Should You Buy Two-Years Old Dash Cam? Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW

I have another dual channel dash cam for review, and it is called Thinkware Q800Pro. Actually, this is not a new dash cam, because it was released about two years ago. However, the dash cam still has very good specifications and a nice design.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

By the way, design is one of the main features of Thinkware dash cams, and they even have some design awards.

The specifications are also very good, such as a 5MP camera sensor with 2K resolution, 140 degrees wide viewing angle, super night vision, parking mode, built-in GPS, g-sensor, mobile app support, and other features.

OK, let’s do the unboxing and full review of the Thinkware Q800Pro dash cam.

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$299.99
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as of September 3, 2021 11:41 am

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Unboxing

By the way, I forgot to tell you that I have a bundle with a rear camera and hardware kit for parking mode. You can choose the option on Amazon with an only dash cam.  It is about $120 cheaper.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

In this square box, we have a dash cam itself, a rearview camera, a power cable for the rear camera, and hardwiring cable. There is also a 12V Power cable for dash cam, 32GB memory card, USB microSD card reader, windshield mount, spare 3M mounting tape, adhesive cable clips, and user manual in the package.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

By the way, I also have a CPL filter. It is sold additionally for $20. The manufacturer says that the CPL filter can significantly improve light exposure, enhance color clarity and reduce glare.

Later, we will compare video quality with the CPL filter and without it.

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Design

As I already said, I have a dash cam and rearview camera. First, let’s talk a look at dash cam.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

Thinkware Q800Pro has a rotating camera on the left side.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

On the right side, there is a GPS port, DC-IN power port, and V-IN input port.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

The mount connector on the windshield is on the back.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

As you can see, the dash cam doesn’t have a display. However, there is GPS LED, recording LED and Wi-Fi LED on the left side.

Then, we can see a control panel with a manual recording button in the center, a voice recording button, a format button, a power button, and a Wi-Fi button.

This is a speaker next to an inscription dual-channel QHD and Full HD digital recorder.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

There is a microphone hole, microSD card slot and reset button on the top of dash cam.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

You know, Thinkware dash cam really looks stylish. By the way, its dimensions are 105 x 60 x 35 mm.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

The weight is only 115 grams.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

Talking about rearview camera, it has a lens and microphone hole on the front, as well as a V-Out port on the side.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

The camera lens is also rotating.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

To be honest, I have a dash cam with a display installed in my car, and I really find it convenient. However, probably, you don’t need a screen, because you can watch a live video on a smartphone. We will talk about the application a little later.

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Features

I already said that Thinkware Q800Pro was released about two years ago, but it has many features, that other dash cams in 2021 cannot boast of them.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!The first, and perhaps, the main feature of this Thinkware dash cam is 2K QHD resolution. The rearview camera has Full HD resolution.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

The next feature is super night vision 2.0 with a Sony Starvis sensor. The manufacturer says that night vision technology reduces noise and enhances image quality in low light conditions. Later, we will check it out.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!Then, the dash cam from Thinkware has 140 degrees viewing angle.

It also supports wide dynamic range technology.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

I told you that Thinkware Q800 Pro has features that are not available on other modern dash cams. One of them is THINKWARE CLOUD 2.0. The cloud service lets you check your vehicles location and receive notifications directly on compatible Android and iOS devices. We will come back to the app later.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

Thinkware Q800 Pro dash cam has parking surveillance mode. The features of parking mode includes time lapse, energy-saving mode, impact detection, and motion detection.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

You know, I am reading the features of this dash cam, and I am getting more and more surprised by it. Thinkware Q800 Pro has an advanced driver assistance system. The dash cam warns about forward collision, front vehicle departure, and lane departure.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

There is also red light camera alert and speed camera alert.

OK, now let’s install the app and take a look at its functions.

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App

The application for the Thinkware Q800 Pro dash cam is called Thinkware Cloud.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

When a dash cam is connected to a smartphone, you can click on Live view and watch the video from the front and rear cameras.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

Then, we have four sections, such as file list, dash cam settings, dash cam info, and connection settings.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

In the file list, we can see the continuous videos from the front and rear cameras, continuous incident, motion detection, parking incident, manual recording and downloaded videos on smartphone.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

In the dash cam settings, there are the following settings: memory card, camera, record, road safety, system, and network.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

You know, this is probably the most advanced setting I have ever seen in dash cams. You can set up almost anything in Thinkware Q800 Pro.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

As you can guess, in the dash cam info, there is information about dash cam, such as model name, firmware version, memory size, etc.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

The last menu is network settings. Here, you can change the Wi-Fi network name and password.

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Video Quality

First, I want to compare video quality with the CPL filter and without it. To be honest, I don’t see a big difference, so I am not sure that it is worth buying a CPL filter.

Below you can watch some videos that I shot on Thinkware Q800 Pro during the day and at night.

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Conclusion

I have already told you many times in this article that Thinkware Q800 Pro is about a 2-year-old dash cam. However, this shouldn’t scare you. Thinkware Q800 Pro has better specifications and features than some dash cams in 2021.

Thinkware Q800 Pro REVIEW: Two-Years Old Dash Cam Is Still Good In 2021!

The video quality is very good both day and night.

You can also buy an additional rearview camera and hardware kit for parking mode.

The app is one of the main features of this dash cam because you can watch what is happening with your vehicle in real-time on a smartphone, as well as check your vehicles’ location and receive notifications.

By the way, the Driver Assistance System and Safety Camera Alerts also work very well.

Thinkware Q800PRO - Official website

$299.99
Buy it now
Thinkware.com
as of September 3, 2021 11:41 am
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