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Viofo A119 V2 Update | Comparison vs A119 Pro & A119S

February 13, 2020


Hello it’s Andrew with Car Cam Central and today we’re checking out the newly released $100 Viofo A119 Pro We’ll compare it against the A119S and the original A119 which we first recommended nearly two years ago After testing all three the original Viofo A119 with version two hardware is still the best value camera for most drivers today The price has also dropped from $100 to $80 making it an even better deal We’ve also researched and tested cameras from other brands and we haven’t found another that delivers the value, reliability and video quality of the original A119 We recommend you watch our older A119 review first as we explain why it’s our top choice and how the camera works This video focuses on the updates since it was released There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get into it [INTRO MUSIC] Looking at the camera’s body all three have the same basic wedge design The side facing the driver will have an LCD screen and controls for the camera At the bottom you’ll find a lens that can swivel up and down Our recommended camera is the only one that can also pivot side to side The other two have a fixed lens On the back you’ll find the slot for the mount and these metal contacts which deliver power and positional information from the optional GPS mount We’ll talk about what it does later There are a few differences between the three models The A119 is the first launched and our top pick The S and Pro models have a different image sensor and lens You can pause the video if you want to read more In May 2017 Viofo updated the A119’s hardware and accessories labelling it V2 or version 2 Most importantly they fixed the GPS mount which can supply power to the camera The older pin connections could fail and stop making contact with the camera causing it to randomly restart The newer design does not have this issue Viofo also replaced the lighter color adhesive tape with a darker version which helps the camera be more stealthy You get a thicker mount for use with vertical windshields if you didn’t purchase the GPS mount Finally EVA foam was added to the packaging which attaches to the mounting area and greatly reduces vibration while driving Besides the GPS mount there are two other optional accessories to consider A circular polarizer and suction mount Both may be useful depending on your needs The $15 circular polarizer clips onto a notch cut on the lens body It reduces glare from the sun and street lights As well an optional suction mount was made for users who frequently move the camera or for vacations But, it’s not as strong or secure as the adhesive tape that’s included To my understanding only the version 2 hardware is being sold right now from retailers Installing the camera hasn’t changed After peeling the mount adhesive you press the camera against the glass Next, you insert and hide the power cable pop in a memory card rotate the camera lens and you’re done The GPS mount is attached the same way with the usb power at the top Besides having a cleaner installation it makes it easier to remove the camera as you don’t have to pull out the power cable Once installed the camera is ready to run but you may want to change settings like the time and date first The camera’s navigation is the same as before but now you have finer control over audio notifications what information such as speed position and date are stamped onto your video and more Most people will be satisfied Originally we praised the A119 for its ability to detect malfunctioning SD cards We liked its continuous audible warning when a camera has issues recording Since then we have acquired additional test cards and we discovered some issues Three of our four broken cards lack audio warnings and only show a persistent message that something is wrong It’s harder to notice and as all cards eventually fail how well the camera notifies the user is important to us We hope Viofo improves the firmware in the future We compared the video quality of all three
A119 models and we still think the original is best overall Starting with daylight footage the A119 Pro has very similar sharpness and dynamic range as the original A119 The original’s FOV is wider so you see more of the environment but objects are comparatively smaller reducing perceived sharpness The A119S was disappointing Partly due to its 1080P resolution it was much harder to read license plates which can be very helpful in hit and run incidents At night we expected the A119S to have significantly better video quality because of its Sony Starvis sensor But, that wasn’t what we found Under low light situations you can see more details in the darker areas However under brighter conditions where there is more street lighting we found the original A119 to be sharper The Pro model used to have blurry night recordings but after a firmware update in May the quality was significantly improved but we still found the original A119 to reign supreme If the Pro’s quality improves further we’ll let you know in the video’s description Normally we have other video comparisons with competing cameras but we couldn’t find anything worthwhile to bring in and test at the $100 level We’ll talk about that later We now recommend purchasing the optional CPL It’s a special filter which reduces glare from sunlight or streetlights bouncing off your dashboard You can see significantly more details While it does reduce light hitting the sensor we saw little change in sharpness at night We also tested the automatic parking mode It has to be enabled in the settings first and it turns on a special motion detection and impact sensing mode after 90 seconds of the car not moving We found it was reliable in picking up moving objects and the time lapse setting helps save space on the memory card Don’t forget the A119 needs constant power for parking mode to work You can hardwire the camera to your car’s battery through the fuse box We recommend the Vicovation VicoPlus We are also testing temperature safe battery options like the Cellink-Neo In the interest of time we skipped many details on parking mode and hardwiring We have an article if you want to learn more Moving on let’s talk about our failed attempts to find an A119 replacement using the criteria listed on the side I think the primary reason is the lack of any major technological advances in the two years since the A119 was released We looked at the recently released 4K cameras from Rexing and Aukey Their brand power and popularity makes them attractive for certain users However we didn’t find a good reason to recommend them over the A119 There are other cameras we researched including Anker, Thinkware, and Blackvue We’ll explain why they didn’t meet our standards in the written article So let’s come back and talk about Viofo the company and why we recommend a camera with mixed online reviews Basically Viofo had a hardware issue with their GPS mount They made a fix distributed it for free to retailers but failed to communicate clearly and quickly with their customers It was Viofo’s first product and while they manufactured dash cams for years customer service was new to them So the product is solid and reliable but its ratings tooks a beating which lasts to today Hopefully we were able to explain why the original A119V2 is still our top pick and cover the changes since our last review. If you are buying the A119 get the circular polarizer if you can The GPS and suction mounts are optional depending on your needs Check out our Best Dash Camera article for our other picks Our Facebook page posts what we are working on right now Our next video will be on premium front-back dash cameras So, if you liked this video give it a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel and enable notifications for future reviews That’s going to do it for this video Thank you for watching and I’ll see you in the next one

100 Comments

  • Reply Mengistu Belay July 18, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Hi Andrew, I have been waiting for your update review of Thinkware F770-2CH. But I couldn't find any video of that cam. Please let me know how I can get the review video if you already made one. Thanks in advance

  • Reply VJL July 18, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for the video

  • Reply DaveK July 20, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    I'm Using both the A119 for rear video and the A119S With the CPL, Front, for the past year in the AZ heat. Excellent video Quality day and night.. All cameras are a little different.. settings; A119, 1080-30, EV+1, WDR on.. A119S W-CP 1080-60, EV+2 WDR off.. Night time still good… Bad/Good, My Original A119S Decided to retire(at 8mo), I contacted Viofo directly and sent the camera back as instructed.. They just contacted me, that they received it(7-18-018), and immediately sent out the replacement, Service VG So far.. PS I did have a 2nd A119S, Backup, any way, Because of the Dry Heat of 106 avg(4mo), Destroys any Plastic devices… I do recommend this Company..

  • Reply VJL July 21, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    would the new models stand up to heat any better?

  • Reply PeraKurcevic July 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks to your review I bought A119 V2. So far I am very satisfied. Thank you very much!!
    I am not sure, I think I saw it in one of the videos (I watched so many! 😀 ) that it is possible to see on a map, where the car has been, when you attach it to computer. Did I mixed up something, or it is really possible?

  • Reply Yoram Malka July 27, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Hi, i am interesting about a119v2 but i have a question. Because it doesnt have a wifi so, how i can see the file in emergency? Do you have other reccomended camera like those specs and performance which also has wifi?

  • Reply Yoram Malka July 30, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Hello, when you are going to review the viofo a129 ?

  • Reply Satheesh Kumar August 1, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Hello, can you suggest me a good dashcam for capturing scenics while driving. Also I'm looking for timelapse feature and wifi option in the dashcam. Thanks.

  • Reply anthony vaccaro August 1, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Is there any way you could make a video on the best way to watch the dash cam video on a PC. Mine played on media player. it didn't look bad, but I couldn't make out the License plates.

  • Reply Aaaal ! August 2, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Hey Andrew. I just purchased the A119 v2. I have a question regarding resolutions. Would a higher res and lower frame rate (2560×1440, 30 FPS) be better than 1920×[email protected]? What are the benefits of one over the other? In southern California many people are defacing the reflective coat on the license plates making it difficult to read. Yes, I should test it out myself but thought I'd ask the expert and save myself the hassle. Thanks for your channel & advice.

  • Reply ༺Fïggęr Ñåggøt༻ August 3, 2018 at 5:50 am

    S = shit

  • Reply 1London Witness August 8, 2018 at 4:42 am

    All brilliant cameras, I’ve just ordered the A129 Duo which looks interesting, especially the Bluetooth remote emergency event button

  • Reply Michael Preyer August 10, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Do you (anyone reading this) recommend 1440p @ 30fps or 1080P @ 60fps for dash cam use? I take a lot of video of kids and pets and my RC passion. In each of those cases, I prefer 60fps over 30fps, even at the loss of some resolution. However, since I have never used a dash cam, I don't know how that unique video environment is affected by 30 vs 60 fps. THANKS!

  • Reply anthony vaccaro August 10, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I bought the A119.

  • Reply anthony vaccaro August 12, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    I bought the Viofo A119 with the camera that swivels up & down and also back & forth.

  • Reply anthony vaccaro August 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    It works pretty good. What I really wanted to know was the BEST WAY to view it on the computer.
    I thought that might be especially important to see details of any problem I might encounter.
    Just putting the SD card in the computer is good but I thought that I would see license plate numbers better..

  • Reply Esteban Camacho August 14, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    i have the V2 and it is amazing, ive had it for almost one year and no problem at all, image quality is perfect on both day and night. just make sure that you purchase a high quality MicroSD card so it is able to keep up with the constant overwriting the camera has to do. i highly recommend it. besides it has a resistor so it wont get damaged in SoFlo heat.

  • Reply howwon August 18, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Andrew. Looking to upgrade my VIOFO A119 to a high end model. What do you recommend?

  • Reply Mike A V August 18, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    What is the best 3-in-1 dash camera for taxi drivers (video take at front+rear+interior cab) ?
    1 – Is it a dash camera ?
    2 – Is it a special mirror ?
    Thanks Andrew in advance for your help on this.

  • Reply tuesday430am August 23, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Hi. Thanks for the great review. Any word on the quality of an A119 Pro with the new firmware update and if it changes your recommendation that the A119 V2 is still better? Thanks

  • Reply Dylan Thomas August 24, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I've seen a lot of bad reviews mentioning the last file recorded being corrupt and unplayable. What causes this and what should I do if my model has that problem?

  • Reply Winkie Man August 26, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Amozon says $125 not $80!

  • Reply Hung Nguyen August 26, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Please do a review on the Dual A129!

  • Reply jonasadamson August 30, 2018 at 2:36 am

    Hi Andew, please review the Viofo A129 duo.

  • Reply rozario fernandes September 3, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Hello Andrew.. I live in Dubai the weather gets really really hot.. however need a Dash Cam .. that had good day and night clarity. Something that offers G Censor… The one i have is on its last legs.. over 6 years with no issue… What would you recommend.

  • Reply Radhwan September 4, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Please do a review for IRoad TX9.

  • Reply Jason Henrie September 7, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Can this support a 200gb microsd?

  • Reply o0Guns0o September 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Why did I get the A119S…

  • Reply Nathan L September 13, 2018 at 4:16 am

    You recommend V2 over pro, however the link you gave goes to the pro version, what gives?

  • Reply Donald Pedigo September 13, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    …at 5:31….What is the *LENS FLARE* from……Do you have a Key-Light shining on your studio lens…??….Thank You…

  • Reply DEADHEAD September 14, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    How well does the adhesive stick to the windshield day after day in full sun during summer?

  • Reply Zora September 19, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I was sold on the A119 pro, but it's only 1 channel? I need 2.

  • Reply 2pure4hp September 21, 2018 at 3:29 am

    I'm looking for a dash cam within the $100-$200 range, any recommendations you could give me?

  • Reply MrUFClaw September 27, 2018 at 6:37 am

    What double dash camera can u recommend for filming acts of vandalism or thefts???? Thanks

  • Reply deathwrench custom parts for hot rods, rat rods October 3, 2018 at 9:39 am

    I've been ready to pull the trigger on the A119 for a while now, but it really irritates me that I need to spend ANOTHER $50 for an SD card. Why can't they include one, even if it bumps the price up? There's a lot of value in a "one-stop-shop," or so I'm told…. : /

  • Reply Jason William Kusnandar October 4, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Great review! Please review the viofo a129 next:)

  • Reply Cameron Ellis October 9, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Thank you for making this channel, I greatly appreciate it. I just bought my first dash cam (an A119 V2) with a memory card that you recommended

  • Reply KRuslan1000 October 14, 2018 at 3:18 am

    New dash camera coming out by XIAOMI i wonder if it's any good? XIAOMI 70mai Dash Cam Pro

  • Reply Bigbore400cc October 25, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Can you plug in a rear camera

  • Reply Jerry Chinn October 30, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    How is the audio of the A119 V2 under very loud conditions? I am considering putting this into an endurance race car but I'm concerned the loud exhaust note will induce audio clipping and artifacts. I don't suppose you could bench test recording audio beside a gas powered lawn mower or weed trimmer? Sorry for the weird question.

  • Reply drum206 November 2, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Hello,nice video but I have 2 questions that I didn’t get it
    When you connect the gps you have to power them both with the cables? And the 2nd,when is in parking mode,do I need to connect it with a battery? Doesn’t last without a battery? The capacitor that has???

  • Reply Dimitri Deharak November 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    why is this better than opia2

  • Reply Trace Trace November 4, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Only one problem that the camera cannot be turned to record traffic stops or other driver activity.

  • Reply nottix November 6, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Such a great and in depth review man. Thanks.

  • Reply C Lac November 9, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Great video on the A119. I purchased the bundled package on Amazon.ca with the GPS and the OCL. However, although the specs on Amazon said it should be the V2 with 1440p which I assumed would be 30fps I received a V2 with 1080p and 60fps – at least that is what it says on the box. From your video I prefer the 1440p, 30fps. Any idea if the box is incorrect and it is the 1440p, 30fps inside. I went to the amazon website and can't find a contact phone number. Do you have one?

  • Reply ROman G. November 10, 2018 at 11:37 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52c533ALfME

  • Reply Duke Ngo November 11, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Hey Andrew,
    This is Duke from CA.
    Have you had any chance to test the VIOFO A129 Duo 2-Channel yet?
    From my knowledge, the VIOFO A129 has the "DUALBAND 2.4 GHz & 6 GHz WI-FI" built in which is an upgrade from A119 Pro. However, the Video Resolution is only 1920 x 1080P 30fps, which is not compared to A119 Pro ( 2560*1440 30fps).
    Sources:
    https://www.amazon.com/VIOFO-Included-Optional-included-Certified/dp/B01M28B92C/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1541942444&sr=1-3&keywords=viofo+a119+v2
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CT6JPYW/ref=psdc_3248689011_t1_B07DMZJD51
    How do you think? and what will you choose between these products?
    Best regards,
    Duke Ngo

  • Reply Dimitri Deharak November 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Is this the same cam as the zetronic h3 the body looks exactly the same

  • Reply Dimitri Deharak November 12, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    It is called 3.0K ultra HD dash cam looks exactly the same as this one and in fact the GPS modual slides right in front exactly like this one is it the same cam

  • Reply C Lac November 17, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    I'm having some difficulty in formatting my SD card. I purchased the transcend 32G High endurance card as recommended. When I insert the new card into the dashcam (A119v2) it goes straight to the camera and when I press the menu button, it clicks and I suppose takes a picture. When I checked with viofo site their video only addresses 64Gb and 128Gb cards. Surely I should be able to format any card anytime? Please advise. Thanks.

  • Reply TMoD7007 November 18, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Any tests planned on the viofo A129?

  • Reply Abner Fardales November 24, 2018 at 2:32 am

    thanks for this video, it helped me make a decision on which one to buy, thanks!!!

  • Reply P.H Wong December 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Hi there, living in Malaysia, our temperature can recorder from 27 to 32 celcius, or more. Which dash cam you recommend?
    I need a parking function too… Thanks

  • Reply C7TV December 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Is the A119v2 the same unit as the A129 but without the rear camera?

  • Reply Eslam Solo December 10, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Please help,
    What do you think about Viofo 129 due cameras, is it gives good quality images like 119 V2, or you think there is a better choice from another brand than the 129 due? Because I want to purchase due cameras front & back.

  • Reply ken KERLIN December 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Last year I purchased the a119 but had to return it. After many attempts to up load firmware updates failed.

  • Reply Ian Macpherson December 11, 2018 at 3:51 am

    Great Review

  • Reply Dam Son December 13, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Anxiously waiting for the A129 review

  • Reply Jose Trujillo December 15, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I love my viofo dash cam. Hd cam and it's transistor will not overheat.

  • Reply ScottDLR December 16, 2018 at 5:24 am

    I have the 119 and it's junk, First one failed after less than 6 mos and every one they sent to replace it had a diffierent problem. They refuse to send a new one, only junk units others have returned to them.
    Please learn from my mistake.

  • Reply Ranger Rick December 25, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Nice to see a decent camera under $300. How does it do in high summer temperatures and does it have battery protection?

  • Reply Fang January 4, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Viofo A119 or Mini 0906 in your opinion?

  • Reply Hughesy and Annalise January 5, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    "Hello!"

    I fall off my bar stool

    Don't scare me Andrew hahaha

  • Reply Diogo DaCunha January 10, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    ive bought 5 of these for my family myself and friends and installed them all with hardwire kits. i think its an amazing camera and has paid itself in multiple incidents over the last two years

  • Reply Billyboyo Badlands January 12, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Does it comes with a memory card

  • Reply bobsagget823 January 17, 2019 at 3:55 am

    These dash cams are garbage. There is no dash cam worth its cost.

  • Reply Vladimir TySesTy January 19, 2019 at 12:21 am

    I just purchased new Viofo A119 V2 and the video is very chappy. Any Sudgestions? Thank you.

  • Reply Vladimir TySesTy January 20, 2019 at 12:44 am

    after one day owning this A119V2

    #1. It stopped recording very first day even dough the camera was still in normal recording mode pretending just like it was recording, but there was no video file of the trip on SD card.

    #2. It does not stay in highest resolution, it will go back to 1920×1080 randomly.

    #3. The photo shot is never larger then 1920×1080 which is useless for reading licence plates.

    #4. Parking mode set for 5 frames / sec will record sometime slow mo, some time fast but when it records slow mo it will play back only fast motion and sometimes doesn't record at all.

    #5. Not compatible with Win 7, it will play back choppy video, not consistent. Yes I did try different video players.

    #6. Motion detection is again sometime working, sometime not working. It will write the files sometime in different folder sometime not, and sometime it will split it in two different folders.

    It can not be set or used together with parking mode yet the parking mode will sometime work as motion detection – again…only some time.

    I didn't test all of the settings but I don't feel like wasting any more of my time with this toy, bottom line this toy is very far from security device…..
    really? this is your best choice?

  • Reply pachimariam January 30, 2019 at 5:37 am

    is using the original hardwire kit not recomended?

  • Reply TN C January 30, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Great video. Minor suggestion – it would be good to continue showing various cam footage even through the talking head portions though.

  • Reply Vince Hamilton February 1, 2019 at 2:25 am

    I found this video helpful, thanks.

  • Reply Beck Stein February 8, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    These are great except they can’t take extreme heat in the car. Not to mention their poor field of view.

  • Reply Derik Henderson February 10, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Would you compare Viofo A119 with Xiaomi 70mai pro?

  • Reply ggolds5 February 11, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Hi, I just ordered a 119v2. I am trying to figure out how to tell if the 32g cards are working/recording. I see a lot of reviews saying its difficult to tell if the card is actually working when it appears it is. Does this particular unit tell you if its not recording?. I also have another dash cam a Crosstour, and I have no idea if the card is working or not. Is there an easy way to tell in general and on the 119?.

  • Reply ggolds5 February 11, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    2nd question. It says that a solid red light means it's recording. However, from what I can tell its a blinking red that's recording. So which is it?

  • Reply K smiles February 19, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I'm looking for a budget friendly single camera with Wi-Fi and so on what do you recommend will be going in my F350 pick up truck..

  • Reply Mark Rimmer February 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    The A119 GPS module speed read out cannot be taken seriously. i have two in my car. I was sitting at the lights for a lengthy time and apparently I am travelling at 47kph and sometimes when stationary Im doing 6 kph or some other random speed. Sometimes Im travelling at 100kph and its saying a completely incorrect speed. So good luck with insurance companies trying to prove accuracy regarding thee GPS modules. And yes I have one on the front and one on the rear and they cannot be trusted for accuracy regarding vehicle speed. Sometimes its spot on and correct but plenty of times its not and the speeds are insanely incorrect. Unless the GPS system is calibrated and meets many law enforcement standards there's no way it will stand up in court. You just have to prove its inaccurate once and its case closed.

  • Reply Walter Pfannschmidt February 27, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Can I feed the dash cam with a power bank instead of hardwiring ?

  • Reply Paul Putnam March 4, 2019 at 4:26 am

    I have the A119 w/GPS mount. That mount sticks very well to the windshield. The cam became loose on the mount, causing it to cut on & off, so I need to do the pad in between the two as shown at 2:12 here.

  • Reply Kathryn Wolf March 7, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I want to thank you for your thorough reviews. Just awesome!

  • Reply Paul Putnam March 11, 2019 at 2:53 am

    I've emailed VIOFO for tech advice & they have gotten back to me very quickly. The GPS/windshield mount is far superior to the suction mounts from Cobra, which would not stay attached to my windshield. However my lighter plug fell apart & I just glued it back together this evening. I may take a look at your hardwiring instructions. This A119 (original) is a great little camera and thanks to you and your videos, I purchased it a couple yrs ago. Thank you.

  • Reply C Lac March 20, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    When I started to look at dashcams I was totally confused as what to buy. Andrew's website was great in analyzing the various makes and models. I focused on what he has to say about the Viofo 119v2. I went ahead and purchased it and after a few hiccups to install as the instructions are too clear it works great. I had to use some intuition to solve my roadblocks. The picture quality, sound is the greatest for the price. I don't need anything more and it has options that I don't even use. I went ahead an purchased a second one for my other car. Have been using both for four months and very pleased. Great work Andrew and crew. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Tuneman7777 March 21, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    READ MORE for notes after 2 years of running the VIOFO A119 "V1".
    I bought the ORIGINAL A119 based off your review 2 years ago! That unit is still running strong and has taken over 1,000,000 minutes of video. I have the original V1 "pin style" GPS mount and it still works great, though I could see how some would say it disconnects when wiggled loose.

    I STRONGLY recommend VIOFO A119! Thank you Car Cam Central for your original video.

    Notes after 2 years of use for the original A119 – V1.
    – the software offers higher resolution settings than the hardware offers. This conflict will trigger the "SD Error" message and continous beep to notify that it is NOT recording. No big deal, so.long as you don't ask it to record in 2k when it can just HD.
    – I use and recommend a 128G memory card.
    – It can handle the temperature. I live in the Midwest and heat and cold extreme days can reach extremes of -10° to over 100°. Then consider that heat increased by the trapped heat in a vehicle. The original unit survived two years of these extreme weather and only shut down once after my truck was shut closed, parked outside daily, in the sun, during a week of 100° temps (130°+ in vehicle). Once aired out and cooled off, it powered right back up and has been going over since.
    – I DO NOT use the GPS feature as it can only make you guilty of speeding, nullify your insurance claim, or make you at fault for an accident.
    – I do use the microphone as it catches honking, music, and talking. THIS GOT ME OUT OF A TICKET once: I had been pulled over for faulire to wear seatbelt, written a $60 ticket, and I WAS wearing my belt. I knew I couldn't prove I'd had it on… I kept a copy of the video because I thought it was 'cool' to have the traffic stop on camera. I watched the video and the AUDIO off my camera had the 'click' of my buckle latching. It was enough in court to drop the ticket. Win! But that was the first real time I needed the video in 2 years.
    -insurance companies offer a discount on "permanently installed" dashcams. Be sure yours is adhesive to the window and the cable tucked-in and they may count it. Plugged into USB cig lighter port. Depends on your insurance.
    – if you push the "Hazard" looking button to trigger an 'event' recording, it starts recording and will protect the next 30 seconds of video from being deleted. However, it will not protect the immediate proceeding incident after which you push the button in response to. For example, if someone cuts you off in traffic and then you press the 'hazard/ event" button it will begin immediately recording a 30-second protected file. The protected video will show the events that occurred as you push the button and after. It will not protect the incident itself since you had not yet pressed the button. So unless you press the button in anticipation of something crazy happening, the crazy event will not be stored as a protected file, but will be accessible if the card is removed and file is retrieved before it is overwritten by loop recording. In short, if you forget to take a video off that wasn't protected, it will get overwritten.

  • Reply Milk Man May 29, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Can you do a reccomendation video comparing the different recording settings ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected])

  • Reply Secret Agent June 2, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    I now see A119G V2. Any idea what the G is for?

    VIOFO Compact A119 V2 (New A119G 2019 Stock) + EVA Foam, 1440p DashCam (V2 GPS Mount Included! Quick Eject) Optional A1CPL (CPL) not Included. (OCD Tronic Certified) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M28B92C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Njf9CbQPTZJF1

  • Reply Lopatoid June 5, 2019 at 7:46 am

    At 1:25 you made a mistake about A119s image sensor.
    look at official support forum: https://support.viofo.com/support/solutions/articles/19000083285-the-difference-between-a119-a119s-and-a119-pro
    It must be IMX291 not IMX323

  • Reply Kal El June 19, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Is there any difference in video quality between the V1 & V2, or is it just hardware/accessories/mount? Thanks.

  • Reply Kal El June 21, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    One thing; When plugged into the car lighter, the camera starts recording automatically when I turn on the power. If it's hard-wired (for the parking recorder) how does it know when to start/stop?

  • Reply KLU July 7, 2019 at 6:33 am

    What's the difference between v2 and v3? Could you explain? Thanks!

  • Reply Car Cam Central July 7, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    We'll be looking at the new Viofo A119V3 soon. The big change is better video quality over the V2. The V3 has a better processor (Novatek NT96670), Sensor (Sony IMX335) and Lens (F/1.6) in addition to an internally changed GPS mount to allow for parking mode. The new processor should also allow for H.265 which means higher bitrate quality but using less space. It also allows you to use the .TS container which should be more corruption resistant than the .mp4 typically used.

  • Reply Circle July 10, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Good video, thanks.
    I duno if I should grab a V2 or wait for review(s) on the V3. The V3 might be a downgrade in some areas, is that right? (Despite "on paper" details/specs.) Haha.

  • Reply Tropical 868 July 13, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Great comparison! I am so close to getting the V2 as my first Dash Cam. Now that the V3 is out, and the image looks much crisper, do you think I should spend the extra and get the V3 over the V2?

  • Reply jtlbz August 7, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Their customer service is outstanding I have a gen 1 a119 have it for 2 years then it start giving me problems and stopped working I contacted them they sent me out a version 2 a119 for the cost of shipping 😀 I recently bought the 129 Duo dash cam and I love it.

  • Reply Ricky Castellanos August 23, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Dear Car Cam Central,
    I'm not sure where you are at with the review of the A119V3, but i had a question of comparison of the V3 to the A129.

    I am aware of the benefits the A129 provides being a dual channel camera, however unfortunately due to the sporty design of my car a majority of the field of view for the rear camera would be obstructed by the trunk spoiler of my vehicle. For this reason, I would be looking to acquire a single channel camera as i would get no advantage of having a dual channel and I am aware the A129 is also sold without the rear camera.

    Not sure if you can best advise me now or not, but based on performance with only front camera use in mind, I'm not sure which you would recommend for me between the A119V3 or A129?

    I would use the optional polarizing lens, GPS functionality, 3-wire power supply kit, and all extra recommended accessories with either camera to get the most out of each, if that matters towards the recommendation.

    Thank you so very much in advance, your videos are extremely helpful.

  • Reply Joseph Kang August 27, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Which of these would you pick personally? I just need the more consistent one for day and night. Mostly driving to work. New subscriber love these videos

  • Reply Car Cam Central September 12, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    UPDATE: Sept 10, 2019

    We tested the new A119V3 and it's a nice upgrade to the older A119, A119Pro and A119S. The A119V2 is still a good value if you want to save some money. See our new review here: https://youtu.be/H4f2HWs_gpc The Pro has also been discontinued but if it's on sale for less than $70USD, it's a good buy.

  • Reply B B October 2, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Really wanted the A119 however I don't think I can find a fuse that would work on my truck. 🙁

  • Reply Speedbird Nine November 22, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Can I use the Viofo V3 with GPS on the suction mount..?

  • Reply Adam R November 24, 2019 at 6:54 am

    can I use a 16gb Micro Sdhc Card Class 10 ? is 16gb enough if I get into a accident and unplug the camera after??

  • Reply sumomanu January 23, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Does anybody else have a foggy area on the left side of the videos recorded with Viofo A119 V2 ? It is easy to see it if you try to look at the cars plate numbers on the street, the ones from the left are not clear.

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