Overview of the Mio MiVue 568 dashcam with touch screen and GPS receiver

    The boom in the emergence of car DVRs came a few years ago. During this time, they have gone from devices that can record video in very mediocre quality to full-fledged Full HD devices. At the same time, models appeared with the function of warning about stationary speed cameras, GPS receiver, touch screen. Today I want to talk about the Mio MiVue 568 dashcam, which combines all these functions.

    The DVR is packaged in a medium sized cardboard box.

    On the back of the box, the manufacturer lists the main features of the device:
    • Full HD 1080p video;
    • recording by shock sensor;
    • touch screen;
    • GPS - receiver;
    • exposure level adjustment;
    • recording by motion sensor.

    Inside the box are:
    • car DVR Mio MiVue 568;
    • fastening on car glass;
    • car charger with an output voltage of 5 V and a current of 1 A;
    • CD with documentation and software;
    • a fabric case for storing and carrying the DVR.

    Unfortunately, the kit for the DVR does not have either mini USB (yes, it is mini USB), or mini HDMI cable. If you can still come to terms with the absence of a second cable, then in the absence of a card reader for micro SD memory cards, you may encounter the problem of transferring files with recordings to a computer. The cables you have at home are likely to be micro USB, and you will need to make some efforts to solve this problem.

    The overall dimensions of the recorder are 64.6 x 62.83 x 36.5 mm, with a weight of 95 grams. The case is made of black plastic, quite pleasant to the touch. Ideal clearances and fitting parts allow us to talk about the high quality of manufacturing and assembly of the DVR.

    The back of the device is almost completely occupied by a 2.5 ”touch screen. Here is the LED status indicator of the device.

    The manufacturer provides various light indicators. In my opinion, it is implemented very conveniently. Without any problems, you can determine whether recording is currently being performed, even when the screen is off, simply by looking at the indicator.

    The recorder is fully controlled through the sensor. The first of two mechanical buttons is located on the right side, and is responsible for turning on / off the device. Below is a slot for installing micro SD memory cards. MiVue 568 supports working with memory cards up to 32 GB. The manufacturer recommends cards of class 6 and above.

    A short press on the power button while the recorder is on turns the display on or off.

    On the left side are mini USB, mini HDMI connectors and a mechanical reset button. The connectors are not covered by rubber covers or plugs. Therefore, the supplied fabric storage case will come in handy.

    In front is a lens with a viewing angle of 130 degrees and aperture of f / 1.8. The optical scheme of the lens consists of six glass lenses and one infrared filter. Additionally, you can purchase a polarizing filter.

    Below the lens is a speaker and an LED indicating that the DVR is in parking mode.
    The microphone is located on the bottom of the DVR housing.

    Additionally, the layout of the controls can be found in this diagram.

    As expected, the best place to install this type of DVR is the windshield of the car. Installation is performed using a plastic suction cup mount. The mount is based on the base of a ball joint, so that the user has the ability to rotate the device as he pleases.

    The location of the mini USB connector through which power is supplied is oriented in such a way that the “G” -shaped cord is directed toward the ceiling. For those users who lay the cable under the skin of the cabin, this is a definite plus.

    When you turn on the device, in a female voice, a greeting is played with gratitude about using the Mio dashcam. On the screen of the recorder at this moment a text warning is displayed about the danger of working with the device while driving. Both greetings are played each time the DVR is turned on, without the ability to disable them in the settings.

    I got Mio MiVue 568 with firmware VL00.0A.B2FR1. At the moment, the manufacturer’s website contains firmware VL00.0B.F2.FR1. The new firmware slightly changes the arrangement of menu items and icons on the screen relative to the previous firmware, increasing usability. I will produce a further description of the DVR based on the latest firmware VL00.0B.F2.FR1

    The recorder's menu contains four items: “View files”, “Enabling parking mode”, “Sound recording” and “Settings”.

    The menu item “View files” provides access to the contents of the memory card, which is divided into four categories: “Video”, “G-sensor”, “Parking” and “Photo”. Files are structured by date in a list. At the same time, no more than three file names are displayed on the screen. Below is the free and maximum available size for the folder. The available volume for each category of files is set through the menu "Settings" -> "System" -> "Memory allocation". Here, the user has the right to choose the permissible limits based on the amount of installed memory cards.

    The menu item "Enabling parking mode" turns on or off the parking mode. The mode is configured through the menu "Settings" -> "Parking Mode".

    The menu item “Sound Recording” provides access to enable or disable the microphone.

    The “Settings” menu item contains the following sub-items:
    • “Camera Base” - contains settings for sound notification, notification distance, choice of warning option for movement speed or speed limit, speeding limit from 10 to 60 km / h, user camera base and settings speeding warnings;
    • “Parking mode” - contains the settings of the motion sensor, G-sensor, motion detector and LED indicator on the front side of the recorder;
    • “Video Recording” - sets the duration of the recording fragment, exposure compensation from -1 to +1 in increments of 1/3, HDR mode and setting the display of GPS coordinates.
    • “Sensitivity for acceleration” - setting the sensitivity of the G-sensor and parking sensor to automatically start emergency recording or switch to parking mode.
    • “System” - displays the status of GPS signal reception, setting the date and time, sound indication of pressing, volume, duration of the screen, language selection, unit selection, memory allocation, restoring factory settings and viewing the firmware version.
    • “Format” - formats the installed memory card.

    When you connect the power cable, the Mio MiVue 568 dashcam turns on automatically. After playing greetings, video recording and GPS satellite search are automatically turned on. Satellite search time is less than one minute after turning on the recorder.

    A 240 mAh battery is built into the body of the DVR. Of course, there is no need to talk about any continuous operation from the battery. But, for example, this allows you to save the video at a critical moment from a sudden power outage. The battery also allows you to use the parking mode when recording occurs on the motion sensor and the screen off.

    On a fully charged internal battery, the recording time, with the screen turned on, is about 8 minutes.

    This DVR uses a 3 megapixel sensor. Video is recorded in Full HD 1080p / 30k / s. The only .MOV file format is used for recording.

    In addition to video recording, the recorder can be used to take photos. It is implemented very conveniently. To take a photo, just click on the corresponding icon on the touch screen. Moreover, this function is available even at the time of video recording and you do not have to search for the right moment in the player at home in order to get a freeze frame of the events from there.

    In the same way, you can add a camera to the user’s camera database. To add a camera, GPS work is required. After that, the new camera is displayed in the camera database by geographical coordinates with the date and time of addition.

    The firmware VL00.0B.F2.FR1 updated by me from September 30, 2014 includes the camera base V57_0613. Today, the camera database V69_1013 dated October 13, 2014 is available on the manufacturer’s website. It is very pleasant that the production constantly updates the base of stationary cameras.

    The firmware or camera database is updated by copying the update file to the root of the memory card. After that, the first time you turn on the DVR, the update procedure will be started. At the end of the DVR will automatically turn off.

    Another nice opportunity when working with the DVR is the presence of the MiVue Manager program.

    The program allows you to view videos with reference to GPS coordinates, G-sensor readings, track traveled on a Google map. You can sort videos by categories of emergency recording, normal or parking mode, and sort by date based on a calendar. In addition, it is possible to create a backup copy of the recording, take a screenshot from the video, export geographic data to KML, upload the video to YouTube or Facebook.

    To compare the resulting image, I used the KARKAM Q4 Lite DVR I purchased two years ago.
    You can evaluate the difference in overall dimensions from the following photo:

    Sunny day - record 1:

    Sunny Day - Record 2:

    At moments when the sun is in the frame, the sky is almost completely knocked out when using the Q4 Lite KARKAM. The Mio MiVue 568 dashcam does this much better. In addition, the overall contrast of the picture is much higher, even without the use of a polarizing filter.

    With regard to detailing, identification of number of passing and oncoming cars is possible in a much larger percentage of cases, using the Mio MiVue 568.

    Night - recording 1: The
    shooting was made on a well-lit city street.

    One of the problems of night recording is the illumination of the number in front of a traveling car. KARKAM Q4 Lite fully illuminates the number, and it is completely impossible to disassemble it. The Mio MiVue 568 is much better with this. The numbers of cars located in the center of the frame are read quite clearly. Although parked cars, or traveling in adjacent rows, the numbers are no longer readable.

    Night - record 2: The

    shooting was made on the highway without external lighting. From 8 to 11 seconds, the main beam was turned on.

    The quality of the night recording of the Mio MiVue 568 is significantly higher than that of the CARCAM Q4 Lite.

    Conclusion: The

    Mio MiVue 568 dashcam is a very interesting model. Using the touch screen, GPS-receiver and the implementation of the functionality for warning about stationary cameras and the ability to add cameras manually makes the device unlike many other DVRs.

    Quick access to emergency recording or parking modes, as well as instantly creating a photo or adding a camera to the user database, allow you to not miss any important point.

    Intuitively simple control via the touch screen and not overloaded with various menu settings allow you to master the device without any difficulties on the part of the user.

    At the moment, the cost of the Mio MiVue 568 dashcam is about 6,500 rubles. And if you are planning to change the registrar, acquired a couple of years for a more modernized model, then why not do it? The Mio MiVue 568 is a great choice.

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