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VIOFO MT1 Motorcycle Dash Cam Front and Rear 1080P Dual Channel Waterproof Motorbike Camera 170 Degree Angle, Built-in WiFi, GPS, G-Sensor, Waterproof, Auto On/Off, 32GB SD card Included

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Of course that do mean you will have to drop a lot of files into a editing software to output them as one big file, but once you get used to it, it are not that hard to work with.

The global dash-cam market was valued at USD 2.8 billion in 2019, so it’s big business, with 36.1 million units sold in that year alone. In quieter riding environments the pin-hole microphones on the externally mounted DVR module (rear section of compartment hatch) and the Remote Control (left mirror stalk) do work to provide decent audio, but its not anywhere near travelogue quality, especially with a full-face or modular helmet worn. The MT1 can be used as a ‘set-n-forget’ dual channel video system for traffic or travel camera use and user interaction can indeed be minimal. But installing and launching the VIOFO App that is the user interface for the system is recommended, especially for initial configuration and if/when changes to systems settings need to be made. With 170° wide angle and dual Sony Starvis sensors delivering 1080p at 30 fps, the MT1 delivers amazing video quality to protect in the event of an accident. The quality of the connections appear better and because they are all colour coded it makes for a very easy installation so still no need to read the manual.Firmware Updating – in identifying a couple of early issues to the VIOFO Support Team, I was advised to update the MT1 firmware to V1.0 (20200408) that is accessible from the link. Pre-Installation Bench Layout – with all the components laid out on the workbench and the colour-coded keyed connections between the component cables and counterpart flying leads on the DVR module made and a 12V DC power supply and switched accessory source at hand, the system layout is ready for first activation – always done before installation. The Sony Starvis image sensor brings extraordinary night version compared with other image sensor and records every detail at night. With FOV 1.6 and 140° wide-angle for dual channel, the dashcam keeps a balance with a broader view and great image quality.

The wider viewing angle of the Viofo when compared to some other cameras means some plates can be smaller in the frame so harder to read, but equally there’s more of the scene captured which could end up being vital. Files also old up fairly well to being enlarged. Both cameras feature an ultrawide 170-degree field of view, meaning very little will be out of the cameras’ sight. Videos are recorded at 1080p 30fps, and while the clips might not be as detailed as those shot on a 4K camera, they’re still nice and clear, both during the day and at night. Neither the manual_rec or Event_rec folders can be overwritten by loop recordings and are only removable by the user so to provide a lasting record of an event for emergency or police services, insurance, or other purposes. MT1 Features & SpecificationsThe Viofo MT1 is a 1080P motorcycle dash-cam with front and rear cameras that promises to offer potentially valuable video evidence in the event of an accident, as well as documenting every minute of your ride. I’ve been testing it on my 1999 Kawasaki ZX-6R to find out if it’s a great value alternative to the Thinkware M1 that I reviewed last year, or the helmet-mounted alternative in the Techalogic DC1. Another advantage gained with WDR activated is that it provides a clearer focused view of small details – license plates or signs in very brightly lit conditions or when transitioning low to high to low light areas so often experienced in moving through built-up or urban areas. Storage Media Access – open the pressure-fitted cover and use a fingernail or thin non-metallic object to push in the storage card slightly, activating the spring-loaded release that pops the card out enough for it to be grasped by its beveled edge and removed. The small USB-A interface SD-media reader provided in the kit is perfect for holding/securing the media. If you’re looking to capture the joy of a great ride then a helmet-mounted camera is the way to go. Helmet-mounted cameras capture a first-person view of your journey; the camera moves as you move and looks where you look, resulting in a more active experience. Body-mounted cameras offer a broadly similar feel, albeit from a slightly lower perspective and without quite so much influence from your movements.

When it comes to action cameras, you normally have to sacrifice battery life for mounting point flexibility. The Drift Innovation Ghost XL Pro requires no such compromise. Riding conditions experienced this time of year (late fall) in the northern latitudes provide a good example – the sun is lower on the horizon so its quite common to have very good exposure levels to the front or rear, but not both, depending on the direction of travel and terrain. Two more multi-channel camera systems are sitting here in the review queue and at least two more expected – one is a product update and one is a new offering; all good in helping keep one occupied over the cooler months of the year (no mention of the ‘w…..’ word here) that often results in less riding time… With all panels removed from the bike, you can start to identify the best place to mount the DVR and cameras. The length of the camera wires will dictate where the main DVR unit will be fitted. There is enough cable to run from the front/rear of the bike to the seat area but if you wanted to mount the DVR at the extreme front or rear of the bike you would struggle to make the connection. If you have a tortuous wire route through the bike frame then you might struggle with available wire length.Key specs – Mounting type: Helmet, body, handlebar, bike; Max recording resolution: 5K 60fps; Recording medium: microSD card (up to 1TB); Size (WDH): 71 x 34 x 55mm; Weight: 155g; Reported battery life: Up to 60mins in 4K or 120mins in HD; Interchangeable battery: Yes; USB rechargeable battery: Yes The remote control of the dashcam is positioned in a practical place. This makes it possible to safely start recordings while driving, including in emergency situations. Because the dashcam supports SD cards up to 256GB you never run out of space. This dashcam comes standard with a 32GB SD card. All recordings are easy to transfer to your mobile thanks to the handy Wi-Fi function. The dashcam is also easy to operate and the settings can be changed in an instant using the Viofo app. The dashcam for your motorcycle that provides proof and safety! Recording times will come down to how the camera is powered and how much storage is available. Most helmet- and body-mounted cameras run off of rechargeable batteries. Battery performance varies greatly between models but, generally, more premium cameras will offer longer recording times from a single charge. Some models offer easily interchangeable batteries or recharging over USB from a power bank, which can be handy for those looking to capture long rides. The cable for the rear camera is not the best design, it should ideally have a right angle connector on both sides or come with a right angle adaptor. They use Mini USB B 3.0, which is 10 pins. NOT compatible with Mini USB B 2.0, which is 5 pins. Storage Media – part way through the review the provided 32GB media got swapped out for a spare 64GB card adding more space and time of course. Although storage media can be formatted outside of the camera, its often best to insert the media into the camera and utilize the ‘Format SD Card’ setting under the Settings.

This is unfortunate – the marketing company that got the opportunity put in place has been very good in relaying correspondence but the only response received about anything was that a posted (but not previously identified) firmware update for the MT1 would be a good thing to have installed – that simple query and response turned out to be a big positive. The first functional observation identified during this initial bench test involved the local VIFO MT1 WiFi connection – it can be cranky and is (typically) unwilling to activate, especially when other networks are within range.x 1520) needs about 40 - 150% more power in the computer compared to Full HD (processor, graphics card, memory).

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