5 Stars By Greg M on 2017-09-25
Anker C2 is a solid dashcam with excellent video clarity!
There has been an influx of dash cams over the past few years. It has become an invaluable tool for providing video evidence of what occurs during our everyday driving routines. If we are involved in an unfortunate accident, a dash cam may provide the evidence needed to prove who is at fault.
The Anker Roav C2 is a dash cam in the under $100 segment, which offers excellent video quality, simple installation, an intuitive menu, and motion activated recording for accidents or theft. The C2 is constructed from a solid metal housing and is phone like in size. The viewing screen is large enough to provide a descent viewing experience. This makes up for the lack of wifi connectivity featured in the Roav C1 dashcam. The buttons placement is on the back to the right of the viewing screen. The buttons are large enough for simple touch and feel usage. One concern owners of any dashcam may have is the potential for dashcam theft. The Roav C2 is definitely noticeable from outside of the car, due to its size. However, the Roav C1 and every other dashcam for that matter is also very noticeable from outside the car (my photo shows the size of the C2 on the left versus the C1 on the right). If you encounter an unscrupulous individual seeking to steal a dashcam, they're going to notice it on your windshield no matter the size.
Installation (5/5) (Installation Time 10 mins):
The installation of the Roav is simple. It mounts anywhere on your windshield, preferably behind the rear view mirror via the supplied 3M mounting strip or suction cup mount. There is a lever on the suction cup mount which locks and unlocks securely to the window. The ease of running the wire through your interior panels will depend upon your make and model. I ran my wires through the my roof trim, my A-pillar, and ,my glove compartment to the 12-Volt output.
The Roav automatically turns on, when the car is turned on. The C2 alerts you to install a SD card if one has not been inserted. When the car is off, the Roav enters a low power mode called parking monitor (you have the ability to turn this feature off). This mode, somewhat, adds security functionality to the camera. When the camera senses motion it will automatically start the recording function. You are able to adjust the movement sensitivity in the camera's menu. If someone breaks into your car, the Roav should capture it. One caveat, capturing a thief in action via the Roav, could be moot if the thief breaks into your car and steals your Roav, since the camera's recordings are captured locally via a micro SD card.
The Roav C2's menu system is very intuitive. The menu is simple to understand and is very responsive to touch. I experienced no delay between my menu selection and when that item appears onscreen.
Video Quality (4.5/5):
The Roav C2 is equipped with the same Sony Exmor sensor with 1080P resolution as seen on the Roav C1. Not surprisedly, the video performance of the C2 is on par to the C1, and that is a good thing. Video performance in both day and night is clear. The Roav features a wide viewing angle, I was able to clearly see all lanes of traffic in front of me. You can very easily zoom onto the license plate of the car STOPPED in front of you at a signal. However, making out license plates while your vehicle and the surrounding vehicles are in motion is next to impossible. While in motion, license plates become a blur when a vehicle is over a car length ahead of you. At night, making out the license plate is even worse. The reflective properties of the license plates washes out the readability of the numbers/letters on the license plates, which is a disappointment. Similarly, making out street signs is next to impossible since street signs also have reflective properties.
I'm absolutely pleased with Anker's Roav Dash Cam C2. Its a near perfect dash cam in the under $100 dash cam segment. However, there are a couple shortcomings that I noted during my time with the Roav C2.
First, I was a bit disappointed that the Roav C2 lacks a GPS antenna capable of speed, time and location tracking. This feature is available of the premium Roav C1 pro dash cam, but costs significant more.
Second, The Roav C2 has a 470mah built-in battery, rather than a capacitor. A capacitor increases the life of the camera and is less prone to overheating issues as has been experienced with dislodged screens on the Roav C1.
Lastly, license plates become a blur when vehicles are in motion and become unreadable when the vehicle is over a car length ahead. The higher resolution Roav C1 Pro, may improve readability of license plates.
The ROAV C2 dashcam is an excellent camera at its price point.
5 Stars By Mystikal on 2017-12-26
1080p @ 30FPS and 720p @ 60FPS.
Very good dash cam for the price. Takes clear videos and is very easy to upload them to your computer. No special programs required like some of the other dash cams. 1080p @ 30FPS and 720p @ 60FPS.
5 Stars By 2DayDeliver Customer on 2017-10-02
Very good product. The camera and the screen are pretty ...
Very good product. The camera and the screen are pretty good. If there is a memory card inside it would be perfect! Anyway it’s good enough at the price.
5 Stars By Sara on 2017-10-25
Works very well.
Very high-def cam with a wide view. Easy to install; parts fit well and mount sticks strong.
So far it works great, even in the dark.
5 Stars By 2DayDeliver Customer on 2017-10-18
high quality with wide view! like it!
I like this cam, it feels good and with high quality. I used a cheaper one before, I like this one with wide view.
5 Stars By Jessica on 2017-11-16
Good item, Reasonable price
Excellent item with good quality. Very easy to use.
I would definitely recommend it to my friend!
5 Stars By Yuanyuan Zhang on 2017-10-24
Very good dash cam
Very good dash cam. Easy to install without troubles. It works very great and gives high quality image. Highly recommended.
5 Stars By SJ on 2017-10-15
Great product with a good price
This dash cam is a very nice product with a great bargain price. It works very well with excellent video quality.
5 Stars By Cici on 2017-10-16
Awesome, I am very satisfied with it
Awesome, I am very satisfied with it. Both camera and screen are good and it's easy to set up. Very good design.
5 Stars By Han on 2017-10-14
Super good image quality! I set up immediately after i got it, the video looks good!