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> Viofo A129, The highly anticipated dual dashcam (Review)

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TSblurjoey
post May 14 2018, 10:47 PM, updated 2 months 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.


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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, 11:48 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
TSblurjoey
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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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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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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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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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, 03:16 PM

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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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post May 18 2018, 04:05 PM

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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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post May 18 2018, 04:08 PM

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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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post May 18 2018, 04:13 PM

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QUOTE(Teddy Paddington Jr. @ May 18 2018, 04:09 PM)
How would you compare the video quality?
I'd see that both using the same front sensor; however the rear camera differs.
Which one has better video quality? A129 or Mini0906?
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The firmware on the A129 is not yet final for the launch date. But the beta firmware is looking very good.
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post May 19 2018, 12:15 AM

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QUOTE(KIntos @ May 18 2018, 04:44 PM)
Quality image more or less same. Dont view from this angle. A129 is latest and come with latest feature which most dual channel dashcam doesnt have.

1. Wifi- 2 frequency (2.4 ghz and 5 ghz).
2. Discreet concept of wedges design.
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Actually, wedge and cylinder shape dashcams are both discreet designs. Which is more discreet is based on personal preferences laugh.gif

Dual band wifi on dashcams is not new. Most higher range dashcam is already using laugh.gif
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post May 19 2018, 12:18 AM

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QUOTE(Teddy Paddington Jr. @ May 18 2018, 05:45 PM)
Noted smile.gif

I'm comparing both in terms of their video performance as seeing that both are using the same front sensor; major difference are the rear camera sensors and Viofo vs Mini's software imagery.

Wifi isn't much of a big selling point to me; but that's just my personal preference;

Discreet design is also down to personal preference. I find both are quite discreet in terms of design; the A129 is definitely the most stealthy looking type.

However, sometimes having a stealthy camera may not help in certain road rage situation after all; I'd prefer the design that's part stealthy but yet visible; stealthy enough that people won't steal, but visible in case if someone wants to pick a fight with you; I tend to notice that drivers tend to behave much more docile/tone-down once they've spotted their targeted car has a dashcam; hence they might back away from you and leaving you and your car unharmed.

If you have a stealthy dashcam however, aggressive driver may have already acted out and causes damage to your car, only then to realise (with regret) that you've been recording their actions and plan to take actions against them. Although the damages you've incurred can be claimed by insurance, however the damage is already done; seeing that there is a possibility that the whole scenario could've be prevented if the aggressor would've spotted your dashcam, and back away from you.

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Wifi to me, have or don't have is not a priority. I still prefer to take out the card and use an OTG reader and watch from phone or on my PC.

You can look at dashcams with security LED when recording like Thinkware. iRoad have it also but it's really bright to my preference.


QUOTE(Teddy Paddington Jr. @ May 18 2018, 05:51 PM)
So far the video quality does look good; I find that the A129's rear camera is much better than the Mini0906 at night;
It's a shame that they did not put the 1440p sensor from the A119 Pro into the A129; that combination would've been perfect.

Thanks for taking the time and write this review; I'm looking forward for your review update when Viofo's finalizes the A129 software/design smile.gif
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Still testing the A129. Hopefully, I can get the retail pack next month to review.

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post May 21 2018, 01:43 PM

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QUOTE(WaCKy-Angel @ May 21 2018, 11:59 AM)
blurjoey is it possible to use back A119 gps mount on this model? because the 3M sticker is on the mount right?

and hardwire kit comes as standard kit or optional?
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Cannot as different GPS mount design on the A129. Now is slide to the right to remove the A129.

Hardwire kit is an optional item if not mistaken. Not sure yet as it's starting to sell next month.
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post Jun 2 2018, 12:15 AM

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https://www.viofo.com/home/79-a129-duo-dual...ash-camera.html

Viofo A129 online retail price at USD169.90 (rm676+-).

Sicurez just informed that their A129 stock is arriving on the 11th or 12th of June.

Their early bird price at rm799 with installation with hardwire kit but only in Seremban. With local 1 year 1-on-1 exchange warranty

After that is rm859 with installation with hardwire kit.

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post Jun 4 2018, 11:14 AM

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QUOTE(kinwawa @ Jun 4 2018, 11:03 AM)
wow...nice price if bought online directly! any place we can get the viofo promo code tongue.gif
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Usually, buy direct is cheaper. Promo code needs to wait for big sales.
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post Jun 4 2018, 08:38 PM

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Viofo A129 1CH is available on presell for those who doesn't want 2CH A129.

https://www.viofo.com/home/81-62-presell-a1...module-included
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post Jun 5 2018, 10:17 AM

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QUOTE(kinwawa @ Jun 5 2018, 09:51 AM)
the rear camera...quality ok? Can we power the rear camera as standalone unit using usb power? coz interested to install the rear only to existing car and a129 to the new car. thx
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Did you read my review in the 1st post? My review has the videos for front and rear cams.

Both the A129 and the rear cam is using Sony Starvis sensor.

And no you can't use the rear cam as a standalone unit as it will still require A129's processor and power to function as a whole unit.

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post Jun 5 2018, 10:25 AM

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QUOTE(mystvearn @ Jun 5 2018, 10:20 AM)
How long does it usually take for installation?
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About an hour or so depending on your car model.

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