- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.1 x 6.4 cm ; 136 g
- Item model number: P3-US
- ASIN: B00HYST05M
- Date first available at Amazon.in: 8 August 2014
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,15,621 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
PAPAGO P3-US P3 Full HD 1080P Dashcam with Built-In GPS and US Digital Map 2.4-Inch LCD (Black)
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- Built-in map shows current location. Record video with info stamps includes coordinates, speed, states and road by integrated GPS.
- Record Full HD 1080P 30fps High Resolution Video. Aptina 3.5 Mege-Pixel Image Sensor. 130 Degree Wide Viewing Angle(FOV). Cycle recording allows old file to be replaced automatically with new files. HDMI output supports HDTV playback.
- Support Speed Camera Warning.
- Active car safety system send warnings when driver switching lanes inappropriately (LDWS) or too close with the front car (FCWS). Stop and Go, Driver Fatigue Alarm, Lighting Reminder. Support low and high temperature protection.
- Windshield and Dashboard mounting available. Option of using a Dashbag (sold separately). Supports external storage up to 32GB Micro SD Card (Micro SD Card is not included in the package)
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Description for PAPAGO P3-US P3 Full HD 1080P Dashcam with Built-In GPS and US Digital Map 2.4-Inch
No other dashcam on the market can compare to the high tech, fully loaded aspects of the P3. This particular model is GPS enabled, although it does not navigate your drive it does have a digital mappi
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I mention the method of installation because several reviewers have reported the Papago-supplied suction cup isn't quite up to the task. I didn't want to have it come crashing down periodically and risk damaging it. Additionally, I wanted to get this dashcam as far forward on the windshield as possible so as to avoid including the dash as a major portion of its field of view. The RAM Mounts system is much more stable and, instead of a lot of vibration resulting from vehicle movement, the dashcam moves with the vehicle, as it's affixed solidly to it.
As to performance, I've put several hundred miles and over 12 hours on this dashcam already. I did turn off the lane departure alarm because it confused multiple lane situations with lane departures. That was probably the one disappointing function in my experience. That's why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Also, while in a multiple lane situation with considerable traffic, it will "beep" fairly frequently. I attribute this result to it sensing what it interprets as a close encounter rather than what it is in reality, a vehicle in an adjacent lane that I'm passing or that is passing my vehicle. I've learned to ignore it until I am able to devote a little time to searching through the device's menu to either disable or modify this function. If it were a serious annoyance, I would have already done so. Life is a busy place.
Given that I've driven out of a lighted parking lot at night with my headlights switched off on several occasions (yes, my vehicle has an automatic control, but there are reasons why I don't use it), I was pleased to see that the Papago Pro 2 has a feature that warns the driver if that should happen. It's fairly sensitive in that it will occasionally give a false warning, which is a headlight image, slashed through, on the display, as well as a pleasant chiming report. It's sensitive enough that any abrupt change in the ambient lighting, such as a sudden entrance into a tunnel or a particularly dark street, will set it off even if the headlights are on. I'd prefer a few false alarms rather than a situation whereby it might "miss" a situation in which the lights were inadvertently left off. Like the lane departure signal, this feature can be disabled if one uses an 'automatic lights-on' feature or simply does not wish it to give a warning. I greatly appreciate this feature. I managed to get stopped at night on 2 separate occasions to be advised to turn my lights on in the 3-month period prior to purchasing the Papago unit. Fortunately, I was only advised to turn on my lights in both cases (and evaluated for the possibility of being 'under the influence' during one such stop).... Since installing this device I've been warned to turn on my lights on at least 3 separate occasions, even though my headlights were on. I appreciate that feature. (Anyone who does routinely consume alcohol, whether responsibly or not, may find that feature to be.....shall we say.....helpful.)
I have it powered from a power port that is always on, regardless of whether the engine is running, so that means that it remains functioning during short stops or continuously for as long as it's plugged it. As it's continuously running, it doesn't understand that I may have made stops along the way, so the driver fatigue warning will come on intermittently after an hour or so. This can be minimally annoying, however the unit is easily reset just be pulling the adapter out of the vehicle's power port and then replugging it to establish an electrical connection again. It interprets that as a stop, so it won't repeat the warnings again until more time has elapsed. I find this of no particular inconvenience, however I mention it simply because it has come to my attention that there are those who find anything remotely resembling pristine automatic operation to be an irritation. Different strokes....
Other reviewers have commented exhaustively about the process of downloading and viewing images onto your computer, as well as permanent recording of incidents involving abrupt movements that create g-force anomalies, as well as recording incidents while one is absent from the vehicle. I see no reason to add to their comments. I personally have no interest in retaining any recorded trips unless there should be an occasion when the information might prove to be useful, such as in the case of an accident (accident-free for the last 15 years....yea!) or in the case of some other circumstance in which it may be helpful to have a video record. (Which brings me to the following comments.)
Unfortunately, there have been numerous reports of encounters with police officers by drivers and other individuals in which the officers' behavior have been called into question. I, personally, had just such an encounter over a decade ago and the incident left me somewhat anxious about anything similar. I was not committing a crime and I was completely legal. The incident involved a New Orleans officer of a different race who seemed to be on a 'power trip' at the time. I'm not inferring a cause, only that those were the circumstances. The outcome of that encounter was positive, however it was so only by quick thinking on my part. A respectful and confident, assertive demeanor defused it, but it could have gone another direction. As a result, that experience, as well as recent high-profile incidents in the news media, has caused me to consider how one might proceed with which to protect oneself from police acting in a less-than-professional manner. (And they know who they are....)
Thus, as part of the above install, I have employed the use of a Ram Mount EZY-Mount Quick Release Adapter, which affords me with the option of quickly removing the dashcam from it's RAM Mounts support system. I can easily and quickly detach the dashcam and lay it down on the dash to point in the direction of the driver's side window (or any other direction) while it's running so as to record the actions of a police officer or anyone else in whom I may have an interest. I see this as simply a little extra insurance that, once informed that the encounter is being recorded, I may be afforded with greater assurance that the officer so engaged will conform to a higher degree of predictability and professionalism. I state this while acknowledging that most police officers are highly professional and that the above only applies to a specific few. I also acknowledge that one is unable to predict in advance the behavior of an individual officer, so it's wise to have the means to add the additional layer of accountability. Many police cruisers already have dashcams for that very purpose and, so I understand, some police officers now have them on their person as well. Whether anyone else finds this to be useful is entirely a subjective decision. I leave it to the reader to determine the value of such a capacity. Unfortunately, the world we now live in seems to present more situations in which this type of personal defense may be of some utility. I hope it has the effect of tempering any response by an officer, should the occasion arise. In my case, other than the two 'forgetful moments' during which I failed to remember to switch on my headlights, I've not had an encounter with the police in the last decade. On the other hand, such a thing, it seems, is not uncommon and unpredictable, so the extra assurance only seems prudent. Any well-intended officer who behaves professionally shouldn't object to being recorded. For the others, the video could be a means of controlling the situation so as to ensure that he or she does act professionally. I'd be receptive to comments about this issue or anything else I've written, including comments from any police officers who may read my post. Thank you for allowing me to share the above with you.
1. How reliable
2. Image quality
3. Backup ability if a incident occurs.
1. I have yet to come out to my cruiser in the morning and have to reset or fight the unit. It always powers up (I run a 2 hour shut down delay) and records all day long. If I have a incident that needs to be archived all I have to do is press the backup key and the unit saves the last 10 min of footage to a different folder that is write protected.
2. Images on this unit are full HD. Tags can be read with no issues, and the wide angle lense captures 4 lanes of traffic with no issues
3. See number one
The unit has no cons that I can see. I purchased it because of its visibility, if your looking for it l, you can defiantly see it in the windshield. So if your looking for a smaller unit that blends in I would look at a Blackbox(have two for my personal vehciles). Hands down this unit blows all others out of the water. It's so good that we are looking into outfitting our other 5 cruisers with the same cameras. Well worth the premium paid.
One thing I would recommend is that you go to the Papago website (http://us.papagoinc.com/products/p3/#support) and download the latest firmware and maps. If you are using recent Windows software, you can easily extract the necessary files onto the Papago SD card. Then when you re-insert it into the dashcam and turn it on, the system will automatically update. The second thing I would recommend is that you allow the system to automatically set the time. The dashcam has no internal battery, so if you elect to set the time manually you will need to set it every time you turn the dashcam on. It's a bit confusing setting it since it sets automatically by difference from GMT (the standard world clock, which it presumably obtains from the same source as the GPS positioning data), but play with it until you discover how many hours it needs to add or subtract from GMT and never worry about it again.