The Blueskysea B1W camera, released at the end of 2017, is a small, discreet Wifi camera at a very competitive price point. This camera uses the Novatek GM8135S processor (Novatek purchased Grain Media in 2017) and Sony IMX323 CMOS sensor. While the IMX323 is found in many cams, this is the first time we have seen the GM8135S in a dash cam. The GM8135S processor has typically been used in surveillance cameras.
The B1W can record at 1080p resolution at 30fps with a bit rate of 12Mbps. Video quality during the day is very good and night quality is good. The Sony IMX323 sensor works well at night but some owners indicate the videos have a bluish color to them. At 12Mbps, bit rate is not super high but the camera does a good job capturing details.
The B1W is a small camera measuring 87mm x 43mm x 35mm and the “pill shaped” form factor is quite discreet. The camera is all black and uses an adhesive mount. The B1W does not come with a screen or GPS. It does come with Wifi, G-sensor and it uses a super capacitor instead of a battery (capacitor is better for hot environments). Build quality is quite good.
Since the B1W does not have a screen, all settings are adjusted via the smartphone app. The camera does have one button on the end. A short press of the button locks the current file being recorded. A long press of the button switches off the Wifi (default is Wifi on, but you can download firmware for default Wifi off). There are voice notifications in English for SD card detected, recording, Wifi on / off, shutting down, etc. You can replace some of the voice notifications with beeps or turn them off completely. See the “Sound Notification” section on this page for more details.. The camera also has a small led light to provide notifications as per below.
There are a few other things to be aware of on the B1W. While the original firmware did not allow for the video to be flipped, the current firmware has added this feature. The time stamp is in white lettering on the top left corner which is hard to read on a bright sky. Also the USB cable for power is right beside the MicroSD slot making it very difficult to remove the card without unplugging the power cable.
If you do not like the voice notifications, you can replace most of them with beeps. Note that the voice prompts ‘SD Card Detected’ and ‘Recording Start’ are not replaced. To replace the voice notifications, download this sound.bin file. Copy this file to the SD card. When the camera starts, the voice notifications will be replaced with beeps.
You can also turn off all sounds, by toggling the “Equipment Beep” slider in the smart phone app.
The biggest negative raised by owners is the poor audio quality that has a lot of background noise. There is no known solution to this problem but the manufacturer is looking at firmware fixes to correct.
Mounting the camera
TonyM provided the following photos of the camera mounted. The Mobius is on the left and B1W on the right.
Comparison – Mini 0906 top, Gitup F1 middle, Blueskysea B1W bottom
Should I Purchase?
If you are looking for an affordable, discreet, Wifi enabled camera with good video quality, the Blueskysea B1W is a great choice. Just be aware of the drawbacks such as poor audio quality and on screen date/time location (these may be fixed in future firmware updates). Since the camera does not have a screen you will need a smartphone to setup the camera using the available app.
Overall one of the best bang for your buck cameras for 2018. Better video quality than the previous budget camera, the A118C. Only unknown is long term reliability.
To see what other owners are saying, visit our Blueskysea Forum.
Where to purchase for lowest price
This camera primarily sells for approximately $50 from a number of vendors:
- estore009 on eBay.com, eBay.co.uk, eBay.ca and eBay.com.au
- newshingstar on eBay.com with US stock
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
- Download the firmware and unzip it. You will find 2 files: file names cardvr_img.bin and default_cfg.bin
- Format the SD card in FAT32 format
- Copy the file cardvr_img.bin and default_cfg.bin files over to the root directory of the SD card and put the card into the camera.
- Power on the camera and the firmware should automatically move onto the camera, leave for 30 seconds to 1 minute to ensure the firmware has updated the camera
- Take out the SD card and reformat it
- Place the SD card back into the camera
- Check the firmware version using the app on your smartphone
If you installed the Default WiFi On firmware, the GREEN LED light should be flashing. If you installed the Default WiFi Off firmware. You can switch between WiFi on and off by pressing and holding the button at the end of the camera for 2-3 seconds
Note there are 2 firmware versions for this camera. One version defaults to the WiFi being on. The second version defaults to the WiFi being off. Choose the one that you prefer.
Previous Firmware Versions
Published: Jan 1, 2018
Last Update: Jan 4, 2018