A dashboard camera, or commonly called dashcam, has become increasingly famous over the past few years mainly because of its benefits. Simply put, dashcam is a camera that is mounted on the dashboard of your car, and it is designed to record sounds and images while you are driving.
The purpose of the dash cam is to carefully record every detail that takes place both on the road and inside the car, and it can be used for a variety of purposes.
There are numerous brands and models of dashcam on the market worldwide. On of the begin to popular one is Viofo. Specifically design a dashcam, Viofo produced numbers of dashcam models with different benefits. This article will focus on two of the Viofo’s models, they are A129 and A119 v3.
Viofo A129 Pro Duo
On the surface, the A129 Pro looks identical to the A129. However, the A129 Pro front camera is noticeably heavier than the A129 and that’s because of a built-in cooling system. The A129 Pro is bigger than the A119 by a few millimeters. But just like the two older models, the A129 Pro comes with a 2” HD LCD screen. Read also: Thinkware U1000 vs Iroad X10.
Front & Rear Camera Video Quality
The front camera is excellent an 8.29MP lens Sony Exmor R Starvis image sensor to deliver crystal clear 4K UHD video quality at 30FPS. Ultra high definition is 4x more vivid than 1080p Full HD and the video recording quality is definitely a much-welcomed upgrade.
Advanced video enhancement technologies including Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and Super Night Vision, cover a good span between day and night, bright and dark environments to ensure videos are of pristine-quality during the day, and crisp and clear with good definition and minimal noise and blurring at night.
The rear came of the A129 Pro is the same as the A129. It is equipped with a 2.13MP Sony Exmor R Starvis IMX291 image sensor to deliver Full HD recording at 30FPS.
|Viofo A129||Viofo A119 V3|
|Product Dimensions||3.31 x 2.17 x 1.57 inches||2 x 4 x 3.5 inches
|Shipping Weight||1.76 pounds||10.6 ounces
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Parking mode is definitely one of the weaker areas of the VIOFO A129 Pro. There are 3 options under parking mode: Auto Event Detection with Buffered Parking Recording, Time Lapse Recording and Low Bitrate Recording. The camera will automatically record a video sequence (from 15 seconds before the event to 30 seconds after the event) if the motion detectors are triggered. If no further motion or impact was detected for 60 seconds, the camera will stop recording and returns to a standby mode until the next time motion or impact is detected.
4K dash cams are more susceptible to overheating in hot weather, especially when used for parking mode inside a roasting car at mid summer. The A129 Pro has a built-in cooling system. The A129 Pro has an operating temperature of -10-degrees to 65-degrees Celsius, so it is built to withstand the hot southern summer days.
GPS Built-in Mounted
The A129 Pro comes with the external GPS module, which allows you to record your speed and route data in your video footage files. The GPS will also synchronize the A129 Pro’s clock with the GPS time so that your video files can be correctly time-stamped.
Viofo A119 V3
Front & Rear Camera Video Quality
Equipped with a 5MP Sony STARVIS image sensor, the A119 V3 delivers clear vibrant colours in 2K QHD+ @30FPS – you get sharper, higher quality video with key details in all lighting situations. 140-degree viewing angle offers wide shooting coverage with minimal edge-to-edge distortion. The camera has 140 degress wide-angle view to expand your view around your car.
With buffered parking mode, the A119 V3 protects your car, recording videos when it detects movement or impact, even when you’re not there. Buffered recording even includes the 15 seconds before and 30 seconds after the triggered event, so you get the complete picture.
This A119 V3 comes with the external GPS module. With the GPS, you can record your speed and route data in your video footage files. The GPS will also synchronize the A119 V3’s clock with the GPS time so that your video files can be correctly time-stamped. Besides, the A119 V3 also equipped with built in G-Sensor and Parking Mode which will make your parking moment easier.
While recording your trip with the A119 V3, the manufacturer allows you to expand the storage with an external SD Card up to 256 GB. For travellers, this is a benefit in which they can store every trip they made in this dashboard camera.
Viofo A129 vs A119 V3
The Viofo A119 V3 is actually the 6th A119 version. The original launched several years ago with 1440p video quality and basic functionality. Parking mode was added later on but the parking mode was very basic and I typically didn’t recommend it if you really wanted to be able to record while parked. They released shortly after the A119S which used a lower megapixel image sensor that only did 1080p but had superior night quality. Not long after that they released a V2 of both the original and the A119S. The A119S was not too popular as even though it had superior night quality, the night quality was decent on the regular version but at a higher resolution.
The V3 has some big improvements over previous versions though. It adds pre buffered parking mode, which means if the camera senses and impact or motion, it saves 15 seconds before the trigger, and 15 seconds (or more if it seems sensing) after the trigger. So this way you do not miss what actually set off the camera and helps prove what really happened. cheaper cams often just start recording after so you don’t actually capture the incident, like Anker cams.
So, which dashcam would you prefer to have on your ride?