If your on the lookout for a dashcam that is thin, lightweight and easy to use then the Vantrue X2 might be the right dashcam for you.
The X2 is about 70g in weight but don’t let that fool you into thinking this is of poor quality – its far from it. The X2 supports microSD cards up to 64GB (not included – I’d highly recommend buying a class 10 micro SD card if you can, as they perform better).
The X2 can also shoot up to and including 2.5K video resolution (2550x1440p at 30fps) with built in WDR (high dynamic range) for crystal clear video during the day and at night, and can also be used to take 16 megapixel snapshots. The camera can record audio with its built in mic and the camera’s 2.7” rear view screen makes reviewing footage a walk in the park. Not only can you review the footage on the camera’s rear view display, you can of course connect the camera to your HDTV via the HDMI-out on the base of the X2 (n.b you will need a HDMI cable for this also, as there isn’t one included in the box). Last but not least you can also review footage on your PC or laptop by inserting your SD card into the computer (SD Card reader may be required)
Using a 64GB SD card, from the instruction manual, its said to be able to record in 2.5K resolution for almost 7 hours (before the card fills up), almost 10 hours at 1080p 60fps, and almost 13 hours using 1080p at 30fps video resolution. For more about this, see the photo below:
The camera is really straight forward to set-up / start using, and also included should you need it, is a very detailed and easy to read instruction manual.
The cameras features are really impressive too; the auto-power on means the camera will turn on and start recording immediately when the car ignition is started (you can turn this feature off if you wish). Seamless recording will also continuously record, meaning when your SD card gets full, it will simply overwrite old footage with new footage – this saves you having to go back and forth to your computer to clear the card.
Mounting the camera to the car is really easy just plug the suction cup mount onto the X2 and position the camera anywhere on your windscreen (somewhere that gives less reflection) – the suction cup is really sticky so you will not need to worry about this falling off.
Also on the suction cup mount you will find a small USB port (See photo below) that will allow you to charge the camera when its mounted. You can actually charge the camera when mounted either via the USB port on the mount itself or via the USB port on the bottom of the camera, whichever suits.
You will also receive a cigarette lighter charger for the car (See photo above) -which I will add has a little secret of its own as well – slide the tip of the charger to reveal a USB port, this allows you to charge the camera and any other USB device you might have (i.e your phone / tablet etc).
Battery life is good, however as you will be using this in the car, I’d recommend having the car lighter charger plugged in at all times just so you don’t run out of battery.
You can also purchase an optional GPS enabled mount / accessory for the camera which will allow yo to record a whole range of data on your journey including; map position, g-force, acceleration, speed etc. A video of the GPS module and data recorded can be seen in the video below (thanks to Dylan West on YouTube – note that the GPS module is compatible with the previously reviewed N1 and current X2 dashcams):
Overall this is a superb little dash cam, its nice and thin, super lightweight and has excellent image quality. I was super happy with how it looked during the day and at night and wouldn’t hesitate recommending this to anyone thats on the lookout for a dashcam for their car.
The X2 also comes with an 18 month warranty and whilst I haven’t ever had to use Vantrue’s customer service, I hear they have a great turnaround to responses and are a very helpful bunch of people.
Please leave a comment or catch me over on Twitter if you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to answer them.