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TW-F50
SKU:
5371600
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Your price for this item is $99.99

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 334 reviews

88%would recommend to a friend.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome, Simple Camera

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    I did a fair amount of research when selecting a dashcam. I've read that Thinkware rates as one of the better, more reliable brands compared to other dashcam offerings. I was debating a higher priced unit but couldn't justify the likelihood of it either being stolen or damaged somehow... so at $80.00 on sale... this was a steal to get. The camera is very easy to install. The product itself feels cheap and doesn't inspire confidence but once installed you quickly appreciate it's sleek, minimalistic profile and robust mounting clips. Video clips are clear but lets be honest... you're not going to be able to read license plates or see distinguishing features easily depending on your speed and time of day. The impact sensor will sound two beeps if it thinks an event occurred that you'll want to review and upon startup, the camera tells you verbally that it's on and is recording. If I had to buy another camera, I would buy this one again considering the value of camera and safety advantages compared to other, lower priced or no name brand units. If you are a commercial delivery driver you may want to consider one of the more robust units for better picture quality and more advanced FCW, LDW features.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good for the price

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    I purchased this item after a long delay when it went on sale. The size of the unit was really a selling factor in my purchase. I opted to have it hard wired which will be done at the end of the week. In the mean time, I used the included cigarette lighter adapter out of curiosity and mounted the camera where I want it installed after hardwiring. For the price it's hard to beat. The daytime quality is excellent but I was extremely disappointed at the nighttime recording, hence the 4 rating. I have seen other postings on this model and other Thinkware models that it only uses proprietary micro cards. This is incorrect. I previously owned a 64gb card and followed the directions on the Thinkware website, formatting the card and copying their info to the micro card. It works flawlessly. I own an iMac and downloaded the viewer which also works just fine once you find out how to use it. The directions online are not complete and different than it actually is. There is a tiny magnifier icon which you use to find the videos. Lastly, my camera is mounted behind my mirror, but the fisheye lens picks up an antenna for my remote start within the viewing area. Distracting, but not a complete disaster for what is being recorded. A nice little feature in the desktop viewer is a + or - symbol which can be used to zoom in or out of the actual video which eliminated the issue with the antenna showing in the video clip. Overall, I like this unit for the price and size.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice compact, bad quality

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    Absolutely best form factor ever! 100% hidden behind rear view mirror. That's only good about it. Video quality is very poor for this price. No focus, bad light adjustment and absolutely impossible to read license plates on video so it's absolutely useless in case of hit and run or whatever happened. Audio quality is bad also, does not adjust level to loud music or to quiet sound. Settings are possible through PC software so at least you can make voice commands quiet but that's all you can really do. Video length is 1min and you can't change it. Emergency button records only 10 seconds before and 1min after you press button so you actually have a chance to loose event if it takes longer than a minute or happened more then 10sec before you pressed button. Also I had it stuck on greeting message playback cycling endlessly untill you unplug it and it drains battery to finally shut up. Had it happened twice during week. I had hi hopes on this device but unfortunately it goes back to store((

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Thinkware Product Expert
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      Hi there,

      We are sorry to hear about your experience with our F50. Please note, you can change more than the volume on the PC Viewer software. For more information how how to change settings on the F50 please contact our support team! All of our cameras in 1 mim segments and we purposely chose to do this. The 1 min clips in conjunction with the cameras super capacitor allows the camera to finish writing the video in the event of an accident and the power is cut off. If you have longer recording segments and the vehicle loses power the camera will not be able to finish writing the longer video clip causing the video file to be corrupted. Hold the manual record button down for 5 seconds to format the micro SD card, this will resolve your issue with the greeting message. If you have any more questions or concerns let us know and we would be happy to help!

      Email - support@thinkware.com
      Phone - 1 (866) 865 9273

      Kind regards,

      Thinkware Customer Support Thinkware_CA

  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Cheap and easy to install

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    Clear video Decent night recording Sounds at every clear Out of sight out of mind Only compliant is To sensitive even after adjusting the levels

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great video recording camera

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    As a starter camera this is impressive I can actually in large parts of the video while in play back mode...

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Works great

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    The reviews are arrurate. I got the f50 because it’s cheaper. The quality is good. I had a lot of trouble getting the sticky pad installed. I had to ask for help. Best Buy was nice and helped me. The camera is really light. Not that it matters.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Easy to use

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    This is my first dash cam and have had it for 3 weeks. It's a small device so it can be installed out of sight right behind the rear view mirror,. I like the adhesive approach for a dashcam -- saves the hassle of needing to put the suction cup up every time and it doesn't fall off. It comes with a long wired charger to the wire can be run inconspicuously from camera to outlet. Picture quality is sufficient for the intended purpose. Night video is what you would expect when it's dark -- it sees what you see but doesn't work any magic. One feature I wish this had was the option to turn off sound recording. Don't really want to record conversations in the car. The camera records a series of time stamped one minute videos. The video player software automatically plays the video continuously. Of course, hopefully I'll never need to look at the video beyond the initial curiosity after purchasing.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Thinkware Product Expert
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      Hi there. The F50 dash cam has the option to disable voice recording. To do so, press and hold the "REC" button for three seconds. Once adjusted, the LED indicator will switch to a green blinking light. We hope this helps! Please contact us directly by phone (1-844-865-9273) or email (support@thinkware.com) if you have additional questions. Thinkware Customer Support Thinkware_CA

  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Works great

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    I chose this because it was MAC friendly. I set the brightness to max to improve the night vision. Works fine on a brightly lighted street, on the hiway, you only see what your headlights see. Setting the brightness higher did not effect the daytime recording. It does not look bleached out. I reviewed this on YouTube, and it works as described.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great quality and easy to use

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    Purchased the camera before going on a trip. It works exactly as expected, was easy to install and and produces great quality images. Configuring the camera's options, or updating its firmware, require loading its microSD on your PC and running the supplied program. It came with an 8GB SD, but I installed a 64GB card for additional storage.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    nice camera, good features.

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    Does a good job ,specially with daylight. Not so good during the night, but it works anyway. Careful with the sticker, the installing process could be complicated.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good Dash Cam

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    Easy to set up and operate. Like that you can format the SD card and do a couple of other options without having to remove the SD card and view it on a computer. Still cannot figure out how to get the camera to record the speed the vehicle is going. One major complaint is I wish this camera were WIFI and could connect to the app. That would make it easy to view in case of an accident. Unless you want to remove the SD card from your phone or a tablet (if you happen to be carrying one) you won't be able to view anything until you can get to a computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Works Great!!

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    Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.

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    I purchased this camera to be used as a rear facing dash cam. The power cord was more than long enough to route to the outlet on the front of the car. I have it in a Toyota Corolla. Once the car is on the camera starts on its own and instantly begins recording video, it even verbally tells you it's starting to record. Another great feature is that the camera will automatically record over old videos when the memory card gets full. You really don't have to do anything once it's connected! The camera will also save small clips in incidents where it feels noticeable bumps, thinking that maybe you got into something worth saving. Those video clips are saved onto a different folder that does not auto-delete so that you don't have to worry about losing those clips in the event an accident occurs. The only gripe is that some road bumps will trigger it and a noticeable "beep" will sound from the camera, you get used to it after a while. Video is clear, even through the rear tinted window it's recording through.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice camera with slim profile

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    I really like the small size of this dash cam. I've had it for about month and haven't had any issues with it so far. It's placed right behind my rearview mirror and is hidden from my sight. The device powers on each time I turn on the ignition. I don't even have to think about it. Great product.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Quality

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    Definitely a great quality picture, does its job,. If you buy the hardwire kit it automatically enables "parking mode" which is an amazing feature, allowing the camera to record while parked using very low voltage. I have a scan gauge in my car allowing me to see the exact voltage of my battery. And even after not driving the car for a few days, when I start the car the battery is MAYBE .01-.02 volts lower than when I shut it off. The camera has an automatic shut off when it gets to below a certain voltage. If you dont care about having a screen this camera is very discrete and fits perfectly behind most rear view mirrors.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Camera Quality

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    I am not an expert on camera's when it comes to a dash cam. However, you have it for one reason....to validate your story. I was in a wreck where a drive squeezed in in front of me and had to come to an immediate stop. I ended up running into the back of him. Long story short....although the other driver forced his way into my lane of traffic and I hit him on a brake check, I paid for the damage of both cars. I bought this camera for $79.99. It would easily have verified my story. The field of view is great and the quality (both night and day driving) is really good. It does not have any major bells and whistles but all you need is a camera that works. It does!! I did upgrade the memory card just to get a longer loop time. Sometimes I like to go back and pull a video segment from a drive (just to show my wife or kids something interesting I catch) and the longer memory card gives me that option. Otherwise right out of the box its a great camera and an excellent unbiased witness to anything that happens in its view.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great budget dash cam

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    Pros: 1. Since this is the capacitor powered model, it is more resistant to extreme weather than its battery powered sister model. It should be tough enough to handle California weather, especially during the summer. 2. Its small size & lack of display screen makes it less of a distraction since its able to hide behind the mirror. 3. Parking Mode & GPS is available (with extra accessories), but I don't really need them. 4. Setup using the Micro SD card might actually be good thing. The camera has no buttons other than the manual REC button. You wont have to worry about Curious Fingers. 5. Continuous Mode & Loop Recording overwrite the oldest file when the Micro SD card reached its limit. Cons: 1. It comes with an 8GB Micro SD Card, but the pre-installed setup software, user manuals, & depending how you setup the recordings can take a lot of space in so little time. What I did, is I deleted the French translation PDF manual & disabled parking mode & GPS. I will upgrade to a higher space Micro SD Card in the future. 2. The box only comes with 5 adhesive clips. Use tape until you can buy more. A dash mat can help hide part of the cable. You could also hardwire, but its not for everyone. 3. Lets admit it, there will NEVER be a 100% PERFECT dash cam. The video quality is average. That doesn't mean its bad, the Sony sensor helps it a bit. Just keep the windshield & headlights as clean as possible. 4. I wish the videos wouldn't be separated into clips, but this isn't a camcorder. In a scale from 1 to 10, I would give it a 8.5. Im glad I got it before the price increase.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good dash cam

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    This is a pretty decent dash cam specially for the price. I like the size a lot because it doesn't interfere with your view. My only criticism is that you have to purchase a second or more mounts to be able to use it in other cars. It would have been better if you can just transfer the unit from car to car.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great product.

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    We bought the 1st two cameras after my son was involved in an accident. We used them to demonstrate how the accident really did happen, not how the deceptive person who hit my son and her so called witness tried to say it happened. We were able to prove that their version of the events were an impossibility and we win our case. We now purchased 2 more of these great cameras for the rear windows of our vehicles. No one should be driving without cameras. Dishonest people are everywhere and they prey in the young and the elderly. Get these cameras, you won't regret the decision. I refuse to drive without them.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice

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    This is a Great affordable camera for around town. The camera will provide clear video evidence, if and or when our vehicle is in an accident, more effectively documenting fault. Out Farmers insurance is very supportive of dash cam use. It does not include GPS information.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very good dash cam for the price

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    The F50 happened to be on sale and the internet reviews were all very good. I bought 2 & were very easy to install. Picture quality for daytime is very good, but night was a bit dark compared to my more expensive dash cam, but still good. Simple to use, automatically turns on & off if your power outlet turns off with the ignition, otherwise you need to unplug it since it has no power switch. It paid for itself since a couple of weeks after installing it, my wife captured a car rear ending me as I was driving our other car! I do recommend getting a bigger memory card, than the one it comes with.

    I would recommend this to a friend