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TSblurjoey
post May 14 2018, 10:47 PM, updated 12 months ago

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Viofo has sent over their latest A129 dual dashcam for testing.

Do note that this is a pre-production unit. So there is no retail box, accessories or manual. Production unit might be different from what I have below. Expected to launch end of May 2018.


Technical Specs:
• Processor: Novatek NT96663
• Sensor: Front & Rear - Sony IMX291 Starvis sensor
• Lens: 140° FOV
• Aperture: ???
• Resolution: Front only – 1080p 30/60fps. Dual – 1080p 30fps
• 2″ High Resolution TFT
• Support up to 128GB microSD card
• Dual band Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth remote
• GPS mount (optional)
• CPL filter for front and rear (optional)
• Built-in super capacitor
• Parking mode (requires hardwire kit)
(Getting some confirmations for the above)


The box
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Open box
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Contents
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• A129
• Rear cam
• Rear cam cable
• GPS mount
• Rear cam mount
• Dual USB car charger
• Long mini USB cable


A129
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GPS mount
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New GPS mounting interface. And the new mount is slide to the right to release. Previously was slide up.


Rear cam
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Rear cam mount
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Rear cam cable
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Dual USB car charger
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Long mini USB cable
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Initial firmware out of the box
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New features
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Can choose low or high bit rate video recording, dual band Wi-Fi, and bluetooth remote.


Test setup
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Will be using 64GB Samsung Evo+ for recording


A119 Pro & A129 comparisons
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Videos
Recorded in 1920×1080 30fps with an overall bit rate of 16.9 Mb/s.






























Final thoughts?
Well, this A129 is not yet in its final form.

What do I like about it? 1) Better mount system, slides to the right, not up. 2) Sony IMX291 Starvis sensor for both front & rear cam. 3) Dual-band WiFi. 4) Great new lens. 5) Bluetooth remote for emergency recording. 6) Removable rear cam 7) Parking Mode (hardwire kit).

I miss the power button from the A119/A119S/A119 Pro.

This post has been edited by blurjoey: May 18 2018, 11:52 AM
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post May 15 2018, 11:35 AM

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Rear cable estimated length?
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post May 15 2018, 11:48 AM

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QUOTE(KIntos @ May 15 2018, 11:35 AM)
Rear cable estimated length?
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I think about 6m long
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post May 15 2018, 12:09 PM

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QUOTE(blurjoey @ May 15 2018, 11:48 AM)
I think about 6m long
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Ok. Thats good.
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post May 15 2018, 03:51 PM

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QUOTE(KIntos @ May 15 2018, 12:09 PM)
Ok. Thats good.
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Usually, they will give 5m or longer cable for rear cam.
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QUOTE(blurjoey @ May 15 2018, 03:51 PM)
Usually, they will give 5m or longer cable for rear cam.
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Yeah. Waiting for preorder open. I want to use A129 on my vehicle.
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post May 15 2018, 10:49 PM

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QUOTE(KIntos @ May 15 2018, 09:51 PM)
Yeah. Waiting for preorder open. I want to use A129 on my vehicle.
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Told you it will be good and better than A119 Pro laugh.gif

Now, all sellers say start selling early next month.

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Is there likely a super capacitor in the rear cam?

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post May 17 2018, 10:00 AM

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QUOTE(lil_flank @ May 16 2018, 11:51 PM)
Is there likely a super capacitor in the rear cam?
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Rear cams usually don't require battery or capacitor. Usually, require on the front cam as it's the brain. Settings in kept at the front cam.
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QUOTE(blurjoey @ May 17 2018, 10:00 AM)
Rear cams usually don't require battery or capacitor. Usually, require on the front cam as it's the brain. Settings in kept at the front cam.
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Hope this Viofo A129 is like what u describe. I installed a Viofo A119v2 for my rear window and was covered by my rear sunshade. Due to this, my Viofo A119 is very hot and the super capacitor became faulty. My date and settings always reset after every shutdown. I send this unit to Viofo China for repair. I have gotten back my dashcam. Currently the date will not reset but the settings will still reset after every shutdown. doh.gif

Probably will buy this Viofo A129 for my current car rclxm9.gif
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post May 18 2018, 10:16 AM

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QUOTE(lil_flank @ May 18 2018, 12:24 AM)
Hope this Viofo A129 is like what u describe. I installed a Viofo A119v2 for my rear window and was covered by my rear sunshade. Due to this, my Viofo A119 is very hot and the super capacitor became faulty. My date and settings always reset after every shutdown. I send this unit to Viofo China for repair. I have gotten back my dashcam. Currently the date will not reset but the settings will still reset after every shutdown. doh.gif

Probably will buy this Viofo A129 for my current car rclxm9.gif
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First time hear the capacitor died due to heat. Your car doesn't have tint? sweat.gif sweat.gif sweat.gif

But there are some cases with faulty capacitors due to mass produce item.
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QUOTE(blurjoey @ May 18 2018, 10:16 AM)
First time hear the capacitor died due to heat. Your car doesn't have tint? sweat.gif  sweat.gif  sweat.gif

But there are some cases with faulty capacitors due to mass produce item.
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I installed the Llumar t4-50 security tint. I forgot what was the Llumar tint for the rear windscreen. It was working perfectly fine for a month plus until it suddenly always pop up an error due to the date inaccurate. This rear dashcam is installed in between the rear windscreen and sunshade so is freaking hot. Or mayb it is just a faulty capacitor coz so far the repaired dashcam is still working fine.

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Estimated price for this new Viofo dual dashcams?
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post May 18 2018, 11:21 AM

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QUOTE(Zaryl @ May 18 2018, 11:06 AM)
Estimated price for this new Viofo dual dashcams?
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Am thinking around rm500-800 range. Next month will know.
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post May 18 2018, 11:25 AM

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QUOTE(lil_flank @ May 18 2018, 11:00 AM)
I installed the Llumar t4-50 security tint. I forgot what was the Llumar tint for the rear windscreen. It was working perfectly fine for a month plus until it suddenly always pop up an error due to the date inaccurate. This rear dashcam is installed in between the rear windscreen and sunshade so is freaking hot. Or mayb it is just a faulty capacitor coz so far the repaired dashcam is still working fine.
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Maybe you got a faulty capacitor. hmm.gif hmm.gif hmm.gif
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post May 18 2018, 02:49 PM

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QUOTE(lil_flank @ May 18 2018, 12:24 AM)
Hope this Viofo A129 is like what u describe. I installed a Viofo A119v2 for my rear window and was covered by my rear sunshade. Due to this, my Viofo A119 is very hot and the super capacitor became faulty. My date and settings always reset after every shutdown. I send this unit to Viofo China for repair. I have gotten back my dashcam. Currently the date will not reset but the settings will still reset after every shutdown. doh.gif

Probably will buy this Viofo A129 for my current car rclxm9.gif
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Thats probably cap faulty or the rtc battery faulty. For the setting, need to check. Could be eprom or firmware issue. Have you try reflash the firmware?

If you were on gps module. Please remember to set the time zone correctly.

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QUOTE(KIntos @ May 18 2018, 02:49 PM)
Thats probably cap faulty or the rtc battery faulty. For the setting, need to check. Could be eprom or firmware issue. Have you try reflash the firmware?

If you were on gps module. Please remember to set the time zone correctly.
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He said have sent back to China and repaired by Viofo d...
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QUOTE(KIntos @ May 18 2018, 02:49 PM)
Thats probably cap faulty or the rtc battery faulty. For the setting, need to check. Could be eprom or firmware issue. Have you try reflash the firmware?

If you were on gps module. Please remember to set the time zone correctly.
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Last time i flashed to the latest firmware. I did not use the gps module for my rear dashcam coz i have another same Viofo A119v2 with gps module for my front windscreen. I did notice the last video always corrupted, date inaccurate and setting reset every shutdown. The red power button also immediately cut off after shutdown. So it was indeed the capacitor faulty. After repaired the capacitor, my setting still always reset even after i did upgrade to the latest firmware. I already gave up troubleshooting it, lol..
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QUOTE(Teddy Paddington Jr. @ May 18 2018, 03:45 PM)
Thanks for the review; how does the A129 compare to the Mini0906?
Both are recording front and rear at 1080P 30fps.
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I'd choose the A129 over the mini0906. Build quality is much better.
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QUOTE(lil_flank @ May 18 2018, 03:39 PM)
Last time i flashed to the latest firmware. I did not use the gps module for my rear dashcam coz i have another same Viofo A119v2 with gps module for my front windscreen. I did notice the last video always corrupted, date inaccurate and setting reset every shutdown. The red power button also immediately cut off after shutdown. So it was indeed the capacitor faulty. After repaired the capacitor, my setting still always reset even after i did upgrade to the latest firmware. I already gave up troubleshooting it, lol..
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That is bad if still have problems after repairs

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