Well hello, friends and family! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything here on Android Unfiltered, and for that, I truly apologize. The holidays were extremely busy for me, and then I fell victim to a two-week bout with the flu – and, well…. life happened. Now that I’m back to 100%, it’s time to (finally) share my thoughts with you about the THINKWARE F800PRO Dash Cam ($329).
Last fall, I checked out the F200 model – the entry-level offering from the South Korean manufacturer. Today, we’ll take a look at the company’s high-end model, the F800PRO. I’ve used this cam for the past three months or so, and while there are many similarities between the two models, there are certainly a few nice perks that come along with the pricier offering. Before we get into all of those fancy features, let’s take a look at the specs department.
THINKWARE F800PRO Specifications
What’s In The Box?
Features, Bells, And Whistles
If you’re looking for a dash cam that packs all the goodies you can think of (and then some), the F800PRO absolutely delivers. This thing has so many useful features – especially once you take the initiative to hardwire the device to your vehicle’s fuse box. Let’s take a quick look at each of these bells and whistles, and then you can decide for yourself if this is the right dash cam for your needs.
Here’s the 411, pulled from the manufacturer website.
Locate Vehicle will help drivers, parents, or fleet managers to find a vehicle’s current location using the THINKWARE CLOUD mobile app. Captured by the F800PRO’s built-in GPS antenna, the vehicles’ location, speed, and direction of travel are shown in the mobile app on a Google Maps display.
Geo-Fencing allows parents or fleet managers to be updated on vehicles’ comings and goings. The F800PRO will send a push notification through the THINKWARE CLOUD mobile app if a vehicle enters or exits a pre-selected geographic zone. The radius of the zone can be set easily by simply tapping on the Google Maps display and selecting the desired radius, from 100m all the way up to 600km. Users can set up to 20 different geofences.
In the event of a crash, the Deep Impact feature can help the driver to notify others of an emergency situation when the driver is not in the condition to do so. Concerned parties can then remotely check on the situation wherever they are.
When the car experiences an impact with a g-force level greater than 3g or 4g while driving, the dash cam will automatically send a push notification alert to all concerned parties logged in to the THINKWARE CLOUD app on their smartphone.
A 20 seconds video of the incident (10 seconds before and after) is also saved on the THINKWARE CLOUD server, and a push notification alert of the video is sent to the concerned parties, which can be viewed and downloaded from the app.
Parking Surveillance Mode (requires hardwired installation)
Super Night Vision 2.0
By taking advantage of new image processing technology optimized for Parking Surveillance, the dash cam excels in low-light conditions with reduced noise.
With Time Lapse, the dash cam can sustain longer operational period while reducing video file size, allowing a longer coverage in Parking Surveillance Mode.
Monitor any impact to the vehicle while it is parked to catch any hit-and-run driver in the act while you are away.
Monitor and capture any motion around the vehicle for potential vandalism attempts.
Energy Saving Mode
Energy saving parking recording will reduce power consumption by 1/3 less and gives 3x longer video recording than normal parking mode. When you are away for a vacation or leaving your car for quite some time, energy saving parking recording is a recommended solution. When in use, the Dash Cam will go to sleep and soon after an impact has been detected by built-in G-sensor, the Dash Cam will wake up within a second and start recording for the next 20 seconds.
Integrated Thermal Protection
All THINKWARE dash cams have been designed and constructed to withstand extreme temperatures your vehicle might face on a daily basis. The Thermal Sensor monitors the internal temperature of the dash cam and triggers device shut-off if detected operating temperature has surpassed threshold. Rechargeable batteries pose a safety risk when exposed to extreme heat, which is why THINKWARE opted for Super Capacitors instead. They provide a reliable and safe alternative to batteries, and in the event of a sudden power cut-off, Super Capacitors allow the dash cam to securely finish recording and saving the current video.
Recording good quality videos is important, but saving and managing these precious files is just as important. THINKWARE’S Anti-File Corruption Technology prevents data fragmentation and potential data corruption due to bad blocks by dedicating pre-allocated space for each recorded video segment. This allows the dash cam to save footage instantaneously on the MicroSD card while extending the life of the memory card.
Front Camera (Day)
Rear Camera (Day)
Front Camera (Night)
Rear Camera (Night)
To be quite honest, you should consider first the F800PRO if you’re looking to pick up a dash cam and also happen to have a few hundred bucks to drop on such a purchase. You’ll want to get it hardwired to take full advantage of all of the features the F800PRO offers; you might also want to consider a professional install to keep those wires tucked away properly.
One thing worth mentioning again is the F800PRO’s impressive ability to withstand extreme temperatures. It was -17°F with windchill temps of -45°F here in Iowa last week. This is a bit below the recommended temps according to the manufacturer, so I was a bit worried the next morning when I went to start my car. Luckily, the F800PRO fired right up and went into Continuous Recording Mode without a hitch.
I have encountered a couple of system errors which cause the device to randomly reboot during the three months I’ve been testing this dash cam. The device’s speaker suddenly warns of the error and reboots and then the device goes back to working normally and won’t reboot again for a couple of weeks. This isn’t a major deal unless it happens and I’m involved in an accident while the device is rebooting. Hopefully, that won’t ever happen.
The Bottom Line
If you don’t mind spending over $300, plan to hardwire, and want all of the extra features you can possibly get in a dash cam, look no further than the F800PRO. If you don’t have a larger budget and don’t mind fewer features and a 720p rear-camera, the F200 is still a great option.
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