Like surveillance systems, dashcams are the type of device that once installed and configured, the hope is that you never need to use/access its video footage. But you never know when you are going to be in or witness an accident or other noteworthy happenstance while driving. While popular around the world, dashcams are slowly gaining popularity here in the States. VicoVation recently released the OPIA 2, a compact, feature packed, ultra high definition recorder to a market that is quickly becoming crowded. Let’s see how it stacks up…
Despite the fact the OPIA 2 has a 2″ TFT LCD screen, the dashcam is relatively small and compact (72mm x 53mm x 33mm). It has an all black plastic housing surrounding its A12 processor, ultra wide 160° lens, and 4 mega-pixel sensor that records 2K (2560 x 1440 @30 fps) HDR video.
The back side of the camera has the 2″ color display easily viewed in daylight. There is a row of five buttons along the bottom edge and a LED indicator light and speaker/microphone at the top. The buttons are used to navigate the device’s user interface, turn the camera on/off, mute sound and activate the emergency recording function when/if needed.
|Image Processor:||Ambarella A12|
|Sensor:||4 Megapixels CMOS|
|View Angle:||160° Diagonal Viewing Angle|
|Resolution:||HDR 2560 x 1440 @ 30fps (2K Ultra-HD 1440p HDR) HDR 2304 x 1296 @ 30fps (2K Extreme HD 1296p HDR) HDR 1920 x 1080 @ 30fps (Full HD 1080p HDR) 1920 x 1080 @ 60fps|
|U-HDR:||UHDR & 3DNR|
|Output interface:||HD-Out / USB 2.0|
|Audio:||Recording / Mute|
|Video:||H.264 @ .MP4 file|
|Storage:||micro SDXC / SDHC (Class 10 only,up to 128GB)|
|Language:||English / Chinese / Russian / Japanese,Total 20 languages|
|Power:||USB Cigar Car Charger (Input:DC12~24V,Output:DC5V/1A)|
|72mm(L) x 53mm(W) x 33mm(H)|
|Human Tech.:||Loop/Seamless Recording Screen Saver (1/3/5 Mins)
Emergency Recording Automatically & Manually
Time/Date/Custom User Text Stamp
Smart Parking Surveillance (Requires Vico-Power PLUS)
The right side of the OPIA 2 has the USB power port and external GPS mouse port. I was a bit surprised VicoVation used miniUSB ports versus microUSB ports which is much more the standard these days.
The optional external Vico-GPS mouse adds the following features:
The left side of the dashcam has the microSD card slot. The OPIA 2 is compatible with up to 128gb class 10 microSD cards.
The top has the mounting connection point. The angled slot is engineered to allow easy install and removal of the dashcam from the windshield mounts. I found being able to quickly unplug and remove the device a convenient feature so I can lock it in my glovebox vs closing the top of my convertible.
The only noteworthy thing on the bottom of the OPIA 2 is the serial number sticker.
The OPIA2 user interface is easy to understand and navigate. Configuring the dashcam was simple and quick five minute process.
The windshield mount installed as you would expect, quick and easy. VicoVation includes a good selection of mounting options (adhesive, suction cup and quick release brackets) to choose from in the OPIA Premium Pack.
The mounting brackets are well made and hold the OPIA 2 solidly in place. There is little to no movement or shaking/vibration in the video when driving on a smooth roadway.
The OPIA 2 records video in H.264 / .mp4 format in 5 minute segments. When the microSD card is full, the OPIA continuously overwrites the oldest video with new. Each 5 minute video recorded in 1440p weighs in at a hefty 1gb per segment. Though you can tweak the video resolution and frame rate via the OPIA 2’s firmware interface.
The “Ultra-HD” 2K HDR video is very clear with more detail than the standard 1080p that a majority of dashcam record at. Though the 160 degree viewing angle has a noticeable fish-eye effect towards the edges.
The video taken during nighttime conditions is clear and detailed as well.
Like the additional features the USB GPS mouse brings to the dashcam, the Vico-Power PLUS, also an optional item, enables the OPIA 2 to go into Smart Parking Surveillance mode. In Smart Parking Surveillance mode you can choose between motion detection and time-laps modes for saving battery and memory card space.
The OPIA 2 is VicoVation’s latest flagship dashcam, providing excellent Ultra-HD 1440p video. The 2,560 x 1,440 resolution provides plenty of detail and the HDR gives solid contrast and viewability (combined give the best video quality I have ever seen in this sort of device). While the OPIA 2 is well made and has some of the best image quality currently available, it is a shame it does not have built-in GPS so you can have full range of its entire feature set. That said, considering its ease of use, this camera would be an excellent choice for the first time user or long-time dashcam diehard alike who wanted/needed better video quality.