Aukey Mini Dash Cam review: Small, simple and amazingly affordable

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The Aukey Mini Sprint Cam stunned me—in a great way. After testing it, and seeing how the 1080p Mini delivered good day and evening video, with wonderful stabilization, I used to be anticipating a value alongside the strains of $65-$75. Then I discovered it prices lower than $50 (presently $44 on Amazon). You could possibly discover different sprint cams this cheap, however only a few this good. 

This evaluation is a part of our ongoing roundup of the most effective sprint cams. Go there for data on competing merchandise and the way we examined them.

Design and options

Small, diminutive, tiny… at roughly 1.75 inches huge, simply shy of two inches tall, and about 1.35 inches deep from again to entrance, the Mini sprint cam Aukey despatched me is all that. It’s additionally superlight at solely a few ounces, so it places nearly no strain on the mount.

Observe that the photographs on this article don’t match precisely the unit I reviewed, which had an oblong mount level and a semi-permanent sticky mount. These photographs are of the newest, delivery model, which includes a suction mount. The sticky mount labored positive, and by previous expertise, I’m predicting the suction mount is ok as effectively. 

Extras are sparse, although the Mini does help GPS by way of a $20 adapter. Apart from the GPS port, there’s solely the SD card slot and the mini-USB adapter for the auxiliary/cigarette lighter energy adapter and cable.

The show is a 1.5-inch diagonal LCD. It’s clear, however actually I like to recommend eradicating it from the windshield if it’s essential to do something severe with the settings. Youthful eyes than mine can in all probability work with it already mounted. Beneath the show are 4 buttons for navigating the settings menu. There’s additionally a parking mode (to regulate your automotive when you’re away from it), however that requires a hardwiring equipment or OBD-II cable. 

The sensor is a GC2053 CMOS sort, and the digital camera delivers a 170-degree subject of view. The video tops out at 1080p, which is a lot for authorized functions.

My largest gripe, although mellowed by the low value, is the shortage of an inside battery or capacitor. The digital camera shuts off instantly if energy is eliminated. Although it’s extremely unlikely that this may occur in an accident, the Mini will solely seize occasions previous to energy interruption. 

Efficiency

The Mini’s video isn’t as much as what I’ve seen from a number of the high-end sprint cams, however for the worth it’s fairly darn wonderful. It’s a bit grainier and extra liable to pixel flicker, however the shade is wealthy, and there’s a variety of element in each day and evening captures. Headlight flare is minimal as effectively.

Observe that these captures have been taken in the course of the September, 2020 California wildfires, so there’s a slight orange tinge that has nothing to do with the digital camera. Additionally, the stills clearly received’t show the sparkle that video in movement will. 

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Should you discover a little bit of an orange forged to the video, blame it on the 2020 California fires, not the Mini. It is a bumpy highway, however the Mini’s video stabilization saved the video typically non-shakey.

Movement stabilization was surprisingly good, with video over bumps exhibiting solely the merest trace of display tearing. I’ve seen worse from significantly pricier cameras of previous generations. The most recent sensors and processing appear to have cured this challenge even within the low finish. 

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Given the worth, I used to be a bit stunned at how effectively the Mini dealt with evening captures. What this could’t inform you is that there’s a little bit of pixel shimmer/flicker when the video performs. However the captures present a variety of element and don’t undergo a lot headlight flare.

Aukey didn’t ship me the GPS module, however the firm tells me the information is embedded within the video stream, however not watermarked. That’s, you possibly can see it with a GPS film participant, however it’s not seen on the video.

Given the worth, there’s merely no cause to complain concerning the Aukey Mini’s video. It’s completely usable for authorized functions and reveals simply how far the baseline has jumped. It’s not the digital camera for travelogues, however hey, most cell telephones simply fill that function lately.

Easy, cheap, efficient

Although it’s not in the identical league as say a Nexar or Nextbase, the Aukey Mini is multiples cheaper, and simply as efficient with incidents to the entrance of your automobile. It’s inconspicuous, delivers much better video than you’d anticipate for the worth, and is an effective alternative for many who don’t wish to make a serious funding within the know-how. Good.

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