-- Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @30fps (nominally)
-- Price: Amazon US / CA / UK – eBay US / AU – more countries & vendors
-- Aperture: f/1.8
-- 3″ screen
-- WDR/HDR Super Night Vision
-- Starvis sensor
-- Angle of view: 170° diagonal
-- Video format: MOV
-- Photo format: 12M
-- Time and date stamp on video
-- Interfaces: mini-USB, HDMI
-- Internal microphone and speaker
-- Suction or adhesive mount (both included)
-- Supports up to 32 GB class 10 MicroSD cards
-- Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor, parking mode (simple)
Apeman C450 Series A Review
The Apeman C450 is a low-cost dash cam that first hit the markets in mid-2018. It is available for below $50 currently. Video quality is mediocre, at best fair during the day time, and outright poor during the night. Most of the time, it’s not possible to read license plates of other cars on the footage that this camera produces.
The maximum memory card capacity that it will support is 32GB. The manufacturer recommends to use a class 10 micro SD card (not included), and to reformat the card every two weeks (which is quite frequent).
The C450 supports the most basic dash cam functions such as loop recording, auto on/off, and time/date stamp on video. Unlike most other modern dash cams, it doesn’t have a lock file button, so if something happens that you wish to keep the video of, you are at risk of the video file becoming overwritten when the loop recording kicks in.
It comes with a simple, impact-triggered parking mode which appears to be powered by the camera’s internal battery (no capacitor). However, the battery can’t hold enough charge to operate for an extended period of time, so you’ll need to hard-wire the camera in order to operate in parking mode.
Other extras, like GPS or Wi-Fi, are not supported.
The user manual is quite basic and not very well translated from Chinese.
Maybe a bit surprisingly, this camera does appear to have many excellent customer ratings. However, a lot of the 5-star reviews are written in a similar style, with frequent spelling errors. So we cannot be sure that these reviews are in fact authentic. Users that gave only one star complain that the camera is unreliable and prone to frequent failure.
The Apeman C450 Series A is not a dashboard camera that we recommend, mainly due to its low video quality and poor reliability. If you’re looking for a reliable low-cost dash cam, we suggest you consider the Yi Dash Cam which records better video quality for about the same money.
Apeman C450 Series A Video Samples
For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.
Day Time Video Sample
Video quality during the day time is fair, at best. It’s impossible to read any license plates of other cars.
Night Time Video Sample
Night time video quality is downright poor. It’s hard even to read nearby traffic signs, let alone other cars’ number plates.
Where To Buy
The Apeman C450 Series A is available for sale from the following vendors:
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