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TSblurjoey
post Aug 23 2019, 10:44 AM, updated 4h 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.

Thanks to Bill from Viofo for the pre-release unit of the soon to be launch A129 Pro.

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Do note that this is a pre-release unit. So there is no retail box, accessories or manual. The retail unit might be different from what I have below. Expected to launch very soon in August or September 2019.


Technical Specs:
• Processor: Novatek 96685
• Sensor: Sony Exmor R IMX317
• Lens: 130° FOV, all-glass lens
• Aperture: F1.8
• Resolution: front cam only: 3840x2160 30fps, 2560x1440 30/60fps, 2304x1296 30fps, 1920x1080 30/60/120fps ; front & rear cam: 3840x2160 30fps & 1920x1080 30fps, 1440p 30fps & 1080 30fps, 1920x1080 60fps & 1920x1080 30fps
• 2″ High-resolution TFT
• Support up to 256GB microSD card
• Built-in 802.11n 2.4GHz / 802.11ac 5GHz Dual-band Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth remote (optional)
• GPS mount (optional)
• CPL filter (optional)
• Built-in supercapacitor
• Parking mode (requires Viofo HK3 hardwire kit)


A129 Pro Duo
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New settings
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There are now 4 Bitrate modes: Low, Medium, High & Maximum

Below is the bitrate and 1-min video filesize for 3840x2160 30fps:
Low - Overall bit rate of 15.3 Mb/s with 109MB 1-min video file
Medium - Overall bit rate of 30.3 Mb/s with 216MB 1-min video file
High - Overall bit rate of 42.4 Mb/s with 303MB 1-min video file
Maximum - Overall bit rate of 60.3 Mb/s with 431MB 1-min video file


Initial firmware out of the box
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Test setup
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Will be using the 128GB Transcend High Endurance microSD for the recordings. And using the GPS mount from the A129 Duo IR.


Rear cams
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Tested both rear cams from both A129 Duo & Duo IR and the A129 Pro can automatically detect both without issues. The A129 Pro doesn't have the IR cam color modes settings like on the A129 Duo IR. A129 Pro is using the IR Auto mode. A129 Pro connected with the rear cam, there are only 3 resolutions settings.


A129 Pro Duo & A129 Duo/Duo IR comparisons
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A129 Duo/Duo IR on the left and A129 Pro on the right. Basically, everything is the same except the chipset, image sensor, and the lens. Plus the A129 Pro is slightly heavier than the A129 Duo/Duo IR.


Videos
Below is recorded in 3840x2160 30fps in High Bitrate mode with an overall bit rate of 42.4 Mb/s with WDR enabled and without the CPL filter.

















Don't forget to watch the above in 4K by clicking on the gear icon and change the resolution.


Final thoughts
The A129 Pro is a true 4K dashcam. The first Chinese brand dashcam that is true 4K. Not those fake 4K that manipulates lower resolutions to 4K dashcams.

The A129 Pro is crystal clear. An improved A129 Duo/Duo IR.

You can fully see all the details using a 4K monitor or TV.

Will be doing more tests with the A129 Pro like front and rear cam recordings, etc.

Also, you'll need to consider a bigger capacity micro SD for this A129 Pro if you plan to use High or Maximum bitrate mode as the filesize is big for a 1-minute video file.

This post has been edited by blurjoey: Aug 23 2019, 01:30 PM
yanjinowa
post Aug 23 2019, 11:11 AM

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assume the encoding is done in H.264, would you be able to share H.265 file size?
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post Aug 23 2019, 11:14 AM

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Do you know the expected price and is there any way to get it before launch?

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post Aug 23 2019, 11:27 AM

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post Aug 23 2019, 11:30 AM

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QUOTE(yanjinowa @ Aug 23 2019, 11:11 AM)
assume the encoding is done in H.264, would you be able to share H.265 file size?
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Yeah. Default is using H.264.

Let me get back to you for the H.265.

QUOTE(Olibur @ Aug 23 2019, 11:14 AM)
Do you know the expected price and is there any way to get it before launch?
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I predict the retail price to be around rm900-1k+-

Still waiting for launch as we testers are still testing out the A129 Pro.
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post Aug 26 2019, 07:09 PM

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QUOTE(blurjoey @ Aug 23 2019, 11:30 AM)

I predict the retail price to be around rm900-1k+-

Still waiting for launch as we testers are still testing out the A129 Pro.
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RM1k+- is for the front camera only?

My prediction that it might be RM1.4k+- for the 2 channel.
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post Aug 26 2019, 07:20 PM

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QUOTE(alexander3133 @ Aug 26 2019, 07:09 PM)
RM1k+- is for the front camera only?

My prediction that it might be RM1.4k+- for the 2 channel.
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I predict about rm1k-1.2k for the A129 Pro Duo set.

Hope will be launched soon.
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post Aug 26 2019, 08:07 PM

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QUOTE(blurjoey @ Aug 26 2019, 07:20 PM)
I predict about rm1k-1.2k for the A129 Pro Duo set.

Hope will be launched soon.
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I would love to see the duo set to be within RM1k to RM1.2k range, just hope that this dashcam will survive Malaysia heat.
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post Aug 26 2019, 09:26 PM

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QUOTE(alexander3133 @ Aug 26 2019, 08:07 PM)
I would love to see the duo set to be within RM1k to RM1.2k range, just hope that this dashcam will survive Malaysia heat.
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A few days ago, my test unit auto-shutdown due to overheating. sweat.gif sweat.gif sweat.gif
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QUOTE(yanjinowa @ Aug 23 2019, 11:11 AM)
assume the encoding is done in H.264, would you be able to share H.265 file size?
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H.265 file size for 2 minutes is 743MB vs H.264 File size for 2 minutes is 855MB
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post Aug 27 2019, 03:04 PM

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QUOTE(blurjoey @ Aug 26 2019, 09:30 PM)
H.265 file size for 2 minutes is 743MB vs H.264 File size for 2 minutes is 855MB
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I thought H.265 would be better in terms of sizing, looking at this, diff is about 50MB per minute.
Please H.265 should be HEVC coding right? normal laptop may not be able to play smoothly. blink.gif

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post Aug 27 2019, 03:06 PM

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QUOTE(yanjinowa @ Aug 27 2019, 03:04 PM)
I thought H.265 would be better in terms of sizing, looking at this, diff is about 50MB per minute.
Please H.265 should be HEVC coding right? normal laptop may not be able to play smoothly. blink.gif
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Yes HEVC. Need quite a good specs pc to play h.265. Just imagine you got in an accident and the video cannot play on the police's computer.

Best to stick with h.264.

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post Sep 4 2019, 04:08 PM

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Any news on this?
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post Sep 4 2019, 04:17 PM

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QUOTE(Olibur @ Sep 4 2019, 04:08 PM)
Any news on this?
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Last I heard that it is releasing in a week or 2.
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post Sep 5 2019, 03:41 PM

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QUOTE(Olibur @ Sep 4 2019, 04:08 PM)
Any news on this?
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Got the news that the A129 Pro Duo will be open for pre-orders on the 15th of September.
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post Sep 10 2019, 02:56 PM

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Pre-order from Lazada?
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QUOTE(yanjinowa @ Sep 10 2019, 02:56 PM)
Pre-order from Lazada?
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I think should be from Viofo website. Lazada has to be careful as might not be authorized store by Viofo. Unless is Sicurez as they are authorized Viofo distributor for Malaysia.

Heard the A129 Pro Duo price will be around rm1099.

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Viofo website means no local warranty right?
RM1099 is quite steep a price, consider price in Lazada with local warranty is about RM700.

I will KIV this, as i have just bought a 70mai review mirror DVR, main purpose for reverse camera function. thank you.
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QUOTE(yanjinowa @ Sep 10 2019, 04:05 PM)
Viofo website means no local warranty right?
RM1099 is quite steep a price, consider price in Lazada with local warranty is about RM700.

I will KIV this, as i have just bought a 70mai review mirror DVR, main purpose for reverse camera function. thank you.
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A129 Pro Duo is 4K resolution. RM700 is A129 Duo which is 1080p.

The pre-order is only through Viofo first.

Maybe later Sicurez will bring in later.
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