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.
What mode do we recommend using?
- Continuous Priority: If you don't plan on hardwiring your dash cam or using parking mode, this mode is for you. You'll get about 4 hours of regular driving footage and 1 hour of driving incidents in this mode with a 64GB card and 2 Channel Thinkware F800.
- Incident Priority: If your car is prone to false incidents due to a rough suspension or poor pavement, having a bit of extra incident storage space will be helpful. On a 2 Channel F800 with 64GB card, you can expect 3 hours of driving footage and 1.5 hours of driving incidents. This mode also offers an hour and a half of parking incident recordings, great for catching hit and runs.
- Parking Priority: If you park on a very busy street or in a busy parking lot, this mode is for you. With a 64GB card and 2 channel F800, you can expect just over 5 hours of motion detection recording, more than double what the F770 was capable of. There is still a decent amount of recording dedicated for driving mode. This is the mode that we personally use! Only choose it if you have a battery pack or are have a hardwired dash cam.
- Manual Priority: We don't really recommend using this recording mode, perhaps if you are a dash cam vlogger, it may come in handy for sharing interesting clips. Otherwise the other three recording modes are strongly preferred.