We Reviewed Thinkware’s 10 Best Dash Cams of 2019

Since 1997, Korean company, Thinkware have been a leading provider of Smart Car Infotech and the preferred choice of their local market.  Their commitment to making life more convenient and safer for their customers has cemented their place as a leading dash cam brand world-wide.

Thinkware have a range of dashboard cameras from basic models that appeal to price conscious learner drivers to sophisticated models that can track an entire fleet of commercial vehicles.  They have a strong reputation in the market for reliability and innovative technology which is backed up with strong customer service and quality after sales support.  

Working out the best dashcam option to suit your needs can be a challenge.  Below is a summary of some of their top selling models to help you find your perfect fit for your car, truck or fleet.

Thinkware F800 Pro

This is Thinkware’s flagship dashcam model which provides excellent quality video footage (in all situations) and helps keep drivers and vehicles safe utilising cloud connectivity, GPS, road safety warnings and parking surveillance.

Recommended for: Fleet companies who want to be able to monitor and keep track of their vehicles in real time.

Features

  • Road Safety Warning System. This includes voice warnings for: Front Vehicle Departure (FVDW), Front Collision Warning (FCWS) Urban Front Collision Warning (uFCWS), and Lane Departure Warnings (LDWS)
  • Super Night Vision 2.0 uses Image Signal Processing (ISP) technology to deliver clear videos in all situations.
  • 140-degree Wide Angle camera view - Full 1080p HD resolution recording
  • Built in Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Three parking surveillance modes including: Buffered continuous, Time Lapse and Energy Saving.

This high-end camera can be utilised as a single or dual channel dashboard camera.  This stealthy model does not have a display, so users need to rely on their smart phone to get the maximum benefit.  This camera’s strength is helping keep track of vehicles with cloud technology and notifying responsible parties if incidents occur that may affect the safety and driver.

Pros

Cons

  • Support for up to 128GB MicroSD card (over 14 hours video footage)
  • Provide the best night vision video capture in the industry
  • Dual Channel (rear camera is optional and can be added later if desired)
  • Overheating protection and low voltage cut out to prevent flat car batteries
  • Extensive GPS surveillance via the cloud with alerts sent to your smart phone if a vehicle leaves a specified location (Geofencing), in the event of a strong impact or accident (Driving Impact Notification) and GPS Tracking of vehicle locations integrated with Google Maps (Locate Vehicle)
  • Cloud functionalities are too reliant on smart phones
  • GPS does not have a watermark option
  • No live video streaming through Thinkware Cloud

THINKWARE F770

Recommended for: Phone centric drivers who require a high standard of video clarity.

Features

  • Full HD 1080P@30fps for both front and rear cameras
  • Built in Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Intelligent camera can detect what the vehicle is doing and switch to the most appropriate recording mode.
  • Security Camera Alerts to cultivate safer driving behaviours by warning drivers about red light and traffic enforcement cameras
  • Dual Save technology saves incident footage in two places to safeguard from losing important data. This is activated if a specific level of impact is detected.

This camera is dependent on the use of Wi-Fi and a smart phone as a display – with power, record, Wi-Fi and mic buttons on the unit as a backup policy if you are unable to use your phone.   Excellent video output, sophisticated features and clearly spoken voice alerts and warnings justify this camera’s higher price point.

Pros

Cons

  • Low profile, discreet sturdy design and matte black finish.
  • Video enhancement technology ensures vivid records in tough circumstances. Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) adjusts exposure in bright or dark records to improve image clarity. Leaders in night vision with enhancement sensors that control colour, brightness and cancel noise.
  • Intuitive, simple interface allows for convenient, easy viewing of recorded videos via PC or Mac Viewer. The viewer allows users to change the dash cam settings, format memory card and install updates with just a few easy clicks.
  • Extensive driving data is accessible via the built in GPS to show locations, routes and speeds, directions and severity of impacts.
  • Supercapacitor prevents data loss if the camera is disconnected from a power source.
  • Large size (4 inches long and 2.5 inches wide) covers quite a large part of your windscreen. Be patient when choosing its spot
  • Rear camera is optional at an additional cost
  • More complex due to the requirement of using a smart phone as a display

Thinkware F70

Recommended for: Tech savvy, budget conscious drivers.

Features

  • 2.1MP full HD 1080P camera – 140 degree viewing angle with WDR which correct colour and exposure quality, true colour output
  • 3 recording modes including Continuous, Incident and Manual
  • Integrated thermal protection with a built-in thermal sensor that automatically shuts down the camera to protect the device and your data from intense heat.
  • Format Free Technology extends the life of your memory card, eliminates the need for manual formatting, enables viewing of video files on a PC without file conversion and saves the hassle of manually clearing memory space
  • Front Vehicle Departure Warning (FVDW) to assist driving.

This is a single channel dashboard camera with all the basic requirements and a few optional add-ons to assist with driver safety and awareness on the roads.  I strongly recommend purchasing the GPS as an add on to enable the safety camera alerts for warnings of speed and red-light cameras and record comprehensive driving information such as speed, times of collision, severity of impact and past driving routes.   The other add-on that will add value is a hard wiring the unit into the car battery fuse to enable parking surveillance, so your vehicle is protected when it is not being driven.

Pros

Cons

  • 1-minute video loops are recorded for easy video management
  • Easy manual recording via a red button on the left side of the camera
  • Excellent video quality and sound recording (conversation and background radio are recorded at low levels)
  • Low price point – great value for money
  • Video playback provides speed and G-Sensor values
  • Inconvenient to check if the camera is pointing in the right direction (you must remove the SD card and insert it into your PC to check video).
  • Entry level camera does not have GPS or Wi-Fi (GPS is an optional add on)
  • GPS module wire means hiding wires is difficult

Thinkware X500 HD Dash Cam 2CH

Modular Dual Channel Front and Rear Dash Cam with the option of being purchased separately or together.

Recommended for: People who are on the road for work e.g. sales reps, delivery drivers, couriers

Features

  • Built-in GPS
  • Full HD 1080P@30fps Front and Rear Camera with a wide 140-degree field of view.
  • 2.7-inch clear display allows you to perform all the tasks you need using your dash cam which includes reviewing real time and recorded videos, changing settings, and formatting memory card.
  • Road Safety Warning Systems – voice alerts for Lane Departure (LDWS), Front Collision (FCWS), Front Vehicle Departure (FVDW) and Safety Camera Alerts for 5 types of Road Safety Cameras (Red Light, Speed, Combined Red Light and Speed Cameras and Average Speed Zone and Mobile Speed Zones)
  • Automatic Temperature Sensitive Shut Down Protection blurb.

Pros

Cons

  • The built in GPS embeds the time, date and location data onto the recorded videos
  • Increases driver awareness with the Road Safety Warning System and promotes safer driving with Safety Camera Alerts
  • Image stabilisation and enhancement tools built into the camera
  • Full HD Footage
  • Does not take still photos
  • Permanent mount on rear-view camera means that it must be left in the car
  • Relies on USB power

Thinkware Q800PRO

Dual Channel Dashboard Camera – upgrade to the F800PRO (with higher resolution)

Recommended for: People who drive as a part of their job e.g. mobile businesses, sales reps, couriers, delivery drivers

Features

  • 140-degree field of view. 2K Quad HD 1440P video recording
  • Built in GPS and Wi-Fi capability
  • Advanced driver assistance alerts for Forward Collisions, Front vehicle departures and Lane departures
  • Cloud Functionality to locate vehicles, provide geo-fencing and driving impact information
  • Super night vision 2.0

The Q900 Pro has upgraded resolution from the F800Pro and provides excellent quality video recording in 2K Quad HD 1440P resolution, with Thinkware’s excellent night vision.  This has all the features you need in a dash cam as well as helpful driving and speed camera alerts. The Thinkware cloud and GPS tracking make it easy to keep track of vehicles remotely.

Pros

Cons

  • Comprehensive vehicle tracking using GPS via the cloud
  • Supports three different parking modes if hardwired into the vehicle (continuous, energy saving and time lapse)
  • Protects your car from a flat battery with low voltage cut off
  • Slim profile and matt black add discretion
  • Easy, straight forward installation
  • Requires a permanent hotspot to be enabled
  • Driver assistance features can be annoying as they are too sensitive
  • Highly reliant on smartphone

Thinkware X700

This is Thinkware’s first touchscreen model, recently launched in June 2019

Recommended for: Drivers that want to have complete access to their camera footage and settings via the camera screen

Features

  • 140-degree wide angle view, HD 1080P Dual Dash Cam
  • 2.7-inch LCD touch screen
  • Super night vision, Wide Dynamic Range
  • Road Safety Warning System and Safety Camera Alerts
  • Automatic switching between recording modes dependent on what the vehicle is going. Recording modes switch between continuous, event recording, manual recording, and energy saving.

This sleek, compact camera has an intuitive touch screen for ease of use, while still providing excellent quality footage and all the user-friendly features that Thinkware are known for.  This camera is an all in one option, which enables drivers to do everything using the camera unit. This camera does not have connectivity to a smart phone and can be used while driving with a minimum of distractions.

Pros

Cons

  • Touch screen for ease of use
  • Impressive quality video footage, especially in low light
  • Footage can be reviewed, and settings can be adjusted using the touchscreen
  • Both front and rear cameras record in Full HD 1080P@30fps
  • Option to upgrade and add a rear camera later
  • GPS only comes standard with the dual camera package – extra GPS dongle may be required
  • No Wi-Fi or smartphone connectivity
  • Road Safety Warning System and Safety Camera alerts may be inaccurate (and require GPS)

Thinkware F200

This is one of Thinkware’s mid-range cameras

Recommended for: Drivers that want an all in one camera they can tailor to their requirements

Features

  • Front Camera – Full HD 1080P resolution, rear camera HD 720P resolution
  • Supports up to 128GB Micro SD card
  • Recording Modes – Continuous, incident, manual and parking recording
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity and Dash Cam Mobile Viewer app
  • Format Free Technology removes the need to manually format SD cards

This discreet camera is a reliable choice for drivers wanting a reasonably priced dash cam solution.  It’s important to review the accessories as this camera will have increased functionality with the additional external GPS tracker.  Opting to get the camera hardwired into our vehicle will provide access to parking protection. You can expect clear, reliable footage in all light conditions, with industry leading low light footage.

Pros

Cons

  • GPS and rear camera are optional add ons.
  • Energy saving parking mode
  • Stable smart phone app
  • Preformatted SD Card and card adapter included in the box
  • Affordable price point
  • Rear camera, GPS, suction mount and hardwiring is at an extra cost
  • Parking monitor is only available if camera is hard wired into the car battery fuse box
  • Written technical set up instructions are difficult to understand

Thinkware F800

This is a more basic dual channel dash cam version of the F800 Pro.

Recommended for: Users that want a good all-round dash cam.

Features

  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 140-degree field of view, Full HD 1080P front and rear camera footage
  • Continuous, Incident and Manual recording modes
  • Built in GPS
  • Heat protection

With an extensive range of features this camera will enhance your driving experience and give you the security you need, whether its protection from other drivers on the road, comprehensive GPS tracking of your fleet vehicles or sophisticated parking surveillance.

Pros

Cons

  • Built in GPS and Wi-Fi enabled
  • Verbal speed camera notifications
  • Excellent night video quality with Super Night Vision 2.0
  • Good interface for Mac Users
  • You can use the Wi-Fi settings to turn off parking mode event alerts, flip the rear video and turn off the rear camera LED.
  • Unable to use the Wi-Fi App when parked
  • Some users may find the Road Safety Warning System annoying
  • Silver and grey colour scheme is not as stealthy as other matte black models

Thinkware FA200

This is the new and improved model of the F100 (which has been discontinued)

Recommended for: Price conscious ride share drivers that want an economical taxi camera with Infra-red footage inside their vehicle.

Features

  • Front camera records Full HD 1080P@30FPS, Rear/inside facing camera records HD 720P@30FPS, wide 140 degree viewing angle, Wide Dynamic Range technology
  • Parking mode features included time lapse, impact detection, motion detection and energy saving modes
  • Heat protection
  • Wi-Fi connectivity – access footage and change camera settings using the mobile viewer app
  • Accepts up to 1285GB SD card.

This all-round reliable cam is available for an economical price point without sacrificing any important features.  Choose the option of single of dual channel recording with this compact camera packed full of great features. Make sure you add the optional GPS antenna if you want to take advantage of driver alerts, speed camera and tracking your vehicle.

Pros

Cons

  • Thinkware’s memory cards utilise “Anti-File Corruption” technology to stop data fragmentation and file corruption. This also extends the life of your memory card.
  • You have the option of buying the front facing camera first and adding the rear/interior camera later, which is great if you’re on a budget.
  • Internal camera has infra-red for good footage inside the car at night
  • Good parking mode
  • Excellent value for money
  • GPS is an optional add on
  • Wi-Fi can sometimes be slow for viewing/downloading videos.
  • Camera does not rotate – care needs to be taken to stick it on straight

Thinkware F50

This is a cost effective, single channel dash cam.

Recommended for: Drivers who park their car for long periods to benefit from these cameras excellent parking surveillance.

Features

  • Full HD 1080p resolution and 130 degree viewing angle
  • Five recording modes – continuous, manual, event/impact, parking and audio
  • Thermal protection to prevent overheating.
  • Supports up to 64GB micro SD card
  • Supports parking surveillance when hardwired into the car.

This camera is a minimalistic model that provides excellent stealth, with easy set up and installation.  This no-frills option will protect your when driving and parked, without breaking the bank.

Pros

Cons

  • Simple, easy installation
  • Small and discrete – easily hides behind your rear-view mirror.
  • Capacitor power source provides more resistance to extreme temperatures
  • Proprietary format free technology saves the hassle of manually formatting SD cards and increases their life
  • Super Capacitor provides backup power to ensure videos are safely stored if the camera loses power.
  • GPS Tracker is an optional extra
  • Owner’s manual is not printed, instead stored as a digital PDF file on the SD card that comes in the box
  • No Wi-Fi connectivity – SD card must be plugged into PC to access video.

Final verdict we recommend the THINKWARE F800 PRO

This is Thinkware’s flagship model which can be tailored to suit nearly every type of driver.  This camera connects easily with your phone via Wi-Fi, with built-in GPS to provide driving alerts, vehicle tracking and notifications.  Thinkware are the leaders in night vision making them a great choice for excellent driving footage any time, day or night, driving or parked.