Vicovation, a Taiwanese company with a history of producing many high quality dashboard cameras, recently released the Vico-WF1. This is their first WiFi enabled camera. It has a unique and smaller form factor when compared to the other Vicovation cameras which is a positive. Unfortunately there are a few drawbacks with the Vico-WF1:
- WiFi cannot stream live video while recording, only can be used to transfer saved videos to a device or aim the camera
- Night quality is not as good as the Vico-TF2+. This is the most common complaint from owners
- No GPS
- High price tag of $270
If you can live with these drawbacks, this camera could be a consideration. See the full FAQ here.
In late 2012, the GoPro Hero 3 Black was released with an Ambarella A7 processor. With that release we expected many Chinese dashboard cameras to start coming out with the A7 processor. Nearly a year later, the Ambarella A7 dashboard cameras are arriving.
The Chinese manufacturer Samoon (maker of the “GS1000 Orange Menu”) is one of the first out of the gate with their 3H2F-D dashboard camera. This camera is typically sold under that name or the “GS6000 A7″ name and comes with the Ambarella A7LA50D chipset. Initial reports from Russia have been positive at a $150 price. As we get more information on this camera, we will update our FAQ here.
We are often asked the question what is the best dual dashboard camera. Unfortunately there is no camera that performs great in this segment. We have just completed an FAQ for the Urive Albatross II MD-7500 dual camera.
This Korean camera is one of the better dual cameras on the market but there are some drawbacks. It is not the smallest camera due to its 3.5″ touch screen (but it can still be hidden behind a mirror), the bitrate of 8Mbps front and 4Mbps back results in pixelation (i.e. when recording trees) and the $330+ price tag is steep.
Thanks to our member niko for providing much of the information for this review. His main review thread can be found in the forum.
We have recently completed a dashboard camera FAQ for the Hyundai MnSoft R700. We would like to thank our member Mtz who provided the initial review in our forum. Overall it is an all around decent camera but it is not spectacular for the $200+ price tag given the lack of GPS. However it is one of the few “brand name” dashboard cameras currently available.
We are often asked the question, why are there no large manufacturers for dash cams. Where is Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc? Perhaps the dashboard camera market is too small. However, some large companies are taking notice. Hyundai is a big name and there are a few other large brands available today. The Garmin GDR35, Panasonic CY-DVRP100T and the HP F210 could be considered “big name” dashboard cameras. While none of these cameras are spectacular, they are a good start. As dashboard cameras gain popularity, we will likely see more major players get involved.
We have just completed our FAQ for the Powerucc PanoramaII. This camera has made it to our “Best Bang for your Buck” list due to the following:
- Great video quality. Some of the best night time footage due to the Sony Exmor CMOS sensor
- Small size, G-sensor, parking mode and optional GPS
- Manufacturer is proactive and updates firmware
- Reasonable price tag of $185
For under $200, there are not many cameras that perform as well as the Panorama II. Thanks to our member Niko for providing much of the information for this review. The main thread can be found in the forum.
We have added 2 more FAQs in the last couple of days. The G1W is likely the lowest priced dash cam based on the Novatek NT96650 processor and the Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor. At $60, you will likely not find a camera with better picture quality. If you can live with the quirks described in the G1W FAQ, this camera is a best buy for a low priced dash cam. The video quality is significantly better than our previous best buy in this segment, the DVR-007. It also has a better form factor. Initial user reports have been positive but longer term reliability is unknown.
The 808 #26 made by Hetai is the other dash cam we have created an FAQ for. Our member Mtz provided a review in our forum which we have used to develop the FAQ. While this camera is very small, the high price, special USB cable requirements and high heat generated make this an unattractive camera especially when compared to the Mobius.
The BlackVue DR550GW-2CH is the first dual channel camera released by the Korean manufacturer Pittasoft. This camera is closely related to the 1 channel DR500GW-HD with the following differences:
- Addition of a rear camera, 720p 30fps with a 2Mbps bit rate
- Front camera has a reduced bit rate, 6Mbps
- Viewing angle of front camera reduced from 156° to 137° due to owner complaints on capturing details
While this camera is feature loaded with GPS, parking mode and WiFi, the low bit rate causes pixelation when recording scenes with a lot of movement (i.e. trees). Price is quite high at $370+ especially given the pixelation problem. For more information check out the BlackVue DR550GW-2CH FAQ. To discuss this camera with other owners, please visit our Pittasoft Blackvue forum.
The Mini 0801 dash cam was released early in 2013 and is one of the smallest 1080p cameras with an LCD screen, GPS and G-sensor. It is based on the Ambarella A2S60 processor and the Omnivision OV2710 CMOS sensor. Price is reasonable at around $100 but the main drawback is average video quality at night. This combination of features in such a small package make it a decent camera for the price. For more information check out the Mini 0801 FAQ. There is also a lot of feedback from owners on this camera in this forum topic.
The Mobius dash cam was recently released by the makers of the popular 808 #16 key cam. This camera’s excellent video quality and $85 price point has made it an extremely popular camera. Some users have complained of the narrow field of view (87 degrees) and that it runs hot. However no other dash cam has similar video quality in such a small, discreet package for such a low price. A definite best buy in the making. For more information check out the Mobius FAQ and the Forum.
We have just completed an FAQ for the DOD LS300W / TioTech GT300W. This camera is discreet and has very good video quality. It uses Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) which improves night recording. While the branded, DOD models sell for over $200, “neutral” models sell for significantly less. Overall this camera appears to be very good value for the money assuming reliability is maintained. For more information check out the FAQ and the DOD / TioTech Forum.