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…