Thinkware F800 Pro

Thinkware F800 Pro front and rear car camera

Technical Specifications

– Dual channel dash cam
– Max. resolution: front 1080p, rear 1080p
– Price: Amazon US / UK -- eBay US / CA / UK / AU (for more countries & vendors, check below)
– GPS
– WDR Super Night Vision
– Wi-Fi
– Ambarella A12 processor
– Video format: MP4
– Supports up to 128 GB MicroSD cards
– Time and date stamp on video
– Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
– Internal capacitor instead of battery
– Lock file button
– Apps for Android and iOS
– Player software for Windows and Mac
– Overheat protection
– Internal microphone and speaker (both mutable)
– Operating temperature: from -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F)
– Storage temperature: from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
– Buffered parking mode (motion detection, time-lapse, or G-sensor triggered)
– Low voltage cutoff
– Adhesive mount
– Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
– Front Collision Warning System (FCWS)
– Origin: South Korea

Front Camera:
– Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps (60fps when used without the rear camera)
– Size: 107mm x 61mm x 32mm (4.2″ x 2.4″ x 1.2″)
– Weight: 105g (0.23 lbs)
– Sony Exmor R Starvis IMX291 CMOS sensor
– Angle of view: 140° diagonal

Rear camera:
– Max. resolution: 1920×1080 @ 30fps
– Sony Exmor R Starvis IMX291 CMOS sensor
– Angle of view: 140° diagonal

Thinkware F800 Pro Review

Thinkware have released an even better version of their already great F800 dash cam. If you’re not familiar with the F800, you may want to read our review of that camera first, and then come back here to find out about the differences.

So what’s new about the F800 Pro? In fact, both models are based upon the same hardware. The one difference that immediately catches the eye is that the F800 Pro is all black, making it more stealthy and, at least in our opinion, much better looking than the F800.

Another important difference is that the F800 Pro supports up to 128GB memory cards, twice as much as the F800. This not only means double recording time, but also twice as much expected life span for the microSD card (as data will be overwritten half as much).

Most other features are similar for both models: They share the same rear camera (called BCFH-200), and they use the same wiring and mount system — so if you already have an F800 installed, it’s easy to upgrade to the F800 Pro.

Both cameras have a very solid build quality, and post-sales customer support from Thinkware is known to be excellent.

If you decide to mount the rear camera upside down, you can easily rotate the video in the settings. The camera’s settings can be changed via smart phone (using Wi-Fi), and it’s also possible to adjust the settings with the included PC/Mac viewer software by popping the SD card into your computer.

For best results, we recommend you use at least a 64GB (better: 128GB) memory card with this camera. Higher capacity cards have better durability, because the camera’s recording cycles will be longer. We recommend using Thinkware branded SD cards, despite their higher price — other brands may work, however users have reported occasional problems with those.

Parking mode

One of the most important features of the Thinkware F800 Pro is its highly versatile and efficient parking mode.

Several options are available: In buffered parking mode, the camera will record continuously to its internal short term memory, and whenever an event is detected (visually or by G-sensor, footage from 10 seconds before to 10 seconds after the event is saved to a special folder on the SD card.

There’s also an energy saving parking mode: This one is non-buffered, and when an event is detected, the camera wakes up within 1 second and stores 20 seconds of video.

Lastly, there’s good old time-lapse parking mode: The camera will just record continuously while parked, at a reduced frame rate of 2fps. Time-lapse mode allows you to see everything that happened while you were away.

The F800 Pro comes with a low voltage cutoff function (called battery protection in the settings). When your car’s battery drops below the voltage you specified, the camera will shutoff to protect the battery from being depleted.

Like most other dash cams, the F800 Pro needs to be hard wired for parking mode to work: Either you need a hard wiring kit to connect the dash cam directly to the car’s fuse box, or you can get an extra battery pack that works as a buffer between your car’s battery and the dash cam.

Summary

The Thinkware F800 Pro is currently the most expensive, but also the best performing front-and-rear dash cam out there. If you want to get the best protection available for your car, you won’t find a dual cam that offers better video quality, especially at night, or a better parking mode.

The F800 Pro is our favorite for this year, and definitely recommended for those who can spare the money.

Thinkware F800 Pro 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 Front Video Sample

Front video quality at day is very good. Colors are vivid, and license plates are easy to read even when driving by. (WARNING – loud audio!)

Day Time Rear Video Sample

Day time rear video quality is also very good, similar to forward video.

Night Time Front Video Sample

At night, front video quality is very good too. Details and license plates are clearly visible when close, even when driving by.

Night Time Rear Video Sample

Rear video is good at night. Obviously there is some glare from headlights of the cars behind you, nevertheless the footage is clear and it’s always easy to see what’s going on behind you.

Where To Buy

The Thinkware F800 Pro is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon US / UK / DE / FR / ES / IT

eBay US / CA / UK / AU

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