Updated on July 29, 2023
This is our review of the very affordable yet strikingly impressive Digitsea®. It has a 2.7″ TFT LCD rear view screen, 1080p full HD ability, built-in microphone and a series of other essential features that make an excellent choice for the money. Let’s take a closer look at the features of this HD dash cam.
At A Glance
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The Digitsea® 2.7″ has a pretty wide 140-degree ultra-wide lens for the money paid. This provides a large angle of view, picking up almost everything that you can see sitting in the driver’s position through the front windshield. A larger angle of view gives a bigger picture of what’s happening in front of the car. With a large angle of view, you also have a 4x digital zoom.
I am not a big fan of digital zoom which does less concerning actually giving an enlarged version of the image and does more regarding pixilation. Having said that, if you are recording in full-HD 1-2x of digital zooming allows you to get a slightly closer view of something in front of your car that you would want to save as evidence. The utility of a dash cam recorder is not always for documenting evidence of an accident. Sometimes their service transgresses into more light-hearted uses, such as when you want to capture a scenic road trip or a memorable long drive.
The TFT LCD screen at the back of this dash camera system is smaller than most others. At 2.7” it may not be as large as the Falcon Zero Touch HD and nor is it a touch screen, but it indeed is not poor. The view through the LCD screen allows you to monitor what is being recorded in live view, review past recordings, as well as fine-tune the view through the lens.
The Digitsea® 2.7″ can take still images of resolution 12 megapixels. This is handy as you can use it to make a quick snap when your camera or phone is not at hand.
Dimensions and Weight
Not exactly the smallest dash cam, it’s an average size measuring 6.9 x 5.3 x 3.4 inches and weighs 10.2 ounces.
Memory lock and Gravity Sensing are two complementary features. These help you to lock a particular video in the memory card. The reason why? A primary requirement for utilizing dash cams and car DVR systems is so that you can record a crash on camera. Let’s say another vehicle bumps into yours at high speed. You are at no fault. However, the other party’s insurance company refuses to pay up. You can use the video footage of the accident to make your case strong. Now, the problem is all dashcams store footage in what is known as loop recording, which is mainly about saving small clips of 1, 3 or 5 minutes continuously. When the DVR runs out of memory on the MicroSD card, it merely overwrites the older video files. This is risky when you have incriminating evidence on your memory card. This evidence can be significant in the event of an investigation or insurance claim. With Memory Lock, the specific footage at the time of the accident is locked in the memory.
That brings us to Gravity Sensing, which is all about detecting sharp changes in gravity. This can usually happen when your car either accelerates from a slow speed or decelerates from a high speed. Such types of erratic movements are typical when your vehicle is caught in an accident, either being hit by another car or itself hitting something. Sudden sharp turns are sometimes also considered as abrupt changes in gravity. In all of these situations the Digitsea® 2.7″ will detect the difference and accordingly trigger memory lock.
The Digitsea® 2.7″ comes equipped with night vision. A set of four LED lights allow for better-quality nighttime imagery. This feature, together with that of parking monitor is handy when you routinely park your vehicle outside.
Two features make it a decent dashboard camera capable of functioning as a parking monitor. The first of those being the presence of four LED lights of size 35*87mm. The second is a built-in battery that lasts for about 30 minutes even after you have turned off the ignition. Make no mistake that this dashboard camera is not meant to be used on the battery alone.
Setting It Up
The unit is pretty much usable straight out of the box without much need for tweaking. The only thing you need is a TF card, and you are good to go. However, digging into the menu, you can tweak many functions. This includes the resolution of the video, loop lengths, turn off sound being recorded, change the display option to disable screen saver, etc. The package contains one bracket for holding the camera in place along with a car charger and cables for powering the battery.
The Digitsea® 2.7″ comes with a high-capacity memory card slot that accepts up to 32 GB of storage. It accepts a compact TF card. Unfortunately, the packaging does not include one so to get started you will need to buy one separately.
This is a Full high-definition dash cam which records in a cinematic 24 fps. 24 fps may sound a bit jittery, but in reality, it is not. If you reduce the resolution to 720p, you will be able to shoot at a smoother 30 fps. Videos are saved in MPEG format with sound recorded via the built-in microphone.
This is a surprisingly vast amount of technology for the money. It has many of the features of a triple the price counterpart. Overall the longevity and build quality are questionable, and there may be an additional cost for a MicroSD card, but even so, it’s a good starter for anyone new to this scene who’d like to get going on a budget.
With more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, Ash possesses a deep understanding of the diverse needs and challenges faced by drivers on the road. His relentless commitment to road safety and ongoing research is fueled by a genuine desire to create safer environments for all drivers.