- Compact design
- Great camera quality
- Removable Storage
- Detachable mounting bracket
- Lacks a built-in display
- Companion app exhibits incorrect display scaling
A dash cam is an essential tool that many drivers will never understand the value of until they use one for the very first time. Owning a dash cam, especially an advanced unit like the DDPAI Mola N3 Pro Dual View Expert, offers drivers a new sense of security both on and off the road. In this review, we examine the DDPAI Mola N3 Pro Dual View Expert in its entirety by analyzing its key specifications, full feature set, and smartphone integration.
This is a sponsored article and was made possible by DDPAI. The actual contents and opinions are the sole views of the author who maintains editorial independence, even when a post is sponsored.
Specs and Features
Just in case you have not caught on to this already, the DDPAI Mola N3 Pro Dual View Expert is a name that describes more than one product: it is actually two cameras! An equally impressive rear view camera, the RC1, enables the “dual” in “dual view,” featuring an ultra-compact design that connects to the standard DDPAI Mola N3 Pro front camera. The rear camera even rotates a full 360 degrees, allowing for optimum window placement on the first try.
The rear camera connects to the main camera via a 3.5mm headphone jack and captures impressive 1080p high definition footage. The front camera captures even more incredibly crisp 1600p footage, complemented by a diverse built-in sensor array. The following is a breakdown of the full specifications for both the front and rear cameras:
DDPAI Mola N3 Pro (Front Camera)
- Camera: 5MP STARVIS CMOS Sensor, F1.8 Aperature, 6-element lens
- Video Capture Resolution: 2K FHD (2560x1600p @ 25fps) with loop recording and 140-degree FOV
- Wireless Connectivity: Built-in GPS and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
- Storage: Configurable up to 512GB via U3/Class 10 microSD
- Dimensions: 3.9” x 1.3” x 1.1”
- Sensors: 3-axis gyroscope (adjustable G-force collision detection and 24-hour parking monitoring) and infrared IR (night mode)
DDPAI Mola N3 Pro (Rear Companion Camera)
- Camera: F2.0 aperture, 5-element lens
- Video Capture Resolution: 1080p HD (1920x1080p @ 25fps) with loop recording and 125-degree FOV
- Dimensions: 2.11” x 0.78” x 3.07”
- Sensors: Infrared IR (night mode)
Unboxing and Installation
As with most products from DDPAI, it is radically clear that a significant amount of time was spent scrutinizing the unboxing experience. The packaging for the DDPAI Mola N3 Pro Dual View Expert appears premium and neatly organized. Whereas several competitors opt to simply shove each component from cords, to adhesive stickers, to the camera itself into a single box, DDPAI instead opts to make a positive initial impression by separately packaging all of the included , materials.
Here is what you will find included:
- DDPAI Mola N3 Pro Dash Camera
- DDPAI RC1 Rear Camera
- User manuals for both cameras
- Detachable mounting bracket for main unit
- Dual-port USB-A car charger (cigarette lighter input)
- 9.84’ USB-A to USB-C power cord
- 18’ 3.5mm headphone jack rear cam power cord
- 2 3M mounting adhesive pads
- Cord Installation tool
- Electrostatic sticker
Installing the DDPAI Mola N3 Pro Dash Camera in the front window of my vehicle was surprisingly straightforward, thanks to the included guidance provided in the user manual. The removable mounting bracket features a nimble click-to-release mechanism that is perfect for ride sharing drivers who might want to flip the camera around for in-vehicle recording. While the Mola N3 Pro notably lacks a built-in display, this choice allows for a more compact design that allows users to keep the camera discreetly tucked behind the rearview mirror and nearly out of sight while driving.
The electrostatic mounting sticker that is included for the Mola N3 Pro is curiously overlooked in the case of the RC1 rear camera, though it is not likely that you will need to make rotation adjustments when mounting the RC1, as it was designed to rotate infinitely with a gentle twist.
Also not included in the box is a microSD card, which is required to store and access footage on the Mola N3 Pro. While I wish that the lack of an included microSD card had been made more explicit online and on the outside packaging, it is hard not to see removable storage as a positive. After all, removable storage makes expanding your space easier than ever and allows you to manage the footage from other devices, such as a computer.
Road Tripping Highlights
Pairing the Mola N3 Pro and RC1 to my smartphone was a near-frictionless process, thanks to the scannable QR code that is provided in the user manual, which directs users to the landing page for either the iOS or Android version of the official DDPAI app. Connecting the camera to my iPhone 14 Pro Max from the Wi-Fi menu in the Settings app allowed my phone to automatically recognize and connect to both cameras on future trips. Aggressive display cropping plagues a handful of the menus in the app, blocking access to key information, but this is something can be patched via a small software update.
I quickly noticed that trying to activate the live video feed on my iPhone became more reliable once I was fully out of range of my home Wi-Fi network. If you are in your driveway wondering why you cannot pair this dash cam right away, it is because iOS initially perceives the DDPAI Mola N3 Pro as a Wi-Fi router with no Internet connection, thus defaulting back to your home Wi-Fi network.
However, once you hit the road you can expect a stable connection with minimal lag and brilliantly clear video, even in dark rainy conditions. It is difficult not to notice how much sharper and brighter the 1600p images and video from the Mola N3 Pro front camera are compared to the 1080p RC1 rear camera, which also sports a less dense lens array.
A unique feature called “Sense Reality 2.0” or “SR 2.0” for short, draws data from the Mola N3 Pro’s sensors to provide an optional graphical overlay that includes several metrics, including speed, distance, altitude, and even compass navigation. This mode looks straight out of a video game, which makes sharing footage all the more valuable and engaging.
The DDPAI app does an exceptional job of keeping things intuitive. Vital controls including capture buttons for photo and video can be toggled throughout most areas of the app. For dash cam enthusiasts and power users looking to fine-tune their experience, the Camera Settings menu offers far more nuanced controls, including the ability to enable high definition H.265 video encoding on supported smartphones for extra crisp footage.
An additional Quick Settings menu is less overwhelming and offers the ability to adjust collision sensitivity and duration for parking mode detection. Parking mode detection gave me an extra sense of security when leaving my tech gear behind in my vehicle.
The DDPAI Mola N3 Pro Dual View Expert is a front and rear camera combo that sets premium expectations, which are met from the moment you unbox the product to the moment you hit the road. Installation is simple, performance is reliable, and operation is almost effortless. Both cameras offer respectable quality, and onboard sensors work in concert to offer an in-app experience where controls are relevant and accessible. The DDPAI Mola N3 Pro Dual View Expert is currently discounted to $119.99, but you can apply a $20 coupon to bring it down to $99.99
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