In this review, we will introduce a compact, reliable and multifunctional Transcend DrivePro 520 DVR, which is able to provide considerable help even the most experienced drivers. It is equipped with a convenient swivel mount has a built-in GPS module, and can also broadcast footage video content over the wireless network to the mobile device is running the most popular operating systems. However, the main advantage is its two digital cameras, allowing at the same time to remove everything that happens on the road and in the car.
Transcend DrivePro DVR 520 is packaged in a relatively large, well-fitted box of high quality cardboard. It is characterized by pleasant and informative enough design, and allows a well to protect the device during transport.
Package contains everything needed to immediately begin the full use of the DVR. It includes a swing arm on the adhesive or vacuum-based (you can choose before you buy), compact power adapter (which connects to the car cigarette lighter), a memory card of high reliability and a whole heap of user documentation.
Transcend DrivePro 520 has a stylish, but overall pretty irregular appearance, which fits easily into the interior of virtually any modern car. Its body is divided into two parts (square base and barrel unit more cameras), allowing developers very well distinguish between the functional elements and thereby create a comfortable and attractive design.
Thanks to its compact size and light weight gadget can be easily installed in the middle of the central panel on the side of the windscreen or near the rearview mirror, where it will be fully capture the traffic situation and what is happening in the cabin. Fortunately, the length of the charging cable is sufficient for a variety of experiments with the device location, including to gently lay the cord under the skin salon.
The nice thing about Transcend DrivePro 520 is a color 2.4-inch LCD-display. It is characterized by good quality and, despite its modest size, you can view the captured video, and operate the device without removing it from the bracket. In addition to these goals, the developer provided 4 keys which are located below the screen. They are responsible for navigating the menus, and call different “hot” functions.
The left sidewall registrar represented by a small cylindrical module with rotary mechanism. It is built in secondary camera and four infrared LEDs.
At the same time, the right side plate reserved for the needs of the power connector (mini-USB) and a card reader.
The top of the device is a rather large groove fastening the swing arm, while the lower bound is occupied by standard technical marking, pressing the emergency start recording (painted in bright red, clearly visible in the dark) and secret «Reset» button to reset the configuration changes.
As for the arm, he has a convenient lock lever (in the version with suction cup) and allows you to adjust the position of the gadget in the horizontal and vertical planes.
The main “weapon” DVR Transcend DrivePro 520 are two digital cameras. They are able to record video with a maximum resolution up to 1080p, and 720p, respectively, as well as the nice pictures in the case of an emergency.
The role of the main camera performs a Full HD-sensor with an aperture of f / 1.8 and a wide-angle (130 °) on the basis of 6 lenses. On the right side is a multimedia speaker from him.
Additional camera also shows HD-module with an aperture of f / 2.8 and infra-red LED-backlit, which allows you to record all the events in the car, even in the dark.
Standard video fixation process occurs in a cyclical mode – when the memory card is a new clip overwrites the old one. In case of emergency, shooting is enabled by pressing a button or automatically when triggered the accelerometer (G-Sensor). This protection is activated roller from being overwritten (5 minutes before the incident) that ensures data integrity.
All footage is stored on a memory card. Earlier versions of the DVR manned drive Transcend microSDHC Class 10 MLC (TS32GUSDC10M) of 32 GB, which got us to the test. Now, however, in order to improve the stability of operation of the device manufacturer switched to using a memory card Transcend High Endurance microSDHC 32GB (TS32GUSDHC10V), which is characterized by an increased level of reliability and has high speed performance – up to 21 MB / s.
Transcend DrivePro 520 model is equipped with a built-in lithium-polymer battery capacity of 430 mAh. Even if the car is de-energized (accident, malicious act), it ensures longer battery device and continued shooting. For his timely charging and smooth operation of the network is using the compact power adapter (5 V, 1 A), which is connected to the car cigarette lighter.
The build quality of the DVR does not cause any complaints. All components fit very tight, and the availability of high-quality plastic (matte foundation is almost does not collect traces or fingerprints) can count on a long life.
Software interface Transcend DrivePro 520 pleasantly pleased simple and concise, but at the same time very attractive design. All menu items are translated into the Russian language, have a logical layout and easy to remember after a few minutes of active use. Navigation is performed with four buttons. Their value is automatically adjusted to the selected menu, so that even an inexperienced user will hardly be able to get lost in the list of available options.
Their choice in the recorder is very rich. In addition to setting the quality and duration of the recorded video (captured videos are stored in a separate folder and are always available for viewing) and shooting mode (by right-clicking), you can adjust accelerometer sensitivity (G-Sensor), enable or disable audio recording, adjust the display mode cameras on display (primary, secondary or both simultaneously), to know the quality of signal reception of GPS-module, and easily update the current software and reset all changes to the factory.
An additional advantage of Transcend DrivePro 520 is a built-in module geopositioning (there is support for GPS and GLONASS) and the ability to broadcast video footage on a wireless Wi-Fi network on any modern mobile gadget. To implement the latter function the user needs to download the application from the respective DrivePro store (iOS and Android) and make pairing the two devices.
In addition, do not forget about the possibility of connecting the recorder to a PC, for which you will need to download a software package DrivePro Toolbox, which enables installation without separate codecs to play created video files as well as view the route of the vehicle on the map (GPS-tracking).
While fixing the traffic situation on the captured image is automatically superimposed date and time, the current coordinates and the approximate speed of the vehicle. Video stored in a separate file for each of cameras MOV format (Quick Time Video) using the MPEG-4 codec, which greatly facilitates subsequent processing of the resulting material.
On the choice of the user represented by 3 combined shooting mode (with a choice of day / night) and only one version of the audio recording in the single-channel PCM format with the quality of 512 kbit / s:
Please find the size of the captured video of 3 minutes:
With such output parameters Complete Memory Card Transcend High Endurance 32 GB completely filled:
But do not forget that video fixation process occurs in a cyclical mode, which will avoid problems with lack of free memory.
Traditionally recording in Full HD-resolution offers the highest picture quality. Captured image has a high contrast, natural colors and good detail, which is essential for accurate fixing the traffic situation. Non-moving cars, signs and markings is great to read at a distance.
Despite the record in 480p format, the picture with the secondary camera has not caused serious complaints. Because in most cases it is necessary to fix a static picture of car interior, the recorded video will hardly be noticeable grain or sin Defocus.
Reducing the number of pixels from 1920 to 1440 did not significantly affect the quality of the output content. The image remains legible even at small shaking and frequent changes of objects in the frame.
As for the salon camera, its image significantly added to the definition and now allows us to consider a road stop in side and rear car window in more detail.
Separation of DVR capacity is rather equally controversial decision. On the one hand, it allows you to save a little space on the memory card but on the other hand – significantly reduces the quality of the video in the main camera. Becomes noticeable individual pixels, and the small details in the background are already beginning to merge into a single row. However, even in such circumstances, trucks numbers are still well read on the medium and close range.
Shooting in the dark is able to reveal the hidden disadvantages of many DVRs. Fortunately, Transcend DrivePro 520 and there proved to be a good side. Thanks to the sensor with high sensitivity and 6-component optics frame practically no artifacts, and color inversion. Of course, high-quality recording of small details in the distance is still only available in the afternoon, however, to fix other road users, road markings or signs is not difficult.
But the night mode the camera salon deserves special mention. Due to the built-in IR LEDs and video decoding capabilities to monochrome format developers have managed to achieve quite a clear display of the domestic situation of the car in complete darkness. In the video footage, you can easily see the driver’s face and some interior details. Complaints can cause not only the largest area of illumination, but this can be compensated by turning the camera in the desired direction.
Accelerated pace of modern metropolis, increased traffic flow and the irrepressible human desire to have time to everywhere and always brought us to the point where the presence of a compact, reliable and desirable multi-recorder near the rear-view mirror is just as important as an inflated spare tire and correctly assembled kit. And our familiarity with Transcend DrivePro 520 only approved this postulate.
It is well constructed, has compact dimensions and light weight, and due to the stylish appearance is able to easily fit into the interior of virtually any modern car. Due to the small, but quite convenient color display and built-in Wi-Fi module gadget owner can view the footage video content, which is also stored on the memory card, high reliability, and transfer the files to the selected mobile device via a wireless network. However, the main advantage of the DVR are still two digital cameras and a sufficiently accurate GPS module. The cameras can not only capture the traffic situation ahead of the vehicle, but also to record everything that happens inside the cabin, including at night.
All of the above and the almost complete absence of serious shortcomings gives us reason to be recommended recorder Transcend DrivePro 520 to purchase, as one of the most interesting and promising devices in the classroom.