Vantrue N2 Review

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Vantrue N2 Review

Overview:

  • Two cams attached to one body, which means front and rear view. The rear cam serves as an inside view cam, but you can also see some details through your rear windshield as well.
  • Most cameras, in any range, have around 140 to 160° viewing angle. This one has 170° on frontal and 140° on the rear cam, which is much more advanced than many other models in its class range
  • The cam has the manual lock video button, often called ‘Emergency button’. Even if this is not a necessity, it is definitely an advantage, because even if other features will lock the current loop, you sometimes may want to do this manually if recording for instance a situation that is not triggering your sensors. These modes only use the frontal cam though.
  • The cam has two parking modes. One functions as a standard motion detection, making a recording each time its sensor picks up movement, while the other one is a time lapse feature, with which the cam is set to take still photos in previously set time intervals.

Vantrue N2 ReviewThis dash cam has two parking modes. One functions as a standard motion detection, making a recording each time its sensor picks up movement, while the other one is a time lapse feature, with which the cam is set to take still photos in previously set time intervals.

A standard purchase box contains all the usual stuff: the camera, the suction cup mounting bracket, a long power cord for your car’s cigarette socket, a mini USB cable (short), an instruction manual, and a thank you card from Vantrue. All of the listed components are in black colour.

The cables are as mentioned: a long power cord and a mini USB cable. The power cord is very long, long enough to be hidden on any number of ways in your car. The common way is to run it around your wind shield and dashboard and underneath the steering wheel all the way to the cigarette lighter socket. There are various ways to make it stick and be invisible.

A special convenience is that the camera itself has a socket for the power cord, but there is one on the mounting bracket as well. This is done for better cable hiding and also for variation in the way you use your cam. You may be taking it off often or whatever.

This brings us to the mounting bracket that is fairly standard, with the addition of a small handle that locks and sucks the air out when you place it to a desired spot. The same handle is turned the other way to let the air in and unstuck the bracket, so it is very convenient again.

The way this camera is presumed to be installed is at a standard centre top spot on the frontal wind shield. This way both cameras are utilized in the way the manufacturers intended them to be used.

The camera body is something not seen often. The cylindrical shape is not that rare, but the sides are not round, they are flat and form an octagon. The top and bottom sides of this octagon are flat and contain cleverly hidden ports.

Possibly the best one is a hidden port right beside the button on the cigarette socket adapter. It is a mini USB port that enables you to charge your phone or some other gadget at the same time your camera is plugged in.

One flat side contains ports for the mini USB cable, AV out port, a mini HDMI port, and a micro SD memory card port. The ports are covered by an attached cover and they keep them tucked away neatly.

Other ports are spread around the rest of the body.

Lenses, display monitor, and buttons are all on the cylindrical part of the camera. The main (front) lens is on the front side and it is positioned in the middle. Its 170° viewing angle is utilized to its maximum capacity this way. If the camera is placed on the centre top spot on the wind shield, the lens captures both sides of the road, almost both sides of your car. It truly has an incredible stretch.

The rear side has the display screen in the middle, with the manual lock and parking mode buttons on its left side.

The rear lens is positioned on the rear side of the cam, right beside the display screen. The whole right part of the camera, holding the rear view lens, is rotatable up and down, for 80° in total. This provides additional functionality and capability, besides the standard movement provided by the mounting bracket standard joint.

Now, the rear cam has somewhat smaller viewing angle and is most likely best used for filming the car’s interior, or as a ‘taxi cam’ as the correct term is. The cam is not really all that reliable for the rear end view behind your car, though it is better than none.

Vantrue has proven here that it really does listen to its customers. The buttons are positioned on the cylindrical side of the cam, but as you position it correctly, they are on the bottom and can’t be easily seen, only pressed with your thumbs. Now, many cameras have this similar design, but where they failed Vantrue managed to come through. What we mean is that the display screen contains indicators in the precise matching line as the button underneath it, so that people will know what button they are pressing. Most cameras haven’t managed to pull this simple thing off so far.

The buttons themselves feel sturdy and durable, promising long life span, which is also not seen often.

When you go into the menu, first thing you notice is that it looks really advanced compared to many other models, even high end ones. The options menu resembles that of a smart phone or some sort of an advanced gadget. It is really precise and easy to navigate and understand.

The camera has the standard features such as the loop recording feature. IF you don’t know what it is, it is an automatic system feature that splits all your recordings into loops, the length of which you can set yourself. The usual setting is between 1,3,5, and 10 minutes. This feature comes really handy when camera’s memory is full, so the system starts overwriting the oldest loop thus ensuring continuous recording. The loops however can be marked and locked by other features of the camera so that they do not get overwritten.

A feature that locks a current loop is surely a G-sensor. No car camera can exist without it. It detects impacts and sudden movements, stops, or shifts in your car’s position or speed, and when that happens, it locks the current loop recording so that it is not overwritten.

This can also be achieved by pressing the manual lock loop recording button, right beside the display screen. This exists obviously in case you want to save a recording of some event that is not picked up by sensors or other features of the camera.

Now, even though all the previously mentioned features and the design perks are very welcomed, possibly the best feature this model has is the two parking modes.

This cam has the standard motion detection sensor that picks up movement near your car and automatically turns on and records, even if the car is turned off. The other is the time lapse feature, that also serves while the car is parked, but what it does is that it takes pictures at the previously set intervals of time, and then latter combines them into a video clip.

Both features are extremely important and vital to your cars security and safety, as well as your own.

Performance

The camera records in two quality resolutions. The front recording is done in full 1080p HD quality, while the rear cam is capable of 720p. There are HDR presets available, to make your recordings more accurate and cleaner, and to enable recordings on a sunny day and also at night.

The recordings are pretty decent. The details are visible enough, though the cam does have slight problems adjusting to Sun shafts. The Sunlight reflections can get in the way of your video quality, especially for your rear view cam, which is not reliable for recording behind your car as we mentioned, only the inside.

Final verdict
This model represents a real commitment to answer all of the customers’ demands and to make the using of this device as easy as possible. It really brings a new meaning to the word convenience, as many of the unnecessary complicated features have been either removed or ridiculously simplified.

Some people might still miss some of the features this model has, so we will list that as the only possible down side of this.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
95 %
Sound
75 %
Video
85 %
Build
80 %
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