Rexing V1 Dash Cam Review

The Rexing V1 dash cam is at the top end of our budget price bracket, but this helps the camera outshine the competition. This dash cam can record at 1080p Full HD, with a very wide 170° Viewing Angle. Unlike other cheap cameras, the Rexing V1 comes with 2 Self Adhesive pads, allowing you to permanently fix the mount to the windscreen. This results in very stable recordings, and allows you to clip the camera on or off the mount with ease. We found this camera the easiest to set up, and preferred the quality of the footage over the other budget cameras. It handles low light recording very well in comparison to other cameras of this price.

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Rexing V1 Dash Cam

Rexing V1 Dash Cam Review

 

The Good And The Bad

 

Positive Aspects
  • 1080p Full HD resolution looks great
  • 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens picks up plenty of the surrounding area
  • The WDR does well with low and high amounts of light
  • Discreet design, and very easy to install
  • The adhesive mounts increase stability of the recordings
Negative Aspects
  • No suction mount option, so setting the dash cam up is permanent
  • No microSD card included

Click Here To See Full Specifications For The Rexing V1

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 Rexing V1 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. Our recommended cards for this dash cam are listed below, but most Class 10 microSD cards should work.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE ITEM IS DISPATCHED AND SOLD BY EITHER AMAZON OR THE MANUFACTURER. IF YOU PURCHASE FROM ANOTHER SELLER, YOU ARE LIKELY TO RECEIVE A COUNTERFEIT PRODUCT.

Transcend Ultimate 32GB

Transcend 32GB Ultimate microSD cardHigh Quality & Durability

£9.99

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Samsung 32GB Evo

Samsung Evo 32GB microSD cardAverage Quality & Durability

£7.99

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Kingston 32GB Class 10

Kingston Class 10 32GB microSD cardCheapest Card

£7.49

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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. Click here to read our microSD card guide, and find out how you can avoid counterfeit products.

 

Rexing V1 Main Features

Full HD Recording - This camera is able to record in both 720p and Full HD 1080p resolution, giving you great video quality.

170 Degree Wide Angle LensThe 170° wide angle lens covers the entire road, and even allows you to pick up overtaking cars earlier than most dash cams. As being hit from the side is one of the most common collisions, this provides you with extra peace of mind.

Wide Dynamic Range - With Wide Dynamic Range enabled, exposure settings are automatically adjusted to improve recording in bright or dim environments. The Rexing V1 does a good job adjusting to the differing light conditions, providing you with clear footage in bright daylight, and decent night time videos.

Adhesive Mounts - Two self-adhesive mounts are included in the box, allowing you to permanently fix the camera mounts to the windscreen. This greatly increases stability of the footage when compared to a suction mount, and makes setting the camera up quick and easy.

Loop Recording - As with most dash cams, the Rexing V1 records in loops of 3mins, 5mins, or 10min (this feature can also be turned off). When the microSD card fills up, the camera will begin overwriting footage that hasn't been protected.

G-Sensor - This accelerometer detects a change in gravity forces, and automatically protects the important loops. There are three sensitivity settings on this camera. If you find the footage is locked by potholes and speed bumps, you can reduce the sensitivity of the G-Sensor.

In The Box

  • Rexing V1 Dash Cam
  • 2 x Self Adhesive Mounting Kits
  • 1 x Car Charger (12V)
  • 1 x USB to Mini USB Cable
  • 1 x User Manual

Rexing V1 Dash Cam Unboxing

Buttons And Slots

On the front of the camera you will find five buttons. The far left button (with the picture of a camera on) allows you to switch between video mode, camera mode, and playback mode. The next button along (REC) will manually stop and start recording. Recording needs to be stopped to access the menu. In "Settings Mode" this button is used to navigate up. The "MIC" button allows you to navigate down in "Settings Mode", and lets the driver mute or un-mute the microphone when recording. The far right button (with 2 screens) is used to turn the screen on and off, a useful feature to stop distractions when driving. Finally, the "OK" button confirms a selection in "Settings Mode", and during recording mode this will activate Emergency Lock Mode, protecting the current file.

Rexing V1

There are three buttons on the left side. The far left (top) is the power button, used to turn the device on or off. The small button in the middle can be pressed and held for four seconds to reset the device, in the event that it freezes. The final button is the "Menu" button, used to enter and exit settings mode. Also on the left side, we have a slot for the microSD card to go in, with the writing facing up (towards the screen). On the right side, the USB slot is used to either power the camera or transfer files, using either of the mini USB cables provided. A GPS add-on can be purchased separately, and plugged into the "GPS" slot. The other slot is for an additional rear camera, but this option isn't currently available at the time of reviewing.

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Rexing V1 Dash Cam Right

 

How To Set Up

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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.

Rexing V1 Dash Cam SD card

 

To begin installation, take your camera to the car along with one of the self adhesive pads, and one of the mounts. If you have any rubbing alcohol to clean the windscreen take it with you, but this isn't vital. Now I suggest cleaning the flat side of the mount before sticking on one side of the adhesive pad. After this is firmly stuck on, slide the mount onto the back of the Rexing V1 until it clicks in place. This will help you get an idea of where the dash cam will be placed.

Experiment with positioning of the dash cam on the windscreen until you find a convenient place. It is important to check the laws wherever you live, to make sure the dash cam placement won't be breaking the law. 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. Remember to leave a small gap at the top of the windscreen, so the USB cable can fit above. When you are confident of the location (and have left enough room above for the USB cable) stick the dash cam to the windscreen. Once the camera is stuck on well enough, you can slide the camera from the mount and continue firmly pressing it in place.

Don't rush this step, once the adhesive mount is in place you will struggle to remove it. If you do misplace the pad or would like to fit the camera in a different car, there is another self adhesive pad and mount in the box.

  • Rexing V1 Mount And Adhesive Pad
    Mount and Adhesive Pad

 

The next step is to route the cables as shown in the slideshow below. Always route the cable on the passenger side, so any loose or dangling wires won't distract the driver. For our detailed guide on cable routing, click this link. Basically, you are aiming to tuck as much of the cable away as possible. For most cars, this should be easy to tuck above the windscreen and down under the rubber, but without proper clips the wires can get messy in the footwell. It is worth noting, there may be an airbag underneath this side panel, so you may want to take the wire down the side of the windscreen instead, using tape or cable mounting clips.

Use sellotape to stick the wire under the glove box if needed, 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 at 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 wait for the camera to load.

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.

 

Rexing V1 Guide

 

The recording icon (red circle) is displayed whenever footage is being recorded. This will need to be stopped if you want to enter the menu. The Emergency Lock Button appears in the top left whenever a clip has been protected, either by manually pressing the button or if the G-Sensor has detected sudden movement.

The Menus

Important: The first thing you should do with any first time set up is format the SD card (make sure the card is empty as this will wipe all the current data). To do this, first press the "REC" button to stop the device from recording. From here, you need to press the menu button twice to enter system settings. Use the "MIC/Down" button to navigate down to the "Format" option, and press "OK". Use the navigation buttons button to highlight the word "Yes", then press "OK".

 

Format microSD card

 

The menus on this camera are easy to navigate. You enter the Video Menu screen by clicking the "Menu" button, and navigate using the Up, Down, and OK buttons. Pressing the "Menu" button twice will take you into the system settings. All the menu options are briefly outlined below.

 

Less Important

Date/Time Setup / Language / Recording Audio / Screen Saver / Auto-Power Off / Beep Sound / Light Frequency / Plate Number / Factory Reset

 

Most Important

Resolution - Here you can decide the recording resolution. I recommend 1080p, which should be the default setting for this camera. You can check this by going into the resolution menu, and selecting the 1080 FHD option. 

Date & Time Stamp - On/Off - Allows the user to stamp the date and time in the video. Handy for insurance purposes, less important for personal use.

Loop Recording - 3min/5min/10min/OFF - When the camera locks footage it will save a loop and protect it. When the microSD card fills up, it will begin overwriting footage that hasn't been protected. It is entirely up to you what loop length to choose, 3 minutes might be too short to pick up the start of an accident, while 10 minutes may fill your SD card quicker, as longer loops are being saved. We usually use a loop length of 3 minutes.

WDR - With Wide Dynamic Range enabled, exposure settings are automatically adjusted to improve recording in bright or dim environments. I strongly recommend leaving this setting on, as the cameras WDR does a great job adjusting to the differing light conditions.

G-Sensor - This accelerometer detects a change in gravity forces, and protects the important loops. To begin with, I recommend setting the sensitivity on the lowest option. If you find the footage is locked by potholes and speed bumps, consider reducing the sensitivity of the G-Sensor.

Exposure - The exposure can be adjusted to help the camera deal with different light conditions. If you leave WDR on, you won't need to use this setting.

Footage

We have added footage below of the Rexing V1 dash cam in use. For this test, we have attempted to cover as many driving conditions as possible. These videos are linked from Youtube, so you can click on the screen icon in the bottom right of the video, to view the video in full screen mode.

Rexing V1 daytime footage - This video contains both moderate and bright light conditions.

 

Rexing V1 night footage

 

As you can see, the day footage is great, allowing you to pick up finer details such as number plates. The 170 degree wide angle lens gives fantastic coverage of the entire road, and the surrounding area. The low light footage is good enough for purpose, but the camera loses much of its clarity. This isn't a fault with the Rexing dash cam though, as most cameras lose their ability to pick up finer details in low light conditions. The WDR is particularly impressive, allowing the camera to deal with changing light conditions.

Playing Back Files On The Dash Cam

To play back files on the Rexing V1 dash cam, you will first need to go into "Playback Mode". To do this, press the "REC" button to stop the current recording, then press the "MODE" button twice. From here, you can press the UP and DOWN buttons to navigate through the videos, and press OK to play. When the video is playing, press the UP button to fast forward, and the DOWN button to reverse playback speed. The OK button will pause the video, and pressing MODE again will stop the playback.

To delete a file, navigate to the video and press the MENU button. Press the DOWN button to select delete, and OK to view options to delete the current video, or delete all. Press OK again to confirm your selection.

 

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. As you plug the camera in, it will switch on and give you the choice of Mass Storage or PC Camera. PC camera allows you to use this dash cam as a webcam, but for transferring files, we need to select Mass Storage. This will allow you to connect to the dash cam through your computer. It will be labeled as "Removable Disk".

Access the Removable Disk and go to CARDV, then to the folder named MOVIE. In here you will find all of the unprotected recordings, stored as .MOV files. There is also a folder labelled as RO, which contains all of the protected recordings. Simply copy the files you want, and paste them over to a folder on your computer. Rexing suggest reformatting the microSD card after transferring files over, to prevent file corruption. 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
  • 1080p Full HD resolution looks great
  • 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens picks up plenty of the surrounding area
  • The WDR does well in all light conditions
  • Discreet design, and very easy to install
  • The adhesive mounts increase stability of the recordings
Negative Aspects
  • No suction mount option, so setting the dash cam up is permanent
  • No microSD card installed

Conclusion

Out of all the dash cams in the budget price range, the Rexing V1 is one of our favorites. The video quality is great, as the camera performs very well during the day, and well enough at night. The 170 Degree Wide Angle lens covers the entirety of the road, allowing you to record everything you need. The dash cam is very easy to set up, and the buttons are easy to use and understand. It is certainly possible to just plug in and use if this is what you prefer. As a little bonus, the 12V car charger includes a USB slot, but this can get very warm when charging a phone.

As far as improvements go, we would like to see more dash cams come with microSD cards included, to avoid the extra cost, and confusion about which to buy. Apart from this, the Rexing V1 has everything you need in a basic dash cam, and is good enough to rely on as evidence if an incident was to occur. If you are willing to spend a bit more money on an easy to use dash cam, the MAISI Full HD will get you higher quality video, and a nicer looking screen. If you are wanting additional features such as GPS, our number one pick is the MAISI Smart, although this is slight more expensive.

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Thank you to www.dashcamspecialists.com for providing us with the Rexing V1 dash cam to review.

 

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With The Rexing V1 Dash Cam We Recommend

Kingston 32GB Class 10 MicroSD cardThis is the cheapest Class 10 card we have found. Make sure to purchase from a reputable seller rather than a third party vendor. For a slightly more reliable card try the Samsung 32GB Evo, and for a long-lasting high quality card, the Transcend Ultimate uses superior NAND flash (MLC rather than TLC).

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

Dash Camera Vehicle Hard Wire KitThis kit will allow you to hard wire the Rexing V1 to your car, allowing you to use parking mode for a large amount of time. Click the link and read the Amazon comments and questions for installation assistance.

 Warning: Hard wiring a dash cam is not for beginners.

Dash Cam CableThis cable should be suitable for the Rexing V1 Dash Cam as a spare or additional wire.

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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Specifications Table

Image Sensor 5MP CMOS
Lens Fixed-focus with full-glass elements
Aperture F = 2.8
CPU Novatek
LCD 2.4 Inch, 4:3 TFT
Audio Built-in mic & speaker
External Memory Class 10 or above TF card (SDHC spec, up to 32GB)
Gravity Sensor Low / Medium / High / Off
Shutter Electronic
White Balance Auto
Exposure Auto ISO
TV Interface None
Battery 230mAh 3.7V rechargeable lithium ion battery
Video Format MOV
Video Resolution 1920x1080p@30fps / 1280x720p@30fps / 848x480p@30fps / 640x480p@30fps
Languages English, Traditional Chinese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese
USB USB 2.0
Loop Recording 3 min / 5 min / 10 min / Off
Auto Screen Off 3 min / 5 min / 10 min / Off
Auto Shutdown 3 min / 5 min / 10 min / Off
Microphone Mute On/Off

 

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2 thoughts on “Rexing V1 Dash Cam Review

  • December 7, 2016 at 12:46 pm
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    I bought this after my Nextbase 402G stopped working, and been great so far. A very good dash cam for the price.

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  • December 18, 2016 at 7:37 pm
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