Summary The Hawkeye Q5 Pro does the dashcam thing decently. It is well built and looks handsome. It turns on with the car, starts recording, and stops recording when the drive is over. Video and audio quality are fine overall, with the front video quality having a ton of detail. The camera has a lot of potential for excellence, but some firmware issues hold it back. Namely, the camera was filming at 25FPS and wrote a 30FPS file. As well, some tweaking to noise reduction…Continue Reading “Hawkeye Q5 Pro Dashcam Review – 1440p + 1080p”
The Viofo A119 Mini 2 is an updated version of the original A119 Mini that features a new Sony Starvis 2 image sensor.
The DDPai Z50 is inexpensive and well-built, but the arbitrary 25 FPS limitation and lack of polish on the firmware keep it from being a hit. Some features like the super capacitor are generally only found in more expensive cameras, and even adding the optional 1080p rear camera keeps the price under $140. While this camera at least turns on, records and turns off with the car, other options in this price bracket are more mature software wise.
The Chortau B-T19 is an ultrabudget dashcam from an e-commerce brand Chortau. This camera is a great example of the old adage “too good to be true” in that the 1080p video quality and overall reliability are quite poor. Despite this, the camera frequently receives a “Recommended by Amazon” tag in search results or even Amazon Best Seller status due to its staggering number of reviews.
The Viofo A139 is a solid 3-channel choice with excellent overall video quality, decent reliability and a whole host of features. It represents one of Viofo’s forays into the midrange dashcam market, and upholds the brands positive reputation as a quality manufacturer.
The Zenfox U1 is a competent camera (without notable overheating issues), reasonable video quality for the price, and several features found on higher end cams. The slightly soft focus prevents the cam from being a home-run, although if you’re watching the video on a small screen, chances are you won’t be able to notice.
Those who read my review of the Victure AC940 will see a lot of similarities between the two cameras. This camera has adequate 4K30, fake 4K60 and is overall very usable, although it does still have some downsides.
The Gitup G3 Duo is a few years old at this point, and now with a lower price (at least in Canada) it represents a fantastic value. If the price is over $80 USD, this camera may be too expensive for the video quality unless you specifically need some of the special features it offers. Those include a secondary camera unit that can be hooked up to the main unit and a GPS module – interesting features for adventure trekkers, motorcyclists and quad/atv riders. The base unit itself, the only component tested in this review, is more like an ordinary action camera. It supports a high level of customization, is easy to use and has decent video quality overall, making it a compelling option when the prices is under $100.
Recently on Youtube we have received several comments mentioning the XTU X1 Max Action Cam. XTU Action Cam, the next Gopro Killer, XTU New Action Cam with an Amazon Link. Most of these comments seem kind of spammy, buy hey, XTU is a company we’ve never tested, and it turns out the X1 Max is real 4K 60. With image stabilization. And actually performs very well! There is a lot to break down about this camera so let’s get into it.
This is part 3 of the Budget 4K Action Cam Showdown puts head-to-head the Apeman A77, Dragon Touch Vision 3, Jeemak M5 and Crosstour CT8500. If you enjoy content like this please consider subscribing on Patreon.