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AUTO-VOX M3 Dual Lens Dash Cam 5” LCD Full HD 1080P Rearview Mirror Dash Cam and IP 68 Waterproof Car Reverse License Plate Backup Camera with LED Superior Night Vision Advanced Dashcam Parking Mode
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- SUPER NIGHT VISION WITH HIGH QUALITY IMAGES : M3 dual-lens dash cam provides clear pictures both during the day and at night, thanks to the Sony sensor and WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) capability.
- AUTO DISPLAYING PARKING IMAGE: To help you park safely, M3 will automatically show the parking image in full view without pressing any button when the R gear is engaged.
- EASY TO INSTALL & OEM design : The M3 camera snaps on top of your existing rear view mirror. It perfectly matches the vehicle body just like any part of your car.
- PICTURE IN PICTURE MODE: Embedded LCD screen is able to work as a front-rear view camera showing footage from both the front and the rear cameras..
- SUPER WATERPROOF Backup Camera: IP68 standard allows you to drive at ease even at rainy days. 6 High Intensity LEDs will automatically turn on/off according to ambient light brightness.
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High Image Quality--AUTO-VOX M3 Dual Lens Mirror Dash Cam
A Real Full HD Dual Dash Cam
IPS 5” Screen is able to display picture with Four Modes, including full view of front, full view of rear, front and rear view, rear and front view.
M3 comes with all features a regular dash cam has such as WDR, G-sensor, Park Monitor, and Loop Recording
Note： The below link is the Newest firmware of M3 able to make the rear screen stay on while the car is in reverse.
Superior Night Vision
Sharp Images at night
M3 Provides you with sharp images at night thanks to the
Sony sensor, WDR function and 6 Led lights on the backup camera.
Front view video resolution: Full-HD1080P
Rear view video resolution: HD 1280*720
Front view lens view angle: 165°
Rear view lens view angle: 170°
Waterproof Standard of Rearview Camera : IP 68
Two Extra Rubber Straps
M3's straps are suitable for thick/large rear-view mirrors.
- Auto-Vox M3
- Rear-view Camera
- Micro USB Cable
- Car Charger with an extra USB port
- Video Cable
- User Manual
Easy Installation & Operation
Two ways to install
You can run the wire along the car's roof or car's left side
Auto Display Parking Image
When the R gear is engaged, it shows parking image to guide you while reversing.
Extra USB Slot in Charger
It allows you to charge other personal devices.
Top customer reviews
Too many people on the west side of the mountains (Seattle-Tacoma) are crazy drivers. They love to tailgate and weave in and out of traffic, thinking that they will have an extra 30 seconds once they arrive at work. I also travel many non-separated highways where sleepy drivers are a major concern.
After three incidents in the prior week of somebody screeching through a left turn when I had the ‘Right-a-Way,’ I had to do something to protect myself!
After a lot of research, I decided against the ‘sucker-type cameras’ that attach to the windshield or dashboard. Most of the ‘sucker-type’ do not come with rear cameras anyway. I was also dismayed by the size of their viewing screen, though there were many who had stellar specifications. Most (if not all) ‘sucker-type’ cameras’ all had 3 inch or smaller view screens.
In addition, I already have a Garmin 57LM and did not want to clutter up my windshield with another device.
For my purposes, only the KD Link (retailing for $200) and the AUTO-VOX M2 or M3 models fit my concerns.
My research also included taking notes on the sales of the units that I was considering. The AUTO-VOX M2 was near the top of sales. Thus, when making my final decision, the amount of sales versus negative comments (not everybody reviews their purchases), my mind was almost made up for the new and improved AUTO-VOX M3. The final ‘clincher’ to purchase the M3 was the fact that the company, AUTO-VOX, seems to be a large company with dozens of other units and varieties available. It appears that they – unlike other manufacturers – design and make their own units.
The AUTO-VOX M2 retailed for $85 (although it did come with a 32 GB SD card.) The M2’s 4.3” screen is off to the left of the mirror (which at the time I thought would be a great idea. Though the M3 did not come with an SD card, its 5” screen is set squarely in the middle of the mirror, and it had upgraded features for $129. The M3 also touted that it had some ‘night’ capabilities.
My major concerns were whether my 2000 Buick LeSabre had enough clearance for the rear/over the license plate camera, and whether an ‘add-on’ mirror would be big enough to work with and cover the large OEM rearview mirror in my vehicle.
My only other apprehensions were all the reviews saying that the M2 camera (and others) were not clear, but the M3 has FHD (1080p).
Below are my observations for anyone who might be considering an automobile cam…
Unpacking the mirror camera and accessories:
The AUTO-VOX M3 came packaged in a well-constructed box. Slide out the inner box that protected contents. Items include the mirror/front cam, 12V car charger an additional USB slot (3A) for phone-charging cables, a waterproof rear cam with very long cables attached to a steel plate bracket to install behind all standard license plates. Also included was a 33-foot cable to connect the rear camera to the AUTO-VOX M3 mirror/cam. The mirror comes protected with a Styrofoam bag.
Included were the general instructions for operation and installation, as well as the ‘Welcome and warranty card.’
After watching several YouTube videos, I ordered with the mirror camera with:
a 32Gb SD card - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010Q57T02/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
And a trim removal kit –
Looking closely at the AUTO-VOX M3 mirror, I could not detect the actual screen behind the mirror – a bonus! The weight of the unit spoke volumes about quality. All parts were included. My first actions were to see whether the AUTO-VOX mirror had enough clearance to attach to my OEM mirror. It was close, but not a problem. Further, I had 1/8” of an inch clearance once I installed the rearview camera.
As it was evening, I waited to install the cameras on my LeSabre the next day.
The rubber straps are long and strong enough to strap to large mirrors such as the one on my vehicle. AUTO-VOX even adds a second pair of straps just in case.
For just a ‘test,’ I put the power adapter into the cigarette lighter and fired up my new equipment. A handy USB port on the adapter is a great addition. The front camera from the mirror is crystal clear! Next, I took on the installation of the rear camera…
I had to drill a hole behind the rear license plate to feed the cords from the rear camera through the trunk lid because I could not find a way to feed the wires through the area where the license plate bulbs are housed. (I would later use a waterproof sealant to the holes I made.) I decided to wait to install the wiring to the reverse lamps. (More on this later) I heeded the advice of another ‘reviewer’ to wait to tuck the cords out of sight to test both cameras. The ‘connector plug’ from the 33’ foot lead cord to the plug from the rear camera looks proprietary.
I have also read reviews saying that navigating the menu was difficult to navigate at first, but because this is a new device for me, I knew there would be a learning curve. Nevertheless, through trial and error, and reading the not-too helpful manual, I finally figured out that when checking the different views – Picture in Picture (PNP) – front with small view of the rear; back with small front view), front view only, and rear view only, that you MUST stop the recording first before going into the MENU. To do that you MUST use the ‘OKAY’ button IF you are recording to stop recording.
Two days later, I had memorized the buttons on the bottom of the mirror. Just like any new device, it just takes a little time to familiarize with the unit.
The 5” screen is fantastic! Both rear and front views on the mirror are as clear as my big screen TV!
Tucking the wires under the interior molding of the car wasn’t too bad, but thank goodness, I took the advice found on a YouTube video to get the ‘trim removal kit.’
For my LeSabre, as I said, I had to drill into the trunk to feed the wiring through. The hardest part was where I would feed the wiring through from the passenger compartment into the trunk. My son found a convenient space behind the back seat while I was in the trunk. Fishing the wires out from there was easy.
After hiding the wiring, of course I had to make a ‘test run’! From some of the questions about the M2 and the M3, I thought that the guidelines for the rear camera would not appear unless I cut the ‘green wire.’ I did not cut the wire, but had the guidelines anyway. Not a deal breaker! Rather, I discovered that each color of the guidelines measures about four feet so I can tell how far the car behind me actually is if I should choose. Furthermore, they really do help to back into a parking place.
Both views were amazing and the field of vision is far more than enough.
Again, TO SWITCH TO THE MENU, YOU MUST STOP THE RECORDING! TO DO THAT, PUSH THE ‘OKAY’ BUTTON. I STRONGLY suggest that any ‘adjustments’ to the default settings of the camera are made when the vehicle is parked.
The ‘chimes’ from the AUTO-VOX:
This is NOT an obnoxious noise! It’s kind of nice to know that the unit comes on! Yes, you can turn this feature off in the system menu.
There were several questions on the AUTO-VOX M2’s Amazon page that asked whether the unit stays on after turning the car off. As for me, I am not chancing it. Although, I have a Garmin, ODB II reader, and a couple of charging units plugged in all the time, I don’t want to test whether my car will have a drained battery at 3:30 in the morning. I do leave the AUTO-VOX M3 plugged in to my cigarette lighter for a couple hours at a time when I am with a customer and the ignition is off. When I get home, I unplug the camera.
When I get back into the car in the morning, I simply plug the unit back into the cigarette lighter. No settings are lost!
Usability regarding outside temperatures:
In the dead of winter, or in the heat of summer, I will have no problem in removing the mirror from the car to keep heat from affecting the unit. I will also be using a sunscreen shade in my window during the summer months. Because the unit does not stick to the window, it will be easy to put the shade between the window and the mirror.
All I can say is ‘WOW!!!’ During late afternoon or early morning, the screen is amazing! With that said, the screen does ‘wash out’ during very bright days, but I purchased this camera as ‘insurance.’ I did not buy this unit to watch movies. You are not buying this for an entertainment system. I am counting on the stored files to record any ‘incidents.’
I checked the files stored on the SD card and the bright sun does not affect the recording. Besides that, you are not supposed to be distracted by watching the view screen while driving anyway! I want the camera to record events such as tailgaters and narrow escapes – or, heaven forbid, in the event of a collision. It needs to be understood that watching the view screen while driving can cause an accident, and the camera will record your error!
Yes, you can make out other vehicles license plates when set on FHD.
I live out in the suburbs and street lamps don’t cover many of the roads I travel to get to the freeway. I was surprised at how clear the front view camera was even in very, very low light. The picture that comes back to the view screen is just as clear as during the day. Yes, on-coming headlights wash out some of the view, but that is expected even with a $500 Nikon camera. The camera seems to pick up ambient light well, and I can still make out other license plates.
As for the AUTO-VOX mirror, it seems to be only slightly darker, but only faintly. It does not auto-adjust for brights from other cars coming towards me, but I wear night sunglasses anyway for that very reason.
Yes, the front camera can make out license plates on lighted streets easily!
Rear camera night visibility:
There are several roads without any street lamps. The camera’s processor seems to gather as much light as it can. In fact, it picked up the ambient light from the city behind the hill that I have to climb to get to the freeway. When there is no street lighting, the picture is grainy, but I can still view what is behind me. Once there are lots of street lamps, the view is as clear as the front camera. My Iphone 7’s cameras (supposedly some of the best) are very comparable, and they, too have problems in very low light.)
A note on the size of the SD card…
I read my reviews and questions regarding the size of the SD card. The 32 GB card is MORE than enough. I have my settings to save the recording every 5 minutes. You have the choice to set it at 1 or 3 minute intervals if you so chose. The software in the camera records both front and back at the same time and saves the files in two separate folders in AVI format – one for the front (DCIMA) and one for the back camera (DCIMB). You can download these files by removing the SD card from the camera or by a USB cord to your computer to view them. In the MENU settings mode, you have the choice to have the camera’s software ‘time and date stamp’ the recording.
The unit will only play the files at regular speed, but you can slow down the AVI file (or fast forward through them) from your computer.
When the SD card becomes full, the software records OVER the oldest files. If nothing happened on your trip, why would you want to save them anyway?
A 32 GB SD card holds approximately 2 ½ hours in FHD quality for both cameras. (By the way, the default setting is 720p HD.) Again, when the card is full, the software records OVER the oldest files. The transition to next file is seamless with the time and date of the recording continuous.
Side-note on downloading files: I do expect to get a 6-foot USB cable as the one that comes with the unit is not really long enough to download files to my tablet to view what’s on them for whatever reason…
First, again, if you are in ‘recording mode,’ YOU MUST CLICK the ‘OKAY’ button to stop recording.
Then, push the ‘MENU’ button to get into settings. Press the ‘MENU’ button to switch into three different modes: Video/Photo/and Playback.
There are five buttons under the mirror: ‘Okay,’ ‘Menu,’ ‘Menu up,’ ‘Menu down,’ and the ‘Power button.’
If your power adapter is plugged in, press the ‘Power button’ for about 3 seconds and the camera will star its boot process that takes about 3 seconds. To turn the camera ‘fully’ off, press and hold the power button for 3 seconds. To turn the display off, a simple quick push will suffice.
The ‘TOOLS’ Menu (signified with a picture of a wrench) (One press of the ‘MENU’ button):
Press the ‘down’ button to access each option.
• Date/Time – Press ‘OK’ to access this option. The time uses ‘military time.’ When finished, click ‘OK’ again.
• Screen Saver – this turns the screen off with your cho9ice of ‘OFF,’ 30 seconds, or 60 seconds.
• Record Audio – Off/On – select to record or not record audio within the vehicle.
• Parking monitor – Off/On. This is the ‘Motion Detector’ feature of the unit. It automatically comes on when any motion is noticed by the camera so if you are not with your vehicle and something happens, it will be recorded. Two days ago, my car flashed a warning that somebody tried to break into my car. I have four hilarious pictures of a guy staring very intently through my windshield. I took the pictures to the business where I had parked and alerted them for a car prowler!
• Language – choose from English, French, Dutch, or Italian.
• Beep Sound – On/Off
• Format – format the SD card. ‘OKAY’ or ‘CANCEL.’ It takes about 5 seconds! I suggest that any new SD card (up to 32 GB) to be formatted with the mirror hardware.
• Default setting – return to factory defaults. ‘OKAY’ or ‘CANCEL.’
With the ‘TOOL’ icon highlighted – (DO NOT push the ‘up’ or ‘down’ button) – push the ‘MENU’ button again to get to the ‘RECORD’ settings.
• Resolution (of the video camera) – FHD (1080p) or HD (720p)
• Loop recording – OFF/1 Minute/3 minutes/5 minutes. I chose 5 minutes, though the software records seamlessly to the next 5 minutes.
• G-Sensor – Off/High/Medium/Low – this is the impact detection system so that when the software detects a collision, it will lock the current recording so that the file will not be written over.
• Auto Power Off – Off/30 seconds/1 minute/3 minutes. I have mine set for 30 seconds in order that the system turns off when I leave the vehicle quickly.
• Date Stamp – Off/On – The software automatically will (or will not) ‘stamp’ the video with the date and time of the recording. It does this with each file.
• Exposure - +2/3, +1/3, +0/0, - 1/3. I left this at default - +0/0. Exposure can be set manually to regulate probably for both cameras combined, to regulate under or overexposure.
• Version – the firmware version of the unit’s software.
Then, there is one more menu that you can choose other options for ‘still pictures.’ You can take ‘pictures’ with the M3 when in recording mode to take a picture.
Although I have not experimented with it, there is also supposed to be an option to change the display scale of the front and rear images. You do this by pressing the ‘UP’ button to change the scale (make the image bigger or smaller) WHILE recording.
Final installation of the reverse lights:
I found a website that identifies the color of wires for the car…for positive and negative wires. I spliced the red wire from the rear camera into the positive wire from the reverse light – AFTER DOUBLE CHECKING WITH A TESTER. Just to make doubly sure, I ‘Googled’ the rear lamp assembly as though I were looking to buy the complete unit and found clear pictures of the wiring coloring to the rear lights. EBay has many people offering parts for your car. THERE ARE ONLY TWO WIRES TO YOUR REVERSE LIGHTS! On the LeSabre, the hot wire was green and the negative wire was black.
Rather than solder the wires (there are only two to each reverse light) I ‘tapped’ into the wiring on my LeSabre. I used these tap connectors from Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Gardner-Bender-22-10-AWG-Tap-Splice-Assortment-10-Pack-Case-of-5-15-2210/202522123
I used cable ties to secure all wiring to the inside of my trunk lid.
Now, whenever I put the car into reverse, the camera immediately comes on with the rear facing camera recording for my convenience. When it is dark, the VERY bright LED’s that are on either side of the rear camera come on automatically and illuminate any possible obstructions behind the vehicle!
Because I see the road in front of me (and the camera is recording both rear and front views all the time), I choose to make sure that the rear camera is on the view screen. This way it is an easy tap of the power button to check the rear of my vehicle, and just as easy a tap to turn it off if I don’t want the software to turn it off for me.
The mirror is 3 inches wider than my OEM mirror. My rearview field of view is amazing! I now can see much more in that proverbial ‘blind spot’ on the passenger side. However, I still do a quick twist of my neck to be extra sure.
After a week of ownership of the AUTO-VOX M3, the button positions are fully memorized. I often will take a quick peek at what is behind me in the view screen. With another quick push of the ‘power’ button, I can turn it off quickly, too. I have the system set to automatically turn off the view screen after 30 seconds.
Again, the picture in the mirror is phenomenal! There is a kind of ‘fish-eye’ effect from the wide-view angles of the cameras. However, this does not worsen the value of the recording.
From the outside of the vehicle, one has to look closely to see that there is a camera attached to the mirror. Mostly, the camera lens on the mirror is inconspicuous.
The buttons on the bottom of the mirror are easily accessed, thus there will not be any fingerprints on glass or looking for buttons since you can feel them.
Playback is directly possible or from the micro SD card when inserted to a phone/tablet/or computer. The integrated playback only plays real time with pauses, no fast forward or rewind in case you look for a scene in a 5 min. clip. Recording will loop infinitely and overwrite the oldest files once the memory is full.
I love it. It is great rear view mirror with great video quality. I feel extra secure on my trips now. Again, just remember that you are not buying an ‘entertainment system,’ but are purchasing peace of mind.
YES! I recommend this camera!
In terms of installation, the most challenging aspects for me were how to hide the rear camera wire, and how to run that camera wire up to the main unit. I'd read that another reviewer had drilled a hole to hide the rear camera wire, and run it through to the rear trunk, and I ended up doing that. I'm okay with cars, and had a friend who is more knowledgeable with cars help me, to reduce the chance that we'd be drilling somewhere we should not be. That really helped ease my anxiety over drilling a hole in my generally pristine and very well maintained Toyota.
Installing the front camera was much easier, as tightening the straps over the front existing rear view mirror was relatively easy. The Auto-Vox M3 is an extremely large rear view mirror, and I'm glad it is, as it makes mounting it over the existing rear view mirror that much easier, and it also provides a good range of vision on the rear view mirror. Upon initial installation, I had not realized that a nice feature is that the camera angle can be adjusted, so depending on the angle of the front rear view mirror, the camera can be adjusted for optimal field of range.
Prior to installing on my vehicle, I familiarized myself with the menu and button operations by plugging it into the cigarette lighter and getting used to its functionality (I also wanted to make sure everything worked before continuing with this involved of an installation).
Menu navigation is pretty straightforward and very similar to that of a previous dash cam I had used. I was able to easily and quickly format a 32GB Micro SD Card (not included). Setting the time and date was fairly easy, and after a few minutes of intuitively trying to figure out how to do that, I was able to do so. Overall, the menus were fairly easy to begin to understand how to navigate.
The picture quality on the front camera is HD 1080p and looks excellent. The rear camera is 720p, and provides good coverage and is very helpful when backing up. I like how in many ways the backup camera performs similarly to the backup cameras I've seen in other cars with integrated backup cameras, such as having the green, yellow and red bars.
Overall, this has been a nice camera system that has provided a good field of range for the front camera, and decent coverage of the rear camera for backing up. It has a fairly low profile (I don't see it when walking around outside the car), and effectively provides good peace of mind and helpful guidance.
If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment.
If anything changes, I’ll update this review accordingly.
1080p front camera and VGA rear along with backup feature.The rear camera mounts inside the rear license plate as its made for outside use. Mine is mounted just on top of the license plate. Since I already had a backup camera professionally installed, I decided to mount this camera right below my existing reverse camera. They are perfect for each other since I need one for recording purposes (in case anyone bumps into me on the back) and one for reversing/parking purposes. It will accept as big as a 128G SD card, but I'm only using a 16gb card since it has auto erase feature, it doesn't really matter what card you use. Just like any other cameras, you can lock any video or picture easily so it doesn't get overwritten. It has a nice menu and system looks like its part of the vehicle so i dont have to worry about it getting stolen. Afterall, its a 2002 mustang, and who wants to break into that? LOL. My voice sounds great even though its covered by the original mirror. They designed this mirror with a well location for the mic. I have it turned off so it wont record sound, but it's really up to you. When I go to edit on computer, I can add sound to it by using mic from my computer if need be.
I'm not too super techy with car wiring, yet the wiring was easy for me. I decided not to attach the wires to my backup lights because I already have a camera that does that.