Mirror dashcams.. they could be the next level of dashcams?
Worldcam is selling for almost 80 bucks its double mirror dashcam, but what is a mirror dashcam? It’s simple, it is a dashcam hided inside the mirror of the car and usually it had a slave camera and a GPS module but the most interesting thing is the touch screen behind the mirror, with this method you can hide the camera from thieves and avoid orrible sucker mounts on the windshiled.
Camera model – Worldcam mirror dashcam
Chipset – n.d.
Imagen Sensor – CMOS
Lens – 170° angle
Size – 25,5 x 7 x 4 cm
Screen – 10 inch
Max Image Resolution – 1080P F/R
Video Resolution – 1080P 30fps
Video compression format – .MOV
Image Format – Jpeg
Night Vision – Yes
Parking mode – Yes
Memory – up to 64gb
Battery – 500mAh
Wifi – None
Connections – Micro USB
Remote Controller – None
Video Stabilizazion – None
External Mic – None
GPS – Yes (Optional)
G-Sensor – Yes
Where to buy – Amazon
The design of ths dashcam is really futuristic. It’s incredible to see a screen over a mirror, mostly because it is a touch screen display.
If you asking yourself, this cameramust be mounted OVER the original mirror of your car so it is not invasive at all. But how does it stick with the original mirror? it’s easy, you need to do just 2 moves.
First of all, you need to mount two rubber string on the back on the mirror cam, like this
And then wrap the entire camera around the original mirror with just one move:
The final look is like this:
Simple, effective and most important, it can go in every car.
But this mirror camera is secure? the mirror works properly or it is just a toy?
There are 3 type of functions:
Screen on – the entire surface of the mirror becomes a screen that shows front/rear cameras and the data/time without the mirror
Partially screen on – You have the possibility to use the mirror as a mirror but on the left corner there are the data/time turned on
Screen off – the screen is compeltely off and you can use the mirror as a mirror without problems, it reflect like any other mirror.
Over the main part, the mirror, there is also the slave camera. It comes with a very long cable that allows to reach the back of any sort of car. The camera is very tiny and i can be mounted inside and outside the car because it is waterproof. It has also a second cable, its function is to turn on the camera when the reverse gear is on but it can do it only if connected to the reverse light on the back of the car.
I badly mounted it just for this test, then don’t mind about the cables around!
The menu is very very simply, as most of the dashcams, once setted the first time will will touch it anymore.
The quality of the videos are not as good as this camera looks. They are very very bright in the night but during the day they are lower than the average quality. The lack of the details is important and it is not sharp at all. For the first time i found a camera that it is better during the night than the day.
Also the management of the colors and the lights are quite bad, there are spots completely overexposed and the light adaptation is very slow. It is a pitty because the camera itself has a very good loook but very bad quality.
The audio is very sensitive, it is stereo but use a very very old codec and it is impossible to play it on most of player programs, you need to see your videos only through VLC and if you don’t use VLC as main program, this is very frustrating. By the way, also the audio is quite poor with a lot of distortion for any sort of high volume sound.
The max memory supported on the camera is 64Gb. Every 3 minutes of recording at 1080P 30fps take 263Mb the front caemera and 160Mb the rear one for the total of circa 423Mb with the bitrate of 10mbps, making a fast math you can record about 8 hours without overwrite the first clips.
The battery has not for actually working as all the other camera because it exist only for backup. This camera must be used only with a direct power. This 500mAh battery is used only for continue the recording max 5 minutes without power in case of accident.
This camera is interesting piece of technology, finally something new. It is fun to have a screen on the mirror, a nice touch screen and two cameras that record all around the car, but it is a pitty that the main things… video and audio are that bad. Maybe the cost is a little bit too much, for 80 euros you can buy better things, maybe for a price around 40/50 would be better quality/price ratio.