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Monday
Dec162013

G1W - The cheapest Dash-Cam that’s worth buying.

When I recently tried to find a good cheap dash-cam, quite a few people suggested that I should take a look at the G1W camera, so I picked one up. Delivery from China took a while, but the wait was worth it. This camera is capable of recording good quality video day and night, better than many more expensive cameras, more than adequate for the majority of people and at a price that can’t be beaten.

To put it simply, if you have any intention at all of picking up a dash-cam but up until this point have been put-off by the price, then this is the camera for you. You will need to obtain your own MicroSD card – (Class 6 or 4, but not Class 10)  from a reputable retailer.

The following paragraph is only for people who are thinking about buying this as their first dash-cam and who may not realise what they are getting themselves into…

Do not buy this camera and expect to get superior levels of build quality and customer service. If you choose to have your camera sent from the Chinese ebay supplier I used, it will take some time to arrive (mine took over 3 weeks to the UK).  If you break the mounts you will not get spares. If it arrives DOA your best option might be to bin it, as the alternative would be to send it back to China. I have no idea how reliable this camera will prove to be over time – but like all electronic devices, it will not work forever. Dash-cams have to work for hours on end, often in extreme temperatures, the kind of thing that puts a strain on even the best made cameras. I have no connection with the manufacturer or retailers. I bought mine off ebay.

Now that’s said, if you do want to buy what I think is the best performing dash-cam currently available for £32/$55 – this is it and you can get one from one of the links below.

DOWNLOADABLE SAMPLES HERE

BUYING LINKS - NEW 2014 VERSION (Click a country)

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Reader Comments (259)

I picked up one of these recently for my father, from the "official" ebay link. It's a nice bit of kit, although the build is slightly on the cheap side, unsurprising given the price though. I have used 8GB Kingston Class 10 card and in my burn-in tests (several hours recording) it worked fine, despite reports that anything faster than Class 6 might be dodgy. The video quality is a little grainier than my DR32, but low light performance is much better. It's nowhere near as good as the Mobius though.

The main annoyance is the mounting, a tripod adapter would be useful. The mount that is supplied could be converted by removing the T-bracket piece off the suction cup mount and gluing a bolt into the inside (epoxy resin should work, with the inside scored/dremeled out a bit so that it will hold). I just need to get a 1/4" 20 TPI bolt!

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGareth

I have purchased this from amazon and it came with a 16gb class 4 card, I have noticed that if I put the sd card in my laptop for playback, it plays in quicktime which is juddery, so does vlc player, but if I right click on the file and open with windows media player it plays perfect why is this?


I get a little dashboard reflection on the screen but seems to work well, is it best on full hd or do you all use another setting? what about other settings whats best?

lee

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlee

1) Better to copy files to your computer before playing them (rather than doing it off the card)
2) Install the K-lite codec pack http://www.free-codecs.com/k_lite_codec_pack_download.htm

March 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Link needs updating - [url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/HD1080P-2014y-G1W-Car-Dash-Camera-DVR-Novatek-NT96650-AR0330-Lens-320mah-Battery-/310891426086?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item486292b126[/url]

New features for 2014

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterByron

Thanks for the heads-up. I've updated the links now.

March 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just bought this £35 from eBay. The estore company staff were a bit rude called "Vicky", I asked them when will they be in stock 2 times but they wanted me to buy the new one 2014 updated battery one or the new lens 2014 one for £45 so any way they words were rude.
So I ended up buying the 2014 battery camera. They still sell 3.
Looking forward to receiving the camera as people try once every week to hit my car :(
Now need to buy micro SD card but confused which one. What's the difference between class 4. 6. & 10??

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersarah

G1W only lasted three weeks, bought from estore, 30 quid for 3 weeks isn't what I can call great value.
Oh well it was probably too good to be true with such good footage for such a low price.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I bought the G1W, which is BETTER than the tested model. My version is dated 2014 and without any doubt the sound is good, requiring no boost should I wish to replay it. As stated in the original test, the clip-on bracket is not strong and on one occasion going around a corner it slipped off its bracket (the square peg into a slot component).
I now leave the camera permanently in the car and even feel lost if it is not recording my journey.
One quirk not mentioned; if I turn off my engine and turn it on again before the camera has closed down, it can get out of sequence and turn off when I turn on the ignition.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Greenwood

The one tested is the G1W, so if you bought the same model, it can't be better than the one tested. Do you mean you bought the G1WH, which is the year 2014 version?

March 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHolden Magroine

Hello all!

Anyone knows how to deactivate the IR LED. It turns on everytime I switch the cam on, and there is no option in the menus referred to that function. Also, the manual does not refer to it!
While the photo of the cam in the package shows one with no IR LED, I think thie manual was written for an old model... as the firmware was!

Any help will be appreciated. Regards!

March 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJorge

We'll mine turned up finally and was well worth the wait ,for the money unbelievable pic quality day and night...so that's 2 car cams and the air ram and the hand held... Stop reviewing cooool stuf I am skint lol

March 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigsyd

eBay Dealer estore009 does not deliver to Germany anymore :( Any other trustworthy sellers?

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterthdjf21

The cam is real bargain! awesome for the money. Does anyone knows how to record with stopping? mine stops every 3 minutes and stars again another video.

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkostas

I watched my footage back today the date was on screen but no time how do I change that??

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee

This videocamera works good, except one thing: the power adapter which comes with makes a lot of electronic noise which unfortunately prevents my car radio from working normally.

March 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaramba

hi I just got mine today and Im so excited to open it but when I yurn it on and try to catch a video the video in the view screen is inverted I have to turn the cam inverted to the get the right position of the video and yet in my view screen the object is still inverted howcan I correctthis thanks (jojo)

April 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjojo

How do you guys increase the volume? When I do playback it shows me that I have 2 sound bars left.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAntecxp

Is there a way to save files ? I have mine on the 1080hd setting and generally my trips can be a few hours each way

So most of the day I imagine is re recorded over by the time I get home , if I want to save something or lick it how do I ?

What happens if have a accident and the unit doesn't get switched off I suppose that data dissapears too

Only issue I have with mine is occasionally it freezes on the switch on screen of the merc, I have to unplug or fiddle round to get it to turn on

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Hi Matt!

I just wanted to say thank you for your reviews. This particular one prompted me to get a G1W via a link to estore009 also provided in your review and it worked out beautifully. Cam is rock stable for the 4 months I've been using it, makes great quality day and night videos and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Your reviewing efforts are highly appreciated!

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSergey

Help please! !
I'm using mine and it records in 3,4 and 5 minutes times not more. How do I change the settings please . Also the screen is very plasticky and I hope it lasts but when I touch it, it goes in.
I bought mine from eBay eestore.
£36/ $58. Most of my journey are small but still I'd like it to record fully than in all this bits it's doing :(
Not 100% happy.
The Mount looks strong guys too .

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterhelp me please

Can anyone tell me what the symptoms of an unsuitable MicroSD card might be? I recently purchased a G1W and inserted a 16GB MicroSD card that I had lying around the house. Can't see a brand or a Class number on it.

Everything was fine for the first day, but now my recordings freeze after a minute of 2 of recording. The audio keeps going but the picture just freezes and the whole unit then locks up, none of the buttons work, and I can't turn it off. I have to use the little reset button.

Do you think this sounds like an unsuitable card could be the culprit? I'm happy to buy a card if it's going to make the unit usable, but if this sounds like something more serious, I'd rather not spend the money.

And the seller (estore009) recommends a Kingston Class 10 card. If I was buying a card, I wouldn't know whether to go with the sellers recommendation or avoid the Class10 as Techmoan suggests.

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjesus4c

Jesus4c^^

This page seems unhelpful. Iv asked a question no reply. Seems it's related to eestore .
I'm using the Kingston class 10 32gb and it works fine. The thing with me is it records only as 2,3,4, or 5 minutes only not ongoing :(

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterhelp me please

All dash-cams record in segments....thats how they are able to loop the video on the card...deleting and replacing recorded segments.
http://www.techmoan.com/guide-to-dashcams/

April 18, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Class 4 and above cards are suitable for this camera. I'd recommend a Samsung 32gb Class 6 card. http://amzn.to/1lfI0uA

April 18, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I bought a G1WH from okletsgoo on the bay and am happy with the quality of the image. Thanks for the review of the older model Techmoan.

My only gripe is that the sucker is pants and have had to result in lashing something else up as cleaning both the glass and sucker has made little to no difference. It can hold the camera for a few mins or a couple of hours and then fails and then sets the alarm off! Now looking for an alternative holder which is a real shame.

I will try and contact the seller, however do not expect much support despite them stating that they are in the UK and their standard response to complaints on the bay. Maybe its just a distribution office in the UK once goods are received in the UK from China?

I currently have a 4gig TDK class 4 card and this works fine in mine.

I would recommend this camera and am not disappointed with the results. It records in MOV format at 1920 x 1080 with 30 FPS. The audio is quiet but that does not cause me any concerns.

G

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterG

Hi again. I notice that the quality of the video i recorded yesterday is much worst than the video sample that you took techmoan. I recorded at the best analysis. Also, it records only 30 seconds each time and again 30 sec and so on. That is inconvienient. any ideas?
thanks.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkostas

@kostas

The G1W is made in numerous factories to varying specification. There are at least 6 different mainboards used in it's manufacture. Whether a buyer gets a camera with similar performance to that reviewed by Techmoan is a matter of chance. You may have bought one that uses an inferior processor, i.e. not the Novatek NT96650.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@russ331 . i see. I didn't know that. the version means anything? in this video it has 2013.1017 and i have 2013.1018.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkostas

@kostas

For feedback from people with a lot of experience of G1W ownership, I suggest that you post about your issue at...

http://forum.dashcamtalk.com/forums/gxw.39/

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@russ331 . Thanks a lot.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkostas

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