Uniden - DCAM Dash Camera - Black

Document your road trip with this Uniden dash cam. It has 8GB of microSD storage, so it can record as much or as little of your drive as you want, and the 140-degree angle ensures a wider perspective. This Uniden dash cam has a G-sensor for collision detection and an unobtrusive 1.5-inch display.
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Overview

What's Included


  • 8GB MicroSD card
  • Suction Mount
  • Uniden DCAM Dash Camera

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (554 out of 650)

Features


1080p Full HD recording

Allows to capture sharp footages at 25fps.

1.5" LCD display

Provides clear view.

Built-in G-sensor

Supports collision detection feature when an accident happens.

140-degree wide-angle lens

Provides expansive shooting coverage with minimal edge-to-edge distortion.

Built-in microphone

Captures clear audio.

Memory card slot

Allows you to store photos and videos on microSD cards (8GB card included).

USB interface

For simple connectivity.

Suction mount

Provides simple mounting.


Overall customer rating

4.1
86%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Suitable for basic coverage. Some file errors.

    Posted
    Yharnamite
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    For context, I purchased this when it was discounted for Black Friday. My review score would be lower if I had paid full price. I would not recommend this at full price. I've wanted a dash cam for a long time but didn't feel like investing a ton. When I saw this discounted for holiday sales I saw my chance to try one out without much investment. The quality isn't great. Even on a large screen, you can't pause a video and reliably read a license plate of a car that was to the left or right of you. You can read a plate of a car directly in front of you at a stop light and that's about it. So you can only depend on this camera for a basic overview of a road situation. You aren't going to be referring to the video file you when you get home and getting the license plate off of a car that was any distance away, or not perfectly in front of the camera. I have yet to try it at night, but judging by how weak the infrared LEDs look when I turn them on, I'm not expecting much. Again, it will be enough to have a record of a major incident on the road, but you won't be picking small details out of your video file. In the couple of times I have used it, I have already had lost/damaged files for no clear reason. The very first day I used it, I wasn't but a few minutes into a drive before I caught someone making a dangerous move on the road. I was already happy with my purchase because I was looking forward to getting home and having it on video. The first 10 minute file of my trip was inexplicably missing from the SD card. I triple checked that the blue LED was flashing while I was in the car, meaning that it was recording. The camera was definitely filming because I clicked on the next file that started in the middle of my trip. But the first one was just gone. I just came home from using the camera today. I had 4 files on my SD card, meaning my recording time was between 30 and 40 minutes. The first couple of files worked fine. I clicked on file 3 and it doesn't play. I removed the SD card from the camera and put it directly into my computer and still can't get it to play. 8 minutes of footage is lost and if I had been in an accident at that moment I would apparently not have any proof. I have tried more than one SD card. The first time I had a missing file, that was with the SD card that came included with the camera. I had since switched to a larger 32GB card, still Class 10 and suitable for use in this camera. And that 32GB card is where I got this second file that won't play. So it's not just that I have one bad SD card. I have all the settings adjusted correctly and it's not that I'm mistakenly overwriting the files or anything like that. Overall I am somewhat satisfied with this as an introduction to what it's like to use a dash cam. It's pretty disappointing that it seems like it will be a matter of luck which files save successfully and which ones will get lost. I am going to set the file size to 3 minutes instead, to see if maybe recording in the maximum 10 minute chunks is somehow just too much data for the camera to manage when it has to start a new file and save the last one. If anything, this has confirmed for me that I do enjoy having the camera for safety and will maybe get a better one. If this one would stop dropping files, I'd be relatively happy with it. But losing footage is not acceptable when the entire point of this thing is to have proof of an incident when you need it. If you can afford a better one, get it. You'll regret having an inexpensive camera like this when it really counts and you're trying to retrieve footage of something that happened on the road. You'll be lucky if the file is saved, and if it is you still might not be able to read plate numbers.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price

    Posted
    GeneJr
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Still learning about these dash cams. My first was on sale for $19.95 and I got this one on sale for $29.99. I do read from start to end the manual's for anything I buy and understand what I read. Like I mention above in the summary - this one was good for the price. A few things I've learned is with these cheaper ones - reading a license plate - even on a larger screen, is sometimes challenging. Another point is the limit on the Micro SD card. The 2 cheap ones I have along with the specs I have read on others in this price range, limit it to a 32GB memory card. This one comes with a 8GB Micro SD memory card. I have it set to the highest video recording quality (or I for sure would have issues reading a license plate) which gives me 45 minutes before looping - overwriting video. A 32GB card will give you 3 hours. Keep in mind that I have it set to 1080 (its in the truck and to cold to go look) and this second one might have a higher recording setting then 1080 but I cant remember, On both there is a one button write protect incase you need to save something. This one... if I remember, records in 3 minute intervals so you will have 15 separate video files. My first one gave me 3, 5, and 10 minute options to choose from. Both are real easy to view on my PC. On this one I plug the supplied USB cable to my Laptop and the other end to the dash cam. I turn the dash cam on and it asks - use for mass storage or webcam. Pick mass storage and Windows Explorer pops up. Just double click on one of the date/time stamp 3 minute files and you are viewing recorded video. With this and using it for evidence for an accident - 45 minutes will work. Recording and watching a long vacation drive - no. The file format changes from 32GB to the next size - 64GB and will not work in the 2 cheap dash cams I have. This dash cam says to use a Micro SD memory card - 32GB - class 10 (refers to recording speed - needed for HD video) which are about $13.00. Pay more money and you can use larger Micro SD memory cards along with options like Bluetooth and viewing it on your smart phone and even remote viewing with speaker and mic options. Like from home I can view the one in my kids car while they are driving along with hearing and speaking with them. Better ones have GPS systems built in that also show things like road names and how fast you are going. I have mine plugged into a cigarette lighter receptacle that shuts power off when I turn the vehicle off so... I never touch the dash cam. I have the settings set to start recording when I start my vehicle and turn off when I turn the vehicle off. I only need / use it incase of accident proof. So these are the reasons I gave it a 3 star rating and would recommend it for accident proof only.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work. Cannot be relied on.

    Posted
    Puppypantz

    I charged the camera. Then to test it, I set the loop mode to “off” so that it should record a single long loop. I let it record, for about 15+ minutes, while leaving it connected to the power supply. I then connected it to the computer to view the files. It recorded only two separate 1 minute clips. I reconnected it to the power supply. It started to record, but then the screen just turned to streaks before I could even set it down. So, I powered it up again. I set the loop to 3 minutes. The camera seemed to record for a few seconds, then totally froze up. I could not power the unit down. I had to reset it with a paper clip and start over. I left the loop duration on 3 minutes and let the camera alone focused on the TV. After about 20 minutes I connected it to the computer to see what I had. There were 5 files. Three were viewable. The playback was very dark on the periphery even though I was recording in a very well lit room. The other two were corrupt and couldn’t be played. The durations of the playable ones were 1 minute instead of 3. It’s obvious to me that this particular unit is defective and cannot be relied up to record ANYTHING with ANY confidence. I certainly wouldn’t rely on it to record anything critical or in a harsh automotive environment when it can’t even work indoors for more than a few minutes without a problem.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not so great

    Posted
    NEPARick
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Disadvantages : cannot read Pennsylvania state license plate numbers in front of you if car is on the side, or more than about 20 feet ahead of you. And that is supposedly in 1080p highest resolution possible on this dash cam. Street signage is visible and readable however. Video looks "pixelated" when downloaded to PC, and even wprse if uploaded to facebook.. Plugs into car's power adapter for power; has a lithium polymer battery that manufacturer says takes 90 minutes to fully charge, yet will only last "up to 10 minutes on battery power alone". If you plan on using this model to "stay on" when you are parked for shopping, or for overnight hit and run accidents, etc..., this is not for you unless you have a constant power supply to it. Most cars power adapters turn off when the car's ignition is turned off. Stays on front or rear windshield with suction cup, which often falls off the window. Have not yet tested the dash cam at night with low lights or highlights shining into front of car. Not very impressed with it; however, it is better than nothing. For a cost to benefit ratio, I rate it at 2.5 out of 5 stars. I may be returning it based upon night time recording of driving. I would not recommend it unless you are OK with the above disadvantages.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    Shannon247
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this after my last front dash camera was fried from the heat. I've been using it for about a month and a half now and so far it has exceeded my expectations. It has a wide view, it does well in the heat so far (although I do still take it down out of the sun when I'm not using it), the suction cup on it hasn't broken which I seem to have bad luck with usually, the video itself is fantastic quality, I also really liked that I was able to purchase Geek Squad protection for it since the area I live in gets really hot and humid and tends to harm electronics after so much time and use. This is so far the best dash camera I've purchased out of the 3 kinds I've tried so far. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cheaper, reliable dash cam.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Will do the Job

    Posted
    aghusk
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The quality of the video is good (not great) and will serve the purpose of documentation in case of an accident. I have a Garmin Dash Camera in my other vehicle and the quality is much better, but I also paid over twice for the Garmin. The Garmin is also a much larger camera. This camera is smaller than expected which is a good feature. You won't hardly notice on the windshield. There is plenty of length on the power cord to run the wire behind your dash. The camera also comes with a 8gb micro sd card. I'll probably upgrade to a larger micro sd. I've read other reviews that say this camera does not record on a loop. Not True. The camera does record on a loop. If you are looking for a camera to document in case of accident then this is the perfect camera. If you are looking for a camera to record high quality video to put on youtube, then spend the money and buy something with better capabilities. For my purpose, this camera is perfect. I also bought a three year Geek Squad protection plan so I'm not worried about the heat from sitting in the car or the camera breaking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy!

    Posted
    TechCougar713
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I got this dash cam on sale and it was great for the first few weeks. Then, it started getting lines across the screen and shutting down. I tried to return to Best Buy, they said it was passed their return policy deadline. I tried to find support on the Uniden website. What a joke! Their website is not user friendly. I could not even find my dash cam model on their support site. I was able to find it for sale on their website. I read other customer reviews on their site and most were not very positive. Since it appears they charge the customer shipping to warranty return one of their products, that is only a month old. I chalked this one up to lessons learned, and won’t buy another Uniden product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Acceptable device

    Posted
    immikem
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this on the recommendation from salesperson. It works well and records a good picture. If you want to keep the power chord out of your view and run on the battery, make sure your trip is less than 30 minutes, very short battery time. The salesperson told me that hers runs for a week on an 8 gb memory card, I bought a 32gb card. I drive for a living and spend about 6 hrs a night on the road, 32gb will not last for this time it will overwrite at about 5hrs. at a record rate of 720, if you up the rate to its best quality picture you will get about 3 hrs on a 32gb card before it starts to overwrites

    I would recommend this to a friend




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