The open road: the pinnacle of freedom and the home of accident-prone drivers. With so much happening on the road, it’s important to have a record of what goes on should you ever have a need to turn information over to the authorities. But the solution — a dash cam — may seem like a daunting task to setup and maintain. But that’s not the case with this dash cam from Anker.
The Roav Dash Cam is the first dash cam from Anker’s sub-brand, Roav. But by no means does it feel like a first try. The Roav is built into a compact body that mounts on your windshield with a 3M adhesive plate that won’t come off easily. The top has a slot for a microSD slot; up to 64GB cards are accepted. The only other port is for the micro USB port, which is needed to power the dash cam at all times. However, there is a backup battery so the camera can run for shorter periods of time.
On the front, you’ll find the screen and four buttons which control the camera’s settings. There’s nothing too glamorous about the settings; just toggles for WiFi, time, parking monitor, and similar things. There’s also a power button on the left side if you need to manually turn the camera on or off. However, it is quite sensitive and easy to accidentally turn the camera on. This happened many times to me.
How about the camera quality? I’m happy to say that it’s quite good! I recorded everything in 1080p, 30 fps (although a 720p option is available). I used the camera in a variety of situations: day driving, night driving, and lots of rainy highway driving. Through it all, the quality was perfectly acceptable for a dash cam. It’s not as crisp as you would be able to get from a higher end phone or DSLR, but that’s not what dash cams are made for. Rarely did I notice that the sky was washed out from the sun, but it did happen a few times. There was some graininess in the footage at night, but that’s expected. Overall though, the footage is quite good! If you didn’t already see it, there’s a video above with footage from the Roav Dash Cam.
The day to day usage of this camera is what I love most. If you keep it plugged in at all times, all you have to do to start recording your drive is turn on your car — provided it’s already plugged into the power socket triggered powered by the engine. If you don’t have a USB power plug in your car, no worries, because there’s an Anker PowerDrive 2 included in the box. When you shut your car off, the Roav stops recording and powers down after 30 seconds.
Now, how do you look at the footage? There’s two ways: the app, and putting the micro SD card into your computer. I tried out the app, and it’s alright. Watching the footage via the direct WiFi connection is slow, but it will work — just not that great. You can also toggle settings from the app, but all of them can be changed from the camera itself. However, just popping the SD into your computer works much better than with the app. This is my preferred method to view and edit the footage.
As for a couple other little aspects of the camera, one of the nice things is that the lens itself can be rotated to suit any angle of the windshield. However, one thing I don’t like is the viewing angle of the screen — it’s not that great. During day time, it’s hard to make out what’s on the screen, but the night is definitely better.
Overall, this is a fantastic dash cam. It has a nice and small design, works great, and the quality is perfect for a dash cam. You can purchase it from Amazon for $100. It’s a bit pricey, but if you anticipate getting a lot of use out of it, then I’d say it’s worth it.Get the Roav Dash Cam