Review: PAPAGO GoSafe 268 (Sony Exmor) Rear View Mirror Dashcam

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Thank you @PAPAGO! for providing Papago GoSafe 268 Rear View Mirror dash camera for review.
Product site: http://us.papagoinc.com/products/gosafe-268/
This camera has Sony Exmor sensor and supports up to 64GB microSD card.
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Conclusion: will update after tests.
PROS:
CONS:
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Description & Features:
Record everything in your path with the GoSafe 268 dash cam’s excellent 1080HD video. The mirror is made from a custom Anti Glare material, with a built-in battery in case your car loses power.
PAPAGO! signature driver safety features (Stop Sign Recognition, Stop and Go, Fatigue Alarm, Lighting Reminder), and a large LCD (2.7") screen for viewing your videos.
The Sony Sensor will ensure that you record superior nighttime footage. With the larger battery capacity the GoSafe 268 has the unique ability to record in multiple recording formats. Parking surveillance includes motion detection, monitor mode, and parking guard.
With the all new parking guard feature the dash cam will record 10 second videos when the device feels a bump or is hit in anyway while parked, with or without a power supply and when the battery is fully charged.
The GoSafe 268 is also compatible with the GPS antenna (Note: available to purchase separately).
Video Resolution 1920x 1080/30FPS/ 1280×720/60FPS/ 1280×720/30FPS/ VGA 640×480
Power Consumption 4.75V~5.25V / 1A
Operating Temperature 14°~149°F/ -10°~65°C
Dimension: 11Lx4Hx2W inches
Weight: 300 g

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PAPAGO GoSafe 268 Rear View Mirror Dashcam Unboxing Video:
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Package contents: It's packaged very good.
  1. Papago GS2688G Rearview dashcam
  2. mini USB cable and Car charger dongle
  3. 8GB microSD with full size adapter
  4. Product manual and warranty card
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Product images:
Front right has 2.7" LCD screen and easy to access buttons (Rec/event, up, down and ok).
Back has movable brackets to clamp on rear view mirror.
Lens is on the left on the back so it'll be on the right when mounted. Lens angle can be adjusted.
Basically, whole camera is on the right side from front, LCD, buttons and lens, all in one side.
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Top has POWER, AV-OUT, microSD, mini USB and GPS IN ports.
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Papago GoSafe 268 side-by-side with Hyundai H100:
Hyundai H100 is little bigger with bigger screen as well.
Product boxes:

Front:

Backs:

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Tests to follow... after the snowstorm...
 
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PAPAGO GoSafe 268 Rear View Mirror Dashcam Folders and Files:
Root has PAPAGO folder.
It has a sub folder called VIDEOS that has all the videos.

Files are named with date and time so easy to find a particular clip.
A 5 minute 1920x1080p video is around 469 mb in size.
Overall VBR of 1920x1080p resolution is 13.1 mbps with video @ 11.9 mbps and audio @ 512kbps.

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Driving Safety menu settings:
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How it looks installed?
Papago GS268 is built very good.
It's as good, if not better than my car's factory RV mirror's build quality.
It's all black so very discrete.
From inside:
Very good looking and the screen is invisible when off completely with no trace/outline.
Menu buttons are easily accessible on the lower right corner.
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From outside:

The brackets hold RV mirror pretty good and no vibration except when you go over bad road or potholes so strap would be better option..
It doesn't block the light sensor but that's moot point if the whole thing is covered up anyways.
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Lens is on the lower left of RV mirror when looking from the front.
It's all black and not noticeable unless you know it's there.
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Note: depending upon how your windshield is angled and how thick the vehicles RV mirror is plus how high you want in the FOV, FOV may have some of that in the top left corner as shown below by the arrows.
My RV mirror is very thick so the camera catches some of it. I need to point it downwards little bit.

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Papago GS268 Rear View Mirror Dashcam Daytime videos:
Video is pretty good with natural colors and contrast.
Audio is good and clean as well.


Beeps at the end is one of the driving safety features:

Daytime video screenshots:

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Papago GoSafe 268 with GPS Module:
I moved the dashcam as far as it can go to the right and factory mirror is not visible as much.
The Papago GPS module GPSA-US works fine with this model.
Cold start GPS lock is around 1:25 and hot start (stopping for less than an hour) GPS lock is instant.


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Few screenshots with GPS stamp: GPS is in mph.

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Papago GS268 Rear View Mirror Dashcam Night Videos:
Night video is very good. It's bright and clear.




Papago GS268 Rear View Mirror Dashcam Night Video Screenshots:

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I have the GS260. Excellent cam but the only draw back is the mirror is too dark and with my vehicles rear window tinted, the mirror at night is useless when trying to back up. So my question for the GS268 is did they go with a clear mirror so you can use it at night or is it still dark and unusable at night?
 
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I have the GS260. Excellent cam but the only draw back is the mirror is too dark and with my vehicles rear window tinted, the mirror at night is useless when trying to back up. So my question for the GS268 is did they go with a clear mirror so you can use it at night or is it still dark and unusable at night?
It's pretty good and bright so I think they did improve it.
I don't have 260 to compare though but here's a picture:

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Awesome review.
 

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It's pretty good and bright so I think they did improve it.
I don't have 260 to compare though but here's a picture:
The mirror does look clear in your picture. Thanks. Great write up.
I really enjoy the 260. People looking for a new cam should consider the 268 as it is not noticeable from the outside just like my 260.
 

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Hey Papago, if you'd like a comparison review to the 260, you can send me a new 268 and I'll give you a comparison
 
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Anyone using this in a right hand drive country ....can the camera be angled to cover driving on the left side of the road ?
 

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What the heck is "mile/h"? Why do they have to always invent new formats? :confused:
 

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I wanted to say thanks for your detailed review.

I want to get the Viofo A119 because of price, but I still might consider this later as I love the look and how it attaches.

There's no way to get rid of the part of the mirror in the images? I guess it doesn't rotate at all?
 
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