What is is?
It’s another dash cam. The little devices are becoming increasingly popular with drivers and more and more tech firms are getting on board and offering their own models.
Mio produces a variety of dash cam and navigation equipment and the MiVue 766 is one of its latest range of in-car recording equipment.
It features a 140-degree Sony lens that captures footage at full HD and 30 frames per second. Built-in wifi connects to an app on your phone that allows you to view footage and change settings without removing the camera, and on-board GPS tracks and records both your location and speed.
There’s also the option of pairing it with a second rear-view camera to give all-round coverage.
What’s it like?
Like most modern dash cams it’s a piece of cake to set up and operate. Spend a minute or two setting up the basics and you can then more or less forget about it. Recording starts as soon as you connect it to a power source but, annoyingly doesn’t stop once you switch off the engine.
The unit itself is lightweight and compact. Even with the strong suction mount it slotted nicely behind the rearview mirror of the car, almost completely out of view, which is how it should be.
That does make it hard to operate via the 2.7-inch touchscreen without unmounting it but all the major functions can, in theory, be controlled via the smartphone app. That would be fine if you could connect phone and camera. Unfortunately despite several attempts I simply could not get the app and wifi-equipped camera to connect
The MiVue 766’s 1080p/30fps recording isn’t as high-spec as some models but the picture quality is excellent. The footage is sharp and clear and there’s virtually no wobble at all. Low light performance is far more limited but still useable.
As well as the basic recording task, the MiVue 766 claims to offer advanced driving assistance systems such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning and fatigue alert. Unlike some rival units you can calibrate the camera to make these more accurate and they’re not as over-sensitive as some others but they are vulnerable to poor setup and need recalibrated if you move the camera. The GPS system can also be set to offer alerts on speed camera locations.
A minor criticism is that the 766 comes with a hard-wired 12V adaptor rather than a USB plug and adaptor. It’s not the only camera to do so but it does mean you can’t use your power socket for anything else (charging a phone or sat nav, for instance).
The camera itself works really well in its basic function. The image quality is excellent, it records and embeds all the key data in-picture and the unit is small and unobtrusive. The ADAS systems are a nice idea and work better than some rivals but sadly the app was a major letdown for me and, judging by reviews on the Play Store, a lot of other people as well.