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Viofo A129 Duo Dual Channel 5GHz Wi-Fi Full HD Front and Rear Dash Camera
I have had this unit for about 3 months now and all I can say is that I am very sorry I bought it. When this unit works it works well but the design flaws are what make this unit a very bad investment in my opinion. Upshot is you never know when it is working and when it is not. If it is needed in an accident situation you could get a very rude surprise. My reasons below.
• I must say upfront, the video quality is very good @ HD1080 both front and back and installat...ion was easy (the in-car part I had installed professionally) … now read on. • It claims it is Wi-Fi enabled … well that is a loose claim at best, if it works (I got it to work) it is so flaky and slow as to be mostly useless. • MAJOR FLAW .. Because of the unit design and the way and angle that it adheres to the windscreen, you cannot see if it is on because of the glare/light coming from outside, you practically have to do acrobatics and twist down between the steering wheel and gear stick to see the dim small screen. The screen goes black after a time and the LED indicators are so dim that you can’t see them against the glare/light coming form outside. • I have my unit professionally installed with a in-car power system so that it will be on all the time without flatting the battery, for motion detection and so it will automatically go into wake-up/record mode when I start the car. This works occasionally, but because I can’t see the screen or LED’s it is impossible to say if and when it is working. • I also bought a Bluetooth remote button so that I could lock a file when I wanted, On first install it needs to be paired and then just press when you want to lock a file. This is a great idea if it would work which it doesn’t most of the time. This is how I find out my dash-camera is not on as I need to pair it again 90% of the time. If the unit was reliable and came on when it was supposed to I could live with the design flaw but it doesn't a lot of the time, so the design flaws exacerbate the problems.
Purchased in September 2020 at Harvey Norman Online for $269.00.
Great camera, just not for Australia
Camera was easy to install and gave great quality footage, especially at the price point. The build quality is not the greatest and clearly not suited to the weather in Melbourne. After 6 months an 1 summer (2019-20) both units attached to the front windscreen melted and buckled to the point the camera was unusable.
Purchased in July 2019.
Good value dual camera with some issues
First experience with a dash camera & I think overall the A129 duo is a good value camera system. I've been using the camera for about 1 month. Initially using front camera only & plugged into cigarette lighter accessory for power, the camera had no issues. Issues started after I installed the ACC HK3 wire kit for Park Mode (installed correctly with wiretaps & correct orientation of line & load). Using a Samsung pro endurance 64g card which I don't think is the problem. So potentially could be a camera/firmware or wire kit issue.
First proble...m I notice is the camera will randomly restart itself whilst driving (all cables are securely attached). Not end of the world but potentially could miss vital recording if an incident were to happen). The second problem seems to happen when in Park Mode. When I return to the car & park mode is recording, as soon as I start the engine, the camera will crash and render unresponsive (not all the time but most). No beeps if I press any buttons to wake camera and doesn't record anything - the only way to reset camera is to cut power from the device (I pull the camera off the power module and wait about 10 seconds). When I reconnect the camera it works fine again. Lastly, I live in Melbourne & the time is GMT +10 but when I check the time stamp on footage it is always 1 hour behind. I tried syncing with iphone time & it's still the same. So in order to get the true time, I have to use GMT +11. Overall, it's an affordable dual camera system with park mode, good build quality & footage. Easy to install & operate. Hopefully flaws get addressed & would recommend the camera. Perhaps the next firmware update will address all the above issues.
Purchased in December 2019.
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Good value, easy to install good size
Hi, so i really needed a good dash cam that was both reliable and didnt cost an arm and a leg and this one seemed to be the way to go when i did days and days or research.
It is small in size and as it sits behind my rear view mirror it is a refreshing change from the old one that used to size much more bulkier under the mirror.
I like for ease that it has a screen so you dont have to use the app and it makes setting up the camera angle easy to set up.
You get an installation tool that makes installing the cables a breeze so i think it only ...
Purchased at MyDeal.com.au.
Affordable and best you can get at this price range
Easy to set it up with the tool provided, rear camera can be a bit tricky on line the cable, but didn manage to a nice finish with help of YouTube.
Picture quality is good during day, normal at night.
Wifi connection is very handy but if you want to browse across multiple videos soomthly, you might still want to take the sd card out.
I do sometimes find the camera doesn't start automatically when car is powered up, about 1 in 20 chance, I don't think I had this problem before with my old blackvue, not sure if this is common to this, will see
Purchased in July 2019 at eBay for $195.00.
Viofo A129 Duo is easy to install and good value
The batteries in my old A118's had finally died after 5 years (not bad!). I decided to look for a similar type dashcam and found the A129 Duo on linelink.com.au. GPS + WiFi + backup battery makes the A129 Duo much better value.
It was fairly easy to install. Removal of the old dashcams took me a few hours due to the strong adhesive. I had about a foot left for the front and rear USB cables after installing the cables in my fairly small car. If you have a large vehicle, then you might want to consider getting a longer cable or some other front/...rear dashcam combination. I read the manual after getting stuck trying to find out how to access the Main Menu. I had to press REC first to disable recording so that the Main Menu button would work! Before hitting the road, I checked Viofo for firmware updates. They had released a new update for the A129 firmware yesterday. Talk about supporting a product! The glare is a bit annoying. The A129 mount seems to create a slightly bigger gap between the dashcam and the glass compared to the A118. I'll get a CPL filter to reducee the glare.
Premium Features at Half the Price of Expensive Dash Cams
Bought this dash cam online from Linelink Online. This is my third dash cam purchase...first was a DOD RC500s for my car and second was Thinkware F770 for my partner's car, both expensive dash cams. My DOD RC500s dies after 1.5 years...yep.
The Viofo A129 Duo is the replacement and I have to say I am very impressed by the build quality and video quality. I installed it myself using my current DOD DP4 hardwire kit that I had been using with the DOD RC500s. The 2' screen is big enough to navigate through and setup the dash cam but I also love th...at you can connect to it via 5G wifi and the android app is far superior than the DOD app. The latest firmware 1.8 finally has buffered parking which most users were hanging out for. I didn't buy the Viofo hardwire kit as I wanted to use it with my DP4 and the parking mode still works with it. Instead of switching to parking mode instantly after switching the ignition off, it waits about 3 minutes for non-movement which is not a big deal for me. For the price, the a129 is up there with the more expensive so-called "premium" dash cams in terms of features and quality. The price is in the budget category but the dash cam itself could easily be sold for more for what it does. I thought I had bought a premium dash cam when I bought the DOD RC500s but it only lasted a year and half and I didn't get good support from DOD at all. Viofo however gave me great service before I even bought the dash cam and post purchase. They are also quite active on Dashcam Talk forum. I am very happy with this dash cam and my only regret is not knowing about them at the time I bought the other dash cams over a year ago
Purchased in June 2019 at Linelink Online for $226.00.
Best Value Dashcam
First up let's talk about the quality of the footage, which I was very impressed by, comparing it to the premium BlackVue DR750s which by the way is 2.5X more expensive, it actually provided a much sharper image - both in the day and in the night. The audio quality was also better recording at 32khz instead of 16khz.
You can view footage of the recordings here: youtu.be/iva4Hbz5qLs
The A129 features tactile buttons and a LCD screen which isn't necessary if you have a good app, but it still felt good using buttons instead of always connect...ing via Wifi to customise the settings. One of my favourite features of the A129 is that it uses standard USB for power, which means you can accessorise it with a standard external power bank instead of using the car's battery to run the unit and risk a dead battery. Recording length can be set to 10 minute segments which is greater than BlackVue's 3 minute limit, and best of all I didn't notice any dropped frames between the footage, unlike the 750S which drops upto 27 frames between segments.
Questions & Answers
I am thinking of getting duo plus. Is the buffering parking working now? Duo or duo plus? Thanks
I am not sure 100% ... I think it does. I have it turned on but the unit is on some time and not others (very intermitent) I have it hard wired into my car but doesn't always start up ... so not completely sure. The Wi-Fi connection where you can check without removing the unit and plugging in to the computer is very poor.
Picture/video quality is very good ... the rest is a worry.
Would I recommend, maybe not.
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|Camera Resolution||1080p (Full HD)|
|Features||Automatic Incident Detection (G-sensor), Bluetooth, GPS, Motion Detection and Wi-Fi|
|Memory Type||MicroSD card|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
- MPN: A129-DUO-G
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