The Orbit 950 is a dual channel dash cam released in Oct 2019 by the Chinese manufacturer myGEKOgear. The myGEKOgear trademark is owned by the dash cam manufacturer PAPAGO. We are not sure why they set up this new brand. myGEKOgear is popular in brick and mortar stores like Bestbuy, Costco and Walmart.
myGEKOgear has not disclosed the processor for the Orbit 950. However it both the front and rear cameras each have Galaxycore GC2053 CMOS sensors. This sensor is an entry level sensor but typically has ok video quality.
The front camera records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 7 Mbps. Video quality for the front camera during the day is good and night quality is average. There is noticeable motion blur, particularly at night.
The rear camera records 1080p video at 30fps with an average bitrate of 4 Mbps. While the rear camera is also 1080p, it does have worse quality than the front camera in part due to the low bitrate. The video is acceptable during the day but below average at night.
The Orbit 950 has a 3″ screen, g-sensor and built in GPS. While the dash cam comes with WiFi, the myGEKOgear Android and iOS app have very low scores, one of the lowest for any dash cam app. The Orbit 950 provides non-buffered parking mode if you hardwire the dash cam to your vehicle (optional hardwire kit required).
The camera comes with an adhesive mount and it cannot swivel to record interactions at the driver or passenger windows. The mounting mechanism is not the greatest with some complaints of it disconnecting or breaking.
The Orbit 950 is a medium sized camera at 83 x 51 x 33mm. The hanging rectangular design and the big circle with white lettering around the lens, make it not the most discreet camera. The build quality is good but reliability appears to be average.
The dash cam comes with a 16GB microSD, which is a nice touch. It also has driver assistance features built in. Like most dash cams with this feature, they are more gimmicky than useful.
myGEKOgear appears to be responsive to questions and has adequate support. They also provide firmware updates which is a positive as well.
The most common problem with this camera is that it freezes or shuts down. Ensure you are using a good quality SD card and the provided power supply if you are experiencing these issues.
You can read the Orbit 950 review, with videos, from our member HonestReview here.
Should I Purchase?
The Orbit 950 is an average dual camera but video quality is not as impressive as some other cameras in this price range. This is likely due to the entry level sensors and low bit rate. Other drawbacks include, the use of a battery instead of a capacitor, very poor Android / iOS apps and non-discreet design. There are a few positives but at this price range we suggest considering other dual dash cams.
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.
Firmware Update Instructions
Please follow the Steps below to upgrade your device:
- Power off the dashcam first and then eject the MicroSD Card from the dashcam
- Using a card reader to insert Micro SD Card into your computer
- Drag the folder onto your SD card
- Eject the MicroSD card from the computer
- Insert the MicroSD card into the dash cam and power it on. The screen will remain dark for around 1 minute and it will reboot
- Reformat MicroSD card before using
The latest firmware can be found on the myGEKOgear site.
Published: Nov 7, 2020