A pretty decent 2 channel dash cam from Vantrue!Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2019
I've been testing the first dual channel dash cam from Vantrue S1 for about one month now and I must say its pretty decent! The image quality is excellent with the Sony IMX 327 sensor, the night quality is ok - weakness for all dash cam even for the higher tier cams from BlackVue and Thinkware. The install was pretty straightforward, except I do not like how Vantrue engineered the front and rear inputs on top of each other. It makes it very difficult to mount and dismount the dash cam whenever I need to download cam footage.I ran into a software glitch where the dash cam would display KPH instead of MPH on the overlay - I informed Vantrue through FB and they resolved the issue within 2 days. Talk about awesome customer support! The only gripe I have with the S1 is that it does not have built in Wi-Fi for its price. Vantrue is competing with the VioFo A129 and Vava Dual Dash - both offer the same specs but with built in Wi-Fi for the same price.Overall, the S1 is a valiant effort from Vantrue for its first 2 channel dash cam. With a few tweaks (1080P 60FPS front and rear) and add on features - this is a solid buy! The S1 actually produces a significantly better video quality than my returned $350 Owl Dash Cam.My perfect dash cam would be a 3 channel cam - Front, inside and rear cam with built in Wi-Fi, Cloud Support, buffered parking mode, LTE connection for notifications. Come on Vantrue - Make it happen!Pros:Very good image quality from the Sony IMX 327 SensorSuper Capacitor battery - perfect for extremely high and low tempsBuild quality is excellentVery wide angle 170 deg lensBuilt in GPSParking mode - you have to purchase the optional hard wireBuilt in 2" LCD is very informativeTakes 256 GB MicroSd cardsThe downloadable S1 viewer is pretty neat with integrated mapsVery good support from VantrueCons:The inputs from the front and rear connections are too close/cramp making the removal of the dash cam very difficult whenever I need to download footageRear cam angled connection is awkward - making the install difficultNo Wi-Fi connection - trade off with the 2" LCD screenNo Cloud connectionRear dash cam wires are a bit too thick making the install a bit tricky to hide
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