Gotcha! Car Video with Papago: GoSafe 760 Dual Dash Camera
If you visited last month’s CES Show, you may have noticed that dash cams were everywhere, almost as plentiful as drones. And yet one stood out from the crowd – the Papago GoSafe 760. What makes this car camera different is that it is actually two cameras, one is front facing, the other rear facing or any direction you choose to use it. Even better, the 760 can display the front view, or rear view or both views on a split screen.
The 760 records HD video on a loop, meaning it records until the Micro SD card is full, then it continues but overwrites the earlier recorded videos. The recorded videos are saved in smaller batches, making it pretty easy to search and find whatever point you’re looking for.
This is fine if you simply want to record a possible accident, but you may also want to use the 760 to record vacation trips, or some other vehicle-base adventure and you can. The 760 allows you to save recorded video and protect it from being overwritten. Want a simple still snapshot of a mountain or ocean overlook? You can do that too by navigating to the appropriate menu selection.
Papago! Inc. provides a quality built product, complete with all the necessary accessories, attractively packaged and easy to set-up. Installation into the car can get a bit tricky and require some ingenuity if you want an unobtrusive and attractive installation. Or you can just run the small cables helter-skelter through the car. But a little effort will be rewarding. As with most technology products these days the operating manual is a little sparse and it will take some time and effort to become familiar with the camera menu options, but I managed and I hate reading directions for anything.
“Papago’s GoSafe 760 Dual Dash Camera avoids one major camera headache – battery life,” – James F. Mattil, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer / Photographer
The camera operates using the car battery power through the cigarette lighter or auxiliary power jack if your car has one.
To start, you install and then format the Micro SD card. The outfit comes with multiple mounting brackets that can stick to the dash or windows, as well as a suction-type bracket that can be moved easily from one spot to another. The suction cup mount works surprisingly well. Visiting Yellowstone and find your car surrounded by a herd of bison? No problem! – Just detach the suction mount and record the event out a side window.
Personally, I’ve never had a car collision and I’m not planning any either, but if the day comes, Papago will be there to record the event. However, I do plan to continue my car adventures throughout the American West and that’s where I expect to get the most value from the dash cam.
I only wish they had invented years ago to capture the many sights that went unrecorded– like the massive comet that streaked across the midday sky near Zion National Park. My wife didn’t even see it! Thinking my excitement was about some roadside animal, she looked the wrong direction and missed it. You never know what may cross your path, but now you can get it on video – automatically and keep it forever.
The Papago 760 dual camera systems – at about $250 – isn’t cheap. But it is two cameras– not just one. And the picture quality is excellent. You’ll be able to grab images you’d never get any other way. Personally, I’d like to see Papago develop an optional portable battery pack that would enable you to take the camera out of the car to record scenics and non-vehicular activities.
My first attempt produced video with a very blue cast, which resulted from my failure to remove the blue plastic lens protector. Oops… Even so, I was impressed with the camera’s ability to deal with direct sunlight and shadows at the same time. The camera has a very wide angle lens, providing a broad view to both sides of the road. (The lens angle covers 140 degrees.) I re-mounted the camera near the top of the front windshield to limit the amount of car hood in the pictures. It also helps to have a clean windshield and front hood to eliminate distractions – like dead bugs and dirt.
About Papago Inc.
Papago! Inc. was established in Taipei, Taiwan in 2001. With more than 10 years GPS related background, Papago! now focuses on dashcams and sports tech gear. PAPAGO! Inc. has become the leading brand in Taiwan, China, Russia, South East Asia, Japan, Australia, and now America.
Disclosure of Material Connection: YBLTV Photographer, Writer / Reviewer, James Mattil received a Papago’s GoSafe 760 Dual Dash Camera for free from Papago, Inc. in consideration for a Product Review.