- The camera body is small. I mean TINY small. Because of this, it takes up very little space on your windshield.
- The mounting suction cup is very strong.
- The power cord is long - about 6ft - which allowed me to snake it through the sun visor, the passenger roof handle, down the back of the seat, and up into the center console to plug into the "cigarette lighter" 12V power outlet with a little room to spare for adjusting the passenger seat backward. It's unobtrusive and allows the camera to be continually plugged in, which is very nice.
- The camera turns on automatically and begins loop recording when you turn your car on, as long as it's plugged in.
- The continuous loop recording is very convenient. You can set the interval to 1, 3, or 5 minutes. I put a 32GB microSD card into mine which should mean I will probably never need to worry about storage at all.
- Because the camera is so darn small, the button controls and the LCD screen are very small. It can be a bit difficult to press those little buttons, and you'll have to brace the top of the camera with a finger when you press one to avoid changing the camera angle. Overall not a huge inconvenience. The LCD is very small and does not have a very high resolution. Because of this, playing back video on the camera itself reveals some pretty grainy and low frame rate footage. However, this can be solved pretty easily by just slipping the SD card out and viewing the video on your computer.
- Something I find slightly annoying is that there doesn't appear to be any continuous recording mode, but that's not a big deal because I bought the camera almost exclusively for protection against insurance fraud and hit-and-runs.
- Some of the modes and controls are a bit difficult to navigate with the buttons.
- The camera itself does feel cheap and light and plasticy.
- It definitely has a learning curve to use it for anything but its default loop recording mode. I played around with it for about an hour and I'm still not very confident at all with its features.
- By absolute biggest criticism is the instructions that come with it. They are in very poorly translated English from Chinese. Most of it is really difficult to understand so you pretty much have to just mess around with the camera itself till you figure things out. Probably only about 20% of the instructions are useful at all. The diagram on the instructions refers to an AV Out port, which there is not. It also refers to a button called "Lock" which is necessary to enter the parking monitoring mode, but there is no such button on the device, so I still haven't figured out how to enter parking mode.
- The lens is not "wide-angle". It might be for a cell phone or something, but 120 degrees will not cover your entire front field of view if mounted on your windshield. I just hope nothing ever happens where I need those extra degrees of viewing angle.
For the very low price of this item, it deserves its 4/5 stars. The combination of the viewing angle and the disastrously translated instructions takes off a star, but if you're looking for the most basic of protection then this is a very good choice.