Miofive 4K Dash Cam Review: This friendly road watcher is “here for you!” »
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In one look
Compact and fully integrated design
Very affordable for 4K with GPS
User-friendly voice notifications
64 GB of internal storage
Good captures day and night
Internal storage is not replaceable
macOS won’t read internal storage
This is a great dash cam for the price, with class-leading 4K UHD day and night captures, GPS, and 64GB of internal storage. We also like the user-friendly voice notifications.
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Best prices today: $150
It’s hard not to love a dash cam that clearly spells out the friendly greeting “Miofive is here for you!” when first powered on. Although perhaps a bit presumptuous, it turns out to be the harbinger of a really good dash cam for a really good price – $150 for 4K captures with GPS.
This review is part of our roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for more reviews and shopping tips.
Miofive 4K Dash Cam: Design and Features
One of the things I love about the Miofive dash cam is that you just mount it on your windshield, turn on the ignition and voila – you’re ready to record. . In a world of dash cams that want you to log in through an app, then insert and format an SD card before performing any action, that’s refreshing. That said, there is an app and it’s well-organized and convenient.
The Miofive is a front-only 4K UHD (3840×2160 / Sony IMX450) WDR (Wide Dynamic Range – rich in color) dash cam with a 140-degree field of view and 64GB of internal storage. This last feature is handy, and Miofive claims that as an embedded multimedia card (eMMC) it lasts 10 times longer than the standard NAND SD card, but it will still eventually wear out.
To this end, you can reduce the resolution to extend the storage time.
Physically, the Miofive’s main body is a long rectangle (116 x 60 x 55mm) that attaches to its GPS mount via a permanent swivel. There is no horizontal adjustment, so level it when attaching it to the windshield. The entire set slides up and out of the actual sticky backing.
Unusually, the Miofive has only one physical button, a multi-function power button. However, if you look very closely at the back of the camera, there are three small dots to the right of the 2.2-inch color screen that electrostatically simulate button presses, allowing you to configure and control the camera locally.
Since the 64GB of storage is built in and not a removable SD card, you either need to download videos to your phone or connect the Miofive to your computer via USB to access the video locally. Alas, the cable supplied by Miofive is for charging only (those should be banned!), so you’ll have to supply a data-enabled cable yourself for the much faster first method.
Additionally, macOS disliked the Miofive, claiming the drive was unreadable despite being identified as exFAT. Even after reformatting using macOS Disk Utility. Windows had no problem reading the Miofive.
Miofive’s driver assistance features include a “traffic ahead is moving” alert and a fatigue alarm that will disturb you at set intervals. There’s also a parking mode, where the camera wakes up and records if the g-sensor is disturbed in any way.
Miofive 4K Dash Cam: Performance
The catches of the Miofive are very good, day and night. They’re not quite on par with the Cobra SC 400Ds, but few are, and the Miofive is $250 cheaper than our favorite three-channel dash cam. There’s a bit of fisheye from the 140 FOV lens, but it’s well-managed at normal eye-level, and you can still pick up detail at the periphery.
Note that the times indicated in the captures are offset. While the GPS was setting the universal date and time, it failed to determine the correct time zone from the coordinates at first. This may have been fixed by a firmware update or a later connection with the phone app, as the Miofive now displays the correct time.
The day captures the differences in brightness quite well. You can still read the street cleaning sign on the right, while the license plates on the left (if close enough) are also readable. In the image below, these are a little further away so not necessarily readable.
It wasn’t completely dark in the capture below, but it was easily dark enough for testing. Take this image and brighten it up and you’ll see all the detail you need. Also note how well it handled the headlights aimed almost directly at the camera.
There is almost nothing to complain about the recordings of the Miofive. There’s a 500mAh battery on hand that will power the camera if the 12-volt battery is compromised, as could be the case if your electrical system is damaged in an accident. In my testing, it lasted a good 10 seconds after powering off.
Miofive 4K Dash Cam: Final Thoughts
There’s no questioning the capture quality, ease of use, features or style of the Miofive. I quite like the product. The internal storage allows for seamless setup and operation and will hopefully last you at least a few years. Otherwise, Miofive says it will replace the camera, although there’s no mention if that will happen outside of the 18-month warranty.
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