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Customer Reviews

Kenwood DRV-A700WDP

Compact HD dash cam with Wi-Fi and GPS — includes rear-view cam

MFR # DRV-A700WDP

Kenwood DRV-A700WDP

Kenwood DRV-A700WDP

Compact HD dash cam with Wi-Fi and GPS — includes rear-view cam

MFR # DRV-A700WDP

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Half-Baked Dash Cam

Phil from Seattle, WA on 6/24/2020

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So I was excited to get the Kenwood DRV A700WDP (or A700W internationally). I bought it because it was one of the higher end ones made by a reputable company which I like and looked like a nice design. In real life though, it falls short in many ways. I have listed the pros and cons below. The biggest problem is the software of the cam and smartphone app and how they work together, which was oftentimes so buggy and frustrating that I wanted to smash the thing to bits. Sometimes the cam's wifi SSID does not show up and you cannot connect to the cam as a result. There is no way to end the connection between the phone and camera after using it but you need to do that otherwise the cams won't start recording again. After force closing the app and turning off my phone's wifi, the cam will start the wifi connection chime incessantly and will only stop if you press and hold the wifi button for a few seconds or remove the cam from the base, which seems to be the only thing that works sometimes, which is ridiculous. Sometimes it will not start recording no matter what buttons you press and requires removing and reattaching the cam, pressing various buttons, and/or pressing "reset." Overall, the DRV A700WDP is an okay front/rear dash cam but the implementation and documentation is so poor with terrible, buggy software that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, especially at its premium cost. If I didn't hardwire it all I would have returned or sold it.

Pros: - Video quality is decent. - Supports up to 256 GB MicroSD cards (Class 10/U1/UHS I). - Continuously records video files in 1/3/5 minute segments and automatically overwrites the oldest files when space runs out to write new files. - You can protect files by pressing a button on the front cam which protects it from overwriting. - 1920x1080 resolution with 30 fps in dual camera mode. - Detachable design allows you to remove the camera from the base (which connects to the cables)

Cons: - Not 4K and dual camera means 1080p @ 30 fps for both. - Very cheap, light weight plastic build quality. - Front cam needs to be adjusted on the base to fit properly each time. - No screen so need to use your smartphone to see live image or review video files, but more compact as a result. - Setting time requires time zone and GMT setting, which is silly and made setting the time unnecessarily difficult. - Video editing software cannot even open the files from the cam.

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