Our test kicks off with what could be one of the most affordable dash cam options you can imagine.
This one was bought from Chinese shopping site Wish.com for just $13.30 for the device - plus $10 shipping to Australia. It arrived unbranded and ambiguous. We’re just going with Car Cam Corder as that’s what’s printed on the sticker.
Its specs looked okay. The stated camera specifications include 1920x1080P recording, with a 3.1-inch screen and “6GA+Class high resolution ultra-wide angle multilayer lens”.
But opening it, you could tell it was a cheap device; it was light - it felt more like a toy than an actual dash cam. But it did come with a suction cup, cables and English instructions… not that they helped much. This was the least intuitive to use of our camera systems.
As you can see from the recording performance of the cheap Car Cam Corder, the video quality was terrible. It was pixelated, and on playback the recording jumped between scenes - meaning you could miss the crucial moment of impact in the event of an accident. Above all that it was hard to figure out how to trigger an event to record when we were setting the camera up. It instead wanted to constantly record and overwrite the previous files.
The apparently “ultra wide” lens was entirely too close-up to capture an entire scenario. easily missing out on what was happening on the periphery.
We also shot some footage at night to give you an idea of its performance in the dark, and again, it was disappointing. This screenshot should give you an indication of the quality, or lack thereof.
They say you get what you pay for, and in this instance, you don’t get much of a dash cam. It doesn’t have GPS mapping to pinpoint an event, for instance. But would you want a $13 dash cam to know everywhere you’ve been? I wouldn’t.
Our advice? Spend more to get a dash cam worth your money. The resolution of the camera is poor, the lens is too narrow, and the controls are terrible.