– Max. resolution: 2304×1296 or 2560×1080
– Price: Amazon US – eBay US / CA / UK / AU – more vendors
– Bit rate: 20 Mbps
– Aperture: F/2.0
– 2″ screen
– HDR night vision (1080p only)
– In-built quick locking GPS
– Size: 65mm x 57mm x 30mm
– Weight: 90g
– Ambarella A7LA50 chipset
– Omnivision OV4689 4MP sensor
– Angle of view: 130° diagonal, 106° horizontal
– Operating temperature: from -25°C to 45°C (-13°F to 113°F)
– Storage temperature: from -25°C to 60°C (-13°F to 140°F)
– Video format: .MOV
– Photo format: .JPG
– Supports up to 64GB MicroSD cards (class 6 or above)
– Time and date stamp on video
– Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
– Interfaces: microHDMI, microUSB
– Lock file button
– Player software for MS Windows
– Internal microphone and speaker
– Suction mount
Ausdom A261 Review
The Ausdom A261 is a Chinese dash cam that can record at 1296p resolution (2304×1296 pixels, or 2560×1080 wide screen alternatively). It is currently available for less than $100.
With a bit rate of 20 Mbps, this camera’s video quality is very good at day time, and fair at night. Night footage is excellent while the car is standing still, but unfortunately a bit blurry when driving. While you can still see what’s going on around you, it often becomes hard to read nearby cars’ license plates at night.
This camera has High Dynamic Range (HDR) to improve night video quality, and it has a button to turn HDR on and off as needed. HDR is supported at 1920×1080 resolution only though.
The A261’s build quality and packaging are good. It has an internal GPS received which locks onto the signal quickly and is sensitive enough to even work indoors. Audio quality is good also. The camera comes with a 2″ screen, with a user interface that’s quite easy to use.
The Ausdom A261 supports all the basics that all dash cams should have, such as auto on/off, seamless loop recording, and time/date stamp on video. Even though it has GPS, it doesn’t record your speed on video, which can be a plus if you tend to occasionally surpass the official speed limit.
There are also some negatives:
The A261’s form factor is isn’t discreet, with its square shape and lots of labels on the front side. Also, the viewing software provided for Windows is rather slow and unstable. You can view your videos in any other video player capable of playing .MOV videos though.
Some users have reported a bug causing their camera to stop recording after a while. This doesn’t seem to affect all cameras though. It remains to be seen whether this issue can be resolved by a firmware update — we’ll keep you posted if/when it is.
The user manual is somewhat crudely translated from the Chinese, and while it is readable, so it’s not the greatest manual we’ve ever seen: Helps you to find your way around the camera, but a bit clunky.
Ausdom A261 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
Day time video quality is very good. Beautiful, detailed picture and signs and license plates are clearly readable.
Night Time Video Sample
Night video quality is fair. While you’re standing still, the picture is very sharp and detailed, but when you’re driving at anything more than very slow speed, video is quite blurry and license plate readability becomes hit and miss.
Where To Buy
The Ausdom A261 is available for sale from the following vendors: