The video quality of a dashcam is (partly) determined by the resolution and frames per second it records in. Most dashcams record from FullHD (1080p) up to 4K (3840p) with 30 or 60 frames per second. Most dashcams give you the option to set a lower resolution to save data on the SD card.
- Video quality
- FullHD (1080p) 30fps
The quality of videos during the night or in low light conditions. It is determined mostly by the image sensor being used, like Sony Starvis. Some dashcams also have infrared LEDs fitted, but they are mostly used for interior cameras on taxi dashcams.
- Night vision
Wifi gives you the option to view and download videos trough your smartphone or tablet without having to remove the SD card or dashcam from your car. A wifi dashcam will broadcast a wifi signal with which you can connect within a range of about 5 to 10 meters.
A dashcam with GPS receiver records the current speed and location. The speed will usually been shown in every video and the location and driven route can be viewed on the App or the PC software of the specific brand.
Regular dashcams are fitted on the windshield using either a suction or an adhesive mount. Suction mounts are usually easier to remove but less durable, whereas adhesive mounts are more sturdy and durable but harder to remove. Mirror dashcams will be fitted on the existing rear view mirror.
- Mount type
- Suction + Adhesive
An LCD screen gives you the option to see live and recorded videos on the dashcam and to access the menu more easily. A downside is that dashcams with and LCD screen are usually a little bigger and less discrete.
- LCD screen
Tells if the dashcam is fitted with a touch screen LCD or if it's operated using normal buttons.
- Touch screen
A dashcam in Motion detection parking mode is on stand-by during parking and starts a short recording once a visual motion or impact is detected. Motion detection parking mode is therefore ideal to protect your car in a quiet environment like a garage.
- Parking mode (Motion detection)
A dashcam in Time lapse parking mode is recording continuously in (usually) 1 or 2 frames per second. This type of recording is more data and energy efficient and is therefore more suited for busy environments like a street.
- Parking mode (Time lapse)
The parking mode on a dashcam can be either: 1. Turned on automatically after turning off the car's ignition. 2. Turned on automatically after the car has been stationary for a few minutes. 3: Turned on manually after parking. In all cases you will need a hardwire cable or power bank to power the dashcam when the car's ignition is off.
- Parking mode activation
This type of Cloud dashcam can be connected to an existing wifi hotspot or network in the car. Connection with the Cloud gives you the option to see live and recorded videos remotely or to receive event notifications during parking mode. It is therefore ideal to protect your car when you're not around. Connection with the Cloud requires a SIM card with active internet connection.
- Cloud trough Wifi hotspot
This type of Cloud dashcam allows you to insert the SIM card directly into the dashcam. A wifi network or hotspot is therefore not required.
- Cloud trough Sim card
'Advanced Driver Assistant System'. This system can alert the driver in dangerous situations like approaching a car in high speed or when leaving the lane unnoticed. Please note that ADAS can function differently in every country and is never 100% accurate. It should therefore not be trusted upon too much while driving.
An HDMI or AV output allows you to clone the dashcam's image directly onto a TV or other monitor like a built-in LCD screen in the car.
- HDMI/AV out
A CPL filter works like Polaroid sunglasses to the dashcam's lens. It can prevent harmful or annoying reflections in the videos. Note that the CPL filter can better be removed during the night as it can block visible light.
- CPL filter option
An inherent part and therefore default function on every dashcam. Loop recording is a feature on every dashcam which makes sure that the dashcam can keep recording even when the SD card is full. A dashcam with Loop recording stores the video files on the SD card in shorter fragments, usually 3 or 5 minutes. When the SD card is full, the dashcam automatically deletes the oldest file so there is space for a new file. This way you're sure that the latest trips are always stored on the SD card.
- Loop recording
The G-sensor is also an inherent (and crucial) part of every dashcam. A G-sensor is a sensor in the dashcam that registers vibrations. In case you have an accident, the G-sensor will notice and the dashcam will save the current recording as 'emergency file' that cannot be erased. The sensitivity of the G-sensor can usually be adjusted in the dashcam's menu.
Standard on every dashcam, the microphone allows sound to be recorded in the videos. Most dashcams allow you to turn off the microphone.
Most dashcams have a speaker. It's there to give warning messages or simply to play the audio of recorded videos. The start-up sound of a dashcam is also a good reminder it's still up and running.
The maximum capacity of SD cards it's able to handle or the fitted eMMC memory. Some dashcams are able to read SD cards up to 512gb, but most have a maximum of 256gb or 128gb. Always use a familiar brand and preferably new SD card in your dashcam as a slow, old or broken SD card can damage or disrupt the camera.
- Memory capacity
The medium on which the videos are stored. Most dashcams use ordinary Micro SD cards but some have built-in eMMC memory.
- Memory type
- Micro SD
The type of connector used to power the dashcam. Can be useful when you want to change to another dashcam model while keeping the same wires.
- Mini USB
Tells what voltage can be used to power the dashcam. Most dashcams are suited for 12V and 24V vehicles.
- Power supply
The type and capacity of the battery or capacitor in the camera. Some dashcams have small Li-ion batteries, others use a capacitor. A capacitor tends to be more durable but has the downside that it doesn't store any energy. A dashcam with capacitor will therefore not function without being connected to a power source, although this practically also counts for Li-ion powered dashcams as these batteries are usually very small.
- Super capacitor
Tells how many cameras the dashcam is fitted with. Ordinary 1CH (1 Channel) dashcams only record the front of the car while 2CH dashcams come with a rear camera. 3CH dashcams usually have an extra interior camera and 4CH dashcams can record all around the car (or usually truck).
The viewing angle of the front lens. Dashcams usually have a slightly rounded 'wide view' or 'fish eye' lens to record a bigger area around the car. As this rounding of the lens also distorts the image a little, most manufactures stay within a 130˚ to 170˚ range.
- Front lens angle
Viewing angle of the rear lens(es). Rear lenses usually tend to have a smaller angle of view while interior cameras usually have a bigger one.
- Rear lens angle
The image sensor in a dashcam is the biggest determinant of the video quality. Sony has a dominant position in this market and their sensors are regularly used in dashcams.
- Image sensor
- Sony IMX323
The processor or chip translates the recorded images into digitally storable video files. Together with the image sensor it's a big determinant of the quality of the videos.
- 2 years
- Hard Copy (english)
- What's included?
- Viofo WR1
Mount with sticker
Dual USB adapter
USB cable (3.3m)
USB cable (0.5m)