Review: Mini Q9 1296p Dashcam with GPS and separate lens housing.

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This Mini Q9 dashcam was sent for review.
Thank you @Joy from Skyhigh Electronics.
It's available for purchase at https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Arpenkin/1877103_32849434251.html

This dashcam has unique design where the lens is outside the main housing.
This should help heat related focus issues.
After driving an hour, I felt the temperature and the lens was just barely warm vs much warmer housing.
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Specifications
*Chip: Mstar 8328p.
*Max Resolution: 2304 x 1296P, 30fps
*Support TF Card Max up to 64GB
*Unique Design with separate lens housing.
*Power cable has built in GPS module
*OBDI power cables
*Hard-wiring cables
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PROS: All black, less heat related focus issues due to separate lens housing, OBDI, Hard-Wiring option.
CONS: Proprietary power cable so can't use regular USB outlets.
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Mini Q9 Features and Sample Day and Night Videos

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Package contents: Mini Q9 Dash Cam with mount, Car Charger, GPS Power Cable, OBDI cable, Hard-Wiring cable, Micro_USB cable, cleaning cloth, wire management tabs and User Manual.

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Mini Q9 Dashcam Images:

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Mini Q9 Folders, Files and Bit Rate:
Micro SD card has following folders:
Event
Normal
Parking
Photo
PLAYER
There is optional rear camera so Event and Normal folders have F and R sub-folders for front and rear videos.
File names have date and time (YYMMDD) so easy to locate a particular file.

Mini Q9 Folders and Files.jpg

Overall bit rate of 2304 x 1296p 30fps video is 16.3 mbps with video @ 16.0 mbps and audio @ 272 kbps.

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Mini Q9 from outside and inside:
Don't mind the red backing tape. (Maybe I need to use black ones as it looks ugly)
I leave them to make it easier to remove.

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Day video screenshots: Motion blur is not that much in this camera.
I was driving at 70mph in this screenshot.

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Night video screenshots:

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#6
Daytime and cloudy day Videos: 2304x1296p






Night Videos: 2304x1296p
Chirping audio is from post processing.


 

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#9
The configuration file of the DVR settings:
Code:
BitRate=15                    ;Bitate 15MBits [Min:1, Max:15]
Contrast=-4                   ;Default:0
Saturation=0                  ;Default:0
Sharpness=3                   ;Default:0
Gamma=0                       ;Default:0
Color=0                       ;0:Natural, 1:Vivid, 2:WB [Min:0, Max:2]
Effect=0                      ;Effect:0:Normal [Min:0, Max:7]
StillQuality=0                ;0:Super fine, 1:fine [Min:0, Max:1]
VideoSize=1                   ;1:1296P@30, 1:1080P@30, 2:720P@30, 3:720P@60, 4:VGA@30
VideoQuality=0                ;0:Super fine, 1:fine [Min:0, Max:1]
VideoPreRecord=1              ;0:ON, 1:OFF [Min:0, Max:1]
VideoClipTime=1               ;0:OFF 1:1min, 2:3min 3:5min, 4:10min [Min:0, Max:4]
RecordWithAudio=0             ;0:WITH, 1:WITHOUT [Min:0, Max:1]
Scene=0                       ;0:AUTO, see this submenu for others [Min:0, Max:6]
EV=4                          ;0:-2.0, 1:-1.66, 2:-1.33, 3:-1.00, 4:-0.66, 5:-0.33, 6:0, 7:+0.33, 8:+0.66, 9:+1.00, 10:+1.33, 11:+1,66, 12:+2.0 [Min:0, Max:12]
ISO=0                         ;0:AUTO, 1:ISO-100, 2:ISO-200, 3:ISO-400 [Min:0, Max:3]
WB=0                          ;1:AUTO, see this submenu for others [Min:0, Max:4]
PlaybackVolume=4              ;Volume:0~9, 0 is Min, 9 is Max [Min:0, Max:10]
Beep=1                        ;KeyBeep:0:On, 1:Off [Min:0, Max:1]
TVSYS=0                       ;0:NTSC, 1:PAL [Min:0, Max:1]
Flicker=0                     ;0:50Hz, 1:60Hz [Min:0, Max:1]
GSensorSensitivity=0          ;0:Off, see this submenu for others [Min:0, Max:3]
TimeStamp=0                   ;0:Time+Logo, 1:Time, 2:Logo, 3:None [Min:0, Max:3]
DateTimeFormat=3              ;0:NOT Display Date/Time, 1:YMD, 2:MDY, 3:DMY [Min:0, Max:3]
MotionSensitivity=3           ;0:Off, 1:Low, 2:Middle, 3:High [Min:0, Max:1]
MotionVideoTime=2             ;0:5sec, 1:10sec, 2:30sec, 3:1min [Min:0, Max:3]
MotionShot=0                  ;0:1 shot, 1:2 shots, 2:3 shots, 3:5 shots [Min:0, Max:3]
TimeLapse=0                   ;0~ see this submenu. [Min:0, Max:6]
AutoRec=0                     ;0:On, 1:Off [Min:0, Max:1]
LoopRec=1                     ;0:Off, 1:On
VideoTime=2                   ;1~999 unit: Minute
TimeZone=26                   ;GMT + 08:00
GPSStamp=0                    ;0:On, 1:Off
SpeedStamp=0                  ;0:On, 1:Off
VideoTimelapseEn=0            ;
SlowMotion=0                  ;
LDWS_EN=1                     ;0:On, 1:Off
FCWS_EN=1                     ;0:On, 1:Off
SAG_EN=1                      ;0:On, 1:Off
HDR_EN=1                      ;0:On, 1:Off
WNR_EN=1                      ;0:Off, 1:On
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The power supply kit using OBD-II was tested in the home laboratory. It works well KIT for Mini Q9 with OBD-II.jpg

The power converter module (with the GPS-module) allows to:
- automatically supply power to the MiniQ9 when the engine is started (when the voltage reaches 13.7 V),
- automatically switches MiniQ9 to parking mode (voltage in the vehicle battery 12.6V) and
- disconnects the MiniQ9 power when a critical low voltage is reached on the car battery (11.4V).
MiniQ9_power adaptor with GPS module.jpg

Using OBD power cable for Parking guard function, real monitor the car, plug and use, very easy.
A little later the test results will be placed in a new thread.
 

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Thank you for the review @ Sunny
 

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