Choosing a dash cam can be a daunting task because there are many choices out there. Some are high-end packed with awesome features, while others are more affordable. The Thinkware F800 is a good dash cam with many promising features.
The design is quite minimalistic on this one. It’s actually a good thing because a dash cam needs to blend in well with the interior of a car. The form factor is not obtrusive, so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb no matter where it is installed. It also has a modern appeal thanks to the silver accent. The right side houses the video input and AC jack. If you want to insert a microSD card, the slot is located on top of the device. There is also the reset button up there. The display is not prominent, but it’s not a big deal because monitoring can be done from a Smartphone. There is an app developed specifically for it. You’ll also see a bunch of buttons, such as Wi-Fi connect, microphone mute, and format SD card. There are lights assigned to these functions, so it is easy to check the current status.
Here’s a roundup of the Thinkware F800’s most noteworthy features. The first one is GPS, which has been the norm in today’s dash cams. It’s not the addition that should be praised, but the quality. After several tests, it’s safe to say that the dash cam has one of the fastest built-in GPS ever. There is also Driver Assistance to keep you safe while cruising around. Another interesting feature is speed camera alerts. Anytime the car gets close to an intersection, there will be warning sign. The cam also has the ability to turn off on its own in the case of overheating. We know it is a serious issue that can directly affect performance.
How does it work? There is a thermal sensor inside that helps monitor its temperature. If it’s getting severely hot, the system will be shut down. There are many other interesting features, such as a secondary camera capable of shooting HD videos @30fps and Optional Parking Mode. By using this product, you can gain access to the Thinkware PC. It is a very intuitive cam viewer. When many manufacturers are half-assed when it comes to creating a reliable viewer, Thinkware offers one that’s well-polished and rich in features. It can display various information, including Google map location, speed, lat/long, etc.
Thinkware is very confident about the Sony Exmor R STARVIS added to this device. It does its job well especially at night. While the resolution is limited to only 1080p, the results are actually amazing. Besides, who needs an overly high resolution when it only makes the storage run out faster? Even at this resolution, the footage looks clear and natural thanks to the High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut. Color reproduction is good although it needs to step up its game to get on the Viofo A119’s level. We were talking about daytime shooting. The nighttime shooting, on the other hand, provides fantastic results. There is something called Super Night Vision which helps in very dark conditions like when the headlights are off.
Thinkware F800 specs:
- Dual or single channel dash cam
- Max. resolution: 1080p @ 30fps, front and rear
- Super Night Vision
- Ambarella A12 processor
- Video format: MP4
- MicroSD card support up to 64GB