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Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam on-board camera review


With the increase in hit-and-runs by motorists having hit a motorcyclist, and the increase in the number of drivers without a license and/or without insurance (in cars and motorbikes), the usefulness of a device allowing the recording in what is happening around you constantly seems indisputable to a biker. THE on-board cameras Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam, short for “ dashboard camera » or dashboard camera, offered by the French importer Tecno Globe meet this need.

Why an onboard camera?

More and more two-wheel drivers ride with a “ action cam“. Often called embedded camera, it is attached either to the motorcycle or to the helmet. In both cases, the camera can obviously only film in one direction at a time. And above all, these on-board cameras all suffer from a blatant lack of autonomy. With their integrated battery, it is impossible to film continuously over a journey of more than an hour... Hence the idea of ​​cameras installed at the front as well as at the rear of the motorcycle, and powered by the electrical harness of the machine.

These cameras, which are permanently active, allow you to film any vehicle that approaches your motorcycle, from the front or behind (but not from the sides), and which could hit it, overturn it or even cut it off, leading to a vehicle maneuver. avoidance or emergency braking, which would cause a fall.

The images, which do not constitute legal evidence, will in all cases be useful to prove your good faith to your insurer, and help establish responsibilities in the event of a claim. A particularly useful function in the absence of witnesses, or if the opposing driver has avoided his responsibilities or supports a version radically different from yours.

A universal Dash Cam

Tecno Globe (TG for short), French importer and distributor, located in Lodève in Hérault, has made a specialty of identifying technical products for motorcyclists and motorcycles, in order to distribute them on the French market.

Their universal kit of on-board cameras Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam includes two small cylindrical cameras. Cameras that are easy to place almost anywhere, on the front and back of any motorcycle. The kit also includes a main control screen, light and small (92 mm x 53 mm x 15 mm for a useful diagonal of 6.86 cm), as well as a remote control with integrated microphone and speaker. The whole thing is connected by four cables: one for the front camera, one for the rear, one for the remote control and the last for the power supply. The first three can be extended with cable extensions, supplied in the kit.

On paper, the Tecno Globe brochure promises interesting technical services…

In addition to its obvious role as a “black box” to exonerate (or not) the motorcyclist in the event of an accident with another vehicle, the embedded camera can also film the landscapes and the motorcycles placed in front and behind during your walks. Or even immortalize your exploits on the circuit! For this, each camera is equipped with a sensor presented as Full HD (high definition) for a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, with 155-degree wide-angle optics and a frequency of 30 frames per second. The camera images are recorded on the control screen, on a class 10 micro-SD format memory card (for a recording speed of 11 Mbits/second) and with a maximum capacity of 256 gigabytes. That's around six hours of recording for a 64 GB card or 16 hours on a 256 GB card.

Please note, this announced recording duration is in reality to be divided by two since the images of the two on-board cameras Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam are saved on a single card.

To assemble yourself… or by a professional

What is it in reality? To find out, we mounted the kit on a BMW R1200RT motorcycle, then carried out a series of road trips over more than a thousand kilometers, between the end of July and mid-August 2018.

Find a professional…

Obligatory passage, the installation of on-board cameras Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam on the bike was not easy. Firstly because we had to find a professional who was open in the middle of summer, and who agreed not only to assemble this uncommon equipment but also to allow himself to be filmed during this work. Once again our thanks to Stéphane, from STF Motors in Bordeaux (Gironde) for his availability!

Install on the right motorcycle…

Then because the installation of the “universal” kit on this specific motorcycle proved complex. The massive fairing makes it rather easier to find a suitable location for the cameras. A flat surface large enough to accommodate the adhesives for the fixings, with as clear an angle as possible towards the front or rear, while being more or less sheltered from the rain, without hindering the operation of the suspensions... A set of conditions difficult to fill!

Paradoxically, what caused the most trouble was the fixing of the control screen, with all the cables protruding well from it, and a magnetic support tab on the screen side and with circular adhesive of 20 mm in diameter on the other end. It's not easy to find a location that is within the field of vision, but which does not interfere with handling the controls. Nor does it hide the dashboard... Not to mention that the handlebars of the RT are anything but cylindrical. And it does not allow the use of RAM type media. To top it all off, the bike was already equipped with two other screens: a GPS navigator and a Coyote terminal, which had to remain visible and readable!

After giving up on mounting the screen to the handlebars, we were able to find a suitable area of ​​the dashboard. On other motorcycles, especially those with cylindrical handlebars, it is likely that screen installation will be much less of a problem. Conversely, installing the cameras may prove more difficult on motorcycles without a fairing...

Connect to harness…

Finally, because we had to find the best way to connect the electrical supply of the assembly to the harness of the motorcycle. In fact, the kit of on-board cameras Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam does not have a switch. So, connecting it directly to the battery risks draining it. In addition, it is still not recommended to connect equipment directly to the battery without a fuse. It is preferable to connect it to a “plus after contact”, such as that of the headlights or the GPS connection. In our case, it was necessary to remove the fork head fairing in order to access the GPS socket.

In total, it took us more than two hours to correctly install all of the kit's components on-board cameras Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam. A point not to be overlooked if you entrust this task to a professional. Tecno Globe itself charges for this installation at €157.33.

Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam on-board cameras, complex to configure

Once the hardware is installed, all that remains is to configure the software. In other words, trying to navigate the control screen menu using the four buttons located under the case. And to be honest, the ergonomics are not easy. Apart from the “M” (Mode) key and the “OK” key, you only have two other keys, left and right. But they also serve as up and down keys. Suffice to say that it is not easy to navigate the menus…

Premier menu settings!

The premier menu allows you to configure the video recording resolution. Two options: 720 or 1080 pixels. Unless you are using a very low capacity memory card (less than 16 GB), we recommend staying on the default setting of the Full HD at 1080 pixels. At 720 pixels, the image is difficult to read.

Second parameter, the continuous recording periodicity. You can choose to shoot continuously in sequences of one, three or five minutes, or turn this function off. By turning it off, the memory card will record until it is full and then overwrite the recorded file. If you choose a continuous recording time, this will make it easier to use the images and find the sequences that interest you. On the other hand, if you choose a short time (one minute), there is a risk that the sequence in question will be cut on two different files.

Third parameter, motion detection allows you to activate or not video recording only if the camera detects movement. This avoids cluttering the card with images shot stationary. However, this is only of interest if the kit is permanently powered, and you are used to stopping without switching off the ignition.

The fourth parameter is called “record acoustics”. A bad translation for “audio recording”. The kit is equipped with a microphone, located at the remote control, which can record surrounding sound. But it turns out to be of little use when you're riding... The microphone is logically positioned on the motorcycle, so it will only record the wind and the noise of your engine, at best.

Finally, the fifth parameter allows you to display or not the date and time of recording on each video file. It is recommended to activate this function so that your recordings serve as proof to the insurance company in the event of a claim.

And the 2nd menu?

The second menu concerns general settings. They are generally set once and for all: date and time format, menu display language (in our case, poorly translated French), return to factory settings, formatting the memory card, activating or deactivating the beep on the keys, activating or not Wi-Fi between the box and your smartphone, etc.

Two other functions may interest you. First, setting the image display time on the control screen: permanently or for 10 seconds, 30 seconds or one minute. It was curiously translated as "regular off-screen"... Then there is the auto-off setting, to define the duration of operation of the Dash Cam after switching off the ignition (three minutes, five minutes or ten minutes).

Cameras connected with your phone

Hardware installed, parameters configured... All that remains is to learn how to use the iDashCam digital application for smartphones (under Android or iOS)! After downloading and installing the app, you will then need to register (by entering your country and phone number) and connect via WiFi to the control box. Be careful, don't lose the small card in the box that gives you the (rather simple) password to establish the connection.

From there, you can adjust the main video settings. You will be able to display images from the front or rear camera or both on the phone in split view, and view or possibly delete the images (only those recorded on the phone).

Exactly, what do these images give?

The resolution quality of the sensors on-board cameras Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam is not in question. They are actually displayed in high definition. But in the absence of optical stabilizer, it is clear that the quality of the images captured is just good.

Because of the vibrations of the road, it is difficult, for example, to read a license plate or the details of a face from more than five meters away... We can clearly see the vehicles, their color, their movements. But the details are barely perceptible. And things get worse in the rain because splashing water on the front camera creates a blurring effect. You will also need to remember to regularly clean the optics of the two cameras in order to keep them clean and preserve the quality of the images.

 

And what are the kit components worth?

The quality of the majority of components in this kit is quite good. The control box is IP67 certified, which means it is protected against dust, splashes and splashes of water (with low pressure jets such as a faucet), and it can withstand immersion to 1 meter in static water for a maximum of 30 minutes).

THE on-board cameras Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam are certified IP68. Are they completely protected from dust? and can withstand immersion at 1.50 meters in static water for up to 30 minutes. IP stands for “international protection” or “penetration protection”. This is a rating scale for determining dust and water resistance. The IP is always followed by two numbers: the premier indicates protection against dust and the second against water.

The weak elements of the equipment are, above all, the mountings of the cameras and the central box. The cameras are attached to the motorcycle by collars, which are themselves stuck to the motorcycle with adhesive. It is difficult to say how strong this adhesive will be over time. Especially faced with bad weather, water, vibrations, dust, extreme heat and/or extreme cold that we can encounter on a motorcycle. The necklaces are made of a thin, fairly flexible metal. The cameras are held in the collar by a simple screw, which can become loose. And it's impossible to install a wrist strap or a Rilsan that would prevent the camera from falling. In the absence of " silent block“, it is difficult to prevent the cameras from vibrating due to bumps in the road.

Finally…

The Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam onboard camera kit is quite suitable for its primary use. Namely, permanently record what is happening in front of and behind your motorcycle to possibly provide your insurer with proof in images of your lack of liability in the event of an accident. On the other hand, if you are hoping to film beautiful images of your motorcycle rides or your outings on the circuit, you are likely to be disappointed.

For this type of use, it is preferable to turn to on-board cameras, like those from Sena . Whether it's the 10C or the Prism. Or even a 360 degree camera, like the Fly.

Features3
Image quality3.5
Ease of installation3.5
Ease of use4.5
Connectivity 4

My opinion: a good motorcycle dashcam, nothing more...

The Tecno Globe TG Dash Cam on-board camera kit offers a good solution for motorcyclists looking for a quality tool for this function alone... However, at the cost of assembly which can be complex and configuration that requires you have to take the time to study. The lack of versatility of this equipment affects its quality/price ratio, because the price of the memory card and the installation are added to the purchase price. It's up to everyone to decide if the investment is worth it.
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Fabien Lecoutre

Driving trainer, motorcycle journalist, author of biker tourist guides and the Passion Moto Sécurité website... I am above all a passionate "always ride".

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