The apeman c550 is one of the more basic dash cams in APEMAN's lineup. Its price and performance are competitive, and it performs its core functions well without unnecessary bells and whistles. It's a good choice for drivers who want responsive automatic recording upon starting the car, a zippy G sensor, and an easy-to-use interface. It also has a decent night video and can record to the front and rear cameras at the same time.
The camera is small enough to mount discreetly in a spot between the windshield and the rearview mirror. Its screen is large enough for at-a-glance use, but not so big that it distracts or blocks your field of view. It uses a 170-degree wide-angle lens, which produces a slight fish-eye effect that can be easily fixed with video editing software. It records in loop mode, which allows it to continue recording even when the memory card is full. You can select one-, three-, or five-minute loop recordings to keep for review.
The APEMAN c550 has a straightforward, low-resolution menu with options for date/time, auto power off, language selection, LCD brightness adjustment, and the ability to set a cyclic recording loop. It doesn't have a Wi-Fi connection or support smartphone apps, but it does provide non-buffered parking mode when you hardwire it to your car (optional hardwire kit required). The APEMAN c550 has four buttons: display/power off (short press), menu, record on/off, and microphone on/off. A surprisingly light touch on the buttons makes them easy to use, and a handy reset button helps when the camera gets confused.