Amazon Customer Review About Car Rear View Mirror Dash Cam 5 Inch IPS Touch Screen 1080P + 720P

This review from Amazon customer Allan on October 20, 2018

Title: Good Value for the Money

I like the sense of security this system gives me when driving.

I installed it in my 1992 Ford Ranger PIckup Truck with a Camper Shell. For convenience, I placed the rear camera inside the rear glass window of the shell. It remains hidden but gives excellent wide angle visibility that is much superior to a rear view mirror.

1992 Ford Ranger

It was relatively easy to install. You have to be careful to route the two supplied wires under the headliner other trim pieces for it to be hidden. The supplied power cord is meant to plug into a 12 Volt power source that in new cars turns on and off with the ignition. My old truck keeps the power on all the time. So I purchased separately a fuse tap that switches with the ignition

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K17M2IU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also bought the proper cord with a mini USB plug to provide the power from the fuse tap

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U2DGJOQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Now the system powers on and off with my ignition.

The user interface is quite easy to operate. In addition to the hard buttons, a row of visible controls appear on the screen when powered on. These are easier for me to operate while driving. They allow turning on or off recording of video and audio as well as taking an immediate photo and locking the current video file in a separate folder where it can’t be erased during loop recording. The setup menu can also be accessed by a touch control. Also, you can select which image to view on the screen. By default it is a picture-in-picture view of the front camera (large) and rear camera (small). Those two can be reversed. Then it can display only the front camera or only the rear camera. I like the rear camera view because I can see if it is safe to change lanes better than just using my mirrors or turning my head. The camera views only stay on for a user defined amount of time. Right now I have them stay on 30 seconds. If off, all you have to do it touch the mirror and they come right back on when needed. The rest of the time I just let it record away.

rear mirror car rear view mirror

While in the Playback mode, all the various folders are accessible for front and rear recordings. These include loop recording, locked files due to impact, files due to motion close to the vehicle when parked. Only front view photos can be accessed in the Playback mode. If you take the TF card to a computer, there is also a photo from the rear camera.

Image quality on a computer is as expected for a 1080P front camera and 720P rear camera. License plate numbers can be easily read from the front. Cars need to be closer at the back to read numbers clearly. But the rest of the image is fine. At night the images are very sharp and appear to be enhanced somewhat. Even in low light when the sun just goes down the images look like daytime.

My only issue is when reversing at night. The backup camera has 4 very bright LEDs that come on when shifting into reverse (you have to hook a red wire to the backup light circuit). The glass on my camper is flat, so the light from the LEDs reflects right back into the image. Once I shift out of reverse and the LEDs go out, the image comes back very good. Since these LEDs are visible and not infrared this is a minor issue for me. I will try and cover the LEDs with a bit of tape to see if that works better for me. Perhaps on a curved rear window, this would not be a problem.

I had a minor issue with my first backup camera. Tiffany at Customer Service was immediately responsive. After some discussions with a Pumpkin Engineer, they sent me a replacement. Now after several weeks everything is fine.

I am very satisfied with the Pumpkin 5″ display rear view mirror and camera system. I think for the typical user it provides excellent recording and thus far is reliable. I am pleased with the system.

dash cam

backup camera

The car rear view mirror been reviewed:  https://www.autopumpkin.com/car-electronics/backup-camera/pumpkin-car-rear-view-mirror-with-5-inch-ips-touch-screen-front-camera-hd1080p-and-backup-reverse-camera-hd720p.html




【Customer Review for Pumpkin】LM-W0674 Toyota Universal 6.2 Inch 2 Din Bluetooth Head Unit

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  • Shipping to the US was very fast relative to the estimated time – ordered on 9/4/2015 and received on 9/8/2015. Purchased this for a 2005 Toyota Camry and it works great. The item (LM-W0674functions exactly as expected and the GPS (in Delaware) appears to work very well. Bluetooth pairs easily with my phone and operation of calls through the head unit is straightforward. Additionally, the wiring harness matches exactly to my factory wiring, so it’s simply plug-and-play. I purchased a Scosche Dash Kit to fill in the gaps because the item sits a bit further back and doesn’t encompass the entire width of the stock stereo. All in all, I’m very pleased with the purchase.
—- By AA
  • Extremely happy with this purchase. It arrived much sooner than expected and it fits perfectlyin my 2001 Toyota Rav 4 without a dash kit. It’s set up to work with Apple products, but itworks with my Android phone via Bluetooth for music and phone calls. It was really easy to install – plug and play indeed. It comes with a remote and the touch screen is bright and vivid and easy to navigate. Haven’t tried the GPS too much yet, but so far it all works great. Overall – a great product and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Also a great experience with the seller – fast and courteous, answered my questions and the item arrived exactly as described with all the cords and necessary parts.
—- By Britney
  • The head unit was well labeled and the wiring harness fit my Toyota FJ Cruiser perfectly. This not being my first car audio install, I had an easy time installing it, even with having to drill 2 holes in the mounting case to accommodate the Toyota’s mounting brackets. The biggest challenge was figuring out how to use the GPS which was simplified by downloading the instructions for the iGo-8 GPS software (included on a 4 GB micro SD card) for free. An adequate multimedia/ GPS receiver elevated to GREAT when factoring in the low price.
—- By William J. Konietzny
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【Customer Review for Pumpkin】KD-C0660 Toyota Prius 8 Inch 2 Din Android 4.4 Head Unit

This Android 4.4 head unit (KD-C0660) is awesome! If you’re on the fence or are worried about quality, don’t. I’ve been using it for several months and it works great. All the features work as advertised. It works with my steering wheel controls, and also work flawlessly with the backup camera that I purchased separately.

By S.Eastham

0660

Pros:

  • Nice, large touchscreen, easy to read during the daytime and at night.
  • All features work as advertised.
  • Easy to download new Android apps from the Google Play Store, directly on the Android 4.4 head unit.
  • Works with steering wheel controls.
  • Works great with backup camera.
  • Works great with OBD II Bluetooth dongle and the Torque app – allows you to read all kinds of information about your engine that you can’t normally see. (RPMs for the gas and electric engines, engine coolant temperature, timing advance, etc.)

Cons:

  • If you download a separate app for playing music, it’s possible to end up playing that app and the stock music/radio app at the same time. This can be a problem when using steering wheel controls, as they don’t work with the third party apps, but rather than end up activating the stock app such that both apps are playing at once. I usually make sure this doesn’t happen by switching to Bluetooth.
  • Brightness – turning on headlights only dims the display very slightly, which is perfect if you’re driving in the rain. But, if you’re driving at night, the display is still way too bright. It would be nice if the unit automatically turned the brightness all the way down, but as it’s now you have to do it in the settings.

Overall:

None of these cons were a very big deal to me, and all have solutions, so I went ahead and gave five stars. I really love this unit and all of its features, and highly recommend it. :)

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【Customer Review for Pumpkin】KD-C1107 BMW E46 Series 7 Inch 1 Din Android 4.4 Head Unit

I had never heard of this unit before and found it on a random search through Amazon. I figured for the price and it was worth a shot, since the Dynavin is still a good bit more expensive… I am very impressed by it!

—-By Corban Dallas
1107
  • Installation

Installation was silly easy, I got it done in a couple of hours and that was because I wanted to hide wires for the GPS antenna and Bluetooth microphone. If you’re less picky than me, you could get it done in a half hour.

  • Screen, buttons and knobs

The buttons and knobs are very well built, the finish is slightly more glossy than the stock business radio od the E46, though I suspect part of that is due to aging of the stock materials. The screen is bright and clear and the touchscreen is very responsive, the colors and sharpness are great.

  • Audio quality

I was worried that the audio quality would be worse than the stock CD player, but it’s definitely not when using equal mediums (CDs, iPod, radio,etc). But when streaming Bluetooth, it’s not the best. Most people probably wouldn’t notice the difference (my friends didn’t), but if you’re like me and like clear audio, you’ll want to stick to CDs, SD cards or an iPod.

  • GPS navigation system

I love the navigation which displays the speed limit of the road you’re on as well as warning you if you’re speeding. It can also display any nearby gas stations, hotels and many other things and lets you choose which one you can see or not see.

  • App installation

The unit comes with a .apk installer app so that you can install any app from the Google Play Store from an SD card, or anywhere else you could find a .apk app. It also has the Google Play Store app installed on it, so if you use your phone as a mobile hotspot for the on-board WiFi or use a 3G data card in your unit, you can download apps directly from the store. The included apps are pretty good. My only gripe with the pre-installed music player is that there is no shuffle button, that seems like a huge oversight, otherwise it works well and the equalizer presets are pretty good, as in the custom mapping option that it gives you.

  • Conclusion
All in all, I’m very happy with this unit and would highly recommend it to anyone. It’s made the interior of my E46 feel much more updated and new. In fact, my girlfriend just bought a new Ford with the “My Ford Touch” option and she agrees that the nav screen in my E46 is better.
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【Customer Review for Pumpkin】KD-C0223 Universal 6.2 Inch Double Din Android 4.4 Car Head Unit

This could end up being a 5-star product if I can get some of the idiosyncrasies ironed out.

—- By G3
0223
  • Pros:
First off: It’s installed and fired up beautifully, no problems at all. The wires are all ISO color-coded, and I made no mistakes connecting everything (Huzzah!). All of the applications worked right first time —-radio, GPS, Bluetooth hands-free, etc. Oh and BTW, the GPS is amazing at signal acquisition. I’m used to Garmin taking a while to get a position, especially after sitting unpowered for some days. But this Android 4.4 unit found satellites and got a position after only a minute or so, even after being shipped across 10 time zones! And it picks up a good GPS constellation even under my carport.
  • Cons:
My current complaints are few and minor: the audio has a hiss in it, and I see that Pumpkin has a power filter (free) to solve this issue. The GPS does not seem to have a “north up” setting, which I much prefer over “track up”. Also, the existing GPS software has map colors that are very poorly chosen. It’s almost impossible to see secondary roads, and I may have to change that software before all is said and done.
The physical unit is fairly large, around 4″ vertical dimension, and it was a very snug squeeze in my Ford Ranger console —- but it worked.
The Android system is fairly conventional, but with all the apps and configurations, it’s sometimes puzzling as to where to find a particular setting. Time will iron this out. Nice to have “home” buttons both on the touch screen and the push-buttons.
  • Overall
I’m overall quite pleased, ESPECIALLY for the price. I expect to have a lot of fun with this.

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