SpyTec A119 V2 Dash Cam Review – A compact, quality product with GPS
- Screen size: 2 inch
- 160-degree wide lens viewing angle
- Full HD video and audio recording
- GPS logger – with time/date/speed stamp on video
- Automatic recording
- Real-time and playback views
- Loop recording
- Max resolution: 2560×1440 @ 30fps
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Video and audio quality:
I was very pleased to stumble across an entry-level dash cam which included the GPS logging feature – this is pretty rare. The GPS logs your exact location and driving speed at any given time. This type of information is incredibly important for security and safety purposes to prove you weren’t speeding or to confirm timing of an incident. It’s necessary for insurance claims and police reports. Beyond its practicality for a specific incident or insurance claim, this type of feature can also be incredibly useful for young or first time drivers, bringing awareness to the fact that this type of information is being recorded, which can in turn encourage better driving.
The loop recording allows you to record in 3, 5, or 10 minute intervals. Once you have reached the full storage limit of your SD card, new recordings will automatically overwrite oldest recordings, meaning you won’t run out of memory unexpectedly. But what’s important to note is that with the G-sensor feature, any impact events such as a car accident are automatically captured and stored in a separate folder so they are not accidently overwritten.
The SpyTec A119 Dash Cam Version 2 uses a capacitor instead of a battery. This means that it’s far more durable and reliable, especially under extreme temperatures like those we experience in Florida. You don’t have to worry about the SpyTec A119 Dash Cam Version 2 malfunctioning due to overheating in the sun, or on the contrary, being affected in the cooler months. The 5V 1A capacitor plugs directly into your car for continuous power as the car is running. In the event of an accident or motion, your driving recorder will always be on and ready to record so long as your car ignition is switched on.
Features not automatically included
Like many other dash cams, the memory card (micro SD) is not included in the price of a SpyTec A119 Dash Cam Version 2 and needs to be purchased separately. And although the SpyTec A119 Dash Cam Version 2 manual says it supports up to 64GB cards, however the manufacturer has confirmed it will also take 128GB cards without any problems. Just make sure it’s a class 10, quality SD card. You can expect that a 128GB memory card will allow you to record over 14 hours of video before the loop recording kicks in, overwriting older footage. That’s really the only exclusion for this cost-effective product!