Transcend Dashcam DrivePro 620 – A solid 1-2 dashcam punch

Dashcams have proven to be an invaluable accessory to many vehicle owners. Most dashcams available in the market come with only one front camera, and those that come in pairs would come at a premium. That’s where the Transcend Dashcam DrivePro 620 comes in. If it’s all-around value with great quality that you’re looking for, this is the dashcam duo that’s right for you. Allow us to explain.

Not 1, but 2 dashcams in a box with the Transcend Dashcam DrivePro 620

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Transcend has been in the tech and gadget game for a long time, and it’s since evolved along with new markets. Their foray into dashcams has been rather remarkable, and along with quality products, Transcend has decided to throw in a bang-for-the-buck tandem of front and rear cameras. As far as the name goes, DrivePro 620, it’s simply a new name for a combo of the Transcend DP250 for the front and the DP10 for the rear.

These two cameras share features between themselves but before we get to those, let’s have a look at them individually. First, the front unit, the Transcend DP250.

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It’s a pretty small unit, if we were to be honest. But don’t let its size fool you. The camera tips the tape at 2.76″ x 2.48″ x 1.36″ and that’s really compact. It comes with a 2.4” TFT LCD that shows pretty clear videos real-time, and that’s because it can record at up to 1440p and up to 60 fps of 2K MP4. Not bad for such a small thing.

If anything, the video that comes out of the DP250 is impressive because of how quickly the camera’s sensors react to changes in light. Normally we can expect a long pause either in pitch black or in blinding white light when moving into or out of, say, a tunnel, but the DP250 can handle these situations quite well, and that’s a big plus for any dashcam that means to capture every moment, every time.

Perhaps the only point for improvement that we could find for the Transcend DP250 – serving as the DrivePro 620 package’s front dashcam – is the quality and tactile feel of its buttons. Of course it’s made of plastic, and it definitely looks and feels like plastic. It’s not anything of a deal-breaker, but it makes it feel and look quite… plain. It’s a budget-box after all so at this point, this can just be nitpicking.

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Now we move on to the rear camera, the Transcend DP10. Compared to the DP250, this unit is much smaller measuring at 2.3″ x 1.42″ x 1.12″. It does not have a screen like its front counterpart, but it more than makes up for it with its video capture capability. Compared to the DP250, the smaller DP10 can capture the same 1440p and up to 60 fps 2K QHD MP4 videos, and it can also be set to record in a smaller resolution: Full HD 1920 x1080p at 60 fps, still in MP4.

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Worth noting is that these 2 different resolutions result in 2 different viewing angles. The higher 1440p has a wider 140-degree viewing angle and the 1080p has a narrower 100-degree angle. It may look like a big difference on paper, but we find that the latter does not take away from a proper dashcam (video) angle.

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So those are the 2 cameras at a glance, so we now get to the specifics of how they function. If we are to be straightforward, it will be best to get the Transcend DrivePro mobile app on either Android or Apple; both are available in their respective Stores. With this app you get a multitude of options and settings at your fingertips from setting video resolutions, setting how your DrivePro 620 cameras communicate with each other, browsing through and downloading your stored footage, or viewing videos real-time when you are not in the vehicle. This will need Wifi connection, though.

The DrivePro app makes setting up your DrivePro 620 cameras a lot more convenient, but it is also the stumbling block of Transcend. Dependence on Wifi makes connecting to the devices spotty a little less than half the time, and the connection would also drop a few times while using the app. There’s no beating fiddling around with the physical buttons on the front camera, the DP250, to configure all your settings, but in a day and age where technology is the go-to, Transcend could do well to provide a better and more seamless app for its products.

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All these said, however, the bundled features of the Transcend DrivePro 620 package are pretty tough to beat. Great video quality from both front and rear cameras, GPS, batteries that are built-in and can also be charged via the included lighter plug and USB cables, plus some dare we say it “safety tech” like Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning System, Headlight Reminder, and even Driver Fatigue Alert, you get yourself a box chockful of goodies at a better price point compared to buying individual cameras with similar features or similar “set boxes” from other brands that cost more.

Does the Transcend DrivePro 620 bundle in a box work? Is it worth the coin? Can something(s) from an evolved brand really compete with the more established companies and household names for recorders and dashcams for automobiles?

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The answer is yes. It’s not a stellar piece of tech and hardware, but it does shine with all that its (their, because there are 2 cameras after all) inherent features overall value for money when you consider that it’s a 2-cameras-in-1-box package 12.

A camera is a camera, a dashcam is a dashcam. But going with the Transcend DrivePro 620, you don’t get “just” a camera, and you don’t get “just” a dashcam. Most importantly, it gets you your money’s worth, plus just a tad bit more extra while you’re at it.

Interested to grab the Transcend Dashcam DrivePro 620? Use the voucher code “YUGATRANSCEND620” when you check out at Blade.ph 204 website to get Php500 less from the total amount. The pack comes with a 64GB microSD card as well.

Mikko Juangco
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