It’s almost 2021 and if you haven’t gotten yourself a dashcam yet for your vehicle, what are you waiting for? There is absolutely no reason not to have one now especially when price and quality is no longer a valid excuse. Dashcams come in a variety of price ranges and features meaning there’s one out there made just for you. Take for instance the JOMISE K7 Dashcam with true 1600P resolution, smart traffic features, GPS, and parking monitoring all-in-one.
Let’s start this review off by saying that this is my first experience with JOMISE. I have never heard of this company and as far as I can tell, they’re a company that only sells on Amazon. They seem to have a wide range of dashcams, but the one we were asked to check out is the JOMISE K7. This is a small, touchscreen enabled dashcam that’s easy to install and can be installed where it does not obstruct your view.
When you first receive the JOPMISE K7, it comes in a rather unimpressive box that makes no mention of what brand it is or even the model number. It just says “Traveling Data Recorder” and “Dash Cam” on the outside of the box. The JOMISE name only shows in tiny letters on the UPC label. When you open up the box, the dashcam doesn’t have the name JOMISE anywhere either nor on the instruction manual, though you do finally see the model number “K7” on there.
Aside from the generic nature of the packaging, the dashcam itself is actually pretty well made. It feels very solid and has a good bit of weight to it. The window mount is firmly attached to the dashcam with a very strong ball swivel mechanism. The dashcam itself looks like a slightly deformed cube. The front has a 170-degree wide-angle lens while the back has a 1.5″ color touchscreen. There is an SD-card slot on top and one mic at the bottom. The dashcam is powered via a Micro-USB cable. There’s also a Mini-USB port on the dashcam mount for some reason, but the instruction manual labels this as a non-functional port. Why?
Besides that, it’s a solid design with the only issue being that once you install this in your car, it’s not coming out unless you pull the whole dashcam off with the mount and double-sided tape. There’s no way to detach just the dashcam if you want to put it away so make sure you put it in a place where you know you’re not going to want to move it or take it off.
Internally, the JOMISE K7 features a SONY IMX415 sensor with night vision capabilities. It’s able to output at a max resolution of 2560x1600P@30FPS. It also has built in Wi-Fi, GPS, G-Sensor, and loop recording. When the dashcam detects a hit with the G-Sensor, it will lock the current video so it won’t be overwritten.
Moving on, installation is a breeze and should take no more than a couple of minutes to complete. There is an electrostatic film you can put on your window first, but I don’t think it’s necessary. The dashcam is held on with double-sided tape and you can power it with the included cable and 12Vcar charger. For a cleaner install, I use the Donger Technologies SimpleUSB Adapter which you can read more about here.
You will need to download an app to activate your dashcam. You’re supposed to use the QR code to get the app, but this did not work for me and took me to a page that doesn’t exist. Instead, I did a search in the Play Store for “hiDashCam” which provided the correct app. The app is mainly used to activate, set up, and view recorded videos from the dashcam.
Once that’s over with, you can for the most part leave the app alone and control the rest with the touchscreen on the JOMISE K7. The touch interface is very simple and easy to use and just requires a series of swipes to move between screens. It is suggested that you change the resolution settings to 1600P @ 30FPS for the best results and quality. Video quality seems pretty good, even in darker conditions. Not only that, the video is very crisp with tons of detail. you can read street signs and license plates quite easily. Video quality is seriously better than 1080P and could give some supposed 4K cameras a run for their money.
One feature I should point out is the smart traffic alerts. Basically, it’s just two alerts you get. First, you get a green light alert. When you’re stopped at a red light and it turns green, it will alert you in case you weren’t paying attention. The send alert is a front car motion alert. This is if you are sitting in traffic and the car ahead of you moves up and you don’t notice. The JOMISE K7 will alert you to move forward. That’s pretty much it.
Lastly, there is a parking monitoring mode included. This is supposed to wake the dashcam if it detects a hit while parked. I couldn’t really get this to work but I think it’s because of the way I have it installed? The camera doesn’t seem to have an internal battery and what I have it connected to is a power source that turns on and off with the car. Regardless, it just turns off and doesn’t come back on until I’m back in my car again.
The JOMISE K7 is surprising. I honestly wasn’t expecting much from it based on the generic packaging and my lack of brand awareness, but I was proven wrong. The JOMISE K7 is actually rather good in many ways. The build quality is top-notch and feels very solid. The plastic is very thick and doesn’t feel fragile or flimsy. The software on the dashcam is simple to use and very intuitive. The app is also not too bad, but it’s not the best I’ve seen.
Aside from that, the JOMISE K7 seems like a solid recommendation if you’re looking for a dashcam that has better video quality than your standard 1080P models out there but don’t want to shell out crazy money for a 4K dashcam. This slots well in the middle and will be a good choice for many out there.
You can purchase the JOMISE K7 1600P Dashcam here on Amazon. (Use code 8HN286QR for an additional 30% off)