Tech Review: Mio MiVue 688 Dash Cam

The impressive Mio MiVue 688 Dash Cam features 1080p Full HD recording at 30fps, speed camera warnings, GPS tracking and a three-axis G-sensor that records the exact movements of the vehicle.

Tech Review: Mio MiVue 688 Dash CamIf only I’d had a Mio MiVue 688 Dash Cam previously. A few years ago I was leaving a B&Q car park after purchasing my first fake Christmas tree and, while merrily driving along in my much-loved VW Polo, drove straight into a car which had ignored the fact it was exiting a junction from which the driver should have given way. He blamed me. I correctly blamed him. It was messy and unpleasant. The verdict came back that I was to blame because I drove into him. That, on paper, makes sense, but it leaves out the fact he pulled out of a junction leaving me little choice – I either hit him or swerve into a pedestrian walkway with potentially devastating consequences. The insurance claim, which was made 15 years ago, noted that the rules of the road don’t apply in a car park. Can you believe it! Therefore, if driving in a car park in England, think of it as a sort of destruction derby. It’s every man for himself.

The Mio MiVue 688 Dash Cam, which records high-definition video, would have proven that I was not in the wrong and saved me a lot of money. A thousand pounds to be exact. Mio’s stylish black-matte device is easy to use and packed with features. You benefit from having access to GPS tracking, speed limit notifications and Sony’s impressive optic sensor which provides 1080 Full HD recording capability at 30fps.

Even more impressive is its performance in low light conditions thanks to the device’s top-of-the-class optic sensor meaning evening incidents won’t suffer from distortion. The 2.7 inch screen is small but big enough to review footage but you have to purchase a connecting wire or micro card reader separately to download the footage as there’s no Wi-Fi compatibility.

What makes the Mio MiVue 688 stand out?

What makes the Mio MiVue 688 stand out?The stuff you’d expect from a good Dash Cam is present in the Mio MiVue 688. The 1080p video at 30fps is exactly what you need, especially when it comes with a neat 140 degrees viewing angle that’s clear across the frame. Low light conditions – before streetlights/headlights come into play – remain clear while the small nature of the device means it sits comfortably, and unobtrusively, on your windscreen. The supplied suction cup makes installation easy too.

The GPS tracker is useful to record your location while the addition of a three-axis G-sensor records the exact movements of the car meaning the Mio MiVue 688 captures not only video evidence but vehicle speed, confirmation of the time and the details of a collision such as acceleration or braking sharpness. This provides further confidence that any evidence of road collisions is as complete and useful as possible.

The speed camera warning device is perhaps the most striking added-value piece of kit on the Mio MiVue 688. There’s a database of safety cameras pre-installed on the device. Updates are available from the Mio website and are free for the device’s lifespan. I wanted to test how competent the software was and during a two-hour drive on the outskirts of London the device alerted me to every speed trap.

Is this Dash Cam the one for me?

Tech Review: Mio MiVue 688 Dash CamUltimately, the Mio MiVue 688 might cost a little more than your “average” Dash Cam but it has the qualities that make it worth the investment. Dash Cams are increasingly popular because they genuinely do keep you safer on the road, not just recording your activity when driving but, thanks to this device’s in-built features, warning you of speed traps, lane departures, car location and motion detection. The Mio MiVue 688 even boasts its Forward Collision Warning System, a system that warns you via beep or verbal message if a vehicle is detected close by and collision becomes possible. This system is calibrated using optimum stopping distances based on the speed you’re driving at.

For the price I would have liked to have seen a microSD card bundled into the package but you’ll have to buy this separately as you will USB connectivity if you want to download footage to a home computer. The camera is only charged via the supplied 12V car charger so you’ll have to buy a USB charger or similar to charge the device in the home. But the Mio MiVue 688 gives you peace of mind; it’s a reliable partner to have on the road and you can rely on it to do its job when called upon. Indeed, there’s an easily reached emergency recording button for those surprising moments. I was impressed with this effort from Mio; the MiVue 688 will be my driving companion for a long time I suspect.

4 stars mio mivue 688

Written by Rory Fish

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