The Pathinglek FHD is a Chinese single channel dash camera released in Jul 2018. The camera also goes by the model number YR-1. Based on trademark ownership, the manufacturer of this camera appears to be the Shenzhen Yuanchuangjin Science & Technology company. This dash cam is surprisingly popular on Amazon and has many positive reviews.
Unfortunately the manufacturer does not disclose the processor and CMOS sensor for this camera. However, given the $30 price point, we suspect the camera is using entry level electronics.
The Pathinglek FHD records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 8 Mbps. Video quality during the day is below average and night quality is very poor. The video has a bit of a blur to it and is a bit choppy. In some cases the video has a wavy quality.
The camera has a 3″ screen and g-sensor but does not come with GPS or WiFi. This is expected given it is a $30 basic dash cam. While the Pathinglek FHD provides non-buffered parking mode if you hardwire the dash cam to your vehicle, we do not recommend this due to its poor performance in the heat (see known problems).
On the positive side the camera comes with both a suction and adhesive mount. The camera can swivel 360° with either mount to record interactions at your side windows such as police traffic stops. The size of the camera is small at 86 x 50 x 36mm but the hanging form factor and silver lens makes it difficult to do a stealthy install.
The build quality is below average and the camera appears to be cheaply made. Many owners complain of cameras falling off the mount and the mounts breaking. Another negative is that the camera does not come with audio error notifications, only screen error notifications.
From a support perspective, Pathinglek does not even have a website and there have never been any firmware updates for this camera. Beyond the 30 day return policy from Amazon you will be on your own.
Note that many Amazon buyers indicate that if you provide a 5-star review for this camera, the seller will send a free microSD card. This unethical practice is likely influencing the Amazon reviews.
Damage due to heat
Numerous owners have complained of the camera being damaged on hot days. The pictures below show the camera melting / warping due to the heat.
Should I Purchase?
The Pathinglek FHD may seem like a bargain at $30 but there are too many negatives with this camera. The video quality is poor, build quality is low and support is non-existent.
We suspect the free SD card in exchange for positive reviews has influenced the Amazon rating for this camera. The only positives for this camera are the low $30 price tag and the ability to easily return to Amazon within 30 days if you are not satisfied.
Overall, we suggest spending a bit more for a better dash cam.
Published: Oct 11, 2020