MateGo MG380G

MateGo MG380G

The MateGo MG380G dashboard camera was released in mid 2014 by the Chinese company Shenzhen Onstar Technology Co. Ltd.  This is the same manufacturer that produces the popular Panorama series of dash cams.

The MateGo MG380G is based on the CSR Zoran Coach 12P Processor and the Sony Exmor IMX322 CMOS sensor.  Dash cameras running the Exmor IMX322 CMOS sensor have some of the best night footage available today and this camera is no exception. The MG380G has excellent video quality during the day and good video quality at night while running at a bitrate of 15 Mbps.  Note that some owners have indicated the colors are a bit muted.  While the colors are not as vibrant as some other cameras, this camera does a very good job of picking up details.

What makes this camera unique is the amount of features provided at the $130 price point.  They include:

  1. One of the lowest cost cameras to utilize the Sony Exmor IMX322 CMOS sensor which provides good night video
  2. Built-in GPS and G-sensor
  3. Excellent build quality
  4. Uses a full size SD card which some owners prefer
  5. -20˚C to 70˚C operating temperature range
  6. Capacitor instead of a battery
  7. Supports exFAT (users have indicated 128GB cards work)
MateGo 380G Dimensions

The primary negative with this camera is it’s size.  The MG380G has a 2.7″ screen  and the camera is not the most discreet at 103mm x 63mm x 41mm.

Also, since this model is manufactured for the Chinese market, the level of support is less than the branded versions of this product. While the camera has buffered parking mode (5 seconds before motion / impact) when hardwired you need to manually set motion detection on when parking which is not the most convenient.

Other Brands

This camera is very popular and sells under a number of different brand names as well.  These models may have more refined firmware, better support and perhaps some hardware differences (not confirmed) but sell at a premium price.

  • Street Guardian SGZC12SG (sometimes called the Panorama G)
  • Drivewatch 380G

Note that there is a similar looking camera called the Matego MG300K.  The primary difference is that it uses the Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor rather than the Sony sensor.  For the small price premium, it makes sense to get the MG380G due to better video quality.

Known problems

MicroUSB does not auto start

The microUSB port on this camera is a factory service port only (not for transferring files, or power).  While the camera will power on via microUSB port, the recordings won’t start automatically and the capacitor will not charge.  Only use the included 12V cigarette lighter port adapter charger for dash cam use.

Large Capacity SD Cards

The MateGo MG380G officially supports up to 32GB cards, however the camera’s firmware has the capability to perform exFAT formatting.  This allows the use of 64GB and higher SD cards with this camera.  To use this feature, it is important to format the card in the camera.

Sample Videos

Please Select 1080p from Youtube settings at bottom right corner.

Day Video

Night Video

Should I Purchase?

The MateGo MG380G is a good buy given its excellent video quality, low price and full features .  This camera comes with a lot of features and decent video quality for $130 but it is not the most discreet.   If you want a discreet camera consider the Mini 0805.

Firmware

The latest firmware can be downloaded from the MateGo website.  A direct link to the MG380G Firmware is here.

Specifications

Detailed Specifications

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Camera Type Single Channel
Form Factor Hanging - Rectangular
Country China
Processor Zoran Coach 12P
CMOS Front Sony Exmor IMX322
CMOS Rear N/A
Channels 1
Screen 2.7"
GPS Optional
G-Sensor Yes
Wi-Fi No
Parking Mode Non-buffered
Lock Files Auto or Button
Max Resolution Front 1920×1080p
Front Frames Per Second 30
Max Bitrate Front (Mbps) 15
Max Resolution Rear N/A
Rear Frames Per Second N/A
Max Bitrate Rear (Mbps) N/A
Video Format MP4
Compression H.264
Diagonal Viewing Angle Front 154°
Diagonal Viewing Angle Rear N/A
SD Card Type SD
Max Size (Spec) 128GB
Max Size (User) 128GB
Size Front (mm) 103 x 63 x 41
Size Rear (mm) N/A
Mount Adhesive and Suction
Power Supply 12V
Operating Temp -10°C to 75°C
Battery Capacitor
Error Notification No
Swivel (To Record Side Windows) No
Apps PC
Cloud Connectivity No
Release Date Sep 2014
Unique Features Buffers video in parking mode (saves 5 seconds before impact / motion detection)
Advantages Video quality
Reliable
Buffers video in parking mode
Disadvantages Parking mode is not automatic
Could be a bit smaller
Final Word The MG380G is a good buy given its excellent video quality, low price and full features . Just a bit large.

Published: June 25, 2015

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MateGo MG380G

The MateGo MG380G is a good buy given its excellent video quality, low price and full features. Size is a bit large.

Product SKU: MateGo MG380G

Product Brand: MateGo

Product Currency: USD

Product Price: 130

Price Valid Until: 2023-01-01

Product In-Stock: SoldOut

Editor's Rating:
6.7