RoadHawk HD-2 Dashcam Review

Product Overview


RoadHawk HD-2 Dashcam Image

The RoadHawk HD-2 represents the pinnacle of current dash cam technology and is RoadHawk’s most advanced camera to date.

The RoadHawk HD-2 uses the best components available to provide drivers with crisp, SuperHD footage and unrivalled low-light / night vision, ensuring that you are completely protected in all conditions.

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Our Score

9/10

Readers Score

10/10
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What We Say

What is it?

The Roadhawk HD-2 is designed and developed in the UK, Roadhawk describe it as a "The new addition to RoadHawk’s portfolio looks extremely similar to other RoadHawk products but what’s inside is what really makes the difference. The HD-2 is able to provide Super HD images by recording at 1080p at 60 frames per second, giving you crisp, indisputable evidence in the event of an accident.”

The HD-2 is the only dashcam we have tested that doesn’t have an integrated screen. We believe this is a deliberate safety decision that Roadhawk have made that ensures its devices are both legal to use and don’t distract the driver. As Roadhawk mainly target the business market this is probably a good decision, however, perhaps a fold down screen may be the answer?

The Roadhawk HD-2 boasts some impressive hardware; it uses the Ambarella A7L chipset which is one of the most advanced chipsets on the market, as used in some of the world’s leading action cameras such as GoPro. It uses ‘High Dynamic Range’ (HDR) which allows the camera to meter for light and dark areas of video, then combining them to create the best possible image quality at all times in all lighting conditions.

It also boasts an ‘Electronic Image Stabilisation’ ensuring that RoadHawk HD-2 footage is able to soak up vibrations while driving, keeping the footage stable and crisp with no blur. It also includes a 3 Axis G-Force Sensor allowing it to detect the impact of a collision automatically and permanently saving the clip – this can also be done manually using the 'Event' button.

We were concerned about the direction that the Roadhawk HD2 was recording in, as due to the lack of LCD screen you can’t be sure, but in reality, if it looks right, it probably is. The viewing angle seems to make up for it being slightly out of line. Roadhawk supplies two types of mount – A suction mount and one that sticks permanently to the windscreen.

There are two LED lights on the back, one to show you it is recording and has another to show that it has a GPS signal, these are also accompanied with a voice notification (e.g. ‘GPS Signal Detected’).

The GPS co-ordinates aren’t displayed at the bottom of the video file, you need to install Roadhawk’s dedicated software to view location data, which is displayed on a Google Map as you play the video. The camera can’t be connected directly to a PC – you need to remove the memory card from the dashcam and plug it into your computer. A USB adapter comes in the box for if you don’t have a memory card reader.

This was one of the high-range dashcams we tested that has a RRP of £250.


How we tested it?

We tested the dashcam individually over a period of time and as part of a group test so we really put it through its paces and allow us to see what it would be like to live with on a day to day basis. We followed the manufacturer’s recommendations when setting up the dashcam. We tested it in both daytime and nighttime.


We Liked:

· It was easy to setup, you can get away with just plugging it and sticking it to your windscreen.

· I would say this is the best video quality we have had out of all the Dashcams we have tested so far (see our video below and our comparison video). Even in low light the quality was good.

· It has an obvious and easily accessible 'Event' button (marked as 'E') for if you wish to permanently save a clip.

· It can also be connected to commercial tracking systems


We didn’t Like:

· No LCD screen – we would have loved to have an LCD screen on this too – if nothing more than to make sure it's lined up corrected or just to view video at the roadside.

· Changing the settings is a little more complicated than it needs to be, you have to have recordings on the dashcam before plugging it into a computer to change the settings.


Video Example


Overall:

This Dashcam is aimed more towards the business market rather than the consumer market, and the price point reflects this with a RRP of £249. I think the only thing that could improve the Roadhawk HD-2 is a LCD screen (and being able to change settings with it) as the video quality is superb. So, should you get this camera? For most people this will be probably be out of budget, but if you drive for a living or do a lot of driving then it would certainly be worth it. If it's out of your budget check out our other Dashcam reviews.


Specifications:

Recording Quality

1080p, 720p

Speed Camera Alerts

No

GPS Mapping

Yes

G-Sensor

Yes

Event Recording

Yes

Video Resolution / Frame Rate

Full HD (1080p) @ 30fps
HD (720p) @ 30/60fps

File Format

MP4

Viewing Angle

135° (diagonal)

Memory

SD up to 64GB

Memory Card Provided

8GB

Internal Battery

Yes (emergency safe power down and save)

Manufacturer Warranty

2 Years

Image Stabilisation

Yes

Mic

Yes

Speaker

Yes

by Peter May 2016

A Closer Look

Design
8
Ease of Use
9
Features
8
Performance
9
Value for Money
7

What You Say

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Our Score

9/10

Readers Score

10/10
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