Dash cam

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I love watching dashcam videos on YouTube. Compilations of weird traffic occurrences and incidents are great fun, as long as no one gets hurt.

I’ve reviewed a few dashcams for short periods of time, but I’ve never had one installed on my car full time. I know I should, though.

When I was asked to review the Miofive Dash Cam ($159.99 at miofive.com), and read about some of the features, I was happy to try it out.

Assembly

I have changed vehicles since my last dashcam test. I went from a small sedan to an SUV, so this is my first time mounting a dashcam to a large windshield.

I like to keep my line of sight clean, so I prefer things like toll tags and dashcams to be hidden as much as possible, preferably behind my rear view mirror.

The Miofive Dash Cam is small, but it’s wide, so I could see part of it behind my mirror.

The Miofive comes with two 3M double adhesive pads and two clear electrostatic stickers.

The idea is to stick the transparent sticker on your windshield and then stick the dashcam on the sticker.

Clear stickers are easy to remove and leave no hard-to-remove residue.

The piece of the mount that sticks to the windshield has tabs that allow the camera to be easily removed from the glass while the mount remains in place.

You can push the camera up and it will come right out, but when the camera is mounted it is very stable. I didn’t see any camera shake, which is way more than I can say for the last dashcam I tested.

The Miofive 4K Dash Cam

Before removing the adhesive pad cover, you should turn on the dashcam and get a feel for what the camera is seeing. The Miofive has a 140 degree field of view and some AI features require the camera lens to be parallel to the horizon. There’s a calibration screen you can call up to make sure the horizon is in the middle of the image.

Once the camera is mounted, you will need to find the best way to route the power cable from the camera to a 12 volt power outlet in your dash or console. The Miofive comes with a 12-volt charger, and there’s an optional cable you can purchase to hardwire it to your vehicle’s fuse box. The wiring cable is required to activate the camera’s time-lapse and parking protection features (more on these features below).

Used

When the camera is mounted and powered on, it will start recording when you start the car.

It saves one-minute clips to 64 gigabytes of internal storage. When the storage is full, the oldest clips will be overwritten with newer footage.

The size of the videos and the number of one-minute clips that can be stored depends on the resolution you have set – 1080p, 2K or 4K.

4K clips are 234 megabytes, 2K clips are 120MB, and 1080p clips are around 60MB. By recording at 4K resolution, you can store just over two hours of video before the overwrite begins.

This means that if you’re recording something you want to save, you’d better stop and save the clip to your phone within the next two hours.

To save the clips, connect your phone to the camera via Wi-Fi and download the clips to your camera roll using the free Miofive app. You can select the individual clips you want to save.

The app is used to interact with the dashcam. You can view the live view, view the clips or still images in the internal memory and download them to your phone. You can also view trip reports showing the speed, location, route, and video of each of your trips.

AI and GPS

Two features that I have never experienced before on a dashcam are artificial intelligence and GPS.

The camera has its own GPS and clips are tagged with GPS information of where you were when the clip was recorded.

When you download the clips to your phone and play them, you can activate a map view that will show you the route you traveled during that clip.

The playback window for your clips can also show the speed you were driving and the exact time and date of the trip.

The AI ​​is a mix of boring and useful features.

The red box on the screen indicates that Miofive has identified a car in front of you. The dash cam will give you a verbal boost if you’re not paying attention when the car in front of you starts.

The camera is equipped with a small speaker and can communicate with you via voice to alert you of any sudden turns, sudden acceleration or sudden stops, reminding you to “drive carefully” every time.

It was quite annoying at first, but then I discovered that I could adjust the sensitivity in the settings to minimize these warnings. You can also turn them off completely.

One AI feature that I found really handy is the Stop and Go reminder.

If you’re sitting at an intersection behind another car and that car pulls away and you don’t, you’ll get a voice prompt for “Keep Up, with Front.”

It’s a strange wording, but it grabs your attention.

Specifications

The Miofive 4K Dash Cam uses a Sony IMX415 image sensor to capture video at resolutions up to 3840 by 2160 pixels at 30 frames per second.

On the back, there’s a 2.2-inch display with three touch buttons for interacting with the camera interface.

There’s a built-in 500 milliamp-hour battery to keep things running for a bit after you turn off your car.

The camera has an operating temperature range of 14 degrees to 113 degrees.

The camera uses 5 gigahertz Wi-Fi to quickly transfer files to your phone. You can also connect the camera to your computer and transfer files directly to your hard drive.

Time-lapse and parking monitoring

If you choose to hardwire the camera to your car’s fuse box, you can enjoy time lapse and parking monitoring. Both of these features take place when your car is parked and not running.

Play Miofive clips with map view.

Time Lapse will take photos at specified intervals and put them together into a video for you.

Parking monitoring will record short clips if your car is disturbed while you are away from it.

Your car will need to supply power to the camera when the engine is off, which Miofive says won’t kill the battery.

Overall impressions

The Miofive 4K is a good choice if you want a dashcam. It has all the features I would need, and the Stop and Go feature is an unexpected bonus.

I like to say that I never get distracted looking at my phone during red lights, but it does happen sometimes.

The videos are small enough to be copied quickly, and they are very clear without flickering.

A good dashcam does its job in the background until you need it. The Miofive does its job and more.

Advantages: small. Stop and Go reminders. Easy to transfer videos.

Cons: Unable to expand storage; I wish they included the hardwire kit.

Bottom line: This is a premium dash cam experience.

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