Dmyco 2K Rearview Mirror Dual Lens Dashcam Review

Dmyco 2K Rearview Mirror Dual Lens Dashcam Review

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Takeaway: Large screen, bright colors, clear reflection, wide field of view, straight forward installation and interface.

You’ll receive the dashboard camera, instruction manual, 32GB microSD card, plastic trim tool, rear camera, with mounting screws and double sided tape, reset pin tool, 17.5 foot long rear camera cable, 11 ft miniUSB accessory port adapter with right-angle connector, and two rubber strap bands. The dashboard camera measures 12 inches wide, 2.75 inch tall, and 1.25 inches thick. The mirror reflection of it is very clear and crisp. On the back, is the front camera lens, stereo external speakers, and reset pinhole. Along the top you have a GPS input port, microSD card slot, rear camera A/V input, and miniUSB charging port. On the bottom, you’ve got the power button, and microphone. The 4 hooks on the back are used with the rubber bands to attach the unit to your existing rearview mirror.

The unit has a small internal battery in it that can run it for 15 – 20 minutes continuously unpowered. When you turn the unit on, there is a musical tone and every time you tap the screen there is a beeping tone. The touch icons on the bottom toggle on and off sound recording, switch between photo and video mode, capture video or photos when a card is installed, enter the settings, or lock the video being recorded. In the settings you can control: the front and rear camera resolution (2K/1080P or vice versa), loop record 1, 3, or 5 minutes, time lapse to 1, 2, 3 seconds or off, toggle audio recording, G-sensor sensitivity, parking monitor sensitivity, screensaver after 1 or 3 minutes or never, change the video encoding (h.264 or h.265), video frequency (50/60Hz), enter USB storage mode for data transfers, just don’t touch this icon if you’re not connect to a PC or the camera will freeze, requiring you to reset it, toggle the beeping touch tone, external speaker volume, toggle welcome tone, stream media makes the default video on the screen the rear camera when this setting is on, front camera with the setting off, language, date and time, and format the SD card. This camera accepts up to 64 GB Class 10 microSD cards. When installing the card, be sure to insert it with the gold contacts facing the side with the lens and push it in until it clicks.

The video quality of the LCD is quite clear with high screen resolution. The stats on the screen disappears quite quickly though, but tapping the screen brings them up again. Tapping the middle icon stops recording and we can switch to photo mode and snap a photo. Returning to video mode automatically starts a recording. The resolution is noted on the screen as well as a running time counter, a date and time stamp in the middle, microphone status, as well as a battery life indicator.

The lens of the camera is on a ball joint and can be swiveled to set the angle and direction. There’s also a plastic film on the front/rear lens that should be removed for you to get the clearest image possible. Install this dashcam over your existing rearview mirror by attaching the rubber straps to the hooks over the back side of your existing mirror. Because the lens extends out from the left side, your driver side visor may make contact with the now longer mirror, requiring you to make adjustments to it periodically. After plugging in the power and rear input cables, you can hide the cables by running them between the ceiling panel and windshield, then under the trim along the edges of the ceiling. You may need to use the trim tool to help you pull back the trim and push the cable under it. I ran the rear camera input wire all the way into the trunk along the ceiling panel.

After installing the rear camera out the outside of the trunk just above the license plate, I ran the wire into the trunk and hooked it up to the rear input cable. I also wanted it to come on automatically when the car is put in reverse gear. For this I had to wire the back camera to the car’s reverse light bulb connector. You can also splice the wire into the the reverse light cable. With the power cable plugged into an accessory port that is only live when the car is turned on, when I start the car, the camera starts up automatically and begins recording. When I put the car in reverse, it automatically switches to the rear camera and puts up the reverse guide lines. The reverse guides are great for determining just how close you are to object behind you. Plus the lines can help you parallel park.

To toggle between the cameras, swipe left from the center of the screen, or view both cameras at the same time in a split screen mode. The enter playback mode, swipe right from the center of the screen. To adjust the brightness swipe up and down on the right hand side of the screen and to change the vertical field of view, swipe up and down on the left side of the screen. To lock a recording and save it as important so that it doesn’t get overwritten, tap the lock icon along the bottom. The record button will change to yellow and there will be a yellow progress bar along the bottom. To view locked files, in playback mode, tap the folder name and select front or rear urgent video.

At 2K quality, a 5 minute clip from the front camera takes up about 400 MB. Conversely at 1080p, a 5 minute clip from the front camera takes up about 250 MB. The video is clear and sharp with accurate colors, nice saturation, and decent white balance. The rear camera footage at 1080p, averages around 350 MB per 5 minute clip and at 2K, is around 500 MB. The video from this lens is also nice and clear with plenty of detail and you can really see the difference between the two resolutions in the image quality and clarity. At night, lighter areas of the image captured are brightened, but sometimes to the point where they can get washed out and you lose some clarity, especially from the front camera. That may make it harder to read signs and license plates at night in the video footage. I felt the rear camera actually did a little better at controlling the white balance in the lighting.

The audio in the video is identical for the front and rear camera feeds for the same recorded period. It’s fairly clear, though voices are kind of faint even when both speakers are sitting in the front seats. One thing that I didn’t like was that it picks up the beeping sound from tapping the screen, so if that’s annoying for you, you can turn those tones off. The one tip is if you want to use the mirror and shut off the video feed, simply short press the power button on the bottom. You don’t have to wait for the screensaver to kick in. Even so, I set the screen to show the rear camera by default, that way, if I touch the screen accidentally and activate the camera, at least I would still see what’s behind me. With the LCD off, the mirror looks pretty much like a normal rearview mirror, though it’s quite a bit wider than my original mirror providing a nice and clear wide angle view.

The quality of the video and audio are very good for this type of camera, the LCD screen is large, and I found the interface to be pretty easy to use. I do wish there was a pass-through USB port on the plug for charging or powering other devices, but other than that I found the camera works well and captures high definition video from both the front and rear cameras with amazing high detail, color, brightness, and clarity.

Buy it at Amazon: Dmyco 2K Rearview Mirror Dual Lens Dashcam [Affiliate Link]

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