Thinkware TW-F770 Dash cam review
In contrast to all the dash cams we’ve reviewed, Thinkware’s dual-channel F770 relies on a Wi-Fi connection and an Android or iOS app to view the video and make advanced settings. Furthermore, Wi-Fi and GPS/power status lights are present, but most feedback (warnings, notifications, etc.) is given via a friendly voice. There are buttons on the unit that allow local control when your phone is not convenient. These are power, record, Wi-Fi, and mic. While F770 requires a bit of getting used to, the combination of methodologies works extraordinarily well.
Thinkware TW-F770: Design
A drawback of the F770 is that at just over 4 inches long and 2.5 inches wide, it covers a great deal of your windshield. Before mounting it with semi-permanent adhesive, carefully consider where it will reside (behind the mirror is an ideal spot). With the optional 720p rear-view camera, the F770 can record two channels of video simultaneously.
I was blown away by the video quality of the F770. There was minimal headlight flare in nighttime shots, which captured lots of detail. As with the Viofo A119, the daylight video was extraordinarily colorful.
There are also all of the dash cam features on the F770: 1-fps parking surveillance to limit memory usage, lane departure, and collision warnings, and speed and safety camera warnings. Even a microSDHC card of 16GB is included. With a price tag of $300 (at the time of our review), that’s about right.
If you’re phone-centric, or like the idea of controlling your dash cam with your phone, the F770 is for you. Thinkware’s similarly excellent, non-Wi-Fi X550 with a 2.7-inch display is equally good if you need something more traditional.
|Voice feedback||Using your cell phone as a display adds another layer of complexity.|
|Dual-channel, front/rear video capture||Pricey|
|Excellent daytime and nighttime video|
Though Thinkware’s F770 is pricey, its voice feedback, features, and day/night video are among the best available, and it’s dual-channel, so you can record to the rear using the $80 add-on camera. You’ll have to use your Android/iOS device as a viewer and display, however, so if you don’t have a phone, look elsewhere.