LUKAS LK-7950 Review – Is This The Dashcam You Hoped For?

Key features:

  • 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:

Pros

  • The camera records images of a very high quality
  • Features such as sensitivity settings can be adjusted
  • It is compatible with polarizing filter
  • It is very durable
  • It is compatible with any WiFi enabled device
  • Has dual storage options to SD and Micro SD slots of up to 16 gigabytes (8 gigabytes per slot)
  • The G-sensor’s ten-seconds-prior- and twenty-seconds-after-incident function allows for the collection of ample footage for forensic and identification purposes
  • The camera works very well at night. Its standby mode means it will only record when necessary (when an incident occurs), so therefore has commendable battery life
  • Has a safety mode function designed to set cut-off voltage according to the season
  • Captures great footage in conditions of extreme heat
  • Its ‘continuous’ function automatically deletes old footage when capacity reached

Cons

  • It is more expensive than other dash cams
  • The Micro SD musts be purchased separately
  • The instructions are not necessarily easily followed. They are provided in the Korean language, so therefore it is necessary to have them translated, and the resulting translation is ham-fisted
  • After the first firmware update, the unit has a tendency to revert to the Korean language, where it becomes ‘stuck’, or else the consumer has the chore of having the unit translated back to English
  • Other consumers have noted the SD formatting card will not import to iPhone
  • When connecting the mini-USB cable between rear camera and main camera, an ‘Error 2’ message (in the Korean language) can appear, which proves frustrating
  • The micro-USB cable provided for the purpose of connecting rear camera to that it the front is relatively short, and therefore only suits a smaller model of vehicle such as a Prius. If you have a standard sized vehicle, it would be necessary to purchase a seven meters cable; and if you own a large vehicle, you would have to consider buying a ten meters cable.
  • The rear facing camera lasts a mere eight months
  • Regarding the ‘parking’ option, the hard-wired power cable provided only works when plugged into the accessory circuit of the car. It is possible to purchase a 12V ‘cigar’ power cord, but this is an extra expense
  • It is likely you will need to purchase complementing accessories that are not provided with the Lukas LK-7950.

Overall

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.