Sunday, August 30, 2015

Product review: AmorTek Original Car Dash Cam

When this dash cam works and the video file is saved successfully and can be displayed the quality of the video is quite good. However I ran into a number of technical issues which detract from what could have been a nice dash cam.

The first unit I received could not advance past the "welcome" page. The return and replacement was easy as anything on Amazon.
The second unit records without problems, however many of the files on the micro sd are not viewable. The error reads "The format of cannot be detected." This is a serious problem because unlike many cameras that save small files often this camera saves large files, so if something goes wrong when it saves the entire recording sessions is lost.

By trial and error I determined the video files are not saved correctly related to how the dash cam is stopped. It appears that if I disconnect USB power and let it run for a few minutes on internal battery until it runs out of juice it saves the file the file is saved fine and they can be played back. However if I stop recording by just turning off ignition in the car (which is what I have always done with the other dash cams) the file is not saved properly and is corrupted. I also was not able to read the file when I used on/off button to turn off the unit itself prior to turning off ignition.

On the positive side:

✔ Video quality of the dash cam is quite good as you can see in attached video.
✔ This camera has an excellent suction cup mount, stayed on even on rough roads.
✔ The dash cam uses standard micro USB cables.
✔ The cam has an LED display so I can tell that the cam is aimed correctly. The display flashes a bit as you drive, I have not seen this with the older dash cams we own.
✔ Recording starts as soon as it gets power so you don't have to remember to turn it on.

The AmorTek package includes the camera, two mini USB cables, and cigarette lighter USB adapter.

The user interface is straightforward and even though the manual does not contain details for each button and each option, it contains a picture where each button's function is labelled. I found the manual sufficient to configure my video cam. All defaults are reasonable.

Overall, this dash cam has good potential but appears to be an early version which still has some technical issues to iron out especially with reliable saving of files.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★☆☆

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