Updated on January 21, 2023
Full HD dash cams pay for themselves. These are one-time investments, but you reap the benefits for years. These systems like the AUSDOM are designed to set up and forget about. As long as they have a good quality MicroSD card installed and attached to a power source they will continue to work silently in loops and keep a vigil on anything that might be happening around your vehicle. There are hundreds of similar dash cams that perform in similar ways, but today we shall review the standout features and functionality of the AUSDOM AD282.
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Lens And Chipset
The AUSDOM embodies the latest Ambarella A7LA50 Chipset. When combined with the OV4689 lens you have yourself a pretty good combination promising clear and crisp videos. The sensor of any camera is its heart. In this case, it is a 4M pixel CMOS. Thanks to the wide f/1.8 aperture a lot of light can be captured, making low-light recording feasible. The lens has a viewing angle of 130 degrees. Though not as wide as some of the others which appear in our dash camera reviews, 130 degrees is good enough for most practical purposes. We’re yet to feature another with a 130-degree view, most are either higher or lower figures, so have nothing to compare against.
The AUSDOM AD282 is capable of full HD – that’s 1920 x 1080p and at a frame rate of 30 fps. Unlike some cheaper counterparts, (e.g., the Black Box GS8000L), which produce 1080p at 24 fps, the 30 fps offers a much smoother video, and details are more easily identified even when played back at a slower speed. At full high-definition resolution, more details and crisper quality is achievable. A higher resolution is advisable because it ensures the video is admissible as evidence in the event your vehicle is involved in a crash.
The dashboard camera comes with a loop recording feature. This is a standard feature that is available in all similar ranges, but there are a couple of things that are involved; first thing is, in loop recording the video file size is limited to a few minutes, usually 1, 3, or 5. Once that duration, pre-set by you, has expired the clip is saved, and a fresh clip is started. This happens seamlessly without any breaks. The other thing about this process is that it keeps on saving as long as there is a memory card inserted.
Let me explain. Let’s say you are driving your vehicle, and the loop recording duration is set to 5 minutes. The camera is saving clips of 5 minutes. Once it runs out of storage, it will start to overwrite the files that had been saved prior. This means unless you have backed up the older data, they will be lost.
This particular dashboard camera supports up to 64 GB of external MicroSD card, but unlike many reviewed on this site, it does not come with a memory card. You need to purchase that separately to get going.
Dimensions And Weight
The dimensions measure a mere 2.8 x 2.5 x 1.2″ and weighs just 3.2 ounces. The product is shipped with a mounting bracket, the power cable that connects with the cigarette lighter of your vehicle, a USB cable to download your videos without having to unmount the MicroSD card, and a user manual. In terms of size, it compares to the Garmin Dash Cam 20, which is 2.7 x 3.2 x 1.4 but are both in different price and feature categories.
Wide Dynamic Range
Another great feature is its wide dynamic range. Wide dynamic range or the equivalent of a high dynamic range, is an offshoot of digital camera technology. It entails several exposures of the same scene and merging of the same, which ensures that the final image has a much higher variation between the brightest and the darkest points. Though not exactly a super high-definition dash cam like the 2K boasting Vantrue R2, the AUSDOM AD282 happily produces videos with a higher dynamic range compared to others in its price range.
Memory Lock Gravity Sensing
The primary reason for buying and installing a dashcam is so that in the event of an accident, it can make a high-quality clip of the whole event and store it for later use as a crucial piece of evidence. Two features, thus, are essential in this regard. First is the ability to detect an accident and second, save the recording so that it is not overwritten later on by mistake.
The first is satisfied using what is known as gravity sensing. This technology can sense when a vehicle undergoes a rapid acceleration or deceleration. This invariably happens when the car has been hit from behind or when the vehicle hits something in front and comes to a sudden stop or skids off the surface, such as when hydroplaning and rapidly accelerates and similar other events. In the event, the dashcam detects that the vehicle has accelerated or decelerated suddenly, the clip is automatically saved and locked into memory. This locked memory is never overwritten during normal loop recording.
Resistance To Heat
Resistance to heat is not always a necessary feature to have, especially if you don’t live in a hot and dry place. This can be extremely necessary, however, if you live in an area where the vehicle is left parked out in the open for long durations. This particular model has an operating temperature range of -68℉ – 167℉, which is pretty impressive.
Parking monitor is a must-have feature for any car dash cam, and is mainly related to motion detection. When there is another vehicle in the vicinity (within the field of view) or an individual, the camera tracks the movement, fires the recording and saves it for later viewing. This feature draws power from the built-in battery of the device. Thus, it is imperative that your dashcam has some charge left on it to be able to detect movement and capture the footage.
Setting It Up
Setting up the system is easy. There are several options that you can tweak around. However, the AUSDOM AD282 is ready to be used, even without much tweaking straight out of the box. You can change the resolution of the video, exposure, several functions including loop recording.
Day, Night, And Rain Video Samples
This is an impressively small dash cam that sits on your dashboard or windshield to pick up anything that is happening in front of your vehicle. It doesn’t have some of the stand-out features like GPS or 2K resolution, but as you can see from the video sample, it is fully capable of taking crisp and clear video, even if it is a slightly lower angle of view compared to others. Overall, this is from a mid-range class with features and qualities to reflect the same, but not one to disappoint 2023’s consumers either.
Ash loves cars and gadgets. He is a Business IT graduate who loves spending time with his family and friends.