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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.

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*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

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