Aukey’s $58 DR01 dash cam initially proved a pleasant surprise. Despite the low price, it delivers some of the best video I’ve seen—both day and night. Throw in the optional $20 GPS, which, though slow to initialize at times, works well, and it would’ve been a top contender for best budget unit. Except…

Testing revealed that despite specific mention of a supercapacitor on the DR01’s Amazon product page, the camera quit immediately when power was removed. When I queried Aukey about this, the reply was “This dash cam only works with continuous power supply.” That’s a roundabout way of saying the camera does not have the supercapacitor.

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A supercapacitor is a handy thing to have on a dash cam in case of power loss. Aukey’s Amazon listing for the DR01 Dash Cam claims there is a supercapacitor on this product, but that’s not true—and Aukey seems in no hurry to correct this error. Buyer beware.

Not having a battery or supercapacitor is an issue, as loss of 12-volt power in accidents does happen. Intimating in your advertising that your camera will continue recording after power loss, when it most decidedly will not, is decidedly uncool. If you’re still interested, read on.

Note: I suggested to Aukey that they amend this claim before this article was published. As of this time, they have not, and the product page was closed to reviews. If and when Aukey changes its Amazon listing, I’ll amend this article.

Design and features

The DR01 doesn’t look like much out of the box, just your standard box-shaped dash cam with a mini USB power/connection cable, and two-port USB cigarette lighter (aux for newer cars) adapter. But as you’re ostensibly hiding whatever dash cam you buy (with a few exceptions) behind the rear view mirror for legal purposes, futuristic design, though nice, doesn’t mean all that much. Beside, it’s the camera that counts, and the DR01 does very well in that regard. 

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The Aukey may not look like much, but it’s on point with both its daytime and nighttime captures, and it’s easy to use.

According to Aukey, said camera offers a 170-degree field of view, which will capture more action to the sides than the more typical 140 degrees. Sometimes the wider angle results in a fish-eye effect on images, but it’s minimal on this device. The DR01 uses a Sony Exmor IMX323 sensor. Given the proper processing, it delivers very nice day and night video.

Aukey includes both suction and semi-permanent sticky mounts, along with some sticky-tape cable raceway clips and some extra double-sided tape for the future. With two mounts, you can easily remove the camera from the semi-permanent mount in your main ride and use it with the suction mount on your weekend vehicle, rental, etc.

The DR01 measures about 2.2 inches square by a little over an inch deep and sports a sharp 2-inch color LCD. The unit is configured and controlled using four buttons facing you near the bottom of the camera. The functions of the buttons change somewhat according to what you’re doing (driving, performing setup, etc.) and are denoted by icons on the display directly above them. On top of the unit are an AV output and a GPS link port. 

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