As mentioned, the F770 is WiFi enabled, so connects to a smartphone. That allows users to change the unit’s settings, such as whether or not you want it to capture footage should the car be bumped when parked . The app connects to the dash cam using a generic password and is easy to navigate and operate. You’ll need it, as it’s the only way to check the camera’s view of the road ahead, other than watching back recorded video footage. The device is controlled via buttons on the unit or using a free app on your smartphone. But again, you need to be in the car to operate any of this, as the dash cam needs to be powered up. Thinkware, a South Korean manufacturer, supplies an adhesive mount that attaches to the inside of the windscreen and secures the F770.

You’d think this would be an advantage, as the mapping is clearer, but as it takes up so much room on your windscreen it can easily obscure your view of the road. The printed Quick Start Guide states, “Never mount your device where the driver’s field of vision is blocked,” but how you can do this is questionable. Remember, the law says dash cams should intrude no more than 40mm into the swept area of your windscreen wiper blades and must not be mounted in the area directly above the steering wheel. Discreet and inexpensive, with decent video and all the functions you’ll need — this a good device for those who don’t want a electronic devices cluttering up their windscreen.

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Then you’ll need to connect to the app on your smartphone . At less than £200 the Duo HD could be seen as very good value for money when compared to other dual camera solutions.

Yes, it comes with real-time traffic info, but we’re yet to find a mapping system as good as Waze for this sort of info, and routing around traffic in central London, so cabbies may not be especially interested. On the plus side, it includes safety camera info and lifetime map updates. There are problems, however, besides being able to see beyond it to the road ahead. The first thing is that it’s not obvious at any time if the dash cam is recording. In the map view, while using navigation, there’s a small icon for the camera.

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Still, buyers may appreciate the trade-off in quality of footage for the benefit of having an eye fore and aft. To help, the rear view is shown on the 2.7in screen in a smaller window and in the end we did manage to find a spot that got a decent view front and rear. Importantly, it was also in a legal position on the windscreen .

Tap this and three more icons slide out, one of which clears things up; it allows you to stop recording. Switch it on and the Mio Tutorial greets you, explaining how to use the menus and navigation, but there’s no explanation of how the dash cam works and it’s not clear if it is recording at this time time. The main menu has good, clear icons, including one for the camera, so you dive straight in there and make sure the positioning of the camera affords a good view ahead. Assuming you can find a safe and legal place on the windscreen, the suction mount is good and strong, and the screen slide neatly on and off. Mio also sells a rear camera, which connects via another mini USB cable, but the basic device is blessedly simply and free of unnecessary cables. The main problem with the 65 LM is its sheer size; it has a 6.2” screen.

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Although we set it up with a decent view of the road, due to the position of the camera lens it may not be suited to all right-hand drive cars, so try before you buy. On a UK, right-hand drive car, the right edge of the mirror is pushed toward the nose of the car, meaning the camera is some distance from the windscreen. The 612GW also has an auto-dimming function for the screen at night , a time lapse mode and spoken announcements for when key features are activated. Nextbase also offers its own video editing software on a disc. By default it logs a high and low quality version of each video file, meaning footage should be easy to share even if you don’t have a fast internet connection. Sounds complicated but it’s really not – anyone can do it in just a few minutes.

However, we recommend trying before you buy to make sure the Duo HD is suitable for your particular car. Combining sat nav and dash cam is sound on paper, and Mio’s execution is laudable, with a big screen, lush menus and lots of functions. As with the other devices below, if you’re in the market for both a dash cam and a sat nav you can argue a case for this all-in-one device. However, the 65 LM’s cumbersome size, sub-Waze traffic-negotiating skills and average video quality mean the whole is less than the sum of its parts. We’ve awarded four stars to match the scores of the Garmin devices tested previously, as the Mio is as good as its rivals. It does assume, however, that you want to use the navigation for every journey… unless you’re a minicab driver, this probably isn’t the case.

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