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Vicovation Marcus 4 DashCam Reviews

 

Here is my review of the Vicovation Marcus 4 dashcamera. One thing that sets this camera apart from others I’ve tested is its unusual Cinemascope-esque 21:9 ratio 2560×1080 video mode. It may sound like a gimmick, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Watch the video below to find out more.

Marcus 4 review by Techmoan

 

Vicovation Marcus 4 dashcam review. Courtesy of Auto-DVR.ru

 

Dashcam VicoVation Marcus 4 is based on a powerful processor. The Ambarella A7L sensor and a new generation of OmniVision OV4689. When recording video format in Movie Mode (2560x1080p) the picture on the video really gives a very broad picture and thus small objects in the video record clearly. Together with the increased horizontal aspect ratio of 21: 9 and established ultra wide lens DVR allows you to capture the maximum viewing angle on the horizontal level and record not only all bands of the roadway, but even on the roadside: Video quality day can safelybe put on a highest level. The image on the video capture is clear, rich with natural colours. In the video replay, one can easily see the registration number of vehicles.

Backlight DVR 4 Vicovation Marcus worked perfectly, the readability of state license plates on high, there are no failures in the shadows, the image is clear and there are no blurred artifacts.

In low-light video recording VicoVation Marcus 4 also showed excellent results. If a comparison of the quality of the video with one of the leaders of night shooting Vico TF2 +, then the picture quality Marcus 4 noticeably higher. In the video, there is no noise, the picture is more clear and in many cases, the license plates on the cars read better than Vico TF2 +.

To improve the quality of video in Vicovation Marcus 4 function uses HDR (High Dynamic Range), which improves the video quality in low light conditions and a strong glow. According to the test results it is evident that when it is backlit Video Vicovation Marcus 4 in quality videos is ahead of Vico TF2 +, the picture is much clearer and readability of state license plates above.

Summarizing the results of the test can safely say that the DVR 4 Vicovation Marcus is one of the first representations of a completely new level of video car DVR.

 

Vicovation WF1 Review

 

I usually prefer car cameras without a screen because they are easier to hide and are less enticing to car thieves. Even when I test a camera that has an LCD screen, I’ll end up installing it behind the rear-view mirror where the screen can’t be seen anyway. One problem with the screen-less cameras though, is how to configure the settings, or play back footage when you are away from a computer (as you usually are when in your car). The Vicovation WF1 avoids these limitations by connecting via Wi-Fi to it’s own custom smartphone application.

Vicovation WF1 review by Techmoan

Vicovation WF-1 Review. Courtesy of Dashcamtalk.com

 

Dashcam Vicovation WF1 is a Taiwanese camera manufactured by VicoVation. The camera has very good picture quality during the day and good picture quality at night. It records 1080p at 30f/s with an average bit rate of approximately 10,000kpbs. This camera comes with a G-sensor but does not come with GPS. The camera has a unique form factor. Some people love it, saying it looks like a rain sensor that blends in with the rear view mirror, others dislike it claiming it is too large.

While video quality is quite good, owners have indicated it does not perform as well as the Vico-TF2+ particularly at night (UPDATE: Firmware 1.51 has improved night quality, nearly as good as the TF2+). Also the operating temperature range is lower for the Vico-WF1 (0°C ~ 65°C for the WF1 vs 0°C ~ 75°C for the TF2+). Like the TF2+, the WF1 does not have GPS.

On the positive side, the WF1 is more discrete than the TF2+ and the camera has WiFi capability and voice prompts (hence no screen). Note that the WiFi capability allows you to stream live video to aim the camera or transfer recorded videos to your smartphone while the active recording is off. You cannot watch / stream video as it is being recorded.

This camera apparently is using an Ambarella A5 processor and Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor. One feature that this camera has is a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). Unfortunately this system does not work that well and is pretty much a gimmick.

This camera has very good video quality but night quality could be better especially when compared to the Vico-TF2+ (UPDATE: Firmware 1.51 has improved night quality, nearly as good as the TF2+). Vicovation cameras have been reliable in the past but we don’t have much information on how this one will perform.

Overall this is good dash camera but the inability to stream live video while recording, lack of GPS and high price are drawbacks. On the positive side, VicoVation appears to be responsive to customers. The Vico-TF2+ is a better value for the money if you don’t mind the size.

Vicovation Marcus 5 Review

This is the first true Dual 1080p Dash-cam that I’ve tested and it’s very impressive. Both the front and rear cameras record in full 1920×1080 at 30 FPS, the video never skips any frames and all recordings are seamless (there are no frames missing between files). In order to record two 1080p files to the same SD card at the same time the bit-rate has been lowered slightly, but I haven’t noticed any unpleasant artifacts as a result. The camera records the same great quailty video whether it’s day or night.

Marcus 5 review by Techmoan

 

 

 

Dashcam Vicovation Marcus 5 review. Courtesy of Auto-DVR.ru

 

Dashcam VicoVation Marcus 5 is based on a powerful processor Ambarella A7 chipest which can handle Full HD video at 30 frames per second per channel with two-channel recording. Variable bit rate video and is about 9Mbps for each channel. Video from the front and rear camera are stored in separate videos lasting for 5 minutes, the size of each file is about 360Mb. To improve the quality of video VicoVation Marcus 5 applies uses WDR (wide dynamic range). Driving mode WDR (incl. / Off.) Of the setup menu of the DVR there is no way, it turns out that the WDR is always ON – ON “by default”.

For front and rear cameras for DVR 2 Mega Pixel CMOS-sensors, which lets you create high quality video.

With the “sun in the forehead” – backlight, both front and rear cameras cope fine. No failures in the shadows, almost no blur and artifacts. In most cases, one can easily read the state registration mark on the vehicle. Full video of good quality. Front and rear cameras allow you to capture and view numbers on both the front and rear-end vehicles.
With the main camera in low light conditions the picture on the video sometimes displays “noise”, but the camera work out quite well and at low vehicle speed can be easily read the registration number TC. Night video quality is quite good and allows you to view the traffic situation on the road and road users.
Functionality and ease of use.

We mounted the main camera on the glass of the car by using the quick-fixing, the design of which allows you to quickly remove and install DVR – convenient. When removing the camera it is not necessary to remove and install the CPL filter, because polarizing filter is screwed onto the mount and remains on it, and not on the DVR – convenient. The camera can connect to an external GPS module, with the module information is available about the speed and route, and you can activate LDWS (warns of Congress from the current lane) and FCWS (warns of a possible collision with a vehicle traveling in front) – useful.

What not very convenient, or rather not aesthetically pleasing (if using a GPS module), so it is a direct plug with Mini USB connector to connect the GPS to the registrar. Cable, connecting, directed at right angles away from the camera. It would be more practical to use a corner connector for connecting the GPS module, it is more convenient to lay wires when connecting to the DVR, though, perhaps, it is fault-finding …

The new model of DVR Marcus 5 from the Taiwanese manufacturer VicoVation interesting and worthy of attention.
For an ideal, I would like to see in the next update firmware increase in bit rate video recording and the ability to control mode WDR, for example – «VICO Schedule”, as it is done in other models in VicoVation.

 

 

 

 

Dashcam Vicovation Marcus 3 Review.

 

Perhaps of equal importance to its 1296p mode, the Marcus 3 is the first dashcam I’ve used that is also capable of recording in 1080p60. That’s full HD at sixty frames per second and it’s important because it means there’s a better chance of capturing a sharp frame grab from a moving image. This is an especially useful feature in a dashcam as it could be the difference between being able to read a vehicle registration (license plate) number or not.

Vicovation Marcus 3 review by Techmoan

Vicovation CPL Filter for Marcus Series Review.

 

 

 

 

Vicovation WF1 Firmware Upgrade.

 

 

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