Maisi Ultra HD Dash Cam Review

The Maisi Ultra HD dash cam features both superb video quality (greater than 1080p), and an incredibly wide field of view, giving you convincing proof if you are hit from any direction. The quality is good enough to pick up finer details such as number plates, and the motion detection mode will protect your vehicle while parked. If you are looking for an easy to use, great value for money dash cam, the Maisi Ultra HD should be one of your top considerations. As with all Maisi dash cams, the customer support is second to none. Note: this model is very similar to the Maisi In-Car Camcorder, another dash cam worth looking at.

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Maisi Ultra HD Dash Cam In Car Camcorder

Maisi Dash Cam Front Mount

The Good And The Bad

Positive Aspects
  • Superior 1296p HD resolution looks fantastic
  • Extremely wide field of view with the 150° Wide Angle Lens (wider than some 170° dash cams)
  • The easiest dash cam we've ever used - very intuitive
  • Fantastic customer support
Negative Aspects
  • Very noisy recordings
  • No microSD card included

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Before You Begin

Most cameras are unable to store footage without a microSD card, so you will need to purchase one before setting anything up. The Maisi Ultra HD Dash Cam accepts microSD cards up to 32GB, and we recommend a Class 10 card as they guarantee a write speed of at least 10MB/s, a requirement for 1080p video. To make the most of this cameras superior 1296p resolution, we recommend a 32GB card with a write speed of around 30mb/s (SanDisk Extreme). Our recommended cards for this dash cam are listed below, but most Class 10 microSD cards should work.


Transcend Ultimate 32GB

Transcend 32GB Ultimate microSD cardHigh Quality & Durability


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Samsung 32GB Evo

Samsung Evo 32GB microSD cardAverage Quality & Durability


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Faulty or counterfeit microSD cards are becoming more common on sites such as Amazon and Ebay. For this reason, we recommend you always purchase from the manufacturer through Amazon, rather than a third party seller.


Maisi Ultra HD Dash Cam Main Features

Super HD Recording - This camera allows a range of recording resolutions including Super HD 2304 x 1296p, Full HD 1080p with High Dynamic Range, and 720p at 60 frames per second, giving you access to the best resolution dash cams are currently able to offer.

150 Degree Wide Angle LensThe 150° wide angle lens covers the entire road, allowing this dash cam to pick up overtaking cars earlier than other models. Not only will this provide a clearer view of the surrounding area, but the footage can be relied on if a car hits you while pulling into your lane.

Suction Mount Included - The included suction mount allows you to use the Maisi In-Car Camcorder in multiple vehicles, as the setup will only be temporary. This also makes setting up and adjusting the dash cam quick and easy, and provides you with stable recordings. 

Loop Recording - This Maisi Dash Cam records in loops of 3 mins or 5 mins. If the microSD card reaches maximum capacity, the dash cam will begin overwriting the oldest footage that hasn't been protected.

G-Sensor - This built-in accelerometer detects any changes in gravity forces and automatically enters Emergency Recording Mode, protecting the important footage. The three sensitivity settings on this camera are low, medium, and high (you can also turn the G-Sensor off). If the footage locks when driving over potholes and speed bumps, you should reduce the sensitivity of the G-Sensor.

Motion Detection - After turning this on in the menu, the Maisi Ultra HD Dashcam will enter parking mode when it stops receiving power. In this mode, the dash cam will automatically begin recording as soon as motion is detected.

Advanced Features - The Maisi Ultra HD features several advanced features. The Low Light Warning system detects when it is dark, and reminds you to turn on the headlights. The Lane Departure Warning System indicates when you are drifting out of lane, great for long motorway journeys.

In The Box

  • 1 x Maisi Ultra HD Dash Cam
  • 1 x  Suction Mount
  • 1 x Car Charger (12V)
  • 1 x USB to Mini USB Cable
  • 1 x Maisi Dash Cam User Manual

Maisi Ultra HD Unboxed

Buttons And Slots

The Maisi Ultra HD has four buttons on the back, underneath the screen. These buttons feel very well made, making it easy to navigate the menu. The far left button is used to enter this menu, and is also used to "Go Back" when making a selection. The next button (up) takes you to the playback screen, allowing you to watch any of the footage you have recorded. The third button (down) will stop the current recording, and can be pressed again to take a picture. The right hand button (OK) will lock the current recording, and if recording has been paused, it will allow you to resume. This is also used as the selection button in the menu.

Maisi In Car Dash Cam Front 2

Maisi Ultra HDDash Cam Back 2

A fantastic feature on this dash cam is the On/Off switch, which demonstrates a well thought out design. As the camera is switched on, the micro SD card slot is covered up. This prevents you from inserting or removing the card while the dash cam is in use, as this can cause irreparable damage.

On the opposite side to this switch you will find two slots. The top one is for the USB cable. This is used to power the dash cam while  in use, and can also be used to transfer the video files to your computer. The final slot is for a HDMI cable, and allows you to connect the dash cam to a HD monitor and play back video.

Maisi In Car Camcorder Dash Cam Right 3

Maisi Dash Cam Left 3


How To Set Up


The very first thing you need to do is insert the microSD card. It is very important to insert the card before switching it on, to avoid damage to either the card, or the camera.

Maisi Dash Cam SD Card In 2


Suction Cup Installation

To begin, slide the suction cup mount on top of the dash cam. You may need to use a lot of force while pushing, as this can be difficult to get on. At this point you will want to peel off the lens cover. Take the dash cam to your car, and experiment with a few positions to see which you prefer. It is important to check the laws where you live, to find out where you are allowed to place the dash cam. As long as the camera is on the passenger side, or behind the rear view mirror (and not obstructing any of the drivers vision) you should be fine.

When you are happy with the position, attach the suction mount to the windscreen by pushing it on and clicking the lever up. This mount is very easy to take off by simply using the lever, so spend some time finding a good location. Once stuck on, simply twist the knob and adjust the angle of the camera. 


  • Maisi In Car Camcorder Mount 1
    Begin with the suction cup mount, and the Maisi dash cam.


The next step is to route the cables as shown in the slideshow below. You should aim to route the cable on the passenger side, so any dangling or loose wires won't distract the driver. Basically, your aim is to tuck as much of the wire away as you can. For a more detailed guide on dash cam cable management, click here to read our How To Set Up A Dash Cam - Cable Management Guide.

For most cars the cable can easily be tucked above the windscreen, then down under the rubber. It is worth noting, there may be an airbag underneath this panel, so you may want to take the wire down the side of the windscreen instead, using tape or cable mounting clips. You can then bring the wires across the footwell. Use sellotape to stick the wire under the glove box, or tuck it under the mats to avoid tripping over. For a better looking finish, you can click here to get some self-adhesive cable mounts. These will stick anywhere in the car, and allow you to manage the wires a lot easier.

  • Dash Cam Cable Management
    Tuck the cable above the windscreen over the passenger side.

The next step will depend on how your car delivers power to the 12V socket. Plug the 12V plug into the socket (the cigarette lighter receptacle), and look for a light on the camera. If the camera isn't being powered, this means your car requires the ignition to be on for the 12V socket to be active. If this is the case, turn on the ignition, and switch on the dash cam.

Now the camera has switched on, you should see the recording icon appear, indicating the camera has automatically started recording footage. If this isn't the case, or if you receive any sort of warning, you can visit the Product Questions Page to find assistance. If you receive a warning about the SD card, you may have received a counterfeit one, and should get in touch with the SD card seller.

Maisi Ultra Hd Dash Cam Screen 1

The Menus

Important: With any first time set up, you should begin by formatting the SD card (make sure the footage has been copied to your PC as this will wipe all the current data). To do this, press the menu button (far left). This will automatically stop the current recording, and enter the menu. From here, you'll have to press up three times to navigate to the "Format" selection. Once highlighted, press "OK", and use the up arrow to highlight "Yes" before pressing "OK" to confirm.

Format Maisi Dash Cam

Unlike other budget dash cams, the menu on the Maisi In-Car Dash Cam is intuitive and easy to navigate. Everything is laid out under a single menu, which is accessed by pressing the button on the left, and navigation is done using the up and down buttons. Pressing the "OK" button selects an option, and when you have changed the desired setting, the left button takes you back to the menu. Press this again to exit the menu, and enter back into recording mode.



File Playback - Allows you to select footage to watch back on the dash cam (this cam also be done by pressing the up button).

Date/Time - Set the current date and time.

Time Stamp - Off/On - Allows the user to stamp the date and time at the bottom left of the video. Handy for insurance purposes, less important for personal use.

Video Resolution - Here you can decide the recording resolution. I recommend HDR 1920 x 1080, as this will offer fantastic quality with decent file sizes. It is possible to record at 2304 x 1296 resolution, but the large file sizes will fill up the microSD card quicker. It is also worth noting that you won't notice much of a difference with the 1296p recordings, unless you have a monitor with equal or better resolution (most monitors only support 1080p). If you value frame rate over video quality, it is worth considering recording at 720p@60fps.

Photo Resolution - 13M, 9M, or 4M - The resolution of the still images taken by the camera. 

Image Quality - S. Fine / Fine / Normal - This determines the quality of the still images taken by the camera; S. Fine is the best, while normal is the lowest quality.

EV Allows you to adjust the exposure compensation. Adjusting this setting will make the images brighter or dimmer. 

ADAS Detect - On / Off - This will turn on/off the driver assistance systems.

LCD Setting - On / 30 sec / 3 min / Off

Voice Record - On/Off

Beep - Adjusts the volume of the beep

Record Interval This is the loop length - 3 min / 5 min

Motion Detection - While motion detection is turned on, the camera will automatically record when it senses movement. Be warned though, this feature only works when the camera isn't connected to a power source, so can only last as long as the battery life.

Collision Detection - G Sensor - Off / High / Medium / Low - This accelerometer detects a change in gravity forces, and protects the important loops. If you find the footage is locked by potholes and speed bumps, consider reducing the sensitivity of the G-Sensor.

Frequency - Auto / 60Hz / 50Hz - Choose the correct frequency  for the power line to avoid flickering.

Language - English / German / French / Italian / Spanish / Portuguese / Turkish / Polish.

File DeletionAllows you to delete files.

Format - Formats the microSD card (this will delete all current data).

Default - Reverts the dash cam to the default settings.

About - Displays the firmware version.


We have added footage below of the Maisi Ultra HD dash cam in use. For this test, we have included both day and night. These videos are linked from Youtube, so clicking on the screen icon in the bottom right of the video will allow you to view the video in full screen mode. If you would like to see footage of different resolutions, please visit our Youtube channel. Unfortunately Youtube's compression makes the video quality seem worse than it is, so bear this in mind while watching.

Maisi Ultra HD Daytime Footage

Maisi Ultra HD Night Footage

As you can see from the videos, the quality of the footage is pretty good, and even allows you to pick up number plates at a close distance. Although the colours aren't as vibrant as those recorded with the Maisi Smart, the footage is fairly sharp, and definitely good enough to rely on as evidence. The standout feature on this dash cam is the very wide angle lens. This is described as a 150 degree lens, but captures a much wider field of view than the 170 degree lens of the Maisi Smart. I've included a couple of images below to give you an example, but I am very impressed with the coverage this dash cam provides. As with any other dash cam, clarity is lost in the dark, but still gives you good enough quality to rely on as evidence. The camera has slight problems with streaks of light, but overall the night footage is very impressive for a dash cam of this price.

Maisi Smart Dash Cam170 Degree Wide Angle Lens

Maisi Ultra HD Dash Cam150 Degree Wide Angle Lens

Maisi Ultra HD Screenshot JPEG

We recommend using the 1920 x 1080 HDR resolution option, as this offers the best compromise between video quality and file size. The highest resolution setting looks fantastic, but the two major drawbacks are a) Most monitors can't display the resolution to it's full potential, and b) The video files are very large, filling up the microSD card quicker. The 720p @60fps setting is also a great option, but sacrifices sharpness for a smoother video. My 32GB micro SD card allowed 30 emergency recordings, more than enough as long as you format the card regularly.


Playing Back Files On The Dash Cam

To play back files on the Maisi Ultra HD dash cam, you will first need to go into "Playback Mode" by pressing the up button. From here you can use the up/down buttons to navigate through the videos, and press "OK" to play the highlighted one. Now you can use the "OK" button to pause and play the video, use the far left button to go back, or use the up and down arrows to go through each video, very simple and intuitive. The only complaint you might make here is that it would be nice to delete a video in playback mode, rather than having to go into the menu. 


Transferring Files To The Computer

There are two ways of getting the recorded footage on to the computer. The first method is to connect the dash cam to your computer with the supplied USB cable. When you plug the camera in and turn it on, the screen will go black and say "USB connecting". This will allow the files on the dash cam to be accessed through your computer. It should be labeled as "M60".

Access this folder and simply copy the files you want, then paste them over to a folder on your computer. The device contains two folders; EVENT and NORMAL. The EVENT folder is where you will find the protected recordings and the NORMAL folder contains the other loops. It can be a good idea to reformat the microSD card after transferring files over, to prevent file corruption, and free up space for more emergency recordings. If you are going to do this, make sure to copy over every file you need, as they will be deleted when the microSD card is reformatted.

An alternative method is to make sure the dash cam is switched off, then remove the microSD card. This card can be inserted into your laptop or computer, with the use of an SD card adapter. When the SD card is plugged in, your computer should notify you. Open up the folder and simply copy and paste the files over, the same way as the previous method.

The Good And The Bad

Positive Aspects
  • Superior 1296p HD resolution looks fantastic
  • Extremely wide field of view with the 150° Wide Angle Lens (wider than some 170° dash cams)
  • The easiest dash cam we've ever used - very intuitive
  • Fantastic customer support
Negative Aspects
  • Very noisy recordings
  • No microSD card included



We'll start with the positives...

As stated earlier the Maisi Ultra HD provides very high quality when set to the best resolution, but file size can be a major downside. For this reason we recommend recording at 1920 x 1080 HDR, as this resolution has a good balance between quality and file size. 720p @60fps is a great alternative choice for those who prefer a smoother video to great resolution. The High Dynamic Range helps the camera provide a great video at night, and although the colours aren't very vibrant, the sharp video allows you to read number plates at fairly close range. The stand out feature is the very wide field of view, giving you an incredible view of the surrounding area, and protecting you from being hit from the side. The Maisi's LCD screen is pretty good, and this dash cam can handle direct sunlight very well.

This dash cam is one of the best we've tested, and I am happy to recommend this to anybody looking for a simple dash cam to protect them on the road. I also recommend checking out the Maisi In Car Camcorder, as this is a very similar dash cam. For slightly superior video quality and GPS tracking data, take a look at the Smart car recorder with GPS, also from Maisi.

Now for the negatives. These may sound like we're being a bit picky, but that shows you how much we struggled to find any major flaws with this camera.

I found the mount particularly hard to attach to the camera, as this required a lot of force. Once attached however, there were no issues. Although this dash cam can record audio the quality is very poor, and the microphone picks up a lot of background noise. The loop length can only be set to 3 or 5 minutes, so if you would like to record a continuous journey you will need to stitch these together in a video editing software.

My final and largest complaint is with the motion detection. This only works when the camera isn't receiving power, therefore can only record for as long as the battery lasts. For a quick stop at the shops this is fine, but for longer periods of parking, or setting up as a camera in the home, you will have a problem with battery life. Because of this setting, there isn't much point hardwiring the dash cam to your car.

As far as improvements go, we always like to see more dash cams come with microSD cards included, to avoid the extra cost, and confusion about which to buy. This is particularly important with the Maisi Ultra HD, as purchasing the standard class 10 microSD may not be fast enough to record at the highest resolution. I would also like to use motion detection when receiving power, so the dash cam can be used for more than just driving and quick stops. Apart from this, the Maisi is very easy to use, and has everything you need in a basic dash cam. I would be more than happy to rely on this camera to protect me on the road.

Some other dash cams to consider are; the Rexing V1 for a more discreet design and lower price (also lower quality), the Maisi Smart for GPS tracking, and the Maisi In-Car Camcorder, with a similar design to the Maisi Ultra HD.

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With The Maisi Ultra HD Dash Cam We Recommend

SanDisk Extreme 32GB Class 10This microSD card has a superior write speed, allowing it to store high resolution video footage. Make sure to purchase from a reputable seller rather than a third party vendor. If you aren't interested in 1296p recordings, the Transcend Ultimate uses superior NAND flash (MLC rather than TLC), offering greater reliability and longevity.

Dash Cam CableThis cable should be suitable for the Maisi Ultra HD Dash Cam or Maisi In Car Camcorder as a spare or additional wire, with an additional USB slot.

Self Adhesive Cable Mounts - These mounts will allow you to fasten the cables underneath the glove box of your car, providing easier cable management.

Cigarette Lighter SplitterThis cigarette lighter splitter will turn your single socket into two sockets, with an additional USB slot for charging phones. This is a must buy for drivers using both a dash cam and a sat nav.

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Rexing V1

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Specifications Table

Image Sensor 1/3" CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels 2688 (H) x 1520 (V)
Storage Media Supports Micro SDHC, up to 32GB Class 10 or above
LCD Display 2.4 " LDC Colour TFT (262K pixels)
Lens Wide Angle Fixed Focus Lens F/2.0, f=2.6mm
Focus Range 0.5m~Infinity
Video Format MOV
Video Resolution WFHD (2560 x 1080) 30fps / Super HD (2304 x 1296) 30fps / Full HD 1920 x 1080 30fps / HD (1280 x 720) 60fps
Still Image (JPEG) 13 Megapixel (4800 x 2700) / 9 Megapixel (4000 x 2250) / 4 Megapixel (2688 x 1512)
Shutter Electronic Shutter
Auto: 1/2~1/2000 sec
Gravity Sensor 3 Axis G-Force Sensor
ISO Auto
White Balance Auto
Microphone Yes
Speaker Yes
Connection Mini USB
Battery Built-In 470mAH Li-polymer rechargeable (Not replaceable)
Operating Temparuture 0°-50°C
Operating Humidity 20-70% RH
Storage Temperature -20° - 80°C
Dimensions 65 x 70 x 27.5mm
Weight Approx. 80g (without memory card)


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