The Vico-TF2+ Premium is a Taiwanese camera manufactured by VicoVation. The camera has very good picture quality during the day and good picture quality at night. It records 1080p at 30f/s with an average bit rate of approximately 9,000kbps (NOTE: Recent firmware has increased this to 13,000kbps). This camera comes with a G-sensor but does not come with GPS. The camera has a rectangular design, similar to many Taiwanese cameras and the form factor is not the most discreet. The large size allows for a 2.4″ screen and wide operating (0°C ~ 75°C) and storage (-20°C ~ 85°C) temperatures.
One of the unique features of this camera is Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) coupled with Vico-Schedule. WDR typically improves low light or night recording quality but day quality often suffers. To minimize the effect on day quality, vico-schedule adjusts the WDR level and EV value settings for day and night depending on time. (NOTE: Vico-schedule has been disabled on the latest firmware). We will probably see this feature on more cameras in the future, perhaps even taking into consideration your location and expected sunrise and sunset to make the adjustments.
This camera apparently is using an Ambarella A5S30 processor and Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor.
We would like to thank our member Milamber, who created the first review on this product. You can read his original thread in our forum.
Firmware Impacts Night Video
Some users have complained that firmware v6.6 has made the video worse than previous firmwares. See this video comparing v6.2 with v6.6
VicoVation has provided v6.2 firmware (also known as V5.1i) to allow users to downgrade.
Mounting the Camera
The Vico-TF2+ Premium comes with an adhesive bracket and a suction cup bracket, in addition to a quick mounting mechanism.
Comparison of the Vico-TF2+ and BlackVue DR500GW-HD
Should I Purchase?
This camera has excellent video quality, definitely one of the top in the market right now. Vicovation cameras have been reliable in the past but we don’t have much information on how this one will perform. This manufacturer appears to be responsive to customers as well. The main drawbacks are the large size, form factor and lack of GPS. The price point is not outrageous but this is not one of the cheapest cameras either. If video quality is your main priority and you don’t mind the size, this is a top pick.
Where to purchase for lowest price
This camera sells for approximately $200.
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
You can download the firmware update instructions here.
The English User Manual can be downloaded here.
|Lock Files||Auto and Button|
|Max Resolution||1080p 30fps|
|Max Bitrate (Mbps)||13|
|Diagonal Viewing Angle||160°|
|SD Card Type||SD|
|Max Size (Spec)||32GB|
|Max Size (User)||32GB|
|Size (mm)||101 x 67 x 34|
|Mount||Adhesive and Suction|
|Operating Temp||0˚C to 75˚C|
|Release Date||Mar 2013|
|Disadvantages||Size and form factor|
No parking mode
|Size / Discreetness|
|Final Word||Video quality is impressive and overall solid camera. No GPS and size are biggest drawbacks.|
Published: May 17, 2013
Last Updated: Jan 28, 2013