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Then, slowly work our way down to number ten – taking time to compare prices, features, and reviews.
Hey, Andrew here. With so many options for dash cameras, which one should you buy? We’re going to compare five popular cameras recommended by the community for their value and performance. To skip to my conclusions click the link above or in the descriptions below. There’s also a link to an extensive written review that you could follow along to this video. Kicking things off are the G1W-C A118-C and Mobius cameras which are popular for their price and video quality. These cameras deliver clear video and are affordably priced between $45 to $80. Two years ago the quality on similarly priced cameras was terrible. At night it looks even worse You can really see the differences in quality with these three cameras. Let’s start with the G1W-C. It looks cheap but it uses decent materials. The body uses a nice matte plastic with a brushed metal face.
It has led lights but they aren’t particularly useful Around the camera there’s a microSD slot a 2.7″ LCD and mini HDMI out. On the front is an F/lens with a 120 degree field of view Unfortunately the mounting area is overly flexible as it only held by small clips. This causes noticeable vibrations in the recorded video, even on smooth roads. Looking at other videos on YouTube this is typical of the G1W. There are four G1W versions all with the same video hardware. We’re using the “-C” which has a capacitor, more on that later. Next is the A118-C. This camera is designed to blend in with your vehicle keeping your camera hidden from thieves. Compared to the G1W it has great build quality The A118 feels sturdy due to the thicker plastic used. When adjusting the camera angle it locks quite solidly. The lens itself has an unknown aperture and construction.
Facing the driver is a inch LCD screen. The USB, AV Out and optional GPS ports are on top. It also takes micro SD. Next we have the Mobius this is this is the smallest dash camera we are reviewing today with supposedly better video quality than the G1W or A118-C. On the top these metallic arrows are heat sinks to keep the electronics cool. On the back, a mini USB for power and a microSD card for storage. The lens on a review unit has an 86 degree field of view but you can buy a wider angle model. If you notice there is no LCD screen which saves space but also requires a computer for setup. Our review unit is the third Mobius version with better electronics. Click the link below to find out more information on lenses and hardware. The last two cameras are the Mini 0806 and MG380G At $120 we can expect better video quality and features. The mini 0806 is the fourth generation of Mini cameras.
It has a stylish tubular design similar to Blackvue cameras. The 0806 is surprisingly well constructed for the number of ventilation holes cut into the camera. On the bottom you’ll find the micro USB port and the and the first SD card slot. On the top is the second microSD card slot and the mini HDMI out. On the side is the power button. The lens has a wider 135 degree field of view with unknown construction. Lastly this large cameras here is the MG380G. Inside a Sony Exmor sensor and Zoran processor is supposed to produce amazing quality videos. The lenses is especially noticeable because of the size and how much it juts out. While the design looks cheap it’s more solid than the G1W especially in the mounting area. Inside you’ll also find the GPS antenna. Looking around we have the different inputs, inch touchscreen LCD and a full-size sd-card slot. Installing all five cameras was simple and required no tools. The G1W & MG380G uses a suction mount which slides into the camera slot. After, similar to a GPS you place the suction cup against the windshield and secure it against the car using a lever.
One problem is that the G1W’s ball joint has less freedom of movement compared to the MG380G as a consequence the G1W was unable to cover the front of my vehicle. Depending on the slope of your windshield this could be a big problem. Looking at the Mobius, it’s really no different except it uses a cradle to hold the camera. The mount is then screwed into the tripod thread. The A118 and Mini 0806 use a clear adhesive tape to attach the camera to the windshield. It’s as easy as you imagine except it’s harder to remove and reuse. The mini 0806 mount has a USB port on both sides of the mount which allows you to install the camera in either orientation depending on your preferences.
The A118 also has a wire hider. This piece of plastic sticks above your camera and holds and hides your wiring out of view. After installing the camera, the power adapter is inserted into your car’s electrical socket. You then run the wire to your camera, and you’re done. Let’s talk about setting up your camera. After installation most cameras are ready to rock, however, you may wish to adjust options like the time and date. In every camera except the Mobius, you can change the settings with ease. The G1W, A118, and 8006 use buttons to access and navigate through the menu. The options are very similar in all three cameras and are easy to understand.
Most settings are self explanatory although you may want to look at your manual or Google the description. Next, the MG380G was especially pleasant to use because of the touch screen and thoughtfully designed menu. Good decision, because you’ll get no help from the menu. It was terrible The Mobius in comparison has to be the hardest camera setup. It’s the only camera which cannot be used after installation.
By default it’s setup as an action camera. You’ll want to enable loop recording at the minimum. To change any settings you have to plug the Mobius into a computer, download and run the MSetup program. Once your laptop recognizes the camera you can change the settings. Luckily the program is well designed and easy to use. All options have a tooltip which clearly describes what it does. It can automatically detect it update the camera’s firmware and synchronize the time and date with the computer’s clock.
The Mobius has two video shooting setting separated by the colors yellow and blue. This is correlated with the colors on the camera. It starts in yellow mode and can load the alternate blue settings by pressing the mode button. During setup I didn’t know that without an SD-card inserted, it becomes a web camera and you can’t change the settings. Quite frustrating. There was also no quick guides or instructions included. They ask you to download a lengthy pdf manual but I quickly gave up reading it. Instead I read briefly what to do off the internet. Overall I did not enjoy my experience with the Mobius. So. Daily use. We looked at how easy each camera was to use. Luckily after setup they were all great, albeit with some minor concerns. The basic operation is hands-free. Dash cameras automatically start recording when they receive power and automatically save, turn off, when power is lost. As well, while turning on all cameras except the Mobius can chime or beep. Good feature as many drivers want to know they’re being protected. One issue with these budget cameras is the lack of an audible warning when they fail to record, from a corrupted SD-card for example.
There is a LCD notification but there’s a good chance you’ll miss it Better cameras such as the Blackvue DR-550 will have a voice prompt letting you know that it’s recording and if it encounters any failures. Another popular feature is the file protection button. This saves video from being over overwritten and often moves it to a different folder for quick retrieval. Let’s face it we all have those enraging moments you want to look at later. In every camera but the Mobius the buttons are raised and easy to identify by touch. On the Mobius the buttons are recessed and non-tactile, making it difficult to use while driving. Finally let’s talk about lithium-ion batteries and capacitors. Both store electricity to run the cameras. Lithium-ion batteries are cheaper and allow you to use your camera outside your vehicle.
They also have a tendency to fail under high heat and ruin your camera. Capacitors are more expensive and store little energy, just enough to shut down your camera. They are, far more reliable under hot weather. We recommend capacitors for most drivers. Let’s take a look at video quality. We tested all cameras side-by-side in both real-world and lab tests where we filmed an ISO resolution chart under identical day and night light values. You can get screenshots of these tests using the link below.
Going to the G1W, A118 and Mobius. We expected similar video quality because they use the same processor and CMOS sensor. But there were some differences. Starting off with generalities the day video is great, sharp, and clear. Even under rapidly changing lighting conditions they all quickly change the exposure. Looking closely the A118-C was the worst of the three with considerably more graininess which reduces details. The G1W and Mobius were very similar excecpt the G1W was shaky because of the camera’s poor construction. This is even more apparent at night because of the slower shutter speed. This can be remedied with tape but it shouldn’t be required. If you look at the Mobius it definitely has the best video quality at night. Everything is better defined, look at the brickwork and business signage, and in part this is due to better video processing and a higher bitrate. The A118C is again the worst, but relatively it’s not too bad. Moving onto our lab tests, under daylight the three cameras are similar. For night tests there is a dramatic drop in quality. The G1W does slightly better than the A118-C due to noise.
For the Mobius we had to double the light as it could not resolve video under the lighting used for the other cameras. Could be a problem while driving in dark environments but with headlights you should be fine. Moving on to the mini 0806 and MG380G. Starting with the MG380G this camera was a clear disappointment. Under all conditions it performs worse than every other camera. There’s significantly more grain and noise. It’s clearly an inferior choice. Lastly, the mini 0806. While it has the best video – the manufacturer is falsely making claims on resolution. They claim their cameras work at 1296P. While the lab tests showed a significant increase in quality both during the day and the night. However in the real world it looks terrible. At night it was blurry. During the day it wasn’t much better and clearly worse than our budget cameras.
Only when we lowered the quality to 1080p only then did the differences in quality start to show. At night the camera can resolve more details, especially in the darker parts of the video. Looking objectively, while the 0806 had better video it wasn’t a significant jump in quality for the money. I also had to manually decrease exposure because it was too bright at night. Overall I’m not very impressed and not a fan of false marking claims. Finally Let’s talk about tradeoffs when you purchase a budget camera. For dash cameras you can have either two of a good price performance, or reliability.
The five cameras reviewed have excellent price and performance. Reliability suffers. For example high heat can warp the plastic sensor mounts causing your camera to go blurry. You can have greater peace of mind if you buy from a local or national retailer. If you purchase overseas to save money you’ll have to ship back any products at your own expense. The winner of today’s competition is the A118-C. While other cameras are cheaper the A118-C offers a great mix of video performance, features ,and simplicity. It’s stealthy design blends in with your vehicle, deterring thieves. The video quality is great for the price. You can actually see license plates at night compared to the cameras from before. While the video quality was worse than G1W and Mobius the A118-C has vibration free video and easy setup. The A118-C is a camera that I can gift to any driver and know that they’ll be satisfied and protected. Make sure you get the “-C”, capacitor version of this camera for increased reliability. The G1W is the cheaper and more fragile version of the A118-C, and it shows. The video quality is better than the A118C but suffers from jumpy video caused by a weakened mounting area.
As well the camera mount has a smaller ball joint which limits range of motion. You may not have the coverage you need depending on your windshield. I would only purchase the G1W if I absolutely had to save money or if didn’t want anything taped to my windshield. The Mobius would be the winner it didn’t have an extraordinarily difficult setup. While it’s very small and captures amazing video, better than the G1W or A118-C. Unfortunately the setup and user interface is not intuitive and I feel brings more difficulties than benefits to the average user. It’s flush buttons also make it difficult to lock passages for future viewing. While this camera has great developer and community support it’s not a good choice for most drivers.
However if you’re comfortable with the technical challenges I think it’s a good buy. There’s a lot to like with the 0806. It has dual SD slots for extended recording, a compact shape, great packaging and accessories. Unfortunately the video quality isn’t significantly better for the price and continued reliability problems are worrying. The version we tested didn’t have GPS logging but you can pick it up for another $10. I personally would not buy the 0806, but if you really like this camera, I would buy it from a local or national dealer just to take care of any issues which may pop up. The MG380G has been a disappointment, while the overall experience in using the camera has been great the video quality was lacking. It has the worst video quality of all five cameras today. Daytime and night-time, the results were simply awful. Originally I was going to review the branded MateGo camera but after further research the recently-released Ausdom A261 and Dome D201 may be better cameras for the price.
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- DISCREET DESIGN: Signature low-profile design allows the V1 to be a well-hidden witness to the road ahead.
- FULL HD RECORDING: Sony Exmor IMX323 image sensor captures beautiful Full HD 1080p video @ 30fps. WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE allows the camera to perform optimally in any lighting situation by adjusting the exposure to create balanced images and footage.
- 170 DEGREE ULTRA WIDE ANGLE LENS: The 7-layer glass lens opens up to capture a sweeping view of its surroundings.
- LOOP RECORDING: Recorded video is split into 3, 5, or 10 minute segments. When memory card full, new recordings will automatically overwrite the oldest segments. Supports high-endurance micro SD memory cards up to 128GB in memory size.
- ACCIDENT AUTO-DETECTION (G-SENSOR): When the built-in gravity sensor detects a collision, the current video is locked, ensuring important footage is kept protected. Locked video will be kept safe from being overwritten.
- Full HD Video Quality: Records bright images in 1080p at 30 frames per second using a 170° wide-angle lens with an f/2.0 aperture, to deliver full HD images across three lanes
- Super Clear Night Vision:3 inch clear screen helps revealing details and LCD can automatically switch off after setting to save energy.WDR system can automatically adjust exposure to capture clear scene.The camera sensor sees this infrared light reflected on the scenery, which allows it to construct a visible image for us to see, even in total darkness
- LOOP RECORDING: This function aims to free your worry about getting your SD card full. You can set 1 min/3 min/5 min as the length of each video. When "loop recording" is activated, newest videos will automatically overwrite oldest videos.
- Advanced Technical Functions- The dashboard camera will lock the current video so that it will not be overwritten once the cam detects shock, hit or movement around the car. This function aims to save emergent files for you to handle tricky or controversial issues.
- Easy to Install: Suction cup mount installed on the windshield and connected to the cigarette lighter, the car camera will record automatically. 3.0" LCD screen for instant playback and menu selection.
- Suction Cup Type Mount for Rexing V1, V1P, V1N
- Note: Rexing V1L and V1LG are not compatible with this mount.
- Unobtrusive Compact Build: Barely visible from the outside, the dash cam sits discreetly behind the rearview mirror without obstructing the driver's view or maneuvers
- High Quality Camera Lens: 6-layer glass lens records at 1080P 30fps for high definition videos of your drives; 160 degrees wide angle lens captures what's in front as well as on the sides
- Versatile Dual Port Car Charger: Included car charger with 2 x USB ports allows you to keep the car video recorder powered while conveniently recharging your smartphone on the go
- WDR for Low Light Capture: Wide dynamic range automatically adjusts the exposure of the dashboard camera's lens for finely balanced, clearer images / footage even in low light conditions
- Feature-Packed Dash Cam: Loop recording enables you to document entire drives and road trips; car DVR wakes up and starts recording automatically as soon as the vehicle's ignition is on
- CRYSTAL-CLEAR RECORDINGS: Advanced Sony Exmor sensor, wide-angle lense, and Nighthawk Vision technology capture 4 lanes of traffic in Full HD 1080P - even at night.
- INSTANT VIDEO ACCESS: Use the ROAV app to download, manage, and view DashCam's recordings directly on your mobile devices. The Roav App is compatible with Android 5.0 and up and iOS 9.0 and up.
- MOTION-ACTIVATED: Gravity sensor activates the camera if your car is bumped or moved to automatically record hit-and-runs. Notes: A Class 10, 32GB micro SD / TF card is required(NOT INCLUDED) as lower-class cards may damage the product. A 64GB or 128GB card should be formatted in the dashcam before using. Regularly formatting the card is recommended.
- EXTREME TEMPERATURE RESISTANCE: When plugged in: Operates in 19℉-149℉. Using battery power (for the parking monitor): Operates in 32℉-149℉ -just stick it in your car and forget it.[Upgraded]: Increased high temperature protection measures for the battery. Improved 3M base buckle to make the bracket firmer and keep DashCam from falling off.
- WHAT YOU GET: Roav Dash Cam C1, Anker Dual-Port Car Charger, Micro USB cable, Trim Removal Tool, User Manual, Happy Card, our 12-month product replacement warranty and friendly customer service. Note: 1. The lithium battery may expand when exposed to high temperatures for a prolonged period of time. This is normal behavior and there is no safety risk.
- Discreet Design. The camera mounts to the windshield, staying concealed from outside the car.
- The APP supports both IOS & Android systems, allowing users to view, configure, and download HD video through WiFi in real time.
- Pruveeo is a professional dash cam manufacturer. Established in 2000, it employs over 300 people. It provides OEM and ODM services for numerous famous brands around the world.
- This item has sold more than 30,000 units on Amazon and comes with one-year free warranty service.
- Worry-Free Warranty: Pruveeo has total confidence in our products and backs them with a 12-month replacement warranty. Our Official Site: bit.ly/2qNbtEn
- Buy one dash cam, buy one dash cam mirror mount. MUST HAVE for dash cam!
- New 7 different joints kit suitable for most car dash cam on the market, include Rexing V1, Z Edge,Falcon F170, Old Shark, YI, Amebay, KDLINKS X1, VANTRUE and other hot selling dash cam.
- Mount your dash cam behind car rearview mirror, provides better drivers' view. Real 360 degree rotation design, adjust to any angle you want.
- Exclusive 9.70mm ultra-slim design SnakeMount, suitable for most car rear view mirror.100 percent sturdy dash cam mirror mounting solution.
- Heat-resistant. Never fall off the windshield. Never.
- Broad, Detailed Video: 1080P Full-HD Video with a super-wide angle lens captures the whole road in crystal-clear definition.
- Superior Night Vision: Advanced NightHawk technology, world class F1.9 Glass lenses, and a unique Wide Dynamic Range video system provide the ideal nighttime capture
- Easy Video Management: Connect built-in Wi-Fi and open the Roav DashCam app to seamlessly view, configure, download, or share incredible HD video. Records While You're Away: Gravity Sensor detects sudden movements, such as a car bumping into your car, and automatically turns on to record activity, even when your car is off.
- What You Get: Roav DashCam A1, 1-Port Car Charger, Suction Mount, Micro USB cable, Trim Removal Tool, User Manual, Happy Card, our 12-month product replacement warranty and friendly customer service.
- Note: A Class 10, 32GB micro SD / TF card (not included) is required as lower-class cards may damage the product. We strongly recommend formatting the SD / TF card inside the dashcam for the first use. Regularly formatting the card is also recommended.
- ULTRA-HD RECORDING: Capture video up to a resolution of 2160p @ 24fps. WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE allows the camera to perform optimally in any lighting situation by adjusting the exposure to create a balanced image.
- WIFI CONNECT: View, save, and share dash cam recordings wirelessly on your mobile device using the dash cam's WiFi function.
- DISCREET DESIGN: Signature low-profile design allows the V1 to be a well-hidden witness to the road ahead. 170 DEGREE ULTRA WIDE ANGLE LENS opens up to capture a sweeping view of its surroundings.
- LOOP RECORDING: Video can be recorded in 1, 2, or 3 minute intervals. When the storage limit is reached on the memory card, new recordings will automatically overwrite oldest recordings. Supports high-endurance micro SD memory cards up to 128GB in memory size.
- ACCIDENT AUTO-DETECTION (G-SENSOR): When the G-sensor detects a collision, the current video is locked, ensuring important footage is kept protected.
- PREMIUM DASH CAM w/ 2560x1080 / 2306x1296P SUPER HD - The highest resolution currently available on any dash camera. Everything is recorded in crisp, 2304x1296P resolution allowing you to see the most detail.
- WDR (WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE) / HDR Technology - WDR technology allows for the best night video. WDR is able to show a fully balanced exposure, with the ability to compensate light and dark spots of the frame in one shot.
- 3x MOUNTS FOR MULTIPLE VEHICLE - 2 Sticky Mounts + 1 Suction Cup PLUG & PLAY - Once a microSD card is inserted, all you need to do is plug the camera in to the cigarette lighter outlet and it will start recording automatically.
- GPS Enabled - Follow your video alongside a Google Maps screen showing you exactly where you were! EXTRA WIDE ANGLE LENS - The dash camera is equipped with a 170 degree extra wide angle lens that allows you to capture absolutely everything that you see in front of your vehicle.
- FREE 16GB microSD - CONTINUOUS LOOP RECORDING - The HD PRO will start recording automatically and will fill up the microSD card until full. Then it will automatically delete the oldest file and replace it with the new. Allowing for fully automatic and continuous playback!
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* Last updated on 2018-06-22 at 00:23.