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BlueSkySea B1W Review – Cheapest Dash Cam We Can Recommend!

February 14, 2020


Hey there My name is Andrew and we review dash cameras Today we have the $55 Blueskysea B1W which is our budget do-everything recommendation If you have a tight budget and live somewhere warm this is the camera for you. Compared to our former pick the Viofo G1WS the B1W has a stealthier profile, WiFi and most importantly better error notifications which alerts you when your camera has problems recording It also uses a capacitor-design which is more reliable for hotter climates compared to the lithium ion batteries used in most budget dash cams Still, the $100 Viofo A119V2 is the better choice if you can spend an extra $40 It has better video quality solid error notifications microphone and proven reliability even if it doesn’t have WiFi As well, we purchased and are testing the A119 Pro It’s supposed to be an upgrade to the A119V2 look out for our review soon. For full disclosure we bought the B1W from Amazon at full retail price and we have no business deals with BlueSkySea With that out of the way let’s get into the details The Blueskysea B1W was launched in October 2017 It has a small and compact cylindrical body which is less noticeable compared to our former pick On one end of the camera you’ll find the only button which activates the file lock feature and turns on/off WiFi On the other side is the microUSB power connection and microSD card slot It doesn’t have a screen so you’ll need a smartphone to change settings through a WiFi app The camera works at a higher 70°C/158°F most budget cameras are only rated to 60°C This gives us better confidence it will survive in warmer climates When we first got the B1W it arrived in a plain cardboard box Nothing too exciting Inside, the camera was well protected for shipping Under a cardboard flap you’ll find the accessories which were more than expected Besides the power cable and manual you’ll get two extra adhesive pads wire clips and a pry tool to hide wiring Installing the camera was simple you get everything you need except a microSD card After peeling the adhesive you press the camera against the glass Next, you insert and hide the power cable pop in a microSD card rotate the camera and you’re done After installation the B1W can be used right away but there are some settings you might want to change first To do that you’ll need to install the iOS or Android app On both devices we found the connection process to be straightforward You first sign onto the B1W’s Wi-Fi network launch the app and press the connect button The design is a bit rough but easy enough to navigate and use Inside the settings menu we found it has most of the options people are looking for You can also browse and playback saved recordings There’s an option to stream the video which we found fast and smooth. Once we selected a video it started playing within a few seconds and there was no buffering You can also download the file to your phone we found a three minute file takes three minutes to download Once setup was finished we looked at how the B1W performs day to day Overall it did a good job As with all our recommendations the B1W records on a loop which means it will overwrite the oldest files on your card when it runs out of space It will also turn on and start recording automatically when it receives power The B1W starts up quickly at 12 seconds so most people won’t need to wait before driving off While driving if you see something interesting or get into an accident we found it was easy to lock the file from being overwritten by hitting the large lock button on the side of the camera It also uses spoken status alerts which let you know when your camera is recording These notifications are in accented English but it’s mostly understandable We’re hoping this improves as BlueSkySea has done a good job of taking feedback and making improvements to the firmware One example is how quickly they fixed the firmware to detect failed SD cards I have four broken cards and only two would trigger
a warning message Within a few days of telling BlueSkySea they released a fix which allowed all four cards to be detected They also sent photos of the many broken cards they used to test and refine the firmware In our previous picks the camera would not be able to warn drivers when it wasn’t recording We read many comments where drivers only found out once they got into an accident Yikes As all cards eventually stop working the B1W gives much better protection versus our previous choices Looking at video quality we found a slight reduction in details compared to our former picks Overall, it’s still good The B1W has decent video hardware for $55 which gives you clear day and night videos Most people should be happy During the day we found it a bit less sharp than the A118C2 and the dynamic range was slightly reduced Still it was enough to pickup license plates in the majority of situations At night the video quality is relatively better The B1W does a fine job bringing out details We did find the camera underexposed itself in certain situations and we’re hoping this will be improved in the future The B1W supports a maximum of 64GB micro SD cards which gives 12 hours of recording time Our top picks are the Transcend and Sandisk High endurance cards with the Transcend 400x as a budget option This part is recorded on the B1Ws microphone The quality isn’t good but it works well enough to be able to understand conversations which is enough for us There is a parking mode but it’s not practical at the moment as it has to be manually turned on with the WiFi app If this is fixed we’ll add an update in the video and the description We also tested the lens under hot temperatures to see if the focus becomes blurry We heated the camera to 60°C using our hacked-together thermal oven and we found it lost very little sharpness This is better than our $45 pick the Yi Dash Cam which gets blurry under warmer weather The Yi is a good alternative for people in cooler climates who want a cheaper camera with better video quality and are ok with a more visible camera Our former pick the Viofo G1WS has a critical flaw that would stop it from recording when the camera wasn’t used after a few days Going back to the B1W we also looked at who BlueSkySea is They are part of the same company as estore009 one of the trusted retailers we’ve been recommending since 2012 when there were a lot of fake cameras on the market Blueskysea has invested in their overseas support There’s a physical office in the United States And they can also take warranty returns in UK Add in their interaction with the DashCamTalk community and this gives us a big confidence boost in recommending the B1W compared to other Chinese brands So that’s the end of this review We hope you like it We’ll post an article soon covering details we missed in this video For other dash cameras we recommended see our Best Dash Camera article Our Facebook page posts what we are working on right now If you liked this video give it a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel and enable notifications for future reviews Thanks for watching

51 Comments

  • Reply RAY L June 4, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Can you please review Xiaomi 70mai? Maybe a comparison to B1W… Thanks.

  • Reply Dr Gaurav Dahri June 15, 2018 at 6:25 am

    In India
    Transcend High endurance is very costly.
    And San disk high endurance is half the price of transcend or it is same as price of B1W dash cam.

    Which one do you suggest according to affordability??
    San disk will do his job. ???
    Should I order San disk??
    It's very hot weather in India.

    I ordered B1W from Aliexpress.com
    Product was shipped from Singapore.

  • Reply Ego June 24, 2018 at 4:35 am

    What about colder climates. Where I live the weather gets to below 40 degree Celsius. Do I need to worry about the camera not working at these low temperatures as well?

  • Reply jda79 June 27, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    how does the auto record start work in a car that always has power at the 12v socket?

  • Reply jp iligan July 6, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Can i buy two of this then connect the two??

  • Reply Duane Dempster July 9, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Are you doing a Viofo A129 Duo test soon?

  • Reply Max Planck July 11, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Hi mate, great channel. Could you give me your thoughts:

    Should I go for a dual channel like the mini 0906, or 2x B1Ws?

    I've only previously used a G1W-C in all my other cars, and never used a cam with mobile/wi-fi like the B1W. Note – I don't need any parking features, just regular driving.

  • Reply Dangerna July 20, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I got this cam and the app is absolute garbage, it is literally hit or miss and takes 20x to connect and there is no guarantee it will play videos and in my experience it just locked my phone up. The video was good on the computer but if you're wanting the app to view videos like me instead of the in and out with card this isn't the one. I sent this one back to Amazon for a different one that has a app that works. Good review of the cam tho,

  • Reply Jesper Holst July 29, 2018 at 10:51 am

    On Amazon they write:
    "PARKING MODE FUNCTION: The B1W dashboard camera comes with parking mode function, which triggered by G-sensor. When an impact is detected by the G-sensor, the camera starts video recording 30 seconds automatically. (The hardwire kits needed for Parking Mode is not included in standard package, buyer needs to buy it separately.)"

    Does this mean, that the parking function has been updated, so we don't need to turn it on/off?

  • Reply Bogdan Apopii July 30, 2018 at 6:33 am

    Hello, can you tell me what dvr camera to pick? B1W, Ddpai mini 2 or Ddpai mini 3? I live in a hot climate, and I also want the dvr cam to have a parking mode.
    Thanq you!

  • Reply Oliver Valenzuela August 5, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Hi Car cam central. I'm thinking of buying two of these and use one as a rear cam and have the video live stream to my phone that's mounted on my dashboard. Would the app allow that? Also, is there an option to flip the video (left to right, right to left) so that it looks like a mirror view instead of what I'll see if I turn my head and look behind my car?

  • Reply reinux August 12, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Are there any budget two-channel cameras with one that'll mount to the rear window?

  • Reply Sergiy Kostylov August 25, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Hello can the second camera connect the rear view?

  • Reply Pravin Jagadish September 11, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Can I rotate the camera it 180 degrees so as to assist in right hand side driving as in India so that the lock button faces the driver ( on the right) ?

  • Reply Jure Tandara October 7, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I installed and tested the camera but I do not know how to rotate the lens towards the front street center

  • Reply Abhishek October 22, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Why don't you have 1 million subscribers?

  • Reply Angel Nande November 9, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Is the dro2d dual better?

  • Reply The Alien November 10, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Hi, I have checked your dash cam reviews and like the quality of Viofo A119 V2. But I think I will go for this B1W for the convenience of transferring the videos into the phone! I have a couple of questions… My car comes with an always-on 12v outlet… will I still need to hardwire it for parking mode? And sometimes I leave my car for like 2 weeks, will this camera’s parking mode drain the battery flat? Thanks!

  • Reply Rick T November 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    During a sunny day there is quite a bit of glare, Do you recommend getting a Polaroid lens for the B1W?

  • Reply Victor Chang November 17, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Has issues with connecting to the dashcam's wifi. Once you connect and change the wifi password it will not let you reconnect because it will not recognize your new password.

  • Reply Buddha I November 20, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you.

  • Reply Ahmad Niza December 12, 2018 at 4:29 am

    hi, could you recommend a dashcam that is reasonably priced but super night vision to record in car activity clearly at night…tq

  • Reply Frank David Boska December 17, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Can we view the camera live stream remotely?

  • Reply Kai Hu December 29, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Any plans on testing Beast II car dual dash cam? http://www.watadeeelcorp.com/product/new-for-2019-the-beast-ii-dual-lens-1080p-dash-camera/

  • Reply Youssef Khassaf January 26, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Great review.iam following your chanel.i would like to buy a dash cam.iam confused btwn th mai 70 pro and the b1w.wich one dou you recommend? Thanks

  • Reply nothanksgoogleplus February 15, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Can you leave this in your windshield in a Phoenix summer? The inside dash gets to be over 150 degrees then. I ask because it doesn't seem to be very easy to remove and attach again, unlike the A119, rexing, similar cameras.

  • Reply dhavnish bhatt February 26, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    What is the range of WiFi streaming ?

  • Reply Dario Morgan March 4, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Hey, great review. What if I am using 3 of these, front back and inside the car? Can I control them all by the same app?

  • Reply Dario Morgan March 4, 2019 at 1:58 am

    how is the audio recording from outside the car?

  • Reply Samad Pasha March 10, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Can we watch recording from anywhere? Please reply I want to buy this.

  • Reply anantthebiker March 16, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Hello, Thanks for the review, it helped made my mind for this dash cam and I made a review video for it myself 🙂
    I have a QUESTION: From the footage of B1W I encounter black or corrupted frames when importing in iMovie or playing on VLC(Hardware acceleration turned on). Have you ever encountered anything like that with B1W or with any other DashCam;s footage?

  • Reply Arianni Aday March 21, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Any thoughts on the Nexar dash cam?

  • Reply Śaṅkarācārya April 3, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Hi! Indian here. Thanks for the comprehensive review.

    Can you share the Aliexpress affiliate links as well, for people like me who purchase this outside of US and UK? Your hard work should pay you.

    Thanks.

  • Reply Tijo Alex April 29, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    After using above a month,I am sharing my experiences here… it's really good but the glue the camera has is damaged and I can't stick it on my car's glass anymore

  • Reply praveen pujar May 17, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Good review..I am from India..thanks for the info.

  • Reply Ayks May 24, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Great review, thanks.

  • Reply Mohsin Sait June 9, 2019 at 11:06 am

    How is this compared to the Ddpai mini?

  • Reply Rajdeep Rawal June 18, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks

  • Reply Santosh Tamang July 31, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Is this dash cam reliable????

  • Reply mark leonard corpus August 9, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Please do a review on this dashcam

    https://s.lazada.com.ph/s.EEBX

  • Reply Ladakh Travelogue August 17, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Whats the default password for this dash cam.. I m unable to connect these days.. Says failed to get device information

  • Reply EiyiYuki August 30, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks!! You saved me. Now I can make a good purchase decision 😊

  • Reply Venkata Sudheer Kumar Bhavaraju September 4, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    I found that the camera sets aside 30% (by default and can be set to 50 % from app) of SD card space for locked videos. Loop recording only works with the rest 70% space. So 64gb card only gives up to 6-7 hours of recording. I was hugely disappointed with that aspect.

  • Reply Car Cam Central September 12, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Update: September 12th, 2019

    The B1W is still a good camera today for its heat-resistance and stealthy build. Mic issues have been fixed. We have two other cheap options including the Aukey DRA1 which is easier to use, built better and has better customer service. See the review here: https://youtu.be/njXJoiWvses Viofo's A119V3 is our new upgrade pick and you can see that here: https://youtu.be/H4f2HWs_gpc

  • Reply Pufache 2019 September 22, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I own a Blueskysea B1w camera with firmware version 1.06.180528s and the problem that persists is that this camera does not record in the loop.

    Once the card is filled, the recording stops.

    Help me with an answer please.

  • Reply michaelangelu September 23, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    The link takes me to page not found, doyou have another link

    https://carcamcentral.com/guide/best-dash-cams-car-dvrs-black-boxes-of-2019

  • Reply michaelangelu September 23, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    whats considered a hot climate?

  • Reply ngveantat September 27, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Do i need to manually start a recording on the phone every time i drive?

  • Reply eVCephei November 2, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Can you insta-format this card at the push of a button? or is it on the app?

  • Reply Sukeerthi SG November 26, 2019 at 7:37 am

    App name

  • Reply 中村 December 30, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Can you rotate it all the way to record INSIDE the car?

  • Reply Ingars Siliņš January 15, 2020 at 12:09 am

    I have one. It records video only when app is open. It's not recording when app is in background. It needs WiFi, when recording and cuts down mobile data usage meaning that you can't use your phone to stream music or use in a tethering mode as router. This cam also don't warn you when emergency partition is full. These 3 things makes this cam as annoying pain in the ass

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