The VW898 dashboard camera is manufactured by the Chinese company VWTech (Shenzhen XinKeZhan Eletronics). The VW898 is a small, screenless dash cam / action cam similar to the Mobius, Innovv C1 and DIMIKA. The camera records 1080p at 30f/s. The VW898 is based on the Alpha Imaging Technology AIT8427D Processor and the OmniVision OV2710-1E CMOS sensor. Bit rate is approximately 12Mbps. Video quality during the day is good and night is average. Overall performs a bit worse from a video perspective than the Mobius but it is priced $10 cheaper.
The VW898 is also very small at 55 x 35 x 22mm, but it is a bit thicker than the Mobius. It comes in white or black, but for a more discreet installation, black is the color of choice. The camera does not come with GPS or G-sensor.
There are a couple drawbacks with this camera. Like the Innovv cameras, the VW898 uses an 8-pin proprietary USB cable which could be difficult to find if you are looking for a replacement cable or a longer cable. The Innovv cable and the VW898 cables are identical.
The second drawback is that their is no configuration utility available. All settings must be made via a usercfg.txt file and uploaded to the camera. While not too difficult a task, this might be a bit overwhelming for individuals who are not tech savvy. Here is a screenshot of the available options to configure the camera.
We would like to thank our member, USDashCamera, who did a review of the VWTech VW898 in the following video.
Since this camera has just been released, there have not been any reported problems yet.
Watch USDashCamera’s review for both day and night video quality.
Day Video (From Manufacturer)
Should I Purchase?
In these small, screenless dash cams, the Mobius has been the leader for quite some time now. While the VW898 is a solid camera, video quality is not as good as the Mobius. Also the Mobius has a larger support network of users given the thousands that have been sold and also utilizes a standard USB cable.
Overall, the Mobius is a slightly better buy but if you are looking at saving a few dollars, the VW898 could be a consideration.
Where to purchase for lowest price
While the camera costs approximately $60, you will need to purchase a car charger cable, adapter and a mount if you would like to use this as a dash cam. You can purchase at the following sites:
The accessories to use as a dash cam:
|Manufacturer||VWTech (Shenzhen XinKeZhan Eletronics)|
|Processor||Alpha Imaging Technology AIT8427D|
|Max Resolution||1080p 30fps|
|Max Bitrate (Mbps)||12|
|Diagonal Viewing Angle||135°|
|SD Card Type||MicroSD|
|Max Size (Spec)||32GB|
|Max Size (User)||32GB|
|Size (mm)||55 x 35 x 22|
|Mount||Adhesive or Suction|
|Release Date||Nov 2014|
|Advantages||Good video quality|
|Disadvantages||Non-standard USB cable|
Settings updated via a text file
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|Video Night|| |
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|Overall Rating|| |
|Final Word||VW898 is a solid camera but video quality is not as good as Mobius. Mobius is a slightly better buy but if you are looking at saving a few dollars consider the VW898.|
Published: January 1, 2015