Thinkware F790 dash cam review: Unobtrusive road guardian with excellent video quality

Nancy J. Delong

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The impressive 

Thinkware F790 sprint cam

is the latest sprint cam to be launched in the US, and it launches this week. There are so lots of added features in the F790 that you will speculate how you ever managed with no just one.

I seriously like seeking out the array of Thinkware’s dash cams as the onboard capabilities of the cameras defeat nearly all of the other dash cam brands I have tried so considerably. 

The F790 has two pieces to the camera. It has a mounting cradle that attaches to the windscreen with a USB Kind-C charger, and the digicam itself. Slide the unlock mechanism and pull the digicam out of the cradle.

The link is amazingly cosy. I had to use my letter opener to assist the disconnection from the Sort-C slot – it was too stiff for my damaged fingernails – even nevertheless the slider was unlocked.

Even so, once mounted, there are no trailing charging cables and the digital camera is unobtrusive to use.

As shortly as you join the digital camera to the car’s electrical electric power provide, you will get a voice prompt declaring that constant recording has commenced, and to join to the Wi-Fi.


  • Lane departure warning alerts
  • Website traffic digital camera alerts
  • Near approach alerts

Don’t Like

  • Removing camera from housing is fiddly

You need to insert a memory card to link to the Wi-Fi. Obtain the Thinkware dash cam hyperlink app from the app retail store and follow the guidance to hook up the dash cam to the smartphone.

There are beneficial suggestions on the live digital camera view so that you can align the camera accurately with the entrance of the vehicle to get the ideal graphic.

You want to activate the Wi-Fi on the digital camera by clicking the button on the F790, hook up to the Thinkware Wi-Fi, and hold out till the digicam connects. Relationship is quite speedy and straightforward. Down load any firmware updates and configure the configurations you require.

Within the F790, there is an Ambrarella quad core Cortex-A53 CPU functioning at up to 1GHz and generally employed in drones and sports cameras. The crafted-in GPS rapidly announces when it has positioned your vehicle.

It has front and rear cameras with comprehensive Hd, the two of which are incorporated in the box, a superior dynamic range to capture as considerably element as possible, and night time vision capability.

Video clips are encoded applying HEVC (Large Effectiveness Online video Coding). This has a bigger compression charge than AVC and will use less memory area.

The F790 also has ‘dewarping’ online video technology. This usually means that the camera tunes the incoming online video frames to exhibit minimum distortion and cut down the lensing effect typically shown on other sprint cams.

The F790 will perform on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi and specify which video clip is recorded. You can tweak the sensitivity, specify which manner to use the night vision (continuous, parking, disabled, or the two) and established privacy recording concentrations.

You can also established effect sensitivity and motion detection sensitivity. Other configurations you can tweak include things like incident recording in constant method, movement detection and incident recording in parking manner, and guide recording. You can set the brightness of the front and rear cameras,

The F790 can detect impacts when the automobile is parked. Hardwired into your car or truck battery signifies that the camera can be on standby for up to 17.5 times. If an influence is detected, the F790 will wake up and start off recording the upcoming 20 seconds immediately after the affect.

The digicam also utilizes time-lapse method which data at 2 frames per second to cut down the measurement of the movie file.

When the F790 is installed and configured, it genuinely acts as your eyes on the road. It will warn you if you drift into an additional lane, and will beep if you get far too close to the car or truck in entrance.

It will also warn you if the motor vehicle in front moves absent from you from a stoplight. It warns you in very good time when there are fixed safety cameras and pings when it is subsequent to them. It tells you of any pink light cameras, and where there are ordinary pace digicam zones.

All in all for

below $200 (or $280 if you increase the rear camera)

the Thinkware F790 is a superb dash cam that will quietly watch the street, and warn you if you get rid of concentration when you generate.

Put in it, overlook about it, and thank your blessed stars you have it if there is an effects or other difficulty.

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