In today's review we are going to analyze a very useful product for all those who want to feel protected in driving in the event of accidents or vandalism. For this reason we will talk about the Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Lite, that is a decidedly avant-garde and above all economic "dashboard camera"! How will it behave during our tests? Let's find out together in the complete review.
Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Lite Review
Unboxing - Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Lite
Inside the sales package we find the following equipment:
- Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Lite;
- USB power cable - Micro USB;
- support with adhesive for the video camera;
- 2 electrostatic stickers;
- power supply to be inserted in the cigarette lighter;
- plastic crowbar;
- instruction manual.
The package does not include the GPS module which must be purchased separately. In order to bring you a more complete review, we also sent the aforementioned form.
Design and construction
Il design in Casa del Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Lite I really like it, as it turns out to be modern ed essential. The gap between the golden and the black makes this room more premium than it seems.
The device is made in a single block that includes the display and the function keys, as well as a rotating part that integrates the sensor. Despite all the dimensions are not too bulky because we talk about 82 x 58.2 x 40.5 millimeters. Finally, the device is made in plastic di good Fattura.
I would like to point out a detail that shows the attention to detail by the manufacturer, as I found the very useful sticker electrostatic. In fact, by sticking the support with the adhesive directly on one of these we will avoid damaging the glass of the machine, but above all we will avoid that this remains permanently attached since the adhesive is very resistant. In this way we will be able to move the dash cam from machine to machine without any problem.
Frontally we find a display da 2 inches of diagonal (it is not touchscreen) of discreet quality, we say that it is perfectly in line with its price range, while inferiorly they are present 4 function keys to move around the interface and a big one central button to turn on / off the camera. On the right side there is only the microphone, unlike the opposite side where the Micro USB input and the microSD slot reside.
Software and operation
To be able to make the Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Lite you need to download the application 70mai from Play Store and insert a card microSD inside the device, as well as connecting it to the power supply.
The camera can also be used independently of the smartphone, but for the first installation we will have to carry out this procedure. Since we are here we also talk about the part smart, as activating the Wi-Fi Hotspot on the dash cam we can interface with our mobile device and view everything that is taken, take pictures, view the gallery and manage a long series of settings:
- Wi-Fi Hotspot;
- Collision sensitivity;
- Date and time;
- Turning on the display;
- Language: English or Russian only;
- Duration of registration cycles: 1, 2 or 3 minutes;
- Parking monitoring: high, low or disabled sensitivity;
- Automatic shutdown: after 20, 30 or 40 minutes from the absence of power;
- System update.
The peculiarity of this Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Lite is that it will activate the mode of parking surveillance once we turn off our car. So this will remain on standby and will automatically record a movie as soon as it detects a shock (thanks to the presence of the accelerometer).
Thanks to yours 500 mAh of battery the dash cam will have one very long autonomy in stand-by and it will be possible to use it even without necessarily connecting it to the power supply (although a voice will remind you that you will have to connect it for correct operation). So you can leave your car in a parking lot for more 3 4-days and have effective supervision.
La Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Lite presents a sensor Sony IMX307 (should be from 2 mega-pixel) with opening f / 2.0 e wide angle di 130 °.
The camera can record up to a maximum of Full HD and quality is in line with its price range. During the day and in favorable light conditions, he is able to adequately capture the scene and fundamental details such as i people's faces or car license plates, but backlight the sensor goes further difficulties.
In night quality goes down without a doubt and in the end the result is still sufficient in general (given the sale price), but it is a bit more difficult to grasp the details especially if there are strong light sources. In that case it will be possible to notice small ones overexposed areas and light halos, especially if the glass of the machine is not very clean, which results in further reflections.
On its official website the company is keen to point out the presence of WDR to balance the exposure of movies and Super HD Night Vision. Personally I have not noticed particular improvements and later I leave you some samples of recordings made in the last days.
As you may have noticed, in addition to the date and time, there are also indications regarding the speed and position. Normally it is not possible to have them, but having installed the GPS module it will be possible to have additional information in the event of an accident. As mentioned above this will necessarily have to be purchased separately.
Conclusions - Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Lite
La Xiaomi 70mai Dash Cam Lite is available on AliExpress about 36 € without GPS e 45 euro with the GPS module. The product fully reflects the price range in which it is located and if you want to enter the world of dash cams for the first time, then I recommend buying the first variant mentioned.
Indeed, for less than 40 euros you will have an essential, smart product that can continue to monitor your car even without power since it has a large built-in battery.