GitUp F1: any good for dash cam use?

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I'm on the brink of buying a new (dash) camera, just not sure about the Maxi yet....

Any short and quick best choice advice? Gitup F1 seems a nice enough candidate?
 

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I'm on the brink of buying a new (dash) camera, just not sure about the Maxi yet....

Any short and quick best choice advice? Gitup F1 seems a nice enough candidate?
I would get the narrow angle one if I had to buy another one... The turnoff for me is no GPS and no parking mode.
 
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I would get the narrow angle one if I had to buy another one... The turnoff for me is no GPS and no parking mode.
Thanks, you mean the F1 over the Maxi, right?
 

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Thanks, you mean the F1 over the Maxi, right?
Not familiar with Maxi, I have F1 with the wide lens. I've heard the new narrow one is much better.
Currently I have two Garmin cams (55 and 56) so I am not looking for another one :)
 
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Not familiar with Maxi, I have F1 with the wide lens. I've heard the new narrow one is much better.
Currently I have two Garmin cams (55 and 56) so I am not looking for another one :)
right thanks, but in what respect is the 90 degree version MUCH better than the 160? Image? Bigger license plates, better readable? Or better night recording than 160?

Any specific trusted seller? Banggood?
 

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right thanks, but in what respect is the 90 degree version MUCH better than the 160? Image? Bigger license plates, better readable? Or better night recording than 160?

Any specific trusted seller? Banggood?
It is the 130° FOV, F1.8 version that you want for dashcam use, much brighter lens:
 

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The only downside to the F1C is that GitUp still need to work on the auto WB. My videos have a cyan colour cast and some WB glitches.

I would choose the F1C over the Maxi if using as a dashcam.
 
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It is the 130° FOV, F1.8 version that you want for dashcam use, much brighter lens:
Am I right to conclude there are 3 versions of the F1 (90/130/160 degree fov)?


The only downside to the F1C is that GitUp still need to work on the auto WB. My videos have a cyan colour cast and some WB glitches.
Is it likely to get fixed? I.e. me buying this one and waiting 2 yr for a fix makes my ticker do strange things...
heart-attack-in-cartoon.jpg:eek:


I would choose the F1C over the Maxi if using as a dashcam.
May I ask why?

Not because of the capacitor I presume, as Maxi can be equipped with one also....
 
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I prefer the 4K resolution of the F1C, and the cleaner video. The Maxi does have better low light exposure and metering - the F1C can get a bit dark.

If you're in no rush, I've been meaning to run a couple of side-by-side comparisons between these two cameras.

I was waiting for an AWB update from GitUp before doing the comparison, but it seems they're busy with other projects at the moment.
 

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Am I right to conclude there are 3 versions of the F1 (90/130/160 degree fov)?
The 160 and 90deg versions have a battery (no capacitor option) and F2.8/F2.5 lens

The 130 F1C version has a capacitor (no battery option) and F1.8 lens

They all have the same IMX317 sensor and A12 processor
 
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The 160 and 90deg versions have a battery (no capacitor option) and F2.8/F2.5 lens

The 130 F1C version has a capacitor (no battery option) and F1.8 lens

They all have the same IMX317 sensor and A12 processor
OK, thanks, I am not in a hurry, I still have a Mate808 (!), 2 M1's, a Mini (on capacitors!!), a Viofo A119S, so I'm good for the time being. Recently a Caddx Dolphin. The latter has great night recording, but is randomly missing frames, especially in low light, and other weird characteristics that makes it kinda unusable as a dashcam. (check https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/the-caddx-dolphin-any-good-for-dashcam-use.40400/)

Nice clips though for a 30 EU camera.... that fits a Session 5 mount...!



Yeah, I know, showing of my Beamer, I know... hahaha me so proud...

I would love to see a side by side F1/Maxi!
 
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I prefer the 4K resolution of the F1C, and the cleaner video. The Maxi does have better low light exposure and metering - the F1C can get a bit dark.
As you all know I'm a succer for brighter night recordings, so it sounds like to me, if I had to choose right now, my best choice would be a Maxi on caps?
 

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As you all know I'm a succer for brighter night recordings, so it sounds like to me, if I had to choose right now, my best choice would be a Maxi on caps?
Shall I do the comparison so you can see for yourself?
 

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It's too wet today for a driving comparison, so this is just a single frame. I'll start a separate comparison thread when I have enough footage.

F1C : 3840x2160


Maxi : 2704x1524


Comparative frame from the A129 Pro : 3840x2160
 
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It's too wet today for a driving comparison, so this is just a single frame. I'll start a separate comparison thread when I have enough footage.

F1C : 3840x2160


Maxi : 2704x1524


Comparative frame from the A129 Pro : 3840x2160
F1 bit darker indeed. Wonder how it looks like in a night drive...
 

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F1 bit darker indeed. Wonder how it looks like in a night drive...
I did a night drive last night with the F1C at EV+0.3, but that seemed slightly over-exposed so I'll do it again at EV0.
 
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I did a night drive last night with the F1C at EV+0.3, but that seemed slightly over-exposed so I'll do it again at EV0.
Do you involve the Maxi as wel in the ride?
 

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Single frame at night:

F1C at EV+0.3


Maxi at EV+0


A129 Pro at EV+0


The A129 Pro and the F1C have the same sensor & lens (but different processor), which is why I have included the A129 frames for comparison. As I said earlier, I think the F1C looks over-exposed at EV+0.3
 
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Single frame at night:

F1C at EV+0.3


Maxi at EV+0


A129 Pro at EV+0


The A129 Pro and the F1C have the same sensor & lens (but different processor), which is why I have included the A129 frames for comparison. As I said earlier, I think the F1C looks over-exposed at EV+0.3
It would seem that way, but, when at +0 it may still be slightly brighter than Maxi ... I've always liked the Ambarella camera's...
 
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