|Item Weight||7.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.8 x 1.7 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||A118-C Capacitor Edition|
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A118-C 1080p HD Car Dash Camera with Capacitor G-Sensor 1.5" HD Screen 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens Records at 60 FPS with Loop Recording
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- CAPACITOR BASED MODEL - Uses a Capacitor as its power source - no internal battery, 140°F heat resistant
- MADE OF Novatek NT96650 Chipset + Aptina AR0330 Lens - Provides low power consumtion, but high definition video compression and smooth imaging
- VIDEO RECORDING - Full 1080P HD Recording at a Smooth 30 FPS and 720P at 60 FPS with Night Vision, WDR Technology and Automatic Motion Detection
- COMPACT & CONTOURED DESIGN BUILT FOR DISGUISE - A118-C camera slots in slightly above & in front of your rear-view mirror and looks like any other part of your car
- EXTENDED 170° VIEWING ANGLE - Gives your recordings a panoramic quality that encompasses both sides of the road, and it’s surroundings
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Compact and Contoured Design - Seamlessly Camouflage Behind Rear-View Mirror
As essential as a dash cam can be, do you really want to advertise the fact that you are recording to the drivers around you? It’s often difficult to predict how people will react when they know they are being filmed, but discretion is your safest choice. With that in mind, the A118-C features a streamlined profile that is both compact and easy to conceal. Small enough the slip between your car’s windshield and rear-view mirror, the all-black exterior of the A118-C seamlessly camouflages itself with the interior of your vehicle. The camera’s fixed bracket attaches to the windshield with an included double-sided adhesive, allowing you to easily slide your camera in and out of recording position.
Capacitor Powered (No Internal Battery) - Functional for Longer
Batteries are often the first component to fail in any electronic, but dashboard cameras are particularly vulnerable to battery related malfunction. This can unfortunately lead to costly or time consuming repairs relatively soon after purchase. Mounted on your windshield, a dash cam is directly exposed to intense sunlight and heat, elements that take an especially heavy toll on battery life and function. Powered by capacitor, the A118-C completely bypasses the problems inherent to battery use. As opposed to battery power, a capacitor is operable in much higher temperature ranges (like those in the steamy interior of your car), and doesn’t sharply degrade over time in function and durability.
Crystal Clear 1080p HD Video and Audio Recording, Compatible with up to a 32GB M
The A118-C gives you a number of video recording options. Choose between faster paced, 720p recording at 60 FPS or detail-rich 1080p recording at 30 FPS. In darker environments, the camera’s WDR technology and night vision help minimize any drop off in footage quality.
Built-in 1.5 feet HD Screen - Review Your Footage Anywhere at Anytime
From proving you didn’t in fact run that red light, to re-experiencing a beautiful road-side scene that passed by all too quickly, the ability to review footage you’ve just captured is not only convenient, it’s essential. The A118-C lets you immerse yourself in footage wherever you find yourself.
Wide-Angle 170° Recording Field - Capture Truly Road-Encompassing Footage
While many dash cams limit the scope of your footage with 120°-150° viewing angles, the A118-C’s 170° viewing angle lets you take in the full scope of the road. The enhanced, wide-angle view gives your recordings a panoramic quality that truly encompasses your surroundings.
Loop Recording Overwrites Older, Unsaved Footage, Saving You the Time and Hassle
You buy a dash cam for those infrequent moments when having footage that backs you up can mean huge savings in time and money. The rest of the time, it’s a pain to manually delete that uneventful footage. Fortunately, loop recording automatically overwrites your oldest, unsaved footage.
G-Sensor Detection Recognizes Sudden Acceleration Shifts and Automatically Saves
Working alongside the A118-C’s loop recording feature, the camera’s G-sensor recognizes sudden acceleration shifts resulting from sharp braking or an accident, and automatically saves the current recording segment from being overridden.
Optional GPS Module Accessory Enables GPS Logging and Speed Stamping
The Optional GPS module accessory (not included) lets you log your GPS coordinates along with your driving footage. This lets you peg the footage you’ve captured with the precise location you captured it in. The GPS module also functionally enables speed stamping on your footage.
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dUses A Capacitor As Its Power Source - No Internal Battery: By using a capacitor as its power source, the A118-C bypasses many persistent dash cam problems that are inherent to battery use. The A118-C's capacitor makes it operable in much higher temperature ranges so you do not have to worry about your camera overheating, making it an ideal choice for drivers in hot climates. Battery life notably degrades over time, with mere months of use shortening battery life by considerable amounts. More importantly, batteries are often the first component of a dashboard camera to fail, requiring relatively costly or time consuming repairs.
Compact and Contoured Design Built for Disguise: The A118 Dashboard Camera is extremely compact, and slots in slightly above and in front of your rear-view mirror. It's black facing blends in perfectly with the exterior of the mirror, making it look like any other part of your car. The camera's bracket attaches to the windshield with an included double-sided adhesive, allowing you to easily slide your camera in and out of recording position.
High Definition 1080p Video Resolution, Plus Audio Recording: The A118 offers you a number of resolution options, letting you record in high definition 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps. During the day, the camera's 1080p resolution perfectly captures your surroundings, while the speaker provides audio recording.
Built-in 1.5" HD Screen: With the built-in 1.5" HD TFT (type of LCD display), you can orient your camera for that perfect viewing angle. You can also watch already recorded footage on the go, without having to tinker with or transfer files to another device.
Sweeping 170° Viewing Angle: The 170° viewing angle stands head and shoulders above most other dashboard cameras, which fall in the 120°-150° range. The extended angle gives your recordings a panoramic quality that encompasses both sides of the road, and it’s surroundings.
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For a sub-$100 dashcam, this really has all the right features and it's a good value for what it delivers. Most sellers will sell this for about $80 shipped these days, but be sure to make sure that it is a genuine Novatek NT96650 / Aptina AR0330 model with capacitor. "Fake" ones don't have the right chips or lens or are battery versions touted as capacitor versions. The way to tell is to open one up and check the chips and presence of capacitor. The ones sold by "findmint" and "Spy Tec" are confirmed to be genuine, and they are from USA-based sellers with warranty support in the USA. At this price, the unit does not include the Micro SD card (aka "TF" TransFlash) that is necessary to store your videos: It accepts up to 32GB. It is recommended to use a high-quality Class 4 to 10 Micro SD card such as those from SanDisk, Samsung, Transcend, Kingston, etc. Be sure to format the card inside the camera itself before initial use because it will format it properly, rather than on your computer.
I like how compact this camera is. Compared to other dashcam models that take up much more space and look like standalone GPS units, this one blends in much nicer with the interior of the car and because it simply sticks to the windshield via the 3M VHB adhesive mount, and not suction cup, it is very secure and when mounted behind the rear view mirror, you hardly see it. It is also small enough to slip between the rear view mirror and windshield. So once you set it up, it truly is "set it and forget it" type of DVR, which is exactly what you want the dashcam to do: record everything, and only needing to access it when you need to get footage off the camera after an accident or incident, etc...
The right blend of value and features is provided with this camera. It records in HD (1080p), can record audio (option to turn off if you want privacy), auto on/record whenever it gets power (when you turn car to ACC/on-- if you wire it correctly or if you use the included 12V car charger plug), option to record when motion/bump detected (for when car is parked), good night vision, excellent daytime quality, 170 degree wide-angle "fisheye" that captures both sides of the car, micro-SD card slot (up to 32GB), mini-USB connection for hardwiring (use the optional hardwiring kit: findmint Dash Camera Vehicle Hardwiring Kit for Mini USB Devices (A118 / B40 / G1w / G1w-C / G1WH / GT680W / Mini 0801 / Mobius Action Camera / Garmin GPS / Car DVR Camera Recorder Dashboard Dash Cam)).
It also have a time/date stamp (you can turn on/off) which is useful to use as evidence in case of accident. An optional GPS module (AUTO-VOX GPS Module for A118 B40 Dash Cam Extra Accessories) is available if you want to log your GPS coordinates. Most people choose not to for privacy reasons (and to not self-incriminate if you were speeding...), and frankly, in an accident, the location can be found on the camera footage anyways, and speed can be extrapolated from using distance of markers/objects, so I feel it's unnecessary, unless you are a fleet manager and want to just keep track of your fleet.
This is the capacitor version of the camera, which is more expensive than then battery version, but it ought to last much much longer and also it's better for extreme climates. I would recommend getting the capacitor version, so you take out the risk of battery leaking/exploding because sitting on your windshield 24/7 and subject to the sun is a very harsh environment. A capacitor is not like a battery-- it merely holds a charge and regulates the voltage, whereas a battery produces a charge. Therefore, when the unit is powered off, it will stay on for a few seconds enough to power down (stop recording / write the last bits to SD card) and then turn off.
The quality of the daytime video is superb. I was surprised how clear the video was. You can make out the license plates of cars in front and parked to the side of the road easily. It also has a good dynamic range of capturing video as you move from bright to shade (such as into a tunnel and then out). Night time recording is not as good, but it's acceptable: it also depends a lot on how clear your windshield is. I think my car's inside windshield needs to be cleaned more, as the lights from street lights tend to look like lines instead of dots.
The camera saves the videos in .MOV (QuickTime Movie) format. You can set it to record continuously, or in 1, 3, or 5-minute intervals. I set it at 3, so that it's easier to search and look for the clip you need, and it also lessens the risk of losing a file to corruption. Yes, it records them in succession, so at the end of the 3-minute clip, it records the next second right away. When the SD card is filled up, it goes and overwrites the oldest file and keeps recording-- so it's very "set it and forget it" which I really like.
Sample Videos (raw, unprocessed video):
Products Mentioned / Direct Links to Purchase:
A118-C Camera (Capacitor Version):
findmint A118-C B40 Capacitor 1080P HD Video Car Dashboard Camera (Novatek NT96650 Chipset + Aptina AR0330 Lens)
findmint Dash Camera Vehicle Hardwiring Kit for Mini USB Devices (A118 / B40 / G1w / G1w-C / G1WH / GT680W / Mini 0801 / Mobius Action Camera / Garmin GPS / Car DVR Camera Recorder Dashboard Dash Cam)
findmint Replacement Windshield 3M VHB Adhesive Mount for A118 , A118-C, B40, B40-C Dash Camera DVR [Mount Only: No Camera]
SanDisk Ultra 16GB UHS-I/Class 10 Micro SDHC Memory Card With Adapter- SDSDQUAN-016G-G4A [Old Version]
For the price of this camera, I was very impressed with its recording abilities during the daytime hours. The image is very sharp and you can easily read license plates in full HD at 30 frames per second. Since this camera has a wide angle lens that spans 170 degrees, objects will appear farther than they really are but you get a nice sweeping view wherever you decide to mount this camera. I was pleasantly surprised that despite vehicles that were practically on my bumper, this camera was able to record a full view of the front of the vehicle (bumper & license plate) as if they were farther away. In terms of night time performance, this is where the camera falls short (my reason for 1 less star). If you check the screenshots of some sample footage I took, it's obvious that this camera prefers environments with plenty of light.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this dash camera. It mounts to the glass and easily comes off if you decide to detach it. It's small, lightweight, and affordable with great performance during the day and decent night time performance to meet most needs.
For the guide on how I hardwired mine, see detailed guide below.
Realistic Daily Operation for the average user: Once it is setup (see below), turn car on, camera gets power when car turns on and chimes, camera starts recording video and audio, camera records in 3 hour loop (with a 16GB micro SDcard in it), finish driving, turn car off, camera loses power and stops recording. At this point, if you want to view the video, you just pull the SD card out of the camera and plop it into a computer to watch it (you can also watch it on the little screen built into the unit if you wanted to).
Basic setup for the dashcam: I unboxed it, put my camera's mini SD memory card in it, stuck it on my windshield hidden behind my rearview mirror, plugged it into my cigarette lighter, done. When I turned my car on, the outlet power came on and powered the camera. (The only thing you need to be careful of is to make sure you plug into a cigarette lighter that is only powered when your car is on. If your outlet is always powered you'll just have to plug/unplug it, that way you don't get constant recordings of your car in stationary... unless that's what you want.)
Notable feature that I've ended up using: The one feature that I didn't know I'd like is the ability to hit a button on the dashcam while you're driving to 'mark' a section of the video as interesting. This will ensure that this chunk of video doesn't get overwritten when the video loops.
GUIDE TO HARDWIRING INTO YOUR VEHICLE
This is what I did to hardwire this cam into my car (2008 Mazda CX-9). Big picture: I attached the dashcam to the windshield, use a vehicle hardwire kit to connect the camera's power to an add-a-circuit, then plugged the add-a-circuit into my car's fusebox. (I'll give a list of links to what I used at the bottom of this review)
Step 0: TURN YOUR CAR OFF
Step 1: Pull out an existing fuse from your fuse box to free up a space. Pull one out that behaves the same way you want your new accessory to behave (I chose one of the cigarette lighters since it turns on/off when the car does). You should be able to find a mapping of which fuse is tied to what component in your car, if you can't find it in your car check the internet for a mapping.
Step 2: Put the male end of the add-a-circuit into that slot on the fuse box. (On a low profile fuse box this is NOT an exact fit. It does feel like it is sort of a snug fit... but it does stick out a bit. Not sure if that's okay or not, but it works so far. Hope my car doesn't explode.)
(Step 2: When plugging the add-a-circuit in, I had the male prongs facing away from me, the blue cable sticking out to the left and the female plugs facing "up". You can determine which way is "up" on your fuse box by looking at the numbers on the fuses in the fuse box. The fuses are usually labeled.)
Step 3: Of the two female slots on the add-a-circuit, plug the existing fuse (the one you just pulled out) into the slot that is closer to the male plug of the add-a-circuit. (This is the female slot closer to the fuse box) (Note that if your existing fuse was a low profile fuse, it will not fit into the add-a-circuit, you'll have to find an standard mini fuse of equivilant AMPs. See my list of links at the bottom to see what fuses I used.)
(Step 3: When I put the fuse in the add-a-circuit I had the numbers facing away from the fuse box. So the top of the number written on the fuse, was closer to the male plug of the add-a-circuit.)
Step 4: Put a new fuse into the second female slot of the add-a-circuit. (Note: A low profile fuse will not fit, get a standard mini fuse.)
Step 5: Take the red wire (the active line) from the vehicle hardwire kit and strip line so that the metal is exposed in the last inch or so. Put the stripped active line into the blue thing from the add-a-circuit. Squeeze real hard on the blue tube with some pliers. The blue part should clamp down around the active line, keeping it from falling out, all snug and such.
Step 6: Take the black wire from the vehicle hardwire kit (the ground line). Mine was already prepared with a nice head, so I just used a nut and bolt to attach it to the metal plate on my fusebox. There was a convenient spot with a hole in the plate, seemed like it was made for that.
Step 7: Plug the other end of your vehicle hardwire kit into your new accessory and test turning the car on/off to see if it does what you want. Worked for me.
Step 8: Run the wire through the paneling/flooring/etc of your car to hide the wires.
****LIST OF LINKS FOR PARTS I USED (all purchased from amazon)****
vehicle dashcam: "Spy Tec A118-C Capacitor Edition Full 1080P HD Video Car Dashboard Camera - No Internal Battery | Novatek NT96650 Chipset + Aptina AR0330 Lens | Stealth Dashboard Covert Mini Cam | 170 Degree Super Wide Angle 6G Lens | B40 G-Sensor Night Vision Motion Detection"
vehicle hardwire kit: "Spy Tec Dash Camera Vehicle Hard Wire Kit - Micro USB Compatible with Mini 0806, Mini 0806 and Mini 0803 | Car DVR Camera Recorder Dashboard Dashcam | Black Box Video Recorder"
Add-a-circuit: "10 PACK ADD-A-CIRCUIT BLADE STYLE ATC LOW PROFILE FUSE HOLDER FUSE TAP"
mini fuses: "120 Assorted Car Truck Mini Fuse 5,7.5,10,15,20,25,30 AMP"