Thinkware F800Pro and optional rear-view safety camera
4.0Overall Score
Name: Thinkware F800Pro and optional rear camera
Price (RRP): $from 539.95 plus read camera and fitting
Manufacturer: Thinkware

You may not know much about Thinkware, but GadgetGuy understands it is a leading brand of dash cams. The Thinkware F800Pro is a premium model.

Established in 1997, it is a frequent winner of innovation and design awards. And it has an Australian office, support and real people to help. Website here. We took the Thinkware F800Pro and optional rear camera for a spin.

Available via retailers including Ryda, Autobarn, Supercheap, AutoPro, Car Audio Masters, Elite Electronics, Carbon Car Systems and more.

Product range (Prices from Ryda – there are packages with dual cameras and larger microSD cards)

Model
Price (with GB card)
Camera Wired Rear Camera input GPS/Safety camera alerts Screen Storage microSD Wi-Fi/
Smartphone app
ADAS
F100
$296.85
32GB
[email protected], 2.12MP
H.264
135° FOV
Option 720p
F100IR
Option $79 No Up to 64GB No/No No
F200
$399 16GB
Same as F100 Includes 720p
F100IR
Option
$79
No Up to 64GB Yes/yes No
F50
$229 16GB
Same as F100
130°
No Option
$79
No Up to 64GB No/No No
F770
$449.85 16GB
[email protected]
2.19MP
H.264
140°
Super Night Vision
Option 1K F77RA   Yes/Yes No Up to 64GB Yes/Yes Lane Departure and Forward collision
F800PRO $539.85 16GB
Single Camera

[email protected]
1.13MP
Sony Exmor R IMX291 H.264
140°
Super Night Vision
Option 1K
F800PRA
$178.85
Yes/Yes No Up to 128GB Yes/Yes As above plus Forward departure
X550
$449.85 16GB
[email protected] 2.19MP
H.264
140°
Super Night Vision
Option 1K
X50F75RA
Yes/Yes 2.7”
Resistive
Up to 64GB No/No As above
X700 [email protected]
2.12MP
H.264 Super Night Vision

Option
1K
X50F75RA
Option
$79
As above Up to 64GB No/No ??

Please note – we take all all care in putting this information together, but prices and model inclusions may vary from store to store.

Now if you are confused at the range don’t worry.

You really should pop down to your auto accessory retailer (note I did not mention your electronics mass retailer as this is specialist stuff) and decide what is right for you. Our strongest advice is that you really need the GPS option if you ever want to use dashcam footage as ‘evidence’.

Apart from the above, all use a supercapacitor for backup power; thermal protection for hot Aussie climate; PC/Mac viewer; Android/iOS app (if Wi-Fi equipped); autonomous recording modes; dual save (on microSD and system memory as a backup); and Australian 2-year warranty and support.

Review: Thinkware F800Pro (website here)

Don’t let the website images fool you – this is a very small dashcam at 107 (wide) x 60.5 (high) x 32.5mm deep.

The review unit comes with a 16GB UHS 1 microSD card and SD adapter. It also has a microSD to USB-A reader.

Thinkware F800Pro  box

Power is via a 12V utility socket (cigarette lighter) plug to a round pin plug on a 2m cable. Three cable clips help route the cable.

A full manual is here

Mounting

You attach it to a windscreen using a 3M sticky pad with four key-notches on the camera facing side. Once it is stuck on, the 3M pad is there to stay – although a spare 3M adhesive pad comes as well.

Mount it as high on the windscreen and as close to the centre of the screen as possible. We found you could be slightly off centre, but there is no left/right adjustment. The camera head swivels through 90° to align to car bonnet line. You need to check the angle via the smartphone app or PC viewer as it has no LCD view screen.

The buttons on the back of the camera are not necessary for everyday use. Thinkware says, “A good Dash Cam must be a device that drivers need not worry about on their daily commute. Our Thinkware Dash Cam is easy to install, highly autonomous, safe, durable, and discreet. All you need to do is just simply get in your car and go for a drive.”

The buttons are to initiate Wi-Fi connection, manual (emergency) recording, power (auto on/off) voice recording (on/off). A microSD slot is on the top.

Also, make sure that you place the mounting pad where it allows enough room to slide the camera off as you will need to access the microSD card at times.