Price (RRP): $279
The Uniden iGO Cam 80 offers a lot more than a typical dashcam. For starters, it has 4K video resolution, HDMI, PC and Wi-Fi output, Wide Dynamic Range and a smartphone app as well.
GadgetGuy has covered many dashcams over the years but found it hard to get enthused. Not that they were bad (well, some had a woeful resolution) but they were at the beginning of the product cycle, and we felt they needed to do so much more.
The latest Uniden iGO series may just have changed our minds.
First, let’s look at some of the latest iGO Cam technology
It has come a long way from those early 480/720p, barely readable videos to include (not all models have all features):
- Dual camera support – one for the front and one for the rear. No one has yet managed to get rid of the cable that needs to join these two up
- Speed camera warnings (reliant on GPS data)
- Advanced driver assistance (ADAS)
- Lane departure warning
- Headlight lux warning (detects low light and if you have left headlights off)
- Geotagging (GPS location and time stamps on the video)
- 3-Axis sensor. Earlier dashcams found it hard to capture G-force in more than 2-axis. Now you have up/down, left, right and sideways (and all possible 360° variations).
- Parking mode (Even when ‘off’ sensors detect any slightest movement and start recording)
- Wide-view angles. Early models were limited to 100-120°. That is now up to 150° which means it effectively captures all you can see through the windscreen
- Large speedo display (courtesy of the GPS)
- From 1080p (FHD) to 2160p (4K) video
- Mini-HDMI output
- microSD card storage
- Footage lock to prevent over-write
- Wide Dynamic Range for clearer images
- Smartphone app
OK the more you pay, the more you get.
Uniden’s new iGO range includes (low to high order of cost/features as at JB Hi-Fi)
- 30 – FHD, 2”, 120°, $99
- 40 – FHD, 2”, 140°, $149
- 50R – FHD, 2.7”, 150°, $199 (inc rear camera)
- 60 – 2K, 2.7”, 150°, ADAS, $199
- 70R – 2.7K, 150°, ADAS, App, $229.95 (inc rear camera)
- 80 – 4K, 2.4”, all features $279
Review Uniden iGO Cam 80 (Website here)
In the box
- The camera
- Two mounting brackets (one spare)
- 12V to mini-USB charger and cable
First impression and setup
The Uniden iGO Cam 80 is the top-of-the-range, yet it probably comes in one of the smallest enclosures. No knocking that, but you kind of expect something bigger!
The 2.4” LCD colour screen is very clear, not so much because of its resolution (I suspect its only FHD) but because the 4K camera gathers so much more detail and light. But here is the low-down. You don’t want a big screen to distract you as you drive. All you need the screen for is to access the menu and display speed.
Affix the mount to the windscreen (take care as it has 3M permanent adhesive), slide the camera onto the mount, power it up and that is it.
Uniden iGO Cam 80 camera tech
The sensor is 1/2.7” or about 21.7mm square. To put that in perspective an iPhone 6 has 17.3mm, and a Google Pixel has 28.5mm. I am guessing that it has a f/2.2, fixed focus lens.
The 150° FOV lens is great to see almost the entire windscreen.
It will do video at 2880 x [email protected], 6.2MP (4:3 ratio). It will also do 1920 x [email protected]/60, 1280 x [email protected]/60/120fps video. The rear camera (if purchased) is 640 x 480 and limits the front camera to [email protected]
Pixel size (not stated) but to capture low light shots I suspect it is oversized at 1.62 µm. Probably a Sony IMX326 sensor with Digital overlap HDR or WDR designed for security cameras. WDR improves details in dark or overbright area.
Video/audio is MP4, H.264/AAC. It can play on a Window, Mac, iOS or Android device. Still, images are frame grabbed from the video stream in JPEG format (options are 12, 10, 8, 5, and 3MP images). Why grabbed? It does not have a shutter.
Storage is up to 64GB on a microSD card Class 10 or higher. It only records if there is an incident. Press the emergency lock button to ensure a recording is not overwritten.