Car Cam Central – We Review Dash Cameras

Welcome!

We review dash cameras and give recommendations based on our hands on testing.

To quickly learn what we think is the best budget and premium cameras for 2017 see our two video guides:

To learn more see on article on Best Dash Cameras of 2016. If you want to learn how to pick a dash camera see our Buyer’s Guide.

Latest Updates

Thinkware F770 Dual Channel Review Launched

Nov 24th, 2016

We think Thinkware’s F770 is a pricey, albeit great front and back dash camera. Great for parked recording and a new body made specifically for North America to be more stealthy. Read more here.

Parking Mode Guide Released

Sept 14, 2016 parking_mode_installation_cameras_banner

I get a lot of questions about capturing vandals or hit and runs in parking lots. Here’s a guide on which dash cameras to pick, hardwiring equipment and installation.

Viofo A119 Review

August 1, 2016 Viofo_A119_Banner

The Viofo A119 is now our top value dash camera for it’s combination of stealthiness, capacitor design which increases reliability and great video quality. If I could only pick one camera to recommend, it would be the Viofo A119.

New SD Card Guide Launched

July 11, 2016 Vantrue_R2_Review_Banner

Choosing the right SD card for your dash camera can greatly improve reliability. We let you know what’s important.

Vantrue R2 Reviewed

June 18th, 2016 Vantrue_R2_Review_Banner

The Vantrue R2 has been widely reviewed and even crowned as the runner up for “Best Dash Cam” by the Wirecutter but sadly it falls short of being good for us. The value is simply not there even with it’s good video quality.

Yi Dash Camera Reviewed

May 29th, 2016 XiaoYi_Smart_Dash_Camera

We review Yi Technology (XiaoMi) first dash camera and we’re a big fan. It’s a great camera for most drivers.

Ausdom A261 & Dome D201 Reviewed

March 9, 2016 Ausdom_Dome_Header

We compared two budget cameras with great video quality. Ausdom is great but has a critical flaw. Keep an eye out on Ausdom in the near future.

These aren’t new cameras but are still popular and will serve as a good comparison for future reviews.

Garmin 20, Papago GS200 and Transcend DP200 Reviewed

February 22, 2016 Dash Cam 20, GoSafe 200, DrivePro 200 Side by Side on Tabletop

We looked at 3 name-brand models: Garmin 20, Papago GoSafe 200 and Transcend DrivePro 200. You’ve probably seen them at places like Best Buy.

These aren’t new cameras but are still popular and will serve as a good comparison for future reviews.

Got Into An Accident On Christmas

January 15, 2016

Ran into this gentleman on Christmas evening (ignore date stamp). Nice guy but clearly misguided on the rules of the road. I couldn’t believe his explanation! Read more below on damages and the camera used.

Total accident damage – $1500 in parts, $1500 in labour. Overall glad there was no injuries and everyone returned to their family dinners that night shortly after this video was taken.

Recent Dash Cam Deals

July 5th, 2016
A118C’s price dropped to $49 USD from GearBest. We recommended it here. Good stealthy pick but we think the XiaoYi Yi is a better pick for most drivers.

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Dave Herbert
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Dave Herbert

Hi Andrew! I’m curious, Anker released a wedge type Dash Cam product recently and it looks a lot like the Viofo product. Have you seen it? Do you think you’ll get around to reviewing it?

Thanks
Dave

Anker Roav Dash Cam
https://www.amazon.com/Dashboard-Recorder-Wide-Angle-G-Sensor-Recording/dp/B06XNSDRW8

Daniel Drake
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Daniel Drake

Andrew. I am in need of your advice. I recently decided to get a dash camera. But funds are quite thin. Have any idea on a good quality camera for a person who has little cash?. I do know in the climate I am in gets quite cold in winter and sometimes averages about 100 degrees and humid in summer (New England area of the USA). I am on disability and I can only afford about $50. Or do you know how I can obtain one free. Do not care if it is demo

Bruce
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Andrew: Have you ever tested/reviewed the dash cams from Rand McNally. I am specificaly interested in the Dash Cam 300. Would like to know what you think of it.

Kar Sharm
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Hello Andrew,
I am long haul truck driver (Driving my own truck- hence It will installed once and not moved around – no hard wiring though) based out of BC, driving all over Canada and the USA in varied climates and road conditions both night and day. I am on a stiff budget and writing to get what your pick of dash cam is for my intended purpose. I have shortlisted the following: A119, Blackvue DR3500, Transcend 200 and NuCam AW (1080hd with wifi).
I am apprehensive as to how I can position angle/focus the Blackvue DR3500 accurately as it is not wifi enabled nor does it have a screen.
Please help.
Thanks in advance.
Kar

Roman
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Hi Andrew ,

Hope you can help me here , I am leaving in Eastern Europe [Rep. of Moldova], and would like to buy the Vantrue X2 dash cam.
Please let me know, if its going to be a good one, as I am thinking between Viofo A119S and Vantrue X2 .

Jojin Mathews
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Jojin Mathews

Hi Andrew,
WHAT is your suggestion about the new Auto i camera. I saw a on YouTube and old like to know your opinion about that security camera.
Thanks,

Glenn
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Are there any cams out there that allow changing saved file size to longer intervals? I know it’s not common, but I have a desire to record longer, like perhaps even 2-3 hours. Any ideas, or do I have to go to a GoPro?

Andrew Lam
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You’ll have to use a GoPro or a lithium ion battery (which we don’t suggest you use unattended for safety reasons). The long battery life is in the Garmin 20 and that only lasts 20 minutes.

Charlie
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Hi Andrew , Love your reviews . I’m thinking of getting Viofo A119 . Does come with video software? And is it easy to use.

Andrew Lam
Editor

Hey Charlie. Glad you like it. Viofo doesn`t offer their own software for video playback. To simply view video files you can use a media player like VLC. If you want to visualize GPS information , you can use Dashcam viewer.

Parry
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Hi Andrew.  My name is Parry. I’m a London Black Taxi driver. I desperately need help in choosing a dash cam system. I work the night shift so quality night vision is crucial to me. I have been watching the you tube videos and while they are fantastic in the detail, I must admit I am slightly overwhelmed. That’s cool. I’ll get over it. 

My needs are this. Really good night vision. Able to view in the passenger compartment of the cab, as you might be aware in the London black cab we are separated by a screen from the customers. In some cases “thank the Lord”. And to view out the back of the cab. I’m cool the the whole app thing. I actually think that having a screen can be distracting. I do rent my cab but if I need to hard wire the system that would be cool as long as it could be removed and put into another one when I eventually buy one. 

I have been looking at the Thinkware F770, DR650GW-2CH & BlacksysCH100B.

PLEASE HELP ONE OF LONDON’S FINEST.

doug
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Hi Andrew, I have a question reguarding recording inside the car. As an uber driver i would please like to know the best camera for recoring video and audio inside the cabbin.

Stormy
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Hi Andrew could you please tell me your opinion of the Vantrue N2 for monitoring parking and also as a dual camera? The Thinkware F770 is not in my budget. Thank you!

Chris
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Love your reviews and information Andrew. I especially appreciated the SD card information, I haven’t seen that anywhere else. Kudos. BTW have you thought of reviewing cams for Uber drivers? I need three or four cams and IR to be able to see the passengers in the back seat at night? Also, if you have any suggestions for sites/channels that have more info on this type of setup it would be much appreciated! Keep up the good work.

Matt
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Hello Andrew! I thoroughly enjoy your reviews and find them to be very informative. I live in Arizona where heat is, obviously, an issue. Do you think that the Opia2 dashcam will have a difficult time for temps over 100 degrees during the summer? Thanks!

Nathan Sherriff
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Nathan Sherriff

Hello! Have you come across the Auto Vox D7? It’s available on Amazon and looks good but haven’t found a good review or one that compares to other cams in its price range. Hoping you might have some insight!

J K
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VIOFO A119S purchased from amazon would not work had to return it …check amazon reviews dated Jan 13 2017 why you wont leave this post up ANDREW

J K
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VIOFO A119S purchased Jan 2017 what happened to A119S review i posted …do i have to sign up? it did not work… flashing red light on screen would not record

S R
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Greetings, Have you had an opportunity to review the Falcon Zero models? I am considering the Falcon Zero F170HD+. The Amazon reviews are mixed and I cannot find any other reviews. The features I like about this cam is the suction cup and more importantly, the power cord terminates with a USB connection and not the cigarette adapter plug. I would like to use the built in USB slots in the dash console and not the power port hidden in the center divider. Do you have any feedback on the Falcon cameras in general? Thank you in advance, I find your videos the most informative.

bien9000
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Hi Andrew thanks for your reply last time, there is a dash cam named as M9s in your review on dashcam reviews(dual cam) which use Sony EXMOR IMX322 Image Sensors on each camera. I’m just wondering why they were not included in your top list of dashcams. Were there some problems you experienced after using them? Thanks in advanced

bien9000
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http://dashcam-reviews.co.uk/stoga-m9s-review/- I’m not sure if you’re the same Andrew that made this review.

MMR
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Hi Andrew,

When do you think you might review the Viofo A119S?

Thanks

Ben
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You should create a ranking for dual cameras (front and rear)

McGarrett
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Hey, while my search for a dash cam, I found your channel on youtube – really enjoyed your videos, thumps up.

I`m looking for a cam with suction cup, because i will use it most time in rentals, so the A119 is unfortunately no option.

So I wanted to buy the Yi, but this one costs in Germany about $105 + 15$ for additional suction cup.

Then I found this Aukey dash cam. This just costs about $74.

You are not coincidentally going to test this dash cam? Or can you assess how good it is compared to the Yi?

Thanks and greetings
McGarrett

joyo
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HI ANDREW.. i like your video. I am from Malaysia, and i want ask you about the cheap front and rear camera. what do you want to suggest. thank you. hope you stay healty.

Pete
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Greetings Andrew! I love your videos! You go into better detail than other review videos / web sites I’ve looked at! I’ve been using dash cams for a few years now but due to having multiple cars/trucks, I’ve always opted for super low priced and for the most part I’ve been able to accept the quality however I have had to replace many due to the camera housing melting due to the Texas Sun. On the topic of dirt cheap… the CT300 1080P is something I’m looking into for now… I would LOVE to have the duel camera option but I’m needing a minimum of 4 cams to replace my current ones so I’ll have to hold off on any flagship models 🙁 If you have any experience with that super low price camera ($15.58) please let me know. I’m pretty sure I’m going to try one out no matter what due to the crazy low price! An alternative I’ve also used is an iOS app called aDriveVideo which was very low priced and some nice features however due to using my iPhone for Pandora / Waze means I could not use that app any longer. Keep up the great work!

Pete
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Never mind 😛 I just saw the record quality of that unit. You DO get what you pay for 😉

Neil
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Which would give you the best view of a license plate, the YI, the Vantrue N2, or the Dome 201?

bien9000
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Hi Andrew, you mentioned on your latest video for good dash cams 2017 related to Viofo A119 being a better choice with Viofo A119S. I hope you’ll be able to have a full review of A119S or specially with the night video quality comparison with A119. Thank you

Neil
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What is your favorite dashcam?

Russell Betts
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Russell Betts

Andrew, Help! The A119 or the Transcend 220? Video quality is important to me. But a big factor is heat. I live in the desert where 110 F is normal.

Mike R
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Your analysis of dash cams is exceptionally thorough.
Looking for dash camera to record police stops.
Specifically looking to record view out the side window at night.
And camera needs to be able to record when the car engine is turned off.
Any recomendations.

Kevin
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Hi Andrew, been watching and reading your reviews on the XiaoYi Dash Cam.
It can to my understanding that there is a new version in the Chinese market (which I accidentally bought because it was on sale).

It is called the Black Power Edition (because it only has one colour variant which is black, at least from what I know). – link

Apart from
1. it not having ADAS
2. the viewing angle is slightly narrower (130 degrees vs the previous 165 degrees)
3. Recording resolution is at 1080p @ 30fps (previous model is capable to record at 1080p @ 60 fps)

are you able to advise on the other differences? (I can’t read Chinese).

Seems like this is a stripped down version of their previous dash cam, isn’t it?

I cannot read Chinese and seems from the forum, this dash cam version will not be able to change to accept English language.
I think I should be able to manage it because I don’t think I do much with a dashcam and the icons are descriptive enough from the looks itself.

Roy
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I live in Finland and now 10/12/2016 the sunrice is 09:30 and sets at 14:40 and when you get out of the main areas the street lights are at best OK, so I need a dash cam that is good at night.
I would like GPS, looping, G force and high quality.
I don’t mind spending more for a better cam

simon Wetton
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simon Wetton

Hi are you able to help. I was looking at buying one of these cameras. HD 2.7″ Car DVR R300 Camera Video Recorder Dash Cam 3D G-Sensor GPS Dual Camera. I want a good value but good quality video recording dual camera.

Can you advise on this one? or an alternative.

Thanks

Edward
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Hi Andrew,

Thank you, based on your review i have ordered Viofo A 119. Previously, I purchased, 118, which is also going great.

Thank you again.

Kishore
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Hi Andrew,
Thanks for your excellent review of Viofo A119,based on which I have ordered one.I am a first time buyer of dash cam.I did go through a number of dash cams,but was very convinced about A119.I have decided to buy Lexar high performance micro SDHC 633x 64gb card UHS-1/U1,LSDM164GBB1NL633.please let me know if this suitable for A119.
Thanks in advance .
Kishore

Ian Broughton
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Ian Broughton

Hello Andrew, I drive a 6m motorhome, could you recommend a dashcam with front and rear cameras. The rear cam is going to be primarily used for reversing, so quality needn’t be that great, but the cable has to be sufficient to reach rear to front, with allowance for routing. I love the A119, is there a similar quality of machine that can match those driving footages and incorporate a rear cam.
Regards

Uber Man on YouTube
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Uber Man on YouTube

Hello Andrew, Uber Man from YouTube here. I have 26K subs and a dashcam is something we all need for driving. What would you recommend as the best dashcam for ridesharing. I recently reviewed the VanTrue N2, VanTrue R2, and Falcon Zero F360. We need something that can give us quality interior video even in the dark, while providing the best video of the road ahead. Could I get your thoughts? Thanks.

Lost with a flat
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Lost with a flat

Andrew, I’ve looked at all of your videos and a ton of other videos on cams – they’re all over the board and NONE offer a good set of features for the value. $100 cams often have very good resolution, but limited features. $300 cams have good features, but fall behind even with good, modern chipsets.
That said, I’ve decided that a pair of Viofo (spytec) 119s forward and rear is a far better value than the much more expensive, and not badly rated, Thinkware 770 2c, Blackvue G650 2c, and others. The problem now lies on – what do I use for my in-car view? Many of the 2c sets have infrared illumination, while many do not.

Is there any camera (cheap, as the resolution does not need to be nearly so high) that offers infrared illumination that can be used as a primary in-cabin view but with a mount suitable for rotating if there is an encounter to the left or right of the vehicle (unruly passenger outside the vehicle, police stop, ect)?

Vinit Relan
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Vinit Relan

Hi Andrew,

First of all, great work with review of these dash cams. I have been trying to come to a conclusion to buy an excellent dash cam and i am unable to make a decision.

I want a dashcam for front and rear view. I have gone through your Blackvue 650 2CH review and it seems the quality is not great and it definitely puts a load on the system to process two videos. I have also gone through Blackvue 750 but i am not sure if it’s the best option with not so great reviews from the users.

My questions:
1. Is 2CH the best option? or should i go for front and rear separately. I want to use motion detection and was thinking of powering it through additional battery pack. And if it is a dual channel, i can live with single battery pack but with two separate ones, i need 2 battery packs.
2. I definitely want to have all the features with excellent video during day & night both. I am not bothered about the rear camera wifi option but its good to have for front camera.

I have gone through DODLS460 but not convinced to go with battery. I have heard korean manufacturer is better as compared to all the others.

It will be great help if you can suggest considering the best of the best (2CH or 2 separate single channels)

Regards
Vinit

Nigel
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Hi Andrew, Thank you for the thoughtful reviews, they helped me a lot in getting acquainted with the subject matter. I’m looking for a camera that can survive both cold winter and hot summer temperatures – I live in Toronto, where winter temperatures can get below -25° C for a few weeks and below -25° — -30° C for a few days. In the summer, temperatures can get easily 35° C and much higher inside the car. Looked at several cameras, it seems that the ones with a Capacitor, which are good for Summer, are not that good for Winter: – A119, however it may not work well below 0°C – someone recommended “testing it in a freezer if you are near the end of your return period.” – Lucas QVIA T790 GPS operating temp is advertised as -20° – +70° not sure if that is realistic since it is a battery based camera. – DDpai mini 2 – the same temp range as QVIA, capacitor based (potentially 2 – one for front and one for rear) since its front camera DDpai M6 Plus is battery based and it battery exploded at 20° C ! – SG9665GC is considered good for high temperature, however its quality may have went down recently! May be i should go with an easily removable camera, which is not very practical, since its connectors may get loose or damaged from frequent disconnect/connects. Wondering how my Camry’s external rear view backup camera survives the summer and winter swings in Toronto and provides an excellent image. If i can find a similar camera with dash cam functions that would be a perfect solution. • Is there such thing or is it just a pipe dream 🙂 GIT2 looks very attractive as both action and dash camera and… Read more »
Harry Drasin
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Harry Drasin

Thank you for your reviews, they’re great. I agree with you that the A119 has excessive daytime glare and I can’t wait for them to release a filter for it. You have mentioned many times difficulties with suction cups. I’m looking for a dash cam that I can use for rental cars which has a suction cup that can be removed each time I leave the car. It would also be a backup for my A119 if there were problems. Any recommendations? People seem to like the Z edge 3 or the Black Box G1W-CB, although the G1W-CB also gets a large number of very negative reviews as well. Thanks very much. Harry

mitrebox
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Love the in depth reviews.

Could you do a review/overview of player software? I’m confused on what is out there and what works with all cameras or proprietary systems.

Shingo
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What is your recommendation for budget 2 way dash cam? of course with good video quality. no need to have wifi or gps

Adam
Guest

Hi Andrew. I love your reviews on Youtube, as they are knowledgeable and informative. I purchased a G1W-C and it served me well in two accidents, one where all three witnesses claimed I had a red light when the video showed it was clearly green. However, this camera isn’t working so well anymore as it is coming up with some corrupted videos, especially when the car is turned off, so I am looking to buy a new one.

I am looking for a camera that has good video quality during the day and night, especially while in motion (I do a lot of highway driving at day and at night). I also need heat resistance since we’ve had a few triple-digit days here. Stealthiness is preferable. I have been mostly considering another G1W-CB and a Viofo A119S. They seem to have the most going for them compared to other cameras I’ve looked at. Have any ideas on what might be a good fit for me?

Jonathan
Guest

Andrew, thanks for all your reviews and attention to each user comment. Your website is very helpful. I found one comment that asked for high end dash cams. Is there a product that offers great video quality, heat resistance, and all the other bells and whistles? I looked at the garmin 20 so far and liked the blackvue however the video ratings on the black view haven’t been as great as I’d like to see

Anonymous
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Hi Andrew.
I’m having a hard time trying to pick the right dash-cam for my semi truck.
I would like to be able to let others persons (of course, only the authorized ones) to get remote access to my dash-cam so they can watch “real time” videos.
I can bring fast Wi–Fi with the Mobile Hotspot in my truck but i can’t find a dash-cam that works with “ip address”.
Can you give me any support?
Thank you.
Victor G.

Anonymous
Guest

Hello, I hope all is well. My name is Eric and I do ride sharing. Is there a good 3 channel system with IR for the front, rear, and interior of my vehicle? Thank you.

Adam
Guest

Hello my name is Adam yesterday I got a fine from a highway policeman saying I was on my phone while driving. Phone was in my pocket. Is there a good car cam for interior as well as road recording.
Thank you Adam

Audrey
Guest

Hi my name is audrey I am in the market for a dash cam but I don’t know what to get.i am looking for one that is motion activated ,has night vision and not very expensive.what would u suggest

jae
Guest

Hello. I am in the market for a good quality dash cam. i have viewed many of your videos and love how they are done. Great Job! i recently saw a dash cam, the Beast BX929? have you tried/ reviewed this one and your opinion on it.

Danny
Guest

Thanks Andrew
I bought the viofo A119 and the Lexar memory card 32gb I did follow your links to them just hope I did it correct for you
Thanks Again
Danny

Suraj Serrao
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Suraj Serrao

Hi Andrew,

Great work and very informative reviews. I wish to have your pro comments on the newer Ambarella A12 DAB205. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Suraj

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