What is it?
Thinkware isn’t a household name like Garmin or Nextbase but the Korean firm labels itself the world’s leading dash cam company and produces a broad range of in-car cameras.
The X700 is its only touchscreen unit and is available in two formats – a single front-facing camera or a twin-camera setup, with a smaller rear-facing unit connected by a wire to the main front-facing one. Both cameras record in full-HD at 30 frames per second and feature automatic emergency recording in the event of a collision.
Unlike most modern cameras, GPS is only standard with the dual camera package, and there’s no wifi but there is advanced driver assistance systems, a super night vision mode, time lapse and parking features and the option of using a dedicated external power source to allow reliable protection while parked.
The main unit features a 2.7-inch touchscreen for adjusting settings and view footage but there’s no option to pair it with a phone for easier operation.
What’s it like?
In a word, disappointing.
Image quality from the main camera is perfectly acceptable thanks to various video enhancement features such as wide dynamic range. Likewise, the rear camera works well in all but tricky light conditions but in other areas the X700 is a letdown compared with cheaper, more capable rivals.
Our test unit came with the extra GPS dongle but buyers of the £159 single camera package will have to pay extra for that. The lack of standard GPS is forgivable in a £50 camera but not in one costing thee times that. The GSP dongle itself is large and makes fitting the already bulky unit even more awkward.
Similarly, the lack of wifi or any smartphone connectivity seems bizarre when virtually every other dash cam offers it for setup and viewing footage.
Offering a hard-wiring kit or external power source might appeal to some commercial buyers but for most drivers they don’t compensate for the lack of more useful features.
The camera itself is bulky and the mount only adjusts on one axis, making fitting it tricky. The rear camera is at least unobtrusive.
Add in the high price and inaccurate, unreliable ADAS features and the X700 is best avoided.
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