Tested: At RM799, the Mio MiVue 792 is not your average dashcam
Dashcams are slowly inching past window tints as one of the most popular aftermarket essentials for drivers in Malaysia, such is the state of driving discipline on our roads. You can get one with as little as RM20 online these days to capture the wildest antics you come across from behind the wheel. So why would anyone in the right mind drop RM799 on the Mio MiVue 792?
For starters, the Taiwanese DVR's spec sheet looks like it came straight out of the box of an action camera. We're talking full-HD 1080p footage recorded at up to 60fps and a low-light Starvis CMOS sensor from Sony which captures incredbly crisp videos at night, all easily accessible from your smartphone via a wireless connection and a mobile app.
The MiVue 792's footage is as good as dashcam footage gets, but we've seen cheaper options packing the same Starvis sensor with similar recording quality at notably lower prices, bringing us to the 792's biggest selling point: advance driver aids (ADAS).
For RM799, you're getting a camera capable of processing what it sees to double up as a forward collision warning, lane departure warning and even a reminder that the car in front of you has started moving in stop-and-go traffic. It's similar to the tech employed by Toyota to offer such features in more affordable models like the Vios and Yaris. But unlike the piercingly loud beeps you get in the Toyotas, the Mivue 792's aural feedback is much gentler and feels more refined overall.
It even packs a built-in GPS module which it uses to warn drivers of speed cameras. But the accuracy of these locations and the timing of the warnings sometimes leave more questions than answers; Waze is still a better bet here.
All things considered, cars with dedicated ADAS sensors - think Honda Sensing, Mazda i-ActiveSense, Subaru Eyesight - have absolutely no need for the MiVue 792's party tricks; any dashcam with decent footage for supplementary security will do. But the option to retrofit some semblance of these premium safety features on older or more basic vehicles while addressing your need for a dashcam is not a bad proposition at all.
Sure, RM799 is still a little steep for the general demographic that could really benefit from these features. But a fender bender that could have been avoided had you been warned might easily cost a whole lot more.