CHORTAU B-T12

CHORTAU B-T12

The CHORTAU B-T12 is a Chinese single channel dash camera released in Sep 2020. The CHORTAU brand is trademarked by a company called Shenzhen BaiYou interconnected Technology. The camera is very low priced and has become quite popular on Amazon recently.

Unfortunately CHORTAU does not provide the processor and CMOS sensor specs of the B-T12. That being said given the $30 price point, we expect a budget processor and CMOS sensor for this dash cam.

Video Quality

The B-T12 records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 12 Mbps. Video quality during the day is average and night quality is below average. Also note that the video has a choppy quality to it as well. While the price is low, the video quality is disappointing in 2021.

Features

The camera has a 3″ screen and g-sensor but beyond that, does not have many features. The B-T12 does not have GPS, WiFi or supporting smartphone apps. The B-T12 provides non-buffered parking mode if you hardwire the dash cam to your vehicle (optional hardwire kit required).

The CHORTAU B-T12 comes with a suction cup mount which allows it to be swiveled 360° to record interactions at your side windows (i.e. police traffic stop). That being said, the suction cup and hanging form factor makes it less discreet than many wedge or cylindrical cameras. Error notifications are displayed on the screen and there are no audio notifications.

One of the biggest disappointments with this dash cam is the build quality. The camera is lightweight it feels cheaply built. There have been many reports of the dash cam screen falling off, cables getting damaged and the suction cup mount breaking.

Support

CHORTAU provides very little support for this camera and we have not seen any firmware updates since it has been launched. CHORTAU provides a 12 month warranty, which is standard for most dash cams.

Note that while the camera has a large number of very good reviews on Amazon, CHORTAU provides a free gift in exchange for 5-star reviews. This may influence the ratings there.

CHORTAU B T12 Gift 1
CHORTAU B T12 Gift 2

Known Problems

SD Card Full

Many CHORTAU B-T12 users have indicated they get an SD Card Full error even though loop recording is turned on. This could be due to locked video files. CHORTAU suggests formatting the SD Card in the camera, turning off the G-sensor, turning off motion detection and turning off parking mode.

Screen Falls Off

The CHORTAU B-T12 build quality is below average and there have been numerous complaints of the screen falling off. This can be seen in the photos below.

Damaged Power Cords

CHORTAU seems to have used a low quality cables with this dash cam as well. Numerous owners have complained of damaged cords as seen in these following photos.

Sample Videos

There are numerous videos on Youtube for this camera. During the day time quality would be acceptable to some users but night time is disappointing. Note the choppy video quality when viewing recordings from the CHORTAU B-T12.

Should I Purchase

While the CHORTAU B-T12 is a cheap and popular camera on Amazon, we are not impressed with the choppy video quality and poor performance at night. Build quality is very suspect with screen, cable and mount issues being frequently raised.

We suspect the free gift in exchange for positive reviews has influenced the Amazon rating for this camera. The only real positive for this camera is the low price tag however we suggest investing more in a more reliable dash cam.

Specifications

Detailed Specifications

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Camera Type Single Channel
Form Factor Hanging - Rectangular
Country China
Processor Unknown
CMOS Front Unknown
CMOS Rear N/A
Channels 1
Screen 3"
Touchscreen No
GPS No
G-Sensor Yes
Wi-Fi No
Parking Mode Non-Buffered
Lock Files Auto or Button
Max Resolution Front 1920×1080p
Front Frames Per Second 30
Max Bitrate Front (Mbps) 12
Max Resolution Rear N/A
Rear Frames Per Second N/A
Max Bitrate Rear (Mbps) N/A
Video Format AVI
Compression H.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle Front 170°
Diagonal Viewing Angle Rear N/A
SD Card Type MicroSD
Max Size (Spec) 32GB
Max Size (User) 32GB
Size Front (mm) 74 x 43 x 33
Size Rear (mm) N/A
Mount Suction
Power Supply 5V
Operating Temp -20°C to 70°C
Battery 150mAh
Error Notification Screen
Swivel (To Record Side Windows) Yes
Apps None
Cloud Connectivity No
Release Date Sep 2020
Warranty 12 months
Unique Features None
Advantages Mount can swivel 360°
Disadvantages Cheap built quality and not the best reliability
Poor, choppy video quality
Battery instead of capacitor
Limited support / no firmware updates
Gifts in exchange for 5-star reviews
Final Word Build quality leaves a lot to be desired coupled with unimpressive video quality. Not worth it even though the cost is very cheap.

Published: April 26, 2021

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CHORTAU B T12

The CHORTAU B-T12 is a cheap dash cam but we are not impressed with the choppy video quality and poor build quality. Spend more for a more reliable dash cam.

Product SKU: CHORTAU B-T12

Product Brand: CHORTAU

Product Currency: USD

Product Price: 32

Price Valid Until: 2023-01-01

Product In-Stock: SoldOut

Editor's Rating:
4.2