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Philips ADR720 Car DVR [Review]. How good a non-smart DashCam can be in 2018?

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Philips ADR720 Car DVR [Review]. How good a non-smart DashCam can be in 2018?

Pros

  • Excellent video quality
  • Emergency mode
  • Outstanding low light performance
  • 40 hours of recording in 720p mode

Cons

  • Sold mostly in China
  • a bit expensive

Rating:

(4.3 / 5)

Full Specification

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I used to be a big fan of Philips products years ago. Unfortunately after many restructuring and optimizations  they prioritized volume over quality and this was a game-changer, at least in my point of view.
I promise to put my predjustice aside when unboxing and reviewing this dash-cam.

Unboxing

The ADR series are providing excellent quality at a reasonable price. This is currently the most expensive purpose based car-dvr I’ve owned so far and is positioned as a mid-range to budget-friendly device. The box is covered in Chinese and indeed this one is targeted to be sold in China mainland. Primarily. Thanks to Chinese retailers like Gearbest it can reach pretty much any part of the world. It is good to see that Philips have generously included good quality accessories – we have a decent and long cable, a few quality adhesive tapes and the windshield-mount.
Philips-ADR720-box

Features

Recording can be done in three resolutions: 720p, 1080p or 1440p. If done on 128gb card, which is the maximum supported, you get 880 and 1280 minutes of footage respectively. That is more than 20 hours! Just a reminder that 720p is also present and it easily doubles this amount. You can get up to 40 hours of footage on a single microSD card! Which still is tough to beat from even much more expensive models.

Before showing you some footage, let’s go through the menus. Remember – this device is primarily targeted for China. Luckily for us there is an English menu (with perfect translation!). Navigate to the 4th page in Settings, select the first option and … voila. The dash cam goes a’l’engle.
Within the settings you have some important picture controls at the beginning, going through the additional extras, then audio and motion. Then the device-related settings until we reach the sections that developers place last – the about and firmware sections.
Although it is not a touch screen, navigation is super easy. In fact I still prefer buttons over touch screen.
No app, no Wi-Fi, no Bluetooth. It is not as smart as pther current models, such as Blueskysea B1w or 70 Mai by Xiaomi.
There is collision detection and emergency mode. You may fine tune the sensitivity. If temperature raises above 70 degrees, it powers automatically off.
Philips-ADR720-menu-english

Quite obviously this car DVR does pretty well what it is designed to do. It’s hard to believe I am saying that for a Philips product – but – yeah – quite impressive! Make sure to check the video presentation below to get more detailed idea about its performance.

Pricing

Last but not least – the price. Told you it is not cheap! I was lucky to buy mine on black Friday for 50USD from gearbest. The regular price is between 130 and 150 dollars, but you may look around for coupons. This is one of the best car DVRs I’ve used so far. What do you think? Is it worth the money? Looking forward to hear about your opinion via the comments.

 

Rating:

(4.3 / 5)

 

Video review

 

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