The market for powerful, feature-filled dash cams is forever increasing and while the majority of these cameras have impressive spec-sheets, they fail to provide those features in a compact form factor. JooVuu X aims to change this by packing in all the features you’d expect from a full-fledged dash cam into a small and stealthy build.
In the box you will find either a battery or super capacitor based on which version of the camera you purchased, a charging cable and a USB data cable. You have the option of upgrading the charging cable to a GPS charger for a little more. You’ll also find a car mount; there are three to choose from, namely a sticky back, mini mount and a suction cup. You’ll also get a visor mount and some literature to help you get started. Overall, the additional accessories included help add to the value of the JooVuu X quite significantly and should prevent you from needing to go to the store to buy extra components to get it up and running.
Design wise, the JooVuu is far from an eye-sore, with a smooth polycarbonate build that is somewhat reminiscent of a cinema projector as a result of the large sensor on the front. The rubberized plastic shell is compact and unobtrusive, only exposing components of the camera that need to be there. On top of the unit you’ll find no more than a set of buttons, flip it over and there is just the mount. The sides feature the ports and SD card slots. Overall, the design is minimal and clean and the matte black paint should fit well with most car interiors.
Moving on to the star of the show, which is the camera. The JooVuu X features a single sensor on the front that is almost twice the width of the body it is attached to. This is for good reason as it is capable of providing an impressive video quality for the price. The sensor is capable of capturing video at a multitude of resolutions, from storage-saving 720p all the way up to 2560p, which is almost twice what most dash cams are able to provide. Frame rates stay at a smooth 30fps but lowering the video quality allows you to double that.
The lens has an FOV of 155 degrees, which is more than adequate for multi-lane highways. Aperture goes up to F2.0 and features such as Auto Focus and Flash come standard. There are a few manual controls built-in for you to mess with, including exposure, sharpness and contrast. The lens has an impressive seven layers of glass, which is one more than the majority of dash cams in this price range. This allows the JooVuu to record clear images regardless of how much light is entering the lens. All this is powered by an Ambarella A7 Chip that keeps everything running smooth and ensures that encoding is efficient.
Storage wise, the JooVuu X supports up to 128GB of internal storage. Understandable as Quad HD video does build up in size rather fast. Lowering the quality to something like 1080p (Full HD) with 128GB of storage will allow you to record a few dozen hours without issues. Note that a Micro-SD isn’t included with the unit and you’ll want to get one that is class 10 or higher as this will let you record seamlessly without having to worry about data loss or corruption issues.
Given the compact design, there is no space for a display so navigating and playing back your recordings is something you’ll need to do with the mobile or desktop apps that JooVuu has for their cameras. While somewhat spartan in their design, the apps work well and provide an adequate interface to navigate through your recordings. The JooVuu X also has Wifi built into the unit, which eliminates the need to physically connect the dash cam to your device to send data. You can also adjust the camera settings through the app. The application is available on virtually any platform, from Mac to Windows and their respective mobile versions.
The JooVuu comes with the option of purchasing a unit that requires a battery and one that has a built-in super capacitor (read our Battery VS Capacitor article). While the former is self-explanatory, the latter is a little more interesting and most likely your best option. Super capacitors do last longer than Lithium-Ion batteries and are less prone to damage as a result of extreme temperatures, so you’ll want to pick that version up if you living in an area with sporadic climates.
Overall, the JooVuu X provides a seriously impressive spec sheet that translates into everything you need from a dash cam. This includes high quality video recordings, useful safety features and compact design that will blend in well with most car interiors.
Dimensions: 3 x 1.6 x 0.6 inches Weight: 2.1 ounces Sensor: Ambarella A7 chip Video: 2560x1080P 30FPS (21:9), 2304x1296P 30FPS (16:9), 1920x1080P 60FPS, 1920x1080P 45FPS, 1920x1080P 30FPS (HDR), 1920x1080P 30FPS, 1280x720P 60FPS, 1280×720 30FPS Display: No display, accessible via APP Lens Angle: 155° Storage: up to 128GB Class10 Battery or Capacitor: Battery or Capacitor GPS: Yes G-Sensor: Yes Audio: Yes Dual Dashcam: No Model Number: X