APEMAN C450A

APEMAN C450A

The APEMAN C450 Series A (C450A) is a Chinese dash cam released in July 2018. The camera is low priced camera which is very popular camera on Amazon. Unfortunately the manufacturer does not provide the processor and CMOS sensor specs of the C450A.

Video quality during the day is average and night quality is below average. The C450A 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 3″ screen, g-sensor and non-buffered parking mode. It does not come with GPS or WiFi. On the positive side, the camera comes with a suction cup mount which allows the C450A to be swiveled 360° to record interactions at your side windows (i.e. police traffic stop). Error notifications are displayed on the screen, there are no audio error notifications.

The C450A is not that too big at 87mm x 50mm x 15mm but the hanging rectangular form factor results in a non-discreet install. Build quality is not the greatest and long term reliability is not the greatest.

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 C450A has a large number of very good reviews on Amazon, APEMAN provides a free gift in exchange for 5-start reviews. This may influence the ratings there.

Known problems

Heat Damage

There are numerous reports of heat related problems with the C450A. The camera melting, bulging, screen falling off and lens color fading are some examples of reported heat damage. Since the camera uses a battery instead of a semi-conductor and the plastics do not appear to be high quality, using this camera in hot environments is not a good idea.

C450A Bulging
C450A Melted Case & Discolored Lens
C450A Screen Falling Off

Damaged Mounts

There have been numerous reports of damaged mounts with this camera. Could be due to the overall build quality not being the best.

C450A Broken Mount
C450A Broken Mount

Sample Videos

Day Video

Night Video

Should I Purchase?

While the APEMAN C450A is a popular camera on Amazon, we are not impressed with the video or build quality of the camera. The camera does not do well in hot environments making this not the most reliable choice. We suspect the free gift in exchange for positive reviews has influenced the Amazon rating for this camera. The only positive for the camera is the low $50 price tag but spending a bit more for a better camera is recommended.

See what other owners have to say about the APEMAN C450A on our forum.

Where to purchase for lowest price

The APEMAN C420 is primarily sold on Amazon for approximately $40.

  • Amazon.com

Ratings

APEMAN C420

APEMAN C450A
$40
SKU: APEMAN C420
Brand: APEMAN
Category: Dash Cams

Rating By Dimension

5
  • Video Day 5 / 10
  • Video Night 3 / 10
  • Reliability 4 / 10
  • Size / Discreetness 5 / 10
  • Price 9 / 10
  • Available Support 4 / 10

APEMAN C420 - Specs

Detailed Specifications

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Camera Type Single Channel
Form Factor Hanging - Square
Country China
Processor JIELI AC5601A
CMOS Front Galaxycore GC2023
CMOS Rear N/A
Channels 1
Screen 2"
GPS
G-Sensor
Wi-Fi
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
Release Date Nov 2018
Apps None
Cloud Connectivity None
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 20, 2020