Thinkware F790 dash cam review: Unobtrusive road guardian with excellent video quality

The impressive 

Thinkware F790 sprint cam

is the newest dash cam to be introduced in the US, and it launches this 7 days. There are so several extra functions in the F790 that you will surprise how you ever managed devoid of one particular.

I really enjoy seeking out the variety of Thinkware’s sprint cams as the onboard options of the cameras defeat just about all of the other dash cam makes I have attempted so much. 

The F790 has two pieces to the digital camera. It has a mounting cradle that attaches to the windscreen with a USB Type-C charger, and the camera by itself. Slide the unlock system and pull the camera out of the cradle.

The connection is exceptionally comfortable. I had to use my letter opener to aid the disconnection from the Type-C slot – it was much too rigid for my damaged fingernails – even however the slider was unlocked.

Having said that, after mounted, there are no trailing charging cables and the camera is unobtrusive to use.

As shortly as you hook up the camera to the car’s electrical energy provide, you will get a voice prompt expressing that ongoing recording has begun, and to join to the Wi-Fi.


  • Lane departure warning alerts
  • Site visitors digicam alerts
  • Shut strategy alerts

Don’t Like

  • Eradicating digital camera from housing is fiddly

You need to have to insert a memory card to connect to the Wi-Fi. Obtain the Thinkware dash cam website link application from the app retailer and stick to the recommendations to hook up the sprint cam to the smartphone.

There are beneficial pointers on the reside digital camera watch so that you can align the digital camera appropriately with the entrance of the auto to get the greatest image.

You want to activate the Wi-Fi on the camera by clicking the button on the F790, link to the Thinkware Wi-Fi, and wait until eventually the digital camera connects. Link is reasonably quick and quick. Down load any firmware updates and configure the options you have to have.

Inside the F790, there is an Ambrarella quad core Cortex-A53 CPU running at up to 1GHz and commonly utilised in drones and athletics cameras. The constructed-in GPS swiftly announces when it has found your car or truck.

It has front and rear cameras with complete Hd, both of those of which are bundled in the box, a large dynamic vary to capture as a great deal detail as achievable, and evening vision capability.

Films are encoded working with HEVC (Higher Effectiveness Movie Coding). This has a better compression amount than AVC and will use less memory room.

The F790 also has ‘dewarping’ movie technologies. This suggests that the digital camera tunes the incoming movie frames to show negligible distortion and decrease the lensing effect normally displayed on other dash cams.

The F790 will get the job done on both of those 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi and specify which movie is recorded. You can tweak the sensitivity, specify which method to use the evening vision (continuous, parking, disabled, or the two) and established privacy recording concentrations.

You can also established impact sensitivity and motion detection sensitivity. Other settings you can tweak consist of incident recording in continual manner, movement detection and incident recording in parking mode, and handbook recording. You can established the brightness of the entrance and rear cameras,

The F790 can detect impacts when the auto is parked. Hardwired into your auto battery implies that the digital camera can be on standby for up to 17.5 days. If an effects is detected, the F790 will wake up and start recording the subsequent 20 seconds just after the affect.

The digicam also utilizes time-lapse mode which data at 2 frames for every second to cut down the dimensions of the video file.

When the F790 is set up and configured, it genuinely acts as your eyes on the highway. It will warn you if you drift into another lane, and will beep if you get too shut to the motor vehicle in entrance.

It will also warn you if the automobile in entrance moves absent from you from a stoplight. It warns you in excellent time when there are fixed safety cameras and pings when it is subsequent to them. It tells you of any pink light cameras, and where there are typical velocity camera zones.

All in all for

below $200 (or $280 if you include the rear digicam)

the Thinkware F790 is a fantastic dash cam that will quietly observe the street, and alert you if you reduce concentration when you drive.

Put in it, fail to remember about it, and thank your fortunate stars you have it if there is an influence or other situation.