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This brand is very rarely seen on the market, but this particular model does attract attention with its features and amazingly low price.
Some of the features and the high tech belong in a mid-range camera class, but this dash cam can be found at budget prices.
- Dual Lens
- 170/90 degree front and rear lens
- High tech configuration
- GPS and Google Maps
- Motion Detection
- Shady Buttons
- Feels light and sensitive
There is very little information about this brand on the web. Their official site is under construction and this is their first model I’ve encountered. Never the less, the feedback and the reviews of their products are positive to the last, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Also, this camera promises a lot with its features, so let’s check out what we have at first glance:
- Dual cameras
- 1080P resolution
- 170 degree wide viewing lens
- Motion Detection
- GPS logger and access to Google Maps
This cam arrives in a standard package, containing: the dash cam, a long power cord, a mounting bracket, a mini USB cable, and a user’s guide. Keep in mind that the contents may vary, depending on the series. Some come with a 32GB memory card, some don’t. All of the components, including the cam, are completely in black colour.
The cam is designed to look like a vintage photo camera, or at least to me. It is flat, thick, and has a shape of a video game console almost. The material is chrome and plastic, light to the touch but it does feel durable. The front side holds the front lens, while a special cylindrical right part of the cam (looking from the front) holds the other lens.
The rear side holds a 2.31 inch display monitor and the four main control buttons. Other buttons and ports are spread around the cam evenly.
This dash cam uses a standard suction cup mount. If you don’t know, the default and best spot to stick it and hold your camera is the top middle spot on your windshield, right behind the rearview mirror. Naturally, if you have other purposes in mind for this cam and its two lenses, you can position it to fit your needs. It is best to wipe off the glass and let it dry, before sticking the mount for better hold.
The power cord is long enough so that it can go over and around your windscreen, under the dashboard, and into your cigarette socket. This way it is hidden from sight and it doesn’t get in the way. It is best to leave your power cord plugged in at all times while your cam is installed in your car, apart for when you actually need to light a cigarette. The cam can work on its own for about 10-20 minutes, so there’s plenty of time to unplug it, light a cigar, and plug it back in. Also, leave it plugged in even when your camera is turned off and your car is parked.
The display screen has a strange measurement, 2.31’’ to be exact… This is kind of weird, because I’ve mostly encountered cameras with round figures in this area. Anyway, this is about average size, as most cams vary between 2 and 2.5 inches. The settings and the video footage are easily reviewer during driving, so this size is sufficient, but you naturally shouldn’t drive and operate your cam at the same time. Always find a place to stop, even if you need only a second of two.
The 4 main buttons are located under the display screen. They are large and easily pressed, but feel like they do not inspire much confidence in durability. They seem weak and sensitive. The good thing is they are all right next to each other, so you only need one hand to operate this hand, or more precise one thumb.
Dual lenses are organized so, that the front is always facing front, while the other, side lens, has a 180° rotatable body. This means you will be able to cover much more than with one front cam. You can rotate the secondary camera to record the inside of your car, and if it’s facing your rear windscreen it can capture quite a lot of what’s happening behind your car.
The chip set this camera uses is the NTK96655. This is a very high tech processor, much appreciated in a car dash cam. Paired with the OV9712 sensor, it makes this camera stand out amongst others in its mid-range class. The camera also has a standard 6 component lens.
The cam’s viewing angle is 170° wide. This is the highest available angle width in a car camera and it is a very nice feature to be added here. 170° is incredibly wide for a recording. It means that, when you position your camera in a default position behind your rear view mirror, it will capture everything in front of your car, from your front wheels and forward, both sides of the road, everything!
The rear or side cam has a 90 degree viewing angle, which is small, but added to the original 170 means you can cover 260° around it at the same time. That’s impressive.
he resolution of the front camera is full HD 1080p (30fps), and the rear cam 720p (30 fps). The full HD resolution of the front cam is quite sufficient to fill any standard needs. The license plates are visible at distances, the detailing is fine. The colors are pretty natural. I think it is owed to the cams high tech processor as much as it is to the resolution.
The video compression is done by the standard H.264 compressor.
Loop recording feature is something no car dash cam can do without. If you don’t know what that does, it divides all your recording into short loops. You can set up the length of loops manually in most cameras. This way, the recording footage is easily reviewed. Once the camera’s memory is full, the camera will start overwriting the oldest loop recording.
G-Sensor, or gravity sensor, is the essential part of every car dashboard camera. If you do not know already, it allows the camera to detect impacts, strong tremors, and any sudden shift in your cars position or gravity. When this happens, the current recording loop will be locked and stored, protected from overwriting. It is because of this feature that these gadgets are often called ‘black box’ cameras.
Motion detection is a very welcomed feature as well. What that does is that it uses the camera’s sensor to detect motion, as it is self-explanatory. But, the camera can do that even when your car is parked and it is turned off. What it means is that when there is movement near your parked car, the camera will turn on and make a standard loop recording or several if the movement persists. This will happen only if the camera has a constant power source though, so never unplug it when it is installed in your car.
Those recordings will be automatically locked and stored for easy review. This feature gives the camera a lot of versatility and secures your car even further.
The camera has a built-in GPS logger that will allow you to add precise data to your recordings, such as your positioning, speed, etc… ‘Google maps’ is also accessible through the camera’s software, making this gadget a car dash cam and a GPS navigation system at the same time.
The PowMax Pcam HH-B60 performs quite nicely. Setting it up and operating it is easy, and the positioning of the rear lens is also not a problem. The buttons are a bit shady, but the fit the budget price, of course.
The recordings are actually quite good. Details are visible, and having one camera lens to always keep a lookout on the driver is always welcome. As I’ve mentioned before, some details will be visible even through your rear windscreen, so that’s a plus. Motion detection is one of the things that make this model surpass its price and class, and so are the processor and sensor.
All in all, a well built camera, with decent durability and quality. It is well worth its cost, even more so. If you are looking to get something affordable and reliable, with lots of versatility, this might be the choice for you.