About Clear Dash HD Cam
Clear Dash HD Cam is an in-car video camera that promises to mount anywhere in seconds, record and play back high definition video and audio, along with the ability to download footage to your computer. This way, the company claims it’ll help provide protection against tickets, scams, and “jacked up insurance.”
At the heart of Clear Dash HD Cam is its full 1080, wide angle HD technology, dubbed Ever-Bright by the company, which provides a 120° view of the road ahead. Or, you can use HD Cam’s 360° pivot to flip the lens around and record the inside of your car or the road behind you. All you have to do is:
- Mount Clear Dash HD Cam’s attached suction cup to any windshield.
- Plug into the car charger and start your vehicle.
- Begin recording!
Even with Clear Dash HD Cam’s HD quality video—or other features like image stabilization, date and time stamp, automatic brightness adjust, motion detection, and more—is it worth the money? That’s what you’re here to find out, so that’s exactly what we’ll help you uncover.
What Does High Definition Video Mean?
While there’s no need to go into excessive detail here, before we can fully explore the company’s claims, we need to understand what we’re talking about.
In a nutshell, the term high definition references the number of pixels (points of light) on a screen; the more pixels there are, the greater the level of detail. It also references aspect ratio, which is the relationship between width and height within the image. And it’s this aspect ratio that’s being referenced when you see 720p (1280 pixels wide x 720 tall) and 1080p (1920 wide x 1080 tall).
Taken together, this means that HD video features a crisper, larger picture than standard definition. Is this what you’ll really experience with Clear Dash HD Cam, though?
Clear HD Dash Cam: The Same Product in a Different Package?
Before going any further, it’s important to acknowledge how immensely popular in-car cameras have become over the past year or so, whether we’re talking about ones that attach to your windshield like Clear Dash HD Cam, or ones that attach to your rearview mirror, such as HD Mirror Cam. As such, if you search online—or even browse the aisles at many big box retailers—you’re near certain to find at least a few options.
In fact, these dashboard cameras are so popular that it seems more than one company is selling essentially the same product. For example, compare Clear Dash HD Cam to DashCam Pro and you’ll see that by all appearances, they’re identical. Except for its color, this also seems to be the case with Blue Hawk Dash Cam.
Want even more proof that you’ve got a lot of similar options? Type the phrase “dashboard camera” into Google, and you’ll quickly find many other companies selling identical products as Clear Dash HD Cam, such as Hype Dash Cam, Dash DVR Cam, Car Dash Camera, and many others.
Why do we bring this up? First, based on our experience and research, it’s not uncommon for more than one ASOTV company to sell the same (or nearly same) product simultaneously. Or, for an overseas manufacturer to sell unbranded products to third-party companies, who then sell them under their name. There’s no cause for alarm or any reason to believe there’s anything sinister going on here.
Second, we had a chance to perform some in-depth testing on DashCam Pro, which we’ll talk about next.
Our Experience with Products Like Clear Dash HD Cam
Obviously, Clear Dash HD Cam and DashCam Pro come from two completely different companies (more about this in a second). As such, we’re certainly not saying that you’ll have the exact same experience between them. However, we believe these products are similar enough that using one might provide you with a great deal of insight into the other.
With this out of the way, here were our main takeaways after testing DashCam Pro:
- Despite 20+ minutes of trying, we couldn’t get the suction cup to stick to our windshield. Clear Dash HD Cam’s manufacturer claims theirs can be mounted anywhere, although it appears to use the same suction cup design.
- Menu design was functional, if not a little clunky.
- Because we had to hold it on our dashboard when recording, the image was shakier than what you might expect. However, we didn’t find any indication that image stabilization decreased shakiness.
- Overall, image quality would be considered fair to poor; certainly nothing approaching true 1080p resolution. We even found that the lowest quality setting (VGA) provided much better video output than 720p or 1080p.
- Although it has an internal rechargeable battery, it likely won’t last long on a single charge. So, if you’re expecting the motion detection to automatically record an event while you’re away (vandalism or an accident, for example), it will need to occur relatively soon after you’ve turned off your vehicle.
- The camera only recorded interior audio, which seemed excessively loud and tinny during playback.
- The included SD card didn’t work (and almost didn’t eject), so we had to use a spare.
Again, just to reiterate, our experience with DashCam Pro doesn’t mean you’ll experience the same with Clear Dash HD Cam. But by all appearances they seem to be the same product, so we think it’s definitely worth passing along the information.
How does Clear Dash HD Cam compare from a price perspective?
How Much Does Clear Dash HD Cam Cost?
One Clear Dash HD Cam is priced at $29.99 plus $7.99 S&H. Comparatively, DashCam Pro and Blue Hawk Dash Cam are both priced $10 higher.
Unlike these other two models, however, Clear Dash HD Cam comes with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to request one, you’ll need to call Tristar Products customer service at 973-287-5166.
So far, we’ve talked a lot about our experience with dashboard cameras. But what are other customers saying about Clear Dash HD Cam?
Are Customers Satisfied with Clear Dash HD Cam?
Clear Dash HD Cam was a brand new product at the time of our research, so there weren’t any online customer reviews available.
However, Tristar is a hugely popular ASOTV company, with big hits like Power Pressure Cooker XL, Power Air Fryer XL, Clear TV, and many more. Overall, Tristar’s products seem to come with 2-star or lower ratings here on HighYa, with most complaints referencing problems with the product or difficulties with customer service. Granted, these are common among all As Seen On TV products, not just those from Tristar.
What about these other similar dashboard cameras? Although Blue Hawk didn’t have any feedback here, DashCam Pro had a 1.3-star rating, based on 15 customer reviews. Although most of these referenced ultra-long shipping times (and the company responded with a tracking number in one of these instances), a couple referenced less-than-stellar quality.
Once again, DashCam Pro and Clear Dash HD Cam come from different manufacturers, but given their similarity, we think it’s something you should know. Let’s go ahead and wrap everything up, shall we?
Is Clear Dash HD Cam the Clear Choice?
According to the manufacturer, Clear Dash HD Cam is “better than any other dash cam.” And while we didn’t test one in person, given the fact that it appears essentially identical to DashCam Pro—something we did test in person—we’re not sure this is necessarily true. Why?
When it comes to electronics, it’s very often the case that you get what you pay for. So, if you’re expecting Clear Dash HD Cam to provide usable footage in the event of an accident at the lowest possible price, then it might get the job done.
On the other hand, if you’re expecting to record stunning, Hollywood-worthy video—or even to grab the license plate information off that person who took off after backing into you—Clear Dash HD Cam might not be your first choice. Based on our experience with similar products, in our opinion, it certainly won’t allow you to “capture magnificent vistas,” as the commercial claimed.
Our recommendation? Since most consumer complaints for similar products seem to revolve around customer service and shipping issues, you might want to locate Clear Dash HD Cam (or its equivalent) at local retailers with dedicated ASOTV sections. This way, you’ll be able to avoid the steep S&H charges, and if you’re dissatisfied, returning it could be as easy as hopping in your car.
3 out 4 people found this review helpful
Clear Dash HD
The unit I received borders on being totally useless. The screen at high noon is very dark but you can make out some of what is in front of you and at midnight all you can see is lights, the Sun, Moon mode makes no difference.
The record time is set for 15 minutes but it rarely exceeds 30 seconds.
The date and time stamp in movie mode does not work.
When recordings are viewed on a computer they look much better than on the units screen, but at least 50% of them are "Wrong Format or Corrupted" and not viewable.
All resolutions above VGA are unusable, they produce an ever increasing blank space across bottom of screen as the resolution is increased up to 1080.
The unit did mount on the windshield just perfect with no problem and the auto On, Off worked perfect.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend