Dash cams have become one of the more important car accessories. They capture incidents so you always have proof of what happened. This is exactly what the 2020 edition of the Jomise Dual Dash Cam is supposed to offer. But how well does it actually work with daily use? I recently had the opportunity to try out this dash cam myself, and it does have some useful features for an affordable price.
Overview of Features
The Jomise Dual Dash Cam comes with both a front and rear camera. Both are equipped with sensors to detect motion around your vehicle along with any type of collision or shaking. In the event of an incident, the video footage is locked so that it won’t be written over with the loop-recording feature.
It also features built-in GPS and connects via Wi-Fi to your iOS or Android device. This lets you easily see where videos and photos were taken. You can also view your speed in kilometers and miles, though switching to miles requires a separate firmware update, but more on that later on.
Footage is stored on a microSD card, and the device supports up to 128 GB cards. It’s recommended that you format the card every 15 days for best results.
I’ve used other dash cams before and can honestly say that the Jomise Dual Dash Cam has good video quality. You can clearly see cars and other objects around you, even though my image doesn’t quite do it justice.
The front camera features a Sony IMX415 sensor and provides 4K 3840x2160P resolution at 30 fps. However, if you’re using both the front and rear at the same time, the front’s resolution drops slightly to 2560x1440P. The rear uses the Sony IMX307 sensor along with 1920x1080P resolution at 30 fps.
The seven-layer glass F1.4 aperture COMS lens equipped with WDR technology is designed to provide a better image of the road, including superior night vision over comparable dash cams.
While the product description lists the dash cam as having a 170-degree field of view for the front and 150-degree for the back, the box itself just says 160-degree, so maybe that’s supposed to be an average for the two.
In my personal experience, I didn’t see any real difference in the night vision over an older dash cam I have that doesn’t include any night vision features. However, the images were clear and crisp in both the front and back.
Setting Up the Dash Cam
First of all, the included instructions are okay, but there’s a lot missing. However, connecting the dash cam to your car is straightforward enough. One thing I wasn’t sure about was why an electrostatic sticker was included. It wasn’t until I read product reviews on Amazon that the company stated it was a way to attach the cam to your windshield without actually placing the 3M sticker on your windshield.
I tried it, but I’m not sure how well it’ll stay stuck over time, especially during colder months. Plus, if you want to move the cam to another vehicle, you’ll need to order more electrostatic stickers.
One thing I really love is that the mount has a quick-release button if you want to take the cam out of your car. It connects and disconnects easily. The 3M strip on the mount itself does hold securely. There’s also one on the rear camera, along with screws, depending on how you want to attach it. The instruction manual doesn’t cover the rear cam installation at all.
The camera started recording as soon as I connected it and turned my car on. There’s also a battery, so it will charge as you drive. This allows you to keep recording while you’re parked in the event someone hits your car.
While there are extras you can buy, such as an extensive cable for the rear camera for larger vehicles, everything you need to get set up is in the box, except for a microSD card. You’ll need to buy that separately.
Using the Dash Cam
Until this point, things went well. The video quality looks great. Installation is easy enough, though tucking in long cables around your car is never fun, but that’s true with every dash cam.
I started exploring the menus next. At first, I had no clue there was even a second menu. Pressing the menu button locks the current recording. The mode (M) button starts and stops the recording. However, you can’t access the menus at all until you stop the recording.
Upon pressing the menu button, I was presented with a variety of options. However, I didn’t see anything about Wi-Fi. It took several rounds of the menu button taking me to the camera and back to the first menu before the second menu appeared. I still haven’t found any real pattern, so just trust me that the second menu will eventually appear for you.
Setting up Wi-Fi was simple. Once it’s turned on, turn on Wi-Fi on your phone and connect to the dash cam’s network. You don’t actually have to do this to use the camera, though.
The next pain point – setting the date/time. Unless you use the app for your phone, you have to manually set the date/time. This wouldn’t be a problem, but the default year is 1900, meaning you’ll need to press the button 120 times to set the current year. There’s no quicker option.
There’s no obvious way to turn Wi-Fi off on the dash cam. It just turns off after a few minutes when you disconnect your phone.
The good news is if you use the app, you can download videos to your phone. You can also access many of the settings as well. When connected to Wi-Fi, you can’t access any menus on the camera itself, just on your phone.
One other issue is the GPS. It took three days of testing before the GPS actually started to work. But, when it did work, it was great and showed my speed. While the manual and menu don’t have an option to switch from km/hr to m/hr, the Amazon description tells users to check the Q&A section for links to download the firmware update and the PC software for viewing GPS details.
To make this easier for you, the firmware details are mentioned with this answered question and the PC software details are listed with this answered question.
The Jomise Dual Dash Cam delivers when it comes to video quality. Yet, it falls short when it comes to changing settings, staying connected to Wi-Fi, and keeping the current date/time. It’s not the most intuitive dash cam, but it will get the job done.
On the plus side, being able to download videos to your phone via Wi-Fi is a nice feature. I also liked being able to control the camera via my phone, though I can’t really do that while driving.
Overall, it’s a nice dash cam but expect some hiccups during use. It is ideal for daily driving and protecting yourself in the event of a collision or other incident. If you’d like to check out this dash cam for yourself, you can purchase the Jomise Dual Dash Cam for $109.99, but if you clip the Amazon coupon, you can take another $30 off.
Meanwhile, you can also check out our Lanmodo Vast Pro review to see how it compares with the Jomise cam.