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Review Updated 2015 MateGo MG380G Full HD – SONY CMOS sensor – built-in-GPS Dashcam Car DVR

Contents Overview Shenzhen Onstar MateGo MG380G Dash Cam Review

1. Matego MG380G picture gallery
2. Reason for purchase
3. Dash cam specifications
4. Review
5. Conclusion/verdict

6. Where to purchase

– 6.1 Where to purchase an action/dashcam
– 6.2 Where to purchase a spare power cord
– 6.3 Recommended action- and dash cam retailers & vendors
– 6.4 Non-recommended/inadvisable action- and dash cam retailers & vendors

7. Update: review MG380G by Dashcamtalk

8. Download Section

– 8.1 Download User Manual Chinese/English MG380-380G
– 8.2 Download Firmware Updates
– 8.3 Download Video Registrator/GPS Track Player for DVR, Dash Cam (Registrator Viewer)

 

1. MG380G picture gallery

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 2. Reason for purchase

I bought the MateGo MG380G dashcam because used hardware is similar to the popular and very well reviewed Panorama G (Street Guardian SGZC12SG) cam, body and hardware are identical with eachother so there’s no difference at all between the cams. The MG380G sells under other brand names as well too.

Despite the fact that all these cams are produced by manufacturer Shenzhen Onstar Technology Co. Ltd. there is only one huge difference between mentioned dash cams: the price. The MateGO MG380G is a low cost camera, the branded versions sell at a premium price so my choice for the MateGo was very easy: why paying a premium price for a top-notch cam when the very same cam can be bought for an affordable, relative low price?

3. Dash cam specifications

– Manufacturer: Shenzhen Onstar Technology Co. Ltd.
– CSR Zoran Coach 12P Processor
– A+++ build quality
– FULL HD 1920x1080p@30fps, 1280x720P@60fps
– 2.7″ Smart “Capacitive” TFT LCD Touch Screen, 24-bit color
– 2015 Sony Exmor IMX322 high-sensitivity CMOS Sensor
– 14MP, 7 Element Glass strong sensitivity Lens / 154 degree panorama diagonal viewing angle
– Auto White balance
– Built-in GPS with Auto Date Time Set
– Date/time stamped video
– BOSCH Event G-sensor
– Built-in smart motion detect algorithm with pre-recording
– Photo / Driving Recording / Parking Recording / Emergency Recording
– 15Mbit/s Bitrate H.264 MP4 (see remark and picture in chapter 4 of this review)
– No interference to your GPS navigation or FM
– Built-in MIC, Speaker
– High Heat resistant Supercapacitor
– Outstanding Day and Night Vision
– Built-in wide dynamic rage (WDR) image processing
– Wide operating temperature range from -20 to 70˚C
– A/V output support
– Power supply: direct 12/24V and Micro USB 2.0 5V/1A
– exFAT as well FAT32 file system supported
– Up to 128GB SDXC/SDHC full size SD Card (Class 10 Required), 256GB and 512GB SDXC SD Cards *probably* supported too.
– Dash Cam dimensions are 103mm x 63mm x 41mm
– Durable/high quality ABS engineering plastic shell material

– In the box: Onstar MateGo MG380G, Suction Cup Mount, 12/24v Power Cable, USB Cable, English User Manual.

4. Review

Physical casing of the MG380G has very good build quality, compared with other dashcams I had before the MG380G has best build quality.

Using the cam the first time in my car was very easy and uncomplicated, connected the cam to car’s 12/24V power supply and the cam was recording straight away, without any prob. You can also connect the cam with the micro usb port to provide the cam with power, this worked flawlessly too. Only thing you have to adjust the very first time you power-up the cam is date/time and timezone, however future date/time adjustments aren’t demanded anymore because integrated GPS module will adjust such automatically.

The GPS module is working extremely well, after power up the cam there is a GPS fix within just a few seconds. During recording there is also no lost of GPS signal/fix so the module is like the cam itself of high build quality.

The cam has a top quality 2.7″ Smart “Capacitive” LCD Touch Screen, this is the reason settings adjustment is very easy. Touch screen is reacting very well.

The cam has exFAT formatting firmware so no need to format a high capacity SD card in your PC before use, just stick your (SDXC/SDHC) SD Card in the cam and the cam will format high capacity SD cards >64Gb in exFAT. I tested the cam with 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128GB cards and all cards were working without any glitch. I also tested the cam with Micro SD Cards with adapter, that worked fine too. Important: don’t format a (new) SD Card in your PC, let the dashcam do that job! FWIW in the cam I use a full size Lexar Professional 633x SDXC 128GB card, till today this card runs without any malfunction whatsever.

Cam has an 2015 updated Sony Exmor IMX322 sensor with excellent quality “WDR” function integrated, it provides superb quality night time recording, the best I have seen till yet. Day time recording quality is also very good.

Lens is capable of taking in 1080p footage at 30fps with a real viewing angle of 154 degrees, this is the reason this cam will miss absolutely nothing.

Noteworthy is the fact this cam use a capacitor instead of a battery, this means that the cam has no problems at all with high temperatures in your car.

Cam firmware (recent firmware is v1.02.00, see below for downloadlink) is working very well, OTOH no possibility to fine-tune recording settings like e.g. White Balance and EV.To be honest this cam don’t need fine-tuning at all because the cam is adjusting all settings demanded for best recording quality automatically. But: many people want to have the possibility to make some adjustments by themselves.

MateGo MG380G’s bit rate: there are discussions and claims that MateGo branded MG380G’s runs with a bit rate of 11-12Mbps, and that only the non-branded MG380G dashcams has a bitrate of 15Mbps. Frankly said, all these claims are bullshit, I can assure you that the MateGo branded MG380G dashcam runs with a bitrate of 15Mbps (see image below, it shows the bit rate of my MateGo MG380G, firmware version 1.01.03, however with firmware versions 1.01.01 and 1.01.02 the same result):

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5. Conclusion/verdict

The Onstar MG380G is probably best bang for the buck, it’s a top-notch dashcam with very good build quality. Used hardware is recent and up-to-date, all hardware components are of high quality. Daytime time recording quality as well recording quality during night is superb. Firmware needs improvements regarding manual White Balance and EV fine tuning. Logs only in KPH, no possibility to change to MPH. Included USB cable is too short however included 12/24V power cable is long enough.

I know you can buy much cheaper dashcams, same is valid for more expensive cams. But please consider that this cam is very reliable and therefore will provide you with that what really counts: useful proof at the moment you need such, e.g after a car accident. I can recommend this cam without any hesitation.

6. Where to purchase

– 6.1 Where to purchase an action/dashcam

Important issue: where to purchase an action/dashcam? You can buy them on many places like e.g. Amazon, eBay, AliExpress, Dx.com, local vendors and online dealers/vendors. It’s hard to find a reputable vendor not only selling quality cams but also providing good support and service during and after the purchase. And keep in mind, a good feedback score on sites like e.g. Amazon, eBay or Dx.com isn’t a guarantee at all that seller is reliable.

As I told before it’s very hard to find a reliable action- and dash cam retailer, hence in this review we have two retailer/vendor dedicated sections: 1) 6.3 Recommended action- and dash cam retailers and 2) 6.4 Non-recommended/inadvisable action- and dash cam retailers. Titles of these two sections are speaking for itself, by recommending or not recommending certain retailers we try to help action- and dash cam buyers to find  a reliable retailer, or opposite, to avoid certain retailers. Note to retailers: if you are an action- or dash cam retailer/vendor, no matter what brands you sell, and are opinion you are reliable please fill out the contact form on bottom of this review completely, if we like what we find out about you there’s the possibility we will add you (for free) to the survey of recommended retailers. This survey will include links to your sales channels.

Personally I had very bad experiences with a well-known eBay dashcam seller located in China (as I described in a previous blogpost) so many times it’s a matter of having good luck to find a decent seller. Finally, don’t look only for cheapest dashcam price when you have the intention to buy a cam, service and support is equal (and probably even more) important. Most of the time it’s better to spend a few bucks more and purchase a dashcam from a reliable and decent seller instead of preferring a cheap seller.

– 6.2 Where to purchase a spare power cord

It’s always handy to have a spare power cord, I bought a LSON quality cord for my MateGo MG380G for a cheap price on dx.com. Price is only $3,38, with free shipping, this cord will fit MateGo branded as well all non-branded MG380G dashcams, Panorama G – Street Guardian SGZC12SG and Drivewatch 380G cams included (and many other dashcams too). Cord specifications are:

Article: Power cord w/ On / Off Switch
Brand: LSON
Color: Black with red switch
Material: ABS
Power Supply: DC
Input Voltage: 12~24V
Output Voltage: 12V
Output Current: Max. 1500mA
Interface: 3.5mm plug
Cable length: 150cm
No interference to your GPS navigation or car radio

– 6.3 Recommended action- and dash cam retailers & vendors

Pier28, Inc. Pros: top-notch and highly appreciated seller providing excellent service, support and after-sales. Cons: prices are above average. Sales channels: webshop, Amazon.com and eBay.com

– 6.4 Non-recommended/inadvisable action- and dash cam retailers & vendors

– eBay seller estore009 (unreliable seller: delivers faulty and/or Dead-On-Arrival (DOA) cams, extremely long time to deliver, very bad after-sales)

– Amazon seller Drivewatch (cheating/dishonest seller: promotes his business and dash cam 380G on Amazon by the way of fake customer reviews)

 7. Update: review MG380G by Dashcamtalk

Update July 12, 2015: the well-known Dashcamtalk forum recently produced a Matego MG380G review too. Conclusion of the review:

“The MateGo MG380G is a good buy given its excellent video quality, low price and full features . At the $100 price range, you will not find a better camera for night time video quality. This camera comes with a lot of features and best night video quality for $100 but it is not the most discreet. If you want a discreet camera consider the Mini 0805 but if you want a slightly more premium product, get the MateGo MG380G.”

Note: Dashcamtalk closes the review with a survey where to purchase the MG380G for lowest price, and is recommending i.a. eBay seller estore009. I fully disagree with estore009’s recommendation by Dashcamtalk, IMO it’s a very unreliable seller. It’s not without reason I’m saying so, in a previous blogpost about the Seezeus Shadow Recorder GT550WS dashcam I already made a statement about estore009:

“Stay far away from estore009, items sold by him are or could be faulty, service is a non existing word for him”

8. Download Section

– 8.1 Download User Manual  MG380/MG380G in Chinese/English

User Manual  Onstar MateGo MG380/MG380G  in Chinese/English language can be downloaded here, it’s downloadable from Google Drive.

– 8.2 Download Firmware Updates

Firmware v1.01.03 (2015/06/16) Onstar MateGo MG380/MG380G can be downloaded here, it’s downloadable from Google Drive. It concerns the original, unaltered Shenzhen Onstar MateGo MG380/MG380G firmware, don’t try to flash the firmware on other dashcams.

Main changes firmware v1.01.03

Original text (in Chinese language):

主要修改如下:

优化IQ,加入全天侯曝光算法。

Literally English language translation:

The main changes are as follows:

Optimize IQ to join all day long exposure algorithm

Update 2015/10/29: firmware v1.01.04 is released, there is no list of firmware changes available. This Onstar MateGo MG380/MG380G firmware can, like previous firmware v1.01.03, be downloaded from Google Drive here. Firmware upgrade instructions are included.

Update 2016/01/06: firmware v1.02.00 is released, this is an important firmware upgrade, will optimize video quality. This most recent Onstar MateGo MG380/MG380G firmware can, like previous firmware v1.01.04, be downloaded from Google Drive here. Firmware upgrade instructions are included.

Note: keep in mind that while flashing an electronic device with updated firmware can be beneficial to you, the risks that are involved can sometimes outweigh the benefits for the user. Flashing an electronic device can be risky and when done improperly, you may “brick” your device. “Bricking” a device renders it entirely useless.

– 8.3 Download Video Registrator/GPS Track Player for DVR, Dash Cam (Registrator Viewer)

There are several Video Registrators/GPS Track Players available, however I strongly advise to use Registrator Viewer, IMO it’s Simply The Best Player For Dashcams you can get, it’s also free.

Very sadly the Registrator Viewer developer was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident some months ago, therefore his website is expired and (of course!) you can’t download there the software anymore. However the software is still available and downloadable via my Google Drive, download the latest version 6.0.0.8 of Registrator Viewer here. User Manual in English can be downloaded from Google Drive too, download here.

Demanded Operating system Registrator Viewer: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 [x32 and x64]. Not known it will work with Windows 10.

System requirements:

– For playing FullHD video requires a processor with a total frequency of all cores of at least 4 GHz or support DXVA (hardware decoding) in the graphics card.
– For the user interface requirements are negligible.

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Most recent firmware download for Seezeus Shadow Recorder GT550WS

For security reasons on the road I use a dashcam (dashboard camera) in my car, like many others also do. My dashcam choice to use was a Seezeus Shadow Recorder GT550WS GPS 2.7″ LCD HD 1080p WDR GPS Logger Dash Cam Car DVR + GPS module, this for reason of the fair price, many useful features/options and very good clear picture quality by daylight as well at night.

Why to use a dashcam? The answer is simple: to be able to provide video evidence in an event of an accident, there are many idiots on the road and it can become very handy in case such an idiot will cause an accident. But not only pure idiots on the road, also many careless people aren’t watching the road in the way it should be, they use their cellphone, laptop, navigation and other equipment during driving and lose demanded attention for what’s really going on.

I noticed there’s a real need for dashcam firmware updates, many people are looking for it but can’t find a download source. That’s the reason I offer you the most recent firmware v2.6G for the Seezeus Shadow Recorder GT550WS. Keep in mind this firmware is only suitable for mentioned dashcam, don’t try to flash it on a different dashcam. And when you brick your dashcam during a firmware flash you will lose dashcam vendor/seller warranty.

On Google Drive you can download the GT550WS most recent firmware v2.6G here YouTube instructions how to flash the firmware here It’s an instruction movie for a different dashcam however firmware flash procedure for the GT550WS is similar.

Drive safely!

Note: because the Seezeus Shadow Recorder GT550WS died very soon (read the story below) I had to buy a new cam, this time I decided to go for a Onstar MateGo MG380G. With the MateGo I’m really happy, my review about the MG380G can you find here. In the review there’s also a downloadlink to the most recent Onstar MG380G firmware v1.01.03, dated 2015/06/18.

Update May 31, 2015: I bought the cam first week of December 2014 from a eBay seller named estore009, located in China, and received the item more than 1 month later, in the middle of Jan. 2015. Starting with the first day I used the cam there were problems: with the firmware, with a faulty GPS module, cam also stopped regularly with recording, and finally the cam freezes on the start screen during boot-up and therefore is the cam useless now forever. Mind you this all happened within 4 months after I used the cam for the first time, and long delivery time also didn’t make me happy at all. You will understand atm I’m really pissed, and asked seller estore009 for a refund. Seller isn’t willing to do so, and even don’t want to talk about a partial refund. IMO after all the problems I had with the cam seller should provide decent service hence a refund could be the only acceptable solution but as told before seller refused such. Therefore my advice: stay far away from estore009, items sold by him are or could be faulty, service is a non existing word for him.

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