If you are looking for a dual dashcam (front an rear camera) that offers a complete safety solution, have a look at Vico Marcus 5, launched in 2014 by Vicovation, a company that specializes in CCTV surveillance for driving safety. This dashboard camera has two lenses, front and back, and both of them record simultaneously, giving you full HD video clips of 1080p on both cameras. Advanced technologies like WDR and 3D noise reduction, substantially contribute to the clarity of the videos.
The product comes with a standard quick mount bracket but you can also opt for a special GPS-integrated bracket that adds more features like lane departure warning, forward collision warning, GPS tracking, speed tracking, etc. Thus, Marcus 5 camera is not just a typical recording dash cam; it’s built with front and back video recording capabilities to give your car full video coverage.
The 145 degrees wide angle lens allows it to capture nearly all of the whole field through the front window. And the scorching heat in the summer is not a problem either since it continues to work even in a temperature as high as 75 degrees Celsius.
Like most other dashboard cameras, Marcus 5 also has G-Sensor to detect any sudden impact and trigger automatic recording, and it also supports loop recording so that the recording does not stop when the storage in the memory card is exhausted. You can lock the emergency video files by pressing the orange button; this will prevent both, front and rear videos, from getting written over during reloop.
Smart Parking Mode offers protection from accident and damage when your vehicle is parked. It automatically triggers recording whenever any motion is detected. And when there is no motion detected, the camera will automatically go to standby mode, saving space in your memory card.
Setting up this dual channel dash cam is super easy. You will hardly feel any need to read the instruction manual to get things setup. Just use a suction cup to mount the front camera to your windshield and stick the rear camera with the help of an adhesive sticky patch. The wire to connect the rear camera is long enough; so, you don’t have to go for additional wire even if you have a larger vehicle.
This is one of the best dual camera dash cameras in terms of video quality on both the front and the back cameras. Be it day, night, snow storm, no street light… or whatever the condition, it will leave you amazed with its extremely clear videos.
The display however does not seem to be that great, especially in the sunlight during daytime. Though the 2.4 inches LCD screen is easy to use with a simple, straightforward menu, it could have been little brighter.
Compared to other Marcus models, Marcus 5 also does not have a separate mic button since it is replaced with a button that allows you to switch between front and rear cameras. So, if you wish to mute the mic, you will have to go all the way into the settings
In terms of pricing, it’s among the costly dash cameras in the market but then if you consider the fact that you are getting the features and value of two cameras packed in a single, inconspicuous unit, you will not find it that costly either.
Vico-Marcus 5 Specs
Dual 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Dual 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
Lens: 145 Degrees
G-Sensor: 3 Axis G-Sensor built-in
LCD Display: 2.4″ TFT LCD
File Format: .MOV file H.264
Output interface: HD-Out/ USB2.0
Storage: Micro SDXC/SDHC Class10 only
Operation Temp: 0°C ~ 75°C
What’s in the box?
- Vico 4 Meter Cigar Car Charger
- Suction Bracket
- 3M Sticker Bracket
- Marcus5 Full HD Cable for Front Rear Camera connection (6m or 9m)
- Marcus5 Quick Mounting Bracket x2
- Installation Guide
- Warranty Card
Watch video samples from the Vico Marcus 5
Daytime driving footage from the front camera:
Daytime driving sample from the rear camera:
Night footage from the front camera:
Night driving sample footage from the rear camera: