Living in Canada, I noticed a good portion of recorded events occurred when it was dark. Due to to the limited night vision performance and resolution of my previous camera (Thinkware F70), I was missing a lot of important details in my footage.
The X1000 is a significant upgrade from the F70, and at the price point, it should be at the top of your shortlist. The sharp 2K resolution and low light performance is a must have. Initially, I was frustrated with the mandatory inclusion of the rear camera; however, I’m now wondering how I’ve gone so long without one. The added security means that I don’t have to back into parking spaces to catch potential hit and runs, and it also adds a bit of comfort when it come to aggressive drivers. The 2K resolution of a rear camera isn’t typical, and it’s huge bonus to have with this unit.
The IPS LCD touchscreen is a delight to use, it’s very responsive and easy to read. The UI is very well designed, and it will probably make you wish Thinkware designed your vehicle’s infotainment system too. However, I don’t understand the need for a screen on a dash cam. It’s useful for framing your cameras and quickly modifying settings during setup, but you likely won’t want to review footage on the device. If you have it hardwired, the viewing angle will be too uncomfortable, especially if it’s mounted behind your mirror. It’s nice-to-have, but not absolutely necessary.
I’m surprised this unit doesn’t include wireless connectivity, but I think that’s reflected in the price. I’ve used a BlackVue product that offered this feature and it was never as smooth as it should have been. One workaround for viewing footage on your iPhone is to buy an SD card-to-lightning adapter and keep it in your car. If you’re in a pinch and need footage quickly, you can still get it. It might not be as convenient as using WiFi, but at least you don’t need a dedicated app and a stable connection.
One other downside to this unit is the size. It’s not very discreet, but it also doesn’t standout. It seems most people have some sort of gadget permanently mounted to their dash/windshield these days, so this unit doesn’t catch too much attention. You can also turn off the recording LED’s, which is easily found in the menu.
Overall, this camera offers excellent value for what it provides. The only other camera you should consider from Thinkware is the U1000, but be aware that it’s now over three years old. If you can live without the built-in GPS, WiFi and remote viewing, this camera should be the one for you.
Thanks to Terence for the help with choosing CPL filters.