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APEMAN C450A Review

Unfortunately, the strong points of this model begin and end with its low price tag
APEMAN C450A
Credit: APEMAN
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Price:   $47 List
Pros:  Inexpensive
Cons:  Odd blue hue on all footage, slightly larger visual footprint
Manufacturer:   APEMAN
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jun 17, 2021
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#8 of 8
  • Video Quality - 40% 4
  • Video Capture - 25% 7
  • Interface - 25% 5
  • Visual Footprint - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The APEMAN C450A is very inexpensive, but otherwise just can't compete with the current field of dash cams available. In our testing, all of its footage had an odd hue that made colors look unnatural, and we often ran into significant clarity issues that made things like reading license plates quite difficult. Though the low price tag is certainly attractive, we would implore anyone looking for a budget dash cam to check out the only marginally more expensive Roav A1 instead. For just a little more it offers a significant improvement over the APEMAN's video quality and overall usability.

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Pros InexpensiveVery good video quality, relatively inexpensive, very slim profileGreat video quality, second cab-facing cameraUser-friendly, inexpensiveVery good video quality, small visual footprint, built-in Wi-Fi
Cons Odd blue hue on all footage, slightly larger visual footprintNo built-in Wi-Fi, no rear or interior cameraPricey, relatively bulkyAverage video qualitySomewhat frustrating interface
Bottom Line Unfortunately, the strong points of this model begin and end with its low price tagThe best performance and value for those who only want to record the road in front of them and don't need a second, rear-facing cameraCurrently the best rideshare model due to its great video quality and second cameraThis user-friendly model features a nice interface and a reasonable price tagA great camera that is somewhat held back by quite a frustrating user interface
Rating Categories APEMAN C450A AUKEY DR02 Vantrue N2 Pro Uber... Roav A1 Rexing V1
Video Quality (40%)
4.0
8.0
9.0
5.0
8.0
Video Capture (25%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Interface (25%)
5.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
3.0
Visual Footprint (10%)
6.0
9.0
5.0
6.0
8.0
Specs APEMAN C450A AUKEY DR02 Vantrue N2 Pro Uber... Roav A1 Rexing V1
Field of View 150 degrees 170 degrees 170 degrees 140 degrees 170 degrees
Resolution 1080p 1080p 2.5K 1080p 1080p
Event Detection G Sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cabin Camera No No Yes No No
Camera Dimensions 2" x 1.6" x 1.4" 3" x 2" x 1.5" 3.8" x 1.5" x 1.5" 3.3" x 2.2" x 1.3" 6.6" x 5" x 3.4"
Built-in Wi-Fi? No No No Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The inexpensive APEMAN C450A has too many drawbacks when compared to similarly priced dash cams to earn a recommendation from us. While not a terrible camera, it failed to impress us in any of our tests, relegating it towards the bottom of our overall scoreboard

Performance Comparison


Our computers and hard drives are now full of photos like this...
Our computers and hard drives are now full of photos like this...
Credit: Steven Tata

Video Quality


All of the footage we captured with the APEMAN in our testing had significant issues, whether it be clarity, color, or saturation. Accordingly, it earned one of the lowest scores in this metric.

During the day the APEMAN lends an odd, orangish tint to most footage, making it somewhat reminiscent of old movies from the 1950s. Despite having a slightly narrower field of view than many of our top picks at 150˚, we noticed more fisheye distortion with the APEMAN than with any other camera. Watching footage of a car going around a bend can be a bit disorienting. Finally, despite sporting 1080p resolution, this camera's footage looks much more block and pixelated than any of the other cameras we tested. These things combined make it fairly difficult to do things like read other cars' license plates. You almost have to be stopped behind a car at a stoplight to get a readable shot of a license plate with this cam.



All of these problems are only exacerbated at night, with the resolution seeming to get worse and the camera having lots of issues with the contrast of dark skies and bright street lights. We often found times where the camera would allow the image to be completely washed out by a bright light for a full 10 seconds or more before it finally switched its camera settings to somewhat rectify the issue. This resulted in many instances where even when parked right behind a car at a stoplight we couldn't make out its license plate.



Video Capture


The APEMAN offers a fairly basic video capture package. Like all of the models we selected for testing, it both automatically starts recording when you start your car and has multiple user reviewers vouching for the fact that its G-sensor is effective in detecting crashes and other driving mishaps. Once the APEMAN detects an event, it protects the current clip from being overwritten. You can set those clip lengths to 3, 5, or 10 minutes. That's a nice suite of options and is a bit better than many competitors that only have 3-minute settings. However, the APEMAN does not have any sort of built-in Wi-Fi network, so you can't wirelessly send clips to your phone.


The APEMAN struggling to adjust to challenging lighting conditions.

Interface


The APEMAN has a very large 3-inch screen and 3 buttons on the side of the camera for navigating menus and changing settings. Overall, this setup leads to a fairly pleasant user experience when it comes to managing and viewing footage and changing all of the camera's presets.

The APEMAN's interface isn't difficult to use, but it isn't the most...
The APEMAN's interface isn't difficult to use, but it isn't the most friendly either.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Visual Footprint


The visual presence of the APEMAN is noticeable, but not aggressively so. Its design dictates that it be placed near the rearview mirror. This is more conspicuous than models that can hide in the corner of the dashboard, but we doubt most people would take issue with it. The rearview mirror also tends to block most of the rather large suction cup mount from view, which is a plus. Overall the APEMAN is unlikely to distract or annoy most drivers, but if you really can't stand any sort of visual impairment on your windshield, you may want to look at a slimmer model.

With a boxy shape, the APEMAN isn't super discreet but it also...
With a boxy shape, the APEMAN isn't super discreet but it also doesn't take up too much space.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


While this is a very inexpensive dash cam, it falls short of the mark in many areas, so we don't consider it a high-value purchase.

Conclusion


The APEMAN C450A is enticingly cheap, but in most respects, you get what you pay for. There are certainly better budget dash cam options on the market.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata