LUKAS LK-7950 Review – Is This The Dashcam You Hoped For?
- Wifi connectivity that enables you to view real-time footage on your smartphone (and other devices)
- Powerful auto exposure function that enables vivid recordings in environments where the lighting is dim
- Three recording modes: (1) Always Recording; (2) Parking & Motion Detecting Recording; and (3) Event Recording
- Durability and resilience in extreme temperatures (-22˚F – 176 ˚F)
- Dual core GPS and GLONASS systems
- Voice guidance
- Built in super capacitor battery to save footage should power be cut off in error
- A G-sensor designed to save previous ten seconds of video and post twenty seconds of video upon detection of sudden changes or impacts
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Over the past ten years, the use of dash cams has become increasingly prevalent. Like with most devices, features vary from model to model, but their basic purpose is to record footage of an incident (be it an accident, parking incident, act of vandalism, or road rage) as it transpires, with a view to using the footage to assist in any possible litigation, insurance claim, or appeal against any fine issued. There is a plethora of models on the market, one of which is the Lukas LK-7950. This model has quite a few trimmings, but of course that does not mean it is necessarily the right model for you. If you are considering purchasing this product, here are some pointers to help you make your decision:
Whilst the Lukas-7950 has some commendable features, it would appear the manufacturers of this product have put little, if any, thought into the needs of the US customer, especially in relation to the instructions. Other consumers have noted the lacklustre quality of the translation, and that the translated operating manual falls short of intelligible instructions and directions. This is compounded by the product’s propensity to set back to the Korean language after updating, which adds to the customer’s vexation and irritation. Furthermore, dissatisfied purchasers have reported sub-par service when bringing the problems to the attention of the manufacturer: no answer is received within an acceptable timeframe, and often the issue remains unresolved.
The chief problem with this product is the need to purchase further accessories and given there are more affordable options on the market than this camera, it goes without saying the Lukas LK-7950 is not at all a bargain, particularly when you consider that as well as having to buy extra items, in some instances (such as facilitating the ‘parking’ option), it might be necessary to engage the services of a qualified professional such as an auto-electrician (as has been stated by one dissatisfied customer).
Despite the high quality of imagery captured by this dash cam, there are other models available that can provide this service, without the stressful complications and associated aggravation reported by purchasers of the Lukas LK-7950.
If you have already purchased this product, or been given one as a gift, there is no need to be despondent. As stated, this dash cam does have its good qualities. It has received positive reviews in the: ‘when it’s working, it’s great’ vein. It would prove a handy stand-by if you are awaiting another dash cam, or if you have a smallish second vehicle, it could be installed there (especially since the connecting USB cable is ideal for smaller cars).
However, we feel the pros are far too heavily outweighed by the cons with this particular dash cam. It is simply not worth the expense or inconvenience. If you already have one of these dash cams, we recommend you wait until it dies, and replace it with a different model. Sites such as dashcamerica.com or techradar.com will provide you with further information.