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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.


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The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for's some.


VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 


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Vico WF-1 WiFi Car Dashcam with Smartphone App Control

I usually prefer car cameras without a screen because they are easier to hide and are less enticing to car thieves. Even when I test a camera that has an LCD screen, I'll end up installing it behind the rear-view mirror where the screen can't be seen anyway. One problem with the screen-less cameras though, is how to configure the settings, or play back footage when you are away from a computer (as you usually are when in your car). The Vico WF-1 avoids these limitations by connecting via Wi-Fi to it's own custom smartphone application.

The camera has a few other unusual features, but you'll need to watch the video to find out about these.


If you want to buy one of these cameras - the current prices are approx £200 GBP or $280 USD. The links below have been recommended by the Manufacturer (who also kindly supplied my review sample).




CLICK HERE - for the downloadable samples. 

UPDATE: As soon as I uploaded the review someone posted in the comments to tell me that there is a new firmware for this camera that promises improved nighttime recording, and the ability to switch the LED off. I'll update my camera and report back with my findings.

13 November NEW VIDEO - Demonstrating the new firmware and the improved low light performance. 

UPDATE 14 February 2014.

Vicovation have been in touch to advise they have added a new feature where a smartphone connected WF-1 can automatically upload clips to a free cloud service called Pushcam when the emergency button is pressed. I haven't tested this..but if you can figure out how it works, you may find this useful.  


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Reader Comments (35)

It seems the manufacturers have already responded to your review - the website offers a firmware upgrade - V1.47 offers "Night Enhance Mode" "Voice volume: Mute adjustable" and ".LED Silent Mode" - See what power and influence you have! :)

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

Good video. I think so with Martyn. you have a power to manufacture.
Do you have a video with a new firmware v1.47?

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRonnie

Give me a chance I only installed the firmware at 11pm last night, I slept since, and right now I'm on a train on the way to work. It will take about a week for me to have new footage to show using this firmware.

October 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

great review mat. great car DVR if the lil problems are fixed with the firmware update. its the way a car dvr should be. but it cost way to much money for me. maybe they should think about creating a simple model without wifi to cut the cost. once the camera is set up theirs no need to touch it. in to that one day you really need to down load a video from it. ive had the mobius in my car for a few months now and i dont need to touch it. it just sits there doing its job. it doesnt need me playing around with it. it just works..

great job from developer reviewer.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohngr

I agree with johngr , nice camera, nice features but £200???! Yiikes!

One thing I would like for my couple of hundred quid is a fitting that does not use up the power socket in the car. I like to change a phone or use portable sat nav and there ends up a cable nightmare (behind the gear lever on my car) if you use one of those adapter plugs. I know hacking about behind the dashboard is going to be a pain but there has to be a way of adding a simple plug to a switched power line that can be used? I would want the voltage moderated by the plug not the cable - then could use a simple USB(?) connection.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Shame about the funny shape and the disco lights.

Nearly just what I want, but for that price I need a less silly shape, black 3m tape and not to have to cover up the lights.

Thanks for the review as this was on my list of cameras to buy.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Newton

Also I dont know why they dont make these things oblong. I want a discrete camera, yet they do all they can to make it less discrete with voices coming from it and lights flashing.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Newton

The UK ebay seller you have a link to was selling this from their own website for £175

Strangely it has gone up to £190 since this video has posted, but still cheaper than their ebay website.

Maybe they will mysteriously lower the price again.....

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim

I'm using the WF1 one as of 2 days ago myself. (so far so good)
This was another brilliant review but.........
I'm disappointed that you didn't upgrade the firmware to 1.47 though before doing the review. I'm always in the habit of checking for updates before using a new electronic product. Like Techmoan said 9m20s with the text overlay during the video 1.47 improves WDR processing a bit. As already noted on the blog, The bright flashing LED can be muted via settings option. (option added in new firmware)

-When mine records it only has a dim glow. (no more blinking during recording)
-I've also muted all voices so it's quite when I turn my car on/off. (another new option in the firmware)
-LDWS is lame and I leave it off too
-I haven't tried the HDMI port yet either.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

The new firmware was only released 16 October - after I'd shot all my clips that I used in this video (you can see the time-stamp on them).

October 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I forget to add,
I posted a tip on how to be connected to the WF1 via WiFi and still use LTE/4G/3G data at the same time.

There is more feed back in the Vicovation section as well.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@Techmoan, oh yeah I didn't realize you started filming pre-Oct 16. I always appreciate the amount of editing/prep time you put into each review! Well done.

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

will it work without connecting to phone?
Mean - if setup is done, just when power on, start recording without connecting to phone.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervallojoe

yea that the idea. the phone is just used to change the settings. its not needed to make the recordings.if the setting was as you like them from manafactur you could take it straght out of the box to the car and start recording.. with connecting the phone at all..

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohngr

I have been watching your reviews with interest and it seems you do a good job :)

Sadly I cannot find a review for the product I want (maybe it isn't made?) What I would like is an in car camera system that I can leave in the car permanently and forget about (so not in my windscreen, maybe 3-4 bumper mounted cameras) That automatically starts recording when the ignition is turned on and that records to a card or drive that can easily be recovered and would be intact in the event of an accident.

Surely I can't be the only one with such demands, maybe with your knowledge of such things you could recommend a product?

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Hillman

@ david hillman, i was thinking about the same thing. i have came across this i dont think techmoan will review something like this because of all the installation. but if your up for it matt? :) i would be intrested to see it or any home cctv..

I chose not to because it will take a lot of installation time. I wasn't sure what the video quality was like and by the time you get 4 cameras it will cost over £200.

you could get 4 mobius cameras for that with known great quality also has redundancy (if 1 fails at least the other 3 will work)

I finally got 2 mobius 1 in the front screen and 1 in the rear. even just that took me a few hours to hard install. and also got a review parking camera fitted to the boot door( waiting for a monitor to test it out) they are seem to be well hidden.

you can get extension cables for the mobius lens maybe you could diy for the bumpers etc..

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohngr

HI Matt, great review yet again, love the sound of your voice, very relaxing and extremely informative, you should be on the TV as a professional presenter.

As far as a car cam, it seems quite good, but the expensive price and the lack of GPS would put me off. I think the wifi with the phone is purely novelty factory, other than emailing from the cam to phone I cant really see the point. Otherwise though the cam did produce good results and seems well designed.

Fab work, thanks again.


October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Hi Techmoan,

Off topic, but I am wondering: Have you thought of reviewing a cheap anti-car/motorcycle-theft GPS tracker from ebay?

I'm a great fan of your work, and started looking into these things. I am holding my fingers crossed until you reply... ;-)



October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGerrelt

Great review,also just done the up grade,one question, why when I put the card in my windows pc and i see the files as MOV windows media player will not play them !!

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwayne

Install the k-lite codec pack..or use QuickTime.

November 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have just purchased this camera from bebutton, however there is a problem, the bluetooth will not pair, I have 3 smart phones in my house, 2 iPhones and one Android HTC 1 and none of them are pairing, any suggestions before I return it?



February 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGarry

@Gary The WF1 is connected via wifi not Bluetooth. There is no Bluetooth pairing involved. If you're having trouble connecting android via wifi ensure your unit has the latest Android operating system. Also make sure your WF1 has the latest firmware applied.

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

@jazjon sorry, my mistake,i meant wifi, Ive checked the firmware of both my HTC one and the WF1 and they are up to date, I'm at a total loss as what to do!

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGarry

@Garrry Please read and then post your exact make model country of your android phone in the following thread.
(and exact behavior)

February 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

Thanks for the great reviews! They sound balanced and I love your laid back way of presenting your findings. I just ordered the WF-1 for my car and expect to receive it this week. The WF-1 seems almost exactly what I am looking for: small and stylish, not too many extras like GPS (don't really need that) and it records in mp4. The only thing I could do without is the wide angle lens (makes everyting looks smaller and further away like you said) but good quality cameras without that (like Finevu CR 500HD) are much more expensive than the WF-1.

Thanks again!

July 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErik, Amsterdam

Erik, You'll definitely be happy with the WF1. It's an unusual camera, but has all the features most people need - and like you, I have no need for GPS in my dashcams.

July 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just a quick update. Using the WF-1 now for about 3 weeks and really satisfied with it. Good footage, day and night. I made two changes to the camera, first I replaced the grey sticky adhesive by a black one (attracting much less attention) and second I mounted a 36 mm polarising filter (CPL from Magfilter) to get rid of the reflections during bright sunlight. Both alterations work really well. The specific dimensions of the camera make it fit very nicely behind the rear view mirror.

Only little thing is that after I changed the password the WIFI-connection was not very stable any more. No idea why. So I returned to the factory settings. The app works for the rest very reliable and easy.

Can really recommend this camera.

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErik, Amsterdam

To all those people who say there should be a cheaper one with without Wi-Fi...
How will you control it given there's no screen and just one button???

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M

very professional review. Thank you.

November 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

My hopes were dashed when I found out the emergency button only recorded a couple of minutes. If you go on You tube you can watch the endless videos of police brutality to car drivers and motorcyclists here in the USA. Now they are shooting people more often than usual including a 17 year old girl in a police station by 3 cops.
I always thought that if I found myself being attacked by civilians or cops, the footage would be gone if they noticed the camera and destroyed it. It would be great to have footage sent straight to The Cloud or some other way and prevent villains from tampering with the best evidence. Also it would cost a huge amount of cash but if the emergency mode could be activated when involved in a devastating crash, the camera would not have to be found in order to know what happened,maybe. If the time was lengthened I'd be a buyer of at least two.

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJD

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