A Review of the Geko E100 Dash Cam By Papago
With so many dash cams out there, which one should I pick? It can be confusing. There are dash cams that let you know when you’re going over the speed limit, when you’re crossing the yellow line, tell you when your headlights should be turned on, all of which are very nice options to have, but do you really need all of those features? What if you’re just wanting a simple camera to catch the beauty of a trip or to have as a precaution to any accidents that may occur? Would you want to pay for all of those extra features when you really don’t need them? If you’re like me and not someone that’s on the road constantly, the answer is mostly likely, no.
That’s why I was happy to tryout a new dash cam called, the Geko E100 and review it. It’s made by PapaGo and is much more for those, that like myself, do not need anything overly complicated or overly option fitted to sit on their dash and record certain traffic events. Although it’s simple in use, I should point out that it still had the features most needed in any dashcam, including, but not limited to the following:
Ability to record in 1080HD
Long cord for power source
Write protects files (so they won't be written over accidentally)
Motion activated recording
Flip screen ability (flip to fit wherever you will be placing it)
Comes with an 8GB micro SD card and adapter
And as an extra something I found that it comes with that other similar sized dashcams do not have is a heat resistant lens. Many we tested would have issues in hot weather, but this one has a technology called “focus shift” that ensured that our recordings did not have issues (no blurring etc.).
The screen is only 1.5″, which is small, but we liked the size. You can still view the screen when needing to use the menu or playback video.
The camera takes stills or videos with the push of a button. Still image below.
Turns on automatically if you leave it plugged into your outlet for power. Unplug if you worry it may drain your battery, but we had no issue leaving it plugged in and manual said that it won’t drain your battery as it turns off when you shut off your car.
The menu was easy and very simple to setup. Most setting were already set and we left them at the default setting. However, if you wanted to change the recording to a lesser video quality so that you have more room for example, it’s quite easy to do.
The view is 120 degrees, and we found that to be totally satisfactory. See our videos below. The first one is short, the other is the full 3 minute recording length, which is how long each segment records for.
The camera suctions to the windshield easily and stayed put throughout our test drive. It was easy to remove, just pull the little tab after lifting the suction bar and off it comes. The cord was long enough to place in the rear if we needed to (when our front power access port was already being used).
The recordings in 1080HD and 720p were both very clear and viewed well on our Windows and Mac computers. We hooked the camera up via USB connection (cord included) and also through the included media card.
With all the positives we laid out already above, we should mention any negatives as well. We only had two, and you can decide for yourself if they’re really negatives or if they’re a non-issue as we find them to be. The first is that the dash cam wouldn’t stick to our dashboard, but it should be noted that so far no dashcams have successfully held to our dash due to the surface.
The second issue we did have is that the housing around the media card slot gave us a little trouble. For some reason when inserting the microSD card fell into a small cavity opening that looked like the slot the card should slide into. After shaking it a few times it fell back out and we realized you have to very careful on where you insert the sd card as there’s a small gap (at least there was on ours) between the camera’s housing and the port that you slide the card into, and if you slip it into the wrong area it’s stuck until you jiggle it back out again.
If you do get such a model, just be sure that as you place the tiny card into the microSD card slot that you feel a little resistance where it’s being seated, if you don’t feel it, it’s likely going into an empty space and you’ll need to shake it a few times till it falls back out.
Final Opinion of the Geko Dash Cam:
As to performance and everything else (other than the aforementioned dislike), the camera performed perfectly and we highly recommend it, especially if you’re looking for a small, less conspicuous, simple to use dashcam that will cost you under $80. With an included microSD card, you won’t likely find a better deal than this one that works as well as it does. We give this dash cam 4 ½ out of 5 stars. The ½ star deduction is for the media card issue.
Easy to setup, small and not overly conspicuous in your vehicle, recordings are excellent. Stays attached to window.
Possible flaw where microSD card is inserted, may not be an issue with every model. Doesn't attach to all dashboard surfaces.