Today we are going to be doing something different. Recently, a new smart car DVR has been released. When I saw the features that it was offering and the price it was selling for, it really does seem to be too good to be true. That’s why I decided to review it.
Hence, today, we’ll be taking a look at the Xiaomi 70 Mai 70 Minutes Smart Car DVR that is made by a chinese company called 70 Mai. Xiaomi is the distributor in this case, similar to Yi Technology and Yi action cameras.
Currently, because the voice command is strictly limited to Chinese, you’ll have to wait for the english version to be out. The english version will be starting crowdfunding on Indiegogo from about Mid-december but release date is still unknown.
Update: English Version of 70 Mai Smart Dash Cam available on Indiegogo here!
Content of Review:
Image sensor: Sony IMX323 1/2.9”
G-Sensor: 3 axis acceleration sensor
Lens: 7 glass lens
Max Resolution (video/photo) : 1080p @ 30fps / 2MP
Field of view: 130˚
Other than the camera, it comes with a power adapter to be connected to the cigarette lighter, a 3.5m micro-usb cable and an electrostatic sticker to be sticked onto your car.
Everything you’ll need except the micro-sd card is included so, I felt that especially at this price, it’s really great value for money.
Activating for the first time
Couple of steps have to be taken in order to get it started and at this stage the light indicator on the power button should be blue in colour.
Mounting and Installing
- Clean the sticking spot on the windshield from any dust or smudges, preferably be in the centre of the windshield for wider coverage.
- Peel of the protective layer and stick it onto your windshield. Remove any air bubbles present.
- Remove protective cover from the base mount and stick the base onto the electrostatic sticker by pressing it tightly.
- Align micro-usb cable with the top edge and fasten it along the edge of the windshield and to your cigarette receptacle.
- Connect the cable to each end and it should be be automatically turned on once there is power from the receptacle.
Light Indicator & Power Button
Green- Normal recording
Red – recording error
Blue – not in recording mode
Breathing State / Solid Colour:
Breathing State – Wifi hotspot is turned on
Solid Colour: Wifi hotspot is turned off
When Switched Off:
- Press to power on
When Switched On, Press:
- Once to turn on/off wifi hotspot
- 3 times to format the memory card
- 5 times to restore default settings
- Hold to power off
At the other side, there is a micro-USB port for charging, micro-sd for storage and a reset pinhole for hard reset.
3 Axis Acceleration G-Sensor
The G-sensor built-in is to made to detect sudden motion change and trigger emergency recording (more on below). Once it has been triggered, the video will be stored to another folder, which
As the sensitivity of this can be changed, I’d recommend adjusting it to low sensitivity because at high sensitivity, it is way too sensitive and sometimes even normal braking of your car can activate emergency recording.
The voice commands, are currently only available in Chinese so unless you know chinese, it’s pretty useless.
its pretty reliable (about 95% success rate) and not to mention it responds almost immediately.
However, it has to be specific ‘word for word’ commands and for the English commands, it is in the making currently.
However, sadly because of the hardware, the language of the voice control can’t be changed, hence you’ll have to wait for the English version to be released in order to utilise the english voice commands.
Anyways, there are 4 different voice commands you can use: take a photo; record emergency video; Switch on/off Wi-Fi hotspot; Turn On/Off audio recording.
The features are pretty straightforward except for the emergency video, which is explained below.
Emergency Video Recording
Default videos are loop recorded in 1 min duration, therefore once the memory card is full, the camera will delete the oldest video to make space for the newer ones.
However, in an emergency video recording, which can be activated by either the voice command or by the G-sensor, it will be saved separately to another event folder, which will not be deleted by the loop recording feature, hence it will be kept safer and more reliably.
Taking a photo can be triggered by saying the chinese voice command “我要拍照“, which means ‘take a picture’ or alternatively, by accessing the phone app.
I feel the photo feature doesn’t have much use especially in the dash world as everything is already recorded and what you are essentially doing is performing a screen grab.
This dash camera takes 1080p 30fps footage and overall, the quality is decent, nothing out of the ordinary but I feel what makes this stand out from other dash cameras is its clarity and sharpness in low light environments, which is an important feature to have in dash cameras.
Also, both photo and video also has a default 70mai watermark and a timestamp attached on it, that cannot be removed, so for some, it can be quite annoying.
Other than the app being named in chinese, everything else is in English.
From there you’ll be able to download your videos to your phone or change some of the settings such as G sensor sensitivity, speaker volume, sound recording, etc.
I contacted the people at 70Mai servembedice center, asking them whether or not this version could support English language, when it was released.
After a couple of hours, they replied and said that you’d have to buy a separate version if you wanted that and that the fundraising for that was going to start at about mid-december.
Quick Video Review
Verdict: Best Budget Dash Cam But Wait For English Version
So far, the camera’s voice control is only available in Chinese therefore, if you want it in English, you’d have to buy the english version, which will be crowdfunding on indiegogo starting mid December.
Anyways having said that, overall, I feel it’s really a good value for money dash camera as everything’s included with the package, other than the memory card, it has great voice control capability (though only Chinese for now), and video quality isn’t that bad either and it performed way better than I had originally expected in low light conditions. To me, it’s really all I can ask for from a dash camera.
Furthermore, they provided an electrostatic sticker which felt far more reliable than traditional suction or double-sided tape mounts. I’d definitely recommend to you if you’re finding a cheap dash camera because this is a dash camera that really exemplifies the meaning of bang for your buck.
If you’re looking for a dash cam, for now, I’d suggest you going for any of the 3 options.
1. Wait about a month before the english version releases (crowdfunding link will be posted here once it has started)
3. Buy this camera, if you understand chinese or you don’t mind not having the voice control (not recommended if you don’t understand chinese).
That’s all for this review!
Do you think it’s a good value for money dash camera?
If you have any thoughts or questions at all, feel free to comment down below! I’ll be sure to reply to them!
70 Minutes Smart DVR50 USD
Video/Image Quality7.1 /10
Build Quality9.5 /10
User Experience8.9 /10
Bang For Your Money9.6 /10
Audio Quality8.8 /10
- good night vision footages
- fast and reliable voice control
- simple to use interface - good for beginners
- value for money & super affordable
- Almost whole package provided
- voice commands only available in chinese
- no storage card included