In the current dashcam industry, a dual-channel systems are slowly becoming the standards. Though dedicated dual-channel systems are more efficient and cost-effective, they are often still quite pricey. Because most dedicated dual-channel dashcams have high-resolution recording capabilities front and rear, it causes a bump in price. FineVu's release of the T9 helps to address this issue.
The FineVu T9 is very interesting, because it has brought something new to the table. As noted in our post about our most recent trip to Korea, Korean dashcam users are now using lower resolution rear cameras because they do not find the need for such high-quality recording. If it gets the job done, it is good enough. That is exactly the concept behind the T9. The FineVu T9 utilizes a 720P front camera, with a VGA-input rear camera. The 720P front is not something that far-off from what we are used to, but the 480P rear is what is different. In North America, we are spoiled by very high-quality recording capabilities in dashcams, so the thought of having a 480P camera does not even cross our minds.
The T9 is very different from many dashcams on the market. Instead of trying to pack in as many features as they can, or put the best specs out, the T9 knows whats important, and essential, and capitalizes on that. In short, the T9 is a dashcam with no gimmicks, aiming only to get the job done. It is an affordable, entry-level, dual-channel system that still has the fit and finish, and quality of a high-end Korean dashcam.
In a nutshell, I absolutely love the T9. Though I haven't personally tested it yet, I was able to hold the product in my hand and really like it. The concept is great, as I always felt there needed to be an entry-level dual-channel dashcam that could get the job done, without any special features to drive the costs up. Unlike many Chinese dashcams that offer these functions, the quality and fit-and-finish of the T9 is on a level of its own, much like everything else offered by FineVu.
Currently, the T9 is only available in Korea. If there is enough interest in the North American market, a North American version can be made. I really hope others are as excited as I am for this unit, and hope that it can be made for the North American market. It would be a great affordable, entry-level dual-channel system, that has the quality and fit-and-finish of a high-end Korean dashcam.
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