Vantrue OnDash N4 Tri-Camera Dash Cam System

It finally happened – and I didn’t even see it. After years of rather (thankfully) uneventful driving with various dash cams, I’ve finally captured something worth hitting the “record” button. I had stopped to drop off donations during the COVID outbreak and while chatting with the donation center attendant there was a screeching of tires and the unmistakable creaking of metal and breaking of glass.

Like I said I wasn’t driving at the time but I had left my car running and the Vantrue OnDash N4 dash cam system which includes three cameras captured the scene with the camera frontal. Upon review, the 1440P Clear Front Camera recorded a red car crashing into the driver’s door of a BMW Z3 Convertible – then driving off. And I got it on video.

I ran to the driver of the BMW, who was unhurt, but understandably angry. As the crashes went, it was pretty minor because by the time the red car hit the BMW it wasn’t going as fast, but the BMW was still badly damaged. Another witness had noted down the getaway driver’s license plate, and I gave my information to the driver so he could get a copy of the video (which he did). The police finally arrived and viewed the video in my car. I have no idea if the driver of the red car was ever found, charged or otherwise, but leaving after hitting another car usually means something more than just the fight or flight reflex was at work . Hope things went well for the BMW driver – at least they have solid evidence of the incident.

The incident highlights what I’ve been telling my family and friends for years: Get yourself a dashcam. Just anything. In the event of an accident, it can pay for itself very quickly or help someone else. And it helps if it’s as nice a system as the $259 Vantrue OnDash N4which includes those three cameras and a cool form factor.

Vantrue OnDash N4 Technology

I’ve been looking for some interesting and innovative dash cam systems and the tube-shaped N4 fits the bill. It features a cylindrical body that includes two cameras, a responsive front-facing f1.4 1440P main camera with a 155-degree field of view and a 1080P inner camera with a 165-degree FOV plus four illumination LEDs. built-in infrared to record the interior of your vehicle’s cabin. The indoor camera rotates for easy adjustment and the suction cup mount allows for a wide range of installation options. The 1080P rear camera, which also rotates for optimal positioning, has a 165-degree FOV and is attached to a 20-foot tether that uses a USB-C connection. Vantrue has also included their option $22 suction cup mount that includes a GPS receiver. A power cord that plugs into a standard 12 volt powerlet is included and has a USB port for charging your phone etc.

Installing a three-camera system is a little more involved than just gluing the camera to the windshield, but instructions are included and it took about 30 minutes to run the power cable and wire through. the rear camera, then get the cameras up and running. A memory card is not included, but the system accepts a card up to 256 GB, which, incredibly, can be purchased for around $35or you can get one with the camera system in a package. Settings complete, the system is unobtrusive while running, starting and recording every time I started my car. It saves three data-rich video files at once, one for each camera, so make sure you have that spacious memory card. Files are looped, so the oldest files are deleted to make room for newer images, unless you protect the file by pressing the “M” (memory) button. A file will also be automatically locked if your vehicle is in an accident thanks to a built-in impact sensor. The Vanture N4 also has a 24-hour parking monitoring mode that will keep the system operational while you are away, but requires the installation of a $16 wiring kit and some setup time.

I really enjoyed using the Vantrue OnDash N4 system. The form factor is less obtrusive than typical “corner” style dash cams and the video it captures is clean and clear, including at night thanks to the bright f1.4 front lens. Operation is fairly simple, but I wish it had built-in wifi to simplify transferring files to my phone. As such, to view the files, it is easier to remove the card from the camera and insert it into your computer’s card reader. Simple enough. Files can also be played in the vehicle on the 2.1 inch LCD screen.

Should you buy it?

Overall, I recommend the Vantrue OnDash N4 system. It’s a great choice for any driver, but it’s an especially smart choice for carpool drivers or anyone who needs to record activity inside a vehicle as well as activity in front and behind. while driving. The low profile form factor, excellent video quality and ease of use make it the winner.

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