Having had both models fitted to my own car I will try to give you my unbiased opinion and maybe surprise you with the result.
We always recommended and fitted the Blackvue cameras believing them to be the best quality; certainly they have always had excellent playback quality and easy to use software however when I had my DR650 front and rear cameras fitted to my new Mercedes C class I noticed a definite drop in DAB reception.
Also after a while my new car started to tell me on the small display in the speedo that the cars battery was low. This I presumed was because on an average day I start the car at my home and stop it about five minutes later at my shop, then the same going home at night. After a few days of this the car complains that it needs a run 🙂
The Blackvue Power Magic option had been fitted and was supposed to switch the camera off after a period of being parked or when the battery voltage dropped below a set level.
The Mercedes engine start stop feature never seemed to work either and only after about three hours constant driving would the green light come on and the “stop-start “start working.
I had not connected any of this with the camera system however one day when I was on the Four Master dealers private forum I was made aware that some witness cameras could affect the cars DAB signal. Especially if the DAB antenna was built into the rear screen and the back camera was near the aerial elements.
Someone (a Four Master) suggested that Thinkware has solved this problem so I fitted the F770 front and rear camera system for appraisal.
First impression when I turned on the Thinkware Dash Cam was it certainly likes to chat a lot. It starts off by telling you how many events it has recorded while you were parked and then announces it has seen the sky and is connected to GPS satellites and after a few seconds just when you thought she had shut up it tells you it about to start continuous recording. Once you are on the highway it bings and bongs to tell you that for the speed you are doing you are too close to the car in front or if you stray over the white line road markings it bong a couple of times to alert you. Unfortunately it has no concept of whether your indicators are on or off so it bongs anyway every time you stray across the white line.
Now I’m making it sound like this is all a nuisance but you can turn any or all of the warning signals off in the settings but one you definitely don’t want to turn off is the speed camera warning sounds. Even the average speed cameras on the M8 were noticed and the cameras voice announces what type of speed trap you are near; Very good.
After a few days with the Thinkware F770 fitted to my car I noticed that the DAB reception was as good as it ever was (which isn’t great in East Lothian) but much better than before and the cars stop start is more responsive because the battery warning sign is also no longer present . This is because the power management is built into the F700 and not an add on option like the Blackvue and the voltage threshold is adjusted in the setup which can be done on your phone using the Thinkware app.
Blackvue is an excellent product and over the years we have supplied them to lots of happy customers. My own unique situation with a car that gets very short runs and DAB in a poor geographical location has brought me to the conclusion that the Thinkware product suits me better.
Feature for feature the Thinkware F770 beats the DR650 and is better value as it costs less.
I have made a short video, I hope you like it and I hope you find this article useful. Please contact me if you need any help choosing your witness dash cam.