People from GearBest shipped an unit of dashcam for us to review and it’s the 70Mai WiFi Dashcam by Xiaomi and it’s under its Mijia crowdfunding platform.
Some of you may have not heard dashcam from the company Xiaomi. In fact, we have reviewed one of it first dashcam, Yi Dashcam last year and it’s one of the bang for the buck dashcam that offers WiFi connectivity.
The 70 Mai WiFi dashcam equipped with a high sensitivity SONY IMX323 CMOS image sensor which supports Full HD video recording and produces sharp quality images. It comes with a 130° wide-angle lens which easily covers up to three lanes on the road. There are pros and cons choosing 130° and 165° wide-angle lens, 165° obviously can cover wider viewing area but it tends to get too distorted and not that viewable. On others hand, the 130° just perfect and still can see the sharpness of image or video.
The spherical lens is made wholly of 7 layers coating that enhances the light transmission into the image sensor at the same time reduce reflection and prevent the glass from cracking under high temperature like here in Malaysia.
This is the box of the dashcam;
It includes a transparent film to stick onto the widescreen for better holding and if you want to remove the dashcam it will not leave any residue.
Once open the box, it’s the dashcam. It only comes in one color which is black.
Inside the box included a 3.5 meters long USB cable that works to power up the dashcam. The 3.5 meters cable length is more than enough to install it on the windscreen and keep the cable management neatly.
What I like Xiaomi to use USB cable is it’s more universal where modern car nowadays has USB in-built.
If your car doesn’t have any USB port, no worry. In the package, it provides a cigar USB charger that supplies 5V/2.4A output.
Let’s check out more on the dashcam. The design of the 70mai dashcam is simple and minimalist. It doesn’t have a screen like other dashcams, all the settings, videos and photos previews/retrieve are done over WiFi that connected to your smartphone. If your car head unit runs Android 4.0 above, you can install the app and real-time viewing on the head unit.
On the right side of the dashcam is a reset button, microUSB port for charging and microSD card for recording. You don’t really need to remove the memory card to download footages, all are done through WiFi and your smartphone.
On the left side has a button surrounded by a circle LED light. The LED light indicator comes in three different colors, blue, green and red;
Blue: Switched On
Red: Error in recording.
Press once on the button is to power it on, press again to switch on/off of the WiFi connection. By pressing 3 times the microSD card will be format and press 5 times the all the settings will be restored to default.
The memory card I’m using is the SanDisk 16GB class 10 microSD card that provides about 1.5 hours of Full HD recording which I find it good enough. You may have the option to get up to 64GB microSD for longer recording. It does loop-recording where the earlier recorded footages will be overwritten with the new video.
70Mai dashcam has G-sensor feature where recognized excessive motion such as collision and saved into a folder that will not be overwritten with the loop-recording.
Besides that, it also features voice commands such as take photo, starts record and stops record. Unfortunately, it only recognized the Mandarin language.
Here’s a how-to install dashcam video. This applies to all other dashcams as well.
Here’s the video sample of 70 Mai WiFi dashcam recorded in the morning and night;
Since this is not an international version dashcam and worry about the language on the app. Fret not, the app provided is in English and support both Android and iOS.
The dashcam settings are very limited where it doesn’t allow you to change SSID, choose recording resolution, fps and recording length. All the videos are recorded 1 minutes which make sense for easy overview preview and download.
There are a lot of dashcam options out there but either it’s poor in quality or it’s very expensive. Some even offer 2 channels (front and rear) recording but it’s carrying a hefty price tag. If you need 2 channels recording, by purchasing 2 unit 70Mai WiFi Dashcam still the cheaper option.
The 70Mai WiFi Dashcam is a solid dashcam that won’t break your bank. This dashcam is not available locally here in Malaysia but GearBest can ship the dashcam over to Malaysia for less than USD 36 (about RM 147) excluding shipping cost. Shipping cost is around RM 10 – RM50.
You can check out more on how to purchase over GearBest.