Lukas LK 7900 ARA Review

Lukas LK7900 ARA Dash Cam

Technical Specifications
Maximum Resolution 1080p
Channels 1
Loop Recording Yes
G Sensor Yes
Auto On/Off Yes
Parking Mode Yes
Date & Time Stamp Yes
Display Screen
GPS Yes
WIFI
Viewing Angle (diag.) 135°
Max.Card Support 256 GB
Other Specifications
Brand Name Lukas
Release Date Early-2014
Day Time Video Quality Very Good- Sample Video
Night Time Video Quality Good- Sample Video
Reliability Excellent
Power Adapter Yes
Size 3.55×2.75×1.9 inches
Operating Temperature -20°C to 80°C (-4°F to 176°F)
Discreetness Very Good
Our Rating 4/5
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LUKAS LK 7900 ARA – Our Review

The Lukas LK 7900 ARA, a high-price range dashboard camera, was released in early-2014. It’s actually an upgrade to the hot seller Lukas LK 7900 ACE. As it’s an upgraded version, some cool features are added to it; we’ve discussed those and much more below.

Externally, LK 7900 ARA looks similar to 7900 ACE and this makes it super discreet. The casing is completely black providing additional stealth.

On the technical side, a huge upgrade is the support of OBD-II interface. Hence, LK7900 ARA records important data regarding your driving such as mileage, battery, gear level, status of brakes, position of steering etc. However, OBD-II functionality would work only if your car is compatible with it.

Here’s a list of compatible cars (latest models of following brands):

  1. Hyundai
  2. Kia
  3. Renault
  4. GM / Chevrolet
  5. Ssangyong
  6. Toyota
  7. Lexus
  8. Nissan
  9. Infiniti

For more detailed list of models, you can check this link at manufacturer’s website.

Note: In order to get to the list, you need to scroll down the page to the “Applicable Vehicles” part. You’ll find a detailed table of brands and models that support OBD-II functionally.

There are two versions of Lukas LK 7900 ARA that have been launched:

  1. B type – with internal GPS and no OBD-II adapter
  2. D type – with external GPS and OBD-II adapter

Hence, if your car is in the compatibility list, then go for D type else buy the B type.

In another upgrade 7900 ARA’s memory support is increased; while ACE supported 128 GB, ARA can support a massive 256 GB memory card.

The video quality of LK 7900 ARA is very good and better than its predecessor (see sample videos). Everything’s recorded at 1080p (Full HD) @30 FPS. However, for such an expensive dash cam, we expected better.

Another cool feature is CPL (Circular Polarizing Lens) support which you can purchase separately. A CPL reduces the glare on lens during bright and sunny days. Don’t forget to take out the CPL during night time else it leads to dark videos.

Similar to ACE, ARA also works in extreme temperatures, thanks to the use of super capacitor rather than battery. While operating temperature range is -20°C to 80°C (-4˚F to 176˚F), the storage temperature range is even wider at -30°C to 90°C (-22˚F to 194˚F). Hence, whether it’s freezing cold or melting heat, just be relaxed that your dash cam is alive and kicking.

Other functions such as loop recording, G-sensor, auto on/off, GPS, parking mode, date/time and speed stamp in video etc. are standard features with LUKAS LK 7900 ARA.

Do have a look at the day and night time sample videos of LUKAS LK 7900 ARA that we’ve included on our website.

Here’s a list of Pros and Cons for Lukas LK 7900 ARA

Pros:

  1. Works in high heat or cold environments
  2. OBD-II support
  3. 256 GB memory support
  4. Formats the memory card – no need of a computer
  5. Voice guidance system (8 languages)
  6. AE brightness control – for better night time videos
  7. Hourly alarm function

Cons:

  1. Good (not excellent) video quality
  2. No Wi-Fi

LUKAS LK 7900 ARA Dash Cam – Video Samples

We request you to view the video in full screen and choose the maximum resolution; this will give you a better understanding of video quality captured by the dashboard camera.

Day Time Video Sample:

The day time video quality is very good, however, other – less expensive – dash cams such as DOD LS430W can beat this video quality.

Night Time Video Sample:

During night time the AE feature works really well, there’s good amount of detail captured by ARA in such low light conditions. However, once again, DOD LS430W or KDLINKS X1 perform better at night.

LUKAS LK 7900 ARA Dash Cam – User Manual

You can download LUKAS LK 7900 ARA user manual here.

LUKAS LK 7900 ARA – Firmware

You can download LUKAS LK 7900 ARA firmware here.

LUKAS LK 7900 ARA Dash Cam – Our Verdict

While day and night time video quality of LUKAS LK 7900 ARA is fairly good, the fact that it works without a hiccup in extreme hot and cold weather makes it favorable for anyone who lives in such environment. You can buy it if you happen to live at such a place.

Otherwise, we’d suggest you to have a look at KDLINKS X1 or DOD LS430W.

Where To Buy?

You can check latest price and buy LUKAS LK 7900 ARA from following vendors.

B – Type (Without OBD-II unit)

Amazon US

Amazon CA

D – Type (With OBD-II unit)

Amazon US

Amazon CA

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