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Viofo A119 Dashcam (Pre-Production/BETA unit) Photos

posted Sep 19, 2016, 4:15 PM by Jason Gibson   [ updated Jan 2, 2017, 4:33 PM ]
Originally posted April 13, 2016

I received a pre-production A119 dashcam for review and beta-testing purposes.  This will be the successor to the popular A118 and A118C dashcam, and it's been upgraded in a lot of ways.  It has a larger screen, thinner profile, upgraded processor and image sensor, and the lens can now pivot left and right in addition to up and down.  GPS was not included in my pre-production test unit, but it will be integrated into the mounting base so that similar to the MINI 080x series, you can simply slide the camera onto the mount and go, leaving power and GPS basically permanently attached to the windshield.  That will be great for folks who take the camera out of the car every time they park.  Personally I think that's unnecessary unless you park in a high crime area regularly, but then honestly I'd be more worried about my CAR than a cheap little camera.


Anyway, I decided to take a few photos of the camera, inside and out to share with everyone.  The new processor is a Novatek 96660BG, and the image sensor is now an OV4689.  This means higher resolutions and higher frame rates, including 1080p@60fps - higher frame rates mean less motion blur and better chances of catching a license plate number.  Early tests by other beta users are showing much improved night quality, but currently there's an issue where daytime footage looks very blue, as if there were a blue filter over the lens.  It's something that'll likely be fixed in a firmware update pretty soon, but the video is still very usable and high quality.


So without further ado, here are the photos!


Exterior Photos - compared to original A118




The lens can now pivot left...


and it can pivot right


Left side - MicroSD slot, Reset button, Microphone hole and vent holes


Right side - Mini-USB port (power and data), AV out jack (4-conductor 3.5mm), more vent holes


The red emergency/lock button is raised a bit more than the others so should be easier to find by touch when it's hidden behind your mirror


A118 (top) vs A119 (bottom) - the mount slot looks similar but they are NOT interchangeable


A119 (top) vs A118 (bottom)


A119 (left) vs A118 (right) - note that the felt on the A118 was added by me to fix a rattle caused by the loose mount. Here you can plainly see where the power and GPS connector will be on the mount of the A119


A119 (front) vs A118 (rear) showing thickness difference


Interior photos


"Clicker" for lens vertical adjustment is now plastic instead of metal - but also much more difficult to reassemble.  Also note the supercapacitors - no battery other than the tiny little round one on the right for keeping date/time/settings.


Novatek NT96660 processor.  gold plug on the right is the AV out jack, which as you can plainly see has 4 conductors. 

This empty ZIF socket will probably connect to the currently empty 4-pin connector on the mount area for GPS. That's the reset button on the left.


Overview of mainboard - yellow flex cable goes to imager assembly


With the yellow flex cable removed, you can plainly see "B60" printed on the bottom edge of the mainboard - this is relevant because the A118 was also known as the B40.  You can also see the tiny RTC battery, used to store date/time/settings. 

Backside of lens assembly with lens pivoted full right


...and full left


Lens assembly snaps apart and can only go back together one way


Imager board also has "B60" printed at the top


Also shows the image sensor to be an OV4698.  Lens is sealed all the way around with adhesive so there's no chance of it loosening and getting out of focus over time.


So there's a quick overview of the physical parts of the A119 (aka B60) dashcam, or at least, a pre-production version of it.  I'll be posting test videos in the future after I've installed it in my truck and given it a workout.  Raw video files will of course be available since YouTube reduces the quality quite a bit.


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