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Vicovation Vico-Marcus 4 UHDR Dash Cam Review




Dashboard cameras are something that you buy as preparation for a time when you might need it. It could be used as proof when involved in an accident, for documentation purposes, and, when someone counterflows and blocks your way, you can upload the clip for the world to see.

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What we have here is the Vico-Marcus 4 from Taiwanese company Vicovation and was released back in 2014. It has some interesting features such as recording on 21:9 (read 21 is to 9) ratio at 2560 x 1080p.

Design and Construction

 

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The Vico-Marcus 4 has a boxy form factor. Just like the HP f310 dash cam that we reviewed, it sports a rectangular case but this one has a thicker body compared to HP’s. The entire shell is made of plastic with the sensor sticking out in the middle.

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At the back is where the 2-inch display is found for adjusting the settings and reviewing the recorded clips. It has 5 buttons for emergency recording, normal recording, options, sound, and power. They also act as navigational buttons when on the settings menu.

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A microSD card slot is found on the left face of the device. Vico-Marcus 4 supports up to 128GB of external storage but keep in mind that it only accepts class 10 cards for easy reading/writing of data.

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Connectivity ports are on the right side, with USB 2.0 for power, HDMI for hooking it up to a bigger screen, and another port for connecting a GPS module since it doesn’t have one built-in.

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The package includes the dashboard camera, a suction mount, and the 4-meter cigar car charger. There are other accessories for Marcus 4 but you need to shell out extra money for it. There’s a CPL filter, a quick-mount bracket, and a separate GPS mouse.

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Additional accessories:

  • Quick-mounting bracket (Php700)
  • 52mm CPL filter to reduce glares and reflection (Php1,500)
  • GPS mouse for Smart Warning features (Php1,780)

 

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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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9 Responses

  1. John Nieurzyla says:

    My experience with most Car videos, when using in Philippines, they tend not stay attached to windscreen as the heat causes problems, and when used on the dash, also fail to work if used when strong sunshine as the heat is too much for them.

    • izrayel says:

      this uses a capacitor, best suited for our extreme hot temperatures. that is why battery operated dashcams is not advisable as the battery is almost guaranteed to fail due to extreme heat,

  2. Digest says:

    Sana may Dash cam roundup para maganda comparison ng bawat product with the price performance ratio. Necessity na dash cams ngaun. Lalo na’t mag eelection nnaman.

  3. gio says:

    Walang price? Kulang yung info.

  4. Elite's says:

    Dashcam nowadays necessity na natin to, bukod na useful siya para ma record mo ung accident mo (huwag naman sana) / accidents nang iba. Iwas goyo din sa mga traffic enforcer na balak kang “kotongan” kasi ang Marcus may built-in audio recorder din kaya maririnig mo ang mga nasa loob ng sasakyan.

    @Gio – nasa page three po mayroon po na price. 8,700 pesos

  5. David says:

    What I see, Marcus 4, blends in during the night. Not like others cam available in Philippines where it is too bright (white) during the night. In the night footage, what amaze me is the reflection or deflection of lights seems like non-existence. Not sure if the car was tinted heavily or else.

    What I found in FB where there is a Chinese Cam, name ROGA X18+ (https://youtu.be/SAkofQ0qBR0?t=15) and A11 (https://www.facebook.com/100009324378272/videos/1531051533882311/) where my personal point of view can match up with Marcus 4. Take a look of the footage.

    I hope Mr. Kevin Bruce Francisco can write a review on these five dash cams (Zumi, Vico, HP and ROGA) together having them installed side by side.

    Thank you Mr. Kevin Bruce Francisco for the review and as a dash cam enthusiast, hope to see more review on the high end type like Thinkware, BlackVue etc.

  6. andrew says:

    Hello,

    I bought a marcus 4 few days ago and i have a problem : i recorded for about 1-2 hours but when i want to see the movie on my laptop it only has 20 seconds or less…what am i doing wrong? can you help me please?

  7. David says:

    @Andrew
    Where you brought your Marcus4 and what SD card you use? Hopefully is not Sandisk. VicoVation does not support Sandisk.
    This applies to all SD Card that the read and write speed is slow. If your card is too slow, the camera may stop recording as the card can’t keep up with the output of data from the camera, regardless of your recording settings. Try SD card with above 40mbps speed and UHS-1. Hope this help.

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