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blurjoey
post Jul 22 2016, 03:40 PM, updated 2w ago

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Author's Note: The original review is found at jwtech, please head to the site to show us your support as well. Click here to view all my product reviews!

Viofo A119 review unit courtesy of gearbest

Viofo product page: viofo

Specifications and features list:
• Novatek 96660 chipset
• OmniVision OV4689 image sensor
• 2 inch TFT screen
• 160 degree viewing angle, 6G F1.8
• Resolution: 2560x1440 30fps; 1920x1080 60fps; 1920x1080 30fps
• Support up to 64GB microSD card.
• WDR
• Super Capacitor
• Supports GPS with GPS mount

The Box
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Open box
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Contents
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• A119
• Mini USB Cable 3 meters
• Mini USB Short Cable
• 2 port USB Car Charger
• 1 x nylon string
• GPS Mount with 3M double sided tape
• Non-GPS Mount with 3M double sided tape
• 5 x Cable Clip
• Spare 3M double sided tape
• Manual in English

A119
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A119 movable lens
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GPS mount
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Non-GPS mount
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A119 with GPS mount
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2 port USB charger
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Firmware version that came with the A119
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Siblings - A119 & A118C
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Setup
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CPL filter test sample from Viofo
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Videos
Day


Night


Night with Beta Firmware 0805


Evening with Beta Firmware 0805


Viofo A119 Wet & Hazy Morning 1 with Beta Firmware v0813


Viofo A119 Wet & Hazy Morning 2 with Beta Firmware v0813


Night with Firmware v0829


A119 with and without the CPL filter test sample


After rotating the lens, managed to minimize the reflections... Now have to find that sweet spot...


New batches of A119 comes with the grooves on the lens cover for the CPL filter
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Latest A119 firmware is released, version number is V3.1, below is the download link:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2249321...are/FWBA119.bin

Change log:

1. Added: Parking mode feature
2. Added: Lock the previous file while the button pressed in the begin of 15s of current file
3. Improved: Change the sound for taking screen shot while pressing the menu button
4. Improved: One click to stop recording, mute/unmute while in screen save mode
5. Improved: No embed GPS info in the movie while GPS feature disabled.
6. Fixed: Screen on issue while detected on detection in screen save mode

How to update:

Please do the following to upgrade the dash cam

If your camera firmware version is V1.1 or earlier, please upgrade the loader LDBA119.bin first.

If you have already installed the V2.0 firmware, not necessary to upgrade the loader, please ignore the #3--#6 steps.

From V1.4 firmware, the firmware will be automatically deleted from Micro SD card after upgrade completed.


Use max. 32GB card formatted by camera or on computer as FAT32
Insert card in camera and connect it to computer using USB cable
Copy just the LDBA119.bin on the root of the card
After LDBA119.bin is copied to the card disconnect the camera from computer
Reconnect the camera to your computer and wait few seconds until you can choose Mass Storage from camera menu
Delete LDBA119.bin from the card using your PC and
Copy the FWBA119.bin file on the root of the card
Reconnect the camera to your computer and wait more seconds until you can choose Mass Storage from camera menu, the front red LED will be blinking while upgrading.

Now you can disconnect the camera from PC and enjoy new A119 implementations.

This post has been edited by blurjoey: Sep 19 2017, 09:22 PM
Terence573
post Jul 22 2016, 04:01 PM

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3.1A charger wow...

Curious to know how it looks mounted..
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post Jul 22 2016, 04:05 PM

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QUOTE(Terence573 @ Jul 22 2016, 04:01 PM)
3.1A charger wow...

Curious to know how it looks mounted..
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Will be setting it up tonight...

These are from other users who is using the A119
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coolstore
post Jul 22 2016, 04:10 PM

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QUOTE(Terence573 @ Jul 22 2016, 04:01 PM)
3.1A charger wow...

Curious to know how it looks mounted..
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juz a label, u know lah these china stuffs...

there is a taiwan brand being in pc shop and other places, whereby some buyer did a test also show no really 3.1A output by using single port (it a dual port shared power design, most others are similar unless got power marking on each port), let alone china one which bundled free with dashcam.

but it do necessary to use more than 1A port if quite long usb cable and got gps antenna there, else not even able to power up the dashcam or becoming unstable during operation.


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post Jul 22 2016, 04:15 PM

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QUOTE(coolstore @ Jul 22 2016, 04:10 PM)
juz a label, u know lah these china stuffs...

there is a taiwan brand being in pc shop and other places, whereby some buyer did a test also show no really 3.1A output by using single port (it a dual port shared power design, most others are similar unless got power marking on each port), let alone china one which bundled free with dashcam.

but it do necessary to use more than 1A port if quite long usb cable and got gps antenna there, else not even able to power up the dashcam or becoming unstable during operation.
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Luckily all my dashcams is powered by Aukey USB car charger with QC3.0...
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post Jul 22 2016, 09:15 PM

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nice bro, I was thinking too to replace my D201 to A119. More discreet
now waiting for viofo A119S then only compare and which to get.

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blurjoey
post Jul 22 2016, 09:27 PM

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QUOTE(uexpress @ Jul 22 2016, 09:15 PM)
nice bro, I was thinking too to replace my D201 to A119. More discreet
now waiting for viofo A119S then only compare and which to get.
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But the A119s is using a Sony Exmor sensor which might not be 1440p but 1080p... Not yet confirm...

After the A119 review, I'm thinking of doing a A119 vs D201 review... tongue.gif

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post Aug 2 2016, 11:14 PM

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QUOTE(blurjoey @ Jul 22 2016, 09:27 PM)
But the A119s is using a Sony Exmor sensor which might not be 1440p but 1080p... Not yet confirm...

After the A119 review, I'm thinking of doing a A119 vs D201 review... tongue.gif
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Hmm... Looking into getting this as my first dashcam. Looking for something similar to this for quite a long time - wide angle lens, gps logging, good day and night performance etc.

Any other thoughts on this unit blurjoey before i pull the trigger on this purchase?
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post Aug 3 2016, 08:19 AM

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QUOTE(isr25 @ Aug 2 2016, 11:14 PM)
Hmm... Looking into getting this as my first dashcam. Looking for something similar to this for quite a long time - wide angle lens, gps logging, good day and night performance etc.

Any other thoughts on this unit blurjoey before i pull the trigger on this purchase?
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This A119 is now my daily driver... laugh.gif


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post Aug 3 2016, 08:35 AM

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QUOTE(blurjoey @ Aug 3 2016, 08:19 AM)
This A119 is now my daily driver... laugh.gif
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Ok, I buy now LOL!
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post Aug 3 2016, 12:45 PM

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this one not bad who
how much ar?
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post Aug 4 2016, 07:58 AM

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QUOTE(Terence573 @ Jul 22 2016, 04:01 PM)
3.1A charger wow...

Curious to know how it looks mounted..
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The logic bhind 3.1A is actually,

2.1 + 1 = 3.1A

2 ports running simultaneously
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post Aug 4 2016, 01:05 PM

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hows the quality compared with Xiaoyi dashcam?
I can't view the video to the highest quality due to my internet connection saks.

thanks.
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post Aug 4 2016, 01:11 PM

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rm?
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post Aug 4 2016, 01:20 PM

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QUOTE(xphr3ak @ Aug 4 2016, 01:05 PM)
hows the quality compared with Xiaoyi dashcam?
I can't view the video to the highest quality due to my internet connection saks.

thanks.
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Cannot compare budget dashcam with high end dashcam laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif Specs also different...

QUOTE(Cruxs @ Aug 4 2016, 01:11 PM)
rm?
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US89.99 about RM364+- depending on the exchange rates
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post Aug 4 2016, 02:01 PM

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Quite pricey for budget dashcam...
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post Aug 4 2016, 02:12 PM

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QUOTE(Cruxs @ Aug 4 2016, 02:01 PM)
Quite pricey for budget dashcam...
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A119 is not a budget dashcam... Let me know if you can find a budget dashcam which can records in 2K video with GPS and using Novatek 96660 chipset and OmniVision OV4689 image sensor... I want to buy also... laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

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post Aug 5 2016, 01:28 AM

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Cant trust label 100% until some1 test it & tell the result.
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post Aug 5 2016, 08:37 AM

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QUOTE(Cruxs @ Aug 5 2016, 01:28 AM)
Cant trust label 100% until some1 test it & tell the result.
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This thread which I have reviewed the A119 with pictures and videos is it not "some1 test it & tell the results"? doh.gif doh.gif doh.gif

Please search a bit and you'll find a lot have tested the A119 since beta stages before final production last month... The manufacturer, Viofo, is active in the forum also... doh.gif doh.gif doh.gif

https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/forums/a119.193/

Reviews of the A119 by a few users in the dashcam review section... laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif
https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/forums/dash-cam-reviews.186/

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post Aug 7 2016, 11:04 AM

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QUOTE(xphr3ak @ Aug 4 2016, 01:05 PM)
hows the quality compared with Xiaoyi dashcam?
I can't view the video to the highest quality due to my internet connection saks.

thanks.
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from youtube video, i'd say xiaoyi still better.especially the birghtness, sharpness of picture, features, adn most importantly, night videos.but that just me.

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