Thinkware Q1000 Dash Camera Review

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Expensive dual-camera setup comes with generous specs, but image quality doesn’t stand out against better-value rivals

Thinkware have been among the leading dash cam brands in the UK for a few years now, with a wide range of devices ranging from entry level units priced under £100 to those who sing and dance for £400.

The Q1000 is a recently launched model that sits towards the top of the range, bringing many of the features of the flagship devices but without the high-end image sensor. Prices start at £259.99 for the single-camera version, rising to £359.99 for the dual-camera unit we’re testing.

In the box are front and rear cameras with built-in GPS, a 32 GB microSD memory card, a polarizing filter for the front lens, a 12 V power adapter and a separate wiring kit, as well as a long cable for connect the front and rear cameras.

Design and assembly

The Thinkware Q1000 has no display screen, which allows for a wide but relatively flat design, giving it a low profile when mounted on the windshield. This means it’s easier to mount high and out of the driver’s line of sight than some competing cameras and the lens rotates up and down to account for different windshield angles. The mount itself is incredibly thin, but its single-use adhesive pad attachment requires careful positioning to ensure the camera is pointing directly forward. The rear camera is a more traditional cylinder with a swivel mechanism to properly align the lens.

Features

Central to the Q1000’s features are its cameras. Unlike many dual-camera setups, both units feature 2K 1440p recording at 30 frames per second, with the front offering “TrueHDR” for better contrast and a 156-degree field of view. GPS and Wi-Fi are built in, and the Q1000 features the Super Night Vision 3.0 update for low-light shooting. Like many cameras at this price, it includes ADAS systems including lane departure warning, forward collision warning and forward vehicle departure warning, as well as speed camera alerts. Their effectiveness, as always, depends on the accuracy of the editing and calibration of the camera. The camera also offers parking detection when wired, including low power motion or impact detection and time lapse functions. There is no screen on the camera, but live and recorded images can be viewed through the smartphone app, which also allows users to adjust camera settings.

Image quality

Image quality is at the heart of a dash cam’s appeal, so it’s a shame the Q1000 doesn’t shine in this regard. The specs promise great things, especially from the main camera, but the reality is slightly grainy and blurry footage that’s noticeably weaker than the Nextbase 622GW and not significantly better than the Cobra SC200D, which downgrades its images to Full HD in dual-camera mode. Contrast and color are good and night vision does a good job of boosting brightness in dark scenes but image definition, day or night, is just acceptable. The rear camera fare better compared to rivals such as the Cobra, delivering brighter and sharper images.

Verdict

The Thinkware Q1000 is not a cheap dash cam option, especially in dual camera form. This is reflected in the level of specification and features it offers, but unfortunately not in the quality of its images. While its low-light and rear camera images are above average, the main camera fails to match the performance of similarly priced alternatives.


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