This week we're looking at our first Dash Cam, the Acumen XR10 dual-camera dash cam with a built-in video display.
Dashcams have quickly become an important norm in the auto industry, with some manufacturers like Tesla implementing software directly into their cars to utilize the cameras for the 360º system to function as dashcams. For those of us who don't drive a Tesla we need a third party solution like the Acumen XR10. It's dual-camera setup is unique, with a full size rearview mirror that fits over your existing mirror, providing a large screen for forward and rear camera views as well as rear-view functionality.
The XR10 uses dual 1080p30 cameras, one built into the rearview mirror with an extendible and adjustable lens, as well as a second camera with a long 3.5mm connection that allows you to run wiring to the rear of the vehicle. We estimate even the longest modern cars like a Chevrolet Suburban shouldn't have any problem with the length of the second cable.
The XR10 automatically starts and stops when the vehicle's ignition is on/off and can record based on motion or g-sensor in case of a break-in. The XR10 also records audio from the mirror and has playback functionality on the fly, allowing users to review and save files in the event of an incident. Other features include a mild lane departure warning system along with another video input should you want to connect another type of camera or video feed.
We used the Acumen XR10 on a number of press vehicles, including the 2019 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, 2019 Volkswagen Golf R, 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and 2019 Honda CR-V Touring. The mirror fit on all the vehicles we tested, however some of the enhanced safety technology like lane keep assist and high beam assist use cameras and sensors built into the rear area of the existing mirror, which could obstruct the view of the Acumen XR10. We only had significant visibility issues with the Jeep, and minor ones with the Alfa Romeo as you can see in our review.
Overall we were impressed with the Acumen XR10. The build quality was great, giving the feeling of a solid product, as well as the overall video quality out of both cameras would be more than sufficient as an accurate witness in the event of an incident.
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