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Thinkware F800 Pro vs. BlackVue DR750S-2CH

The Thinkware F800 Pro and the BlackVue DR750S-2CH are perhaps the most talked-about dual channel dash cams in the last while. Both of these dash cams are flagship devices made by two of the best-known dash cam manufacturers so it’s not difficult to understand all that buzz and hype. Our team at BlackBoxMyCar was able to test both dash cams before they were released (perks of the job), and we were not surprised to find that both cameras offer similar video resolution and were neck-in-neck in many other aspects. But the end, we thought that the Thinkware F800 Pro was a slightly more desirable system and here’s why.

Design

If you have been following the Thinkware dash cams, you would have noticed that the F800Pro’s design is sleek, very different from earlier Thinkware models, allowing it to sit horizontally on the dashboard. The DR750S-2CH, on the other hand, looks more or less the same as its processor, the DR650S-2CH. Comparing the two cameras, the F800Pro has a narrower body and a shorter height, allowing the lens to stick right up against the windshield. The DR750S mount offsets it, making it a bit taller but at the same time, allowing a 360° of rotation. The F800Pro only gives you about 90° of rotation

The F800Pro’s black adhesive and bracket allow it to blend in nicely with the dot matrix design on most vehicle’s windshield, making it incredibly discreet. But if for vehicles with more upright windshields or do not have a dot matrix design, the DR750S will be more discreet.

Another major difference in the design of these two cameras is the user interface. The DR750S has two main controls on the body: a WiFi button on the right and a touch sensor on the left, but both buttons perform more than one task. The WiFi button lets you turn WiFi on and off, as well as format the SD card. The touch sensor lets you control audio recording as well as activate manual recording. The control buttons on the F800Pro are more intuitive as each is individually labeled and unique in its functions.

Video Quality

Video quality is undeniably the first and often the only thing consumers consider when looking for a dash cam. Both the front and rear cameras of the F800 Pro and DR750S are equipped with the Sony STARVIS image sensor. The one difference is with the DR750S, the front camera can record at 60 frames per second. In theory, a recording at 60 frames per second should deliver a smoother playback effect and be able to clearly and crisply pick up license plates when there is a larger speed differential. But this wasn’t the case with our testing.

Check out the sample footage taken with the Thinkware F800 PRO:

Here's the sample footage taken with the BlackVue DR750S-2CH:

Both dash cams offered comparable legibility in the daytime, but the F800 Pro did offer sharper and clearer images at night. The night vision mode on the DR750S in fact did not give the BlackVue camera any advantage. In fact, we noticed images were actually grainer and fuzzier when night vision is enabled. Apparently, this is a known issue with BlackVue and many users have reported better nighttime recording results with night vision disabled. We hope that future firmware refinements and updates will resolve this issue, but as it stands now, the F800 Pro is a stronger low-light performer.

But, in terms of audio quality, the BlackVue is noticeably better than the Thinkware.

WiFi Connectivity

Both the F800Pro and the DR750S are WiFi-enabled, allowing you to connect it to your smartphone anytime you need using a mobile app. In other words, you can control every aspect of the dash cam, including initial setup and footage files, without any hassle of removing the SD card. Although you get the additional hotspot feature on the Thinkware, the setup process can be a bit complicated (and frustrating) for many users. You can choose to skip the hotspot setup but be warned about constant prompts reminding you to complete the process. The BlackVue doesn’t have the hotspot feature, making the setup process more straightforward.

Both the Thinkware and BlackVue mobile apps are fairly straightforward, so it all comes down to personal preferences. We prefer the cutoff voltage setting option on the Thinkware app over the unintuitive Power Magic Pro dip switch design on the BlackVue. But we prefer the way BlackVue chronologically sorts video files - with the Thinkware, we had to search each individual folder to find the video we need.

Now, let’s talk about the Cloud features of the cameras. The BlackVue Over the Cloud system is undeniably more advanced than that of Thinkware. After all, BlackVue had a couple more years' time to finetune their cloud system. If Cloud is crucial to you, we recommend the DR750S over the F800Pro for the time being, at least until Thinkware has finalized all its cloud features.

Parking Mode

We find that the F800Pro is a better parking mode dash cam than the DR750S. First off, the power consumption on the F800Pro is lower, giving you longer a recording time regardless of whether you are hardwiring the dash cam to your vehicle or running a battery pack. Combine that with the Timelapse Mode and Low Energy Parking options you can further conserve card space and at the same time, get even more recording time.  

Second, Thinkware offers more advanced parking mode features, such as separating parking motion clips and parking incident clips. BlackVue’s partitioning must be manually turned on and only separates parking events.

Third, Thinkware has a better notification system that includes the number of incidents and motion clips recorded whereas the DR750S only tells you if an impact was detected - not very useful considering an impact could be anything from a hit-and-run to as something as simple as you opening the door to get into the parked vehicle.

Finally, the F800Pro gives you the various Super Night Vision 2.0 options, including to activate it only when in Parking Mode. We find this more useful than the all-or-nothing night vision setting on the DR750S as we know that having night vision on all the time can result in overexposure in the recordings.

Verdict

Overall, we find the Thinkware F800Pro is a better dash cam system, with slightly better performance in terms of parking mode features and video quality, especially at night or low-light environments. But while the BlackVue DR750S came up short in low-light video quality and parking mode integration, their BlackVue Over the Cloud is more advanced and certainly appealing to many users.

From a price-point, the F800Pro is a pricer investment than the BlackVue DR750S. If you like the Thinkware F800Pro but want something with similar performance and features at a lower price point, we recommend giving the Thinkware F800, the standard model, a look (though the Thinkware F800 doesn’t come with any Cloud capability).

As a side note, for those that want the best bang for the buck, we recommend that you consider the the BlackSys CH-200. This dash cam system combines the best of both worlds at a more budget-friendly price. Thanks to the A12 processor and Sony EXMOR sensors, the BlackSys CH-200’s video quality at night is pretty clear without the graininess that we found on the DR750S. It comes with many customization options and offers similar performance at an investment of 15-25% less.

Thinkware F800 Pro vs. BlackVue DR750S-2CH

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It's a nice dashcam but I don't like the fact that I couldn't zoom into my videos on the phone app but only on a computer,so I sent it back and get the blackvue dr900s 2channel which is very awesome. But I really like the customer service at blackboxmycar, they are very helpful and answer all your questions.

Good but not perfect. But darn, they just announced an improved model!

Easy installation. I installed this to replace a 360 view dashcam that had terrible image quality. I’m very technically experienced and the app/install was not intuitive, but it all worked. Many of the online reviews that said the app was totally unusable seem a bit harsh. Image isn’t quite as crisp as I had hoped, but reasonably good. Candidly, the biggest disappointment is that the day after installing the camera, I received the announcement from BlackVue that they’ve announced at CES improvements to this camera and an even better 4GLTE camera! I depended on the advice from BlackboxMyCar and would have waiting for the updated models.

A must have for your car

The picture quality is great even in night mode very clear. A good investment for your safety.

Price and Quality sweet spot

My first dashcam, I installed with the additional 3-wire ACC kit in my 2010 Colorado Crew Cab. My only gripe is that I wish the rear camera could also be connected through the GPS module so that I don't have to disconnect the cable when removing the camera from my truck to look at footage. I find it easier to pop off the camera from the GPS mount, then connect with the supplied mini-USB cable to my laptop. Otherwise, the image and audio quality is really great, and it has all the necessary functions.

Really good dashcam, but......

Have really no complains withe the cam itself but the rear cam I can't use as the is no place to stick it to as the back of my truck is all fabric. If your gonna buy a dashcam that has front and rear cameras make sure there somewhere to stick it to. It would be nice if there were a small suction mount for rear camera as well. All in all I would recommend buying this dash cam!

love it

had mine installed Monday 1/20/2020 and it is working great

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The best!

So professional and so knowledgeable. There was no question I had that they didn't have an answer for. They helped make my decision easy for what is a relatively expensive purchase.

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BlackVue Power Magic EZ

Excellent products, prices and customer services very helpful.

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2nd day of usage records crash

I installed two A119V3s - front and rear on my vehicle. I never got the chance to review any recordings. On the morning of the second day using them, while stopped at a STOP sign, I was rear-ended by a pick-up truck. I was pleasantly surprised to see that both units performed flawlessly.

What are the odds,lol?

During installation, I had a few questions which were quickly answered by the BlackboxMyCar staff. A truly professional business! BTW, video quality was excellent !!!

Hi TV, thanks for leaving a review! Glad to hear that you're loving your VIOFO, but even happier to hear that you're okay. Let's hope you don't get in any more accidents, but do reach out at anytime if you have any other questions.
Great camera setup, with one flaw...

Great camera setup, with one flaw...
I purchased the Viofo A129 Pro Duo with the Cellink Neo battery and HK3 ACC Hardwire kit, including an extra CPL filter for the rear camera. The video quality of the cameras are quite good. I've had four others made by Rexing and the Vantrue X1 and X3. The feel of these cameras are substantial, feels well made compared to others I've had and the mounts really hold. The CPL filters also appear to be made from quality materials and the wiring harnesses are excellent.

One of the features that I really wanted to take advantage of was the Auto Event Detection, while in parking mode. This feature buffers several seconds of video in memory ahead of an event so that when something does happen, it commits what is in memory to the microSD card and you don't lose the initial impact of the event. Otherwise, when nothing is happening, the camera is always watching but it is not writing to the microSD card. A great feature, but it does not work if you use the included GPS mount...what? So you have to decide, do you want GPS data or do you want Auto Event Detection; you can't have both!

I have sent a request to the support team to see if they can submit this as a future feature enhancement through a firmware update. I hope they can make that work, but for now this is why I can't give this a five star review.

Hi MWood, thank you for the feedback. We will keep that in mind and will relay that over to the VIOFO team as well. They do continuously upgrade their dash cam firmware, so we wouldn't be surprised if this gets addressed in the near future. Do let us know if you have any other feedback. Thanks for leaving a review!
Great camera setup, with one flaw...

I purchased the Viofo A129 Pro Duo with the Cellink Neo battery and HK3 ACC Hardwire kit, including an extra CPL filter for the rear camera. The video quality of the cameras are quite good. I've had four others made by Rexing and the Vantrue X1 and X3. The feel of these cameras are substantial, feels well made compared to others I've had and the mounts really hold. The CPL filters also appear to be made from quality materials and the wiring harnesses are excellent.

One of the features that I really wanted to take advantage of was the Auto Event Detection, while in parking mode. This feature buffers several seconds of video in memory ahead of an event so that when something does happen, it commits what is in memory to the microSD card and you don't lose the initial impact of the event. Otherwise, when nothing is happening, the camera is always watching but it is not writing to the microSD card. A great feature, but it does not work if you use the included GPS mount...what? So you have to decide, do you want GPS data or do you want Auto Event Detection; you can't have both!

I have sent a request to the support team to see if they can submit this as a future feature enhancement through a firmware update. I hope they can make that work, but for now this is why I can't give this a five star review.

Hi MWood, thank you for the feedback. We will keep that in mind and will relay that over to the VIOFO team as well. They do continuously upgrade their dash cam firmware, so we wouldn't be surprised if this gets addressed in the near future. Do let us know if you have any other feedback. Thanks for leaving a review!
Very Satisfied

Installation and setup was easy.

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Easiest way

This plug is the easiest way to plug in your dash cam.
Shipped fast and was a good deal.

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First Dash Cam purchase

After searching the internet for dash cam retailers, I settled on BlackBoxMyCar and I am very happy I chose them. I'm very pleased with my Viofo A129 Duo. I was able to have several questions answered on-line and that was a key factor in selecting my dash cam and BlackBoxMyCar. They will be my go to vendor for my next dash cam.

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VIOFO A119 V3 QHD+ Dash Cam

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Great item

Getting installed Monday 1/20/2020

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Very Satisfied

I purchased the suction cup mount to allow me to transfer my Viofo A119V3 between vehicles.

The A119 V3 fits very securely onto the suction cup mount. This mount is superior to those I have used with other devices e.g. GPS in that it offers adjustment in both tilting and rotating, both of which can be locked in position, and when coupled with the titling lens it is very easy to get the best position for the Dashcam.

I found it very easy to secure the mount to my windshield.

Recommended if you intend to move the Dashcam between vehicles or to rental cars.

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Right fit

I ordered a part for my new car , It all worked out thank you.

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Awesome Rideshare Setup!

First of all! Very nice and knowledgeable people at blackboxmycar! Second very nice setup with power magic pro wiring kit! Also very discrete design! Love the video quality! Especially at night with the Sony Starvis! Overall good setup! Can barely see the cams. Thanks again Blackboxmycar.com/BlackVue!!! 👍👍👍

Hi Eric, thanks for purchasing from BlackboxMyCar. Glad to hear that your dash cam worked out for you! Thanks for including pictures as well :) Looks great!
Very Good - not yet great. But getting there.

I purchased the BlackVue DR900S 2 channel with interior facing IR after an attempted theft of my 2019 F-150 Lariat. It was already a purchase I had been considering in order to add a layer of security during both active and passive vehicle usage and I didn't hesitate to go with BMC given the number of positive reviews.

After a fast and painless exchange via email, BMC matched a lower price point offer for the kit that I had found on the internet. BMC even included a slightly larger storage card. Shipping and receipt went smoothly.

If I can fault BMC it is in the install and "commissioning" of the dash cam. Though I had done a fair bit of research and certainly am not one to shy away from peeling off some trim or crimping some wires, there was no step-by-step guide to installation that would have given an illustrated and comprehensive explanation of the process; now, this information exists and I was able to access it, but it was still a bit of a patchwork construction and an installation that I thought might take one hour took 2 days.

All said, though, the system is now up and running, so far flawlessly, in my vehicle. There has been a lot of trial and error, but the dash cam community is helpful and all of the information is available. You just need to look for it.

I will post a video review of my installation shortly - including hardwired battery installation.

Hi Alexander, thank you for leaving a review! We're glad to hear that we were able to help you with your order. You brought up some great points, and we will definitely take your feedback to heart for the future. We hope that the dash cam works out for you. Please let us know if you have any questions in the future.

BlackboxMyCar Add-A-Fuse Kit

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VIOFO A119 12V Auto Hardwire Kit

Quality hardwire kit with reasonable length to the A119 and to the 12V battery source. Voltage reducer is small enough to fit in small spaces with rounded corners for ease of fishing into place. Fuse holder streamlined but difficult to open at first, 2nd time ok.

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the ONLY place I can find this replacement part online

Blackboxmycar is the only place I could find that sells the cigarette socket power output cable for the Cellink Neo.
Fast shipping. Item as described.

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Great Kit- Everything you need

Our techs were able to install the dash camera and the Power Magic Pro with no problem by using this Essential Kit. We've bought 13 units so far. Very pleased.

Hi Jennifer, thanks for leaving a review. We're glad to hear that you have found everything you need in our Essential Installation Kits. Thanks!
Suction Cup add-on

I bought this suction cup mount to move and use quickly my A119 V3 from vehicle to vehicle.
After receiving I must say its smaller and lighter than expected compared to the picture but still functional and we will see how long the suction cup lasts over time.
I also saw a video of using this suction cup to turn the A119 around and take video of driver with commentary about area or something else which I plan to edit into my video at a later time.
So its a nice feature for the video I plan to make while on vacation.
Cool!

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