THINKWARE X500 Full HD Dash Cam with Sony Exmor Sensor, GPS Tracker & Traffic Enforcement Warning
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- A Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor produces super clear videos in 1080P Full HD
- Internal built-in GPS antenna embeds speed and location data to the video which can be displayed on the PC Viewer
- The built-in GPS antenna tracks the road and direction of travel to notify the driver of photo enforced areas for safe driving
- The Dual Save Technology guarantees a backup copy of videos in the internal memory in the aftermath of any incident
- With hardwiring installation, it employs a combination of motion and impact detection to protect the vehicle from hit-and-runs
- One-year Manufacturer’s Warranty: Cover units sold at authorized retailers only
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From the manufacturer
Use the 3M tape for easy mounting of the DASH CAM. The rear camera rotates up to 360 degrees with easy installation, regardless of the model and interior items (indoor curtains, etc.) of vehicle.
1080p HD Front & Rear
A Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor produces super clear videos in 1080P Full HD.
Protection at all times with recording that is triggered by motion and impact detection.
Included rear camera oﬀers added recording protection and security, making it a complete dash cam setup.
Everyday driving should not be stressful. With the Thinkware X500, there is an advanced, high-quality dash cam that not only acts as a reliable witness in the case of an incident, it can also help prevent incidents from happening too. Combine the high quality Sony Exmor CMOS sensor that records at Full HD 1080p quality with safety features such as the Safety Camera Alert and the Lane Departure Warning System*, drivers will finally get the peace of mind that they deserve.
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Initially I purchased the BlackVue DR750LW-2CH Kit and I was extremely disappointed by the quality of videos it produced. (I'll be writing a review about it as well). I returned the BlackVue and kept looking for a better alternative.
I came across the Thinkware product line and became very interested in their flagship models, the F750 and the X500. Although they were more expensive, I thought they offered exactly what I was looking for in a dash cam.
I ordered the X500 along with the rear camera as well instead of the F750 because the mobile app that controls the F750 didn't have the option to stream the recorded files directly from the camera. It only offers to download the file to your mobile phone instead of steaming directly to the phone. That's besides that at the time of purchasing the camera, the app also had really bad reviews on the iOS.
The product came nicely packaged and I had both cameras installed and connected. I was happy to see that the camera offered better video quality then the BlackVue but that came at a price, the 64GB micro SD card can only hold 4 hours of video. But that's not the reason why I decided to return it and give it a 2 star review.
I noticed that all videos had audio static/noise. I thought it may be a defective camera or bad cables so I placed an order for another X500.
To my surprise, the second camera produced the same exact static/noise in the audio part of the video files. Even after trying it with different cables, different cars and even indoors. It was the same annoying sounds.
I contacted the customer service hotline and they were pleasant to talk to and asked to send them the RAW video files for their tech team to examine.
I posted some files on dropbox and sent them the shared links. They got back to me a day later saying that their team suspects that the camera is a defective camera. I explained to them that it's the second camera with the same issue. They asked if I had any 3rd party codecs and if I had tried to play the videos on another system and I replied back assuring them that I don't have any 3rd party audio or video codecs installed on any of my systems other than my iMac. I also explained to them that all my Macs and PCs play the videos with the same sound issue.
A day later, I was even more surprised by a lame response from them telling me that their team suggested that it's bad audio codec and that I need to download some 3rd party software to get rid of the noise/static sounds in the videos.
A day later while doing further testings, I discovered that the camera started developing some kind of purple and blue horizontal lines across the video. Again, I tested the videos in different systems and they all had the same results.
I was already turned off and ready to return it because after spending all that money, time and efforts. I couldn't accept the fact that a premium product like the X500 needs to rely on a 3rd party codec to function correctly. In my book, that is absolutely ridiculous and completely unacceptable for a product with this price tag.
Here are some pros and cons.
- Feel and looks like a quality cam
- Decent video quality
- Dual save mode
- LDWS worked great
- Users can't turn off continuous mode
- Thick wires (Makes hiding wires in tight spaces a very difficult task)
- Record time limited to 4 hours/64GB
- Can't maximize the Mac viewer app to take advantage of full screen viewing! (Sometimes I just wonder, what goes through an app designer or a product manager's mind to opt out of giving the end-user the option to take advantage of a full size desktop!!!!)
- The feature of "Traffic Enforcement Warning" must of had really old database because the camera never gave a warning for some of the cameras near my house or by my job that have been there for years.!!!!!
The concept of the X500 as a dash cam is great but I believe it was prematurely rushed to the market.
I hope my review helps you make a wise decision. Thanks for reading.