Updated on July 29, 2023
Dash cams are a must-have accessory for your vehicle. Even more than a good audio system or maybe body-colored rear-view mirrors. When it comes to safety and insurance, you cannot disregard the fact that a dash cam recorder is your ultimate defense against a false claim. In the event of an accident wherein there is no fault of yours you may still find yourself facing a fraudulent claim. Having a high-resolution video of the incident can be invaluable to defend yourself against such allegations and to prove your point. The Falcon Zero Touch HD dash cam is thus an excellent device to have, and in this review, we shall discuss whether it should be on your shopping list or not.
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The lens of the Falcon Zero Touch HD is a 6-element aspherical glass. Superior glass leads to reduced spherical aberrations and better video clarity. The lens can see a near fish-eye 170-degree field of view which compares to most of the top-rated dashboard cameras we have reviewed on this site, such as the Rexing S300 or the slightly cheaper WheelWitness HD Pro. The viewing angle is more than enough and should be able to pick up the entire view looking out of your front windshield.
Needless to say, the HD dash cam system on review here has full high definition video capture capabilities. These days not having HD capabilities is like owning cable TV and not being able to save your favorite shows. It basically, doesn’t make sense. You need high-definition capability because that is what gives you the ability to capture details of license plates of the vehicle in front of you. Most Falcon Zero dash cams record in full HD (1920 x 1080p) in 30 fps, and this one is no different. Higher frames per second give smoother video playback. Even when you freeze a frame, high resolution ensures that details are retained to discern things like license plates, car make, and model or even a location.
Another feature it has is loop recording. This is a standard feature, and by now, all good dash cams have this by compulsion and is about the continuous recording of videos in small clips. The length of the clips can be varied and selectable. Usually, it is 1, 3 or 5 minutes. Needless to say, the longer the clip length, the more substantial the file size.
But the real reason why it is termed as loop recording is that it does save over files on a continuous basis. When the MicroSD card / DVR runs out of memory space, it will overwrite the older data on the card, starting with the oldest and keep going. This feature can be switched off if you’d prefer not to have it enabled and can be done so very easily; if you do, however, it kind of defeats the whole purpose of having a car dash camera.
Oh, and did I mention that it can also record sound with the videos? Ideally, you would want to have that feature turned off, in case you are traveling with a group and there is a lot of chatter inside the vehicle or music is being played.
Dimensions And Weight
This is a sleek design overall with the only protruding part being the lens. In fact, it looks like a smartphone that has a clip-on lens attached. The rear part is dominated by a large 4” touch screen which is currently still quite rare. You can perform many functions to set-up the camera, review what has been recorded, delete and do a lot more with this easy-to-use touch screen.
The device also comes with a quick-mount bracket. This allows you to easily mount the car camera recorder securely to your front windshield. The other accessories provided include a micro USB power port and a USB car charger. The camera supports up to 64 GB of MicroSD storage. A 32 GB MicroSD card is provided in the package which is much larger than most, which provide a mere 8GB, like the Cobra CDR 840 for example.
GPS and Geotagging
The Falcon Zero Touch HD dash cam does have a built-in GPS feature. GPS feature ensures that the dashboard camera can navigate on the Google maps. An integrated GPS receiver means you don’t need to plug in additional devices to enable this core feature. The dashcam viewer software will plot your vehicle’s movement on Google maps allowing you to find your bearings easily. But beyond just the navigational purpose GPS data also embeds important location and speed data into the video saved. This serves as a critical piece of evidence when you have to make a claim against an erring driver or have to defend a false claim which may be no fault of yours.
Wide Dynamic Range
Wide Dynamic Range is a much sought after feature on car dash cams. This feature is increasingly becoming a standard on all DSLRs as well as high-end compact cameras and mirrorless systems. This system is directly borrowed from the high dynamic range (or HDR) technology of digital cameras. This technology is basically about making several exposures of the same scene at rapid intervals using different exposure values and then merging these exposures using software internally in the camera to represent a single image with a high dynamic range.
High dynamic range is the number of stops of light that your camera sensor can pick up. Higher the number of stops the more contrasty an image will appear. Such images have more discernible details in the shadows as well as the highlights. This is something that can never be captured using on exposure.
Setting It Up
The Falcon Zero Touch HD dash cam comes with a bunch of standard features that can be tweaked. This includes recording resolution, day date and time, loop interval, and GPS among others. The default settings are good enough for the dashboard camera to start recording. All you need to do is plug in the memory card and power cord and it’s good to go.
A beautiful sleek looking device from the team that has already bought us a number of top-rated products, this is simply just another addition to their lineup of top rated devices. Listed and reviewed as one of the best dash cams in the high-end range, with an abundance of features ranging from the innovative touch screen, clear HD recording capability, WDR, GPS and much more, we would say this is definitely a safe purchase and will satisfy novice and gurus alike.
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.