Thinkware Dash Cam F750 Review filed by Simon Lai.
The Thinkware Dash Cam F750 is unlike any other I’ve seen.
From the design to the usability, the F750 is one smart packet. It’s won several awards, as in indicated on the packaging, and it’s no surprise once you start using it.
Firstly, assuming you’ve already inserted the included micro SD card, the F750 is pretty much ready to go. The moment it detects power, it automatically switches on and starts recording.
Getting it to work is a no-brainer and doesn’t require you to spend your afternoon reading through the instructions and setting it up.
That may be all you need to do but there are some other great features of note.
The F750 is fitted with voice guidance as in a GPS. The female voice will announce every operation, or reminder the device carries out.
Recording in Full HD 1080p (30fps) the picture quality is excellent and wide missing nothing that is out the front of the vehicle. Check out the video example below.
It’s not just the image that is hi-res and impressive but the audio too, picking up all ambient sounds clearly with better clarity than that found in other cameras.
This dash cam also supports active safety with a lane departure warning system (LDWS). Provided the camera is positioned properly, this works really well; the moment you drift out of a lane the unit will beep display great accuracy.
A forward collision warning system is also installed to prevent rear-ending the lead vehicle and a safety camera alert for red light and speed cameras.
This is all well and good, but where is the screen? How will I know where the camera is pointing?
Thinkware has an accompanying mobile app that can be downloaded from the Play Store or the iTunes App Store. This can then be connected to this device via WiFi, and act as a live viewer for the camera.
The app also controls all the other functions and settings of the dash cam as well as access all the recorded files for immediate playback.
For setup, the lens knob should be rotated to make the bottom green line line-up horizontally with the hood.
Design-wise the Thinkware Dash Cam takes on a different shape from its rivals departing from a traditional form. Most possess a camera-like shape with the lens at the front and a screen at the back (as we’ve seen in previous Gator cam reviews).
But the F750 is just an inconspicuous box with no screen and only a few lights and buttons. The camera, or lens itself is the rotatable silver knob that sticks out the side. That’s it!
A minimalist design that does everything you could dream that is both easy and fuss-free to operate.
All of this does come at a cost though retailing for $529 – a lot more than your average varieties. But that’s why they are run of the mill and devoid of all the great features found in the F750.
It is available with three different SD card sizes, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
The camera detects sudden movement and records and saves footage just before and after a crash. Normal recording is saved on the card in one minute intervals for easy reference.
This is the type of dash cam for drivers who want a fairly permanent fixture with the intention of recording continuously on every outing. In the box is a bracket that can be stuck on the windshield allowing you to remove the camera unit if need be.
A hardwiring cable accessory (as pictured) is also included if you wish to make the installation even more permanent and hardwire the camera to the car in place of the 12V plug.
Simply, the Thinkware F750 a hi-tech gadget that is simple to use. Need I say more?
The Thinkware Dash Cam F750 is available from automotive retailers and car audio specialists.
Thinkware Dash Cam F750 16GB RRP$529.00
Thinkware Dash Cam F750 32GB RRP$569.00
Thinkware Dash Cam F750 64GB RRP$599.00