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As moms, we’re always driving our children from one thing to another. Safety is our #1 concern for our precious cargo. When accidents happen, our instinct is to check on our families before anything else. Noting every detail of the incident may not be on our minds.
The Papago GoSafe 330 is a mini dashcam for consumer use that suctions to the dashboard or windshield and continuously records the road while you drive. It boasts full 1080 HD with the option of selecting a lower 720 resolution and a 2″ full color LCD screen. There are 4 buttons under the screen that allow simple navigation of the device.
We were provided a camera for our review, which was performed over a couple weeks. Let’s go over the features:
- Supports Driver Fatigue Alarm: drivers can set up the alarm for resting on long drives
- Device alerts you when headlights are necessary for driving conditions
- Stop & Go Alert: Alerts you to go when the vehicle in front of you has moved, activated after a 10 second or longer stop
- Supports full HD 1080p high resolution video recording
- Video resolution can be switched between 720p and 1080p
- Build-in G-sensor supports emergency video file backup when an accident happens
- Supports screen capture
- Auto turn on once engine starts
- HDMI output supports HDTV playback
- Supports low and high temperature protection
The Papago GoSafe 330 requires a micro-SD card for use, so how many videos can be recorded is related to the size of the card. The videos are continuous and when the card is full, they get overwritten automatically. Each video was approximately 5 minutes in length allowing for simple review of the footage if needed. Seems like an obvious choice for a feature, but I was very happy when I discovered this.
A G-sensor automatically activates a backup of the current video file when an accident occurs, protecting the file from being overwritten. And there are HDMI and USB ports to aid in the review and transfer of videos. The camera also needs to be plugged in the whole time. While not entirely inconvenient, I did find myself wishing there was a battery included. But it’s definitely not a deal breaker for me.
The camera can be mounted on the dashboard or the windshield with a strong but easy to use suction cup. The option to flip the display is within the settings but ours came ready for windshield mounting. Snapshots are also a handy little feature.
While I never wanted to keep the camera up when we parked (to avoid attracting unwanted attention), there’s a motion detection mode that can be activated when you park the car as long as there is constant power for the camera. For long drives, the camera can be set up to alert the driver of regular rest stops to avoid fatigue.
There is also an alert for turning on your headlights when it starts to get dark outside. And last, a favorite, the Stop & Go alert, which will let you know it’s time to go when you’ve been stopped for more than 10 seconds and the car in front of you has started to go. Missing the light turn from red to green will no longer be an issue for you (as long as the driver in front is on top of things, that is)!
I truly believe dashcams will be something every family and driver will have in their cars in the future. The Papago GoSafe 330 is a simple but feature packed device at a reasonable price. I truly believe the peace of mind it provides is worth every penny.