I’ve tested some dash cams lately and most of them are very affordable. Even the most expensive one, which is the KDLinks X1, costs less than $180. Therefore, I was so excited to try the Thinkware F770 dash cam, let’s see if it’s worth the premium price tag.
Design & Features
I was a little disappointed when unboxing the product. The whole enclosure is made of plastic and it looks even cheaper than my previous dash cams. Besides, the microSD card and the rear-view camera are not included, so it would cost more than $100 to get the whole package.
The F770 doesn’t have a display to view real-time footage, fortunately, you can install the companion app on Android or iOS to stream video to your smartphone. The app also allows us to download videos as well as adjust some settings.
All buttons are placed on the front of the device, here you can find the Rec, microphone, Wi-Fi, Format, and power button. Everytime you press a button, there will be a voice response, so you will always know what’s going on.
The installation process is pretty straightforward as everything is included in the box. You will just need to plug in the car adapter, use the adhesive mounting tape to stick the dash cam to the windshield, and it’s all set. I love that the F770 doesn’t use a bulky mount, so it doesn’t block my eyesight at all. This is a very clean setup.
I see that there are 2 ports on the dash cam but somehow I can’t use my USB car adapter to power the dash cam; Only the included car adapter works, so this might be inconvenient when you need to find a replacement.
The dash cam is equipped with a 2.19MP SONY Exmor CMOS image sensor with a 140-degree viewing angle. The sensor actually has better quality as the video is significantly smoother and clearer. You can check out some video samples below, however, keep in mind that the video quality is downgraded when uploading to Youtube; The output files look much better when viewing on my computer.
You can see that the image looks pretty good in both daytime and nighttime. Even when recording in the dark areas, the level of noises is still acceptable. The only disadvantage is that the color is subdued, so it makes the footages less vibrant and lively. Besides, the F770 supports recording videos at the full-HD 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second, I expected a higher resolution at this price.
- Clean setup
- Good video quality
- Cheap build
Undoubtedly, the Thinkware F770 can deliver impressive video quality, however, it might not be enough to justify the hefty price tag. There are capable dash cams out there that cost less than half the price, so I guess Thinkware will have a hard time competing with those cheap products.