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Primeguard G1W Dashboard Camera Review: A Must For Every Car

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We review the Primeguard G1W!

Anybody who has driven in the streets of Manila knows how dangerous our roads can be. Undisciplined and unruly drivers, corrupt traffic cops, gung-ho pedestrians and motorcycle riders that treat traffic signs as mere suggestions are all part of driving in the capital – an accident isn’t a matter of if, only when.

That’s why having a dashcam is an important part of actually driving here in Manila. Having a dashcam in your car is an insurance policy should anything go wrong, and while there’s a lot of options available in the market, many of them are either too expensive or are just glorified rubbish. Today we’re taking a look at the Primeguard G1W, a very value-packed dashcam that strikes the medium between affordability and performance.

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No-brainer setup

The Primeguard G1W sets up in mere minutes. After you take out it out of the box, you’ll just need to position the suction cup attachment at the top of your windshield, put on the actual unit, plug it in the cigarette lighter and you’re done. The G1W turns on automatically when you start the car, and it’ll start recording as soon as it finishes its short start-up process.

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The suction mount allows you to mount it anywhere in the windshield, but we suggest you put it at the center, near the top. The G1W has an integrated 2.7-inch display that helps you position the camera to get the widest possible view, but since the camera has a 120-degree wide-angle field of view, you just need to put it in the center and adjust it from there.

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A lot of features to keep you safe on the road

The G1W is capable in recording in different resolutions – VGA, WVGA, 720P (both in 30 and 60FPS) and full HD. Higher resolution videos obviously take up more space in the microSD card, though you can probably get away with 720P running in 30 FPS to save space. You can also set the camera to run in 3-minute or 5-minute clips, or run continuously without a break in the video. The G1W is also capable of picking up audio, allowing you to record conversations with traffic enforcers when you roll down your window to talk with them.

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Other features of the G1W include a G-sensor that automatically saves the video clip when it detects you’ve been hit, as well as the ability to take photos if you ever need to.

Okay, so let’s go to actual video quality. The G1W is capable of recording good video, with plenty of details in bright light. Our vehicle has a pretty heavy tint on it, but the G1W still managed to do well during the day.

The biggest issue with the G1W is that there’s a lot of noise introduced when you’re driving at night, especially in dimly-lit roads (which the PH has a lot of). That, combined with the heavy tint on our vehicle, meant that the G1W had a lot of noise and artifacts when we were using it in the dark. To be fair, cars and other objects on the road are still recognizable when it’s around 10-20 feet of the car, and you can still read plate numbers when the vehicles get close.

While nighttime driving was a bit of a pain because of the artifacts on the recorded footage, vehicles with less tint managed to get clearer videos than us. Check it out below:

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Another issue we have with the G1W is that the way it mounts on the suction cup attachment. You sort of just slide it in there, which means that it’s not clamped down to the attachment point. Vibration from the road surface and your vehicle will knock it loose sooner or later though you can probably put on a paper shim in there to make it stop moving.

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The G1W also ships with a couple of freebies when you buy it – a 16GB microSD card as well as an ant-sleep alert device. It’s a potentially life-saving device that you wear on your ear, and emits a loud, screeching noise when it detects your head nodding when you’re drowsy or sleepy. It’s the perfect gadget to keep you or your driver awake during those long drives to the province.

Verdict: You need this in your car

Priced at Php 2,680 from Kimstore, the Primeguard G1W has a good mix of affordability and performance. The freebies alone (16GB Sandisk Class 10 memory card, Anti-sleep driver alarm, all valued at Php 3,100) give the Primeguard G1W an unbeatable value compared to other offerings.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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21 Comments

  1. actually this is not the best, the 1 i use has gps, wifi, front end collision alarm, speed alarm,changing lane alarm, super cler at nighttimne, emergency recording, g sensor and much more, its php6,500 and does so much more

      1. hi jay, transcend drivepro 220, comes with 16gb mem and 1 extra free, transcend memoty is very good so i figured the camera must be good also, f/1.8 aperture, gps coordinates, lane departure warning system, flexible speed alert, 130 deg wide angle glass, parking mode to start after car isa parked, wifi to connect to your cell phone either android or ios bought it from lazada

        1. transcend 220 is a grossly overpriced device… video clarity is slightly better but not noticeable and not enough to justify price. all those “EXTRA” features are nice to have when they actually work and majority of PH drivers does not use them anyway.

          if you want an affordable dashcam with video clarity that is leagues above and beyond the the g1w and 220, get the qube dashcam xcam. newer and better chipset and sensor records 2k res videos and clearer low light videos. details like plates, signage, and etc. are clearer for around php 4k.

          1. I agree. the transcend 220 is overpriced and packed with unnecessary features. Primeguard G1W is the best one out there at only 2680, to be fair.

  2. got mine three weeks ago.. so far so good. actually, malinaw yung blues (kapag skies) and okay din sa dark light setting. maganda yung blues niya kasi malinaw. and nababasa naman ang plaka ng kotseng nasa harap mo. pinakamahalaga yun. using mine often in QC area

  3. Hello! Can you please help me out? I noticed that whenever the car stills like when the traffic light is red. The video recording automatically stops. And even when I press record it starts for a few seconds but stops again. There is no issue on recording when the car is moving. Thanks!

  4. Hello. Was wondering how to set continuous video recording? Got mine just now, Loop recording also is up to 3 minute clip only. Not even until 5-minute like it says on the review. Please help. Thanks!

  5. This is G1W model with 120 degree angle….G1WH model with 140+ angle…..G1W- C is powered by capacitor……They have the same processor from novatek…
    I think G1WH is much better sold at Lazada by only 2,050

  6. Hi my screen freezes too and some of the buttons are now not functioning like the recording button and the menu button.. Please help me to fix it. Thanks!

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