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Aukey DR-01

4 of 11

Score

Key features:

  • 1/2.9-inch Sony Exmor IMX323 CMOS sensor with 2.19 megapixels
  • 1920 x 1080 maximum resolution
  • 2-inch LCD panel
  • G-sensor for detecting incidents
  • Motion sensor and time-lapse modes

You’re probably more familiar with the Aukey name from its USB hubs and audio gear, but the DR-01 dash cam puts the brand inside your car for road-recording on a budget.
 
The DR-01 keeps things simple with a limited list of features, but what it does, it does well. It offers only Full HD video recording, which is sufficient for basic use. It can drop to 720p at 60 and 30 frames per second to save battery life, too. Its 2.19-megapixel Sony Exmore CMOS chip gives it a good picture in low light situations, as well as in broad daylight.
 
There’s no storage option included, so you’ll have to grab an 8GB microSD card yourself, which should be enough for about 80 minutes of Full HD footage – that’s more than some of the more high-res cams out there.
 
There’s incident detection with three optional sensitivity levels, but it’s not GPS-enabled to track where knocks and bumps happened, sadly. You can choose to time and date-stamp video frames, however, which might come in handy given the lack of GPS.
 
Elsewhere, there’s timelapse recording to capture the highlights from your journey, and a motion detection mode which lets the DR-01 transform into a parking protector. You get a USB cable for plugging in, but you’ll have to buy a car power adapter separately if needed.
 
Simple, solid, and easy to use, the Aukey DR-01 is a great budget option if you just want an eye on the road to keep you feeling safe.

At the time of the review the Aukey DR-01 was available for £69.99

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