I had never heard of dashboard cameras until Philips asked me to review the Philips ADR 810 driving video recorder.
I thought they only were installed in Police cars and company vehicles but can understand with the rising ‘Crash for Cash scams’ why everyday people like you and me would want a dashboard camera in our vehicles.
These devices attach to your dashboard, windscreen or rear view mirror and record what is going on outside of your vehicle whilst you are driving. If you are unfortunate to be involved in an accident, the recorder saves video footage which can be used in evidence in Insurance claims and I have heard some Insurance companies even offer a small discount if you have a Driving Video recorder fitted in your vehicle.
Philips ADR 810 driving video recorder Review
I must admit I was a little nervous about setting up the camera unit in my car correctly as this is the first time I have had to install anything in my car of this nature.
Inside the box, there was the camera unit, a windscreen attachment with two sticky pads that needs to be positioned in place in your vehicle before use and a power cable that attaches to the car cigarette lighter. The cable plugs into the camera using a micro USB. The camera also needs a micro SD card to be able to record footage. You can use any size micro SD but I like to use a large size in all equipment I use. I used a 16GB SD card in the dash cam so I had plenty of recording space. I was very proud of how quickly I had it all setup and ready to use.
For my first journey, I plugged the video recorder into my in car cigarette lighter socket as it needs to be plugged into the cigarette lighter socket on the car to give it power.
I was very surprised at how quickly it started recording once it was powered on. The dash cam actually starts recording as soon as you turn on the engine and shows what is being recorded. This is an extremely handy feature as it means that you don’t need to remember to turn the dash cam on – it just does it all by itself so you are in no danger of missing anything.
Here are some of the other features the Philips ADR 810 driving video recorder has:
Collision detection and automatic emergency recording
In case of a collision, an emergency recording is automatically saved to secure the evidence and prevent overwriting.
Fatigue index and driver alert
The fatigue index shows the evolution of a driver’s fatigue and will produce a visual and audial warning message when the driver should have a rest.
Vivid details with 1080p Full HD definition
Capture vivid details with 1080p Full HD definition
Instant replay with proof-stamped evidence
Instant replay to clarify responsibility on the spot, with proof-stamped evidence, to support and speed up the insurance claim process.
Emergency EasyCapture, to always catch the unexpected
Philips EasyCapture ensures quick and easy emergency recording with easy-to-access buttons. Capture and save everything that happens on the road when you need it, with one easy-to-find button on the device, and one on the cigarette lighter adapter.
Perfect night view
Capture sharpest details, day and night. With optimised night view
156° degree wide angle lens
Capture more of the scene with a proven 156° degree super wide angle
- Full-HD 1080p
- 2.7″ LCD screen
- 156° degree wide angle lens
- Automatic collision detection
- Fatigue index and driver alert
- Emergency EasyCapture
- Seamless loop recording at all speeds
- Instant replay to clarify responsibility on the spot
- Automatic recording when you start the vehicle
- Night visibility
The Philips ADR 810 driving video recorder retails at £159.99
I really feel this is going to be an invaluable asset to my driving and vehicle. I will be reassured from now on that if involved in an accident, even a very minor bump that my dash cam will collect all the data needed to help me pursue a claim with my insurance claim or police if needed. The only problem I have is deciding who’s car it will go in permanently mine or the other halves!
*Disclosure: Post in partnership with Philips*