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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

 
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Wednesday
Nov022016

Dashcam Review: Viofo A119 - Simple Capable Capacitor Camera

The A119 does everything that many people need a dashcam to do. It records high quality video at resolutions including 1440p30 and 1080p60. It has great low light performance, uses a capacitor rather than a battery (more suited for hot countries) GPS is optional and the camera can be neatly mounted at the top of a windscreen.
Watch the video below to see the review.
    
If you like the look of this camera you may want to consider ordering one from the links below
    
Amazon 
  
 
    
ebay 
  
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Manual, Specifications & Firmware available here 
  
My guide to Dashcam Basics
   
You can download sample clips here - Do not try to stream them, there is no point as the streamed re-encoded videos look awful....these are just for downloading and playing locally on a computer. 
  

Note - links are affiliated. The long term reliability of any items reviewed cannot be assessed. This dashcam has been in use for three months with no problems.

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Reader Comments (101)

Capacitors are good also for the colder countries, where it gets below -20 C during the winters.

November 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

Hi Mat,

Good to see a capacitor dash cam, I liked the review generally but not overly mad on the design and a big deal for me would be the poor microphone (you mentioned you had to increase the volume 400% to play the in car recording, that doesn't sound great to me - excuse the pun). I'm still using my Mobius car cam - as the sound on that car cam is brill.

Great work - as always thanks for listening

Daz

November 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

I have just bought one of these dash cams .They now have black M3 sticky pads and up dated firm ware but an even newer firm ware as just been released.I drive a lot in the sticks on unlit roads and the night time images are really good.I was only thinking today that I was surprised you had not reviewed this camera, should have known it was on the cards.The sound on mine seems to be clearer than yours. Do not know if new firm ware may improve sound.

November 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterL.Fletcher

Matt, Viofo have confirmed on Dashcamtalk that you CAN plug the power cable into the side camera input and still work the GPS.
So you could have mounted the cam higher on your screen. Did you actually try this to check if the GPS does work as they say?
My A119 has very good audio on playback using free VLC software on a Macbook by the way.

November 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavidUK

I have checked and can confirm that the GPS does indeed work with the power connected to either the camera or the GPS mount.
Perhaps it needs making clear in manual that this is the case.

November 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterL.Fletcher

FYI, I noticed that the first US link (for the seller you bought from) doesn't ship to the US.

November 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFrank H

Hi

Can you turn off the speed kmh/mph but keep the GPS switched on. If not do you know if the latest firmware update covers this.
Great reviews Thank you
Marcus

November 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarcus

The firmware info here indicates you can have any combination of the data
http://support.viofo.com/support/solutions/articles/19000019600-viofo-a119-car-dash-camera-firmware

November 12, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan,

Inspired by your video i ordered myself this A119 camera, and not only video quality that I enjoyed, but also the fact that camera can be rotated tells that it is not hard soldered to the main board, as many cameras have, but connected through a cable. I fact i want to repeat the hack that you made with Mobius, and get the camera cable extended, and camera hidden somewhere inside car plastic.

Did you have a chance to look inside how camera is connected, what kind of cable is it, is it soldered to the mainboard, or using connector (again as on Mobius)? I was thinking to order the cable parts in parallel, as i'm waiting for cam to be delivered.

Thanks,
Roman

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRoman

Hi Techmoan. I had problems with my A119 files working with dash cam viewer but installed the latest firmware (version 2) and down loaded the latest version of dash cam viewer(version 2.5.0) and it now works fine. Both up dates were released this week.The dash cam viewer web site says that support for the A119 with V 2 firm as now been added.I can confirm that it now works OK . Dash cam viewer also as some new features added.

November 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterL.Fletcher

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