Although we’d rather not have to create an account to use it, the Aivo View ticks all the boxes (good captures, ease of use, GPS) for a top-notch modern dash cam.
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iOttie Aivo View Dash Cam: $149.95
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If you want a dash cam with a minimalist look, the eye-catching iOttie Aivo view, with barely a button in sight, might be your best bet. Setup requires a phone app, but that’s a bit of a hassle in a phone-centric world. What is not necessarily kosher is having to create an account before you can use said app.
Otherwise, the Aivo View is an excellent 1600p front dash cam with built-in GPS, plus above-average day and night capture and Alexa support.
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iOttie Aivo View: Design and Features
The Aivo View body is a simple rounded square shape that looks and feels solidly built. It uses a magnetic coupled mount whose base plate attaches to your front window using a semi-permanent adhesive. There is a micro USB connector on the right side and an SD card slot on the left protected when not in use by a rubber plug. That’s all, except for the cabin-side power light. (See below)
While the camera is capable of capturing 1600p/30 frames per second, it takes 1440p video at 30fps by default. Lower resolutions down to 720p are also available, if you need to save space or reduce wear and tear on your SD cards. The field of view is 140 degrees, which captures quite a bit of action from the sides.
iOttie also includes a Bluetooth remote button that you can attach to a convenient location to instantly capture important moments with just a touch. These videos are recorded and will not be overwritten as with a normal looping video. Videos are also recorded if the G-sensor detects an impact, as with all dash cams.
The camera connects to your phone via Wi-Fi and the app is used for both live view and to configure the camera. As noted, you need to create an account before this can happen. There’s no internet when you’re online, so you’ll generally want to use the app sparingly. Unless of course you want to use Alexa to control the Aivo View, whose camera fully supports commands.
Above you can see some of the settings, including the 1600p video option.
As for the account, iOttie says it allows multiple devices to be registered and connected, as well as allowing the company to notify customers of firmware updates. I’m not saying an account can’t be useful, but none of this “requires” an account. Only online storage “requires” an account and with GPS data at stake one may be concerned about telemetry and privacy. The company claims not to use the former and will never market GPS data.
iOttie Aivo view: performance
Below is the front shot of the Aivo View on a partly cloudy day in San Francisco. The fish-eye effect of the 140 degree FOV lens is apparent in the telephone wires, but the overall effect in the horizontal plane is minimal. Note that the Aivo View is yet another dash cam that doesn’t seem to be able to extrapolate a time zone from GPS coordinates, even if the date is correct.
Night catches were very good; however, they do not reveal too much additional detail when treated post facto. Either way, they’re colorful, nice to look at, and contain enough detail for legal purposes and casual viewing.
The capture below is with my headlights on. You can see the extra light is blowing out the numbers on the front license plate. This is basically a worst-case scenario with no movement, so don’t take it too seriously. That said, other dash cams have handled the same scenario better.
While I wouldn’t put the Aivo View captures at the top of the heap, they are certainly in the realm of top-tier status and very good for the price.
iOttie Aivo View: Conclusion
The Aivo View is a very good dash cam that looks great in the cabin and is perfect for today’s phone-centric users. It is also affordable when it comes to GPS-enabled cameras. If it wasn’t for the account requirement, I wouldn’t have any complaints.