PAPAGO! GoSafe 272 Dashcam Features
The PAPAGO! GoSafe 272 is a 1080p dashcam video recorder kit that contains the following items: vehicle recorder, window suction mount, 12V DC car adapter to mini-USB “B” cable, a warranty card, and the user guide. Available online, the PAPAGO! GoSafe 272 currently sells online for $159.99 (Amazon | B&H Photo).
Convenience is a key feature behind the PAPAGO! GoSafe 272. The dashcam acts intuitively on your behalf, without requiring user interaction, automatically turning the camera on and recording as soon as power is provided from the vehicle at startup. An integrated 3-axis (tri-axial) G-sensor in GoSafe 272 automatically triggers the device to record an “emergency event” whenever movement crosses the sensitivity threshold, creating an audio/video file that cannot be overwritten unless you specifically delete it. Once the vehicle engine shuts down the device continues recording for a set duration configured in the settings, then automatically saves the file and turns off the camera.
Powered by an internal Li-Polymer 420mAh battery, the PAPAGO! GoSafe 272 maintains a full charge with the supplied 12V DC car adapter to mini-USB cable that plugs at the bottom of the camera. This same mini-USB port enables computer connections to the DVR, allowing for transfer of recorded AVI files. Alternatively, a mini-C HDMI output is available to play back audio/video footage or still photos directly to any HDMI display.
The GoSafe 272 camera body measures 3.2″ W x 2.1″ H x 0.5″ D. At the heart of the kit is an 2.0 Megapixel camera with a large 1/3″ CMOS image sensor using high dynamic range for low-light recording. The video recorder is capable of 1080p full high-definition 1920×1080 resolution at 30 fps, or 720p HD 1280×720 resolution at 60 fps – both using the H.264 CODEC.
A distortion-corrected 140° wide-angle fixed focus (f/2.4) lens captures a large horizontal field of view, Nearly capturing the entire windshield view. The GoSafe 272 works well in all light conditions: bright daylight and nighttime driving. High Dynamic Range (HDR) enables video capture to remain crisp and clear in situations with high contrast.
Along the right side of the camera (as you view the LCD) you’ll find the power button. Menu option buttons positioned beside the LCD screen offer simple UP/DOWN/OK user interface control. Most menu options are straight-forward and require no explanation. During recording operation you can also make adjustments on the fly, including resolution and frame rate settings.
The LCD screen features a large viewing angle, so the driver can easily observe playback without changing position. Recordings can be viewed in real-time, or in playback mode on the 2.4″ color LCD screen. Menu options allow you to change the Panel Off setting to remain on continually, on for 15-seconds or 1-minute, or always off.
An integrated microphone at the back (LCD) side of the device picks-up nearby sounds, such as driver/passenger voices or those coming to aid victims of an accident. Audio is recorded alongside video, giving a complete account of details – including conversations or distractions.
At the bottom of the camera body is a Micro SD memory card slot. Not included with the vehicle recorder kit, GoSafe 272 requires a Micro SD card to save recorded video and photo files. For best results, I recommend using a Class-10/UHS1 speed Micro SDHC memory card for capturing high definition video files. The PAPAGO! GoSafe 272 dashcam will still operate without a micro SD card installed, allowing for ‘offline’ settings configuration.
The PAPAGO! GoSafe 272 vehicle recorder offers a mounting point at the top of the unit, so it can be positioned to hang down from the top the windshield. On most cars, the suction unit fits neatly behind the rear-view mirror, positioning the camera behind or beside the mirror.
PAPAGO! includes a suction-activated glass mount for attaching GoSafe 272 to the windshield. The suction mount is extremely strong even before activating the lever, so combine this with the ultra-light weight of the camera there should be no fear that the unit might fall off while driving (the same cannot be said for very heavy dashcam units). Some experimentation will be necessary for tinted or coated windows.
In the next section, I discuss my test results with the PAPAGO! GoSafe 272 dashcam.