THINKWARE - F50 Dash Cam - Black

Protect yourself against scams and fraud while on the road with this powerful Thinkware F50 dash cam. With full high-definition and 30 fps recording, this cam lets you capture every detail of an incident with undeniable clarity. This Thinkware F50 dash cam uses format-free technology for a fast, intuitive user experience.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Thinkware F50 Dash Cam
  • MicroSD card (8GB)
  • SD card adapter
  • 12V power cable
  • Camera mount
  • Extra 3M tape
  • Wire clips (5 pcs)
  • Quick user guide
  • Warranty card

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (234 out of 267)

Features


Sony Exmor CMOS Image Sensor

Allows Full HD 1080p video recording with a 130-degree wide angle camera lens.

Continuous recording mode

Activated automatically when you start the engine. Recorded videos are saved in one-minute segments with an auto-looping mechanism.

Manual recording mode

Captures events that occur in front of your vehicle whether or not it is in motion.

Event recording mode

Active Impact Monitoring System will automatically store the video data ten seconds prior to and after a collision registered by the 3-axis G-Sensor.

Fail-safe recording

Uses the Super Capacitor for backup power to ensure safe storage of any recording in progress.

Heat discharge camera construction with built-in thermal sensor

Protect the device and its data against intense heat by automatically turning it off to prevent overheating.

Format Free Technology

Eliminates the need for periodical manual formatting of recorded video files on the MicroSD memory card.

8GB MicroSD card included

For convenient and long lasting operations.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 267 reviews

88%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, Simple Camera

    Posted
    JayD9
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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

    Good for the price

    Posted
    Chiefjfp
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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: 1 out of 5 stars

    Software is a deal breaker

    Posted
    Chipset
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The camera is decent if you put the sensor on the lowest setting or else it just goes off and saves every files that is a bump in the road and maxes out your SD card . Even on the second to lowest setting it records highway over passes and similar bumps. The Software is HORRIBLE! I just downloaded the latest release today 7/17/2017. It is deathly slow, hangs and freezes and I am running a new I7 desktop. It is not useable and you have no other choice and are tied to their program to manage your files. The settings for the date and time stamps DO NOT remain in the camera and change when you plug it in to the car. What good is this in court if your day and time are off by 12 hours or a day? SOFTWARE: Every action you click on: play, stop, open a new file is behind by at least 15 seconds. It's like using an internet product on a dial up modem slow. It saves MP4 video, but you need their software to play them - again worthless for court or sharing or just wanting to bypass the horrible viewing management software. The software would not allow me to save a file no matter how many times you click on it, but it did before the latest release? Do they use or test their own software? Who releases stuff like this? I should have listened to other reviews about the software because you are handcuffed to it and it is a show stopper. As much as the camera is ok and sound is good this is going back to the store.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Thinkware Product Expert

      Hi there,

      We are very sorry to hear about your negative experience with the F50 software update. While we are not facing the same issues that you encountered with the updated PC Viewer, we will certainly forward this inquiry to our technical team to investigate. We appreciate the honest feedback as we are always looking for ways to improve our product.

      Kind regards,

      Thinkware Customer Support Thinkware_CA

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great budget dash cam

    Posted
    jfs1988
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nice compact, bad quality

    Posted
    Triallman
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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

      Thinkware Product Expert

      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

    Easy to use

    Posted
    nittanyatl
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Avoid for red-light camera detection!

    Posted
    Brian
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This item itself isn't horrible. The included SDHD card could be bigger, but outside of that the product is compact and serves its purpose. This is where my good review comes to an end. Along with this product, I also purchased the GPS sensor to inform me of where red-light cameras would be before I got to them. While it does do this, it unfortunately is never updated. My county loves to move the cameras around when people get use to where they are and they can't make any money on them anymore. As such, it's critical that the information for the whereabouts of these cameras is updated regularly. Sadly, ThinkWare doesn't update this information. I even emailed them a few times requesting that they update this information. Not once did they ever email me back, and my camera gives me false positives for cameras, and it also fails to alert me about where some cameras even are. So with that, I'd avoid this one. The extra GPS sensor to detect the lights cost me another $30, and it doesn't serve its purpose. I will be buying elsewhere in the future to satisfy my needs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Camera Quality

    Posted
    ELP1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    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




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