Dash cam test: eyes on the road

Five dash cams compared


Gembird DCAM-GPS-01

The cheapest camera in this test has an average price of about 64 pounds / 75 euros and is manufactured by Gembird. The Gembird DCAM-GPS-01 might be cheap, in terms of functionality it can compare with the more expensive models in this test. The camera records at a maximum of full hd resolution with 25 frames per second, has a G-sensor, can automatically start recording when movement is detected and has an SOS-button to save recordings in a separate map where they are not rewritten. The Gembird  uses an external GPS antenna that is built in to the base of the supplied suction cup. This works perfectly fine, although it does not look as good as other models that have the GPS receiver built in to the device itself.

The image quality of the Gembird CAM-GPS-01 is reasonable in daylight, but certainly not perfect. The camera records with 22 Mbps in MJPEG. This is not the most efficient codec and despite the relatively high bitrate we do notice quite a lot of compression. Furthermore the dynamic range of the camera is limited, meaning that details in darker parts of the image are sometimes lost. Unfortunately the camera performs bad in the dark. The photosensitivity of the sensor and lense is limited and to compensate for this the camera changes to a very long shutter time and low fps of – as we estimate – somewhere around ten frames per second. The result is a shaky and  washed out image. At about 64 pounds / 75 euros the Gembird is a reasonable camera for use in daylight, but the device is not that great in the dark.

Gembird DCAM-GPS-01

Gembird DCAM-GPS-01
The Gembird CAM-GPS-01 is the cheapest camera in the test at 64 pounds / 75 euros, but it also comes in last in terms of image quality.

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