asia is like that and it's no wonder that Car Video Recorders have taken off exponentially! If an accident happens now you have proof it was that blasted scooter that cut you off...
Pittasoft in South Korea send us their latest model car camera, the BlackVue DR500GW-HD and it has quite a different feature set than the Taiwanese Papago! P3 car video recorder we reviewed half a year ago.
The first time I took a taxi in Taiwan I looked at the satnav device; it was a brand I'd never heard of: PAPAGO!. Then at Computex I came across a stand from PAPAGO! who obviously are very big in Asia. Their most interesting product was a video recording device for your car consisting of a small colour screen and a full HD 1080p camera that will record everything that is happening in front of you in glorious detail. Its purpose is to be a witness for your next car accident….
If that sounds a bit gloomy, keep in mind that more than 100,000 car accidents occur globally every day. I have been in three of them so I've had my fair share already and none of them were my fault. Yet I could have done with an independent witness to back up my side of the story. So what is this PAPAGO! P3 device like to use in real life?
All I can say is where are the police when you really need ‘em?? Not really, but on this occasion it would have been nice to have them around so we could provide some adequate testing for the two units.
We even lent the two detectors to some “hoony” friends to test, with the test base being country and metropolitan areas.
We found one of the test units to be pretty exciting, and so this is how it went!
If you have been following the close examination of the Innovate LM2 as given in the comparison review a month or so earlier, you will know that I was very frustrated as I was not able to acquire reliable RPM readings on the Innovate LM2 -- an otherwise top product. Testing the SSI-4 in an effort to fix the RPM non recording as explained in the LM2 review, SHOULD have been easy but it wasn’t.
The test car in this case is a 4.2 litre 6 cyl 1970 E type Jaguar with single coil “hall effect magnetic sensor Ignitor ignition system, using a single GT 40 coil and the original dizzy.
So how did I fare?
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