The DashCam 500 records video and photos and connects to a companion app for smartphones.
 - Photo courtesy Rand McNally

The DashCam 500 records video and photos and connects to a companion app for smartphones.

Photo courtesy Rand McNally

Rand McNally has launched the DashCam 500 dashboard camera and companion app that can deliver video and still photos.

The DashCam 500 is Rand McNally’s third stand-alone dashboard camera and was designed to transmit video and photos to the companion app for iOS and Android smartphones.  The device can be mounted to the windshield with a clip-in suction cup mount and records video in 1080p on a continuous loop, storing it on the replaceable 16GB SD card.

“We’ve seen strong demand for dash cameras the past few years,” said Stephen Fletcher, CEO of Rand McNally. “This new device includes a host of proprietary features such as VideoKeeper and MapShots, which give existing dash cam users something new and better to use, as well as provides those who haven’t used such a product with a user-friendly model to begin.”

DashCam 500 features include:

  • A Flashback button, which starts saving video and provides up to several minutes of preceding video.
  • “G” sensor accident protection that automatically senses and then saves video footage when there’s an impact to the vehicle. The footage is saved with a time and date stamp – even when parked.
  • A smartphone app for both iOS and Android phones. With the app, users can view live videos from the camera, manage a gallery of still photos and video, change the camera settings, and download and share captures to email, social media platforms, and texts.
  • The gallery on both the camera and app displays all of the videos and photos that have been recorded and saved. On these screens, users may view thumbnails of videos and photos, play back the videos, and delete them.
  • Active VideoKeeper, which ensures that saved videos are never overwritten and are easily saved to the gallery and/or downloaded to the app.
  • MapShots, which uses the built-in GPS to show where a video was captured on a map when viewed on the app.
  • Four dynamic touch-sensitive buttons along the bottom of the screen that allow you to navigate and control the functionality on the dash cam.