Having a dash cam gives you all the evidence you need in the event of an accident, but many dash cams do just that: record footage. The Lanmodo Vast Pro goes beyond just recording and instead becomes an additional safety feature while driving. I had the pleasure of testing this dash cam for myself to see how it compares to others I have used, while also testing the innovative night vision feature.
Introducing Lanmodo Vast Pro
The Lanmodo Vast Pro is described as having “the ultimate 1080P dual night vision system”. From that statement alone, you know it’s more than your standard dash cam. In fact, the night vision system is actually the main feature of the camera, although in my testing it also performs extremely well as an everyday dash cam.
The large camera, which looks more like a rearview mirror than your typical smaller camera, displays a clear, high-quality image while you drive. Even at night you get a full color image.
Although you can buy a front and rear camera system, I only tested the front camera system. The rear camera is 720P, while the front is 1080P.
The 8.2-inch screen offers an easy-to-view image at all times, even at night. The 45-degree field of view ensures that you record everything in front of you and allows you to see better around you at night.
The G-sensor detects possible collisions and immediately locks the footage to prevent the device from overwriting the footage. You can manually unlock all locked videos through the menu. In parking mode, the sensor activates even when your engine is off.
With support up to 128GB and loop recording, the camera stores hours of footage you can review anytime.
What is included
The Lanmodo Vast Pro includes everything you need to get started, including a microSD card and a USB card reader.
Of course, you also get all the cables and mounts you need to easily hook up the camera.
I was personally impressed that the kit includes both a dash mount and a windshield mount. It includes both an OBD adapter, which you need for parking mode, and a 12V car plug cable (if you have a 24V port, you will need to purchase a cable separately from Lanmodo).
The input cable for the camera itself includes a location to connect the rear view camera (if applicable) and whatever adapter / cable you choose to use. The cables are long enough to easily hide around your windshield to prevent cables from hanging loose.
The camera itself looks great and looks awesome the moment you take it out of the box.
The brackets themselves couldn’t be easier to use. The dash and windshield mounts use a sticky rubber pad to hold the camera securely. What’s even better is both removing them without leaving residue so that you can use the camera in another vehicle if you wish.
I highly recommend keeping the plastic coating on both brackets to protect the sticky pad when not in use.
If you are using the dashboard mount, you will need to use the included screwdriver to secure the camera to the mount.
For me, I couldn’t use the dashboard mount. I have tried it in several vehicles, but it is not high enough to clearly see the road while driving. I tried a small sedan and two SUVs. Honestly, this was one of the only real issues I had in my testing. I would love to have an adjustable area to raise the camera a few inches.
However, the windshield mount works great and does not move at all while driving. I hit several potholes and had no problems.
The camera is easy to adjust to any angle you need with the windshield mount. It only took a few minutes to connect the cables and install it on my windshield. As soon as I started the engine, the camera started recording.
Unless it is connected using OBD cable, it will turn off and stop recording when you turn off the engine.
The menu is easy to use. During the initial setup all I had to do was set the time / date and tell the camera how it was installed (dashboard or windshield). Since the camera must be installed upside down for the windshield mount, it is important to choose the correct installation so that when looking at the camera, the view is correct.
You can also turn off video and audio recording, set how long an incident should be recorded, etc. Even on a clear, sunny day, I could still see the screen clearly with the brightness set to low. I suggest setting the sensitivity of the G-Sensor to low or medium. I hit a single bump in the road on support and the video was locked. So, low can work better to avoid filling your SD card with pictures locked with daily bumps on the road.
When setting up the camera for the first time, you will need to format the SD card, even if it is brand new. It only takes few seconds.
To avoid interfering with the fingerprints on the screen, it is not a touch screen. However, the buttons are easy to use.
There are only six buttons, which can quickly detect which button you need. Use the arrow buttons and the OK button to navigate through the menu options. You will also use them to access, view and control the playback of stored videos.
I have tried the Lanmodo Vast Pro day and night. After all, I absolutely had to test the night vision system.
First of all, my daytime experience was amazing. If I felt glare while driving, I could look at the camera and see clearly without any glare. This instantly makes it safer.
Even more impressive is the use of the camera at night. I’ve used dash cameras at night before and usually you get a black / white view. Or, it’s just a dark image that shows even less than your headlights.
It was a completely different experience. Not only could I see exactly what my headlights were on, but I could see much further and to the sides. The camera’s night vision system extends your view up to 300 meters or 984 feet. For comparison, the following image is what my headlights were showing.
Here is the exact same location of the camera:
The Lanmodo Vast Pro delivers on its promises of crystal-clear video and superior night vision. I only had two problems. The first is the dashboard mount. The second is that if you watch the images recorded from the windshield holder, they are upside down even when you view them on a computer. However, you can just flip the camera itself to view the videos vertically.
However, if you often drive at night or in bad weather like rain, snow or fog, it is a game-changer. In addition, it is much cheaper than an integrated system, while still functioning better.
You can see how the Lanmodo Vast Pro has worked for others, buy your own, and get discounted prices if you buy early from here visit Lanmodo today. With a $ 10 Golden membership, you get the full kit for just $ 199. Otherwise, it will cost $ 619 when it is fully released in October.
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