Review of the WinyCam V300 AHD in car recorder
Here at Optimal Claim, in a first for the company, we were asked to road test the WinyCam V300 AHD in car recorder.
In car recorders can be useful in establishing the facts surrounding the circumstances of a road traffic accident. This is particularly important for obtaining accident compensation in UK since blame is not always admitted following an accident and proving the other driver to blame can sometimes be difficult to establish.
In the box of the WinyCam V300 AHD we find the camera itself; a GPS module with mini jack cable for connection with the camera; a mount for fixing to the dashboard (or as we did, to the windscreen); a micro SD card with a 32 GB capacity with a micro SD to SD adapter; power cable with cigarette lighter plug; as well as fastenings for the cable and an easy to follow instruction manual.
Among the optional accessories to the WinyCam V300 AHD camera, you can also get a video cable, which allows you to connect the camera to e.g. an on-board TV or media display; a GPS mount and a longer power cord that needs fixing to a cigarette lighter plug, all of which can be bought separately.
Camera installation was extremely simple and amounted to basically peeling the protective layers off the mount and the camera lens, connecting the GPS cable and the power cable, and finally pressing the record button.
We managed to properly set the camera up the first time we tried, as evidenced by one of the clips that presented video footage from the drive.
After initial set up, a pleasing feature is that subsequent recordings start each time you begin your drive and don’t need to press the record button, which greatly automates the entire process. Only with the parking record function do you need to press the record button when you want to use that.
When looking at the camera, the first thing you notice is the absence of a screen, which other models of the WinyCam video recorder have. Having tested theV300 AHD model, we concluded that we didn’t really miss the display, which frankly speaking would be an unnecessary distraction when driving.
Of note, the camera also records sounds from within the cabin of the car, which is also a very interesting and useful feature. For example, it may prove useful in a situation in which you have to deal with an aggressive third party driver.
WinyCam V300 AHD records footage with a resolution of 720 p (1280 x 720 pixels) and saves it as an AVI file. You can view it in the browser, which needs to be installed in Windows OS using the installation file located on the card or, from obtained from the manufacturer’s website.
The camera, as you can see on the images above, is equipped with a 2 MP sensor, which allows recordings to be initiated by an event or movement. There is an LED which indicates that the car protection, e.g. against vandalism, is on.
The car protection is an interesting and rare feature. In areas of increased theft or vandalism it can deter for example vandalism caused by a broken window.
As mentioned before, the GPS module is something that will surely please the buyer and in the event of an accident will provide the precise location of the scene and the car’s speed history.
The lack of screen is partly offset by voice messages informing about active functions, for example, “the recording has started” or “the recording has been stopped” etc.
Although an option to view the files would seem logical here, e.g. using Windows Media Player, the camera doesn’t have it. However, judging by the multitude of information displayed by the browser, it becomes clear why. The manufacturer found that displaying so much information, when looking at a video footage or a photo in the browser would be impossible, or at the very least difficult.
On the video you can also see the WinyCam V300 AHD’s wide viewing angles. These raised our doubts during fixing the camera to the right side, but as you can see, the doubts were misplaced.
In order to analyze and watch recordings from this camera, you will have to remove the micro SD card and use the included adapter (or micro SD card reader, if you have one), or send the recording using an optional video cable to the external recorder or capture card. The first solution is much easier and hence will certainly be chosen by the majority of people.
Using the browser, WinyCam Viewer, which was mentioned earlier, we can view recorded-during-the--drive footage, rewind / fast forward it, as well as take pictures.
Although recording resolution is 720 p, the footage shows good details and colours.
From the tests carried out you might conclude that in terms of the quality of recordings made at night, the camera works much better at the front of the vehicle rather than the back, because it doesn’t feature a night record mode.
However, these limitations would matter only in the absence of street lamps and the lights of a vehicle that caused the accident which is, in our opinion, a very rare eventuality. What`s more, by adjusting the contrast and brightness you can enhance poorly lit footage a lot, making the details much more visible.
As you can see in the above picture, noteworthy is the map view, which allows you to track your route and get rid of doubts about the exact location of the scene, including street names.
If we were to summarize our review of the WinyCam V300AHD camera, we would say that this is a particularly well-built product, and the WinyCam Viewer software is a very advanced and useful tool for the analysis of recordings (of the accident).
The absence of a screen, which competing manufacturers’ and other models of the WinyCam have, during the tests that didn’t bother us at all. Moreover, as we mentioned earlier, it didn’t pose a distraction like cameras with mainly small-sized screens do.
Image stabilization is also a plus point of the WinyCamAHD V300 camera. The footage was devoid of excessive vibrations (the camera was tested both in an older and a newer car).
The accessories attached to the camera also deserve praise, including the micro SD to SD adapter, as well as the GPS module mounted on the camera and the very long power cord.
The 32 GB card is more than sufficient. Short tests took only about 5 GB of footage, which can be considered the basis for sufficient evidence. When disk space is exhausted, we suspect that the camera deletes older recordings, and records new ones in their place. Such a solution is appropriate in our view as it relieves the driver from the tedious task of manually deleting. In case there’s a need for footage, this can be made available from the current footage.
There are cheaper solutions offering similar specification to the WinyCam V300AHD, but the question is "will the recorded evidence be able to provide sufficient information to prove your innocence in the event of a vehicle collision?"
The product can be purchased both in England and Poland, the links to the corresponding pages are here .