I didn’t fairly know what to make of Soliom’s G1 380° ($100 on Amazon) the primary time I noticed the horizontally split-frame entrance/rear, encompass video that it captures by default. It’s distinctive amongst sprint cams in my expertise, and whereas the standard is weak, this digital camera is arguably the most effective I’ve seen for pure authorized daytime safety to the entrance and sides. For the whole lot else, not a lot.

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

Split-frame video

The Soliom makes use of two extraordinarily vast field-of-view, 190-degree cameras. By default the view captured by the entrance digital camera occupies the highest half of the video, and the view captured by the inside/rear captures the underside. This clearly saves area and makes it simpler to view a whole scene, however as I additionally talked about, the standard isn’t as much as snuff besides at very brief distance. More on that within the efficiency part.

The G1 380° will seize video usually—that’s, a single view; however in line with Soliom you have to press the best a part of the ring on the round management button to change to full-frame entrance mode. I nonetheless, was by no means in a position to get the digital camera to remain out of split-frame mode. You can’t have discrete exterior and inside video captured on the identical time until you’re in parking mode. Note that the digital camera doesn’t keep in mind your final setting; it defaults to split-frame each time you energy up, and parking mode can be set in stone as discrete exterior and inside. 

Split-frame is smart for optimum protection of occasions, however for those who would like separate entrance and inside/rear captures throughout regular utilization, purchase one other digital camera.

Design, options, interface

The G1 380° has the looks of a half-cylinder about 5 inches vast, a bit over an inch thick within the physique, and a bit over two inches thick on the cameras. The two 1080p cameras are on the left aspect of the unit, with the 2-inch coloration show and the middle button/rocker ring controls to the best. I wasn’t significantly enamored of the management ring, as it’s practically inconceivable to learn the raised lettering. Read the person’s information completely first.

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The Soliom G1 380 has twin 190 diploma cameras. You can see the rear-facing unit on this picture. Note that by default, the monitoring shows the feeds from each entrance and rear digital camera.

The G1 380° has three ports on the left: micro-USB for energy and information entry when the digital camera is hooked up to a PC, a port for an exterior GPS unit, and an SD card slot. Unfortunately, the GPS port is a dummy—the digital camera doesn’t assist any obtainable exterior GPS fashions. The firm mentioned that is deliberate for the subsequent iteration of the product.

The on-screen interface is a single menu with a listing of decisions. It’s straightforward sufficient to make use of, and also you’ll solely want it every now and then. Note that there’s a GPS possibility, however as I’ve already identified, it’s for the longer term.

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