What do you look for in a dash camera? We’ve reviewed models that include all sorts of fancy features like GPS tracking, speed limit and lane departure warning, driver fatigue alert, and many more. We’re surprised there isn’t a model yet that can cook us merienda while we’re stuck in traffic.
For most motorists, having a dashcam that works and records decent quality video is more than enough. This is where cameras like the Mio MiVue C320 come in. It doesn’t pack all those extra features (except one), but it does boast some solid hardware.
Out of the box you get the camera, a lighter port charger, a suction mount, and the instruction manual. Like the camera, the package doesn’t come with any extra frills. It can support up to a 128gb microSD card which you’ll have to purchase separately.
Attaching the camera to the mount and installing it is straightforward. Maneuvering the camera, though, is a bit tough with the ball-type attachment. On the plus side, there’s no need to unlock anything when you adjust. The camera has four buttons on the side for the settings. The screen is small at two inches, but everything is legible. The interface is simple but there’s not much you need to adjust anyway, so getting started shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. The upside-down loop of the charger cable, however, takes a bit of getting used to.
The default recording setting is at full high-definition 1920x1080 resolution, set to 29fps. Video quality is solid in the daytime. The colors are clear and the footage is crisp enough, plus it includes the time and date. The capture, though, is limited to what’s directly in front of the windshield. It might have to do with the way I placed the camera, but the 130-degree lens doesn’t seem to cover the blind spots along the side.
At night, the recording quality suffers a bit. Yellow street lights tend to pixelate instead of illuminate, and your car’s headlight beams aren’t as visible as they should be. It’s clear enough to see your surroundings and the other cars, and you’ll definitely record an accident if it happens, but don’t expect the best quality video.
Now to the one extra feature: the G-sensor. I wasn’t planning to test this feature out initially, mostly because I didn’t actually know how to pretend that I got into an accident. This problem sorted itself out when I went over a harsh set of rumble strips. As the car vibrated, the sensor in the dashcam kicked in and went into emergency recording mode. So now I can confirm that this safety feature works very well. You can adjust the sensor’s sensitivity in the settings.
The MiVue C320 retails for P4,990 and is currently available from Digital Walker. It’s a solid choice if you’re looking for a no-frills dash camera that will work when you need it to.