Vantrue E2 Review - Is This Dash Cam Worth The Money? 
Updated · Jan 28, 2023
Best for: Everyday use
Vantrue is a Chinese company established in 2015 that quickly became popular worldwide. Element 2 is the latest gadget that the firm’s produced. This model consists of two cameras - front and rear. They’re perfect for anyone who has trouble parking and wants to monitor their surroundings.
In addition, the cam system has a compact design. Its dimensions are 3.54 x 3.15 x 1.18”, and it weighs only 2.9 pounds. It has a 2.5D and 7H toughened glass screen that protects it from scratches.
It’s also equipped with all the necessary features, like:
- Motion and collision detection
- Parking mode
Another advantage is the Vantrue app. It’s available for iOS and Android and lets you easily control everything from your mobile device.
Up until this point, everything sounds perfect, but does Element 2 live up to the expectations?
There’s only one way to find out — continue reading!
What’s In the Box?
Let’s start with listing everything you’ll find in your package.
The box contains:
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- User manual
- 20 ft rear cam cable
- Car charger with built-in 11.5 ft Type C cable
- GPS adhesive mount
- Electrostatic stickers
- Type C 3.3 ft data transfer cable
- Wireless remote control
- Warning stickers
- 3M adhesive stickers
Overall, the installation process is simple. The magnetic mount makes the procedure easier and stays more stable on the windshield. Following the instructions, it took me about 10 minutes to set everything up. However, it’ll be a little longer if you decide to hide the cables.
Vantrue E2 Specifications
Take a look at the main features Vantrue E2 has to offer:
Both front and rear cameras can record up to 2592x1944p 30 frames per second. There’s an option to change it via the app if you don’t need the highest resolution.
The dash cams are also equipped with 160° wide angle lenses, which reduce blind spots and allow you to see every corner of your lane. In addition, they have dual Sony Starvis sensors. This makes them good enough to capture little details, such as road signs and license plates.
Dual F1.8 apertures and WDR technology provide the best quality during the nighttime. They also:
- improve night vision
- ensure color accuracy and clarity
- capture everything in detail, even in a low-light environment
When I tested the Vantrue Element 1, I was pleasantly surprised by the image quality. And Vantrue Element 2 lives up to the expected standard. You receive clear videos both during the day and at night, and you don’t have to worry about missing something important.
See for yourself how well they performed:
Additionally, there’s an option for photo capture when you see something important on the road. Do it using one of the following methods:
- Voice control
- Wireless hotkey
Vantrue also offers a CPL filter that reduces glare and reflections and clarifies the image. However, you need to purchase it separately for an additional $20.
Honestly, I didn’t see any difference with and without the filter. However, it wasn’t sunny outside, so maybe the problem was with the weather.
Here’s what it looks like with the filter:
And this is without it:
The built-in GPS+GLONASS dual system module shows your vehicle’s exact location (latitude and longitude), driving speed, and route. You can review all these things when you play your videos on a smartphone or laptop.
The dash cam system also comes with a built-in microphone that captures all the surrounding sounds. From the annoying tick-tock noise of your turn signals through your favorite songs on the radio all the way to your quiet conversations.
I went through some of the videos I recorded, and the audio quality is excellent. However, in terms of your and your passengers’ privacy, you may want to turn off the sound recording via:
- Remote controller
The camera comes with a built-in 5.4GHz Wi-Fi and BT4.0. This lets you view, download, and send all your files to your smartphone or laptop. Another way to transfer your videos is through the data cable.
Unfortunately, the Element 2 doesn’t come with a microSD card. However, it supports up to 512GB cards, and there’s an option to purchase one from the official website.
Let me show you the additional functionalities you’ll get with the Vantrue E2 dash camera system:
The built-in G-sensor measures acceleration changes. This allows the cam to detect an impact or collision. If it senses something, it’ll lock the video in the Event files to prevent overwriting it.
This feature ensures that you’re always recording and never miss anything important. When the microSD card is full, the camera will start overwriting the oldest videos to free up space for the new ones. You don’t have to worry about deleting something important, the G-sensor looks out for that.
24 hours Parking Mode
The cam will automatically enter this mode when you turn off your car. Motion and Collision detection are always on the alert for any movement. For example, if your vehicle is involved in a hit-and-run or someone scratched your car, these features will detect it.
The dash cam will save the five seconds before and 30 seconds after the event.
Vantrue also offers Low bitrate and Low framerate recording. With the former, you can save hours of footage as small files when you record at 1080p at 15FPS or 720p at 15FPS to save space on your card. With the latter, you can record video continuously at a low frame rate, such as:
However, the cameras must be hardwired to the car to use this mode. The bad news is that you need to additionally purchase a hardwire kit.
Instead of traditional batteries, Vantrue put its money on supercapacitors. This advanced form of battery ensures that the cam stays in its best condition, no matter the weather.
They can withstand extreme temperatures from -4°F to 158°F. This extends the life of the camera and makes it more reliable. As good as this sounds, the reality doesn’t always match up. I used the dash cam system for a couple of hours, and the camera started overheating. This didn’t cause any troubles with its performance, but it may affect it in the long run.
You get full control over the cam through your smartphone. Just download the Vantrue application for free from the Apple or Google Play store and connect your device.
The app comes in handy when you want to:
- Live stream
- Turn the mic on and off
- Take photos
- Adjust the settings
- Watch, download, edit, and transfer videos
You can easily navigate through the application. It’s user-friendly and doesn’t have a learning curve.
This remote controller allows you to switch the audio on and off and save files. When you short press, you save an emergency video to the Event files, and if you do it twice, you take a picture.
This feature is essential since it allows you to do a whole lot of things without
distracting yourself while driving. For example:
- Take photos
- Mute and unmute the mic
- Start and turn off the recording
- Lock video
It’s also available in multiple languages, including:
I went over all the specs and features of the Vantrue E2, but is it affordable?
On the official website, you can find the dash cam listed for $249.99. Considering all the features and quality you get, the price is reasonable.
The company provides worldwide shipping — you’ll receive your order within three to five business days. You’ll get a tracking number for your product to check its status whenever you like.
Vantrue offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. This allows you to return the item and get a full refund if you’re unsatisfied within this time frame. The only requirement is that the product isn’t damaged. Also, the customer has to cover all international shipping costs.
All Vantrue products come with a 12-month warranty. However, there’s an option to register your item on its website and get an additional six-month free warranty. This ensures that if you have any problem with your device, your options are:
- Receive a new cam
- Get a full refund
- Have your product repaired
And that’s it! Now you know everything about Vantrue Element 2.
Vantrue E2 Review - Verdict
Overall, this dash cam system provides excellent value for money. The only difference between the previous version and E2 is that the latter offers front and rear cameras.
Both models have all the necessary features like Motion and Collision detection, G-sensor, and GPS.
You’ll also benefit from the app connectivity, voice commands, wireless hotkey, and 24-hour parking mode.
Now that this Vantrue E2 review showed you all the pros and cons of the cams, you can decide whether you should invest in them.
But do I recommend it?
If you drive daily and need a little helper when you park your vehicle, then go for it.
Simona’s desire to be a content writer came pretty randomly. But now, she’s dedicated to learning everything about technology and becoming the best at her job. Her favorite gadget is her iPhone, so she has all the know-how about it. She’s currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English Philology. She is a dog person and dreams of having a Corgi (don’t we all?). She likes to cook, read books, and spend time with her family and friends.
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