Dash cam test: eyes on the road

Five dash cams compared

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Mio MiVue 658 Touch

The last camera that we test is manufactured by Mio. The Mio MiVue 658 Touch costs 137 pounds / 160 euros and is the only camera in this test with a touchscreen, which adds to the ease of use. Another unique feature is the resolution at which the device records images. Videos are recorded at 2304x1296 pixels, which should in theory offer a sharper image than the other full hd cameras in this test. Mio also uses MPEG 4 AVC compression in an MP4 container, and records images at the highest resolution at a bit rate of 18 Mbps.

The camera also offers GPS, a G-Sensor and the possibility to record in parking mode based on motion detection. A unique feature is the built-in database with speed cameras and section controls. This database can be updated for free, although it has to be done using a PC. Mobile speed cameras are therefore not recognized, limiting the practical use of this feature.          

Mio also supplies software to view the recordings with extra data on your PC. The image quality is good, both during the day as well as at night. That said, because of the combination of the relatively high compression in comparison to the resolution and severe edging, we find the details somewhat disappointing. The images might be sharp, but not more detailed than the Nextbase and Trascend cameras, while we did expect this based on the higher resolution.

Mio MiVue 658 Touch

Mio MiVue 658 Touch
The Mio MiVue 658 Touch is the only webcam in this test with a touchscreen. The device costs 137 pounds / 160 euros, and performs great under all circumstances.


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