Falcon Zero F170 Car DVR REVIEW

Falcon Zero F170 Dash Cam

Technical Specifications
Maximum Resolution 1080p
Channels 1
Loop Recording Yes
G Sensor Yes
Auto On/Off Yes
Parking Mode Un-buffered
Date & Time Stamp Yes
Display Screen 2.7″
GPS Yes
WIFI
Viewing Angle (diag.) 170°
Max.Card Support 64 GB
Other Specifications
Brand Name Falcon
Release Date Early-2015
Day Time Video Quality Very Good – Sample Video
Night Time Video Quality Good- Sample Video
Reliability Very Good
Power Adapter Yes
Size 102mm x 57mm x 13mm
Operating Temperature
Discreetness Good
Our Rating 4/5
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Falcon Zero F170 – Our Review

The Falcon Zero F170 dash cam, after its release in early 2015, soon became one of the hottest selling car DVRs on Amazon. Not only this, the F170 also received some really amazing ratings from the people who bought and used it.

The F170 is a medium sized cam measuring at 102mm x 57mm x 13mm which means that it’s quite discreet. However, the silver ring around the lens and silver branding at the front seems to reduce the stealth somewhat; as a workaround, you can cover them with a black adhesive tape.

Talking about the technical side of Falcon Zero F170, it’s a single channel dashboard camera and records @ 1080 p (Full HD) videos. While the video quality is very good during the day time, the cam seems to perform good at night. (See sample videos)

F170 sports all standard features that you can expect in a mid-price range car DVR. It’s got loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor, time and date stamp on video etc.

Falcon Zero F170 even supports GPS and you can very easily overlay its GPS data over Google maps via the software provided (which you can download below – for Mac & Windows).

Another good feature of Falcon F170 is the WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) which helps in better night time videos. The WDR feature needs to be enabled manually using F170’s menu.

Falcon F170’s user menu is what we think can bettered. It’s not that user friendly but not terribly bad either. Here’s a Falcon Zero F170 menu walkthrough video.

The 2.7” display screen works really well and you can easily play/view all the recorded videos.

Falcon Zero F170 has a very wide viewing angle of 170°; this is one of the largest viewing angle that’s available in the dashboard camera market right now. Surprisingly, even after such a wide angle of view there’s negligible fish eye effect (some really interesting electronics in there).

A feature that we liked in F170 is the un-buffered parking mode. With the un-buffered parking mode, you can set it to wake up and start recording as soon as it detects any movement (either via G-Sensor or visually). Once the F170 wakes up, it records for the next 10 seconds and goes back to sleep mode.

One area where Falcon F170 seems to lack is the memory card support; while there’re cameras in the market that supports up to 256 GB, the F170 supports up to 64GB memory card.

All in all, the Falcon Zero F170 is a good dashboard camera and should be a buyer’s consideration.

Do have a look at day and night time video samples that we’ve included below.

Here’s a list of things that you get in the package:

Falcon Zero F170 camera

Power cable (11 foot long)

GPS module

64 GB Memory card

Data Cord

Dual USB charger

Here’s an unboxing and installation video for your guidance.

Falcon Zero F170 – Pros & Cons

Pros:

Very good day time video quality

Good night time video quality

Mid-Range (around $150, check latest price)

Un-buffered parking mode

WDR

Cons:

No Wi-Fi

Silver ring around lens and silver branding at the front reduces stealth (use black tape to cover them)

Falcon Zero F170 – Video Samples

We request you to view the video in full screen and choose the maximum resolution; this will give you a better understanding of video quality captured by the dashboard camera.

Day Time Video Sample:

As you can see, the Flacon F170 does really well during day light conditions. The video is very clear and all the details can be seen easily.

Night Time Video Sample:

As evident from the video that the night time quality of F170 is also good; you can see most of the details clearly considering the fact that the video hasn’t got much ambient lighting. License plates are easily readable from some distance.

Falcon Zero F170 – User Manual & Viewer Manual

You can download Falcon Zero F170 English user manual & viewer manual here.

Falcon Zero F170 – Viewer

You can download F170’s viewer for Windows and Mac here.

Falcon Zero F170 Dash Cam – Our Verdict

In the end, all we can say that the Falcon Zero F170 is a pretty good dash camera; it’s healthy and doesn’t has much of defects. Priced around $150 ( check latest price), it certainly deserves a consideration from you.

Where To Buy?

You can check latest price and buy Falcon Zero F 170 from following vendors.

Amazon US

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