Review: Vantrue® N2 Dual DashCam - NT96655 - NT99141/AR0330 (1080p+720p)

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Thank you @JIVAN for sending Vantrue N2 for review.
This camera is based upon NT96655 processor and NT99141 sensor for the front and AR0330 for the rear camera.
It is 1920x1080p for the front in single channel mode and 1440px1080p in dual channel recording.
Rear is 1280x720p in either mode.
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Summary:
Vantrue N2 is mostly black for discrete install.
It has very good daytime videos and night videos are decent as well on the front channel.
Rear camera is 720p and pretty decent in daytime but very dark at night so need to use some interior light to record what happens inside.
Audio is clear without distortion.
Mount has charging port so it can be taken out of the vehicle without messing with cable.
Car charger has additional USB port so it allows another gadget to plug in.
Dual mode has little less VBR than usual front only Novatek based cameras.
Front only mode has 13.1 mbps VBR so that's pretty good.
One good feature is, file lock is triggered by just one press, even when the screen is off.
Rear camera is on the right so can only be mounted on the right of RV mirror.

Overall, great option to record both the front and have backup of inside the vehicle if needed.
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Package contents:
1. Vantrue N2 Dual Camera Dashcam.
2. Suction Mount - moves back and forth as well as pans left to right to some degree.
It has usb port to charge so the camera can be taken without messing with power cable.
[The mount is similar to G90 but has better snapping lock that I can hear it when it's locking.]
3. Car USB charger dongle with additional USB port. Nice!
4. USB to mini USB cable.
5. Thank you card with quick start guide.
6. Warranty card.
7. User Manual with detail information and color menu settings pictures.

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Product Images:
MicroSD slot and mini HDMI have a cover and it looks very neat once covered.DSC04575-Vantrue-N2.jpg

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Buttons are on the bottom and are labeled on the back by the LCD.
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Rear facing camera: It rotates for angle adjustment to the inside of the vehicle.
One thing to note is the rear facing camera is on the right side so it has to be mounted to the right of RV mirror and it doesn't record the driver entirely if that's the intended purpose unless rotated so the front camera faces little bit to the right or move the driver seat little bit behind.
From right of RV side, it's wide enough to get the driver in FOV but not the entire hand/steering wheel.
If it's mounted on the left of RV, RV mirror will block it unless mounted much lower that blocks drivers' view.
However, for uber/lyft/taxi type application, it should work fine on the right of RV mirror as the use there is to record passengers plus most of driver should be in FOV.
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Emergency/parking and OK buttons are on the left of LCD.
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Side by side with NanoQ: It looks big in front of NanoQ but is actually similar to a G1W with smaller/rounder body.
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Vehicle installation:
From inside:

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From outside: Pretty discrete. Vantrue N2, Viofo A119C, Hyundai H100 RV.

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Folders, files, vbr:
Files are named with date time.
Front has A at the end and rear has B.

Root has VIDEO folder and sub-folders inside:
EVENT: Entire clip is protected.
NORMAL
PHOTO

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VBR: Overall VBR of front camera in dual recording mode is 10.4 mbps with video vbr @ 9.1 mbps and audio @ 512 kbps.
Rear camera's overall VBR is 7.7 mbps with video @ 6.5 mbps and audio @ 512 kbps.
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Few screenshots: Daytime video is very good. Colors are natural and footage is bright. Focus is even in all areas.
VBR is not very high so it doesn't have much detail at 100% pixel peeping but overall very good.

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Lightening:
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Night is also pretty good, especially at lit areas.
It doesn't have yellow blotches that few Novatek based cameras have.
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Vantrue N2 Daytime Videos: Front video is very good. Low VBR for 1080p.
Rear 720p video is also pretty good and captures inside of the vehicle nicely.
Audio is excellent in both.
Front: 1440x1080p
Sunny morning drive by the foothills and lake:

Trucks can't decide where to go:
I had to make an illegal pass...

Great clouds and sunshine/rain against the mountains:

All corners covered by cameras? (Audio replaced)
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Rear: 1280x720p
 
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Vantrue N2 Night Videos: 1440px1080p

 
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Rear camera screenshot: It does get most of driver even when mounted on the other side of RV mirror.
Video quality is pretty good but outside becomes very bright due to dark interior and bright rear window.

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One thing to note:
This camera locks file with one press even with LCD screen off.
This is very good feature.
When you press emergency button, it wakes up and locks the file.
No need to wake it and then press to lock again. Nice!
 
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Overall Impression:
Vantrue N2 has very good daytime videos and night videos are decent as well on the front channel.
Rear camera is 720p and pretty decent in daytime but very dark at night so need to use some interior light to record what happens inside.
Audio is clear without distortion.
Mount has charging port so it can be taken out of the vehicle without messing with cable.
Car charger has additional USB port so it allows another gadget to plug in.
Dual mode has little less VBR than usual front only Novatek based cameras.
Front only mode has 13.1 mbps VBR so that's pretty good.
One good feature is, file lock is triggered by just one press, even when the screen is off.

Overall, great option to record both the front and have backup of inside the vehicle if needed.
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Turn Motion detection off.
 

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This a good camera overall. The video recorded was clear. Some of them experienced a bit poor quality is due to the windscreen itself, not the camera. I love the parking feature though it does not support a few seconds buffering before the motion records cut in. The parking feature is auto cut in and out by itself. Example if you park your car and no more motion detected then it will switch itself to Parking mode after about 3 mins and later if you decide to drive again, it will automatically switch to normal recording. No manual intervention needed. In order to use the Parking feature, the camera needs a constant supply of power either from a backup power or hardwired to your car battery. Been using it for about a month now. Did not experienced any heat issues so far as I normally park my car in doors with environment temperature at around 35degrees C/87F. By the way to those who are having issues, try to update to the latest firmware VTN27B.V17, it might solve some bugs.
 

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Hi. This camera did not have a buffer parking mode in latest firmware? I mean few seconds before event...
 

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Not sure with this one, but the N2 "Pro" version does not pre-buffer when motion detect is activated. I was getting about a 1 1/2 second lag before recording started when motion detect worked which mine badly failed at. But a friend's did motion detect well, so whatever- no prebuffering with this cam.

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