kdLinks X1

KDLINKS-X1

The kdLinks X1 dash cam is a Chinese camera released in late 2014.  This is another camera that is based on the popular Novatek NT96650 processor and the Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor.  The G1W, Mobius, B40 / A118, GT680W, Innovv C1 and SJ4000 all use the same processor and CMOS sensor.  However, the kdLinks X1 stands out as being the most expensive of the bunch.

Video quality during the day is very good and night quality is average. The night video had some artifacts and is a bit grainy. Overall the video quality is on par with most other NT96650 and AR0330 cameras.  It uses a wide angle lens (165°) which causes some barrel distortion on the video.  The kdLinks X1 records 1080p at 30f/s with an average bit rate of approximately 12,000kpbs.

The camera comes with a 2.7″ screen, g-sensor and has built-in GPS with geo-tagging.  The GPS antenna is integrated into a rather large suction cup mount.   The mount is of low to average quality and the connector for the GPS interferes with the mount and is hard to use.  The camera is not the smallest at 89mm x 58mm x 38mm and combined with the large mount, the kdLinks X1 is not a discreet camera.

SkyEye Z750

Like many Chinese dash cams, the kdLinks is sold under other names as well.  One of our members, xyBone, purchased the SkyEye Z750 and his review can be found here.

SkyEye Z750

Overmax CamRoad 6.1

It is also being sold as the Overmax CamRoad 6.1 in Europe (primarily Poland).

Overmax CamRoad 6.1

Known problems

Battery Swells / Explodes

There have been a number of reports of the battery swelling / exploding due to high heat in the kdLinks X1.  The following review was posted on Amazon then later deleted.

kdLinks X1 Battery Explodes 1

Here are some other pictures of a swelled up battery.

KDLinks X1 Battery Swelling 1 KDLinks X1 Battery Swelling 2

Another owners camera

kdLinks x1 Expanded Battery

Memory Error

Some owners have complained of “Memory Error” appearing on the screen.  This could be due to a defective SD card.  If a different SD card does not solve the problem, then there may be a hardware issue with the camera.

Device Freezes

Numerous users have indicated this camera freezes at random times.  kdLinks claims it is a 32GB card compatibility issue and a new firmware has been released to address this.  Unfortunately we are not sure if the problem has been completely solved.  Note that this problem is mentioned in the user manual and the suggestion is to “Press the “reset” button with a paper clip to reset the settings back to default.  If the ambient temperature is excessive, you may need to wait a few minutes.”

Low Quality Battery

Beyond the expanding battery problem, a number of users have indicated that the battery dies and won’t hold a charge.  This can result in losing the last file before the camera turns off.  The solution is to replace the battery.

kdLinks X1 Teardown

From an Amazon user.

kdLinks X1 Teardown 1 kdLinks X1 Teardown 2 kdLinks X1 Teardown 3

PC and Mac Software

The kdLinks X1 has PC and Mac Software available to view videos.

Sample Videos

Day Video

Night Video

Should I Purchase?

The kdLinks X1 has been a popular seller on Amazon in early 2015.  While it appears to be a decent camera, it is not the most discreet camera and performs on par with cameras half the price.  The seller on Amazon has been responsive to questions on Amazon which is a positive from a support perspective.

Overall, we prefer the more discreet B40 / A118 and Mobius which have similar video quality at less than half the price.  See what other owners have to say about the kdLinks on our forum.

Where to purchase for lowest price

The kdLinks X1 is primarily sold on Amazon and eBay.

User Manual

The English User Manual for the Overmax CamRoad 6.1 can be downloaded here.

Specifications

 kdLinks X1
Price$170
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Manufacturer
CountryChina
Specifications 
ProcessorNovatek NT96650
CMOSAptina AR0330
Channels1
Screen2.7"
GPS
G-Sensor
Wi-Fi
Parking Mode
Lock FilesAuto or Button
Video 
Max Resolution1080p 30fps
Max Bitrate (Mbps)12
Video FormatMOV
CompressionH.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle165°
Recording 
SD Card TypeMicroSD
Max Size (Spec)32GB
Max Size (User)32GB
Other 
Size (mm)89 x 58 x 38
MountSuction
Power Supply5V
Operating Temp
Battery120mAh
Release DateOct 2014
AppsPC,OSX
Unique FeaturesNone
Rating 
AdvantagesSeller responds to questions quickly
DisadvantagesNot the most discreet, particularly the mount
High price
Video Day
Video Night
Reliability
Size / Discreetness
Price
Available Support
Overall Rating
Final WordNot the most discreet camera and video quality on par with cameras half the price. The Mobius and B40 / A118 are better values.

Published: February 12, 2015

Updated: March 15, 2015