Vico-WF1

Vico-WF1
Vico WF1

The Vico-WF1 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 10,000kpbs.  This camera comes with a G-sensor but does not come with GPS.  The camera has a unique form factor.  Some people love it, saying it looks like a rain sensor that blends in with the rear view mirror, others dislike it claiming it is too large.

While video quality is quite good, owners have indicated it does not perform as well as the Vico-TF2+ particularly at night (UPDATE:  Firmware 1.51 has improved night quality, nearly as good as the TF2+).  Also the operating temperature range is lower for the Vico-WF1 (0°C ~ 65°C for the WF1 vs 0°C ~ 75°C for the TF2+).  Like the TF2+, the WF1 does not have GPS.

On the positive side, the WF1 is more discrete than the TF2+ and the camera has WiFi capability and voice prompts (hence no screen).  Note that the WiFi capability allows  you to stream live video to aim the camera or transfer recorded videos to your smartphone while the active recording is off.  You cannot watch / stream video as it is being recorded.

This camera apparently is using an Ambarella A5 processor and Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor.  One feature that this camera has is a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).  Unfortunately this system does not work that well and is pretty much a gimmick.

Known problems

This camera has just recently been released are there have not been many problems reported yet.

Mounting the Camera

Thanks to JazJon for these pictures

Vico WF1 Mounted 1
Vico WF1 Mounted 2
Vico WF1 Mounted 3
Vico WF1 Mounted 4
Vico WF1 Mounted 5
Vico WF1 Mounted 6

Sample Videos

Day Video

Night Video

Should I Purchase?

This camera has very good video quality but night quality could be better especially when compared to the Vico-TF2+  (UPDATE:  Firmware 1.51 has improved night quality, nearly as good as the TF2+).  Vicovation cameras have been reliable in the past but we don’t have much information on how this one will perform.

Overall this is good dash camera but the inability to stream live video while recording, lack of GPS and high price are drawbacks.  On the positive side, VicoVation appears to be responsive to customers.  The Vico-TF2+ is a better value for the money if you don’t mind the size.  See our complete comparison on the dash cam comparison page.

Firmware

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Latest Firmware

The latest firmware version can be found on the VicoVation site.

Specifications

Detailed Specifications

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Camera Type Single Channel
Form Factor Hanging - Square
Country Taiwan
Processor Ambarella A5
CMOS Front Aptina AR0330
CMOS Rear N/A
Channels 1
Screen No
GPS No
G-Sensor Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Parking Mode No
Lock Files Auto or Button
Max Resolution Front 1920×1080p
Front Frames Per Second 30
Max Bitrate Front (Mbps) 10
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 160°
Diagonal Viewing Angle Rear N/A
SD Card Type MicroSD
Max Size (Spec) 32GB
Max Size (User) 32GB
Size Front (mm) 101 x 67 x 34
Size Rear (mm) N/A
Mount Adhesive and Suction
Power Supply 5V
Operating Temp 0°C to 75°C
Battery 360mAh
Error Notification Audio
Apps Android, iOS
Cloud Connectivity No
Release Date Jun 2013
Unique Features PushCam App
Lane Departure Warning System
Advantages PushCam
Disadvantages Inability to stream live video while recording
Expensive
Final Word No live streaming, no GPS and high price. Latest firmware improves video quality.

Published:  November 22, 2013

Vico-WF1 - DashCamTalk
Vico WF1

The Vico-WF1 has no live streaming, no GPS and high price. Latest firmware improves video quality.

Product SKU: Vico-WF1

Product Brand: VicoVation

Product Currency: USD

Product Price: 270

Price Valid Until: 2023-01-01

Product In-Stock: SoldOut

Editor's Rating:
6.3