27 December 2015

REVIEW: Kaiser Baas R10+ Dash Cam

Eyes on.

We recently donned out finest driving gloves, wrapped our pasty British necks in delicate silk scarves, and popped on our most dashing driving goggles. After which we got dressed into proper clothes and went for a drive to test our own personal eye-witness to motoring mishaps and calamities. Watch out insurance scammers (and idiot drivers), as we review the Kaiser Baas R10+ Dash Cam.

This isn’t our first dash cam review, and it certainly won’t be the last. In fact, our windscreen has so many suction cup marks on it that it is starting to resemble the cratered surface of the moon. Still, those things are damn handy these days, with insurance scams rising in previous years. To make sure you’re legally protected (and to record anything strange or funny that might occur on the road, to later upload to YouTube) your car needs a dash cam… and we’ve found a good ‘un.

Here are your headlines: The Kaiser Baas R10+ Dash Cam records footage in 1080p (or, should you wish, 720p) with a wide angle 140-degree field-of-view lens. Photos are snapped in 5MP, while the unit itself features a 2.7” screen, a G-sensor, the ability to record on Micro SD cards of up to 32GB, and a profile that is exceptionally thin and light. Furthermore, all that will set you back no more than £100 (and certainly less in some places at time of press).

Setting up the Kaiser Baas R10+ Dash Cam is super easy. Included in the box is the windscreen mount (not a suction cup this time, but rather a fairly rugged adhesive panel) and a three metre USB cable. The Kaiser Baas R10+ Dash Cam is powered only by a wire, so plugging it into your car’s USB socket is essential. If it’s an older model that doesn’t feature a USB port, included also is a standard car power adaptor. Which is nice.  

By default, the Kaiser Baas R10+Dash Cam will record footage as soon as the G-sensor detects movement, so there is no need to switch it on when you start to drive. It will also record in Loop mode; again negating the need to physically delete older files to make more room on the card. Other than that, all footage will be safely stowed, along with the data captured by the G-sensor, on the Micro SD card (which isn’t included, BTW).

In use, the footage recorded was always very clear and the wide angle aspect made seeing what was going on out to the front sides of the vehicle easy. It always started just as the ignition was turned, and the loop mode (in which footage is recorded in small chunks; the newest overwriting the oldest) worked well. We were pleased to see a different kind of mounting system employed here, as well as the advice in the instructions to install the camera behind the rear view mirror. Certainly the Kaiser Baas R10+Dash Cam is small and thin enough to do this, and the higher angle makes for a far better view of the road ahead.

We really like this plucky chap, and although many of the specs aren’t particularly outstanding, the price of the product definitely is. Check it out.


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