Vantrue N2 Pro Review

Vantrue N2 Pro Review

The Vantrue N2 Pro is billed as the world’s first dual 1080p dashcam. However, this doesn’t change the fact that the camera lacks features available on other similar-priced models.

GPS and voice recognition are two of the main features, and it won’t win any design awards. Even so, the quality of the video footage does make this a serious contender if you’re looking for two cameras for the price of one.

Vantrue N2 Pro review: Design & features

Vantrue N2 Pro Review

Although its soft, plastic design is lightweight, the Vantrue N2 Pro’s looks are sure to turn heads. But perhaps not for the right reasons. 

As a result, the camera’s octagonal, tubular shell looks like a jumble of asymmetrical parts. Due to its short profile, it did not feel intrusive while driving, which is always a positive.

Another advantage is its rotatable rear cam, which can be rotated 45° up or down from its default position. This is particularly useful for drivers with tall cabs. In addition, the N2 Pro comes with four infrared sensors for enhanced night vision.

Its 1.5″ screen occupies a small part of the phone, and when I say small, I mean it. Compared to other dash cams on the market, the screen size is disappointing, making observing detail in playback quite challenging. Additionally, this camera lacks any kind of wireless connectivity, so there is no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to fall back on. Therefore, you will have to carry either the device or the micro SD card to your computer whenever you need to download footage. The app also isn’t available.

However, key features aren’t totally missing from the N2 Pro. In parking mode, the unit automatically begins recording when a collision is detected, while incidents on the road activate its G-sensor to begin recording. Last but not least, there’s a time-lapse mode, which records over long periods, but I doubt users will spend much time with it.

Vantrue N2 Pro review: Setup

Vantrue N2 Pro attaches to your windscreen with a suction cup mount, which feels pretty solid once it’s mounted. Additionally, the supplied USB mini cable can also be connected directly to the cup itself instead of the physical unit.

Fixing the dashcam to the mount was a fiddly process, and it ended up taking two hands to remove it.

Due to the camera’s lack of connectivity, the date and time were set incorrectly from the start. In addition to the tiny font, both had to be manually set on the tiny screen.

Furthermore, the placement of the buttons felt illogical, with the menu and selector buttons under the unit and the confirm button on the back. You need to purchase the optional GPS mount in order to use the built-in speedometer feature.

VANTRUE N2 PRO: SPECS

Field of view: 170° front, 140° rear

Megapixels: 16MP

Resolution: Up to 1440p, 1080p in dual mode

GPS: No

Display: 1.5” TFT

Vantrue N2 Pro review: Video and audio quality

Thanks to the dual cameras on the Vantrue N2 Pro, I was pleasantly surprised by the footage. Additionally, the unit was able to pick up even hushed voices with relative ease.

It’s arguably a little less smooth than other leading brands, and I noticed some graininess and dullness when driving at night. There was also some glare and lens flare from various external light sources during night drives. However, most of the videos I captured with the maxed settings were crisp, clear, and fairly comparable with other cameras in its class.

Nighttime photography with the N2’s Sony Exmor sensor was also impressive. The view of your interior and rear windscreen will depend on the placement of the camera.

Pros Cons
Infrared sensors for improved rear camera night vision No GPS, WI-Fi, or Bluetooth
The adjustable rear camera angle No companion app
Dual 1080p camera

Verdict

While the Vantrue N2 Pro comes equipped with basic features such as collision detection, it lacks remote connectivity, GPS, and voice recognition. In addition, the build quality and menu system are not up to par.

This dashcam’s dual HD cameras provide quality footage, making it appealing to those who drive for a living. Even so, many will still want to trade out its second camera for a model with more features and, crucially, an improved display.