ProofCam are one of the industry leaders when it comes to dash cams on a budget. We’ve previously reviewed the super affordable ProofCam PC 105, but for just £10 more you can bag the PC 106 which has a larger screen and comes with an 8GB SD card.
The PC 106 HD is a forward facing dash cam with an all metal body and some excellent features for the price.
Unlike many other dash cams that come with WiFi or app based connectivity the PC 106 is a simple set and forget camera.
Inside it’s all metal body there’s a G sensor, a full 4 glass lens that records a 120 degrees field of view. The sensor is only 1 megapixel but that’s enough to record at 720p in 1280 x 720, or 1080 Full HD 1920 x 1088.
At the rear you’ll find a 3.0 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 960 x 240.
The camera records in AVI format and you can also take stills with a dedicated button on the camera. There’s also audio recording from the built in microphones that can be switched on and off.
Inside the box you get a car charger, suction mount, quick start guide, 8gb micro SD and a window sticker.
As we said with the PC 105, for the money, superb.
The supplied power cable is around 2 metres long, so you can neatly wire it in and around the trim in your car. As always, sadly there’s a moulded plug on the end, which means your 12v socket gets blocked. It would be better if there was a simple 2 socket USB adapter so at least you could still charge your phone, or use the supplied cable for the camera with your own 12v USB adapter.
8GB is enough storage to get you up and running, but it’s probably best to replace it with a 16 or 32 GB version, just so you have enough recording time before footage gets overwritten. 32GB is the maximum the dash cam can take.
Video quality is good, but not great. You can see everything that’s going on clearly, but reading number plates from moving cars is quite challenging. The resolution from the 1MP sensor just isn’t there, so although it records at Full HD don’t expect movie going clarity.
Number plates can be read up close with ease, and the audio recording and motion sensing is a big plus.
Going from light to dark situations where the daylight levels change takes a few seconds for the camera to catch up, and there can be a fair amount of grain & pixelation at times. Exposure can be bumped up or lowered which does help with the light levels, but this has to be done manually.
Overall it does the job well enough, you’re going to record everything, and you’ll be able to see plates up close. Which in an accident situation is probably not going to be an issue.