Snooper Dash Cam – At the Forefront of the Dash Cam Industry
Snooper has been in the automotive technology business since way back in 1979, starting off with speed camera technology and moving on to mobile technology including dash cams. Today, they are at the forefront of the dash cam industry.
They are known for their high quality products, so we thought that we would put on of their most popular dash cams to the test. We have compiled a thorough review which we hope will give you a better idea of what you can expect from this dash cam and to help you decide if it can meet your needs.
- 1080P Full HD Recording
- 3” LCD Screen
- 3 Axis G Sensor
- Automatic Activation
- Snooper Aura Speed Camera Database
- Very sleek design.
- Crystal Clear Images.
- Great Extra Features.
- Fairly expensive model.
- The battery doesn’t retain power well.
One of the things that is very popular about this dash cam is the fact that it looks very similar to a digital camera. It boasts a really sleek, modern design which looks and feels great. Given the fact that this is a relatively expensive model, we expected it to feel well put together and we were not disappointed. It doesn’t feel light or cheap, despite the plastic casing.
One of the things that we really liked about the design of the Snooper Dash Cam is the extra wide 3” LCD screen. It makes viewing the user interface really easy; there was no fiddling around trying to access the settings or customisable features. The buttons to access the different settings are responsive and fairly self-explanatory.
The Recording Quality
As you would expect with such a high-end dash cam, the quality of the image produced by the 1080P resolution is incredibly impressive. When viewing the footage on a laptop or PC, the images are crystal clear in all light levels and there is no blurring at all; number plates can be seen perfectly which is just what you want.
The built in microphone is a lot more sensitive than we expected; sometimes with dash cams this is the one feature that will lack a little, but this isn’t the case with this dash cam from Snooper. It picked up sounds that were both up close to the car and a little further in the distance with no muffling at all.
The Extra Features
One of the things that we really like about the Snooper Dash Cam is that it is full of highly impressive extra features. The first one that really grabbed our attention was the built in Snooper Aura Speed Camera Database.
The database is there to alert drivers when they are approaching an area where speed cameras are installed. We all know how easy it is to accidentally travel a little over the speed limit and nobody wants to end up with points on their license for a silly mistake.
With the alert system, you know well in advance when you are approaching an area where speed cameras are installed so you have plenty of time to adjust your speed to adhere to the limits. We really found this feature useful.
Another good extra feature is the three axis G sensor. Most dash cams will only detect shock or impact from the front or the rear of the vehicle. The problem with this is that if you get hit to the side of your car then there is a chance that the G sensor won’t be effective, risking failure to capture important footage.
With the three axis G sensor that is built in to the Snooper Dash Cam, you are covered from impact to the front, the rear and the side of the vehicle, so any impact will be detected and the footage will automatically be locked so that it is protected.
Finally, we’d like to note the GPS system that is built into this dash cam. Whilst some dash cams will have a GPS system that will pinpoint the location of an accident, the Snooper GPS system offers a little more. It overlays data onto Google Maps so that you can view your entire journey.
Overall, we were really impressed with the Snooper Dash Cam. The screen is the perfect size to allow seamless interaction and the camera has been designed really well. With the extra features like the three axis G sensor, the speed camera database and the GPS feature, you really get what you pay for.
The only downside that we noticed is that the dash cam doesn’t seem to retain power very well. We found that if the car wasn’t used for a day then we needed to complete an entire journey before the dash cam had enough power to use again.
However, this is the only flaw that we noticed after trying out all of the different features. If you can afford to spend a little extra money on your dash cam then this is a model that is certainly worth it.