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    Default Oumax RV55HD-M (5" Rear View Mirror Monitor with Dashcam)

    Thank you Caroline at Oumax for providing this model for review.

    There are plenty of videos and images below, so sit back and take a chill pill, or if you're less patient, just pick a couple and enjoy, lol...

    So this is a dashcam that goes over your existing internal rear view mirror for forward facing recording, along with an external camera for the back of your vehicle to see what is going on behind you, and which doubles up as a reversing camera. Lets have a quick look at what you get...









    All the things you need are supplied of course - there is the mirror with the built-in dashcam, finished in black, which helps keep the lens less noticeable. This mirror has a tinted reflection surface which is good on the eye, and hides the 5 inch IPS 854x480 display screen on which you have the menus and video playback in clear high quality visuals. The design looks very smart, and impressed me straight away. This lens is 140? (according to the sale page on Amazon, though the manual says 170?).

    There is a small rear Back-Up camera (which has a resolution of only 480p, but that's usable as a dual purpose camera) along with a 33 feet long AV cable to feed to the back of your vehicle - more than enough for all users I suspect. Along with the comprehensive 58 page user manual, the car charger, rubber mounting straps (and for the rear cam, 2 mounting screws and a foam pad) you also get a Sandisk 16Gb Micro SD card (you can go up to 64Gb, though it may be feasible to use larger cards).

    The main component is of course the mirror cam. Features of this boast an Mstar 8328 Quad core CPU and a 6G glass lens (with an IR filter to block infra-red rays and reduce glare, over the OV2718 sensor (or their variant of one I was able to find any info on) that I believe may be an Omnivision manufactured CMOS sensor (which I will try to confirm and update here). Video is recorded as .MOV files, with H.264 video encoding.

    The dashcam has Oumax's Super Night Vision 2.0 for the darker hours and has an automatic start up Record & Shut down, time and date stamped recordings, continuous loop recording, is Parking mode capable, with a G-Sensor autosave for those unexpected moments... The unit is really slim at just 12mm. The microphone performs as expected, clear enough to pick up voices, music, etc. There is also the option of adding a GPS logger independent of the mirror dashcam should you want this feature.

    You'll need to charge the internal battery up when you first get dashcam, using the car charger while you go for a nice long drive will do nicely!

    Installation is straight forward enough, but the manual does a fantastic job of giving you instructions on how to do the install. Here it is in the car:






    A look at some info:









    The proof of any dashcams quality is obviously how it performs, and I have to say I am impressed. Video is very good in the front cam (not so from the low-res rear cam, but I expected that) and the menu access is spot on - helped by the excellent IPS display being so large! Buttons on (the underside of) the mirror are easy to press and responsive, allowing the user to get to any option with the minimum of fuss. For video playback, you can of course see them on the mirrors screen, where with a few simple menu button presses, you can watch the front cam, rear cam, or front cam with rear cam PiP, or rear cam with front cam PiP.

    I have added below several videos for you to look at. The first of these is a comparison with the Oumax, Z-Edge Z3 Plus, and the Blueskysea B1W, followed by individual videos of the Oumax cam itself. During the day (it's not been very good weather wise, so sorry for that, typical, England winter) the video is clear, and number plates on freeze frames from the RV55HD-M show very well, and the amount of light gathered by the sensor at night as I went for a short run around the city of Preston afforded very decent visuals.

    After the comparison video, I have placed stills from the other two dashcams, plus from my Nextbase dashcam (set at 1440p, not 4K (keeps it fair)) and the Oumax does well enough. Below the Oumax videos, are stills from that cam showing number plates.







    Night Video:



    Picture in Picture:




    Stills comparisons:

    Nextbase:




    B1W:




    Z-Edge Z3 Plus:




    Oumax RV55HD-M




    Number plates from the Oumax:





    I have to say, this all in all is a very good package. There are others out there similar to it, whether this is better or not I don't know, but I have to say, I like this very much. I showed some videos to a friend on my Samsung mobile via YouTube, and they looked excellent, especially impressing him with the night time clip.

    I therefore have no hesitation in recommending the Oumax RV55HD-M if you are in the market for this type of dashcam.

    Available from the Oumax Official sellers on [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    # I have not yet wired the rear cam up for reversing (and watching on the mirror). This will be done in due course.

    Here is a link to the excellent manual pdf file: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]




    *Please note, as you know, I am not a professional reviewer, and as such you must accept this to be as is.
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    Default Re: Oumax RV55HD-M (5" Rear View Mirror Monitor with Dashcam)

    Thanks Bilbo for a decent review of what looks like an interesting product, but I have to say I am uncertain whether you actually wrote this all yourself or whether this review has been cut and pasted so would be very grateful if you could please clarify this point.

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    Default Re: Oumax RV55HD-M (5" Rear View Mirror Monitor with Dashcam)

    Quote Originally Posted by Over Carl View Post
    I am uncertain whether you actually wrote this all yourself or whether this review has been cut and pasted so would be very grateful if you could please clarify this point.


    Hahaha! See that ugly 50-odd bloke in the reflection of the mirror?

    Sadly me owd fruit, that's me, and the lurvly city I'm driving around in the clips is good owd Preston.

    Sorry to disappoint you mucka, but it's all me me me.

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    Default Re: Oumax RV55HD-M (5" Rear View Mirror Monitor with Dashcam)

    Reason I asked is because I consider you a trusted member of this community, and I am aware of your specialist knowledge with regards to cameras, so your review means a million times more to me than a random on the internet.

    If it was a cut and paste it still would be helpful information for the forum, but knowing that the review is yours means I'm happy to recommend to a couple of friends who have no rear view mirrors because they have vans without me having to get one to test first

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    Default Re: Oumax RV55HD-M (5" Rear View Mirror Monitor with Dashcam)

    I suppose it's hard with vans - maybe an idea would be to get a budget price dashcam and securely mount it on the back. A good idea for them might be the Blueskysea dashcam B1W, which operates without screens (they have an app instead) and these are very small and as long as they it placed sensibly at the back away from where rain might get on the unit then rear video would be covered by very decent video quality.

    No reason to doubt that a second one could be on the windscreen - but the cams would need to have different passwords to connect to the app via wi-fi.

    The review for that one is[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]m8.

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    Paul.

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    Default Re: Oumax RV55HD-M (5" Rear View Mirror Monitor with Dashcam)

    Thanks for the review. I'm looking at one for a van although the rear camera would be used more for reversing rather than for evidence recording.

    Thanks to wadgey

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