Vico-TF2+

VicoVation Vico-TF2+

The Vico-TF2+ Premium is a Taiwanese camera manufactured by VicoVation.  The camera has very good picture quality during the day and good picture quality at night.  It records 1080p at 30f/s with an average bit rate of approximately 9,000kbps (NOTE: Recent firmware has increased this to 13,000kbps).  This camera comes with a G-sensor but does not come with GPS.  The camera has a rectangular design, similar to many Taiwanese cameras and the form factor is not the most discreet.  The large size allows for a 2.4″ screen and wide operating (0°C ~ 75°C) and storage (-20°C ~ 85°C) temperatures.

One of the unique features of this camera is Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) coupled with Vico-Schedule.  WDR typically improves low light or night recording quality but day quality often suffers.  To minimize the effect on day quality, vico-schedule adjusts the WDR level and EV value settings for day and night depending on time.  (NOTE:  Vico-schedule has been disabled on the latest firmware).  We will probably see this feature on more cameras in the future, perhaps even taking into consideration your location and expected sunrise and sunset to make the adjustments.

This camera apparently is using an Ambarella A5S30 processor and Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor.

We would like to thank our member Milamber, who created the first review on this product.  You can read his original thread in our forum.

Known problems

Firmware Impacts Night Video

Some users have complained that firmware v6.6 has made the video worse than previous firmwares.  See this video comparing v6.2 with v6.6

VicoVation has provided v6.2 firmware (also known as V5.1i) to allow users to downgrade.

Mounting the Camera

The Vico-TF2+ Premium comes with an adhesive bracket and a suction cup bracket, in addition to a quick mounting mechanism.

Vico-TF2+ Mount

Tico TF2+ Premium Mount 2

Tico TF2+ Premium Mount 3

Tico TF2+ Premium Mount 4

Tico TF2+ Premium Mount 6

Tico TF2+ Premium Mount 2

Sample Videos

Day Video

Night Video

Comparison of the Vico-TF2+ and BlackVue DR500GW-HD

Should I Purchase?

This camera has excellent video quality, definitely one of the top in the market right now.  Vicovation cameras have been reliable in the past but we don’t have much information on how this one will perform.  This manufacturer appears to be responsive to customers as well.  The main drawbacks are the large size, form factor and lack of GPS.  The price point is not outrageous but this is not one of the cheapest cameras either.  If video quality is your main priority and you don’t mind the size, this is a top pick.

Where to purchase for lowest price

This camera sells for approximately $200.

Amazon.com

Firmware

WARNING!  MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR FIRMWARE ARE PERFORMED AT YOUR OWN RISK.  WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DASH CAM AS A RESULT OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

Firmware Update Instructions

You can download the firmware update instructions here.

Latest Firmware

The latest firmware version can be found on the VicoVation site.  If you would like to downgrade to the V6.2, VicoVation has provided the file here.

User Manual

The English User Manual can be downloaded here.

Specifications

 Vico-TF2+ Premium
Price$220
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ManufacturerVicoVation
CountryTaiwan
Specifications 
ProcessorAmbarella A5S30
CMOSAptina AR0330
Channels1
Screen2.4"
GPS
G-Sensor
Wi-Fi
Parking Mode
Lock FilesAuto and Button
Video 
Max Resolution1080p 30fps
Max Bitrate (Mbps)13
Video FormatMOV
CompressionH.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle160°
Recording 
SD Card TypeSD
 
Max Size (Spec)32GB
Max Size (User)32GB
Other 
Size (mm)101 x 67 x 34
MountAdhesive and Suction
Power Supply5V
Operating Temp0˚C to 75˚C
BatteryCapacitor
Release DateMar 2013
AppsNone
Unique FeaturesVico-Schedule
Rating 
AdvantagesVideo quality
Manufacturer support
Reliable
DisadvantagesSize and form factor
No parking mode
Video Day
Video Night
Reliability
Size / Discreetness
Price
Available Support
Overall Rating
Final WordVideo quality is impressive and overall solid camera. No GPS and size are biggest drawbacks.

Published:  May 17, 2013

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2013