Viofo A129 Duo Dual Dash Cam Review

Introduction
There’s a lot of cool potential to having a dash camera at your side. Having footage of the road around you can be great for insurance claims, or inside of courts. It’s actually why nations like Russia have mandated the use of dash cameras inside of cars. The information is just incredibly useful if something should happen.

Viofo A129

Of course, accidents aren’t the only thing you might want to capture. Whether you’re protecting your vehicle from crime, or you just want to take shots of the road as you travel, picking an appropriate dash cam can help. And knowing what kind of camera is appropriate is really about understanding your own use case.

The design and features
Both cameras in the Viofo A129 Duo system use an IMX291 Sony STARVIS sensor, which is capable of capturing 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Both attach to their respective windows using semi-permanent mounts with a lens that pivots vertically, but not horizontally. Use a level when you affix them to the windows to make sure you have the mounts parallel with the horizon.

The way the front camera mounts, flush to the windshield with the 2-inch color display tilted somewhat away from you, makes the display a bit harder to read compared to the screens on free-floating dash cams, though it’s still doable. The buttons and on-screen menus are easy enough to learn and use.

Viofo A129

Both cameras in the A129 Duo system use an IMX291 Sony STARVIS sensor, which is capable of capturing 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Both attach to their respective windows using semi-permanent mounts with a lens that pivots vertically, but not horizontally. Use a level when you affix them to the windows to make sure you have the mounts parallel with the horizon.

The way the front camera mounts, flush to the windshield with the 2-inch color display tilted somewhat away from you, makes the display a bit harder to read compared to the screens on free-floating dash cams, though it’s still doable. The buttons and on-screen menus are easy enough to learn and use.

Performance
Other dash cams offer more resolution and frames per second, but for this price, we were more than happy with the 1080p footage at 30 frames per second. It’s colourful – a bit too saturated really! – and detailed. And it’s detail that matters for any dash cam.
When you pause playback, registration plates and other text is clear to see, and it’s refreshing to have the same quality from both cameras. The polariser isn’t available for the rear camera, so you may not be able to avoid reflections that won’t be a problem on the front camera.

Viofo A129

Unfortunately that is true only during the daytime. At dusk, registration plates look as if they have been blurred out by Google’s Street View cameras, and at night, detail levels plummet. But this is true of almost all dash cams, and even Sony’s Starvis sensor cannot avoid this happening.
That’s not to say you can’t see anything: watch the videos below to get an idea of how the cameras perform at during the day and at night.

Installation process
Largely because this kit is constructed to use 3M sticky pads at basically every juncture, from the sticky clips to the pads that help keep the dash cam on your windshield. These kind of adhesive pads work pretty well for a semi-permanent installation. But if you were worried about parking your car with the camera inside, it’s not at all easy to remove this camera without breaking out some new 3M sticky pads.

It would’ve been nice if they’d included some suction cups as an alternative mounting solution. They do include a GPS mounting dock, which can be used alongside the A129 for people who plan on implementing a separate GPS into their camera setup.
From a software perspective, the built-in LCD makes things run pretty smoothly. You basically just have to choose between a couple of recording options in order to get the A129 ready for capture. Nothing that’s too complicated, and nothing that will require you break out the user manual.

Pros
Highest video resolution available to date in dash cams
Impressive picture quality, especially during the day
Great for producing road videos
Wow-factor of high-end, cutting edge technology
On screens with lower than 4K resolution, you can zoom in to see details such as license plates

Cons
High prices
Night video quality can be reduced
Higher processor load: Consumes more power and generates more heat
Larger file sizes: Memory cards fill up quicker

Conclusion
VIOFO is a trusted brand that’s always trying to improve with things like better image sensors and improved features in their cameras. For $173.31 you can acquire this powerful dash Cam at Banggood.com

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