Innovv C1

Innovv C1

The Innovv C1 dashboard camera is manufactured by the Chinese company Innovv Tech (Blog at innovvactioncam.blogspot.com).  This company is the manufacturer of the 808 #18, 808 #26 and DR32 cameras.  The Innovv C1 is a direct competitor to the very popular Mobius DVR and uses the same  Novatek 96650 processor and the Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor.

It records 1080p at 30f/s with an average bit rate of approximately 15,000kpbs.  Like the Mobius, this camera does not come with GPS or screen.  It is also very small at 62 x 39 x 18mm.  One of the drawbacks is that the camera uses an 8-pin proprietary USB cable which could be difficult to find if you are looking for a replacement cable or a longer cable.

Wide Dynamic Range

The Innovv has firmware Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) capability to improve low light video quality.   This improves performance at night but it is not true hardware based wide dynamic range.

Dynamic Range is measured in decibels (dB) and most cameras have a dynamic range of 60 dB to 80 dB.  The human eye has a dynamic range of approximately 100 dB.  Anything higher than 100 dB is often referred to as “Wide Dynamic Range”.

While the Novatek NT96650 Processor supports Wide Dynamic Range, the CMOS sensor used, the Aptina AR0330, has a dynamic range of 72.4 dB (see brochure).  Hence from a pure technical perspective, this camera is not providing true Wide Dynamic Range.

There is improved night performance with WDR enabled on this camera.  Note that a high dynamic range number (>100 dB) does not guarantee great night performance if other aspects of the camera are poor (processor, lens, firmware).

Comparison with Mobius

The 4 main differences between the Innovv C1 and the Mobius are:

  1.  Auto 180 deg. rotation for videos when recording starts (useful when the cam is mounted upside down)
  2. G-sensor (could be useful for parking mode)
  3. LED light in the front (not that useful for dash cams)
  4. The Mobius sometimes causes GPS interference, the Innovv C1 has an aluminum case which prevents this

Here is a size comparison video between the C1 and the Mobius

Known problems

Since this camera has just been released, there have not been any reported problems yet.

Internal Pictures

The following video from Mtz has internal pictures of this camera.

Sample Videos

Day Video

Night Video

Comparison with Mobius

PC GUI for Settings

The Innovv C1 has a PC GUI program available that allows the settings to be adjusted.  The program can be downloaded:

  1. C1-GUI Configuration Utility v0.03.exe
  2. C1-GUI Configuration Utility v0.02.exe
  3. C1-GUI Configuration Utility v0.01.rar

There is also an EZ Configuration Tool.

Should I Purchase?

Going head to head against the Mobius is a tough task.   The Innovv C1 is a more stylish camera and has a few extra features (most notable are the G-sensor and no GPS interference).

However the Mobius has a larger support network of users given the thousands that have been sold and also utilizes a standard USB cable.  The Mobius also has arguably better video quality which could be due to more advanced firmware and better quality lens.  Overall, the Mobius is a slightly better buy but the extra features of the Innovv C1 makes it a decent purchase for some users.  See our complete comparison on the dash cam comparison page.

Where to purchase for lowest price

This camera sells on eBay  and online vendors.  While the camera costs approximately $70, you will need to purchase a car charger adapter ( a 2M cable is now included – may be too short) if you would like to use this as a dash cam.

Firmware

WARNING!  MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR FIRMWARE ARE PERFORMED AT YOUR OWN RISK.  WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DASH CAM AS A RESULT OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

Latest Firmware

The latest firmware version is C1_FW_V08_20140310.rar

Previous Firmware

C1_FW_V06_20140109.rar

C1-FW_GUI-V01-20131206.rar

FW C1_V0.26_20131126.rar

User Manual

You can download the English manual here.

Specifications

 Innovv C1
Price$80
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ManufacturerInnovv Tech
CountryChina
Specifications 
ProcessorNovatek NT96650
CMOSAptina AR0330
Channels1
Screen
GPS
G-Sensor
Wi-Fi
Parking Mode
Lock FilesAuto
Video 
Max Resolution1080p 30fps
Max Bitrate (Mbps)15
Video FormatMOV
CompressionH.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle165°
Recording 
SD Card TypeMicroSD
Max Size (Spec)32GB
Max Size (User)32GB
Other 
Size (mm)62 x 39 x 18
MountAdhesive or Suction
Power Supply5V
Operating Temp0˚C to 65˚C
Battery600mAh
Release DateOct 2013
AppsPC
Unique FeaturesNone
Rating 
AdvantagesGood video quality
Stylish
DisadvantagesNon-standard USB cable (now provide a 3M cable)
Video Day
Video Night
Reliability
Size / Discreetness
Price
Available Support
Overall Rating
Final WordA decent competitor against the Mobius. Might be ideal depending on your needs.

Published: November 29, 2013

Updated: March 21, 2014