Having a dash camera gives you all the proof you need in case of an accident, but many dash cams only do that – record footage. The Lanmodo Vast Pro goes beyond just recording and instead becomes an extra safety feature while driving. I had the pleasure of testing out this dash camera myself to see just how well it stacks up with others I’ve used along with testing the innovative night vision feature.
Lanmodo Vast Pro Overview
The Lanmodo Vast Pro is described as having “the ultimate dual 1080P night vision system.” From that statement alone, you know it’s more than just your standard dash camera. In fact, the night vision system is actually the main feature of the camera, though in my tests, it works extremely well as an everyday dash cam too.
The large camera, which looks more like a rearview mirror than your typical smaller camera, shows a clear, high-quality image as you drive. Even at night, you get a full-color image.
While you can buy a front and rear camera system, I only tested out the front camera system. The rear camera is 720P, while the front is 1080P.
The 8.2-inch screen provides an easy to see image at all times, even at night. The 45-degree field of view ensures you’re recording everything in front of you and makes it easy to see more around you at night.
The G-sensor detects possible collisions and immediately locks the footage to prevent the device from overwriting the footage. You can manually unlock any locked videos through the menu. In parking mode, the sensor activates even when your engine is off.
With support up to 128 GB and loop recording, the camera stores hours of footage for you to review at any time.
The Lanmodo Vast Pro includes everything you need to get started, including a microSD card and a USB card reader.
Of course, you also get all the cables and mounts you need to hook up the camera easily.
I was personally impressed that the kit includes both a dash mount and windshield mount. It includes both an OBD adapter, which you need for parking mode, and a 12V car outlet cable (if you have a 24V port, you’ll need to buy a cable separately from Lanmodo).
The input cable on the camera itself includes a place to connect the rearview camera (if applicable) and either adapter/cable you choose to use. The cables are long enough to easily hide around your windshield to avoid cables dangling.
The camera itself looks great and is impressive as soon as you pull it out of the box.
Setting Up the Camera
The mounts themselves couldn’t be easier to use. Both the dash and windshield mounts use a sticky rubber grip pad to hold the camera securely. What’s even better is both remove without leaving any residue behind so you can use the camera in another vehicle if you want.
I highly recommend keeping the plastic covering that’s on both mounts to protect the sticky pad when you’re not using them.
If you use the dash mount, you’ll need to use the included screwdriver to affix the camera to the mount.
For me, I wasn’t able to use the dash mount. I tried it in several vehicles, but it’s not high enough to clearly see the road when driving. I tried in a small sedan and two SUVs. Honestly, this was one of the only real issues I had during my tests. I’d love to have an adjustable area to raise the camera a few inches.
However, the windshield mount works great and doesn’t wiggle at all while driving. I hit several potholes and had no problem.
The camera is easy to adjust to any angle you need with the windshield mount. It only took a few minutes to connect the cables and install it on my windshield. As soon as I turned on the engine, the camera started recording.
Unless it’s connected using the OBD cable, it turns off and stops recording when you turn the engine off.
The menu is easy to use. During the initial setup, all I had to do was set the time/date and let the camera know how it was installed (dash or windshield). Since the camera does have to install upside down for the windshield mount, it’s important to choose the right installation so that when you look at the camera, the view is correct.
You can also turn off the video and audio recording, set the recording time for an incident, and more. Even on a bright, sunny day, I was still able to see the screen clearly with the brightness set on low. I do suggest setting the G-Sensor sensitivity to low or medium. I hit a simple bump in the road on medium and the video was locked. So, low may work better to avoid filling up your SD card with locked footage with everyday bumps in the road.
When you first set up the camera, you’ll need to format the SD card, even if it’s brand new. This only takes a few seconds.
To avoid distracting fingerprints on the screen, it’s not a touchscreen. However, the buttons are easy to use.
There are only six buttons, making it easy to quickly feel for the button you need. Use the arrow buttons and the OK button to navigate the menu options. You’ll also use these to access, view, and control playback on stored videos.
I tried the Lanmodo Vast Pro out during the day and night. After all, I definitely had to test the night vision system.
First off, my day time experience was incredible. If I experienced any glare when driving, I could look at the camera and see clearly with no glare at all. This instantly makes it safer.
Even more impressive is using the camera at night. I’ve used dash cams before at night, and typically, you get a black/white view. Or, it’s just a dim image that shows even less than your headlights.
This was a completely different experience. Not only could I see exactly what my headlights were illuminating, but I could see much further ahead and to the sides. The camera’s night vision system extends your view up to 300 meters or 984 feet. As a comparison, the following image is what my headlights were showing.
Here’s the exact same spot from the camera:
The Lanmodo Vast Pro delivers on its promises of crystal-clear video and superior night vision. I only had two issues. The first is the dash mount. The second is if you view the footage recorded from the windshield mount, it’s upside down, even when you view it on a computer. However, you can just flip the camera itself around to view the videos upright.
However, if you drive at night often or in bad weather conditions, such as rain, snow, or fog, this is a game changer. Plus, it’s much cheaper than a built-in system, while working better.
You can see how the Lanmodo Vast Pro performed for others, buy your own, and get discount pricing if you buy early by visiting Lanmodo today. With a $10 Golden Membership, you get the entire kit for just $199. Otherwise, it will retail for $619 upon full release in October.
Update: After our initial review, the Lanmodo team sent a software update to address the upside-down video issue. I’m happy to report the update worked perfectly, and the video playback is no longer upside down.