McNex Eyeclon N5 Review

The Eyeclon N5 is a new dual channel dashcam from a Korean company called McNex and offers 1080P front recording and 720P rear recording, similar to the best-selling Blackvue DR650GW-2CH. We wanted to test this unit to see if we could introduce another affordable parking mode equipped dual-channel system to the market alongside systems like the FineVu T9 and eCELL Focus Black Box. On first glance the Eyeclon N5 doesn't have the premium design or build quality of high end systems like the Blackvue DR650GW, however given its lower estimated price point it's fairly acceptable. The front unit is rather bulky, reminding us of the dimensions on some Thinkware systems, but the rear unit is comparable to the rear channel found on Blackvue 2-channel systems. The bright silver ring surrounding the lens does compromise how discreet this unit can be, but seeing as it's a Korean product intended for the Korean market where dashcams are expected in the vast majority of vehicles, we're not too surprised they didn't consider this to be an issue.

Inside the box we found a connecting cable which used mini USB and micro USB connectors, an external GPS module, and a supplied hardwiring kit. In our testing the unit's parking mode would not work with a traditional Power Magic Pro/MultiSafer style hardwiring kit and must use the built-in kit. This is likely because the system's parking mode is activated by the ACC fuse switching off, rather than the lack of motion for a set period of time as found on the Blackvue and FineVu devices. This may be an issue when pairing the unit with a dashcam battery pack as it would simply record constantly as if the vehicle were on. This is a minor gripe however as most customers don't find batter packs necessary and would rather appreciate the free hardwiring kit.

In the video department, the Eyeclon N5 uses a Sony EXMOR CMOS sensor on the front channel to deliver pretty good Full HD video. The front camera uses a decently wide 127.8° lens, comparable to the Blackvue DR650GW's 129°, however the rear unit uses a narrower 118° lens. In our testing this wasn't a problem however and the rear camera captured cars in the vehicle's blind spot fairly well. Dynamic range performance was decent but we found the video to be a little blurry while the vehicle was in motion and the focusing was not that accurate. This may be the result of the wide aperture F2.0 lens which trades off letting in more light for blurring further away objects. Despite being 720P the rear camera on the Eyeclon N5 is not as good as those found on the eCELL Focus or the Blackvue DR650GW. Overall video quality is decent and a fair bit better than the FineVu T9 which is the most affordable 2-channel system we carry. 

We liked the Eyeclon N5 but there are a few issues we'd like to be addressed. Firstly, the larger shape can be forgiven but the unit has to be all-black, preferably with a matte finish to give it a more discreet look suitable for the North American market. Secondly, an English firmware with English voice alerts must be provided as it was difficult to know what the camera was doing at times. Thirdly, the video files are grouped together for front and rear, perhaps for organization and convenience but when it comes to uploading this makes it considerably more difficult. We had to install a dedicated video splitter to separate the files in order to upload the compilation above to YouTube. The software provided does not make it easy to view footage or change settings so that needs to be tweaked as well. Eyeclon clearly has some work to do if they want to cater to our customer base but the product itself does have potential and would definitely be an interesting addition to our lineup.