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Thinkware U1000 4K Dash Cam Review

Thinkware U1000 4K Dual Channel Dash Cam

The U1000 is Thinkware’s latest flagship dash cam. It is a 2-channel boasting all the features of its predecessor, the Q800PRO. But with a 4K UHD resolution for its front-facing unit and a 2K QHD resolution for its rear camera, the U1000 is currently the highest resolution 2-channel dash cams available on the market.

Key Features

  • 4K Ultra HD
  • 2K QHD Optional Rear Camera
  • 150° Wide-Angle Lens
  • 8.42MP Sony Exmor R Starvis IMX3343 (front)
  • 5.14MP Sony Exmor R Starvis IMX335 (rear)
  • Energy Saving Mode 2.0
  • Super Night Vision 2.0
  • Live View (Driving/Parking)
  • Geo Fencing
  • Locate Vehicle
  • Driving/Parking Impact Notification
  • Road Alert Systems
  • Safety Camera Alert
  • Built-in WiFi

Pros

  4K UHD front recording
  2K QHD rear recording
  Real-time vehicle tracking via Cloud
  Geo-fencing and alerts
  Driving & Parking Impact Notification
 Unobtrusive, modern design

Cons

Large 4K footage files requires larger capacity memory card

In-Depth Video Review

Design

With the U1000, Thinkware has gone with a completely different design from their previous cameras. Dimensions-wise, the U1000 is very similar to the Q800PRO. But instead of having the camera lens on the long side, it is now on the narrow-side of the unit. This way when you attach it on your windshield, the U1000 looks less bulky and more discreet.

Front Camera Video Quality

The front camera is excellent. The lens has an 8.42MP Sony Exmor R Starvis image sensor to deliver crystal clear 4K UHD video quality at 30FPS. Ultra high definition is twice more detailed than 2K quad high definition and 4x more vivid than 1080p Full HD.

The 150° wide-angle lens view minimizes blind spots so you can capture every little detail you may have missed before.

Advanced video enhancement technologies including Advanced Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), Intelligent Automatic Exposure and Super Night Vision 2.0 cover a good span between day and night, bright and dark environments to ensure videos are of pristine-quality during the day, and crisp and clear with good definition and minimal noise and blurring at night.

Rear Camera Video Quality

Unlike the Q800PRO which simply adopted the F800 Pro rear camera, Thinkware developed a new rear camera specifically for the U1000.

The U1000 rear camera is equipped with a 5.14MP Sony Exmor R Starvis image sensor. It is essentially the same image sensor that was used in the Q800PRO front camera, allowing the U1000 rear camera to record in 2K QHD. The rear camera also comes with a 150° wide-angle lens view and the advanced video enhancement technologies found in the front camera to deliver crystal-clear quality in all lighting situations.

Currently no other 4K or even 2K dash cams on the market offer such a powerful rear camera, making the U1000 the most powerful front-and-rear dash system you can purchase at this tim

Cloud Capabilities

The U1000 is Cloud-enabled so you can stay connected anytime, anywhere as long as you have the THINKWARE CLOUD app on your smartphone and an Internet hotspot in your car.

The mobile app for the U1000 is the same THINKWARE CLOUD app that the Q800PRO, and the F800 Pro use. The app is available for download on the Apple Apps Store and the Google Play Store. Both the THINKWARE CLOUD service and mobile app are free.

The U1000 brings to the table all of the premium CLOUD features that the Q800PRO, had on board, including Geo-Fence, Locate Vehicle and Driving Impact Notification.

Live View function allows you to watch what is happening in real-time. Monitor your vehicle with your smartphone, no matter where you are.

With Geo-Fencing, you can set up up to 20 different geographic zones, which will send a push notification through the CLOUD app if the vehicle enters or leaves a pre-configured zone.

The Locate Vehicle function will let you discover the current location of the vehicle using the THINKWARE CLOUD app.  

In the event of an impact, such as a collision, while driving, a Driving Impact push notification will be sent through the THINKWARE CLOUD as well.

There are a couple of new CLOUD features that are currently exclusive to the U1000: Remote Live View and Parking Impact Notification with Video. With Remote Live View, you can follow your vehicle and watch what is happening in real-time with your THINKWARE CLOUD app. With Parking Impact Notification, not only will you get a push notification of the incident, but you can also access the recorded incident footage through the THINKWARE CLOUD app.

Parking Surveillance

Just like the Q800PRO, the U1000 comes with all the advanced parking mode features with Energy Saving recording mode, Time Lapse, Motion and Impact detection.

  • Time Lapse - Records footage at a lower frame rate to cover surveillance and reduce power consumption and video file size
  • Impact Detection - Built-in G-Sensor to monitor any impact to the vehicle and will wake up the U1000 within a second to start recording
  • Motion Detection - Motion detector with customizable sensitivity level to monitor any motion around the vehicle

Optional RADAR Sensor Add-On

As an optional add-on, the RADAR Sensor gives you the option to extend the U1000's parking mode capabilities for a longer period of time. The RADAR Sensor detects moving objects within a 7m (23ft) range using a feature called Ultra-High Frequency Radar Motion Detection.

If an object is detected, it will trigger the U1000 to go from Energy Saving Parking Mode to a recording standby mode for 30 seconds. If an impact is detected within this 30 seconds period, the U1000 will save 20 seconds before and after footage. With the Parking Impact Notification feature enabled, the U1000 can send a push notification of the incident through the THINKWARE CLOUD app, along with the recorded incident footage. But if no impact or motion is detected within the 30-second standby mode, the U1000 will automatically switch back to Energy Saving Parking Mode.

As you can see, with this Ultra-High Frequency Radar Motion Detection, the U1000 can stay asleep longer, waking up only when an impact has actually been detected. Power consumption is greatly reduced, allowing the U1000 to remain in Parking Mode longer than before. Thinkware calls this Energy Saving Parking Mode 2.0 and is designed to extend parking mode runtime for a long period of time for peace of mind. Thinkware stated the duration in RADAR mode is around two weeks, but exact duration depends on the size and charge of your vehicle's battery as well as any external battery packs you have in place.

Radar motion detection requires the optional Thinkware U1000 Radar Sensor, which is purchased separately.

Alerts

In addition to the Driving and Parking Impact Notifications, the U1000 has several driver assistance systems that can deliver audible warning alerts through the front unit to prevent potential impediments in your journey. These alert systems rely on the U1000’s built-in GPS, which can track the vehicle’s location, speed, and direction of travel.

Safety Camera Alerts

  • Red Light Camera Warning - When approaching a fixed red light camera the U1000 will warn you "Red light camera in ### meters"
  • Fixed Speed Camera Warning - When approaching a fixed speed camera the U1000 will warn you "Speed camera in ### meters, speed limit is XX"
  • Mobile Speed Camera Zone Warning - When approaching an area where mobile speed traps are common the U1000 will warn you "Mobile speed camera zone"
  • Average Speed Zone Warning - When approaching an average speed zone (timed point to point) the U1000 will warn you "Average speed zone, speed limit is XX"

Road Safety Warning Systems

  • Lane Departure Warning System - Prevents accidents by alerting the driver when the vehicle departs unintentionally from its driving lane.
  • Front Vehicle Departure Warning - After stopping at an intersection, it alerts the driver when the vehicle in front has started advancing while your vehicle remains stationary.
  • Forward Collision Warning System - Warns the driver to reduce impact speed or avoid a potential collision with the vehicle in front.

Recommendations

As the dash cam industry embraces 4K and other high-resolution imaging formats with high bitrates, video file compression has become one of the main challenges for both the manufacturers and users.

The industry’s video compression standard for HD resolutions is H.264, which handles Full HD as well as 2K QHD videos quite well. However, 4K videos stored in H.264 creates a proportionally larger file. H.264 is the default codec on the U1000, so, you will need to consider getting a larger memory card for the U1000. The U1000 supports microSD cards up to 128GB.

Who Should Choose the Thinkware U1000

The Thinkware U1000 will make a lot of sense for a lot of different types of drivers.

For those who demand the best recording quality: We're talking about 4K Ultra HD. The U1000 is currently the highest resolution dash cam system in the market. With a solid 4K Ultra HD front-view and 2K Quad HD rear-view recording capability, impressive night vision and exposure correction features, your drive will be captured in crystal-clear, movie-like quality.

For those who demand the best parking surveillance: The U1000 comes with all the advanced parking mode features with Energy Saving recording mode, Time Lapse, Motion and Impact detection. Pair it with the optional RADAR sensor and you can further extend parking mode runtime as well as record a longer pre- and post-incident footage.

For those who demand the most inclusive road safety systems: The U1000 comes with several driving assistance systems that can deliver audible warning alerts to prevent potential impediments in your journey, including red light and speed camera alerts as well as lane departure and front collision warning.

For those who demand 24/7 connectivity and control: The U1000 is Cloud-enabled so you can stay connected anytime. You can literally open the mobile app and take a look through the camera in real time, driving or parked.

Final Verdict

The Thinkware U1000 is the highest resolution 2-channel, as well as the most advanced parking surveillance dash cam system on the market and it is now available at BlackboxMyCar.

Apart from the video file compression, the U1000 is a really superb dash cam that delivers video footage in eye-popping 4K UHD quality. While it is a top-tier dash cam with a premium price tag, you are certainly getting a lot of value with the U1000. It is more expensive than the Q800PRO, but you get double the recording resolution and exclusive advanced parking mode capabilities. The U1000 is priced almost the same as the BlackVue 4K DR900S, but again, with much more advanced parking mode capabilities and 2x the recording resolution from the rear camera. With the U1000 onboard, you can sit back and relax knowing that your drive is well-captured and well-protected.

We do recommend getting the Thinkware U1000 2-Channel bundle kit as it comes with both the front and rear cameras, a 12V power cable, an adhesive windshield mount, cable clips, a 32GB microSD Card and a USB microSD card reader, as well as a Thinkware Hardwiring Kit and an Anti-Glare CPL Filter.

ABOUT THINKWARE

Thinkware is a world-leading Korean dash cam company. Since founded in 1997, Thinkware has established itself as the market leader in the realm of smart car technologies and dash cams. Today Thinkware is one of the most trusted names in the dash cam industry and its flagship products continue to raise the industry bar with strong, innovative and impressive features.


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Thinkware U1000 Review

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Initial review: A-OK.

I bought this after testing out a budget Rove R2-4k LCD dash cam that sent me running for a better quality high-end unit. By that comparison standard, this DR900S-2ch is mind blowing.

Setup was particularly easy -- well, wiring can be a work-out as with all models, especially a rear-camera going into a hatch back -- but the moment I plugged it in, it all started working. I especially like the audio prompts, and the indicator light on the rear window camera; one glance in the rear view mirror and I know it's working, and yet not distracting. (the rear camera is very small)

I also love how incredibly secure the mounting is. My cheaper Rove unit mount was quite flimsy.

The power cables were also impressive -- with plugs that small, I was afraid they'd dislodge easily, but the design of the plugs are quite secure.

More time will tell, but after about two weeks now I have no complaints. I will likely buy a second 2ch unit soon.

Blackboxmycar and Viofo a129 duo

Wanting a dash cam, I started my quest by googling and youtubing. Blackboxmycar seemed to be the most popular recommendation. Visiting the website, watching their videos, reading reviews and looking thru the FAQs, I was ready and narrowed my option down too two cameras. Bewtween Jordan and Katrina, they finished my education and answered questions that I had confusion with - and they made it clear and easy to understand. The process of ordering was simple and sweet. All the way from receiving the Viofo camera, setting it up and post-purchase questions - what a great experience. Thank you! Watching the install videos made it a breeze. Its unfortunate that I do not use facebook, twitter, googlesomethanrathernutter, or else I would use those review options too. So Im glad you reached out with a web option!
I love this cam!

Happy Customer

I’m happy with their service. Professional and helpful.

Hello Becky, thank you for your review!
BBMC Experience

I began looking into dashcams about a month ago and came across a video interview between Alex and Vortex Radar. During my research it became evident that BBMC was the leading re-seller in Canada and maybe in the USA. Their pricing was competitive. I posed a few pre-purchase enquiries to BBMC. They responded quickly and in an understandable way. Ultimately, I made an on-line purchase that was delivered fast with great tracking. As it turned out, I made a mistake with my order and it was fixed without delay. Dashcam was self installed now with all wires hidden and looking good. Thanks, BBMC. You know how to provide a great on-line experience.

Hello Jeffrey, thank you for taking the time to send us a review! Enjoy your new DR900S-2CH and if you ever do need anything, don't be shy! We're always here on Live Chat as well as email (info@blackboxmycar.com). Also, don't forget to check out our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/blackboxmycardotcom) - we have tons of tutorials, guides and just-for-fun videos!
Thinkware q800pro

I am very happy with the q800pro I installed the hardwire myself in my Infiniti Q50 with the help of a few member in forum camera quality is what I was expecting I just watched my first video yesterday night I was able to see a lot in clear crisp quality have not seen night mode yet but I for sure know it’ll do great.

Thank you. Blackboxmycar watching your videos help me get my dash cam

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BlackVue DR900S-2CH 4K Dash Cam

great customer service ,i will be soon installed my new dash cam

Hi Ricardo, thank you for leaving a review! Hope everything works out with your install. Do let us know if you have any questions at info@blackboxmycar.com.
(BlackVue DR900S-2CH) Amazing Product & magnificent Service !

I recently purchased a Blackvue 2ch DR-900s from BlackBoxMyCar and I am very happy with this camera so far. I spoke with a representative from the live chat named Paul and he was very helpful in setting me up with everything i needed to hard wire this unit. I received my full setup in less than a week and it was packaged very nicely. I realized when i went to wire it into my vehicle the fuse taps i received were the wrong one's. So i contact BlackBoxMyCar support and spoke to Paul who i believe was the same person i spoke to the first time and he and the team @BlackBoxMyCar was very helpful and fast at responding to my messages and ensured me they would send out the correct fuse taps which i received 2 days after they were shipped out. I Would highly recommend BlackBoxMyCar for anything you need !

Hello Joseph, thank you for taking the time to send us a review and we will definitely pass it on to Paul.
Great for first timers

Pics

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Phenomenal Video Quality and Overall Capabilities

I finally got around to installing the Thinkware U1000 2-channel cameras and radar. Truly couldn’t be more satisfied with the result and the many options that this camera and software has to offer. Amazing video quality and great user interface. Couldn’t ask for more.

Hello EVOLVNG, thank you for sending us a review! Yes, the U1000 is a great dash cam, couldn't agree more! Enjoy and do send us some footage - we have monthly dash cam video contests: https://www.blackboxmycar.com/pages/monthly-video-contest.

Good kit to have for anyone new.

Hello Ley, thanks for the review!
World class

World class service!!! Professional and knowledge staffs!
Johnathan, u r da man! :)

Hello Johnson, thank you for the review! We passed the kind words on to Jonathan and we think you just made his day! If you ever do have any questions, you can always get a hold of Jon or any of our other dashcam experts at info@blackboxmycar.com, or better yet, Live Chat us right on our website - we're always ready to help!
Nice job

Very approachable personnel and professionally done job.
Cudos.

Thank you Dragan for the kind words. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@blackboxmycar.com or live chat with us directly on our website.
Overall great dash cam

I was waiting for a 4k dash cam for a while and almost convinced myself to wait for later next year. What made me pull the trigger on the U1000 was the 2K rear cam resolution. It's an upgrade from my F800PRO. I have it with the cellink neo battery for parking mode. Overall it's a great dash cam to have for my needs (mostly time lapse parking mode).

Just have 1 very small inconvenience. Sometimes I can't find the dash cam in the wifi network when I'm surrounded by a lot of houses with a lot of wifi networks. It suggests to turn off wifi direct but I never had it on. The first time I tried to set it up consisted on me turning off and on the dash cam until it appears at the top of the list of wifi networks. Now if I wanted to change a setting, I just do it at a public parking lot.

Night quality needs improvement (this is why not 5 stars). I hope they have an update to improve it.

Thank you J C for the kind words. We're glad to hear that you've decided to make the upgrade from the F800PRO to the U1000 - it's a great time to do so! We do have regular communication with Thinkware on these issues, and we will definitely bring it up with them. They constantly release new firmware for their dash cams and the app, so we're confident this issue will be squashed very quickly. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@blackboxmycar.com or live chat with us directly on our website.
Review of THINKWARE F800 PRO

After a extended period of research I decided on the THINKWARE F800 PRO Dash CAM. Purchased both a front and rear camera with a CPL Filter for the front camera. My car has a very sloped windshield so the glare off the dash causes distortion and blurry footage; the CPL FILTER solves this problem. Would also recommend a Samsung PRO ENDURANCE 128GB Micro SDXC memory card; more money but worth it. These cameras are expensive but the quality of the footage and cameras speak for themselves. I purchased from BLACKBOXMYCAR because Alex Jang and his company stand behind and take care of the products they sell. I hope this review will help others find a great quality product and company as I was able to find in BLACKBOXMYCAR ( and no I did not know Alex or his company before I started my research. )

Thank you Duncan for the kind words. We're glad to hear that you found everything you needed at BlackboxMyCar. Your feedback is crucial in helping us become better, so we really appreciate that you've decided to leave a review :) If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@blackboxmycar.com or live chat with us directly on our website.
Great service

BlackboxMyCar provided great service and a walk through of the dash cam I got installed.

The cameras were installed very cleanly and work great, and the receptionist gave me a few tips for the app and storage options in the future.

Thanks,

J-P

Thank you J-P for the kind words. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@blackboxmycar.com or live chat with us directly on our website.

Great job. Richmond location was very convenient. The dash cam was neatly installed. Katrina was very friendly and very helpful. Will recommend blackboxmycar to everyone I know.

Hello Mario, thanks for the review! We will definitely pass the kind note to Katrina! Do come and visit us again as we often have special deals and promos going on. We appreciate the word-of-mouth!
Reliable, small and powerful / Fiable, petit et puissant

So small and compact that you can hide it anywhere in the car. Easy to install with included accessories. Very satisfied with my purchase.
Si petit et peu encombrant que vous pouvez la cacher n'importe où dans la voiture. Facile à installer avec les accessoires inclus. Très satisfait de mon achat.

Hi Alain, thanks for the review/merci de nous donner votre avis! The iVOLT is a very popular model for that reason and we are glad it's working out great for you!
Installation of dash cam

Installation was completed on schedule. Dash cam was neatly installed and professionally done.

Hello Neil, thank you for choosing BlackboxMyCar for your installation!
Mounting Tape

Great store to find what accessories you need for your dash cam

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Installation kit

Good kit!I like the sticker♥️

Hello Ronesser, thank you for the review! By the way, we love the stickers, too!
Great company

Excellent customer service. Friendly staff

Hello Nelson, thank you for the review! We're always here for our customers!
Thinkware U1000 4K UHD Dual-Channel Cloud Dash Cam

This is the fourth dash cam I have tried and am FINALLY satisfied with the results!

The first dash cam was a single front 4K cam. This worked really well, but didn't come with the option of adding a rear dash cam (still have this).

The second one was a front camera with an inside view rear dash cam by Soliom that did a 380 degree recording view. This dash cam had decent recorded footage for the price, but would constantly freeze on me and then wouldn't record when driving. It kept on having to be reset in the middle of driving for the footage to start recording again.

The third was owlcam. This camera was convenient, but didn't work the best. It always had problems connecting and had HORRIBLE footage at night!

Lastly, I decided to spend a little more and get exactly what I wanted. I wanted a separate rear view camera because I was involved in a hit and run incident at my college which led to me trying these different dash cams. Well, I believe I have finally found the product I was looking for from a company that worked with me really well!

Jordan was very helpful in assisting me and price matching. The camera was expected to show up December 2, 2019 and I actually received it November 29, 2019. This was a pleasant surprise!

Thanks BlackboxMycar!

Hello Shawn, thanks for the review! You made a great choice with the Thinkware U1000 4K Dual-Channel - it's currently one of the best, and highest resolution dash cam systems on the market! We are glad that you were able to take advantage of our promotions and offers. Check out our website often as we will be posting a follow-up review on the U1000 as well as more articles and guides to show users how to unleash the full potential of the dash cam - it's a great dash cam!
Impressive!

Decided to purchase 2 of these during the Black Friday sale and I have to say that I am very impressed with the quality of the dashcam as well as the footage I've been able to capture. Granted, this is my first dashcam and it's only been a few days since I've installed it and ran them, but I haven't had issues with them specifically. The app is another story, but I cannot fault the dashcam for that.

I am a satisfied customer! Thank you Blackboxmycar.com for having offered the best deal I could find on the web at the time. I will keep monitoring your website for upcoming deals if I ever need anything else.

Hi James, thanks for the review! The DR900S-2CH is a great dashcam and we are happy you were able to take advantage of our Black Friday prices. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletters to receive updates on sales and deals!
Great Service

The product arrived in time and was as advertised. Very satisfied with the service as everything was handled very professionally.

Thanks for the review, Abdul! We are glad to hear that you're very satisfied with the your new dash cam and with BlackboxMyCar!