Timetec Road Hawk DC-2 Black Box Review : Nice feature rich camera with GPS, G-Sensor & Google Maps
The TimeTec RoadHawk DC-2 camera is a fairly high end camera for the dash-cam enthusiast in you. Whether you love to record long drives or are looking for a camera for insurance purposes, this can be your goto camera depending upon your budget. The camera’s standard price is around $179.99 which when compared to other options in the market is a bit steep, but is the price worth the quality ? Lets have a look.
Real Full HD 1080p@30fps video latest A5s Processor (Ambarella).
- High quality image sensor providing excellent video quality and tuned for low light sensitivity.
- Gyro balanced image stabilisation
- SD XC compatible up to 128GB (8GB included)
- Built-in 1hz GPS Receiver
- Built-in microphone
- New vertical mount designed to have the lens of the camera sitting closer to the screen of the vehicle minimising reflection
- Algorithm for detecting SD card errors.
- Alarm input for remote triggering events and output for communicating with tracking devices.
Construction and Installation
The camera feels sturdy to hold and comes with some 3M stickers and a long winding cable. I have connected it to my cigarette lighter but some people may feel like attaching it to the battery directly. The mount that comes with the camera I feel is pretty useless as you cannot take off the camera in a market or a crowded area while parking the car. this is an open invitation for prowlers.
I ended up spending some more money to buy the suction mount which I believe should be standard on this. The camera also has no battery which is a big negative for me since I use it with the cigarette lighter. What that means is that if my car is parked and someone hits it, I wont be able to find out who hit my car.
One of the main features of this camera is its HD 1080p recording. The company takes great pride in the recording quality of the camera and to be honest it doesn’t disappoint. Here is a sample video where a jerk runs a red signal, as you can see the violation if any would have been recorded quite clearly. Regarding recording number plates, the camera cannot do much on moving cars. However if you stop behind a car you can be certain that its number plate is recorded.
The internal Mic does work well, I cancelled some noise in the video but nothing that should be of concern.
GPS Logger and the G-Sensor
The GPS works great and so does the G sensor. GPS takes a minute or so to lock in at mornings and the G-sensor does go off on rough bumps so I believe if I were ever in an accident it would go off.
The Road Hawk comes with a nice side software through which you can view videos with speed overlays and Google maps integration. The software also shows X and Y G-Force for those interested.
Overall I am very happy with this camera. The battery is one thing I miss the most. Another thing is that the wire is so long it kind of coils near my cigarette lighter. But the joy of recording jerks driving like jerks is really priceless.