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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

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Reader Comments (259)

Any info on the G1W-X?
Seems to be new as of 2015.

September 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPontiaku

Please do review the G1W-X

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandeep Thukral

so, both me and my wife have had one in our front windscreens for over a year now. No problem at all with either of them. Gone through hot summer days and cold winter nights and never failed to give perfect video. I've even sent video evidence to the police force for them to use in court. We NEVER take them out and in my new focus it comes on as I zap the door and stays on for 5 minutes after I leave the car. I even set it up on the kitchen window looking out into the rear of my property when I go on holiday. I have it set for 2min loop recording which is ample. I never fuss with it and in fact I forget it's there. When the memory card is full it simply starts all over again and records over the old stuff. If it ever breaks I will definitely replace it with the same. I wouldn't get the ones from China as I've heard there are a lot of fake copies. Mine came off Amazon in a couple of days. Not 3 weeks from China.

October 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Penno

DashCamTalk has a list of trusted and untrusted sellers on amazon and ebay.
https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/the-g1w-sellers-listing.7619/

October 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPontiaku

Hi I am a pensioner not very good with gadgets I have just bought 2 novatek nt96650 g1w from e-prance and I had to send 1 back as it stopped reading the card after 1 week then I bought a new one the both cameras shuts down
after 2-3 minuets of driving I have tried putting the loop off and on at 5 minuets but still stops recording some times when the screen goes off a small blue light comes on at top left corner for about 1 minuet then goes out again can someone tell me how I can get the camera to record the hole of my journey would be very grateful for some advise please.

regards, from Hugh

October 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHugh

@Hugh
You'd be much better off asking in a forum dedicated to dashcams like dashcamtalk.com for technical support.

October 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPontiaku

The only things I could think of is that maybe you've accidentally turned the Motion Activation feature on - if so, switch it off. Also make 100% sure your memory cards are legitimate not some cheap fake purchased from ebay. Also make sure you formatted the cards in the camera, not in your PC.
99.8% of every problem I've ever heard of with dash cams has been caused by one of these three things.

October 31, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi, to all responses thank you for your info went on to dashcamtalk.com they think it might be low batteries ,Techmoan you do a great job with your reviews keep up the good work i am going to return the newest one as i have had the other one since 21/09/2015 i do not think they will refund me for it I will order the newer version g1w-c and thanks again for the HELP if it wasn't pepole like you i would be stuck
regards from Hugh

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHugh

"i do not think they will refund me"
If you have a soldering iron you can purchase the capacitors and convert it.

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPontiaku

I would like some details on the "converting" with a capacitor! Have you done this? Pics? Would be greatly appreciated!

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRob L

g1w capacitor convert

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPontiaku

Sorry forgot link
http://bfy.tw/2ZaW

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPontiaku

comprei um camera veicular g1w-h através aliexpress,,,,câmera veio conforme anunciado.....com as mesmas configurações do seu vide....tomei a decisão de compra-la depois de assistir o seu vídeo....usei em uma viagem foram mais de 165 videos feitos na estrada de dia, de noite, no por do sol, no nascer do sol,,,,e filmou tudo de forma fantástica.

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterricardo

Hi teckmoan it's Hugh here i contacted you about my G1W switching off after about 3 minutes yourself and Pontiaku contacted me and told me to go on to dashcamtalk.com and they said they think it might be the batterie so i connected the camera to the computer through usb charged it for about 5 hours that seems to have done the trick so thanks again, what would do without people you and Pontiaku BEST WISHES from me

November 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHugh

Hugh, you ARE powering the G1W dashcam from your cars 12v cigarette lighter power supply aren't you? It's not designed to be run off its internal battery except for a couple of minutes.

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKBeee

Hello,

Do you know if its possible to use this dashcam connected to a powerbank ? I would like to record when my car is park and not not want to change anything about the wiring.

Thanks for your help.

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbuythisdashcam

ja tenho mais de 200 videos no you tube feitos com g1w-h em termos de preço e qualidade e a numero 1....obrigado techmoan por ter ajudado na escolha.

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterricardo

Yes I tried this using powerbank from ebay but you need to use a different power lead - USB not the car adapter. But I run my dashcam from one of those 5v plug in supplies to the lighter socket anyway so I can easy swap. However I did find that sometimes the dashcam didn't seem to record all the time, not sure why, there was plenty of juice in the powerbank. I'm not convinced thet this dashcam is 100% when overwriting on a full card. There seem to be lots of folders with just one old 5 minute file in

December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I bought a G1W a month ago and it works fine, except it produces interference on the radio. When it is plugged in to the cigarette lighter I get white noise from the radio. If I unplug the dashcam the radio works fine.

Any suggestions?

January 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBobinFrance

See if the problem persists if you run it from a battery - if it does not, the replace the power supply. I never (ever) use the power supplies that come with cheap devices (I value my car more than that).

January 1, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

To: K1S; Using a comments section or a discussion forum to try to promote a commercial item is considered rude and a very unwelcome practice. If you are trying to build some brand identity this way, the identity being created is very going to be unfavorable.

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNoyopacific

Regarding my query about radio interference and Mat's reply: I bought a battery with USB outlets and it works fine with no radio interference. Thanks Mat!

January 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBobinFrance

Techmoan, I want to thank your excellent reviews of dash-cams in helping me decide which dash-cam best suits my needs.

I've been dithering for months but finally purchased the G1W through one of your eBay links. Wonderful little device, works flawlessly just as you described. Very much a fit-and-forget camera. Video quality is surprisingly good too and the camera I have generally copes with changing light levels rather well. It's not phased by oncoming headlights, setting sun etc Low light performance is equally impressive. Amazing what £30 can buy.

January 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSham69

I like the many reviews you have done over the years and you make me laugh with your anecdotal comments.

That said i need to say you do get some stupid questions in relation to dash cams, it is like people do not think for themselves or stop just for a moment to evaluate what is in front of them as one person asked if the device even needs to be plugged in !.

Your reviews are honest and you are not connected to the product in any review and give a review as it is without the tinsel and hard sell

You are one of my main sources for products simply because your an honest bloke ( for anyone who does not have a northern accent a Bloke is a Man )

Keep up the good work as what you are doing cant be cheap to do as with everything they is a cost....

Cheers
Jeff

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJeff M

The blame game almost always follows any accident, with sometimes both parties claiming innocence. You rarely hear of any driver admitting that the accident resulted from an error on their part. A dash cam can provide real proof of what actually took place and who was at fault. Makes it easier to report irresponsible driving

March 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdash cams

There's a good reason for that. If you read your motor insurance booklet, in the section regarding what to do in the event of an incident, it states that you should never admit liability for the accident. There's a lot of legal stuff behind this - but it is a condition of everyone's policy never to admit blame.

March 11, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi,

my G1W was delivered in February 2014 (52 USD). Bought on ebay from estore009.
In January 2016 I have replaced the battery as camera was working only when plugged in. After that it worked well again.
But not so long...
Camera most probably died now in April 2016. Some days it works, other days not... Turning on/off, display is just white etc.

In November 2015 I bought another one to my other car - G1W-CB (from estore009 again). It works OK so far.
But I hate the fact, that the capacitator can not even keep the time/clock right after few days unplugged. I'm not keeping the camera in the car when I know I won't drive it next day.

April 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTomas

Just bought via your linkG1W dash cam. Having some problems. Looked at your videos. Battery light on bottom right keeps flashing whether on usb cable or car charger cable. Does this mean it's not charging? Second problem: after 3 minutes on the road the screen goes blank and the top left red light seems to flash blue and pink. Cannot see what is on the road after 3 mins as screen is blank. We are going on holiday soon and I wanted to use this while driving so I am disappointed I can't work this camera. Please help me before hubby chucks it out of the window!!!

May 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWinnie S

Dashcams don't really charge...they need a constant supply of electricity to power them. The screen is supposed to go blank so as not to detract you when driving. To see if it is working, try playing back some video it has recorded.

May 4, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

All my G1's are set to have the screen on constantly. It is in the settings of the camera. I do that because mine are hardwired and sometimes they don't come on...

May 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRob L

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