First Impressions: eCELL Focus 2-Channel Black Box

*We're no longer carrying this unit*

We're very excited to check out this brand new mid-range 2-channel dashcam from a fairly young Korean company, eCELL, because on the surface it seems to offer a good blend of features and specs for the money as well as a very discreet form factor. It has a 3-piece design meaning that there's a main recording unit which the two cameras are connected to via micro USB cables, this design helps keep the majority of this dashcam tucked away perfect for anyone concerned with theft.  

The camera units measure in at just 5 cm (W) x 5 cm (H) x 3 cm (D) including the integrated adhesive mount and has a matte black plastic construction for an even more discreet look. The main black box hub is 5.7 cm (W) x 9.2 cm (L) so it's only slightly longer and wider than a credit card (8.6 cm x 5.4 cm), the thickness measures in at 1.8 cm so it's small enough to mount on top of an interior trim piece such as a fuse panel cover (as shown in eCELL's installation video). Even the Blackvue DR600, one of our most discreet dashcams manages to dwarf the tiny camera units of the eCELL Focus, this can only be achieved by using the three piece design that keeps the processors, memory cards, and other components separate.

 

When it comes to specs and features the eCELL Focus like many Korean dashcams has our favourite feature which is parking mode by motion detection. By utilizing parking mode. the eCELL Focus conserves both power and memory consumption which is one of the key features that make the higher end dashcams from Blackvue and FineVu so popular. GPS comes by way of an external optional unit while a standard WiFi adapter is provided. The WiFi function allows the user to change settings, stream video, and even update firmware via the e-Focus Android and iOS apps. eCELL has a helpful video demonstrating the various aspects of this app which seems quite intuitive and fully featured. A standard hardwiring kit with configurable voltage cutoff is also provided adding further bang for the buck. 

The eCELL Focus records in 720P HD for both front and rear channels at 30 FPS and the lens has an adequately wide 127 degree viewing angle. The video specs themselves aren't quite as impressive as the high-end dual channel systems such as the Blackvue DR650GW or FineVu CR2000G, but are also noticeably better than our most popular entry-level dual-channel dashcam, the FineVu T9. The lower resolution video has the added benefit of increasing the amount of stored footage on the supplied 16GB Micro SD card (the dashcam can support cards of up to 64GB). The large 1/3" sensor definitely helps this dashcam in lowlight performance where it's a huge improvement over what we've seen with the FineVu T9. 

Stay tuned for a full review and some sample videos we will be recording with the eCELL Focus 2-Channel Black Box. We're excited to see how this sleek and well-priced device does in our extensive testing and think it will be a great addition to our range of dual-channel dashcams.