G1W / G1WH / G1W-C

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A closeup of the G1W dash cam (also known as GS108)

Technical Details

– Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
– Price: see Amazon US / Amazon UK / eBay US / eBay UK (more options below, including the improved G1WH and G1W-C models)
– Bit rate: 15 Mbps
– Aperature: F/1.8
– WDR Super Night Vision
– 2.7″ Screen
– Medium size (113mm x 46mm x 32mm)
– Angle of view: 120° diagonal
– Video format: MOV
– Photo format: JPG
– Photo resolution: up to 12M
– Time and date stamp on video
– Supports up to 32GB MicroSD cards
– Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
– Interfaces: HDMI, USB, AV

Review

The G1W (also known as GS108) is a cheap dashboard camera of Chinese origin. Despite its low price, it delivers high quality video in 1080p resolution. Released in mid 2013, the G1W easily outperforms other dash cams in its price range as far as image clarity is concerned.

At day time, the G1W’s video quality could easily compete with cameras twice its prize, if it weren’t for an inherent shakiness of the footage. This seems to be the major drawback of this camera model. You probably wouldn’t choose the G1W to record scenic routes or artistic scenes, but it is still very much suitable if you mainly need it for security and evidence in case of an accident.

At night, the G1W’s footage seems a bit fuzzy, but due to its Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) feature, night video quality is definitely superior to what other cameras in this price range deliver. The G1W originally cost around $80 but can now sometimes be found for $60 or less (check out the links below).

While it is not the smallest dash cam model around, it fits nicely behind your rear view mirror. With loop recording, auto on/off, a G-sensor and in-built motion detection, it covers the basics that a dash cam can’t do without. While it doesn’t have GPS, it sports a 2.7″ screen so you can watch what’s recording as you adjust the device.

The G1W does have kind of a cheap feel to it, being made of rather light materials. Material costs have obviously been kept low in order to make this device as affordable as possible. Customer feedback has been largely positive so far.

Due to its superior video quality, the G1W easily replaces the DVR-207 as the top choice in the lower price segment. However, as with most cheap dashboard cameras, there may be low quality fake versions on the market, so make sure you buy from a reputable seller like the ones listed below.

To sum it up, this camera absolutely does the job if you just need a set-and-forget security camera, at the lowest possible price. (There are even cheaper cameras, but we definitely don’t recommend those as the quality is too bad to be usable long term). If you are able to spend a little bit more though, do consider the Mini 0801 instead, which is not only smaller but also more elegant, has a higher build quality, and last but not least records superior video footage.

Newer Versions: G1WH and G1W-C

In December of 2013, two newer versions of the G1W were released, the G1WH and the G1W-C. Most features including video quality and reliability are the same for all three. We will highlight the crucial differences below.

G1WH

The G1WH is a newer version of the basic G1W camera, released near the end of 2013. The main differences are the lens, which has a larger viewing angle of 140° (compared to the G1W’s 120°), and the casing, which is all black, without any writing on the outside and without the somewhat annoying silver ring around the lens that might attract attention.

Thus, for about a relatively small price increase, the G1WH has a larger field of view and is a more discreet than the G1W. All else being the same, this is a decent improvement.

G1W-C

The feature that sets the G1W-C apart from the G1W is that it comes with a capacitor instead of a battery. Most dash cams have internal batteries to ensure that in the event of a power cut, the camera can continue recording for a couple of seconds and then safely power down without losing or corrupting video footage. This feature would be most needed in the event of an accident that results in a loss of power to the camera.

Generally speaking, capacitors are much more reliable than batteries. Firstly, they have a significantly better heat resistance: Batteries can explode when overheated, and if you live in a hot climate it can get quite hot in your car when you park it in the sun for a while. Second, a battery’s capacity to hold charge declines with age, so after a couple of months or years in action, it just might not be able to fulfill its purpose anymore and you might not even know it until it’s too late.

So far, capacitors were only being used in high-end dash cams, with most cheaper dash cams relying on batteries. Therefore the G1W-C is a welcome innovation for the lower price segment, as capacitor based cameras are definitely superior to battery based ones (unless you want to unplug them from your car and grab some footage outside, which is only possible if you have a battery built in – but then again, you can also use your mobile phone for that purpose).

Furthermore, the G1W-C has a better sound quality, due to it’s microphone being in a different position internally.

G1W Video Samples

For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.

Day Time Video Sample

Day time video quality is crystal clear. Note how easy it is to read license plates even from medium distance. The video is a bit shaky though, so it might not be the best choice for artistic use. But if you need the dash cam only for evidence in case something happens, the G1W is definitely fit for purpose.

Night Time Video Sample

Night time video is a bit blurry, but acceptable for a camera of this price. It is tricky to read license plates while driving, but when stopped / up close they are clearly visible even at night.

Where To Buy

The G1W is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon US

Amazon CA

Amazon UK

Amazon DE

Amazon FR

Amazon ES

Amazon IT

FoxOffer

The G1WH is available here:

Amazon US

Amazon CA

Amazon UK

FoxOffer

The G1W-C can be ordered from:

Amazon US

Amazon CA

Amazon UK

FoxOffer