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Monday
Jun302014

Dual HD Dashcam is almost half as good as two cameras

In my G1W review in December 2013, I mentioned that I'd like to revisit Dual Lens Dashcams in 2014. It's taken me over six months to source a camera that claimed to have better specs than the previous dual cameras I reviewed two years ago when I looked at both a wired and all-in-one unit. The subject of this new video is another wired rear camera setup and whilst this camera itself doesn't impress me, I do appreciate the desire to have a rear-facing camera. 

I predict that some hasty commenter will suggest that I take a look at the Vico Marcus 5 Dual HD camera...however, a closer look at the Vicovation website reveals a 'Coming Soon' notice. Hopefully I'll get a chance to review that model when it does come out because it will be interesting to see how a proper dashcam manufacturer overcomes the technological challenges in squeezing two full HD streams onto one SD card. 

However that's (possibly) the subject of a future video - right here and now, this is all you get, and it's not pretty.

 

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Reader Comments (22)

Hi Mat, a great review, strange they aren't combining the video images on one record, I suppose one advantage is the files can be edited in a package, where as if they were both stored as one image, then it's not so easy.

I am on the look out for a good reversing camera / dash cam though - again not seen one thats any good yet.

Keep up the fab work!

Thanks
Daz

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Good review Techmoan, I have 2 of the previous dual camera dvr's (the gold one mentioned in this review) and they have been great. I think some of the internals have been used in this camera as the on screen date and time is identical to mine and the way it names the files is the same too. I still keep searching in the hope that a really good 1080p dual camera under £50 will come on the market that can also be fitted very covertly. I would like it if the front camera was like the back and had the actual lense on a wire (a bit like you did with 801 but longer) and the actual recording unit fitted elsewhere like in the glovebox. I never need to look at the screen whilst driving so don't want it on show for thieving fingers!

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMattD

Bit slow with the rear camera idea there :-) I've been using mobius in the front and a black SJ4000 in the rear for a while, and a mate uses a mobius front and rear.

I think if you used CAT6E to connect the rear camera to the device and fitted an internal SSD, as a buffer to an SD Card you could overcome the two 1080p limitations you mention - now just need someone in China to build it! :)

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

I just have two cameras in my car. The Ambarella VF960 from my wreck has moved to the back and soon the Mini 0803 in the front.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Chris, is everything back to normal with you now following the smash?

July 1, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

For reference, here's the wreck (accident at 1:13):

http://youtu.be/s5R5fgdJgkA

Everything was settled and I upgraded my car. People over here (the U.S.) are amazed at the quality and usefulness of the cameras. I'm pretty sure I've sent several people to this site and FoxOffer. Such a small financial investment can save you much time and frustration dealing with the police, insurance companies, and less-than-ethical drivers.

I'm anxious to get the 0803 delivered and installed.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

No wonder you had an accident - you're all driving on the wrong side of the road!

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

I've also noticed that tailgaters back off when they see the rear cam.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I've also noticed that tailgaters back off when they see the rear cam.

July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hey Matt,
What happened to the Toyota IQ that you decided to return to smart and get a Roadster Coupe?
You know my site, contact me if you'd like complimentary access to everything (it's subscription based for some of it).
Any questions or problem, just contact me and I'll do my best to help.
Kane.

July 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEvilution

Kane,

The roadster is a second car. Still got the IQ as well, that's the main one, the Roadster is just for fun. I already subscribed to your site, I'm happy to pay my way, you should get paid for all the work you put in to it.

July 2, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks again for the good review. I have now got the 2 camera set up but mount 1 on the headrest post to show me driving so if needed i can prove i was not phoning /texting/ distracted before an accident.The Innovv C1 is my main camera but i have 3 others to rotate around & expiriment with mountings.Also here in Sydney i like the idea of the cameras being in the shade & not in direct sun/heat/uv exposure.The Innovv shows around 100% view across the front .

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdanny

Thank you Techmoan for reviewing a dual dash cam. Ill keep a look out for future reviews in hope for a better one comes out soon. If not ill probably get 2 mini 0803.
Keep up the good work.
Ray

July 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRay

This dual camera use allwinner A10 solution, the front lens can support 720P, much better than previous allwinner F20 version.
I think the better dual lens camera should be the ambarella A7 version, which can support dual 1080P.

July 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbill

Hey Techmoan. The Vicovation Marcus 5 is now out. Can you please do a review ? I am positive that any dealer will provide you with a sample, for a test.

July 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTommy

Hi Techmoan,
I love your reviews.
I am just looking for 2 cam dashboard set as I need to replace my cheap single one with no night and crappy frame ratio video.
As I like models which you reviewed (with gps logger all in one and separate camera on the cable- gold one) I started to look on ebay, if there would be something, which would do both things- having separate camera on the cable to have good video from the back, AND GPS logger- so I found this:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/290925935828?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
It is still falling into reasonable pricing area, but the question is is it really worth of it (ie video quality, etc), so the question is have you got some plans to review something like that?
I suppose that this one may have some internal electronics same or similar like all in one you've reviewed before (with the secondary camera looking inside the car)
Thanks for your attention!
Mike

September 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Does anyone make a dual cam unit that will allow me to put the forward facing cam in the grill and the rear one on the tag bracket, so the control unit would then be able to mount on the dash (not on the windshield).

These reviews are great.
Thanks,

September 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Anderson

Hi,
It would be great if you could review the vicovation marcus 5 dual cam as it may be as good as the single cam that you tested.
Whereas the Pittasoft dual cam I purchased was rubbish and I returned it being of poor quality. The night vision was pathetic and
the files were not recording correctly and were jerky. There tech support responded that the card was the fault and needed
formatting. The problems were persistent even after I formatted the card.
I also found it difficult to read car number plates as well.
Please reply,
Kind regards

October 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C

John, I reviewed the Marcus 5 dual cam last week.

October 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat,

You mention during your video of the Mini 0803 dash cam that you have a blog that shows how to remove the sticky adhesive from the windscreen of the car.
Could you email me the Video or send me the blog that actually shows this.

Many thanks,
John.

November 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C

Hello, Mat: Thanks for the very thorough review(s). I have a DrivePro 200 for the front and want rear view also. Dilemma's whether to go for a new dual-channel or just get a second for the rear. I'm content with the DrivePro and don't want to spend large on a dual (you're not impressed with the one this review's about and the one you like - Marcus5 - is too expensive). I haven't discoved any dual-channel models at a reasonable price (sub-£100) that I can be confident of. Transcend, for example, provide good support and release regular firmware updates. Many of the cheaper ones available may have potential - but there may be no website/firmware updates for the frequent glitches...

Therefore, can you kindly suggest a reasonably-priced camera for the rear *with a display I can use at the front*, so I can view the rear when driving (and maybe use to reverse). Obviously, another like the DrivePro's no good - screen and camera being attached.

[Vehicle's an MPV - Citroen Xsara Picasso]

Thanks so much for any suggestion(s) - and happy New Year!

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarcus

Hi Techmoan,

thanks for your reviews, Dual Lens Dashcams sounds really good, your contents are professional, do you know this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0723F5CKN/ ? If yes, could you give me some information about this?

Thanks in advance.
Aya

July 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAya

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