Xiaomi 70mai Smart Dashcam – Review
The Xiaomi 70mai is a smart dash camera with impressive specifications and useful bonus features at a low price. Compact and durable, the voice-activated 70mai DVR is easy to mount on your windshield and provides crisp HD video connected to a mobile app over WiFi. While not every function will work for international buyers, at just $31 , this is one of the best dashcams for the price.
- Video: 1080p HD video, 130° field of view, 30fps
- Sensor: Sony IMX323
- Processor: Mstar MSC8328P
- Memory: microSD card (Not Included)
- Battery: 240mAh
- WiFi: Yes
- App: Yes
First, this is one beautiful device with fantastic packaging. The compact black box has a gold-embossed 70mai logo. Inside, the dashcam is nestled in folded black panels. The panels hide the matching power adaptor, car charger, manual, and electrostatic film to attach the camera to your windshield. The camera itself is just 70 grams and made out of easy-to-grip matte plastic. It feels lightweight but durable, and the manufacturer claims it can operate in both extreme cold and heat, from -20 to 60 degrees Celsius. The glass lens is ideal for hot days without suffering any blurriness. The power button is at one end of the cylindrical device, next to the camera lens. A glowing ring around the power button turns blue when the device is on and green when you are recording.
We discovered that the printed manual only comes in Mandarin and when we turned it on the device speaks in Chinese. It’s easy to find an English manual from Xiaomi. [https://help.midrive.com.cn/en/160.html?from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=0] That said, keep in mind that the 70mai smart DVR will accept voice commands only in Chinese. Thankfully, we found that the app can control all of the device’s features without voice commands.
The most important feature for any dash-mounted camera is video quality. The 70mai DVR delivers 1920 by 1080 video in full HD. The wide-angle lens captures a 130-degree field of view in front of your vehicle. It works well in daylight, overcast conditions, and evening. Nighttime footage is still clear and legible. A three-axis gravity sensor inside the camera triggers an event video during a sudden stop or other traffic incident. Normally, video is recorded in one-minute loops. When the camera registers an unusual event, it adds an additional thirty seconds.
The dashcam is easy to use and verify that’s in working as your drive. The power ring glows blue when the device is first turned on and flashes when there is an update. The ring is green when you are recording, flashes green during an event video triggered by the gravity sensor, and red when there is an error and recording has stopped. Yes, it’s a literal “red ring of death,” but thankfully we never saw one.
To control the camera, just use the power button. You press and hold the button briefly to turn it on. Once the device is on, you just press the power button to activate or deactivate the WiFi, press three times to reformat the microSD card, or press five times in rapid succession to restore to the DVR to default settings. You then hold down the button to power off.
Keep in mind that the device doesn’t include a memory card for video. You’ll have to provide a microSD card (class ten or higher) of your own. You’ll also need to make sure that the device is plugged in through the car adaptor. The 3.5-meter cable is more than enough to tuck away safely.
The 70mai smart DVR is packed with features, starting with a gravity sensor for automatic impact and accident recordings. There is also a built-in battery used to save the last video if power is lost during a road incident.
We’ll be honest, Chinese speakers can get the most out of this device. The 70mai smart dashcam is voice-activated and can respond to a variety of voice commands—in Mandarin. We couldn’t put this to the test, but it’s a great feature that enables hands-free usage on the road. However, we found that we could use the app to control all of the camera’s features from our phones in English.
The 70mai dashcam app can be downloaded, in English, from the company’s website, here. [https://www.70mai.com/en/download/] The app provides access to the English user manual, device tips, settings, and the ability to start and stop video and take pictures during recording. You can also watch the dashcam footage in real time—just don’t do this if you’re behind the wheel—or view previous recordings. What’s most useful is the ability to download important pictures or videos to your phone over WiFi. The well-designed app covers everything you’d need, from advanced settings to archiving video.
There is one downside to the app, however. Normally, the app needs a Chinese phone number and SIM card. This would be a major detriment to international buyers. You would need to remove the SIM card to access the video on your computer. Without the app, the 70mai car DVR is still a great deal for an HD dash camera, but it’s not a ‘smart’ device. However, starting in January international buyers will receive a temporary number and activation code. Once the buyer receives the code, they will have a few minutes to activate the app and download it for future use. This means that the 70mai Smart WiFi Dashcam is back on our shopping list.
Get the 70mai smart car DVR for the holidays and download the app in the New Year, because this is the best deal for a connected HD dash camera.
Xiaomi 70 Minutes Smart WiFi Car DVR, Xiaomi
- Brand: Xiaomi
- Model: 70 Minutes
- Type: Full HD Dashcam,Wireless Dashcam
- Image Sensor: CMOS
- Features: Mini,Wireless
- Function: G-sensor,Loop-cycle Recording,WiFi
- Max External Card Supported: TF 64G (not included)
- Class Rating Requirements: Class 10 or Above
- Battery Type: Built-in
- Battery Capacity (mAh）: 240mAh Li-polymer Battery
- Working Voltage: 5V
- Wide Angle: 130 degree wide angle lens
- Camera Pixel: 2MP
- Aperture Range: F2.2
- Decode Format: H.264
- Video Resolution: 1080P (1920 x 1080)
- Video Frame Rate: 30fps
- WIFI: Yes
- WiFi Network Frequency: 2.4GHz
- Loop-cycle Recording: Yes
- G-sensor: Yes
- Operating Temp.: -20 - 60 Degrees
- Power Cable Length: 3.5m
- Product weight: 0.0700 kg
- Package weight: 0.2320 kg
- Product size (L x W x H): 10.00 x 5.50 x 3.20 cm / 3.94 x 2.17 x 1.26 inches
- Package size (L x W x H): 12.70 x 12.20 x 5.00 cm / 5 x 4.8 x 1.97 inches
- Package Contents: 1 x DVR, 1 x Car Charger, 1 x 3.5m Micro USB Power Cable, 1 x Chinese Manual
Xiaomi 70 Minutes Smart WiFi Car DVR, with Sony IMX323 image sensor, provides superb quality recording experience. It has the distinctive functions of WiFi connection, g-sensor and loop-cycle recording, offers you a comfortable, safe and worry-free driving environment. Meanwhile, it's H.264...