Papago GoSafe 260 (GS260-US)

Product photo of the Papago GS260 rear view mirror dash cam

Technical Details

– Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
– Price: Amazon (US/CA/UK) / eBay US (for more countries & vendors, check below)
– 2.7″ LCD display on mirror (can be turned off)
– Wide Dynamic Range
– Optional external GPS
– Size: 280mm x 108mm x 49mm
– Weight: 300g
– Angle of view: 130° diagonal
– Operating temperature: from -10°C to 65°C (14°F to 149°F)
– Video format: .MOV
– Supports up to 32 GB MicroSD cards (class 6 or higher, incompatible with SanDisk)
– Time and date stamp on video
– Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor, time lapse parking mode, motion detection
– Interfaces: USB 2.0, AV
– Lock file button
– Internal microphone and speaker

Papago GoSafe 260 Review

Today we’re going to have a look at a rear-view mirror dash cam that has been around since 2014: the Papago GoSafe 260, or GS260 for short. Papago are a Taiwanese company that has grown to be a well-known and reliable dash cam manufacturer. They have branch offices around the world, including in the United States.

The GoSafe 260 is a rear-view mirror mounted dash cam that clamps tightly onto most existing rear-view mirrors, provided their height is between 54mm (2.13″) and 79mm (3.11″).

While the GS260 is quite large and sturdy, a major advantage of rear-view mirror dash cams is that they are actually highly discreet despite their size. An outside observer will have a hard time noticing that you have a camera installed at all.

Its video quality is good, but not great, both at day and at night time. The image is clear generally. License plates are easy to read when close, however they look blurred at a distance. That said, the camera includes a zoom function that you can use to manually zoom in on details of interest — this may be tricky to do while driving though.

A 2.7″ display is embedded beneath the mirror on the right-hand side, allowing you to see the video feed superimposed on the mirror image. The display can also be turned off if you find it distracting.

The 7-button user interface on the lower right-hand side is intuitive to use, and includes a large lock file button (“emergency button”) that allows you to mark clips for keeping whenever something of interest happens. The Papago GS260 supports a time-lapse parking mode, recording at a speed of 1 frame per second while your engine is off.

Be aware that the camera’s rear-view mirror itself is darker than your usual rear-view mirrors. Also, it is slightly curved (convex), allowing for a greater field of view but also making objects look further away than they actually are.

The GoSafe 260 works with memory cards of class 6 or higher, up to 32GB in size. One thing to note is that according to the manufacturer, the GoSafe 260 is incompatible with SanDisk memory cards.

Papago offer a one-year warranty on their products. They have a US-based post-sales support team, known to be highly responsive and helpful in case you have any problem with your device.

Most customers seem to be satisfied with this camera, and having been around for so long, it’s fair to say that this is a very reliable pick. If you’re looking for a good quality rear-view mirror mounted dash cam, the Papago GoSafe 260 is definitely worth considering. However, it does have some shortcomings, so you may also want to check out the ABEO HDVR-180 which is a little less well-known, but has noticeably better video quality especially at day time.

Papago GoSafe 260 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 good, but not great. License plates are only readable when close.

Night Time Video Sample

Just as at day time, night time video is also good, but license plates readability decreases rapidly with distance.

Where To Buy

The Papago GoSafe 260 is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon US / CA

eBay US / CA / UK / AU

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