Innovative dash cam manufacturer, VIOFO, is pleased to announce that it is introducing the latest product in its popular A129 range, the A129 Pro Duo 4K dashcam. The flagship model in the range, the device has high-quality ultra HD 4K for front camera recordings as well as many features that ensure drivers are covered as long as they are in their vehicle such as buffered parking mode providing ultimate peace of mind and evidence when needed. The dashcam is also able to connect to a rear camera to achieve dual-channel recording. The A129 Pro Duo is available for £229.99 from Amazon.
Key Specifications/Special Features:
A129 Pro is an upgrade for the A129 series to attach the top of the world Ultra HD 4K dashcam. The real Ultra HD 4K front dashcam could connect with rear camera or interior infrared camera to achieve dual channel recording. The transfer speed could up to 8M/S. Advanced buffered parking mode, GPS logger as well as Bluetooth remote control also have greater performance.
- The A129 Pro 4k is a dashcam with 4k resolution. The user can see any detail of the driving recording.
- The Wi-Fi support 2.4G & 5GHz, the advantage for 5GHz is less interference, and better transfer speed.
- Support Bluetooth remote control to lock video remotely.
- The advanced parking mode solution on A129, including buffered parking mode.
- The rear camera also supports CPL.
Front Camera Video Quality
The front camera is excellent. The lens has an 8.29MP Sony Exmor R Starvis image sensor to deliver crystal clear 4K UHD video quality at 30FPS. Ultra high definition is 4x more vivid than 1080p Full HD and the video recording quality is definitely a much-welcomed upgrade.
Advanced video enhancement technologies including Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and Super Night Vision, cover a good span between day and night, bright and dark environments to ensure videos are of pristine-quality during the day, and crisp and clear with good definition and minimal noise and blurring at night.
The A129 Pro does have a smaller viewing field at 130-degrees. This is actually 10-degrees less than that of the A129 or the A119. In other words, you are losing about 5-degrees on each side, but in return, you get 4x the video quality, so it’s really not a bad trade-off.
Resolution-wise, if you are using just the front camera, your options are 4K at 30FPS or 2K at 60FPS. You can also scale it down to 1080 Full HD at 60 or 120FPS. But if you running the front and rear camera simultaneously, video recording in the front camera is limited to 30FPS.
Another upgrade we see in the A129 Pro is the additional bitrate options. With the A129 and A119, you were limited to just high or low bitrate. But with the A129 Pro, you can choose from 4: Low, Medium, High and Maximum.
When installed with a hard-wiring kit, the A129 Pro supports three different kinds of parking mode:
- Buffered: records from 15 sec before to 30 sec after an event detected by the G-sensor
- Time-lapse: records continuously at a low frame rate
- Low bit rate: records at 30fps, but at a low bit rate to save memory (not recommended, as you might not be able to make out license plates in case of a hit-and-run)
The A129 Pro supports Wi-Fi, so you can control the camera with your phone. Free apps are available for Android and iOS phones.
It also has in-built overheat protection, so if the temperature of the chipset ever rises above the maximum operating temperature of 65°C (149°F), it will shut down automatically to avoid damage to the equipment.
Optional accessories include an external GPS antenna, a CPL filter to reduce windshield reflections in the sunlight, and a remote lock file button that you can place in a convenient place on your dash.
The box includes:
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- USB cable
- 6-metre-long cable
- Car charger
- Trim removal tool
- Stickers to install front and rear cameras
- Mount for the rear camera
Pricing and Availability
£229.99 available from Amazon