Updated on January 21, 2023
Dashboard cameras have more than the superficial utility of recording the road ahead (and behind in this case). Their service goes well beyond that. The first and foremost reason for owning a dashcam is to ensure that you have a solid piece of evidence in the event of a car crash or road rage.
The number of vehicular traffic has grown exponentially over the last decade or so. Things are only going to get worse, with more vehicles predicted to hit the road each year. With roads not increasing at a similarly brisk pace, there is bound to be a lot of pressure on available roads. This will lead to congestion and desperate drivers trying to cut corners and bumping into each other in the process. With more and more crash incidents leading up to claims and counterclaims, you need a way to prove your side of the story before the other party gets away with a bogus claim. Dashcams thus become an integral part of owning a car these days.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at our latest ally, the KDLINKS DX2.
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Unlike its extremely popular predecessor (KDLINKS X1) the newer DX2 is a dual-camera dash cam which is much needed on today’s manic roads. The front one aimed straight out of the front windshield is a 1080p one, and the one that is aimed at the back of the car / inside the passenger area is a 720p one. The front camera lens gives a 165˚ super wide angle of coverage. The rear lens has an angle of coverage of 125˚. The front camera lens coverage is apt for the space between the two A-pillars.
The six-glass Nikon lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.6. That means even in low-light situations you should be able to capture good-quality footage.
Another feature of the camera is the WDR (Wide Dynamic Range). Wide Dynamic Range (the same as HDR or High Dynamic Range in traditional digital cameras) is a technology that ensures that your camera can pick up the widest spectrum of luminosity levels, right from the whitest white to the darkest dark. This creates a high contrast and a well-exposed image.
The KDLINKS DX2 comes with continuous loop recording. Dashcam videos are generally not looked into unless there is an accident when they become incriminating pieces of evidence of the event. Loop recording is basically about continuous recording using the memory card loaded on to the camera. When the memory card is exhausted, the camera overwrites the oldest videos and writes new videos in their place. This way you basically don’t have to change memory cards ever. The KDLINKS DX2 has this feature.
Dimensions And Weight
The dimensions of the KDLINKS DX2 is 3.5 x 2 x 1.4 inches. It weighs just about 5.3 ounces making it a lightweight dashboard-mounted camera systems for your car. A lightweight device is recommended because you don’t want to put too much pressure on the mounting mechanism.
The KDLINKS DX2 comes with a 16 GB memory card (MicroSD) and that ensures that the camera is capable of being used straight out of the box.
Auto lock or memory lock is a feature that is almost standard across all good dashcams, and is featured here too. Many times slight bumps and knocks can be just as bad. You could lose your front or rear bumper or sustain furthermore comprehensive damages. When that happens, your car may still be in action, and you could still drive it around, but you need to make the repairs. If the damage has occurred due to no fault of yours, you will need to prove that and therefore file a claim against the erring vehicle.
A welcomed feature on all dashcams is memory lock. Video footage is a crucial piece of evidence that will work to establish the fact that it is the fault of the other person and not yours. But, the problem is, when enabled, standard loop recording will overwrite the memory card as soon it runs out of space. Memory lock ensures that this never happens. All the video clips that are locked will never be overwritten.
Setting It Up
A bit of setting up is required for the front camera, while the rear camera requires no set up at all. All the settings that you need to do can be done by plugging the micro USB cable to your desktop and the other end to the dashcam. You can adjust the video resolution, tweak the ISO number for recording in low light situations, turn off audio recording and do a lot more.
In order to install the DX2 to the windshield of your car, you will need a mounting hook that comes with a peel-off 3M adhesive surface. The hook attaches to the windshield. You can then connect the camera to the hook and then place secure and firm on the windscreen.
Connect the power cable to the cigarette lighter of your camera. The supplied USB cable is long enough for attaching the camera to the power outlet on your car cigarette lighter.
Setting up the rear camera can be a bit problematic. The camera is supposed to attach to the rear windshield, and then the power cable is supposed to run all the way to the main camera which in turn will connect with the cigarette lighter of the device.
Road Test Footage
The KDLINKS DX2 is a decent piece of technology. You can’t go wrong with a camera system that gives you both front and back view recording. Only losing kudos for lack of GPS, at this pricing point this is incredible, considering that you also have an SD Card, mounting system and charging cable bundled with the pack.
Ash loves cars and gadgets. He is a Business IT graduate who loves spending time with his family and friends.