Viofo WR1 Review

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Viofo was kind enough to send me a WR1 to review. Due to moving and a business trip, was not able to get to this review until now.

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Size Comparison


SG9665GC - WR1 (Suction Cup Mount) - Mobius - A119S

SG9665GC - WR1 (No Mount) - Mobius - A119S

SG9665GC - WR1 (Adhesive Mount) - Mobius - A119S

First thing I did was upgrade to V1.1 - very easy to do following the Viofo instructions on their website.

App

I used the Android Viofo App using an Android Smartphone and an Android car audio headunit. The app connected fairly painlessly for me on both my phone and headunit. I used the app to initially aim the WR1. The image produced is near real time and very smooth. One time the image stopped, but it quickly reconnected.

Changing the setting was also very easy and intuitive. I much prefer using an app to change settings then the buttons on standard dashcams. I had no issues streaming content from the WR1 to my phone, it all played seamlessly. I did get stuttering on my headunit though - probably more a function of the headunit as it was handling multiple activities. Downloading content worked fine as well. I still don't prefer to download via WiFi, it's just slow compared to putting the card in your computer/phone. It took about 2 minutes to download a 3 minute clip.

Day Performance

Was able to directly compare the WR1 to the A119S - both used without a polarizing filter. Still images below to compare identical scenes.


WR1


A119S


WR1


A119S

Using photoshop, I blew up some areas of the above photos to 300%

WR1


A119S


WR1


A119S


WR1 images appear "yellower" than the A119S. Overall, I prefer the images from the A119S (sharper, better color).

Night Performance

**Coming Soon**

Sound

I had a "Popping" noise every 2-3 seconds. I used the supplied power adapter and cord, but the sound was there. Not terrible, but noticeable. Other than that, the sound quality is on par with the A119S and was more than acceptable.

Closing Thoughts
I like that the WR1 does not have a screen - I much prefer to use a phone to aim and change menu settings - really the only functions I need a screen for. WiFi and the app worked well with no hiccups for me, but this has a lot of variables involved, so YMMV. The WR1 can be discreet, especially if using the adhesive mount, and mounting it high on the windshield. The image quality I think is good, especially when you consider the price.
 

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What player were you using when you heard the popping noise? I know Media Player can induce a similar noise in some video files.
 
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VLC, also heard it in Pot Player

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Thanks for the review, is it possible the popping sound is perhaps the mount creaking a little bit whilst driving? Does it make the noise when your car is stationary?
 
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