I have had the Thinkware F800 Pro car dash camera for just about a month now and I am really impressed with it. It looks really neat mounted on my windscreen behind the rear view mirror, it cannot be seen from the driver’s seat, so is not causing an obstruction to the driver.
Having it mounted behind my rear view mirror on my vehicle does make it a bit difficult to access the camera control switches and memory card, but if you sit in your passenger seat this is made easy.
I have the front and rear camera’s and had them professionally fitted, and wired directly into my car’s electrical system, so the cameras have a permanent power supply.
The front camera is designed for left-hand drive vehicles, and on my right-hand drive vehicle, the lens is very slightly to the left of the center of my windscreen, making the viewing area point more towards the kerbside than the middle of the road, but this is not really a problem as the viewing angle is a very wide 140 degrees, and captures a large area of the road in front of the vehicle.
The viewing area can be seen by connecting a smartphone to the camera via WiFi, and the Thinkware app that is available as a free download from the App Store and Google Play. There is no app available for Windows phone. The viewing angle can be adjusted by moving the lens on the camera to the desired position.
Upon starting my vehicle the camera’s switch on, because they are wired directly to my car’s electrical system, and recording starts without the driver having to do anything, a voice message from the camera confirms that it is doing this, so the driver will never forget to turn it on. The voice message also confirms that the GPS is connected.
Features and Settings.
If turned on in the settings, a voice warning will tell you that you are approaching a speed camera and will remind you of the speed limit and the same applies to red light cameras. The lane departure warning system will give you a sound like a knocking noise, should you change lane over a set speed, although this is not very loud, and I can’t see this waking the driver, should he be drowsy at the wheel and be wandering across the lanes on the carriageway.
The front collision warning system will alert you to a stopping, or stopped vehicle in front of you, and again, this is not very loud but may help you avoid a collision. Also when in a queue behind another vehicle, a sound will alert the driver that the vehicle in front has driven off, this is also not very loud, but may assist you in your driving if you become distracted.
Viewing The Video Footage.
The Thinkware F800 Pro saves the recorded video using the date and time filing system, and are filed in one minute MP4 files. These can be viewed instantly on your connected smartphone and the Thinkware app. The recorded video files can then be saved to your phone for easy transfer to a PC later on.
You can also remove the memory card from the camera, and insert it into your card reader on your PC to view the recorded videos, using the F800 Pro PC viewer software that is available from the Thinkware website.
Viewing the videos with the PC viewer software is a very easy way to find and view a video. An easy way to do this is to try to remember the time of a particular incident and then, once you have the memory card inserted in your PC, you would just need to look for the file with that corresponds with that time.
The videos are also filed with the letter ‘F’ for the front, and the letter ‘R’ for the rear, to help you identify front and rear videos, and can be viewed simultaneously using the PC viewer software.
Audio is recorded as well as your GPS coordinates, and the software will show you exactly where you were when the video was recorded, using google maps. Your vehicle speed is also indicated and shown when viewing the footage along with the date and time stamp.
Actual Video Footage.
The Thinkware F800 Pro front and rear camera’s produce very clear video footage both in daylight and at night time and should assist you if you have the misfortune to become involved in any incidents whilst driving your car.
The video below shows actual footage from the front and rear camera’s in my car, just as day was breaking through on a December morning. The first video shows the footage from the front camera and the second video shows the same footage from the rear camera, and as you can see the video quality is very good.
The beep that can be heard at the end of the first two video’s, is a notification that the camera has detected an impact and stored the footage, this is because I drove over a pothole in the road. The third video is in the daytime with the sound turned off, and the fourth video show’s the front camera at night time.
The Thinkware F800 Pro front and rear camera records high-quality video footage and would be useful in the event of an accident and I think is a worthwhile investment.
If you have or are thinking of, getting a car dash camera, I would like to read your thoughts, or if you have any question’s please feel free to post a comment in the box below.