These days, it’s difficult to come across items that don’t integrate with your smartphone. The Thinkware F770 is no exception – this dash camera’s main feature is that it integrates seamlessly to your phone through Wi-Fi connectivity. However, unlike other cameras, this one works without bugs or errors and, although pricey, is an extremely efficient tool to incorporate into your daily driving routine. To purchase, there are two options available for the same price. Customers can opt for a permanent car installation set, or for those who need flexibility, a removal set.
The front camera video footage is provided at 9.5Mbps, with attached audio that can be toggled on and off when needed through a physical button. When the rear camera is in use, footage quality is reduced to 8Mbps. The purchase may come with a 32GB or a 16GB microSD card. The storage seems to be fine for most users, however, like other cameras, the F770 is prone to looping and replacing old videos with newer videos. The forgetful type may want to remember to store backups if those old recordings are important to them. Specifically, a 16GB card can hold 200 videos if one camera is one use, and half of that when both are in use.
The quality of the footage itself is high-quality and definitely on the same level as a range of high-end dash camera brands. The F770 makes use of the Adaptive Color and Contrast System for a wide range of hues to capture almost all details. HD is not available, but it doesn’t seem like you’re missing anything much when you playback your recordings. Post-sunset recordings are no exception, as they showcase the road clearly with negligible light flares.
There is no screen on the camera itself to view what is being recorded. Instead, users are meant to connect their phones and view the live footage through there instead. It is easy to understand how this might get complicated, as it introduces yet another layer to the process. Additionally, there might be moments where a smartphone is just not available. These deficiencies aside, if you are apt at using your phone for a variety of things, you’d find this feature easy and simple to use once it is set up.
The smartphone app, with its built-in GPS system, also keeps track of the location of each clip. This added data is becoming exceedingly important in critical situations. More added benefits are the safety-camera alerts. Warnings and notifications are delivered via voice feedback, useful for when driving and screens and phones are out of reach. For example, getting too close to the car ahead will trigger a warning, urging you to move back. A voice also pops up when the car in front of you inches forward during traffic – great for those who always seem to be stuck on the road. Clearly, Thinkware had its users in mind when designing.
To attach the camera to the car, it is important to understand that the entire camera itself will not adjust or angle itself to where you want it to be placed. Instead, the idea is to attach the camera precisely on the windshield and then continue to adjust the lens.
The camera itself is sleek and unobtrusive, with a long and sturdy design. It feels heavy and pricey, something you’d want after shelling out the money for this camera! There is not much to be found missing during installation and use. Overall, the smartphone features make the F770 a great buy and is wonderful for those who value a little technology in their daily lives.
Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.6 x 4.5 inches Weight: 4.6 ounces Video (Front Cam): HD 1920 x 1080@30fps Video (Rear Cam): HD 1920 x 1080@30fps Censor: SONY Exmor CMOS Image sensor Display: No display, accessible via APP Lens Angle: 140° Storage: MicroSD, up to 64GB (class 10) GPS: Yes G-Sensor: Yes Operating temperature: 14°F to 140°F (-10°C to 60°C), storage
temp is -4°F to 158°F (-20°C to 70°C) Audio: Yes Dual Dashcam: Yes Model Number: F770
Thinkware F770 Firmware
The F770 Firmware can be downloaded from the manufactures website here