I have been using a helmet camera from a different manufacturer for years now. It is on its last legs. Ninety percent of the time, I was using this helmet camera as a "dash" camera, in case I was run off the road, got into an accident, or whatever. So I was looking for a trouble-free solution where I could get video from the front of my motorcycle as well as the rear. I wanted something that would be powered by the motorcycle and not have a limitation of two hours as so many "action" cameras have before the battery runs out. And I wanted something discreet so I wouldn't have to worry about it being stolen. After doing a lot of research, I decided on the Arzin motocam G5. I highly recommend it.
What attracted me to the Arzin moto dash cam G5 was a couple things. First, it has 1080p cameras on the front and rear. I don't know much about the cameras, but I do know that Sony is a good name brand, and they are using Sony cameras. That's a plus. The other big plus in my mind, was the wi-fi capability. Trying to aim your cameras without being able to see what you're doing in real time is a pain.
The Arzin G5 comes with a nice app for a smartphone that allows you to see what the cameras see in real time. You can also download your videos without touching the DVR unit, and even make changes to the settings from the app. It's slick.
I was impressed with the Arzin G5 from even the time I opened the box. These people have spent a lot of thought in how they package their product, and from using the camera, that extra thought has gone into the design as well.
When you open the box, you'll see the DVR unit along with the two cameras and the manual switch neatly arranged. They look like quality equipment even then. Lift that packaging up and you'll see the cords neatly tucked away underneath. They use a short cord attached to each item like the cameras with a longer section to run from that camera to the DVR unit. Everything is color coded. You can't mess this up in the installation. Even the color coded plugs have only one way to plug them in. You can't mess it up. And they include heat shrink tubing that you can use to guarantee the connections are waterproof. They have thought of everything.
Installation is straight-forward. Mount the front and rear cameras. Mount the GPS device they include. And mount the manual switch. Then find places on your motorcycle to hide the wires and plug them into the DVR. The last thing is to find a good power supply.
You'll want a power connection that turns off when the ignition is turned off. Otherwise, the camera will continue to record and you'll run your battery down. I connected mine to the tail light circuit. I have a BMW, and there's a lot of concern about the CANBUS system having errors when you do this. I had no problems with mine. There's also a USB power connector that you can use to power the camera. Again, very well thought out.
One note. The DVR does not have any built in memory storage. You'll need to supply your own SDHC memory card. Use a high speed memory card for this, since you're recording from two cameras and with sound.
What is it like in use? I've attached three screen captures. The sequence might be off when this is posted, so let me explain what is happening. The rear camera shows a white vehicle merging behind me on the freeway. Another picture shows the blue car that was behind it, moving up fast. He could've easily merged behind me, but instead he accelerates to cut in front of me with little room to spare. You can see the entire sequence of events being captured as the car moves from the rear camera to the front one. If there had been an accident, that sequence of events was captured.
This is not an "action" camera, yet one of the sales people at Cycle Gear mentioned that the video I showed her was as good or better than her Go Pro. I don't know if I'd go that far. As an "action" camera, I'd rate it as "very good", but I don't believe this was designed as an action camera. As a "dash" camera though, I'd rate it as exceptional. The quality of everything is excellent, and the price is great.
I have only one nit-pick... When you mount the cameras in their mounts, they are still a little lose when the screw is tightened all the way. The "fix"...just use another washer on the inside of the two arms of the mount that holds the camera and it'll tighten just fine. That is really minor. You'll see what I mean when you mount yours.
Lastly, I have to make a comment about the Arzin customer service. It is exceptional. I notice that of the previous reviews, one person had issues with his camera. I did too initially. I contacted them and they were outstanding in resolving my issue. I don't know when I've had better customer service. They definitely stand by their product.
Pros: * This is plug and play. Install it, and forget about it. * If you want the videos for sharing or for evidence in case of an accident, you can download them with your smartphone. * There's nothing left out. This includes a GPS unit to share with your friends where you were riding. It even seems to have a vibration sensor so that if you are in an accident, it will "lock" that video segment from being overwritten for evidence. * The quality of all the components is first class. I don't see where they cut any corners in delivering a great camera system. * Installation is easy. They have thought out how to make this fool-proof for you. * The videos are excellent. Even at night. * The price is great for what you get.
Cons: * An extra washer would be nice. (I had to come up with something!) :D * The DVR is not waterproof. Just the cameras, GPS and manual switch are. So if you have the DVR unit mounted somewhere that it can get wet, put it in a plastic bag.