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PureCam dash cam survey: An astute item that is only a battery and GPS shy of impeccable

PureCam dash cam survey: An astute item that is only a battery and GPS shy of impeccable


PureGear PureCam Connected Car Security System with 16GB SD Card


PureGear’s PureCam follows in the strides of the Owl, the dash cam with all day, every day video observation of your vehicle and quick cloud transfers for protection of significant episodes is a reality. PureCam takes the best of the Owl (for the most part) and includes some unmistakably helpful highlights, including the capacity to utilize your own cell administration (or a different record by means of AT&T or T-Mobile), and an incredibly smooth interface and application. Far and away superior, estimating begins at just $199.

Too bad, two oversights could constrain the PureCam’s ease of use as a claim anticipation apparatus: no safeguard control and no inserted or watermarked GPS information. The last is a genuine head-scratcher, as there is GPS ready.

This audit is a piece of our continuous gathering of the best dash cams. Go there for data about contending items and how we tried them.

What’s unique?

The Owl and the PureCam are comparative in that the two of them take forward and inside video. Be that as it may, the PureCam comes up short on the Owl’s “surprise the gatecrasher” LED light element for the inside cam, depending exclusively on infrared to catch occasions without endeavoring to prevent the interloper. Alarm or plan to maintain a strategic distance from recognition? A dubious issue.

Another distinction is that the Owl utilizes an implicit 4G account that the organization gives and keeps up, while the PureCam gives a SIM card space so you may use your current remote record. PureGear likewise sells the camera with a SIM card pre-introduced in the event that you’d preferably keep it separate from your normal cell administration. As of now, AT&T and T-Mobile are upheld, with Cricket in progress. By and by, I like the PureCam’s adaptable methodology, however I’m certain others will favor the Owl’s across the board bundle. I’ll get to two or three different contrasts in a bit.

Structure and highlights

The PureCam is on the extensive side for a dash cam: 4.25 inches wide by 3 inches tall. This makes it almost difficult to take cover behind the mirror or maintain a strategic distance from discovery by hoodlums, yet it likewise takes into consideration a decent 4-inch, 800×400 presentation. The 1080p front camera turns vertically to change the catch skyline, while the 720p inside confronting camera is fixed and encompassed by two infrared lights to help with night catches.

On the lower right half of the dash cam is an expansive round preview catch, with a four-way (control/up/down/menu) rocker catch encompassing it. It takes a touch of becoming accustomed to, yet works appropriately well generally. I saw it was somewhat hard to press the rocker catch without irritating the introduction of the camera, however that is an uncommon and minor objection.

The back of the PureCam’s front aligned 1080p camera. Despite the fact that the depiction catch is anything but difficult to get to, different controls on the rocker are less so. On the other hand, you’ll once in a while need to utilize them.

Over the camera are the smaller scale USB connector for the power link, the SIM card space, and the SDHC memory card. In contrast to the Owl, the PureCam utilizes a removable memory card, and as referenced, likewise gives you a chance to utilize your very own SIM card.

The PureCam takes a trap from the Owl by utilizing your vehicle’s OBD connector as a consistent 12-volt control source, as opposed to the assistant/cigarette lighter that is live just when the vehicle is running. Reward: If your OBD connector is covered up under the dash close to the driver’s side entryway, you’ll likewise have a simpler time concealing the link. Expect much more dash cams to offer power by means of OBD sooner rather than later.

Mounting is by means of a standard rotating appendage suction container that joins to the highest point of the cam. I very enjoyed the Owl’s irregular mount, which fits in the crease between the dash and the windshield, however the PureCam’s methodology enables you to mount it higher and catch more of the zone straightforwardly before your guard. Oh, as I referenced, the expansive size of the PureCam implies it will probably block more of your view.

This imagined picture of the PureCam’s presentation quality isn’t that far away from the real world. It’s a first class screen, and substantial.

Legal caveats

As much as I can imagine the PureCam, PureGear missed a few significant highlights that could bargain it’s helpfulness for lawful purposes. To begin with, it comes up short on a battery reinforcement or super-capacitor, both of which would enable the camera to catch probably some video if the 12-volt fizzles. Electrical disappointment is an uncommon event, yet it could happen in view of an awful car collision, or a brilliant hoodlum. This implies you may not catch the majority of an episode, or the information may never make it to the cloud. Ideally, said criminals won’t get onto the OBD-control trap at any point in the near future.

At that point there’s the GPS. The PureCam highlights it, however it’s utilized just for the find your-vehicle include. Try not to misunderstand me, that is a helpful advantage, however the GPS arranges aren’t watermarked or inserted into the video. GPS could conceivably be important in a lawful circumstance, yet it beyond any doubt as hell will help if subtleties, for example, tags or the surroundings are clouded. It’s super-helpful for travelogs as well. I’ve found that intriguing item whose definite area I overlooked more than once.

The GPS issue could without much of a stretch be fixed in a firmware update. The absence of a super-capacitor or battery must be fixed with an equipment amendment.

Interface and phone app

In spite of the fact that it required me a short investment to acclimate to the catches (as much as I at any point did—it’s simpler on the telephone), the PureCam’s on-screen and telephone interfaces demonstrated supreme delights. In light of Android, they’re one of a kind (as far as anyone is concerned) in the dash cam world in being appealing. Alluring doesn’t influence the ease of use, however it’s the main dash cam interface that won’t look terminally awkward by your Apple CarPlay or something like that. On the off chance that I have any objection, it’s that I’d like the symbols to be only somewhat bigger.

The PureCam’s iOS/Android application sports a similar super-alluring, super-perfect and effective interface found on the camera. Other dash cam merchants should observe.

The telephone application (Android/iOS ) is utilized for enrolling your record and connecting with the telephone. You’re strolled through the simple procedure. From that point’s it’s auto-mysterious.

Both the camera and telephone interfaces give you access to all the PureCam’s settings and highlights: g-sensor affectability, camera goals and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are no awful driver helps, yet I don’t miss them. For the umpteenth time, take exercises on the off chance that you believe you need such things.

Price and data plans

As I referenced up top, the PureCam begins at $199.99 with a 16GB SD card and no information pack (that is the thing that we tried). PureGear likewise offers it for $249.99 with a 3-month/6GB every month information plan, and for $279.99 with a 3-month/boundless information plan. In case you’re simply utilizing the cam to record episodes, the $249 plan is fine. Video keeps running about 80MB every moment at 1080p, and in the event that you get the affectability setting right, you shouldn’t have extreme transfers (watch that immediately after you introduce the PureCam). In case you’re anticipating utilizing the PureCam as a Wi-Fi hotspot (it bolsters up to three gadgets), maybe pick the boundless arrangement.

PureGear packs a 16GB SD card with our survey unit, yet I’d settle on something bigger if conceivable. PureGear educated me that cards bigger than 32GB might be utilized, however should be pre-arranged to FAT32 utilizing another gadget.

Note that while I didn’t have a SIM card to test it, PureGear claims that the PureCam will consequently arrange itself for whatever AT&T/T-Mobile SIM you embed. Decent.


All eventual to no end if the PureCam didn’t take great video, and I’m most happy to report that it does. Day, night driving, and low-light (without headlights) catches all convey the detail you need at a high caliber. It’s not the most flawlessly awesome I’ve seen, however it’s surely upper-level.

This is a dark day in San Francisco, however at the default settings you can at present make out subtleties. Shading immersion is superior to anything the bleak climate would have you accept.

As should be obvious over, the hues are pleasantly immersed amid day catches, and there’s a decent measure of detail. Picture soundness is excellent, to some extent on account of the adaptability of the mount.

Night catches are a grainy, yet subtleties are perceptible and that is the primary concern. Detail in encompassing zones increments as you help the picture.

Night video demonstrates a great deal of detail, however you can see some fine graininess and glinting when it’s in movement. Detail in dim zones grabs when you help the picture, so the camera in reconnaissance mode ought to work superbly of catching countenances.

Interior 720p night catches uncover much more detail than I’m OK with at this phase of my life. The tint is because of the infrared producers flanking the camera.

Inside night catches aren’t too alluring a result of the infrared being used, yet they do uncover a ton of detail—which is unquestionably progressively significant. Without infrared and the inside lighting off, no camera will be very useful.

The PureCam is evaluated for task from – 4° to 149 °F, which should deal with pretty much something besides Arctic trips. Frankly, most gadgets love the chilly (batteries avoided), so I don’t know why the base end is moderately high.


PureGear verged on nailing it with this dash cam. It catches excellent video, has a consistent power source, and is incredibly charming to set up and use. I additionally incline toward its removable memory and SIM cards to the Owl’s inner, client out of reach counterparts.

For some clients, the PureCam will possess all the necessary qualities. Around 99 percent of the time, you won’t require a battery or super-capacitor, or GPS data, yet Murphy’s Law cherishes that 1 percent.

The Owl both implants GPS information and has a super-capacitor that self control the camera for enough time to complete and transfer an occurrence video. That improves it appropriate for legitimate purposes. We’ll be back with a changed audit if and when PureGear refreshes things.

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