Stay safe on the roads with this THINKWARE F750 TW-F750 dash cam, which warns you when your vehicle departs from the lane and when you are in danger of a front-end collision. Other safety alerts ensure awareness of red lights and speed cameras.
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Great camera with Great value and potential
Posted by: Duster from: on
This camera is exactly what I was looking for. It is not cheap, however the potential behind this camera is worth the cost. While I have not added on the additional rear-camera or hardwired kit for parking monitoring features, I have used this with the enclosed windshield mount with 3M tape.
The resolution during the day is excellent. The automatic adjustments in the camera prevent white-out from the sun, even when driving into the sunset. The night time recording is very decent as well. While obviously there is less light, it still records well enough to see a dog just outside of range of the head lights. When other vehicles pass you, the camera does not reduce the quality of the video to see the "light" better like other cameras have in the past.
In the recording you have the following overlay at the bottom of the screen "THINKWARE F750 (version) (Voltage) (GPS Date/time)"
Your GPS speed is not visible in the video. If you were involved in an accident, this means in order to provide speed information with the recording you would either A: create an exact copy of your Micro SD card and keep the copy, giving law enforcement the original, or B: Give investigators your camera with Micro SD card for submission to evidence.
Speed is a factor of every accident, and showing non-reckless driving can certainly prevent unnecessary time in civil court should it get to that point.
GPS: I have not yet found a way to view the GPS information in raw format. The GPS appears accurate at most times, however when it is cold first thing in the morning, the GPS appears to be off by about 15 feet or so, showing your "trail" in the ditch or field along the roadway. Once it gets warm, using the "satellite" view on the map display, you can clearly see what lane you were in.
Note: If you want a dash-cam with a live view while your in the vehicle, and able to see what you are recording, this is not the camera for you.
This camera is for those that want that extra witness with out the distraction of glare from a screen or wondering if something is "in view" taking your attention for the roadway.
There is "Rec" (record) button on the camera that you can press to save a 60 second segment. This is handy for those events that may not have been detected by the gyro.
About the Lane Departure warning, This does vary with vehicle. If you are in a car, you want to set the vehicle to "Sedan", or for a SUV set it to "SUV". Otherwise the detection goes off like crazy.
28 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Great camera with useless features
Posted by: Michael from: on
The camera records great quality video, and the system for protecting important video seems like it's clever enough to work well. The camera is always recording and writing over old recordings. If the G-force sensors detect a collision, the video recorded immediately surrounding the time of the collision will be protected from being overwritten by future recordings. I haven't been in an accident, so I can't speak to its functionality in practice.
The additional features, presumably the reason for the ridiculously high price tag, are useless. The camera includes alarms to alert the driver when the vehicle is exiting the lane, approaching another vehicle, or approaching a traffic camera.
1. The literature doesn't explain the difference in the alarms, so when a beep happens, the driver can't be sure which alarm is happening.
2. Even at the lowest sensitivities, the alarms are never ending.
3. Every time that the camera is powered on, there is a female voice telling the people in the car that the camera is active and that the GPS is connected. Even at the lowest volume, the announcements are too loud. There is no option to disable the announcements (they're incredibly annoying). Therefore, the only way to get rid of them is to turn the volume off, which negates any small advantages that the driver might get from the other alerts.
4. Updating the locations of the speed cameras cannot be done through the app while connected to the camera via WiFi. It's a clunky process of downloading and manipulating an update file onto the microSD card.
5. I purchased a larger replacement microSD card with all of the appropriate specifications according to Thinkware, but the camera doesn't support it for some unknown reason. Support was fast to suggest that I purchase a $50 32 GB card from them, an absurdly priced piece of flash memory.
Overall, this is a good dashcam with an insane price that hopes to be justified by including poorly implemented features.
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Easy to Set Up
Posted by: Brian from: on
I did quite a bit of research on these prior to buying. If you are looking for something that is easy to get your hands on versus via Amazon or China, it's nice Best Buy is offering them for sale. I also have a Magellan GPS device that also records video that I purchased from BB, so I can compare those.
Video quality, the F750 is far better. I don't think BB will allow me to embed a video here, but I will post a link to a private You Tube video I uploaded so you can see. I haven't tried this at night, but all dash cams tend to struggle with quality video at night.
Audio, both are just fine.
This has a WiFi access that the Magellan does not. At first it was finicky about connecting, but no problems since. The interface is less then what you would get on your PC Viewer, which both have, but if you need video to show, the WiFi will handle it.
I purchased this along with the Hardwire kit, which was easy enough. Powers on when the ACC is on and enters parking mode when car is turned off. I tested the sensitivity and it works. However, if someone does hit your car on the side, unless they walk into view of the camera, you won't see them.
There is a slight hum during video playback. Some research shows this may be due to some interference with the GPS, TPMS, OnStar, XMSirius that I already have in the car so a different direction of wiring may be needed.
Overall it's a gadget, albeit a pricier one, but could be very useful in the event of an accident. Best Buy also offers these cheaper then what you can find them on Amazon now, possibly since they are fairly new in the stores.
The picture attached for some reason does not show the video (Windows 10, I dunno), but the link to the video shows you what you would see. The picture shows you the framework for the PC Viewing Screen. The video is here https://youtu.be/Efga4ZLnHuc
24 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Best Dash Cam
Posted by: Jimsf from: on
So my desire was to be able to get a device that could record all of the occurrences that happen daily here in San Francisco when we traverse from one point to the other! I knew nothing about dash cameras and no one I know actually has such a device in their own vehicles! But I felt very strongly that I wanted to start to document how badly and rudely people are driving in San Francisco these days! The device is amazing and aside from Lane departure Warning Systems, forward Collision Warning Systems and the fact that it has an internal GPS it also has something most people would like, it alerts you to safety camera alerts, red light camera alert, speed camera alert, combined red light and speed camera alert, average speed zone alert, mobile speed zone alert. This is an amazing product and well worth every dollar I spent at Best Buy! You need to look no further than this particular manufacturer. I love the design it's very inconspicuous it fit right underneath my rearview mirror and for the most part blends in! I did purchase the hard wiring kit but I am currently using the plug-in cable! I also love the fact that you have Wi-Fi so you can actually see your recordings when you stop to look at something! It is connected to your smartphone! I also purchased the biggest memory card to replace the one this one comes with which is pretty minimal memory.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Returned both I purchased
Posted by: timahh from: seattle on
I have been using Thinkware for just about two years. I purchased the F550 which worked great for about a year and half? I think it overheated.
About six months ago I also purchased the x500 to put in the back of my vehicle and have had no problems with that one.
Since I have GSP, when the F550 went, I upgraded to the F750.
The first one did not work at all. Returned it 10 minutes later and got a new one.
The second F750 worked for a few hours, then started to reboot all the time. I looked online, reformatted the card, upgraded the firmware which seemed to do the trick.
Two days later was looking at some video and the map data would not load.
I contacted, or tried to contact Thinkware. No response. So after ten days and no contact with Thinkware and after the unit started to turn off, stop recording and finally rebooting on its own. I returned it for a different brand.
The x500 works great. Would love to stay with Thinkware but no customer support, not even a hello return email? No phone contact?
Try the x500. Not the F750.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great features and quality. Near-proprietary uSD.
Posted by: gadgeTT from: on
Great hardware and video quality. Really nice feature set. Like how it attaches to the windshield with tape rather than suction. iOS app is full-featured but a tad buggy and some non-English text. My only complaint is that the microSD cards are semi-proprietary. You can't just drop any relatively high-speed card into it to upgrade the storage, and their Thinkware-branded cards are over priced and hard to find. Otherwise, a great product if used as-is.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Recordings have static and electrical noises.
Posted by: Andrew from: on
This is a great dash cam I've owned so far. Hardwiring the camera to my car was easy. It has great low light/night time recording. Some cons that I have come across so far are as follows:
-Camera restarts while driving. Happens about 30% of the time.
-Impact sensor is too sensitive to the closing of car doors which trigger an event recording.
-My recordings have static and electrical noises. (I hardwired the camera to my car and followed the instructions carefully. Thinkware representative was unable to find a solution to eliminate the noises.)
Overall, I'm glad I purchased the camera. If only I knew of a way to get rid of those noises in my recordings.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Don't Waste Your Money!
Posted by: Devlin85 from: Bradenton, FL on
Will only record in 1 minute intervals, has a forced file structure where it sets aside a percentage of space for the recording types (Continuous, Manual, Collision Detection, etc) and automatically overwrites when full which can't be changed and happens very quickly (Bitrate is way too high on the video and nearly filled a 64 GB card in 6 hours) Visual quality is the same or worse than my $80 Blackbox dashcam. The collision detection and lane warning system just constantly goes off providing no help, at least you can disable that. But on top of all those issues when trying to extract gps data it crashes any app that can read it. How this won any award let alone the several it did is beyond me. This product is a joke and should not be recommended to anyone.
13 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Does not include rear camera
Posted by: tigger from: on
The Thinkware site indicates rear view camera is included. The rear camera is NOT included. Called Canadian manufacturer they claim the rear view camera is only included for UK customers. They should indicated camera is not included. All they can say is that they are sorry for their misrepresentation and that they will let the Company of the complaint.
9 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Camera worked Great
Posted by: TSmith from: on
I bought this camera before making a 4000 mile trip across the USA. I had no problems downloading the software to my phone or setting this camera up. The live video is a bit fuzzy, but the recorded video is perfect. I am going to buy another one of these cameras for my other vehicle.