best night time dash cam performance

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  1. ljw2k

    ljw2k Pulling my weight

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    I think the VIOFO A119s is hard to beat for the price ( With the correct firmware ) the Sony IMX291 does a stella job at night

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    IMX291 is the best for night time.

    Not a great fan of Viofo myself. Nice cameras but I've found endurance to be poor.

    There are a few cams that use IMX291. Best to look around at reviews.
     
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    I haven't played with my A119S V2 much after setting it up. I planned on installing a different model on my wife's car and comparing but she did not want me to install one on her car. So there was the end of that. Lol.

    I did buy my brother a IPC-HDW5231R-ZE for Christmas from Andy. Other than that all my money is also going to one of my new hobbies.

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    Good choice and I think you will be happy with this,you will also have very good support. If you have DAB radio the rear Cam will probably wipe that out so be careful on cable routing.
     
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    That wasone of the deciding factors, the excellent support I see over on dashcamtalk.com from them. ;)
     
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    I saw DDPAI has this Mix3 which claims to have "exceptional night vision" (not actual night vision, just bright image) and uses Sony IMX307 Starvis, WDS, H.265.

    I have their older M6+ which has held up great for a few years now fine and has decent night vision. I can get plate readings of cars in front of me, maybe up to 10-15 ft or so. I liked that it was a magnetic mount\connection so I can pop it in my pocket easily when I leave the car and not have it dangling there like eye candy for a thief.
     
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    I followed the web address Looney mentioned above and found a review on that dashcam forum with samples. Looking at the daytime samples, they're no better than any other 1080P dashcam in my opinion. Not surprising since the limiting factor is the resolution plus bit rate. 11mbs at H265 is only around 24mbs at H264 from memory. Hardly groundbreaking bit rates. Also, for daytime, several manufacturers have either 1440P or 4K resolution cameras available. There are also cameras with higher bit rates using H264. As for night, the videos look quite good from the mix, if a little noisy in some places. However, the night performance alone would not persuade me to take this over a superior daytime camera as 90%+ of my driving is done in the day.

    The built in memory on the Mix would be a worry as any wear or other issue in the memory and it's a new camera not solely a new SD card.

    Think it probably has it's uses for those who drive mainly at night eg overnight couriers / delivery drivers etc, but the real breakthrough is going to come from a low light 4K camera with STARVIS or similar sensitivity as then you'd get both the daytime resolution and low light performance. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    It’s strange how some of the dashcam manufacturers are moving to making a bigger cam whereas me personally I’d rather have the smallest on the windscreen to make it less obvious that you have a cam. Ideally I’d like a cam that simply blends in, the mix3 for example to me would be more visible than their previous 6 model ?
     
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    The Mobius Maxi is the smallest you're going to get.

    One reason for going to larger cams in the long run is bigger sensors tend to deliver better image quality.
     
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    For good night vision you definitely want to have Streetguardian SG9665GC or one of its brothers/sisters. They're just awesome.
     
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    Ljw2k do you still have the uncompressed video?
     
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    Yes mate I do as I sold my BMW and now the camera is in my wife's Golf GT
     
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    Thought I'd add to this thread as there's a new player in town causing a bit of a stir (might even see it in CCTV cameras as well), the IMX335 Starvis has hit the streets, initially in the Viofo A119 V3:

    Viofo A119 V3 1600p Dash Cam Review