James Stanbury

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If you're looking for a dashcam you can use mainly with your smartphone, read our Transcend DrivePro 220 review to see if it deserves a place in your cab

Overview

We can't be the only drivers who have considered buying one of the many dashcams on sale in Britain. The best of the bunch will record the exact location, date and time of any incidents, which makes it far easier than ever before to work out who's to blame. This advance has encouraged some insurance companies to offer discounts to drivers who use dashcams. It's rarer among motorhome insurers, but not unheard of.

Some people are wary of the proliferation of cameras in our 'surveillance society', but quite honestly, if you can't beat them, join them and get yourself a video camera to act as an eye witness that is on your side. It's a pretty good way to protect your investment in the motorhome.

We narrowed our choice of dashcams down to a shortlist of 17 for a big test session and now you can read the all the results in the magazine and a good selection of dashcam reviews online here. We tested the Transcend DrivePro 220, which costs £129.99, also the Cobra Drive HD CDR900, at £139.99. We tried the Mio MiVue 538 Deluxe, costing £124.99, and the RAC 05, costing £149.99. We considered the Snooper DVR-4HD, at £149.99, the Next Base iN-Car Cam 521G, at £179.99, and the Cobra CDR 820 and Blackvue DR650GW-2CH. 

Now let's take a closer look at the Transcend DrivePro 220 dashcam, priced at £129.99.

If you’re on a budget and you tend to eschew computers in favour of your smartphone, this is probably the dashcam unit for you. This is certainly the cheapest Wi-Fi model in the group, and the Transcend DrivePro 22 is actually very well priced considering the quality of the optics and features.

Like the Mio MiVue 538 Deluxe, this is also another camera that delivers in low-light conditions, even if the field of view is not quite as astounding as that of some rival dashcams that we tested.

Integral GPS means that all of the usual advanced features are present, such as audible warnings for accidental lane drift and when you’re approaching the vehicle in front too quickly.

Technical specs

Good night visionF/1.8 aperture
GPS receiverYes
AlertSpeed alarm
Bonus featureParking mode
Stills'Snapshot' feature
Screen2.4 inch colour LCD screen
Memory16GB SD card included
Parking mode/batteriesRecords incidents while parked
IncludesSuction cup mount
ChargerPlugs into cigarette lighter socket
Connects toTablet, computer, smartphone
Wide angle130°
Picture quality1080P (30fps) recordings

Verdict

We're amazed at the sophisticated features offered in the DrivePro 220 for just £129.99. It's the cheapest of its type and is especially good at recording images at night. Some of the other dashcams we've tested have wider-angled lenses that will capture more of the action on the road, but even so this one will do the job very proficiently. 

We've awarded four stars to the Transcend DrivePro 220 dashcam. 

Conclusion

Pros

  • Lane drift alert
  • Parking mode activates if someone hits you while you're out
  • Beeps if the car in front stops suddenly
  • Speed alarm
  • Clear images
  • Good in low light
  • Cheapest Wi-Fi dashcam

Cons

  • Other dashcams have a wider angle of view
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