The world's most in-depth and scientific reviews of tech gear

Rexing V1 Review

A great camera that is somewhat held back by quite a frustrating user interface
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:   $100 List | $100 at Amazon
Pros:  Very good video quality, small visual footprint, built-in Wi-Fi
Cons:  Somewhat frustrating interface
Manufacturer:   Rexing
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jan 6, 2019
  • Share this article:
63
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#6 of 7
  • Video Quality - 40% 8
  • Video Capture - 25% 6
  • Interface - 25% 3
  • Visual Footprint - 10% 8

Our Verdict

Overall we were quite impressed with the Rexing V1 in our testing. It is able to produce high-quality video, has a slim profile, and isn't too expensive. However, We found the equally slim AUKEY DR02 to be a bit more user-friendly, and it produces just as high-quality video for a smaller cost. Therefore, for most people we think the AUKEY would be a better choice. However, the Rexing V1 does have built-in Wi-Fi, a feature the AUKEY lacks. So if you're jonesing for the ability to wirelessly send video clips from your camera to your phone, the Rexing V1 is great choice. If that feature does appeal to you the YI Dash does the same thing for about half the price, but it's video isn't quite as crisp and vibrant as that from the Rexing.


Compare to Similar Products

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Rexing V1 is a great overall camera, but it faces some stiff competition from the slightly less expensive AUKEY DR02.

The Rexing V1 has a nice  large screen but poorly designed menus.
The Rexing V1 has a nice, large screen but poorly designed menus.

Performance Comparison


Bolstered by great video quality but held back by a less-than-ideal user interface the Rexing V1 ended up in the middle of the pack after all our tests were said and done.

Video Quality


This is certainly the high point of the Rexing V1, with only the twice as expensive Vantrue N2 Pro Uber Dual besting it in our video quality testing.


The Rexing V1's video quality is very crisp. In fact in our testing we thought its video looked noticeably clearer than the videos from other cameras sporting the same 1080p resolution. The wide 170˚ field of view provides a large area of coverage without any distortion or blurring around the edges. Both at day and night we were able to easily identify other cars' license plates in many different lighting conditions. Really the only weakness of the Rexing V1's camera is that very sunny days or bright lights at night can sometimes wash the image out enough to obscure a license plate number. However, this is present to some extent in every camera we tested, and the Rexing V1 suffers from this to a relatively minimal degree. Overall we think the Rexing V1's cameras is about even in terms of quality with the $70 AUKEY DR02, and slightly better than that of the $50 YI Dash.



Video Capture


The Rexing V1 offers a standard bevy of video capture features, putting it right in the thick of our video capture scoring.


Like all of the cameras we tested, we thoroughly vetted the Rexing V1's G-sensor through the use of large numbers of user reviews. We were able to find many instances of that sensor functioning properly and protecting video of crashes from being overwritten, and no instances of it malfunctioning. It also automatically starts recording when you start your car, which was our second requirement for inclusion in our review.

Beyond the basics, the Rexing V1 allows you to choose the length of video clips that it records in, and by proxy how mouch video will be protected from overwriting when the G-sensor detects an event. Those options include 1, 3, 5, and 10 minutes. The competing AUKEY DR02 lacks the 1-minute option, and the YI Dash only has a 3-minute option. While we wouldn't consider this a huge improvement over the other cameras, it is nice to have a bit of flexibility.



Possibly the Rexing V1's most convenient video management feature is its built-in Wi-Fi. This lets you send clips wirelessly from the camera straight to your phone. This feature certainly isn't a necessity, but it does allow you to quickly share whatever amazing thing that happened on your morning commute to social media. This is one area where the Rexing V1 is clearly better than teh AUKEY DR02, as the AUKEY lacks built in Wi-Fi. Surprisingly the very inexpensive YI Dash does also have this feature.

Like most cameras on the market, the Rexing V1 also has a record button. Pressing this button will protect the current video clip from being overwritten.

Interface


This is the one area where we did run into some frustration with the Rexing V1. Its buttons, while large and easy to press, are somewhat oddly labeled. We do like the large 2.4-inch screen, but the menus that are displayed on that screen are oddly designed and certainly not intuitive. We found ourselves constantly consulting the manual and Google when trying to adjust advanced settings. While this frustration certainly stops short of making the camera unusable, both the AUKEY DR02 and the YI Dash offers much more friendly user experiences.


Both the V1's buttons and menus are somewhat confusing  making it one of our least favorite cameras if we have to adjust settings.
Both the V1's buttons and menus are somewhat confusing, making it one of our least favorite cameras if we have to adjust settings.

Visual Footprint


The Rexing V1 is functionally one of the slimmest cameras we've tested. Though it s dimensions are actually quite large, the wedge shape lets it sit more closely to the windshield, resulting in less of a visual impairment. This has the added benefit of providing quite a large screen without adding too much visible surface area. We highly doubt anyone is going to find the Rexing's profile obtrusive, but if you really want the smallest looking camera possible the AUKEY DR02 is the way to go. You do sacrifice the larger screen, the AUKEY sports a 1.5-inch screen compared to the Rexing's 2.4", but it does take up a bit less space in the driver's peripheral vision.


Thanks to a curved design the V1 doesn't take up much visual space on the windshield.
Thanks to a curved design the V1 doesn't take up much visual space on the windshield.

Value


For $100 the Rexing V1 offers great video quality and all of the features most people look for in a dash cam. However, if you're willing to sacrifice built-in Wi-Fi the $70 AUKEY DR02 provides just as high quality video with a more user friendly interface. If you really want Wi-Fi the even cheaper $50 YI Dash offers that feature and a better user interface, asking only that you make a small sacrifice in video quality. Therefore the Rexing V1 is only a good value if you want built-in Wi-Fi and the highest quality video possible, and can deal with a clunky interface. If you can budge on any of those requirements even a little, there are better values to be found.

Conclusion


The Rexing V1 is a great all-around camera, but some frustrations with its user interface keep it from being our top recommendation to most people.


Max Mutter and Steven Tata