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Nov232013

Vico TF2+ Dash-Cam Night Mode is really something to see.

The TF2+ is the second of two cameras sent to me by Vico, the other was their WF-1. This model is a more traditional design of dashcam and despite being the cheaper of the two models, its video performance is amongst the best of any camera I've tested. When night comes this camera really stands out from the crowd with the best low-light video I've seen in a dash-cam.

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Reader Comments (55)

Would make an excellent little pocket camera, If it had a battery I'd order one.

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJac

The link to the downloads is not working for me.....just get 3 dots blinking all the time.

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelvyn

Might be a Google Chrome problem.......just tried to download them on my phone and it worked but won't download on my PC

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelvyn

The link brings me to a blank screen that just says "Dump truck" at the top. Nothing else happens.

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterReg

Hola Matt, thanks for your videos, I just wanted to say taht I do like this new into / outro, keep up the good work. :) Cheers from Costa Rica!

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterandrey

I'm having a different problem with dumptruck: I can DL whatever file I choose the first time but then it keeps downloading that same file, no matter which one I choose later on, so I have to close dumptruck and re-enter the site to DL another file. Firefox user.

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfrisk2k

great review again matt. i like the new intro, i think you should keep it.

this has great night time footage, i like the mirror image you can use it as a reverse camera and have a screen in the front of the car (been better if it was composit than hdmi for this use) i like the extra wide angle.

i would prefer shorter time clips. the case is way to big and i wouldent like to leave it in the car as i do with my mobius camera now.
i dont under stand the quick relase cradle isnt the standard mounting quick releas anyway. more than i would pay for a car dvr camera.my max would be about £60

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohngr

The night shot is wonderful, and would like to have battery so I can use it as normal Cam as well.

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Nice review and excellent night time footage! Very wide angle view even in standard mode. Battery would've been nice so it would be usable even out of the car. Something like Nokia battery is easy to replace even if it wears out.

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

Why does everyone look for bizarre reasons not to have something? If this had a battery chances are it would not be as slim and sit behind the mirror as well.

This looks to be 'the best' car camera currently and is not even that expensive - although undoubtedly there will be something better and cheaper in a few months! I might just get one of these for the wife. But I know she'll have a moan about the cables! (But there is no simple answer to that.)

Nice review Techmoan,

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

There is a reason for those who want to have a battery, simply to use it as a normal video camera (take advantage of good HDR movie.). I am sure the manufacturer is listening, and it proved that they are listening and improving quality (night) . The way to survive and a chance for consumer to change old to new machine. :D

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I think what you folk really want is this sensor in a Mobius or SVC200 type rather than a battery in something with this form factor.

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

You have a good idea. I have a dream. The manufacturer may produce it in the future too, even better to have a 2 inches monitor, full menu control, super-wide, wide-angle select on Mobius. A little flash will be handy as well. Price must be under $250-. I am looking forward to it..
:))

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

It's cheaper to buy it with the US link. £120 including a 16gb card.

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvilution

Great looking videos. The links work fine as always.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

This looks a real step up from my current cam which is pretty useless at night. In fact I might consider using one looking out thru the house window as a security cam watching my car when parked at night.

Matt: Can you tell us what type the AV socket is? Using the AV out would simply swap into my existing setup. Otherwise its changing my wiring to HDMI which would be a pain.

Thanks.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBiddy

It didn't come with an AV lead, so this isn't something I've tried. I intend to look at this, but I've got so much on at the moment, it's likely to take me a while to get around to.

November 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

OK thanks Matt, no probs. I'm guessing it's 3.5mm 'stereo' so I'll probably proceed on that basis and hope theres no damage if I'm wrong.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBiddy

From Belgium. I think this Vico TF2+ is the best quality you have ever shown in your clips. I like it very much, but have a question on how to hide the power cable in a car. If you park somewhere, you have to take the camera out and the cable. This is not a very convenient thing to do. Are there some "nice" solutions to this?

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRene

Security is a problem and I can only imagine that the manufacturers don't have the same issues in Taiwan. I leave the power lead in my car hanging routed around the windscreen/windshield and hanging from the headlining near the rear view mirror.

November 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

(Please don't tell me this link doesn't work - because it does).

Download clips do not work for me, just 3 dots flashing then a plain white screen

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrozd

It seems the downloadable video for night, town is actually the night, lane one.

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Devijver

Drodz: Perhaps a codec issue? Try VLC or Media player classic - both free - if you're on Windows.

Steven Dev: There was a glitch for me too. I d/ld 'night' then tried 'town' and it was the same file. Solved by closing and restarting browser.

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBiddy

I really hate to be the one that breaks the bad news, but the link doesn't work. At least not for me. Left it on and "downloading" for 12 hours and it is still downloading. I truly enjoy your videos but you have a problem with this one.

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTJ McCormick

The Dumptruck site won't work with some browsers and settings. All I can do is to suggest trying a different browser because I have no control over how the Dumptruck site operates. You'll see that it works fine for a lot of people (including myself on Safari). Chrome usually seems to do the job as well.

November 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Chrome, Safari and Opera work for me [Vista]. But Internet Explorer just seemed to sit there.

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBiddy

For anyone (like myself) who is interested in buying one of these, if you go off the beaten path to look for one of these cameras, be cautious of lower prices. There is a TF2 and a TF2+ version, it's the latter TF2+ version that you want (slightly more expensive).

Look for mention of 160 degree angle and WDR which is the thing that gives the night shots their amazing detail.

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

The dumptruck site ask for a password?

This public link requires a password for access.

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCees

Hi Matt, have you looked at Vimeo? The quality of the video seems to be far better than youtube although I haven't looked into it at all.

November 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvilution

I've heard the same, but unfortunately Vimeo wouldn't give me the ad revenue I need to be able to continue doing this.

November 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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