This is my second dashcam, after a “no-brand” one bought off Amazon a couple of years back stopped working. I then went looking for the one with the blinking blue LEDs that you can find in most car parks (which turns out to be iRoad cams) but ended up getting this Thinkware F750 instead.
- 1080p Full HD 2 channel (front + back) recording at 30 frames per second
- Auto image correction (Wide Dynamic Range, Super Night Vision, Smart Auto Exposure)
- Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor
- 140 degrees wide angle view
- Anti-vibration mounting
- Thermal self-protection
- Built-in WiFI, GPS
- Customisable LED security light
- Noise Reduction System
- Adaptive Colour & Contrast Enhancement
- Active Impact Monitoring System with 3 axis G-sensor
- Various recording modes – Continuous Recording, Incident Recording, Parking Surveillance, Manual Recording
- “Safety” features such as Lane Departure Warning, Front Collision Warning, Safety Camera Warning
- Dual save – saves videos in both internal memory and microSD card to ensure data integrity
What I like about it:
- Good quality videos across all light levels (day/night/tunnels/car parks, etc.) – it captures quite a bit of reflection from my dashboard though.
- Reminder to format microSD card is useful to mitigate memory card issues
What I don’t like about it:
- Don’t have any illusions that your car now has the fancy safety features that luxury cars have. The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and FCW (Front Collision Warning) are gimmicks that you will surely want to turn off after your first ride.
- I had the heavy door of a lorry hit the fender of my car. The camera didn’t capture it either through motion or impact detection… Perhaps it is a matter of getting the sensitivity settings right but it irked me that it didn’t work when I needed it to.
- The hassle of turning on the wifi mode, connecting to the wifi network from your smartphone, launching the app to access the videos is a bit too much for me. Perhaps I was spoilt by my first dashcam that has its own video display.
- Parking monitoring is up to 48 hours, max. This depends on your memory card and car battery level. For me, it seems to stop after just a few hours. So don’t expect this to watch over your car when you are away for a trip.
- Due to the simple fact that there is no integration with the car security system, every door you open/close at the start and end of each journey will be reported as an event. Rather annoying.
- The welcome message which reports the number of events captured since the last shutdown cannot be turned off. Turning the volume down to zero doesn’t do anything as well.
Well, the installation is free. Call ahead for an appointment at the appointed workshop, of which you have a list to choose from. That said, only one option (ZMC itself) is free; pay $70 for the rest)… I headed there, waited for 15 mins and the sole installer got going with it. He did a prompt job but when I was informed the job is done, I realised that the old camera was not removed. That was eventually removed but not till I waited about 30 minutes for him to be available to do so.
The F750 does what it should, but perhaps more than what it should. Without integration to a car’s security system, there will always be false positives, and you will eventually ignore the voice reports that you will have to bear with each time you start the car. With no built-in screen to quickly review videos, it can be quite a hassle to do so via the smartphone.
I forgot the password for some reason and took me a while to figure out how to do a full reset without looking at the manual. Press REC and FORMAT till you hear 3 beeps. The password will then be changed back to 123456789.
Paid: SGD568 – includes front and rear cams, 16GB microSD card and installation
Bought from: ZMC Automotive through IT Show offer