The FineVu X500 is a Korean dual channel dash camera released in Sep 2019. When we started Dashcamtalk in 2012, there were 2 categories of dash cams; generic Chinese cameras and Korean cameras. The 3 big Korean brands at the time were Blackvue, FineVu and Itronics. Blackvue expanded aggressively outside Korea while Itronics and FineVu did not.
FineVu actually claims to have the highest market share for dash cams in Korea and they are a reputable manufacturer. Over the last year, FineVu appears to be trying to expand beyond its home market in Korea and the X500 is one of the 4 cameras offered internationally.
The X500 is based on the Allwinner V3 processor but FineVu does not disclose the CMOS sensors for the cameras. Allwinner is generally known for low end hardware but the V3 is one of their better processors.
The front camera records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 10 Mbps. Video quality for the front camera during the day is good but the colors look dull. Night quality is slightly above average but not great. The low bit rate impacts the quality of the video.
The rear camera records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 10 Mbps as well. Quality is slightly worse than the front camera. Unfortunately video quality is not best in class.
The X500 has a large 3.5″ touchscreen screen, g-sensor and has built in GPS. The camera provides buffered parking mode and the hardwire kit is provided. For most other dash cams this is an optional accessory. Another bonus is that battery discharge prevention is built directly into the camera.
A few other nice features are the audio error notifications, high temperature protection shut off and included 64GB microSD card. While the X500 comes with Advanced Driver Assist features, these are more gimmicky than helpful. The only key features not available are WiFi and Cloud access.
The X-500 is not the most discreet camera with its medium sized rectangular design (99 x 61 x 19mm), black and grey color, writing on the lens and illuminated X500 logo. Koreans typically like large, “blingy” cameras with touchscreens while Western consumers prefer more discreet cameras, in all black.
The camera comes with an adhesive mount and cannot swivel to record interactions at the driver or passenger windows. The build quality is very good but reliability has been average.
FineVu is responsive to questions but beyond that, they provide limited support. We have not seen any firmware updates for this camera since it has been launched.
You can view internal photos of the camera in this PDF. Note the LX2000 printed on the board which implies the same internals for X500 and the LX2000.
The most common complaint with this camera is overheating. Many owners in Korea indicate the camera runs hot and often overheats.
You can read a quick review and see some of the videos from one of the members on our forum here. Also Youtube has numerous videos that you can review for video quality.
Should I Purchase
While we are glad to see another Korean dash cam manufacturer trying to expand there presence outside of Korea, the X500 doesn’t hit the mark. Video quality is not the best and reliability has been average. We are also not fans of the rectangular shape and non-discreet design.
The main positive is the number of included features for a dual cam at this price point (buffered parking mode, hardwire kit, battery protection and included 64GB microSD card). Could be a consideration if those features are top of mind, but there are strong competitors in this price range which makes the X500 a hard sell.
The English user manual can be downloaded here.
Published: November 3, 2020