Rexing V1 Review
Pros: Very good video quality, small visual footprint, built-in Wi-Fi
Cons: Somewhat frustrating interface
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|Pros||Very good video quality, small visual footprint, built-in Wi-Fi||Very good video quality, relatively inexpensive, very slim profile||Great video quality, second cab-facing camera||User-friendly, inexpensive||Inexpensive|
|Cons||Somewhat frustrating interface||No built-in Wi-Fi, no rear or interior camera||Pricey, relatively bulky||Average video quality||Odd blue hue on all footage, slightly larger visual footprint|
|Bottom Line||A great camera that is somewhat held back by quite a frustrating user interface||The best performance and value for those who only want to record the road in front of them and don't need a second, rear-facing camera||Currently the best rideshare model due to its great video quality and second camera||This user-friendly model features a nice interface and a reasonable price tag||Unfortunately, the strong points of this model begin and end with its low price tag|
|Rating Categories||Rexing V1||AUKEY DR02||Vantrue N2 Pro Uber...||Roav A1||APEMAN C450A|
|Video Quality (40%)|
|Video Capture (25%)|
|Visual Footprint (10%)|
|Specs||Rexing V1||AUKEY DR02||Vantrue N2 Pro Uber...||Roav A1||APEMAN C450A|
|Field of View||170 degrees||170 degrees||170 degrees||140 degrees||150 degrees|
|Event Detection G Sensor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Camera Dimensions||6.6" x 5" x 3.4"||3" x 2" x 1.5"||3.8" x 1.5" x 1.5"||3.3" x 2.2" x 1.3"||2" x 1.6" x 1.4"|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Rexing V1 is a great overall camera, but it faces some stiff competition. Bolstered by great video quality but held back by a less-than-ideal user interface, this cam ended up close to the bottom of the pack once all our tests were said and done.
This is certainly the high point for the Rexing V1, with only one other model besting it in our tests. The video quality is very crisp. In fact, in our testing, we thought its video looked noticeably clearer than the videos from other cameras sporting the same 1080p resolution. The wide 170˚ field of view provides a large area of coverage without any distortion or blurring around the edges. Both day and night we were able to easily identify other cars' license plates in many different lighting conditions. Really the only weakness of the camera is that very sunny days or bright lights at night can sometimes wash the image out enough to obscure a license plate number. However, this is present to some extent in every camera we tested, and the Rexing V1 suffers from this to a relatively minimal degree.
The Rexing V1 offers a standard bevy of video capture features, putting it right in the thick of our video capture scoring. Like all of the cameras we tested, we thoroughly vetted the G-sensor through the use of large numbers of user reviews. We were able to find many instances of that sensor functioning properly and protecting video of crashes from being overwritten, and no instances of it malfunctioning. It also automatically starts recording when you start your car, which was our second requirement for inclusion in our review.
Beyond the basics, the Rexing V1 allows you to choose the length of video clips that it records, and by proxy how much video will be protected from overwriting when the G-sensor detects an event. Those options include 1, 3, 5, and 10 minutes. While we wouldn't consider this a huge improvement over the other cameras, it is nice to have a bit of flexibility.
Possibly the most convenient video management feature of the Rexing V1 is its built-in WiFi which allows you to send clips wirelessly from the camera straight to your phone. This feature certainly isn't a necessity, but it does allow you to quickly share whatever amazing thing that happened on your morning commute to social media. Like most cameras on the market, the Rexing also has a record button. Pressing this button will protect the current video clip from being overwritten.
This is the one area where we did run into some frustration with the Rexing V1. Its buttons, while large and easy to press, are somewhat oddly labeled. We do like the large 2.4-inch screen, but the menus that are displayed on that screen are oddly designed and certainly not intuitive. We found ourselves constantly consulting the manual and Google when trying to adjust advanced settings. While this frustration certainly stops short of making the camera unusable, other budget models offer a much more friendly user experience.
The Rexing V1 is functionally one of the slimmest cameras we've tested. Though its dimensions are actually quite large, the wedge shape lets it sit more closely to the windshield, resulting in less visual impairment. This has the added benefit of providing quite a large screen without adding too much visible surface area. We highly doubt anyone is going to find the profile obtrusive, but there are options that take up a bit less space in the driver's peripheral vision.
For the price, the Rexing V1 offers great video quality and all of the features most people look for in a dash cam. If you want built-in WiFi and the highest quality video possible, and can deal with a clunky interface, this is a great choice.
The Rexing V1 is a great all-around camera, but some frustrations with its user interface keep it from being our top recommendation to most people.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata
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