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> Thinkware U1000, World first 4K+2K beast dashcam (Review)

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TSblurjoey
post Oct 1 2019, 03:21 PM, updated 3h 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 Sicurez for letting me get the very first unit of Thinkware U1000 in Malaysia. The first 4K + 2K dual dashcam.

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Thinkware product page: U1000
Sicurez Technologies product page: U1000


Technical Specs:
• Processor: Ambarella
• Sensor: Front: 8.42M Sony IMX 334 Exmor R Starvis; Rear: 5.14M Sony IMX335 Exmor R Starvis
• Viewing angle: Front: 150º; Rear: 156º Wide Viewing Angle
• 3-Axis Accelerometer G-Sensor (3D, ±3G)
• Resolution: Front: 4K UHD (3840x2160p) 30fps, 2K QHD (2560x1440p) 60fps; Rear: 2K QHD (2560x1440p) 30fps
• Support up to 128GB microSD card
• Built-in GPS
• Built-in 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi
• Built-in supercapacitor
• Safety Camera Alert
• Road Safety Warning System (LDWS, FCWS, uFCWS, FVDW)
• Time-lapse & motion detection parking mode
• Super Night Vision 2.0
• Energy Saving Parking Mode 2.0
• Advanced Video Clear Technology
• Geo-Fencing
• Locate Vehicle
• Driving Impact Notification
• Thinkware Cloud 2.0 Beta
• Radar module (optional)


The box
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Open box
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Contents
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• U1000
• Tape mount
• Rear cam
• Rear cam cable
• 64GB Thinkware micro SDXC card
• USB micro SD card reader
• Hardwire kit
• Cable holder x3
• Spare mounting tape
• CPL filter
• Wiping cloth
• Using the CPL filter guide
• Quick start guide
• Customer service info
• Thinkware Cloud


U1000
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Tape mount
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Rear cam
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Rear cam cable
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64GB Thinkware micro SDXC card
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USB micro SD card reader
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Hardwire kit
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Cable holders
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Spare mounting tape
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CPL filter
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Wiping cloth & using the CPL filter guide
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Quick start guide
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Customer service info
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Thinkware Cloud
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Initial firmware out of the box
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Updated latest firmware
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Test setup
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Notification While Parked & Remote Live View
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Tested out U1000's Notification While Parked & Remote Live View via a mobile hotspot in the car.


Videos
Below is recorded in H.265 3840x2160 30fps with an overall bit rate of 27.7 Mb/s for the front cam. Rear cam will be recorded in H.265 2560x1440 30fps with an overall bit rate of 14.3 Mb/s. Without CPL filter and Super Night Vision 2.0 disabled.




















Below is recorded in H.265 2560x1440 60fps with an overall bit rate of 27.7 Mb/s for the front cam. Rear cam will be recorded in H.265 2560x1440 30fps with an overall bit rate of 14.3 Mb/s. Without CPL filter and Super Night Vision 2.0 disabled.








Below is recorded in H.265 3840x2160 30fps with an overall bit rate of 27.7 Mb/s for the front cam. Rear cam will be recorded in H.265 2560x1440 30fps with an overall bit rate of 14.3 Mb/s. Without CPL filter and Super Night Vision 2.0 enabled. Seems that only the front cam has the Super Night Vision 2.0.













Final thoughts
Could this be the new king of the beast from Korea? I certainly think so.

Loving the new remote Live View function from the Thinkware Cloud 2.0 Beta. This feature is coming to Q800 Pro in the next update. 

The 4K image quality might not be one of the best but choosing Thinkware is more for their overall features than just image quality alone.

I missed the "Knight Rider" security LED from the F800 Pro & Q800 Pro.

This post has been edited by blurjoey: Oct 1 2019, 11:59 PM
Eternalgl0ry
post Oct 2 2019, 11:38 AM

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Front 4k or front 60fps better?
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post Oct 2 2019, 11:38 AM

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Uploaded videos with Super Night Vision 2.0 in the first post
TSblurjoey
post Oct 2 2019, 11:42 AM

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QUOTE(Eternalgl0ry @ Oct 2 2019, 11:38 AM)
Front 4k or front 60fps better?
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A bit hard to explain.

To me, both 4K 30fps & 2K 60fps looks great.

But I'm sticking to 4K 30fps more. It's a personal preference laugh.gif

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post Oct 2 2019, 03:52 PM

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QUOTE(blurjoey @ Oct 1 2019, 03:21 PM)

The 4K image quality might not be one of the best but choosing Thinkware is more for their overall features than just image quality alone.

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Which dash gives the best 4k in your experience?


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post Oct 2 2019, 04:31 PM

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QUOTE(wkc5657 @ Oct 2 2019, 03:52 PM)
Which dash gives the best 4k in your experience?
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The best 4K image is Viofo A129 Pro Duo with its maximum bitrate mode.
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post Oct 9 2019, 11:53 AM

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this dashcam allow you to track the car from anywhere using smartphone? Any sort of subscription need to pay monthly?
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post Oct 9 2019, 03:00 PM

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QUOTE(Jackofree @ Oct 9 2019, 11:53 AM)
this dashcam allow you to track the car from anywhere using smartphone? Any sort of subscription need to pay monthly?
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You'll need to get an internet wifi hotspot in the car for the U1000 to connect to the internet
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post Oct 9 2019, 04:11 PM

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QUOTE(blurjoey @ Oct 9 2019, 03:00 PM)
You'll need to get an internet wifi hotspot in the car for the U1000 to connect to the internet
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can put sim card inside?
TSblurjoey
post Oct 9 2019, 06:57 PM

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QUOTE(Jackofree @ Oct 9 2019, 04:11 PM)
can put sim card inside?
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The wifi hotspot need to use a sim card to work
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post Oct 10 2019, 02:45 PM

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QUOTE(blurjoey @ Oct 9 2019, 06:57 PM)
The wifi hotspot need to use a sim card to work
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It would be great if there is a sim card slot in the dash cam itself
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post Oct 10 2019, 02:59 PM

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QUOTE(Jackofree @ Oct 10 2019, 02:45 PM)
It would be great if there is a sim card slot in the dash cam itself
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Wait for Thinkware T700 as it has a 4G LTE sim card slot
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post Oct 10 2019, 03:11 PM

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QUOTE(blurjoey @ Oct 10 2019, 02:59 PM)
Wait for Thinkware T700 as it has a 4G LTE sim card slot
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currently, is there any dashcam that have a sim card slot for remote live monitoring?


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QUOTE(Jackofree @ Oct 10 2019, 03:11 PM)
currently, is there any dashcam that have a sim card slot for remote live monitoring?
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Nope. Most are using the wifi hotspot to connect.
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post Yesterday, 11:19 AM

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QUOTE(blurjoey @ Oct 2 2019, 04:31 PM)
The best 4K image is Viofo A129 Pro Duo with its maximum bitrate mode.
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So that viofo better than U1000?
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QUOTE(Eternalgl0ry @ Oct 18 2019, 11:19 AM)
So that viofo better than U1000?
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If compare directly image quality only - Viofo A129 Pro Duo win hands down.

If compare overall features - Thinkware U1000.

Viofo A129 Pro Duo's image quality is very fine-tuned and you can select bitrate settings. Cheaper alternative for true 4K and buffered parking mode.

Thinkware U1000's have the best parking mode in the market, accurate ADAS, Smart Camera Warnings, Remote Notification & Live View, Cloud 2.0 beta, etc.

I can say both are good 4K dashcams but will see which will suits your requirements more.

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Eternalgl0ry
post Today, 10:51 AM

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is this the best dashcam on the market ? is it worth it

I have been waiting since the announcement of ces 2019.
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post Today, 11:02 AM

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QUOTE(Eternalgl0ry @ Oct 19 2019, 10:51 AM)
is this the best dashcam on the market ? is it worth it

I have been waiting since the announcement of ces 2019.
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For all the features I mentioned above, to me yes it is worth it.

But to those who want only better image quality, not worth the price.

There are only 3 true 4K dashcams in the market. Thinkware U1000, Blackvue DR900S (read got a lot of overheat issue), and Viofo A129 Pro.

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