Reviewed by Paul Magnan
Driving these days is filled with hazards and what better way to keep a record of your journey than with a dashboard camera. And if I am ever unlucky enough to be involved in an accident, I have video proof as to what happened.
I received the Mio MiVue 688 Dash Cam for review. It came well packaged and in perfect condition. The instructions in the box were easily to follow and I had set my Dash Cam up and charging in my van in no time. I was impressed with it’s features which are:
– 1080p Full HD recording at 30 fps – the recordings come out with excellent sound and video quality.
– High quality Sony Optic Sensor.
– Safety camera warnings – I have found these really useful and it’s great that Mio give you monthly updates for the lifetime of your device, subject to certain terms and conditions.
– GPS Tracking – this feature is useful as the device automatically records my driving information, which includes speed, altitude, latitude, longitude and heading – this gives me peace of mind.
The dash cam starts recording when I start the van engine, as long as it’s plugged into the cigarette lighter, which is great as I could forget to start to record. It will be lovely to be able to keep the recordings when I visit new and beautiful scenery. The function where you can post to Facebook or YouTube is a great idea.
Now, for the camera itself. It looks great. It is small enough to fit into my pocket. The functions are easy to work out. One negative I have found is that I cannot use my other gadgets, such as Sat Nav, or charge my phone while the dash cam is plugged in. The battery life on the dash cam does not seem that good so I have had to keep it on charge.
I like the peace of mind of knowing if there was an incident, I could provide the footage to my insurance company so that they could get to the bottom of what happened.
I rate the dash cam 4½ out of 5 for its features and value for money, but the battery life could do with improving.
Available to buy from Mio here.