FineVu X500

FineVu X500

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.

Video Quality

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.

Features

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.

Design

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.

Support

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.

Internal Photos

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.

Known Problems

Overheating

The most common complaint with this camera is overheating. Many owners in Korea indicate the camera runs hot and often overheats.

Sample Videos

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.

User Manual

The English user manual can be downloaded here.

Specifications

Detailed Specifications

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Camera Type Dual Channel
Form Factor Hanging - Rectangular
Country South Korea
Processor Allwinner V3
CMOS Front Unknown
CMOS Rear Unknown
Channels 2
Screen 3.5"
Touchscreen Yes
GPS Yes
G-Sensor Yes
Wi-Fi No
Parking Mode Buffered
Lock Files Auto or Button
Max Resolution Front 1920×1080p
Front Frames Per Second 30
Max Bitrate Front (Mbps) 10
Max Resolution Rear 1920×1080p
Rear Frames Per Second 30
Max Bitrate Rear (Mbps) 10
Video Format MP4
Compression H.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle Front 155°
Diagonal Viewing Angle Rear 140°
SD Card Type MicroSD
Max Size (Spec) 64GB
Max Size (User) 64GB
Size Front (mm) 99 x 61 x 19
Size Rear (mm) 54 x 44 x 28
Mount Adhesive
Power Supply 12V
Operating Temp -10°C to 60°C
Battery Capacitor
Error Notification Audio and Screen
Swivel (To Record Side Windows) No
Apps PC
Cloud Connectivity No
Release Date Sep 2019
Unique Features Touchscreen
Driver assist features
Advantages Buffered parking mode
Includes 64GB microSD
Audio error notifications
Hardwire kit included and battery discharge prevention built-in
Capacitor instead of battery
Disadvantages Not the best video quality
Not discreet
No WiFi
Overheating issues for some owners
Final Word Dual cam with a lot of features but video quality is not the best, camera is not discreet and reliability is average

Published: November 3, 2020