We recommend you carefully read this Manual before using the dash cam, then read it again with the dash cam in your hands, as this will help you to familiarise yourself with its many features. The dash cam is being improved over time, so the specification of the dash cam may change.
Each Button has multiple functions, so please be careful which Buttons you press in relation to each Mode / Function. No need to get frustrated because you should only do this once to set it up in the way that you require.
1. Please ensure the dash cam is SWITCHED OFF when you either insert or remove a Micro SD Memory Card to avoid damage.
2. Please ensure the Micro SD Memory Card is inserted in the right way. If the reverse is inserted, it might damage the dash cam and SD Memory Card.
3. If you incorrectly insert the Micro SD Memory Card, the dash cam will try to read it and set it as its default storage device but will not be able to read it.
4. If the Micro SD Memory Card is not compatible with the dash cam, please don’t insert it again, as you will damage the SD Memory Card and the dash cam. Please buy the correct Micro SD Memory Card and then try again.
5. The dash cam supports the Micro SD card from 8GB to the highest 32GB, Class 10 only.
6. Adjust the position of the lens to ensure you correctly record what you want.
7. We recommend a SanDisk Ultra Micro SDHC 32 GB Class 10 Memory Card for this dash cam.
8. In video recording mode, if you want to press Menu / Mode button, please stop recording videos first by pressing the REC button.
9. Please be careful and insert the SD Memory Card in the right way. Do not force the Micro Memory Card in the slot, as that will be the wrong way. Insert it until the Micro SD Memory card clicks into place in the card slot.
10. To remove the Micro SD Memory Card, please gently press down the Micro SD Memory Card approximately 1mm until you hear the Micro SD Memory Card click. It will then pop-up and can be removed.
11. Press the Power Button 3 seconds, then the screen lights up, and the dash cam is switched ON. Press the Power Button 3 seconds, then the dash cam is switched OFF.
12. When being charged, the charging icon will appear on the LCD screen and stop flashing when fully charged.
13. When using the build-in power, the dash cam will prompt low power and save the document then turn off automatically if the power is not enough.
14. We recommend using default factory settings. Once the MENU has been set, connect the car charger to the unit and put in the card. Once the car starts, the unit will automatically start recording. Once the car is turned off, the unit will automatically stop recording. Your vehicle’s Cigarette Lighter Sockets have no power when the ignition is switched OFF.
15. All dash cam models must be continuously connected to either a 12 or 24 Volt power supply via a 5V 1A Charger because a LCD colour screen consumes considerable power. That is why mobile phone / dash cam screens automatically go blank when not being used – to save power. A charged battery will only power the screen for a few minutes. It must always be connected to a power supply via a 5V 1A Charger.
16. If you turn the option of SCREEN SAVER ON, in video recording mode, when the screen is switched Off, the dash cam is still recording. You can turn on the screen by pressing any button.
17. If you want to watch your videos on a PC, we recommend you carefully remove the Micro SD Memory Card and insert it into a Card Reader, either built into your computer or purchased separately.
18. After several weeks of daily recording, it may be necessary for you to format your Micro SD Memory Card – if so, you will lose all your files, so please back up a copy on your computer first in a unique dash cam Folder you have created.
19. When your dash cam screen goes black, the phenomenon may be caused by improper operation or crash. Please press the R = Reset button, the hole by the top corner, gently with a cocktail stick, like you would a computer, printer, phone, etc.
20. Please format SD card in the device the first time you use a new SD card.
21. Read/write lifecycles of most Micro SD cards are considerably shorter at 3,000 to 5,000 cycles per cell.
22. When you receive the dash cam, if it cannot be switched on, the dash cam has probably run out of power. Please connect your camera directly to car power via car charger.
What is a dash cam?
A dash cam (or dash cam) is a small video camera that attaches to your car’s windshield and continuously records video as you drive. Dash cams were popularized in Russia; more than likely, you have seen footage from a Russian dashboard camera. Sometimes, a dash cam is called a car DVR (Digital Video Recorder), a car black box, or an in-car camera system.
Why is it called a “dash cam”?
Dash cams, or dashboard cameras, got their name due to originally being mounted on the dashboard of vehicles (mostly police cars). Now, most dash cams mount to a car’s windshield with a secure and easy to use suction cup mount.
Are there different kinds?
Yes, there are several types of dash cams, and while they come in all shapes and sizes, they may be classified in a few distinct categories:
Single-lens dash cams
Multiple-lens dash cams
How do I use one?
Once you have purchased a dash cam, in most cases, this is all you must do to be up and running:
Insert a memory card.
Attach the suction-cup mount to your windshield.
Plug the power cord into the power source (cigarette lighter or other).
Done! Since recording is automatic, just drive your vehicle like you normally would and enjoy the fact that you are now protected by dash cam.
What are they good for?
Dash cams have many applications, but most important, they act as an impartial witness if an accident occurs. Sadly, there are dishonest people in the world, and a dash cam provides irrefutable evidence of what happened before, during, and after an incident. No more “your word against theirs” – you will always have the truth on your side.
What else are dash cams good for?
You have undoubtedly watched footage recorded on a dash cam on the news or on the internet. Remember the Russian meteorite event? Since dash cams are always recording, they capture amazing, interesting, or even funny events that occur every day around the world.
Dash cam footage can help others. If you capture an accident on film, it is almost certain the other drivers will be happy to know you (and your dash cam) were there as a witness. We’ve seen plenty of clips like this on YouTube, including hit-and-run incidents where only the dash cam saw what occurred, and the innocent victim would be left to pay the bill if not for the license plate captured by someone else’s dash cam.
Who uses dash cams?
The majority of all police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, city buses etc. use dash cams. Increasingly, individuals concerned with false liability claims and protecting themselves in the case of an accident are utilizing the protection offered by onboard video recorders. This includes everyday drivers like you, parents, truckers, and 18-wheeler drivers etc.
Fleet owners and contract drivers, as well, can benefit greatly from having video (and position) data from their fleet vehicles when they are out in service for the day. Almost every driver should be using a dash cam! More drivers every day agree with this statement and join the group of those who are “protected by dash cam.”
How do they work?
You can’t explain that! Just kidding. Dash cams record video to a removable memory card inside the camera. Anytime your car is on and the dash cam is plugged in, it is acting as your backup witness. Dash cams automatically start recording when powered on and stop recording once you turn your car off.
Where do dash cams get their power?
All dash cams come with a power cord that plugs into the 12v cigarette lighter outlet in your car. Plug this cord in, and you are up and running! This cord is usually long enough to tuck behind and route around the interior panels of your vehicle (on the way to the power outlet), so it will not be visible to the driver or passengers.
Tell me more about the videos I record with my dash cam.
A dash cam creates video files on an empty memory card. These video files are typically segmented into 1, 3, or 5-minute chunks, since it is easier to view and work with small video files on your computer, rather than one long continuous file. When the memory card is full, the dash cam simply starts over at the beginning of the memory card, and in this way, needs no attention from you until you have captured an incident on video you would like to save. This is known as “loop recording” and is one of the most important abilities of dash cams.
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