Is The A119 Mini The Next Best ‘Bang for Your Buck’ Dashcam ?

17th August, 2022 | Dashcam

Being the most popular dashcam in the market, A119 V3 has unbeatable performance in entry-level dashcams and has been the best pick among both professional and regular users in recent years. However, some users still question if it’s possible to operate A119 V3 via smartphone. To answer this demand, we have introduced this whole new model: The A119 Mini.

 

Will it exceed over the A119 V3 and become the next best bang for your buck dashcam? Let’s take a closer look below.

Mini Size

The A119 Mini inherits the wedge-shaped design similar to the A119 V3 and A129 series, which also is a preference for many users as it hugs the windscreen and is far less obtrusive than dash cams which hang down on suction mounts. More surprisingly, the A119 Mini is built into an even smaller shell with dimensions of 46mm x 41.5mm x 74.5mm, which looks slightly larger than your car key. Thanks to this innovative mini size, you can easily tuck it away behind a rear-view mirror and it’ll be out of your sight, distraction-free.

 

A119 Mini

 

Built-in Sony STARVIS Image Sensor

With a Sony STARVIS IMX335 sensor built-in, the A119 Mini supports max res of 2560x1440P at 60fps brings a greater capability to capture license plates of fast-moving cars with a video quality looks super crisp and smooth.

 

A list of resolution options is as below:

  • 2560x1600P 30fps, 2560x1440P 60fps / 30fps, 
  • 2560x1080P 60fps / 30fps, 2304x1296P 30fps, 
  • 1920x1080P 60fps / 30fps

On top of the sensor, the A119 Mini uses a f/1.6 lens with a 140° field of view to cover multiple lanes without image cuts or stretches, restoring rich details in a real way.

 

5Ghz & 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi Connection

Different from the A119 V3 which supports setting changes in the dashcam only, the A119 Mini is available to operate on both the dashcam and smartphone end. Offering dual bands 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz Wi-Fi, you may choose either way that is most compatible with your phone. The 5Ghz Wi-Fi band is 4 times faster in data transfer than conventional 2.4Ghz. With Wi-Fi properly connected, you can easily live view, download, and share the videos on the VIOFO App.

 

Super Night Vision

The built-in STARVIS Sensor has back-illuminated pixel technology that helps capture images in the low light environment with details such as colors, shapes, and textures of the objects, which conventional front-illuminated image sensors are unable to. Partnered with the F1.6 aperture lens that lets in 26.5% more light than regular F1.8, the A119 Mini perfectly records critical info on the road in extremely low light conditions and even in total darkness to be your reliable witness on the road day and night.

 

image sensor comparison

 

Voice Notification

The A119 Mini is built with voice notifications in multiple languages to inform the driver about important events, such as “Recording started” and “Video protected”, and also to confirm actions on button presses, such as “Wi-Fi connected” and “Voice recording enabled”. This allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road instead of becoming distracted by checking the dash camera.

 

3 Parking Surveillance Modes

With HK4 hardwire kit installed, A119 Mini starts parking recording automatically with engine turned off.

 

Three parking recording modes are available for selection as below:

 

1.Auto event detection:

The A119 Mini supports buffered parking recording which records for 45 seconds while a moving object is detected during parking, and it will stop recording if there are no new movements.

2. Time lapse recording:

Time-lapse recording capture moments with frames at 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 10 fps. It keeps recording continuously without audio recorded.

3. Low bitrate recording:

This mode records video continuously at low bitrate 4MB/s in mini file size with audio recorded to largely improve memory card storage efficiency .

 

Notice: The HK4 hardwire kit is an optional accessory for purchase and must be installed correctly into the vehicle to launch parking recording.

 

GPS Logger

The A119 Mini has built-in GPS logger to track speed, time and driving route into the video file, which are all additional critical info for an insurance claim or simply to go against police misconducts.

 

Bluetooth Remote Control

The A119 Mini can be controlled remotely by pairing with a Bluetooth control which can be placed at any convenient location as you desire. One simple press immediately locks current important footage from being over written without taking eyes off the road.

 

CPL

An optional CPL (circular polarizing lens) filter can be added on A119 Mini to remove glares from windshield and also reflections coming from road & vehicle surfaces.

 

CPL comparison

Other inherited features

  • Loop recording
  • Emergency lock
  • Built-in capacitor

 

Features to be added

Multi-exposure HDR:

It is a technique allowing to capture high dynamic range (HDR) images by taking and then combining several different exposures of the same subject matter. With HDR, it’s possible to produce an image that has a much greater range of light levels to approximate what the human eye can see, especially in solving over exposure issues.

 

With a bunch of pro features included in such mini form factor, would you be willing to replace your current A119 V3 with the A119 Mini?

How about one of our other products? Browse through our unique range of car dashcams here.

 

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A139 Pro 2 channel front & Rear

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  • First 4K HDR with Sony Starvis 2 Sensor Dashcam
  • Front: Sony Starvis 2 Sensor 8MP 1/1.8 IMX678
  • Rear: Sony Starvis Sensor 2MP IMX291
  • 2 Channel 4K 3840x2160P 30fps + 1080P 30fps
  • F1.6 Aperture 7 Elements Glass Lens140°+ 170° Wide Viewing Angle

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