– Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
– Price: Amazon US / CA / UK – eBay US / AU (affiliate links) – more countries & vendors
– Aperture: F=1.8
– WDR Super Night Vision
– GPS (optional)
– 2.7″ screen
– Small size (89mm x 63.5mm x 38mm)
– NT96650 processor
– AR0330 6-layer glass lens
– 5 MP CMOS sensor
– Angle of view: 170° diagonal
– Operating temperature: from -12°C to 60°C (10°F to 140°F)
– Storage temperature: from -20°C to 70°C (-5°F to 160°F)
– Video format: MOV
– Photo format: JPG
– Supports up to 256GB class 10 SDHC cards (over 42 hours)
– Time and date stamp on video
– Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor, motion detection
– Simple parking mode
– Interfaces: USB 2.0
– Lock file button
– 320mAh Li-ion battery
– Internal microphone and speaker
– Adhesive mount
Rexing V1 Basic Review
The Rexing V1 Basic is a Chinese camera that was released several years ago. Being a wedge-shaped dash cam that sticks directly to your windshield with the upper side of its casing, it doesn’t need a mount, thus allowing for a more discreet installation.
Image quality is good at day time. Colors are vivid, making for an attractive video. Be aware though that license plates are a bit hard to make out when driving by. At night, video quality is average to fair, depending a lot on lighting conditions — on a dark road in the countryside, you probably won’t see very much, while visibility is decent in brightly lit areas. Audio quality is good.
Note that the Rexing V1 comes with ports for an optional rear camera and for an external GPS unit. An external GPS unit is available separately. The rear camera doesn’t appear to have been released yet though — we’ll update this review when it is.
UPDATE: A dual channel version of this camera is now available, named Rexing V1P. It costs only a little more than the V1. Note that the rear camera only supports 640x480 (VGA) resolution though. We recommend at least 720p resolution for a rear camera, as VGA resolution is not sufficient to read any license plates. For a good low-cost two-way dash cam, check out the Crosstour CR900.
Due to its wedge shape, the Rexing V1 is one of the stealthiest dashboard cameras available. It sticks directly to the windshield via a very small adhesive bracket (in our product image above, this is the near-rectangular plastic piece just above the lens).
It is quite easy to remove the camera from the bracket by simply sliding it back. Take care when you install the unit to leave about an inch of space for this purpose. After installation, the vertical inclination of the lens can then be adjusted by turning a rotating knob on the side of the camera.
Feature-wise, all the dash cam basics are there, such as auto on/off, loop recording, date/time stamp, and G-sensor. It also has a button to turn the display on and off, which is a nice feature that we haven’t seen in other dash cams so far (although most do turn off the display automatically after a set amount of time).
If you get an extra hard-wiring kit (not included), the Rexing V1 also supports a simple impact-triggered parking mode. If someone hits your car while the engine is off, the V1 will come alive and record a video clip to hopefully catch the perpetrator.
Overall, this is a decent camera, with a very discreet form factor and great usability. However, video quality is not the best you can get at this price. The camera is easy enough to use without consulting the 47-page user manual, but should you have any issues, you are likely to find a solution in the manual’s Troubleshooting section.
Rexing V1 Basic 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 good, with great vivid colors and well defined details. It’s a bit difficult to read license plates of cars driving by at high speed though.
Night Time Video Sample
Night time video is fair. Visibility is good on a well-lit parking lot, less good on a dark road. Readability of nearby license plates is hit-and-miss and depends on the lighting conditions.
Where To Buy
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