The Innovv C1 dashboard camera is manufactured by the Chinese company Innovv Tech (Blog at innovvactioncam.
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:
- Auto 180 deg. rotation for videos when recording starts (useful when the cam is mounted upside down)
- G-sensor (could be useful for parking mode)
- LED light in the front (not that useful for dash cams)
- 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
Since this camera has just been released, there have not been any reported problems yet.
The following video from Mtz has internal pictures of this camera.
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:
- C1-GUI Configuration Utility v0.03.exe
- C1-GUI Configuration Utility v0.02.exe
- 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.
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.
The latest firmware version is C1_FW_V08_20140310.rar
You can download the English manual here.
|Max Resolution||1080p 30fps|
|Max Bitrate (Mbps)||15|
|Diagonal Viewing Angle||165°|
|SD Card Type||MicroSD|
|Max Size (Spec)||32GB|
|Max Size (User)||32GB|
|Size (mm)||62 x 39 x 18|
|Mount||Adhesive or Suction|
|Operating Temp||0˚C to 65˚C|
|Release Date||Oct 2013|
|Advantages||Good video quality|
|Disadvantages||Non-standard USB cable (now provide a 3M cable)|
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|Video Night|| |
|Size / Discreetness|| |
|Available Support|| |
|Overall Rating|| |
|Final Word||A decent competitor against the Mobius. Might be ideal depending on your needs.|
Published: November 29, 2013
Updated: March 21, 2014