Simon Lai reviews a Gator Car Camcorder with GPS tracking.
Proving an insurance claim or a road rage incident can be a difficult task. An in-car dash cam provides indisputable evidence in what can be an uncertain situation.
Gator has a range of car camcorders encompassing every resolution and function on the market and over the next few reviews we’ll take a look at some of their models which have been supplied by our friends at TDJ Australia.
Starting at the top of the range, the full hi-def unit comes in 1920x1080P resolution (like your TV), a 170° wide angle lens and motion detection function.
But the unique feature about this dash cam is that it has a GPS built into the suction cup mount which records the location of the vehicle in-sync with the visual information.
Also supplied in the box is software allowing you to view the recorded footage and the GPS info. Acceleration, deceleration, speed and time are all shown and a map also displays your trip route. So you can see the speed you were doing at 9.15am on Tuesday through that school zone on John St.
The default language is in Russian which comes as no surprise with Russia being the dash cam capital of the world given their poor motoring reputation.
All functions are simple to use, however, the power and record buttons are a little too sensitive and located in the wrong place making it easy to press accidentally, especially when trying to reposition the camera.
Overall, the unit is easy to operate and navigate with many menu options being a higher end model. Picture quality is excellent, and as expected, this results in larger file sizes with the additional trip information.
However, the Full HD 1080P Camcorder does come in a base model without the GPS for those who don’t require the function.
The Gator Full HD DVR 1080P Car Camcorder with GPS tracking [HDVR265H] RRP $279.00
The Gator Full HD DVR 1080P Car Camcorder plus GPS RRP [HDDVR360] $249.00
The Gator Full HD DVR 1080P Car Camcorder [HDDVR520] RRP $199.00
All models come with a 4GB micro USB card are available from Autobarn, Autopro, Supercheap Auto, Repco, Car Audio Maters and independent car retailers.