The APEMAN C420 is a Chinese dash cam released in August 2018 which has become a very popular camera on Amazon. The camera appears to be based on the JIELI AC5601A processor and Galaxycore GC2023 CMOS sensor. These components are not found in many dash cams but typically we see them in lower cost cameras.

While APEMAN is the brand name of this camera, the C240 is generic Chinese model sold under a variety of model numbers primarily from the company Shenzhen Anhong:

  • LongYu LY-C420
  • ADC120

Video quality during the day is average and night quality is below average. The C420 records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate is 12Mbps. The wide angle 170° lens also gives the videos a fish-eye effect and also is not the best at capturing details such as license plate numbers.

The camera has a 2″ screen, g-sensor and non-buffered parking mode. It does not come with GPS or WiFi. The camera comes with a suction cup mount which allows the C420 to be swiveled 360 ° to record interactions at your side windows (i.e. police traffic stop). Error notifications are displayed on the screen.

The C420 is a quite a small camera at 50mm x 40mm x 10mm and is very light weight. That being said build quality is average at best and some owners have complained of quality control issues.

While the camera is small, the suction cup and hanging form factor makes it a little bit less discreet than many wedge or cylindrical cameras. The manufacturer appears to be responsive to questions but beyond that, the camera has limited support. We have not seen any firmware updates for this camera since it has been launched.

Note that while the camera has a large number of very good reviews on Amazon, APEMAN provides a free gift in exchange for 5-star reviews. This may influence the ratings there.

APEMAN C420 Gift
APEMAN C420 Gift

Known problems

Camera does not connect to Mount

There have been a number of reports of the camera not being able to connect to the suction mount as per the picture below (unable to slide the mount onto the camera). This appears to be a quality control issue and if you receive a camera with this problem, best solution is to return. While there have been a few reports, this is likely not a widespread problem.

APEMAN C420 Mount
APEMAN C420 Mount

Sample Videos

Day Video

Night Video

Should I Purchase?

While the APEMAN C420 has been a popular camera on Amazon, we are not impressed with the video or build quality of the camera. We suspect the free gift in exchange for positive reviews has influenced the Amazon rating for this camera. The positives for this camera are the low $40 price tag and the ability to easily return to Amazon if you are not satisfied.

Overall, we suggest spending a bit more for camera.  See what other owners have to say about the APEMAN C420 on our forum.


Detailed Specifications

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Camera Type Single Channel
Form Factor Hanging - Square
Country China
Processor JIELI AC5601A
CMOS Front Galaxycore GC2023
Channels 1
Screen 2"
G-Sensor Yes
Wi-Fi No
Parking Mode Non-Buffered
Lock Files Auto or Button
Max Resolution Front 1920×1080p
Front Frames Per Second 30
Max Bitrate Front (Mbps) 12
Max Resolution Rear N/A
Rear Frames Per Second N/A
Max Bitrate Rear (Mbps) 12
Video Format MOV
Compression H.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle Front 170°
Diagonal Viewing Angle Rear N/A
SD Card Type MicroSD
Max Size (Spec) 32GB
Max Size (User) 128GB
Size Front (mm) 50 x 40 x 10
Size Rear (mm) N/A
Mount Suction
Power Supply 5V
Operating Temp -10°C to 60°C
Battery 220mAh
Error Notification Screen
Swivel (To Record Side Windows) Yes
Apps None
Cloud Connectivity No
Release Date Nov 2018
Unique Features None
Advantages Cheap price
Mount can swivel 360°
Disadvantages Poor video quality
Build quality is low
Limited support / no firmware updates
Final Word Not impressed with the video or build quality of the camera. Spend a little bit more for a better quality dash cam

Published: May 2, 2020

APEMAN C420 - DashCamTalk
Apeman C420

Not impressed with the video or build quality of the APEMAN C420. Spend a little bit more for a better quality dash cam.

Product SKU: APEMAN C420

Product Brand: APEMAN

Product Currency: USD

Product Price: 40

Price Valid Until: 2023-01-01

Product In-Stock: SoldOut

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