– Max. resolution: 2304×1296 or 2560×1080
– Price: see Amazon US — GearBest — Everbuying (more vendors below)
– 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 below $100 from Chinese vendors like GearBest, and for around $120 on Amazon.com.
Most customers seem to be quite happy with the A261, let’s see why:
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 while 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 does have 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 is 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. The camera comes with a 2″ screen and its interface is quite easy to use.
The user manual is obviously translated from Chinese, and while the English version isn’t great, the manual is at least readable and thus better than many other cheaply translated dash cam manuals
The Ausdom A261 supports all the usual basics that any dash cam 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 very discreet at all, 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.
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:
GearBest — use coupon code CAR18OFF for an 18% discount (limited time only)