It’s no secret that my family spends a lot of time on the road. After growing up road tripping, my own children think nothing of hopping in the car and driving to Washington DC or Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort for the weekend. Sometimes they even venture further. Yep. Atlantic City and Charlotte, North Carolina aren’t off limits to my road tripping young adults. They are my children, even if they do lack my love of roadside attractions. I’m thinking they may grow to appreciate them. After all, I’ve trained them up since they were small, right?
Anywho, considering their love of a great road trip, it’s no surprise that they were all impressed when I told them I was going to review a Magellan MiVue 420. Then they started taking dibs for who could use if first. Lucky for me, it came in while they were all working so I got to use this bad boy for the first time. And I didn’t waste any time opening the box and hopping into my Dodge Grand Caravan and driving to Columbus to visit Field & Stream and stock up on Scott toilet paper at Costco (do you have any idea how long that will last my family of five?)
I’ll get back to my point.
Using the Magellan MiVue 420 Dashboard Cam what you Should Know
The Magellan MiVue 420 was a breeze to use. I literally took it out of the box, removed all the plastic and protective covering over the glass lens, suctioned it to my windshield, unwrapped the cord and plugged it into my cigarette lighter and away I went.
The camera comes on automatically when you start the car and stops automatically so you never need to worry about not having it turned on if you need it. It’s always on.
The MiVue 420 records everything happening outside your dashboard with an HD camera and adds a safety factor while traveling. Just think, no more fraudulent claims in the case of an accident because you’ll have it recorded. I know we don’t want to think about those things, but…
The camera displays your location in GPS coordinates, time, the speed you were traveling and the date. I’ve watched several of the videos of myself driving and realize that what my family has been saying for years is true. I tend to drive a bit fast and I don’t brake until the last minute. In the future, I’ll be more mindful of my bad driving habits.
The included 8 GB memory card allows you to record hours of travel and the system will work with up to a 128 GB memory card that would give you approximately 21 hours of video. The camera records on a continuous loop, meaning that it records over itself every 15 minutes, which is why I can’t show you any footage of my uneventful (I absolutely mean that in a good way) trip to Columbus. It’s already been recorded over.
The camera records three modes; protective mode, parking mode, and impact. While you’re driving it’s in protective mode and helps you drive safe. In parking mode, it will begin to record if something hits your vehicle and impact mode will lock a few seconds before impact or a hard brake and a few seconds after in case that footage would be needed.
One of the features I like the most about the Magellan MiVue 420 will alert you if you’re driving over the speed limit, as well as issues a visual and audible warning with lane departures and forward collision warning if you’re getting too close to the car in front of you.
Switch to Photo Mode and the MiVue 420 can work as a digital camera as well. I always say that one can never have too many cameras.
Not only is the MiVue 420 practical for road trippers, Event mode will also allow you to capture your off-road adventures and amazing scenery on your cross-country trips. Simply record what you want to keep in Event mode and your recording will be saved to a separate file. Your owners manual will walk you through how to easily do this. Event mode would be perfect when driving in a national park, through a covered bridges or to those roadside attractions I keep mentioning.
This is the perfect companion for the road. You can read more about this dashboard cam and the other products available by Magellan on the Magellan website. This dashboard cam sells on their site for $179.99, or you can check it out the Magellan MiVue 420 on Amazon and save a few bucks. Would you enjoy taking this on your next road trip?