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 do a review on 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.
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 available in Chinese & English (depending on the model you get) so it’s crucial that you get the EU/English version.
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.
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 voice command ‘take 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.
Chinese Vs English Version
Something important to note is that there are 2 main version of it and it’s crucial that you get the EU or English Version. (check best buy for correct versions)
As the voice control’s and output language is fixed for a certain camera, you’ll need to make sure you are getting the right version before buying it. If you’re not sure on which is the right one, head over here, where I’ve helped you check already.
Quick Video Review
Verdict: Best Budget Dash Cam.
Overall, I feel the 70 Mai dash cam offers a 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 (make sure to get the english version), 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.
At the end of the day, 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.
That’s all for this review!
What do you think? 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
Bang For Your Money9.6/10
- 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