The Best Factory-Looking Hidden Dash Cam! | FITCAMX in VW Golf Mk7 Install & Review

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In this video, I check out the FITCAMX integrated dash cam for the VW Golf Mk7.

You can browse and buy models from $168 directly from FITCAMX → https://bit.ly/fitcamx and they also sell some models on:
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If you are looking for an OEM-like integrated dash cam for your car, FITCAMX is one of the few suppliers of dash cams that piggyback off the power supply of existing sensors in your car, such as adaptive cruise control or a rain sensor, to supply power to their dashboard camera, whilst the discrete design looks as if it came with your car when it was first bought. The install is plug and play and it is very simple to do, and the result is no stick-out dash cameras cluttering up the windscreen, no channelling of cables around the car interior, no power connections to the fuse box, and no used-up USB ports or 12v USB adapters to plug into.

In the box, you get the FITCAMX camera unit itself, all pre-built and ready to install, with a 64GB SD card pre-installed inside. There is a multi-language instruction manual on how to operate the dash cam, and there is also an SD card USB reader and a hard plastic interior removal tool.

The version I was supplied for review is specifically tailored for my Golf Mk7 and its rain sensor for the camera’s power supply. FITCAMX has 8000 dedicated car models, covering a majority of common cars in the market, so click my link in the description below to browse their website and see if your vehicle is supported. Basically, if your vehicle has some kind of powered sensor behind your rearview mirror, then it is very likely that you will be able to install a FITCAMX dash camera.

FITCAMX Features

Looking over the dash camera itself. At first sight it can look rather big compared to screen mounted dash cameras, but the actual camera and circuitry components fit in just the front quarter of the whole casing. The rest of the case design is to replace the existing plastic housing that you’ll first need to remove in order to attach it to the existing sensor mount of your vehicle.

On the left side of the dash camera, there are two buttons to power the camera on/off, and to take and take an instant photo. Underneath these two buttons are two LED status lights that tell you if the camera is recording or if the recording is paused. And finally, underneath these status lights, there is a factory reset button.

On the right side of the camera’s housing, there is the SD card slot, which has the bundled 64GB SD card pre-installed. You can use the bundled SD card reader to playback or transfer saved recordings from this SD card, or you can simply connect to the camera’s own WiI-Fi hotspot to browse photos and videos via its own app on your connected phone and to save them directly to your camera roll.

At the front you will find the camera, which features a f/1.6 aperture lens, with a wide 170-degree field of view, and an 8MP CMOS sensor that can capture up to 4K 2160P resolution at 30fps. With Wide Dynamic Range technology, the camera is able to capture much more detail in its video recordings that makes it more able to read licence plates and road signs in low and high light conditions.

So that’s a quick overview of the dash cam, let’s now head into my Volkswagen Golf and begin the installation. 

Installation

For a helpful guide on installing your specific FITCAMX into your vehicle I recommend you scan the QR code that’s on the instruction manual to view a helpful video on how to install it in your vehicle. I found the video very easy to follow and it made installing the camera much easier and quicker than if I was following a paper guide.

First, I needed to remove the existing housing that was around my Golf7’s windscreen rain sensor. Using the provided plastic tool, I inserted it into the gaps in the sensor housing and pried open the stock plastic case and slid out the front-facing part of the housing. The next part of removing the rear part of the housing was a little more tricky, because it required the temporary removal of some interior plastic and a little more brute force was required as well as some care to not damage any of the attached plastic clips. 

With the existing rain sensor housing removed, I turned to the camera’s own housing case, which first needs to be opened up. Using the same plastic removal tool I carefully lifted the clips up enough inside the housing, taking good care not to snap them. The two unreachable inner clips, near the camera, were a little more tricky to unclip, but I found by applying downward pressure on the outside of the case, on one side, I was able to finally take the camera’s side housing fully apart.

Next, I located the exposed rain sensor cable and disconnected it, then I connected the camera’s own male power cable on the FITCAMX back into this same female port and then I connected the original rain sensor connector back into the remaining female port on the FITCAMX cable.

With both connections done, it was time to attach the camera housing back around the rain sensor mount, making sure the cables were kept inside the housing and to finish, I clipped the housing back together. Lifting the housing upwards to connect the whole housing back on to the rain sensor mount, making the whole camera fit and feel more solid and secure.

The FITCAMX App

With the install completed, I powered up the car which in turn powers up the camera, and turn my attention to my phone, I downloaded the FITCAMX application from the App Store and connected my phone to the camera via the built-in 2.4Ghz WI-FI hotspot that was now being transmitted from the dash camera.

Connecting to the camera from the app was seamless and fast. Soon I was able to see the camera already powered on and displaying its view in the app. There are two buttons below this video feed to pause recording and to take a photo. Whilst on the bottom navigation menu you can browse the onboard SD card for past recordings and configure the camera’s recording output and features in the Settings area. 

In the Settings area you can set the camera to record audio, change photo and video resolutions, adjust exposure compensation and the sensitivity of detection during a collision, for event recording, and also, if supported, sensitivity collision whilst parking. Unfortunately, whatever resolution you have the camera set to, I only was able to select no more than 1 minute recordings, where as I would have preferred 3-5 minute recordings. The same goes for frame rate. This wasn’t adjustable or told to you if a lower resoltiion offered a faster framerate than the 30fps at the highest 2160P setting.

Browsing captured video recordings were decent though. Its speed was helped with the shorter clip filesize, but at 1 minute lengths, there are many of them to go through for longer journeys. I didn’t see an option to adjust the time on the camera, and unfortunately the timestamps in my first few days of videos and in the app were incorrect, but since a recent update the date now seems to be correct.

Day & Night Video Quality

As for camera quality, I found the camera to be fairly decent, especially in day light recording. I would say it isn’t as good as my 70mai A800 DashCam Pro, but it got quite close in places, and it was also better in certain conditions. The 2160P and 30fps resolution that was advertised was accurate when files were saved to my camera roll. Recording is sharp, with numberplates of vehicles in front being clearly readable, as is text on signs that’s being passed near by. I would say the colour in the video came across as a little more saturated for me, but its overall quality looked generally quite natural.

Night time recording quality was acceptable also, with low light levels of detail being quite good, whilst it did struggle with oncoming lights on the other side of the road, and some smearing of lights over the A800, having a camera that does well in both day and night can be quite difficult and expensive. The Wide Dynamic Ranged seemed to cope well though, when switching between very light and dark conditions, with transitions between them being fairly fast and seamless.

My Impressions

The VW Golf Mk7 model of FITCAMX I am reviewing would cost $168 from FITCAMX directly, which isn’t a bad price considering the quality of the camera, and the fact that it looks like it was factory installed. Being able to connect over Wi-Fi makes for easy browsing and downloading of files. I had trouble viewing the .TS files when browsing off the SD card, but the Handbrake app allowed me to convert them to .MP4 files without a fuss. The date issue seemed to have been resolved with a new update, however, I would still like to see frame rates of each resolution being mentioned, a bump in framerate for lower resolutions, and also the ability to extend the recording length to 3 or 5-minute clips.

So overall in summary; considering the ease of install, the OEM factory look of the camera and that it’s discreet and hidden away from view, both internally and externally, along with its decent quality capture of video and audio, I’ve decided to decomission my 70mai A800 DashCam Pro in favor of this FITCAMX dash camera. It may not be the best, but there are more pros and there are cons on this camera, and I just love how integrated the camera is with my VW Golf interior. It really is like it came out of the factory, and I can’t commend its makers enough to be able to bring consumers this kind of discrete looking dashcam to a vast spectrum of makes and models that they support.

If you’re looking for a factory-like integration dash camera, then I thoroughly recommend you start browsing the FITCAMX website for your car make and model and if you’re car make and model is listed, then wouldn’t hesitate in pressing that buy button.

TIMESTAMPS:

0:00 – Brief overview
0:46 – Unboxing
1:04 – Supported models available
1:33 – Camera Features
3:14 – Installation
5:10 – FITCAMX App connection & features
6:59 – Video Quality Day
7:37 – Video Quality Night
8:08 – My Impressions

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