SOLIOM G1 380 Degree Dual Dash Cam 2020 Latest Updated Review

SOLIOM G1 380 Degree  Dual Dash Cam 2020 Latest Updated Review

SOLIOM G1 380 Full Angle Car Dash Cam Dual 190 Ultra Wide Angle Front and Inside Cabin Full HD Dashboard Camera with Time Lapse G Sensor Loop Recording Parking Monitor Motion Detect for Uber Taxi


Overview

The Soliom G1 is  360 degree dual dashcam with a camera that points out the front of the car and the points inside Soliom claims the camera will operate from minus 4 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit, and it ran nearly cool in my tests.

But the unit is flat-black, and I wasn’t in bright sunshine for my testing, so expect it to trap some heat under sunnier conditions

Split-frame video

The Soliom uses two extremely wide field-of-view, 190-degree cameras. By default the view captured by the front camera occupies the top half of the video, and the view captured by the interior/rear captures the bottom.

This obviously saves space and makes it easier to view an entire scene, but as I also mentioned, the quality isn’t up to snuff except at very short distance.

More on that in the performance section.

The G1 380° will capture video normally—that is, a single view; but according to Soliom you must press the right part of the ring on the circular control button to switch to full-frame front mode.

I however, was never able to get the camera to stay out of split-frame mode.

You can’t have discrete exterior and interior video captured at the same time unless you’re in parking mode.

Note that the camera doesn’t remember your last setting; it defaults to split-frame every time you power up, and parking mode is also set in stone as discrete exterior and interior.

Pros

  • Covers all visible action around the vehicle
  • Affordable for a dual-channel dash cam
  • Can’t capture discrete front and rear video except while parked

Cons

  • Split-frame video is lacking in quality beyond 30 feet
  • Doesn’t support GPS despite GPS module port

Design, Features, Interface

The G1 380° has the appearance of a half-cylinder about five inches wide, a little over an inch thick in the body, and a little over two inches thick at the cameras.

The two 1080p cameras are on the left side of the unit, with the 2-inch color display and the center button/rocker ring controls to the right.

I wasn’t particularly enamored of the control ring, as it is nearly impossible to read the raised lettering. Read the user’s guide thoroughly first.

The Soliom G1 380 has Twin 190 Degree Cameras.

You can see the rear-facing unit in this image. Note that by default, the monitoring displays the feeds from both front and rear camera.

The G1 380° has three ports on the left: micro-USB for power and data access when the camera is attached to a PC, a port for an external GPS unit, and an SD card slot.

Unfortunately, the GPS port is a dummy—the camera doesn’t support any available external GPS models. The company said this is planned for the next iteration of the product.

The on-screen interface is a single menu with a list of choices. It’s easy enough to use, and you’ll only need it once in a while. Note that there’s a GPS option, but as I’ve already pointed out, it’s for the future.

Performance

When it comes to capturing the action in front of you and to the sides you during the day, the G1 380° works quite well, covering areas in the periphery that most dual-camera systems won’t.

But interior night captures are extremely dark due to the lack of infrared lighting, and exterior day and night captures rapidly decline in quality with distance.

As little as 20 to 30 feet away, details such as license plates become less distinct.

Most likely, the drop in quality is because the cameras are focused for close proximity, which for legal purposes is quite likely the best choice.

That makes the G1 380°’s captures more than workable, if hardly beautiful. Note that as this is not the dash cam system you want for full-frame video, I’ve stuck with images of the unit’s default split-frame video.

Whats in the Box

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