Viofo has released a new infrared model of their A129 series, the A129 Duo IR. Specifically targetted for e-hailing like Uber, Grab, etc owners.

Viofo product page: A129 Duo IR

 

Technical Specs:
• Processor: Novatek 96663
• Sensor: Sony Starvis Sensor for both cameras
• Lens: 7G 140° wide-angle lens view
• Aperture: F1.6
• Resolution: 1080p 30fps for both front & rear. 1080p 30/60fps for the front only.
• 2″ High-resolution TFT
• Support up to 256GB microSD card
• Built-in 802.11n 2.4GHz / 802.11ac 5GHz Dual-band Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth remote
 GPS mount (optional)
• CPL filter (optional)
• Built-in super capacitor
• Parking mode (requires Viofo HK3 hardwire kit)

 

The box

 

Open box

 

Contents

• A129 Duo
• GPS mount
• IR cam
• Dual USB car charger
• Long mini USB cable
• Short mini USB cable
• Long IR cam cable
• Short IR cam cable
• Cable clips x5
• Spare mount tape
• Pry tool
• User manual

 

A129 Duo IR

 

GPS mount

 

IR camera

With a mini USB port moved to the side instead of at the top like the A129’s rear camera. The mount is detachable. The IR camera can swivel more than 180°.

 

Dual USB car charger

 

Long mini USB cable

 

Short mini USB cable

 

Long IR cam cable

 

Short IR cam cable

This shorter IR cam cable is great to install the IR cam at the front windscreen.

 

Cable clips

 

Spare mounting tape

 

Pry tool

 

User manual

 

Initial firmware out of the box

 

IR cam modes

There are 3 modes for the IR cam: Mono, Auto & IR Color. You can see below in the videos section of each mode for the in-cabin cam and as a rear cam.

 

Viofo wireless Bluetooth remote control for A129

 

Open box

 

Contents

• Wireless Bluetooth remote
• Spare CR2032 battery
• Spare mounting tape
• User manual

 

Wireless Bluetooth remote control

 

User manual

 

Here’s what the remote control does. It’s a great add-on that you can place somewhere nearby instead of reaching up to the A129 to press on the emergency record button.

 

Test setup

Initially, I set up both cams at the front windscreen but later changed it to front and rear windscreen as I wanted to record the rear using the IR cam. I’m using the 128GB Transcend High Endurance microSD for the recordings.

 

Videos
Below is recorded in 1920×1080 30fps with an overall bit rate of 17.1 Mb/s with WDR on and without the CPL filter.

Front cam

 

IR cam in-cabin

 

IR cam as rear cam

 

Final thoughts
The A129 Duo IR is a great option for those driving a taxi, Uber, etc.

Using the IR cam as a rear cam, the Auto mode will have the infrared LED lights reflecting on the windscreen with a purple hue in the center. Better to use the IR Color mode if want to use the IR cam as a rear cam.

Found a bug while changing the IR mode from Mono/IR Color mode to Auto mode, it will remain in Mono/IR Color mode until the A129 has restarted then will be in Auto mode.

 


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