Thinkware F800 memory card partitioning

One of our complaints about the previous generation Thinkware devices was that the memory card partitioning did not allocate enough space for parking recording. The fact that it had partitioning was an improvement over other parking mode dash cams but it had some shortcomings. You can see our guide for the previous Thinkware memory card partitioning here, this applies to cameras like the F770, X550, and F50.

Why was this a problem?

The Thinkware F770 offered excellent video quality in a 2 channel device with 1080P front and back. It recorded at a fairly high bitrate of 20 Mbps combined for driving mode, and 10 Mbps in parking mode. This great video quality translated to large file sizes and with the restrictive settings, the maximum card space that could be dedicated to parking mode was 20%. 15% for motion detection (or timelapse) and 5% for parking incidents.

This means that on the largest 64GB card, only 2 hours of 2 channel motion detection was supported and 40 minutes of parking incidents. If you were parked on a busy street, the motion detection folder would loop fairly quickly which could put important files at greater risk. 

How has this been addressed?

With the brand new Thinkware F800, the memory card partitioning settings have been revised. Now with four choices instead of three. 

 Recording Folder Continuous Priority Incident Priority Parking Priority Manual Priority
Continuous 62.5% 45% 35% 35%
Continuous Incident 12% 21% 10% 15%
Motion/Timelapse 12% 14% 41.5% 5%
Parking Incident 5% 11.5% 5% 5%
Manual Recording 8.5% 8.5% 8.5% 40%


What mode do we recommend using?

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