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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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CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

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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.

 

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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
    
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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)

Hello Techmoan...

I am thinking of moving to a different dash-cam. I currently run a LS430W by DOD which is hardwired. I am hoping to get the VIOFO A119 as my LS430W is running in to issues where it randomly stops recording until I have turned the car off, and back on again - which I realize is simply power cycling the dash-cam - but it's hard to do on the highway let alone in town traffic.

My question to you is: Is it worth replacing the LS430W with the A119 regardless of the issues I have with the DOD unit. In your opinion, is the A119 a better unit or not?

Thanks in advance if you have a moment to share your opinion with me.

Andrew. - Canada.

March 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Hi. I guess you get a lot of questions. I was wondering if you can help. I do like your reviews. I am after a dash cam under £50 or around that price. I wonder if you can recommend one for me. Twin cam front and back would be very useful but in that price I don't think there is one. It has to be compact and hidden with good day and night videos and can record when the car is parked and I am not there. Also what is important is the decide should start when the car is on the move. I will have a power pack for the device. Don't need screen on it as it makes the device big. wifi or not is not that important. I do like DDPai M6+ but bit pricey for me. Any other device around £50 but has the same features as DDPai M6+ would be very good.

March 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFahid

Recently I've purchased by recommendations - VIOFO A119. It is good car dashboard camera with GPS and CPL filter. It records wide view angle (170 degrees) and has high HD quality. The shipment was fast and packed well. You can find below in the link full description and real recorded video to see the quality.

Here is the seller which I've purchased from:
http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/bImEqFi

Enjoy this great DVR Product!

March 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLoui

Ok...

So I don't know if TechMoan is actively responding here since I have heard nothing on my last post. I have since gone ahead and purchased the VIOFO A119 and I am super happy with it. I based my purchase largely of off the review done here. Thank you TechMoan for your detailed review. However, what I am really, really annoyed with is that I cannot find a playback software that will play back the video at it;s highest resolution including the GPS, G Sensor, and Map data like "Dashcam Viewer" (DV) does. DV unfortunately only displays up to 1080P and the resolution capability of the VIOFO A119 is higher than that. So I can see the map info in DV but not play the video. I can play the video in standard Windows Media Player but then I lack the GPS data, Map functionality, etc....

Is there a player that will work with the VIOFO A119 at full resolution including the Map and G-Force data etc....? And for those that will recommend to run your camera at a lower resolution I say this: Why would I lower the resolution when one of the primary reasons to buying this camera was its resolution capabilities? It defeats the purpose. And I would say, why does VIOFO not make a player that can display all the information its camera captures?

It's annoying, frustrating, with plenty of unreasonable compromises to the resolution capability of the camera.

If there is something out there I don't know about, please...please let me know....
Dashcam Viewer and Registrator Viewer both do not work for the VIOFO A119 at full resolution.

Andrew, in Canada.

Side note - I am super happy with the video quality of this unit. I did have to put some felt tape in the mounting slot to stop the camera from shaking, which you hear in the audio also - if you have that turned on - but once that was resolved I absolutely love this camera.

March 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Unfortunately I don't know about playback software. You are probably aware that the programmer of Registrator Viewer was killed in a motorcycle accident, so that's why development stopped. You could email the programmer of Dashcam Viewer to see if he has an update planned. I don't use any playback software other than standard video players like QuickTime or VLC so I haven't noticed this issue.

March 31, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I am looking at updating my old Mini 0801 dash cam which has served me reasonably well over 3 years despite having had to re solder a number of batteries after they died each year. Now seen this review with a capacitor as opposed to a battery makes a big difference and this review looks very good. I have used Registrator Viewer for the last few years which is excellent for viewing and zooming in on footage. Andrew from Canada has posted above that this unit does not work at maximum resolution on Registrator Viewer..if it is lowered to 1080p does anyone know if the footage is then playable/zoomable on Registrator Viewer please. (Dashcam Viewer does not work for me on Windows 7 as the footage is very jerky in playback)..Thanks...

April 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Paul,
I can test this to see if it works. Give me some time to get back to you on this.
Unfortunately I have not heard back from TechMoan on this post at all - not sure if he's monitoring this or not.

April 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

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I've replied to comments earlier but I'm not sure they are showing up - I'm wondering if there is a fault.
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April 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks Andrew for your offer to test out my earlier query and Techmoan YES am able to read your update to your earlier post today.. Regards...Paul..

April 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Thanks that's great news...I do spend a lot of time answering the hundreds of questions I get each week...but recently I haven't been hearing back from anyone I responded to, so I thought perhaps something was broken. I wouldn't be surprised as this is a very old version of Squarespace.

April 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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