Papago GoSafe 535 Dash Camera Review
Adding a dash cam to your car doesn’t have to cost a fortune. For just $89.99, the Papago GoSafe 535 provides both surveillance and safety in a compact design, including driver awareness features that can help you avoid getting into an accident. You can instantly replay video using the supplied cable and an app on your Android device, though everyone else will have to plug the camera into a computer. We suggest adding a 64GB microSD card that will put your total cost over $100, but can save you frustration with storage issues down the road. And even at that price, the GoSafe 535 is still an excellent value.
GoSafe 535 Interface and Setup
The Papago GoSafe 535 is a diminutive dash cam that mounts to your car’s windshield with either the supplied suction mount or 3M adhesive mount, and comes with a 12-24V car charger, an Android-compatible cable, and a USB cable.
Setup is relatively straightforward. Once we installed the included 16GB microSD card and powered up the camera using the cable and cigarette lighter adapter, we moved through the prompts to input the date, time, and other settings.
We hit a snag when trying to attach the camera to the suction mount prior to attaching it to the windshield of a 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid. It wasn’t until we attached the unit to the alternative adhesive mount that we could then switch and successfully connect it to the suction mount. Once secure, the suction mount remained firmly attached to the windshield.
The USB port is located in the upper right corner of the camera, which results in the (luxuriously long) cord wrapping awkwardly over the top and cluttering your line of vision. The BlackVue DR750X-1CH Plus is a smaller-form (albeit much more expensive) dash cam if you want to avoid that hassle or are working with limited space.
If you have an Android phone, you can preview, download, and share videos via an app using the supplied cable. If you don’t own an Android phone, you will need to connect the supplied USB cord to a PC or laptop to transfer the recordings for long-term storage, or remove the microSD card and insert it into your computer to upload the files. It is not compatible with iOS devices.
When we returned from our test drive, it was easy to connect the camera to a laptop with the supplied USB cord and access its storage. Once open, the files can be found in a folder labeled Normal and emergency recordings are filed under Event.
GoSafe 535 Features and Video Quality
The GoSafe 535 has a 2-inch color LCD facing the driver, with four buttons on the bottom of the unit. The buttons control recording modes, exposure values, resolution, and G-sensor sensitivity for collisions.
A USB port on the right connects to the power cable. Next to it is a small reset button and an HDMI output, while the bottom houses a micro USB port and two microphones. On the left is a power button and microSD card slot. When not plugged in, the system’s battery only lasts about 30 minutes.
The camera continuously records an exterior front windshield view with a 160-degree wide-angle lens and produces high-quality 2,304-by-1,296-resolution video in a variety of lighting and weather conditions. It’s saved on the provided 16GB microSD card, or you can purchase up to a 64GB card that increases storage to eight hours of recording (at the lower 1080p resolution) before looping back over old footage. We recommend using a larger card, which will help allay any storage anxiety.
With the provided card, the system loops every five minutes. Multiple recording modes are available, including Automatic Recording that runs continuously once the ignition is turned on. To save storage space, Monitor mode takes a picture per second instead of video, while Motion Detection mode automatically records when it detects motion outside the vehicle.
The GoSafe 535 comes equipped with a built-in gravity sensor that automatically saves a file when it registers a collision. Once the G-sensor is triggered, the camera automatically backs up the video to avoid it getting overwritten. You can also manually back up a file to avoid overwriting any recording.
In addition to documenting what’s happening outside the vehicle, the GoSafe 535 comes with driver assist features like Stop Sign Recognition, Headlight Reminder, Stop-and-Go, and Driver Fatigue Warning, and will automatically alert you if it detects any of these conditions. It also comes with free lifetime software upgrades.
An Affordable Option for Android Users
Given its wealth of features, it’s hard to beat the price of the Papago GoSafe 535 dash cam, especially if you use an Android phone. While the Garmin Dash Cam 66W and the Nextbase 552GW offer even more in the way of driver assists and features like Amazon Alexa, they cost much more at over $200. That makes the GoSafe 535 a terrific value for Android users, as well as anyone else willing to plug the camera into a computer.
Papago GoSafe 535 Dash Camera
The Bottom Line
The Papago GoSafe 535 is a high-resolution dash cam that records crisp images with a wide field of vision for under $100, but you’ll need to plug it into your computer if you don’t have an Android phone.