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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 (271)

I'm always amazed how many people recognise the roads in the reviews....especially since I'm not driving over Tower Bridge.

February 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The seller estore009 has now put a $1.99 postage fee onto listing

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterByron

Hi,

Thank you for your reviews. Just out of interest why would this be recommended over the Mobius which is around a tenner more?

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShak

@Shak

You will be happy with G1W or Mobius. If choosing G1W just be careful where you buy it, or you risk getting one with an inferior processor, hence inferior video quality. Don't expect much from the G1W in terms of firmware upgrades or manufacturer support ... you're pretty much on your own, though the dashcamtalk forum will offer advice if you need it.

Mobius comes with a benefits package of ongoing manufacturer support. There have been numerous firmware upgrades so far, & it's now entered phase 2 of 3 phases of firmware development.

Your cash, your choice.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

I agree with russ331....It is a risk to buy it for the cheapest price on internet. I read all the comment above. Some people who report difficulties. You can buy it by Joovuu in your own country. Maybe a little bit more expensive but safer and faster! They won't sell a fake cam.
Or try foxoffer.com, also reliable.
But indeed, its your cash and you have a choice!

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrene

Thanks guys - I'm using the links from this website to buy so I assume they are legit (they're certainly not the cheapest which is probably a good sign). but 40 quid for the mobius sounds vs 30 for the G1W sounds like a no brainer to me. Mobius it is.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShak

Someone knows the weight (in grams) please?

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErdee

The box with accessories and the cam total 400 grams, the cam only 75 grams!

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRene

Shak, I got G1W's for my wife & daughter and a Mobius for me. We are very happy with both.
My comparison: The Mobius is more versatile, has more mounting options, is smaller, lighter and easier to hide. The G1W is simpler to use as a dedicated, plug-&-play dash camera, it has a monitor so is easier to aim and you can review a video without removing the card or connecting the camera to a monitor. The quality of the video is very good from either camera.

I like giving them as gifts because here in the USA, few people have one. If someone likes to tinker, they get a Mobius, if not, they get a G1W. The initial reaction is almost always: "why would I want one of these?" After learning what they are useful for, people really like them. (Our daughters friends have started asking where they can get them.) I suspect that in a year or two, car insurance companies may be offering incentives for their customers to install dash-cameras.

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternoyopacific

noyopacific,

Thank you very much for your thoughts. To be honest I had already decided on the Mobius (and 3m cable, and 8" camera cable and wide camera module.... you get the idea!), but I'm also looking for a friend who I think might suit the G1W more.

Thanks again!

Shak

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShak

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