If there’s such a factor as a venerable vendor within the sprint cam market, it’s Thinkware. The firm has been at it for a number of years, and usually been nicely forward of the function curve with issues equivalent to voice command and bad-driver aids. However, whereas the corporate’s $150 X700 is handsome and incorporates a touchscreen interface, the video seems extremely compressed, and GPS is out there solely as an exterior choice. 

This evaluation is a part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for data on competing merchandise and the way we examined them. 

Design and options

The X700 (at present $150 on Amazon) is by far one of many classier-looking sprint cams I’ve reviewed. It’s tough to explain precisely why, so simply have a look at the image two paragraphs down and inform me when you don’t agree. Thinkware additionally despatched me the exterior GPS module (at present $40 on AmazonRemove non-product link) and the rear digicam module (currently $80 on AmazonRemove non-product link), so consider it as a $190 entrance digicam and a entrance/rear combo (at present $270 on AmazonRemove non-product link) if you’re evaluating.

The draw back of exterior GPS is yet one more wire, which means a barely sloppier set up. The X700 has loads of room for GPS, being just below 4 inches huge, two inches tall, and simply over an inch thick on the lens, and there are many sprint cams at this worth that include GPS included. 

However, there are none within the worth vary with GPS that function a touch-enabled 2.7-inch shade show, in order that worth shouldn’t be truly out of line. It took operating the calibration a number of occasions earlier than it grew to become really usable for my calloused fingers, however contact on a touch cam makes an enormous distinction in usability. This is very true at night time, when it may be tough to see the same-color-as-the-body buttons that almost all sprint cams make use of.

The solely management of any sort apart from the show is the ability change simply above the SD card slot on the digicam’s left facet. Nice. 

Note: what the image beneath doesn’t let you know is the ring across the lens on the entrance is a safety gentle that may come on if the X700 senses a disturbance whereas it’s in its 2 body per second parking mode.

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Having a responsive touchscreen show equivalent to that utilized by the X700 makes a touch cam significantly simpler to make use of, particularly at night time when it’s tough to see the identical shade buttons used on most sprint cams.

The entrance digicam presents a 140-degree sight view, and it takes 1080p video. You’ll discover sexier-sounding1440p and 2160p sprint cams round, however with out superior optics and processing to again it up, the additional decision is usually only a waste. The recordsdata are considerably bigger and very often, as a result of the CPU has to work more durable, there’s much more warmth generated. I’ve seen some high-resolution video from sprint cams that I like, but it surely fills up SD playing cards so rapidly that I usually retreat proper again to 1080p.

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