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Tuesday
Oct012013

Mio MiVue 358 Car DVR Dash-Cam Review

This is a review of a car DVR (dash-cam) from Mio, a company whose car sat-nav devices you may be familiar with. I picked up one of their range of diminutive MiVue car cameras, watch the video to see how well it performed.
 
 
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I managed to find my Mio MiVue 358 for sale on ebay for approx £86 ($140 USD).  
 
The camera is small and neat, but I'm not a fan of the suction cup mount, I'm concerned it could draw unwanted attention to a parked vehicle. If I were using this camera myself (something that I'm contemplating) I would need to find a different way to mount it. The video quality is good in all lighting conditions, sound is clear and the operation is simple and intuitive. If you are looking for an easy to use, quality dash-cam then the MiVue 358 should definitely be on your list.
 
Here are some downloadable sample clips (Includes Day, Night, 1080p & 720p).
 
I can imagine that a good proportion of the comments on youtube will relate to the motion-activated parking mode and ultimately it will be down to the individual to decide whether this feature would be useful or useless for them....but with a battery life of under an hour it's definitely got its limitations.
 

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Reader Comments (32)

Hi techmoan,

thanks for all the technical road tests.

You are well respected as a reviewer for your objectivity from this perspective.

Mio MiVue 358 Car DVR Dash-Cam is available in Australia from Navman with their branding*.
It looks like exactly the same model without the benefit of the MiVue Manager software.

Point of difference; MiVue Manager software

Have you found a source for software they use on the 358 that can read any of the GPS data?
The probabilities are they ship with the same chips, but it may not.

I am using OSX and would appreciate feedback via email.

Wishing you well,

CJ.

____________________
*Navman MiVue 358 Car DVR Dash-Cam;
http://www.navman.com.au/digital-drive-recorder/MiVue-Series/MiVue358/overview/

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCocoa Jackson

Hi!

I watched the original videos for the mini 0801 and now the Mio 358.

It seem to me that the videos from the Mio 358 has better colors and sharpness
than the mini 0801?

Or is it just me?

Thanks! :)

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTwoScoops

I agree. I think the video on the Mio is a little bit better overall. It's not a massive improvement though and the video from both cameras is perfectly good enough to do the job.

October 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I wonder which dash cam will take better videos
if I should happen to capture videos of a meteor
streaking over the night sky? :) This Mio 358
or the Mini 0801?

Thanks! :)

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTwoScoops

This is an old model, at least a year old.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor Massfield

Yes it is.

October 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

720P night, please.
Sensor probably uses 2x2 binning (use google) or similar, more pixels to gather light in dark, which equals to better picture in dark.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterASDinternet

If you are concerned about low light night recording, why didn't you choose the 388 or at least 368, they both have WDR. (Wide Dymanic Range) Basically they are same dash cams but with advantage of 388 having a gps, speed warning, etc.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Okay, I can see that if you are one of those inattentive drivers who are prone to driving too quickly that 'speed warnings' might be useful, but what is the 'advantage' of GPS on a camera. It only films where you are, it doesn't take you there.

I know it can show you later where you were filming (sort of, if you have a Windows PC and can be bothered with the software) but I don't know why that is an 'advantage'.

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

GPS is fun if you use http://www.registratorviewer.com/index_en.html
(auto loads all clips, google satellite map shown etc)

The more important thing I was pointing out was the WDR. Wide Dyamic Range makes ALL the difference for outstanding low light night recordings. Do you a youtube search for: Night WDR dashcam
(and check out how clean/bright night recordings are)

If you don't need/want GPS, the 368 has WDR at least. His demo talked about doing a lot of night driving, so the logical thing would be to get a WDR based dashcam.

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Hi Matt,

Another fab and professional review Matt!, Well done! Saying that, I'm not sure I'm totally sold on this camera, other than the motion detection feature, which seems better than many others - I'm still sticking with the Mobius car cam for now, until something better comes along. If you spot a Mobius with GPS and shock sensor, then that's what I'm looking out for, perhaps suggest it, as your suggestions to the manufacturer worked before...

Thanks for listening

Daz

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

I was wondering if you experienced any of this yet?

"Recently the Hong Kong Post announced that all items shipping by air are now subject to x-ray screening for regulated materials.
Also note that items containing the regulated materials are being returned to sellers and not delivered.

These items may include:
Items with lithium batteries such as video cameras, walkie talkies/2-way radios, GPS devices, radio-controlled toys, Bluetooth headsets, smartphones/mobiles, laptop computers, shavers, power drills, tablets and portable DVD players
Liquid beauty products, including fragrances, colognes, lotions, and toner
Items with “eliquids” such as electronic cigarettes and lighters

Hmmmm, serious damper in the camera (with Battery) buying from aboard crowd. I'm sure a "loop" will form and they'll somehow snake around it???

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapt Dave "Jettywolf"

One question about the camera operation while parking.
If someone breaks into your car and steal it (probably with the camera and memory inside), what us the point in recording that someone activity?

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKipod

Hi Techmoan,

In Belgium I bought the Mio MiVue 338 for only €69 (about £58.3 or $93.6) in a supermarket (Carrefour). It's a cheap no nonsense device without bells and whistles like the 358 or 388, but films decent 720p clips at +/- 9120kbps. A flaw of the device is when you initialize it, the language changes into Russian.

Thanks for your excellent reviews.

Greetings.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEddy

Eddy's comment leads me to this question. If you power on this device and set your language to English for instance, does the device remember this setting after you power it off and on again? It would be a huge pain to have to set the menu to English each time you powered on this device in your car.

Overall though, I like the design but no so hot on the price for what you are getting.

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeyte

Leyte. I think Eddy meant that the default language out of the box was Russian. I'm pretty sure his camera is like mine, in that it remembers the language you've chosen after you've set it.

October 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

That is what I hoped for but these days it pays to ask first.

Thanks...

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeyte

Hi all,

Indeed, once you set the preferred setting (language or other options), the Mivue 338 remembers your choice(s) after you power it off and on again. The options you can modify are:

Rec Menu
Resolution 720p/VGA
Time Display On/Off
Microphone On/Off
GSensor Normal/Sensitive/V Sensitive/Off

Sys Setup
Format SD
Language: English / 9 others
Sys Reset
Refresh Rate 50/60
Video Out PAL/NTSC
Set Time

Cam Setup
Resolution 1.3M/VGA
Time Display On/Off


I found a firmware update at http://eu.mio.com/support/Mio338_2013070101_EU_BIN.zip
After applying this firmware I noticed that the device supports 3 additional languages and the menu is English after a reset.

Regards.

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEddy

Hi Techmoan,

Thanks for all the reviews. I have been looking at the reviews of the dash camera's. After watching I think I am going to purchase two. The first one is the Mini 0801. The other one I was looking at is the Mivue 358 but now I see they have a Mivue 368 which has WDR. I was wondering if you have looked at the 368 and what are your thoughts on it.

Again thanks for all the reviews. They have been very helpful.

November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

I haven't tried the 368 - but I was happy with the 358, so if the 368 improves on that (and I don't see why it wouldn't) then I thing it would be a very good choice.

November 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi
I can see why a car dash camera would be useless at catching a vandal or thief that's outside the car. But wouldn't it be better to point a motion sensor activated camera "inside" the car and have that video uploaded via mobile phone to a computer or other mobile device? Or even to just turn the camera around and "hope They don't see it"?

December 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNT

Hi,

Is there any way of getting the "motion-activated parking mode" working all night if the USB is still powered ?
I really need a surveilliance camera on my street to catch dogs pooing in front of my house. And a video Cam for the roads here in Poland too :)

Regards
Michael

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

hello. i found the 0801 dvr with different options (8 GB internal memory , 16 or 32GB card and gps or without) . What would be the difference between using internal memory or an sd card? thank you

January 31, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarc

Hello Techmoan,

Would you recommend the 358 over the GW1, I can get both at a similar price?

March 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Yes I would, the Mio is better put together.

March 15, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks Techmoan, your advice and reviews are much appreciated!

March 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJack

As I just mentioned on the YouTube video;

I bought this camera yesterday from Halfords but unfortunately there is a critical flaw in this product that your review just misses. When the ignition is switched back on during parking mode (i.e. to drive away), the camera does not switch back to loop recording, it remains in parking/motion mode which is really useless :( This means it would then only record the journey whilst moving and would not have the g-sensor/emergency functionality.

The camera should resume loop recording every time the ignition is on but it does not do this.

Will have to return tomorrow, real shame.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSawood Pearce

The review didn't mention that because it didn't happen to me. I suspect the ignition in your car is supplying power in an unusual way. Some cars send a double or triple jolt when starting up which can confuse a lot of cameras.

June 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello
Nice review
Was the power cord long enough to be out of the way in the car?

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Talbot

Hi, Thanks for the review. Halfords currently have this cam for £50 reduced from RRP of £150. They are out of stock but they have offered the ex display for £45. I have decided to buy it and will pick it up tomorrow. The mounting nearly put me off but i have found (and ordered) this mounting option off ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400738862818

I'm hoping to stick this hidden behind the rear view mirror.

I'm a bit disappointed that this does not have GPS though. Do i really need GPS?

Thanks

September 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTommy

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