A dashcam has been on my wishlist for a while and it always seemed like a luxury item, so was never escalated to the top the list. There are so many benefits to owning one though. It’s your own personal eyewitness on the road and will always keep a record of what happened when you were driving. It can be useful in the case of an accident for proving fault and protecting you from fraudulent claims. It’s also a useful tool for looking back and sharing your trips with family and friends so they can share in your experiences. I tried out Mio’s MiVue C330 Dashcam for two weeks and I knew before trying it that this was either going to be time to bump it to the top of the wishlist or remove it altogether.
The Mio MiVue C330 is a compact device that is no bigger than the palm of your hand and has a full HD 1080 pixel camera. It comes with the MiVue Manager desktop application which allows you to share your videos on social media platforms. It has an integrated GPS which will track your route as well as your speed, altitude, longitude, latitude and heading. You’ll also get safety camera data updates each month for the lifetime of the device.
What impressed me about the MiVue C330 dashcam was how easy it was to set the camera up since it was as simple as inserting the memory card, plugging it in to the car’s power point and attaching it to the windscreen using the mount socket using suction.
The screen has good picture quality when playing back and the sound quality is clear, if a little quiet. The device itself is much smaller than I had expected. It’s only about 2” square and 1.5” wide. The MiVue Manager desktop app was easy to navigate once I got the hang of it but it only took me a short time to familiarise myself with the layout. I was easily able to retrieve a clip of a short journey I took and upload it to YouTube.
The microphone is pretty sensitive so although playback using the camera itself is quiet, it picks up virtually everything said in the car so when it was uploaded using the MiVue Manager software, I could hear much more. Perhaps something to remember. Be mindful that the camera is on and it hears everything!
I really couldn’t see any faults with this dashcam. It’s a highly useful piece of equipment and although I have nothing to compare it with, it did everything it was meant to do and I would definitely recommend this to family and friends. The only problem for me was that it plugs in to the car’s power point and my own Fiat Panda doesn’t have one, so I could only use it in my husband’s car. The one thing that would make this better is adding some kind of battery so it can be used when not connected to the power point, but then, that would change the design which is compact and stylish.
If you’d like to read more about the MiVue C330 dashcam you can do so on the Mio website. It is priced at £109 which could be a good investment if it means you have a cheaper insurance premium and don’t lose a no claims bonus.
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