Thinkware has come out with a monster piece of equipment, the Thinkware F800 Pro. It’s one of the first dash cam’s with cloud connectivity. The dashcam is one of the most expensive ones we’ve reviewed so far. It’s on our list of best dash cams of 2019, read on to find out why!
At a Glance
The Thinkware F800 Pro’s greatest development from its former model, the F800 is the cloud connectivity feature. Apart from that, this $329 dash cam also comes with other stunning features. Like better battery life, visuals and such.
Thinkware F800 PRO Review: Specifications
The F800 Pro dash cam specifications are given in the table below:
|VIDEO QUALITY||1080P at 30 FPS (Front, Rear)|
|DIMENSIONS||7 x 7 x 6”|
|FIELD OF VIEW||140°|
|STORAGE||SD Card (Max. Capacity 128GB)|
|SCREEN||No (Through App)|
|CHANNELS||Single (Front), (Rear Optional)|
|BATTERY||240mAh Lithium Polymer|
Thinkware F800 PRO Review: Design
The dash cam is unusual looking, resembles a compressed, miniature version of a video camera. The unit itself has no screen, your smart phone is responsible for the video footage viewing. The Thinkware F800 Pro is a dual channel dash cam, the rear camera being optional. The lens sticks out from the unit and is rotatable.
It has a couple of buttons on the unit, any other kind of configuration, you will have to rely on your smartphone app. There is a power button, another one that toggles the microphone, a button that formats the memory card, the Wi-Fi “On/Off” button and the manual video recording button.
As for the mount, the F800 Pro isn’t built for flexibility. It’s a set up once type of dash cam. The mount of the dash cam consists two adhesive plates, you are supposed to attach at the top of the windscreen.
The Thinkware F800 Pro measures to 7 x 7 x 6 inches and weighs about 1.5 pounds, making it a bulky, heavy dash cam with a durable build. The dash cam is made to take falls and doesn’t feel cheap at all. Though prominent but it doesn’t really hinder the driver’s view.
All in all, it’s an interestingly designed, sturdy piece of technology that isn’t meant to be taken in and out of the car very often.
Thinkware F800 PRO Review: Video Quality
Everything aside, even if a dash cam comes with a built-in toaster. Without stunner video quality, its trash. The TW F800 Pro, was thankfully a hit.
The video resolution for the front and back camera is 1080p at 30fps. The video quality for day time mode was fantastic, details were captured, colors appeared okay but it isn’t 4k, so it isn’t anything cheaper dash cams can’t do.
Its specialty lies in the night mode. The night mode of the Thinkware F800 Pro is unbeatable, amazing clarity, immaculate performance in low light and no issues with overexposure. Headlight flare was no menace to the camera either, front and rear.
The 140-degree viewing angle wasn’t very impressive in our opinion, there was nothing wrong with it. But we’ve seen 170 degree viewing angle’s in much cheaper dash cams. The day light mode isn’t all that wow but if you must, buy it for the night mode.
Thinkware F800 PRO Review: Software
Here comes the tricky part, when first setting up the dash cam with the smart phone, there are a lot of hiccups. The installation process isn’t exactly smooth. It did take an attempt or two to connect the dash cam with the device. Nonetheless, the app is essentially supposed to alter the settings, use the GPS and install the video footage from the app. Everything worked fine except sometimes the connection between the device and the smart phone would drop and the automatic footage transfer feature didn’t work.
You may need to look up a couple of tutorials before setting up the Thinkware F800 Pro dash cam.
Thinkware F800 PRO Review: Features
The dash cam comes with a lot of fancy features;
- The ADAS, Advanced Driver Automated System, this feature is actually for noob drivers or for reckless drivers that need to be told what to do.
- Every time the dashcam turns on when video footage is transferred and other such actions. The F800 Pro has a voice feature that says it out loud.
- The G-Sensor feature that secures video recordings in case of abnormal and abrupt car movements.
- A lane departure feature that warns the driver if he is going way off track.
- WDR, Wide Dynamic Range technology that enhances video quality.
- A superior night mode.
- Geo-fencing that alerts you when your car leaves a certain zone.
- The inbuilt GPS that tracks your location, speed, routes, etc. This can be very handy to use as evidence.
- Loop recording that overwrites old data when the SD card runs out of space. Replacing it with new footage.
- The F800 Pro’s Forward Collision Warning System that as the name suggests, warns the driver when he’s too close to another vehicle.
- The F800 Pro’s parking mode feature is its main highlight, it gives thrice the more recording time than any other dash cam.
- The cloud connectivity feature that offers seamless access to one’s smart phone and saves you from the hassle of manually adjusting the settings.
- A rotatable lens that gives you better viewing options.
The Price, Is it Worth It
Is $329 a reasonable price to pay for the Thinkware F800 Pro dash cam? In a word, yes it is. The dash cam is one of the rarest in the market. Thinkware isn’t a no name brand and has had very successful launches in the past. The F800 Pro is one too.
The night time mode is unbeatable, that goes for the Parking Mode too. The dash cam offers a lot of security and is just a major upgrade from regular dash cams. Granted, the cloud connectivity is iffy at times but customer service is available. It’s not a cos effective dash cam because it isn’t just giving you basic upgraded features. It’s offering new technology.
The price is less than pleasing to here, I know, I know. $329 does make you evaluate your bank statements for a moment but the dash cam is no toy.It’s a monster machine that isn’t only there to offer you peace of mind but is a complete vehicle security system in a single unit.
It’s not a dash cam you’ll have to change regularly nor is it flimsy. It’s a solid investment. There are issues with the cloud connectivity, which is truly a shame but Thinkware will conquer that too.
- Cloud services are iffy
- Rear-view camera
- Built-in GPS
- advanced safety options
- Only Full HD resolution available
- No LCD Screen
- Smartphone required