A car dashboard camera, or in short, a dashcam, is an automotive accessory that records critical footage, especially during road accidents. Despite its importance and relatively low cost, as of now, we are yet to see any car manufacturer incorporating dash cams into their vehicles as a standard accessory. That being said, consumers do have plenty of third-party choices available in the market.
You may not have heard of the brand Mio before, however, it is in fact, extremely popular in Taiwan and China. It specialises in automotive technology services, particularly dashcams. The MiVue 792 dashcam we are reviewing today is the company’s top of the line offering and it comes with a slew of features.
What’s in the box
What you get in the box is the MiVue 792 dashcam, a 3M stick-on base, an automobile auxiliary power adapter as well as a 16GB micro SD card. Some countries are getting a suction mount instead of a stick-on mount, so depending on region, you might get different accessories.
The camera is very well built even though the chassis material is made out of plastic. The dense and robust feel gives us a sense of security where it could protect the micro SD card in it.
If you’re recording 1080p 60fps, each 3 minutes video will take up 450MB. Thus, it is advised to upgrade the microSD card to something higher capacity.
You can either choose to install the dashcam by yourself or bring it to your nearest car accessories shop to do it for you.
Since the package comes with a stick-on mount, it is advised to plan your camera mounting position first before proceed to tear off the 3M sticker’s film. Having the camera turned on is extremely helpful with the positioning. The long power cable can be routed over the top of the passenger side windshield, then to the bottom of the car auxiliary power socket.
Since I need to charge my phone while travelling, I opted to use my own USB-A to Mini USB cable alongside a dual USB power adapter. It works fine but that also makes me wonder why they don’t include a power adapter with an extra USB port.
Mio MiVue 792 features & user experience
Video Quality & Low Light Performance
First of all, let’s talk about the most important aspect of the camera. The fish-eye lens covers a 140-degrees of viewing angle which is crucial for recording anything that’s happening in front of the vehicle.
Mio has repeatedly mentioned the Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor they used in this dashcam is excellent for low light recording. To be honest, I am surprised by the overall footage’s brightness when it comes to night time recording.
Yes, the footage does have a lot of ISO noise but that’s the outcome when the sensor is recording at high ISO sensitivity. Combined with the ability to shoot at 1080p 60 fps, you will be getting smooth video footage and a higher chance of retrieving clear screenshots.
The camera itself comes with a couple of driver assistance system including the Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) & Fatigue Alert (FA). Understandably, as some users might deem the alert feature to be annoying, all of the aforementioned assist functions are turned off by default.
The Forward Collision Warning System is my personal favourite as it is able to detect the front car slowing down even at about 2 car’s distant away. Meanwhile, the Lane Departure Warning System sometimes faces trouble in trying to recognise our poorly maintained white lines. Fatigue Alert is just a timer which you can choose whether to alert you after 2/4/6 hours of driving.
The parking mode monitor requires additional installation of a smart box will allow the camera to automatically record whenever vibrations or motions in front of the camera is detected.
The MiVue Pro mobile app connects to the dashcam via the camera’s WiFi network. It allows firmware update and video transfer without having to remove the microSD card from the camera. The app will even automatically download the previously recorded emergency footage once the phone is connected.
Before we wrap up the review, at the price of RM799, certainly some of you might be questioning whether the Mio MiVue 792 worth the price tag. Considering that you can easily get a dashboard camera for less than RM200, the competition in this product category is a fierce one.
What makes the Mio MiVue 792 stands out from the crowd is its low-light recording capabilities. As we know many of those low priced dashcams have terrible quality when it comes to the night time recording. This one while the ISO noise is preset, you are still able to see if anything is going on in the shadow side. Hopefully, Sony would work out its way to reduce the noise grain for even higher quality image quality.