Thinkware F200 Review

Posted: Jul 22 2019, 12:04pm CDT | by , in Hot Gadgets

 

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Thinkware F200 Review
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We review some of the pros and cons of the Thinkware F200, which is a great dashcam that can keep your car safe.

Having a dashcam in your car is useful for more than just catching footage for insane viral videos. It can help you capture memories and protect your investment in case you get into an accident. Particularly, we took a look at the Thinkware F200 Dash Cam. Is this the cam you should invest in for your car, or should you hold out for something different?

Why Get a Dashcam?

Before we get into the review, why should you consider getting a dashcam? You don't necessarily have to choose a kit like the Thinkware F200, but nearly everyone can benefit from having a camera installed on their dashboard. A video record can protect you in the event of an accident, especially if it's not clear who might be at fault for the collision. Instead of taking your word, or the word of the other driver, a dashcam has the event on tape.

It's also useful if someone ever breaks into your car or collides with it while it's parked. Again, having the event on video makes it easier to locate the culprit. In some cases, you might even be able to reduce the cost of your insurance policy by adding this extra layer of security.

Now that you have a better idea of why you should get a dashcam, let's take a closer look at the Thinkware F200.

In the Kit

The Thinkware F200 contains two cameras — a front and rear-facing system. The front camera can record in 1080p, and the rear camera tapes in 720p — though you can upgrade to a 1080p rear camera by buying some additional accessories. Each camera records a wide 140-degree angle, so you can be sure that it will capture everything that happens in front of or behind your vehicle.

The cams use power input from a standard DC 12/24V connection but have a backup battery that can keep them recording for up to three days after you turn off the ignition. Each camera has an SD slot that can accommodate a storage card up to 128gb, as well as sensors that will trigger an emergency video backup if either camera detects a collision. Using a 128gb card in both cameras will net you nearly 500 hours of video storage capacity.

Unlike some of the other Thinkware models, the F200 doesn't have the option to integrate to the cloud for video storage.

Mobile Viewing

One of the nice things about the F200 is that it's Wi-Fi enabled. You can download the Thinkware app and set up your cameras to send you notifications if something happens that might set off your dashcam. From there, you can view the camera's live feed from your mobile phone without ever having to walk out to the car or download the footage.

Using the optional GPS antenna, your F200 can add location tags to your videos and even track red lights. Then, if you're in an accident, you've got hard data to back up your claims instead of just your word or the video footage.

The Verdict Is...?

If you're looking for an affordable dashcam option that will cover all the bases, the F200 should be on your list. It ticks all the checkboxes without breaking the bank, and we couldn't be happier with it.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.

 

 

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