As readers have probably guessed, the quality of the HD mirror cam is very much reflected by its price at $59.99. Having the HD Mirror Cam strapped on top of the existing rearview mirror, the unit vibrated quite a bit while we were driving around in our vehicle. As a result, the video quality that we captured through the HD mirror cam came out quite unclear and fuzzy. Overall, the build quality of the HD mirror dash cam felt cheap and fragile. Plus, compared to our car’s existing rearview mirror, the screen of the HD mirror cam seemed dark, so it’s unsafe, especially when driving at night.
The LED screen on the camera itself is also too small and has poor resolution, making it quite difficult to see out of. The only redeeming factor was that it was quite straightforward to set up, as one has to simply plug the HD mirror cam into the car charger slot (ignition start). This installation method through the cigarette lighter adapter is one of the many ways with which you can install your dash cam, and is quite standard in most traditional dash cam setups.
While dash cams nowadays like VIOFO, BlackVue, or Thinkware have dedicated mobile apps where you can check your footage or configure settings, the HD Mirror Cam seems to be very old-school and basic, with no mobile application nor a dedicated PC viewer.
Therefore, the only way to view your footage is to stop driving, turn off your car, take off the Mirror Camera’s SD card, and plug it into your computer. Compared to most traditional dashboard cameras where there is either an LCD screen, a smartphone application, or a dedicated Mac or PC Viewer, the HD Mirror Cam is something that doesn’t prioritize user convenience. What if you urgently need to show dash cam footage to a traffic enforcer, a cop, or insurance? How in the world will you instantly get a PC to view your files?
Still, on the upside, the file format is a standard video file type, making it viewable without any issues. However, there’s still a downside. We discovered that the videos recorded by the HD Mirror Cam are titled as “1”, “2”, etc., making it difficult and time-consuming when trying to look for a video clip on your memory card, as they are not separated by date and time like most other dash cams.
Beyond that, the user interface on the unit itself is difficult to navigate through. It’s complicated to operate, easy to disable recording accidentally, and overall a frustrating experience with very poor user-friendliness. The wide-angle lens was not able to capture the footage clearly either.
Additionally, the dash camera is supposed to automatically switch recording modes based on brightness/darkness but, in reality, the feature had to be manually toggled at night time for the "night vision" as opposing car headlights would cause it to go back into daytime recording mode. For a dashboard camera, we did not feel assured that this camera would be able to record sufficient footage in the vent of an accident.