The APEMAN C770 is a dual channel dash camera released in Aug 2019. This a generic Chinese dual dash cam is popular on Amazon and has many positive reviews. This camera has a couple of unique features, a 3″ touchscreen and a waterproof rear camera. The camera appears to be sold under numerous brand names including the AZDOME M05.
Unfortunately APEMAN does not indicate what processor the C770 uses. They do claim it uses the Sony STARVIS IMX335 CMOS for the front camera, but they do not disclose the rear camera CMOS.
The front camera records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 12 Mbps. Video quality for the front camera during the day is average and night quality is below average.
APEMAN claims that if you use the front camera only, you can record at 4K resolution (3840 × 2160p). This is not true since the 5MP Sony STARVIS IMX335 sensor has a maximum native resolution of 2592 × 1944p. The 4K resolution of the C770 is interpolated not true 4K.
APEMAN claims the rear camera records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 6 Mbps. For reference the AZDOME M05 records at 720p so this may be a false statement as well. Video quality is significantly worse for the rear camera particularly at night.
The camera has a 3″ touchscreen screen which works very well. While not as good as the larger Z-Edge T4 touchscreen, most owners are happy with the screen. The C770 also comes with G-sensor, built in GPS and WiFi. APEMAN recommends using the LuckyCam, OKCam or Kacam Smartphone apps with this camera. Surprisingly LuckyCam has decent reviews when compared to other dash cam apps.
As mentioned previously, the rear camera is waterproof and can be mounted externally. It also can be used as a backup camera. The rear camera comes with a red wire which you can tap to the reverse light of your vehicle. If this red wire is connected, the dash cam’s display will automatically go full screen to the backup camera when going into reverse. Depending on your vehicle, mounting this externally may not be the easiest so you may want to opt for professional installation.
The C770 provides non-buffered parking mode if you hardwire the dash cam to your vehicle (optional hardwire kit required). The camera comes with an adhesive mount and like most wedge cameras cannot swivel to record interactions at the driver or passenger windows.
The C770 is a larger camera at 120 x 80 x 36mm but can be mounted discreetly due to its wedge shape. Build quality is average and reliability has not been the best. Unfortunately the C770 does not come with audio error notifications. It does provide error notifications on the screen but these can easily be missed by the driver.
APEMAN 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.
Similar to other APEMAN cameras, APEMAN provides a free gift in exchange for 5-star reviews. This may influence the overall ratings at Amazon.
Incorrect Speed / Freezing GPS
Numerous owners have complained that the GPS recorded speed is very inaccurate or it freezes. This is likely due to a poor quality GPS module. There is no known solution to this problem.
Should I Purchase?
The APEMAN C770 is one of the few touchscreen dash cams currently available (outside of Korea where large touchscreen cameras are popular). While this is a unique feature, it doesn’t make up for the poor video quality especially at the over $100 price range. WiFi appears to be fine but other negatives such as using a battery instead of capacitor and no audio error notifications should be noted.
The false advertising statement regarding 4K recording combined with gifts in exchange for 5 star reviews leaves a lot to be desired from an ethics perspective. Not the most trustworthy marketing and not the greatest support are additional warning flags.
Published: Oct 22, 2020