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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123 Responses to Car Cam Central – We Review Dash Cameras

  1. Chris February 6, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    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.

    • Andrew Lam February 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

      Thanks! Taxi cameras are likely the next review I release. Getting multiple cameras is harder, I probably won’t be release a review like that for a while. I haven’t seen any site I like that I can recommend – which is why I’m creating that content myself!

  2. Matt February 1, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

    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!

    • Andrew Lam February 1, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

      If you’re running it mainly while driving there shouldn’t be any problems. It’s if you decide to record while parked that’s where problems can pop up. While it can go up to 167F the lifespan will be decreased. Also like all electronics there can be premature failures but on average paying for a good premium camera will get you better reliability.

      • Yannick Gontier February 16, 2017 at 9:45 am #

        Hi Andrew, ur channel is really nice Bro, have 3 model in mind:
        01 Thinkware F770
        02 Blackvue DR750lw-2ch
        03 Blackvue DR650S-2ch

        My first choice would be the number 2 as it provide 1080P at front and at the rear. It also have an LCD display too.

        For the 2 others they dont have LCD display but wanted to know if the life video can be view from my smart phone while reversing

        Hope to have a quick reply

        Kind regards

        Yannick

        • Andrew Lam February 18, 2017 at 9:04 am #

          Hey Yannick,

          I’d avoid the DR750, there is a problem with the LCD Touchscreen that has been reported by quite a few people. It stops the camera from working.

          Thinkware has 1080P at the rear as well. There is no rear view out of the other two cameras unless you want to connect to WiFi each time which would be a pain in the ass.

          Andrew

  3. Nathan Sherriff February 1, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    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!

    • Andrew Lam February 18, 2017 at 9:09 am #

      It’s really bulky, capacitors and it’s not better than the A119S except that it can rotate. Honestly there’s not many cameras in the capacitor + 360 degree rotation category. If you really want it, grab it.

  4. J K January 26, 2017 at 10:41 pm #

    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

    • Andrew Lam February 18, 2017 at 9:07 am #

      See below.

  5. J K January 26, 2017 at 10:08 pm #

    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

    • Andrew Lam February 18, 2017 at 9:06 am #

      Hey sorry for the super late reply. I missed a few comments. I don’t know about your review, sorry. I leave up every comment unless it’s obvious spam.

      Flashing red light, probably an SD memory card issue. That’s almost always the cause. I’d try with a known good card and if that is the problem I’d suggest buying a reliable card designed for the added wear and tear a dash camera puts on. Wrote an article about that.

  6. S R January 19, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    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.

    • Andrew Lam January 23, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      Hey SR. I think the Falcon Zero models are rather behind tech wise. The customer service is OK but they haven’t done anything special and I’m not a fan of them using lithium ion batteries for what I understand is all their cameras.

      The F170HD+ is especially old and I think the Yi Dash Cam which is being sold at $50 (a steal!) is the better value.

  7. bien9000 January 18, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

    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 January 18, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

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

      • Andrew Lam January 19, 2017 at 11:25 am #

        I am not the same person who made that review. I also just learned about this camera from this review. Good specs, the 170 degree angle is a bit ridiculous. I don’t think that’s the actual field of view. I have to do some investigation. Thanks for letting me know about it.

        Edit: This seems like vaporware to me. It’s not being sold anywhere especially at 100 pound which is a ridiculously low price. I browse the Chinese websites and I haven’t seen this camera mentioned there either.

  8. MMR January 13, 2017 at 11:20 pm #

    Hi Andrew,

    When do you think you might review the Viofo A119S?

    Thanks

  9. Ben January 10, 2017 at 10:15 pm #

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

  10. McGarrett January 7, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

    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

    • Andrew Lam January 8, 2017 at 1:32 am #

      Thanks! I actually mention the Aukey in my review: https://youtu.be/vYYQnZcQxwI I’m not a fan of it as it doesn’t rotate to face the side windows but I can see your point that it’s one of the few suction mount options available. If you can’t afford the extra amount to buy the OPIA2 and want a capacitor based camera then it would be the Aukey. There are lithium ion options available such as the Vantrue X2 but I haven’t reviewed them.

      Edit: forgot about the Yi Dash Cam, at $50 it’s a really good deal: http://amzn.to/2i5Xjx0

      • McGarrett January 8, 2017 at 11:16 am #

        Hey Andrew, thank you for the fast response! The OPIA2 is too expensive for me in relation to my purpose, just need it for very few hours a month.

        I don’t think at the moment, that the rotation problem is a big drawback for me, but maybe I will see, if I buy it. Was the video quality much worse than the Yi?

        Yes, also saw the actual price of the Yi. Already would have ordered, if I would live in the U.S. With delivery to Germany it would cost about $72 + suction mount, what seems to be fair. But then it seems, that there wouldn’t be any warranty. :/

        Thanks and greetings
        McGarrett

        • Andrew Lam January 10, 2017 at 1:35 am #

          The video quality I didn’t look at too much to be honest. It’s probably on par with the Blackvue DR650 or any other camera with a Sony IMX322 sensor.

          • McGarrett January 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

            Okay, thanks Andrew. I think I will buy the Aukey and give it a chance. It seems to be the best package of quality and price (and warranty) for me here in Germany. If it isn’t satisfying, I will send it back and spend the few more money and take the Yi.

            Thank you for the help!

          • Andrew Lam January 10, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

            Sounds good, it’s not a bad camera by any means and a good choice if there isn’t anything else available. Good warranty too.

  11. joyo January 7, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    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.

    • Andrew Lam January 8, 2017 at 1:33 am #

      Two options both of them I need to do research on. There are integrated front and back systems like the KDLinks DX2 but in general those systems will have fairly poor video quality. The other option is to use a separate front and back camera like two Viofo A119 but you would need additional stuff like a power splitter in order to make that happen.

      • joyo January 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

        THANKS FOR YOUR RESPON.

  12. Pete January 5, 2017 at 1:20 am #

    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 January 5, 2017 at 1:39 am #

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

    • Andrew Lam January 8, 2017 at 1:35 am #

      Hey Pete, haha I guess you were able to find out that answer! I haven’t found a camera under $50 that I was happy with, having four cheap cameras and having a mix of them fail isn’t great.

      • Pete February 13, 2017 at 12:19 am #

        Thanks for the reply… sorry my reply to yours is crazy late! Yeah… you get what you pay for is the best rule for almost everything in life! I have my eye on picking up a Falcon Zero Touch. Its a bit pricey but it appears to come with two sets of mounts so I might be able to get by with buying two for my main four cars. I’ve yet to find a good review of the unit. It appears to have some type of signal meter on it. My first guess is the GPS strength but it would be nice it if supported a cell service or even the ability to use a mobile hot spot but I’m not sure at this time.

        A bit of unfortunate news… My wife and I had some crazy person attempt to run us off the road for no reason what-so-ever and I have the whole thing recorded on my dash cam! I presented it to the local police along with A-Holes plates… but since there was no physical damage… they did not seem to care or even accept the video I attempted to give to them! So keep that in mind for anyone else that might be a victim of road rage!

        • Andrew Lam February 18, 2017 at 8:41 am #

          Sorry for my late reply! I’m not a fan of the touch, the video quality isn’t great for what you pay. A touchscreen I feel is unneeded complexity that can cause problems in the future. It doesn’t support cell/mobile services, right now there’s no phones that do. There is the Blackvue cloud devices which can hook into a wireless system.

          Glad to hear you are OK. It can happen with the police if they decide they have better things to do as there were no injuries or property damage. There may be a bad driver reporting form for your locality.

  13. Neil December 31, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

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

    • Andrew Lam January 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

      Dome D201 but you don’t want to use it. Get the Viofo A119 which has better video quality. if you really want a rotating camera and you can pick out the three get the Yi. You sacrifice video quality but functionality is much better.

  14. bien9000 December 31, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    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

    • Andrew Lam January 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

      Yup, I’ll definitely have that released soon. The A119S is here and is ready to be tested.

  15. Neil December 30, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    What is your favorite dashcam?

    • Andrew Lam January 4, 2017 at 10:37 pm #

      Right now the Vicovation OPIA2. I want a camera with great video quality that can turn that is really resistant to weather.

      • Neil January 4, 2017 at 10:40 pm #

        Thanks Andrew Lam

  16. Russell Betts December 18, 2016 at 2:40 am #

    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.

    • Andrew Lam December 28, 2016 at 12:32 am #

      A119, Transcend 220 use lithium ion batteries. Transcend 200 may be the one you are thinking of, get that camera for reliability.

  17. Mike R December 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    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.

    • Andrew Lam December 28, 2016 at 12:30 am #

      $200 Vicovation OPIA2 would be my #1 pick. Recording while stopped requires hardwiring.

  18. Kevin December 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

    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.

    • Andrew Lam December 28, 2016 at 12:29 am #

      Hey Kevin,

      I haven’t investigated it because it’s hard to get outside of China. I can’t see any retailers that are selling on eBay either. It’s definitely lower quality from what I’ve seen, stripped down as you said.

  19. Roy December 10, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    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

    • Andrew Lam December 28, 2016 at 12:29 am #

      OPIA2 is my top pick for it’s rotation and parking mode. If not get the Viofo A119.

  20. simon Wetton December 4, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    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

    • Andrew Lam December 7, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

      None of those, either the Viofo A118 or the $100 Viofo A119. Both are great, the A119 is a much better product.

  21. Edward November 27, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    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.

    • Andrew Lam December 7, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

      You’re welcome, glad I could help! For anyone interested in either the A119 is still great and there’s a CPL that can be purchased as well. The A118 has a new upgrade the A118CV2 but I wouldn’t spend over $70 as the A119 is that much better.

  22. Kishore November 22, 2016 at 11:44 pm #

    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

  23. Ian Broughton November 17, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

    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

  24. Uber Man on YouTube October 8, 2016 at 2:05 am #

    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.

    • Andrew Lam October 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

      Hey UberMan, I’d take a look at the Transcend 520. It’s probably the best of the taxt-type cameras. However it’s not a great camera from what I’ve seen. There’s not much competition or investment into the consumer grade taxi camera category.

  25. Lost with a flat October 5, 2016 at 8:11 pm #

    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)?

    • Andrew Lam October 7, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

      IMO there isn’t a good reason to have an in-camera view unless you are a professional driver. I think a camera that can rotate will be of better benefit in the front. If you have the budget the Vicovation OPIA2 would be my pick for the front. If you really need to capture an unruly passenger you can turn on the dome lights inside your e vehicle. Outside it won’t make a difference, especially IR lights unless you’re in a rural area.

      What do you consider a “Good set of features for the value”. I may not be communicating or organizing the information optimally. Thanks!

  26. Vinit Relan September 25, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    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

    • DCC2012 September 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

      Hey Vinit! To be honest I don’t have a good answer for you as I’m doing research and testing right now comparing 2-CH solutions versus wiring in your own cameras. For sure, 2 separate cameras will have way better video quality than an all-in-one solution.

      If you get two separate cameras you can get a Y-type splitter like this one. I recently found the OPIA2 has 70% better energy efficiency compared to the Blackvue DR650GW.

      If you want to go with an all in one solution the Thinkware F770 looks to be the best in terms of video quality and features right now.

  27. Nigel September 20, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

    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 compatible with GoPro accessories,
    • Would you happen to know what its temperature range is !?

    From aesthetic point i’d prefer a cylindrical camera similar to DDpai mini or SGZC12RC although from a functional point of view GIT2 would be excellent.
    • Would you happen to know if there is a camera with functions and video quality similar to GIT2 and with a cylindrical shape ?

    Thank you,
    Nigel

    • DCC2012 September 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

      Hey Nigel, thanks for the feedback! Great questions.

      I think the temperature ratings are interesting. Sometimes I wonder how accurately or conservatively each camera is rated at. In the vast majority of cases cold won’t have a substantial impact on electronic components, lithium ion batteries are the exception.

      I’ve tested the A119 recently in a freezer and it turned on just fine, avoiding the lag of other lithium ion battery cameras. The QVIA T970 uses a capcitor, I’m not sure where you see it uses a lithium ion battery.

      All the cameras you listed should do just fine in the winter/cold but since all those cameras are new, long term reliability isn’t known. I would not get the GIT2 though, it’s far too noticeable. It’s only a good choice if you need an action camera as well and don’t have the budget for two devices. The temperature range is MAX 60C because of the lithium ion batteries. It shouldn’t be charged over 45C which means no parked recording.

      What features are you looking for in the GIT2 specifically? If you are talking about the ability to rotate your only choice is the Vicovation OPIA2. it has a high operation limit at 75C.

  28. Harry Drasin September 18, 2016 at 12:08 am #

    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

    • DCC2012 September 21, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

      That’s a good question, I’ve been hunting for a good value budget camera with a suction cup. The G1W as you’ve mentioned has problems with reliability as more factories open to capitalize on its popularity.

      The Z-Edge 3 is not a bad choice as you’re removing the camera from your vehicle each time. The lithium ion batteries aren’t as big of an issue. You might want to check out the Yi Dash Cam if you want WiFi.

      If you want to spend more the $250 Vicovation OPIA2 is an amazing camera. I’ve been reviewing it so far and aside from a few notification issues it’s the best suction cup camera on the market. High heat resistance, great video quality.

      Hope that helps Harry, let me know if you need more information.

  29. mitrebox August 30, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

    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.

    • DCC2012 September 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

      Probably won’t be a while as I have so many projects I want to tackle first. For proprietary systems you may need to check their website. For most other cameras either the Registrator Viewer Program or Dash Cam Viewer will work.

  30. Shingo August 29, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

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

    • Andrew Lam August 30, 2016 at 12:44 am #

      Budget and 2-way with good video quality? I think you would be better off with installing two separate dash cameras. Currently even the $300+ two channel cameras look somewhat disappointing. You can pick whatever camera you would like the for the front. Viofo A119 is fairly cheap. For the rear you want a smaller cylindrical camera. I’m looking at the DDPai Mini series as a good rear camera.

      I’m creating a guide so I have to do a lot more research but right now I’m looking to use a 15′ cable I purchased from Monoprice and a separate two part charger to power both the front and rear cameras.

      DashCamTalk recommends BlackSys CF-100 two channel $90 dash camera. I don’t know if that would meet your definition of good video quality. It doesn’t for me.

      • Shingo August 30, 2016 at 5:51 am #

        do you have a video review for both DDPai Mini and BlackSys CF-100?

        • DCC2012 August 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

          I’m reviewing the Mini2 quite soon. I should have said on paper it looks good. I’m also producing a guide on wiring a front and rear dash camera using the Mini2 or if it’s bad the Thinkware F50.

          The Blacksys CF-100 will probably be reviewed after the Thinkware F770 if the CF100 is still relevant. It’s rather hard to find.

          • Shingo Ichiban September 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

            do u think hot wired dashcam will make car battery run out fast?

            thanks

          • DCC2012 September 14, 2016 at 12:34 am #

            Definitely will, I did some testing and I got 7 hours on my Vicovation OPIA2 with the 12.2V setting which is about 30% of my battery drained at 25°C. I finally produced my parked recording guide, hope it helps you here: https://www.carcamcentral.com/guide/guide-parked-recording-dash-cameras

  31. Adam August 29, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    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?

    • Andrew Lam August 30, 2016 at 12:47 am #

      Thanks Adam! I have two cameras you could consider aside from the Viofo A119.

      The Street Guardian SG9665GC for $200 was designed specifically for hot conditions and has great reliability. It’s stealthy as it uses the old A118 shell but upgrades everything inside. If you can spend that amount it would be my top choice. It’s rated to 70C/158F.

      The Vicovation OPIA2 is another good choice if you want a camera that can rotate and has even better video quality. It has a higher heat resistance (75C/167F) than the SG9665GC and was designed in Taiwan for its hot and humid weather. It’s not as stealthy as the above cameras but with the quick release mount and circular polarizer it does a good job.

  32. Jonathan August 20, 2016 at 7:05 am #

    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

    • DCC2012 August 22, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

      Hi Jonathan,

      If you’re looking for a one camera recommendation the Street Guardian SG9665GC will probably be my pick. Stealthy, good video quality with proven reliability. Vicovation OPIA2 has a body style which allows you to rotate it and face the side windows. It has better heat resistance.

      Unfortunately both those cameras don’t have WiFi which some people enjoy as you can transfer video files easily to your smartphone.

      For dual cameras (front and back) I’m very interested in the Thinkware F770 and I hope to review that camera soon. If you’re looking to record while parked that’s a totally new field which I need to do more research on. I know all the basics but I want to get first hand information with the various hardwiring kits, etc.

      Amdrew

  33. Anonymous August 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

    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.

    • DCC2012 August 22, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

      Hi Victor the only dash cameras that have this feature are the cloud series cameras from Blackvue. Someone can see your position and view videos live. I reviewed the DR650GW-2CH here but since then they have launched the new DR650S series. It’s virtual the same camera with minor changes.

      If you look at their over the cloud series you can see all their cameras which support internet streaming: https://www.blackvue.com/blackvue-over-the-cloud/

  34. Anonymous August 16, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

    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.

    • DCC2012 August 22, 2016 at 1:37 am #

      Hi Eric

      There’s no 3-channel kit from what I’ve seen. You could pick up a dual channel camera like the Falcon F360 or the Transcend 520 for the front and then wire up a separate rear camera using a camera like the DDPai Mini2 or the Blackvue DR3500.

      The front installation is easy, the rear camera you’ll probably have to buy a separate USB charger and 15-20′ cable. Other than the added parts you shouldn’t need any tools. I am making a guide to installing a rear camera in the future.

      Sorry for the late reply I got an email notification and I replied there by accident.

  35. Adam August 13, 2016 at 1:03 am #

    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

    • Andrew Lam August 13, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

      Hi Adam,

      I’ve heard good things about the Transcend 520. It has decent video quality and IR lights which faces inside to illuminate the passenger compartment at night. There’s also the Falcon Zero F360 mirrors which has an inside facing camera as well. Haven’t done a lot of research on the model but it has been very popular with decent ratings.

      • Anonymous August 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

        Thank you Andrew will be researching those 2 cams. Have a good day
        Adam

  36. Audrey August 11, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    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

    • Andrew Lam August 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

      Hi Audrey, if you are looking for motion activated in the parking lot I don’t have enough tests to recommended a solution but I do have a few suggestions. Keep in mind your car power socket has to be constantly powered or you will have to hardwire your camera to your car’s battery through the fusebox. However if you are talking about motion activated recording while driving that’s not recommended at all. Let me know!

  37. jae August 9, 2016 at 2:12 am #

    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.

    • DCC2012 August 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Jae, I have not tested the Beast BX929 and I’m seriously considering a review after seeing it mentioned so many times. The Beast BX929 isn’t as special as the eBay seller would like to make it out to be. It’s just a generic B200 camera which comes out under a number of names.

      It’s overpriced at $100, you can get it for $70 on Amazon. Since it uses a lithium ion battery the Yi Dash Cam is a comparable pick or even better pick the Viofo A119 which is a much better camera.

  38. Danny August 8, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    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

    • DCC2012 August 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

      Thanks a bunch Danny! Appreciate it.

  39. Suraj Serrao July 26, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    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

    • Andrew Lam July 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

      Hey Suraj,

      I would not recommend the DAB205 and instead would recommend the Viofo A119. I reviewed the Dome D201 which is the same internally as the DAB205 except for the body. I am a big fan of the video quality but it falls behind in everything else that matters.

      The Viofo A119 does everything better except the video quality where it’s slightly worse but that’s because the developers are still working to optimize performance. I expect it to become better over the next several months. My review is coming out very soon so look out for that.

      The only reasons to not use the A119 if you don’t like the design, for example if you want a suction mount. It also lacks WiFi found in the Yi.

      -Andrew

      • Anonymous July 28, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

        Dear Andrew,

        That you for the detailed insight on my query. I guess I will wait a while until your review and there are some real improvements in functionality.

        Thanks,
        Suraj.

  40. roman musalek July 24, 2016 at 2:53 am #

    Good day left to buy a camera finevu cr 500hd?

    • Andrew Lam July 25, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

      The CR500HD upgraded video quality and battery over the CR300HD. I reviewed the CR300HD two years ago but I haven’t touched a FineVu since then. It’s an older design and I wouldn’t buy it unless it was <$100USD or you like the unique design.

  41. Oli July 21, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    Hi Andrew,
    Great website and youtube channel!
    I am torn between 4 cams and was wondering if you could give some advice?
    On the UK Amazon site, these 2 cams are very popular, Nextbase in car cam 512G and the previous model 402G.
    I also like the look of the one you recommended recently Xiaoyi Yi Dash Cam (International English) version and also your other recommendation Viofo A119.
    I basically just want the one with the clearest/best quality videos, that show number plates well.
    Any help appreciated,
    Thanks, Oli

  42. Paul July 9, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    Hi Andrew,

    What a great site! I’ve been looking into dash cams (I drive 50-miles a day) for a while, but this site is clearly the best in terms of helpful information and reviews! Kudos!

    Anyway, I’ve been previously using an Ion Air Pro2 action cam as a makeshift dash cam. (Great field of view with a very simple “Turn-it-on-and-its-recording” interface.) Of course, it lacks the features of a basic dash cam (loop recording, for instance)… and despite its “rugged” nature, my Ion died recently! 🙁

    So, now I’m shopping for a “decent” dash cam.

    Based on your reviews, I’m seriously thinking of the XiaoYi, but… Does it track GPS data? I know in your buying guides that such information might be useless in a court of law, but I believe information such as location and speed would be useful for insurance purposes in case of an accident?

    As such, I was leaning toward the Garmin 20, but if the video quality–especially during night drives!–is not good… Well, what’s the point?

    So, in short, I’m looking for a dash cam (less than US$200) that has (in order of importance):

    1) Very good video-recording quality–especially at night
    2) GPS data logging
    3) Easy/Removable mounting (no stick-on windshields, please. I have two cars, one of which is a lease.)

    Any recommendations?

    Also any chance you’ll be testing/reviewing this Ion Dashcam WiFi? I loved my little Ion action cam and this looks interesting. Not sure of the night time video quality, though. And I haven’t seen very many online reviews of it. (Maybe it’s limited to the U.S. and U.K. markets?)

    Anyway, thanks for a great site. Keep up the good work!

    • Andrew Lam July 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

      Hi Paul, sorry for the late reply.

      XiaoYi & Garmin
      The Yi does not track GPS and compared to the Garmin I would choose the Yi every single time. It’s severely overpriced and I wouldn’t recommend it to any driver.

      Recommendation
      For a camera with video quality, GPS, suction mount under $200 I would consider the JooVuu X. It’s small and well made. However I haven’t reviewed it yet, it’s on my list for the near future.

      There aren’t too many cameras with your requirements, taking away the adhesive mount really limits what you can use. If it helps the premium brands all use a strong but easily removed tape that leaves no marks. You can often buy another mount for $10.

      Ion Dashcam
      Interesting camera! I haven’t heard of the camera but I probably won’t review it. There are other cameras that I think would do a better job and my review schedule is booked for 2 months. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  43. Daniel June 21, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi Andrew. Thanks for your reviews, it helps a lot when it comes to all of the choices out there. I’ve been beating myself on what to get, and at some point the Yi dash camera seemed a good choice, however I hear of cases of blurry videos, and think it might have to do with the heating issues you’ve mentioned.

    I have researched many different cameras, and there always seems to be something I don’t like.

    Have you had a look at any of the following cameras? I had a look at them but would like to know what you think if you have the time to get back to me. Hopefully this can help others as well.

    1. TaoTronics Car Dash Cam HD 1080P Wide Angle with G-Sensor WDR Night Mode 2.7″ Screen
    2. AUTO-VOX D1 HD 1080P 2.7” Dash Camera With Superior Night Vision and 32GB TF Card?
    3. Mini 0805 Dash Camera + GPS Logger| 1296p HD Video /w HDR | Original Ambarella A7LA50 Chip + OV4689 Sensor

    Thanks!

    • Andrew Lam June 22, 2016 at 12:26 am #

      Hey Daniel,

      Starting with the Yi I wouldn’t worry about heat focus shifts. It’s a way overblown issue from people recording at ridiculously hot temperatures while parked. Of course it’s a long term play but nearly every budget camera will have this problem, it’s not unique to the Yi. After cooling it’s fine. Seeing as we’re going through the summer months and there hasn’t been a surge of problems on Amazon I think it should be fine.

      Looking at your other cameras:
      1) TaoTronics. Wow, I browse the camera section a lot and I missed this 300+ review camera. I can’t find any good comparisons so I don’t have much to say. Looks like a fairly generic camera with nothing special going for it.

      2) I believe this is the OEM variant of the DOD Tech LS330W. For $100 seems a bit overpriced. DOD Tech is clearing out the LS460Ws for $130 or less.

      3) The company producing Mini cameras have a lot of problems with quality controls in all their products. The 0805 has had the least issues but still not happy with recommending them.

      4) Just saw the Ausdom A261 is on sale for $65. Not a fan of their notifications but they make otherwise good products. They have MUCH better customer support and quality control.

      Honestly I think you’ll be the happy with the Yi unless you’re in a hot environment (>40°C summers or >30°C year-round). My second choice would be the Ausdom A261. I haven’t tested the Auto-Vox but it has good reviews and it should be made by TioTech the company behind DOD Tech. Could be OK. Not recommending the 0805 but some people like them.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. I just haven’t covered these cameras yet and I haven’t seen anything in the $100 to $130 that has peaked my interest.

      • Daniel June 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

        Hi Andrew, I took the chance yesterday and purchased the Taotronics camera on Amazon.ca, but still thanks for your efforts in doing some research. I had noticed for the Taotronics and Auto-Vox cameras that they have great reviews on Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. If there are biased or fake reviews as some seem to say there are, it is difficult to know for certain. I was looking at the Auto-Vox, but I felt to go with the Taotronics model instead which wasn’t an easy decision. The Taotronics videos seem to be astounding for both day and night recording, and the camera seems to have the features to make it a decent camera. It does have a battery, so for some this won’t be what they are looking for, but given I won’t be leaving it in the car it’s fine for me despite any heat this summer.

        I had a look at many cameras in my research, and if the cameras were beyond my price range I would have ignored them or just had a look out of curiosity to see what is possible for more expensive cameras vs cheaper priced ones. For the LS330W I don’t remember having seen that one, or the LS460, which on Amazon.ca is out of my price range, and given I am in Canada where we only have a $20 CAD ‘de minimus’ threshold before we get customs fees (Agggh!). Anyhow, I hope the Taotronics camera lives up to the hype in the reviews and Youtube. I’ll receive it in about a week according to the order shipping estimate so I am anxious to try it out.

        It’s a shame that for the mini series it wasn’t quality consistent as far as what I have seen in reviews including an online car dash cam retailer that no longer sells them. Your comments are on par with what I’ve seen. Just like with the G1W series where there are knock-offs, the mini series seems to have that problem as well. It’s important to know where the reputable sellers are. As they say: Buyer beware!

        I hadn’t seen the Ausdom A261 that I know of. Your suggestion led me to see that there is an Ausdom model with decent reviews on Amazon.com, the Ausdom AD260 and also the FalconZero F170HD.

        There is a long story about the Yi in my looking for a camera, in that I almost wound up with that one, which as well I believe is a decent camera. Hoping for the best with my ultimate pick.

        Thanks again.

        • Andrew Lam June 24, 2016 at 1:01 am #

          Hope you enjoy as well. I don’t think they are fake or even biased, it’s just that most reviewers for dash cameras don’t have any knowledge of the landscape. When it’s their first or second camera I don’t think “works well” or “great video quality” means anything. I do look at it as a sign of reliability. Generally if there are a lot of complaints about failures especially now, during the summer months I would be concerned. Would love to hear your thoughts after you break it in.

          Thanks for sharing the rest of your search. Too bad prices are more expensive in Canada because of the currency

          -Andrew

          • Daniel June 24, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

            Hi Andrew. I’ll get back to you as soon as I receive the camera and have the chance to get some road time on it. My guess is probably sometime next week that I’ll be able to share my experience.

          • Daniel June 28, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

            Hi Andrew, I got the dash cam and tried it out. The build quality I’d say is decent enough. The quality of the videos are not quite as good as I would have liked it to be, both day and night, but more so for the night. There is a slight grainy aspect to the day videos and is more pronounced at night. The resolution though 1080 is not as good/clear as it could be. With the exposure set higher it is better for the night videos. I am still playing around a bit with the settings to see if I can improve the videos a bit.

            For the day it is I think respectable enough, and license plates can be read for up to about 12 – 15 feet ahead of the car. At night it is less of course, but it isn’t all that bad, you can still see things clearly enough to make out the cars and things around. All in all for the price I’ll keep it. On a scale of 1 to 5 I’d give it a 3 to 4 (3.5 if I could), 4 out of 5 for the day, and 3 out of 5 for the night.

            It will certainly work out well if someone doesn’t expect too much from the camera, given the price. The menu isn’t that bad once you get used to it but I still haven’t gotten it mastered yet. I wired it up and had just enough cable (12 V Accessory Plug) to do it. Though it isn’t hard wired, the cable installation is permanent and I remove the camera when I leave the car. There is also another shorter cable in the which you can plug it into a power bank, and it works. It accepts a Mini USB not Micro USB. The plugs are loose fitting but I haven’t had any issues of disconnections. Everything seems to work so far. A 32 GB Sandisk Micro SD card is included which was nice. I’ve seen better clarity on other cameras on the internet, and worse, so all in all it is average, but decent enough to keep. Hope this helps. Perhaps one day you might do a full in depth review, if so it would be interesting. Thank you.

          • Andrew Lam June 30, 2016 at 1:46 am #

            Hey Daniel, thanks for letting me know. For $100 with only mediocre performance and build quality, that’s a bit of a shame. How long did it take for the seller to ship?

          • Steven November 18, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

            The Auto-vox has a few suspicious looking reviews but gets a PASS from ReviewMeta: http://reviewmeta.com/amazon/B00UUQD9L6 – This is a good way to see if the reviews on any product on Amazon are legit or not.

  44. Kevin C June 18, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

    hi, there

    I’m kevin
    just bought the Uniden Cam650, today,,
    cz of the price at $79.99 CAD ,, and read some reviews at amazon.com, which was great.
    Could you do a review on this dash cam too.. thanks

    • Andrew Lam June 19, 2016 at 1:53 am #

      Hey Kevin,

      I’ll put that on my list. I’ve seen Uniden in a fair amount of big box stores. I’ll add it to the list, it may be a while though before I can get to it. Thanks for letting me know.

      How do you feel about the camera so far?

    • Anonymous June 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Kevin,

      I’m interested in the CAM650… where did you buy it at $80. The cheapest I can find is over $100. Thanks.

  45. Ed May 28, 2016 at 1:39 am #

    Of your premium brand car cameras, which are your top two choices and why? Would be greatly appreciated to be explicit and go over with viewers on why one or two models outperformed the reat and go into the details of their features. Thanks

    • Andrew Lam May 29, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

      I’ve used Blackvue and Thinkware and I like both. I’ve read a lot of good things about Blacksys and especially Street Guardian. Right now my picks would be Blackvue DR650GW-2CH for anyone looking for an all around camera. Street Guardian SG9665GC for high temperature environments.

      In the future I’m going to release a guide on how we review and prioritize features such as notifications. I think knowing that your camera is working or failed is important. It doesn’t matter how good the video quality is, if your camera isn’t working. Many manufacturers do a poor job of notifying users and drivers end up noticing only after getting into an accident. Blackvue has consistently done a great job in letting the driver know the status of their camera.

      The Street Guardian was developed with a lot of input by the community on dash cam talk. The owner is quite passionate about delivering a truly excellent product and was developed for the balmy and hot weather of south-east Australia. Their products have been extraordinary and their dealer network is very solid. Can’t recommend them yet as I haven’t tested it but looking at the feedback it’s been quite excellent so far.

  46. charles May 16, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    any knowledge of T1 dash cam by “my life unit”?

    • Andrew Lam May 16, 2016 at 7:49 pm #

      Not so far, I’ll do some research on it and get back to you. I’m already not a fan because the lens doesn’t appear to be adjustable. Pretty big problem as most vehicles have differing windshield slopes. Where did you hear about this camera Charles?

      -Andrew

    • Andrew Lam May 17, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

      I’ve checked again and I can’t find any mentions of the T1 dash camera. This is probably another camera variant of a better known dash camera like the A118C.

      You might be interested in the Vofio A119 when it’s released. Looks to be a good successor to the A118. Here’s the discussion for it: https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/forums/a119.193/

      • Anonymous May 18, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

        Does the T1 dash camera refer to MINI 0902?

        • DCC2012 May 18, 2016 at 11:14 pm #

          There is a “My Life Unit” with a T1 camera – link here.

          I have the Mini 0902, waiting to be reviewed and it definitely doesn’t look like that. Link

          • Anonymous May 19, 2016 at 12:20 am #

            Oh I see. They definitely look different. I heard of someone call mini 0902 “T1” dashcam before. But these two are totally look different.

  47. dashcamz March 15, 2016 at 4:55 am #

    While the driving public may not have used dash camera systems in the past, that could change in the near future as drivers become more aware of the potential benefits. If you get into an accident or have another issue on the road, a dash cam may provide proof of what actually happened and if there was any foul play

    • Andrew Lam March 27, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

      Sorry dashcamz, this message was captured in the spam folder. I agree. I’m also hoping with more dash cameras other people’s behavior will also improve.

  48. Geoff S March 2, 2016 at 12:05 am #

    Keep up the good work, Andrew. It’s a refreshing change to see other dashcams mentioned and reviewed other than those put forward by a certain dashcam forum.
    I have long been of the impression that there are many very good quality cams that we hardly ever hear about.

    • Andrew Lam March 2, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

      Thanks Geoff, really appreciate the comment.

      My thoughts exactly. I find there are many unreviewed retail cameras which are often the first cameras consumers will see first.

      I also have a different emphasis compared to other reviewers. I think the ability to know your camera is working is just as important as video quality. I’ve heard too many stories where the camera dies but someone doesn’t know until they get into an accident.

      The Garmin 20 is a good example, bad video quality but it does a lot of things well to make it easy on the consumer.

      I’ll do my best to keep pushing out content.

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