When you travel by vehicle a lot, like we do, you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to be as safe as possible. Sometimes that means using technology to help along the way.
Clay and I received a complimentary GoSafe 272 dashcam to test and review. All opinions are our own and were formed through personal testing of the product.
On one of our trips to Gatlinburg, we narrowly missed being in an accident on the “spur” between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. We we right at the Welcome Center where Wiley Oakley crosses the spur. A vehicle was traveling behind us and had just barely passed us when another vehicle crossed the road in front of us, not stopping at their stop sign. The car beside us had sped up and was, seriously, only about a foot ahead of us when it slammed into the crossing car knocking it across the road. It looked like one was speeding and one ran a stop sign. But who knows for sure? We checked on everyone and waited for police to arrive, along with several other witnesses. Luckily, everyone was ok.
Seeing a wreck right in front of you and narrowly missing it? That was a pretty traumatic event for our little family. In a case like that, it would have been ideal to have a dashcam.
The GoSafe 272 dashcam by PAPAGO records what’s taking place in front of you. It loops video recording, which allows old files to be replaced automatically with new files on a Class 10 MicroSDHC, up to 32GB (not included). The G-sensor capability will back-up the footage when a collision is detected and the rechargeable lithium battery will hold a charge so you will not lose an important video file if you lose power after an accident. Because it is plugged in to your vehicle’s lighter port, it begins recording automatically when the ignition is started. Along with the camera that can record 1080P HD; 720p 60fps; or 720p 30fps with its 40° ultra-wide angle lens, it also has a built-in microphone to record sound.
The screen is very easy to see. It has a 2.4″ LCD display and with the wide angle lens you can really see what is in front of you.
There are a couple of other great features as well. There is a sensor that shows an icon when you need to turn your lights on. I noticed that it comes on at dusk and also came on each time we went through a tunnel.
There is also an option to set a rest reminder for when you are on a long driving trip. You can set it to sound an alert when it’s time to pull over for a rest break.
When you’ve been sitting still for at least 10 seconds the dashcam can also sound an alert when the vehicle in front of you has moved. Not that you should be distracted when you are driving, but just in case you are at a stop light, it helps keep you focused.
There are settings options that let you set the date and time as well as the alerts you want to receive and if you want audio on or off.
Here are the features listed according to the PAPAGO website, for quick reference:
- Mini compact design
- Supports Driver Fatigue Alarm which drivers can set up the alarm for resting for long hour drive
- Supports Motion Detection while car is parked.
- Has a Stop and Go feature so you can avoid distracted driving
- Has a low-light sensor so you can record clear footage day or night
- Device alerts you when headlights are necessary for driving conditions
- Video resolution can be switched between 720p/60fps; 720p/30 fps; and 1080p
- Build-in G-sensor supports emergency video file backup when an accident happens
- Supports screen capture
- Auto turn on once engine starts
- HD output supports HDTV playback
If we’d had this dashcam when those two cars wrecked, perhaps we could have showed police the footage or given them the sd card to better show who was at fault. Either way, it would have been great to have while traveling.