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Wawa 2K Dual Dash Cam Review

Vava joins a growing list of relative newcomers to the dash cam game that includes brands like Vantrue and Viofo, most of which are sold exclusively through Amazon and are often made and manufactured in China. are distributed.

This is not a bad thing, because the majority today Dash cams Many come from the same factories, using very similar lenses, while the sensors are now often the same high-quality Sony numbers. These lesser-known brands offer an in-car camera that doesn’t break the bank but gets the job done without the added tech of more expensive models from big names like Garmin and Nextbase.

Wawa’s dual camera offering consists of a 2K unit on the front and a 1080p number on the back. Unlike other cameras that bundle two or three separate cameras in the box, Wawa has built a unit where both the front-facing and front-facing lenses are built into the same unit.

Wawa 2K Dual Dash Cam on concrete surface

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It’s a clean design that takes most of the faff out of the setup process, given that there’s no need to trail extra wires and connect units together. It’s not without its downfalls, however, as the position on the front windscreen means you don’t get a good view from the rear. It can be even worse if tall passengers behind you block the view.

Otherwise, the Wawa does everything you want from a dash cam and more. Its default mode is loop recording, where it will record video continuously at an interval of your choice (1, 2 or 3 minutes), selecting the most important file to a specific one when indicated by the user via a small button. Will send to lock folder. on the bottom of the camera, or when the built-in G-Sensor detects a shunt.

Wawa 2K dual dash cam inside the windshield

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There is also an option to record and keep your favorite clips as well as take ad hoc snapshots while on the open road. This is supported by a wireless button that can be mounted anywhere within arm’s reach thanks to the ubiquitous 3M sticky pads that retract everything in the box.

Need more of that extra ‘one-touch snapshot’ button? We’re not sure, as the unit does a pretty good job of capturing and saving real-time events with its G-Sensor anyway. Also, the footage and images captured are not exactly cinematic or gallery-worthy. You’d be better off photographing and capturing something with a real camera.

Wawa 2K dual dash cam inside the windshield

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In fact, the overall quality of the footage isn’t as good as what we’ve experienced in the past with the likes of some competitors. Nextbase 622GW And the Viofo A129 delivers clips that are much crisper and generally easier to make out details. The Wawa isn’t necessarily bad, it just struggles a bit in overly bright or super smooth situations, where things like number plates and small details can get lost.

The footage out of the rear camera is disappointing, as it mainly shows what’s going on inside the cabin, rather than what’s going on out the rear window. Seen as one of the most common road traffic accidents in the UK, a rear-end shunt requires a rear-view camera properly mounted on the rear screen to capture every element of the incident, including the all-important number plate and driver. It pays to do. Details, should you need to use it as evidence in court or for an insurance claim.

Wawa 2K dual dash cam inside the windshield

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The Wawa 2K Dual Dash Cam doesn’t come with an SD card, so you’ll have to go out and buy a good quality microSD card. Otherwise if the memory isn’t high enough or it detects that the write speed isn’t up to scratch, the camera smells a bit.

Additional features include the ability to set a tired drive warning, where the unit will sound an alarm after you’ve driven for a pre-set amount of time. On top of that, you can activate park mode, where the camera will monitor the vehicle when stationary. However, this requires hard wiring to the power source, as the built-in battery does not last long when unplugged or the engine turned off.

A phone showing the app for the Vava 2K dual dash cam.

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Overall, the Vava 2K Dual Dash Cam feels really well built and a lot sturdier than the cheaper competitors we’ve tested. Moreover, the packaging is well thought out and instantly feels like a premium product. Setup is also a doddle, with all the required cable clips and tools supplied in the ornate box.

The accompanying app is also quite good, making it easy to download photos and footage to a smartphone on the go. GPS time stamps also accurately capture the location and time of any event.

At this price (around $200 / £200, at launch), it feels expensive and general availability may be difficult. Also, a little more money buys some high-end models from Nextbase, Kenwood or Garmin, all of which offer higher video quality and more features.

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Wawa 2K dual dash cam inside the windshield

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