We review Viofo’s A119 which is the first dash cam that has great video quality, reliability, stealthiness and user friendliness for less than $100. I can’t believe it’s taken this many years for a company to get things right. The new gold standard.
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May 18th, 2017
New V2 camera in stock which fixes problems with the GPS mount being loose or losing connection over time. Read more about it here: https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/a119s-v2.28422 New firmware released for A119 and A119S.
Jan 6, 2017
Did a quick comparison between the A119 and A119S. The A119 is a better value and video quality in the majority of situations. The A119S may get better in the future. I made a longer post on Reddit: http://bit.ly/A119S_Compare
Update: Dec. 6th
Circular polarizer now available. See below for information.
Update: Oct 11th
New firmware update adds MPH, fixes numerous bugs. See firmware section below. Black adhesive tape is now standard for the camera.
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128GB CARDS OK
I have confirmed with Viofo staff that 128GB cards work. Here’s what they said: “You can say the 128GB cards are compatible, we released an action camera based on NTK96660 last year, so know it works”
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SD CARD
You want a MLC card to improve reliability. Don’t know what that means? Watch our guide to learn more: https://youtu.be/3QAF2flNsVc
LEARN HOW WE PICK A DASH CAM
If I go too quickly, watch our video on choosing a dash cam. I explain all the features in depth: https://youtu.be/K8sB-JkNibU
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DOWNLOAD A119 VIDEO CLIPS
See our written review where we added more information and included video clips from the A119 and other cameras. https://www.carcamcentral.com/review/viofo-a119-review
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Overview – 0:32 | Packaging – 2:09 | Installation – 2:37 | Setup – 3:36 | Warning Notifications – 4:55 | Video Quality – 6:40 | Heat Testing – 9:29 | Microphone – 10:38
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GET THE CAMERA
Note “Viofo”, “BlueSeaSky” and “SpyTec” all sell the same unit. Viofo is the retailer, the other two retailers uniquely brand their listing so no other sellers can compete on their product page.
OCDTronic is a new store but the owner Jon has been selling dash cameras with Pier28 for years. Great customer service and has been actively engaging with the DashCamTalk community for years.
A119 Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jYcoTy
A119S Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jssOCy
eBay USA – Clearance on the V1 model. $70 + $9 shipping: http://bit.ly/A119_V1_Clearance
On Amazon, get it from EnjoyGadgets who is based out of Toronto, great ratings. No good options without GPS.
A119 Amazon: http://amzn.to/2s03Tbg
A119S Amazon: http://amzn.to/2rqGoeF
BlackBoxMyCar is a great store, shipping out of Vancouver. Use coupon “CarCamCentral10” to get $10 off the price. Great price and it includes a 16GB card. http://geni.us/ViofoA119BlackBoxMyCar
Sold on Amazon by estore009 under the name “WonVon”. China based seller. Use coupon code “7INJC8U4” for the non GPS version and “FMPKA4ZW” with GPS for a £5 discount)
Amazon UK A119S: http://amzn.to/2qJstyV
Sold through the China-based eStore009 who we’ve been recommending for years and is a great seller. This is the new V2 stock with 3M VHB tape.
Note this item is based in China. Possible custom fees and warranty requires overseas shipping.
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GET THE CIRCULAR POLARIZER
The official polarizer has been released which clips onto your lens to reduce glare from your windshield. Unfortunately for the A119 this will prevent your lens from moving side to side. As well as it lacks the detent slot found on the A118CV2 so it’s recommend to use blu-tack or tape to make sure it doesn’t slip off.
Amazon USA: http://bit.ly/A119_CPL_ClipOn_Amazon
There’s another version which uses adhesive to stick the polarizer onto your lens which allows for movement but it doesn’t allow you to pull it off and retatch it.
Amazon USA: http://bit.ly/A119_CPL_Glue_Amazon
These CPLs are just released so we’ll keep you updated on their performance. See the ongoing discussion at DashCamTalk: http://bit.ly/A119_CPL_DashCamTalk
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Viofo has released beta updates to their firmware which adds in features like MPH, turning off GPS info stamps, removing A119 etc.
See our video here: https://youtu.be/jF1zK1P14qU
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We received this camera from Viofo for free. They had no editorial input on this review. I wish I bought it outright as it’s rare I get to be so positive about a camera.
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