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The Yada Dash Road Cam HD made a good first impression in our dash cam reviews. It takes nice daytime 1080/30fps video, operates in continuous, looped, or incident-sensing mode, and has intuitive controls that make it easy to set up and operate. But the $100 Yada is representative of the lower end of the market; it lacks GPS, has only a 90-degree field of view, and the night video is poor.
The Yada’s night video was dark, and unlike such that was produced by other cameras, brightening it during playback (on a PC) didn’t reveal a lot of detail. You can easily adjust the exposure via a button dedicated to the task on the right side of the unit, but it didn’t seem to help much. It appears that the Yada is simply not the dash cam you want to use at night.
Nicely, the Yada is USB-centric: it’s powered via that port and attaches to your PC or other device as mass storage for easy offload of videos without a microSD card reader. It can also serve as a Web cam and Yada provides features aimed at that: face and smile detection, etc. The mount is adjustable in any direction, and it sticks well to the windshield, but it seemed a bit flimsier than most.
Despite the fact that the Yada is nigh on useless at night, I have no qualms recommending it to those on a budget for daytime use: the onboard battery provides quite a bit of run time (10 minutes and more in my testing) and it’s easy to set up and use. In the long run, however, you’ll likely be happier with a dash cam that has GPS and better night time video.
Jon Jacobi is a musician, former x86/6800 programmer, and long-time computer enthusiast. He writes reviews on TVs, SSDs, dash cams, remote access software, Bluetooth speakers, and sundry other consumer-tech hardware and software.