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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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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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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)

I have just upgraded my 119S to the latest firmware version 1.7 can" see any improvement, dose anybody know what the improvement should be?

August 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDaublediamond

Viofo stated the version V1.7:
1. Optimized the daytime and night time IQ
2. Improved WDR performance.
3. Support auto fixing hot pixel

August 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly Now

I just read a June 26, 2017 press release that was issued by Micron Technology.
They are discontinuing the Lexar retail removable media storage business.
The company will only provide support to existing customers through this transition period.
I'll return the unopened package of the Lexar High Performance 64GB 633X I just bought this afternoon
I guess I'll have to look for a new memory card.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
I guess Transcend is the next best bet for dash cams.

August 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly Now

I've decided after researching what micro sd card to use in my A119S V2 7G F1.6 lens and Sony IMX291 sensor.
The Kingston Model #SDA10/32GBCR is my choice.

August 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly Now

Please ignore my previous post regarding the Kingston card.
I was given the wrong info..

August 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly Now

Techmoan is in the UK, I’m in Canada and the product is in China. I’m 7,200 miles from Shenzen China and I thought the info below might be useful to a Canadian who reads and supports Techmoan. The selection of the seller on eBay.ca is very important to me I contacted a number of sellers and selected 2013tranhowe123. Kristina, on the order desk, responded promptly in a forthright manner and I could tell she had excellent knowledge of the Viofo A119S. I was also impressed with the shipper. The same tracking number is used during the shipping process for 2 countries and that makes things easier. The A119S was shipped by the seller Wed. Aug. 16th and arrived 8 days later at my home, on the south shore of Georgian Bay Ontario Canada Thur. Aug 24th. The packaging is very well done and couldn’t be better. My dash camera package was received in perfect condition.

I will be formatting my Kingsorn Gold 32GB mico card model #SDCG/32GBCR and the Menu Settings and posting details later today.
I’ll install the A119S in my car Tue. Aug.29th and giving it a good 3 hour driving test on Fri. Sept. 1st and I’ll post details later.

August 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly Now

Formatted micro card and did the Menu settings, performed a small short test, no problems so far.
VIOFO A119S, V2, 7G F1.6 Lens, Sony Sensor IMX291, GPS, CPL filter, Firmware 2017.6.22 V1.7,
Using Kingston Gold 32GB Micro SD Card, Model SDCG/32GBCR
CPL filter will cut down the glare reflecting from the dash on inside of windshield.
WDR On, to aid in bringing out colour and clarity.

Following 8 settings are OFF, no use for them.:
Time Lapse - Off
Motion Detection - Off
LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System) - Off
CWS (Front Collision Warning System) - Off
LED - Off
Image Rotate - Off
Format Warning - Off
Custom text - Off

Will be installing the GPS mount in my car on Tuesday, Aug. 29th.
I have a 3 hour trip planned for Fri. Sept 1st so it should give the unit a good test.under varied road conditions.

August 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly Now

I have had my 119S replacement camera running on the latest version 1.7 for about two weeks, as a security cam, They have fixed the loop problem, a 64gb card last about 2.5 days. There is a good video on u tube explaining how to upgrade by copying the latest version to a card, then to your cam, less likely to screw up the cam this way.

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDaublediamond

I finally installed my A119S late this afternoon and all went well.
I had some fun trying to place the gps mount perfectly on the windshield.
It worked out real well when I got a wooden vertical paper towel holder and placed it in the middle of the windshield washer spigots on the hood. I got the paper towel holder dead center of the screen and the windshield washer spigots placed evenly above the base of the screen.
When I went out it was 6pm and the sun was very bright and setting in the west.
It had no problem picking up the colours of the traffic lights against the sun and the signage along both sides of the street was legible.
I turned south after a period of time and there was lots of clusters of tall trees creating shadows across the road and the exposure remained constant.
When I turned east I had the sun behind me.
In one instance a Ford Edge SUV was ahead of me and the sun was reflecting off a square panel below the rear window and when I got within 3 or 4 car lengths it easily picked up the license plate.
My last turn was north and the images remained consistent and clear.
I had 4 five minute clips and a partial clip and I’m satisfied with the test run..
I have a 3 hour drive Friday on various types of roads and traffic.
We’ll see how that goes.

August 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly Now

Special thank you to Techmoan for recommending the Viofo dash cam.
I bought the latest model VIOFO A119S, V2, 7G F1.6 Lens, Sony IMX291 Sensor, GPS, CPL filter, Firmware 2017.6.22 V1.7.
The quality of images including clarity and colours is excellent.
I should also mention the mic picked up the sounds of my directional signals, the clicking of the door locks when activated and the click of my seat belt when I snapped it in.
Here is the details of my micro card and menu settings.
Kingston Gold Model SDA10/32GBCR, 32GB Micro SD Card Class 10 , FAT32 , Performance 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write, UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3), Designed to withstand extreme high and low temperatures.
29 Menu Settings
01 RESOLUTION – 1920 x 1080p 60fps
02 LOOP RECORDING – 5 minutes
03 EXPOSURE – +0.0
04 WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) – ON
05 OFF - Time Lapse
06 OFF - Motion Detection
07 GPS – On
08 SPEED UNITS – kph
09 G SENSOR – Medium
10 OFF - LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System
11 OFF - FCWS (Front Collision Warning System
12 DATE STAMP – ON
13 OFF - GPS STAMP – Coordinates, Speed
14 CAMERA MODEL - ON
15 RECORD AUDIO – ON
16 SCREEN SAVER – 3 minutes
17 OFF - LED
18 DATE & TIME – ON
19 TIME ZONE – -4 Daylight Saving, change to -5 for Standard Time
20 LANGUAGE – English
21 BEEPING SOUND – All
22 FREQUENCY – 60Hz for North America
23 OFF - Image Rotate
24 FORMAT – Manually, once a month or before long trip
25 OFF - Format Warning
26 DEFAULT –
27 CAR NAME – Entered License plate
28 OFF - Custom text
29 FIRMWARE VERSION – 2017.6.22 V1,7

Thank you again Techmoan.

September 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClearly Now

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