Review: Uniden iGO CAM 850

We can all agree humans make terrible drivers. Until the robots take over for us, we face the daily challenge of avoiding other vehicles on our roads. When unfortunate...


We can all agree humans make terrible drivers. Until the robots take over for us, we face the daily challenge of avoiding other vehicles on our roads. When unfortunate accidents do happen, it’s far too easy to get into a he said, she said debate about where the fault lies. What better way to prove your innocence than by capturing the whole event on video. Uniden has a great product, the iGO CAM 850 that allows you to record from 2 cameras at once. A 3rd camera can be connected and mounted at the rear of your vehicle, which works great for reversing, or inspecting the front suspension of that idiot tailgating you.


The device features a 2.7″ LCD Colour display and is shaped similar to a rear view mirror.  It’d be fantastic to see Uniden create a version that could actually replace your mirror.  The screen is wrapped with two independent & adjustable Full HD 1080P Ultra Wide Angle Cameras. These are easily rotated and can be position to look out the front window, rear window or any place in-between. You may consider pointing one camera out the side window if you regularly experience issues with people overtaking you on the right or cyclists on the left.

The Reverse camera with Bumper Mount and 6 Meter Cable (Included), can also be selected as one of the two recorders. In future versions, you could see Uniden allowing recording from 3 cameras simultaneously, but for now it’s just two.  With cameras hard mounted to vehicle driving over variable surfaces and usually poor Australian roads, the cameras do a great job with stability thanks to an anti-shaking function for ultra clear recording.

The setup is quite easy, mount the camera on the front window, connect the power cable to cigarette or power connecter in your car, add the GPS antenna (usually on your dash) and you’re almost done. The rear camera takes a little more effort. The 6 meter cable to the rear camera needs to be run through under the center console, under the rear seat, into the boot then out an air gap, the be mounted under the rear bar. The good news is the video will be flipped on your display so it appears right side up.

The camera records records footage onto a  Micro SD Card which isn’t included, but are seriously cheap these days. You will want a decent sided card (I used a 32GB card) given that you’re recording 2x720p  videos at once. While both cameras are capable of 1080p individually, that’s too much to process for the relatively small form factor of the device.  The 720p video is more than adequate should you need to identify cars and number plates around you.

If your car has an in-dash display that supports  HDMI In, then you could connect the iGO CAM to the display using the device’s HDMI Out Port. This would allow you to use the 7-10” display in your car to view the cameras and recordings, rather than the inbuilt 2.7” display. More commonly this HDMI out port would be used to connect the camera to a TV and playback an incident. Thanks to the GPS sensor, you get the full picture of an accident with GPS tracking. This will record everything from the direction you were travelling, to your lat/long coordinates as well as your speed.

With the help of a built-in G-sensor and the device’s Collision Detection Mode, the camera can also detect a change in motion which will instantly trigger recording in the event of an accident. Great if you forgot to start recording before throwing your elbows out for the morning commute to work. If you’re thinking how the camera gets power to record if the car is parked and turned off, the answer lies in an internal rechargeable battery, this won’t last forever, but will get the job done.

The cameras are great during the day, but what about capturing video at night? Uniden have thought of that, a night vision option allows you to capture events all times of the day or night.


Extra use cases

The Uniden iGO CAM 850 is absolutely marketed as a tool for road safety and accident risk mitigation, but there’s actually another great use for these cameras. If you’ve ever been to a track day, you’ll know that car enthusiasts are desperate to capture their day and their car’s performance. Mounting a number of GoPro video cameras around the cars body is a very common event, great for multi-camera edits later. But when it comes to recording inside the vehicle, it’s incredibly difficult to find mounting points unless your serious enough to have a roll cage. Cable tying a tripod on the back seat isn’t unheard of and something I’ve been guilty of myself. A far better way to caption events in the car like driver and passenger reactions or the view out the rear window, is to use this iGO CAM 850.

In future versions of the product I’d love to see them add the ability to rotate the camera on the Y axis, as well as the X. This would allow for a great shot of your gear shifting or handbrake action. Whether it’s just a bit of fun to share online, or for the task of analyzing a run and cutting fractions of seconds from a lap record, this could be a whole new market for the product. It’s very rare to see two high-quality cameras packed into such a small form factor, even dual Go-Pro’s make for a clumsy configuration in comparison.



Let’s make this very clear, Uniden is definitely not a software company. The iGO CAM Player that’s available free from their website allows you to import the video and watch it back next to geolocation and speed data. The interface design is far from revolutionary or modern, but it does get the job done. It’s much more utilitarian and is definitely one component of the product that could be improved in future releases.

To get the software to load a video, I had to edit a .ini file to update the video location. By default the application looks at a user path that doesn’t exist (probably the guy who created the app). Most users are not going to work this out themselves and this definitely needs to be fixed.


There’s no better way to show you the capabilities of the iGO CAM 850, than showing you videos taken directly from it. These samples were taken at 720p as both cameras were recording at the time.


Price and Availability

The device is available now and is available from a wide range of retailers at a suggested price of A$199.95, look around online and you may find it as cheap as A$184.00


This is definitely a solid device and delivers on the features it promotes the most. Traffic accidents are always a stressful time and anything to assist the process of resolving the blame game is definitely welcome. A few years back I returned to my car to find a bullbar shaped hole in my front bar. The jerk took off without a note and without insurance, would have cost $4,000 to repair. If I had this crash cam setup at the time, the device would have detected the motion and started recording on batter power. The offender’s number plate would have been recorded and my insurance premium wouldn’t have been effected.

On a daily basis, I’m amazed that some people were given licenses to drive on our roads. Lane cutting, failure to indicate, failing to give way at round abouts are far too common events. Unfortunately unless there’s a crash, it’s rarely a crime, so even if you did catch these actions on tape and took them to police, little could be done. In the event you catch a drunk, tired or texting driver on cam and report them, there is a good chance they will be convicted.

The purpose of this cam isn’t to start playing detective on our roads, but it certainly offers you a solid way to prove your case in the event of an accident. Without a 360 degree view, it is still possible that you have the 2 cameras pointed forward and backwards and then get hit on the side which could be missed by the cameras. Perhaps a roundtable like camera is the real solution.

The power, rear camera and GPS cords that hang down from the device are certainly annoying and I hope there’s a better option. A full installation


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  • gordonS1942 .
    16 February 2014 at 11:27 am

    3 points regarding the fantastic IGO 850 Cam, the GPS map on start defaults to a location some 10 kms EAST of Rotterdam in the Nederlands, can that be changed?
    The power/USB cable hangs down and with the hard USB plug as you see in the picture, it is quite obtrusive where the GPS and Rear Camera leads connect on top.
    The IGO player is a pain but you have to use it to get the GPS ‘Geotag’ to display your location.
    The visual indication was very vague but at least it showed I was on THAT road even if it was over 3/4 of a kilometre from start to finish.

  • coke41a1
    28 February 2014 at 11:13 am

    I have had the igo 800 replaced 4 times then they sent me this one the igo 850 and its as bad as the rest it freezes and skips , cant get the gps to work and as for the reverse camera , well what can I say throw it away to be polite. I have done my money on this thing as Im sick of sending them back .

  • Mick
    23 March 2014 at 12:47 pm

    does anyone know how to invert the image from the reverse camera? I initially mounted it so it was hanging down , IE the bracket on top and camera under. The image on the screen was upside down so I hanged location so that the bracket was under and camera above and it is still upside down

  • Nick Fatsis
    5 July 2014 at 8:04 pm

    In regards to the cords hanging down, it’s very simple to tuck them between the roof lining and the windscreen, then down the pillar cover, then behind the dash, if you know what you’re doing you can even hardwire a cigarette plug to power this unit, the same with the GPS antenna, so all you see on the dash is the antenna itself and maybe a bit of cable, this will make the install professional looking.

  • dave
    3 August 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I actually thought mine was broken due to poor quality, but, looking online and reading reviews it is normal, I have since been told to use a software to extract the video from memory card so you can get true full 1080p clear quality to watch blurred free on your tv. does anyone know of such software? because I stop using mine due to the poor quality, you cant even read the number plates, unless the screen is as big as a box of matches

  • Bruce
    24 August 2014 at 9:33 am

    The reverse camera can be rotated in the housing and should “click” when horizontal

  • Azhar
    7 September 2014 at 11:55 am

    Does anyone know if there is a gap between video recordings?

  • Doug
    15 September 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I’d rate it 1/10. Not impressed.

    1. I don’t know how it received Australian C-Tick approval. The RF interference is so bad that my FM radio is unusable while the camera is on – as soon as the camera is turned on, an otherwise clear and strong station becomes nothing but a faint signal over static.

    2. the picture quality is woeful. Even on 1080hd. There is no extra detail on 1080HD over VGA, all it seems to do is make the artifacts and pixels bigger. I suspect the cameras are actually only standard definition with software interpolation to high-def – the image quality certainly suggests that it is not hardware HD. If it is hardware HD, they’ve made a complete balls-up of the algorithms used to compress the video.

    3. They aren’t wide-angle lenses. My car (Prado) has a long bonnet, and with the dashcam at the top of the windscreen, it barely fits the full width of the front of the car in frame. It would be useless in an intersection crash, because when stopped at an intersection, it doesn’t show the side-roads in frame. The way to counter that is to use both front cameras and have them turned at angles. But then the distortions at the side of the frame makes for poor viewing straight ahead. Plus, it can only record 2 cameras – either both front cameras, or 1 front and the rear. So the workaround to get a reasonably wide frame means you can’t use the rear camera.

    4. There is no option to mirror the image from the rear camera, so it isn’t suitable as a reversing camera. If, like me, you thought this would give you a reversing camera and a crash camera in one, you were wrong.

    5. There is no option to superimpose the GPS data over the image. All you can do is use the Uniden software to view the GPS data.

    6. The GPS data doesn’t synch well with the video. As an example, playing a recording of driving along a street and going through a roundabout, it showed my speed through the roundabout to be 55, and the map showed me well back from the roundabout. After I had been through the roundabout, and was accelerating up the road, the map showed me get to the roundabout, and the speed readout showed my speed dropped down to about 15km/hr, then pick up again. The GPS data was around 10 seconds behind the video. Consequently it is utterly useless for any forensic use.

    7. It doesn’t work for carpark crashes. The battery doesn’t last long enough for it to be worthwhile, so it would need to be wired to a permanently powered outlet. It is heavy on power (it flattened my car battery in fairly quick time), so don’t even bother using it on a permanently powered outlet unless you have a dual battery setup. On a normal outlet that turns off with ignition, the unit isn’t smart enough to automatically switch to shock-recording mode when you stop. It auto-powers down, so you have to manually power it back up (on the woeful battery), and go into the menu to set shock mode recording.

    8. The unit supposedly has night vision. If you call “Night Vision” the ability to pick up a bright blurred white headlight on a sea of black then I guess it does. Really, this claim is false advertising, as it is nothing remotely close to being night vision.

    9. Small things like the plug connections etc show absolutely no intelligence at all. The GPS plug (a straight 3.5mm phono plug) is very difficult to plug in when the unit is attached to the bracket, and it fouls the bracket if you try to plug it in then attach the bracket. The reverse camera plug however is a right-angle plug – this one doesn’t foul the bracket so wouldn’t matter if it was straight, and being the reverse camera plug it is the one that you need to route through holes to get to the front of the car. This is made harder by it being a right-angle plug, which means you have to drill bigger holes to get it through, and it doesn’t easily poke through grommets/loom-tube etc. The power connector is at the bottom of the unit, so you have the problem of the cable hanging down. Even if you route the cords through the roof lining, it has to hang down a couple of inches below the unit. It seems at every turn, the unit is conspiring against a neat & tidy installation.

    The only good thing I can think of about it, is that it’s on-paper specs are impressive. Unfortunately they don’t translate into a positive real-world experience.

  • AS
    11 January 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I recently purchased a Uniden dash cam and never again. In
    fact never again for any Uniden product.

    It crashed after about an hour use and for a month I have
    been trying to contact them to get it repaired or replaced. They don’t even
    respond to the contact section on their website.

    Unidens are cheap, it is clearly a poorly run business and
    they cannot even provide basic levels of customer service. Go with better
    products and better run businesses like Garmin, Navman…

  • AS
    11 January 2015 at 12:12 pm

    How did you get it replaced. Did you go through Uniden or through the place of purchase. Mine crashed after about an hour usage and I cant get it restarted. Even using the reset key doesn’t work. I’ve also been trying to contact Uniden directly but they don’t even reply to web site messages or emails. Any thoughts? I cant take it back tot he place of purchase as I got it when I was travelling.

  • Peter
    13 March 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I purchased the 850 for the little lady…worked fantastic..clear pics..sound..downloaded GPS software was excellent…absolutely no complaints UNTIL…It stopped working and after removal found that heat inside the car had caused the plastic case around the camera’s to warp and malfunction..fortunately the retailer gave me a refund however this leaves great doubts as to whether trying the same brand especially if it cannot cope with our Australian summers… Has anybody had similar issues ?

  • Steve
    17 March 2015 at 9:36 pm

    When I try to play vids on the software IGO cam I have a message “Rendor Error” I hope someone can help as I am heaps frustrated by now.

  • Ryan Wright
    8 April 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I had a $15 ebay camera, then downgraded to this. Crap mounting bracket means you are very limited to where you can position it on your dash, holder is loose on camera so shakes constantly, camera quality is so bad on 1080P that I have to stop behind someone at the lights to capture their number plate. Switching to reverse cam takes about 5 seconds, annoying when you have some behind you waiting to park and you have to make them wait longer.

    It killed the SD card so now doesn’t record only using as reverse camera…

    Mounting bracket locking ring snapped from tighting/hot sun contact and had to take it apart and super glue it back together. Had the unit out of the work car over the 4 day easter break, now the unit constantly says its flat and turns off despite being plugged into a constant 12V supply.

    Power cord hangs down as pictured in drivers way.

    Don’t buy this or any of Uniden’s dash cams, waste of money.

  • Dave
    24 June 2015 at 3:58 pm

    only 8 months old the plastic is rubbish, the suction cup has broken at the T part where the mount is moulded,so it falls off the windscreen, I called DSE and they said they would repair it so did Uniden for it to only break in another 8 months time. I advised DSE that I wanted a refund because it is not fit for purpose.

    The lady on the phone at Uniden asked me do you leave it in your car, I said ‘yes’ her reply was it is not designed to do this you must take it down when not driving. which is incorrect because it has a G sensor built in which starts to record if anybody crashes into my parked car. The instructions do say don’t the device in direct sunlight for long periods of time or where tempatures can reach above 60deg C. what is a long period of time I ask?

    Will be taking back to DSE and asking for a refund.

  • Dave
    24 June 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Agree 110 % they are cheap rubbish, save your money. I have a GPS Garmin on the dash and it’s been there for 3 years no problem at all, this mounting bracket on the Uniden is cheaply made, the box it comes in is the flashiest part.

  • Dave
    24 June 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I called DSE and they said it is up to Uniden if they replace it all or refund it. All that is wrong with mine is the mount bracket is cheap rubbish and broken, I want a refund, because it will break in another 8 months. IMV it is not designed to do what they say it can do it has a G-Sensor in it so I expect to leave it in my window if I get hit while parked it should start recording, Uniden said today on the phone that I should not leave it in place and take it down which is BS. the plastic is cheap and will break if I were to take if down all the time.

  • Jimmy
    26 June 2015 at 4:16 am

    Why are you dealing with uniden? You bought the product from DSE, read up on Australian consumer law, your entitled to a refund. Go into the store and make a fuss when it’s busy if they won’t comply with the law.

  • Dave
    26 July 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Jimmy
    Will do
    it looks like I’m getting the run around DSE who said it is not for them to refund it or replace it the process now belongs to Uniden,I’ve been offered a new mount for it to break.

  • Dave
    2 August 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Cheers Jimmy,

    Contacted Fair trading and they advised me to write a letter to DSE using a template on there website I gave them 2 days to answer due to getting the run around by DSE, with in 24 hours I was offered a store credit my the store manager which I accepted, what made it better was the same lady at DSE who told me I could’t get a refund or store credit initially, processed my store credit today she asked what was the defect I told her the mounting bracket which is not fit for purpose and she and uniden offered a replacement for which I wasn’t happy with, due to me advising I was going to go to fair trading they changed their minds.

    DSE has left a sour taste in my mouth and it will be the last place I shop in future unless they have a good bargain


  • Ryan Wright
    5 October 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Well put!

  • Ryan Wright
    5 October 2015 at 1:06 pm

    True, but you still have the power cord poking out the bottom, then making a sharp u turn back up into the lining, I had mine set up as you described. For a $185+ product, you would think they would include a right angle adapter at the very least. How it is wired up is the smallest issue, how about the fact the cradle only allows it to be mounted one way – or the fact that if you want to have one camera facing forward while using the reverse camera, you have to use the left hand side camera, no option for right hand camera and rear. Then there is the quality, how it rattles while driving etc etc

  • Brett
    5 December 2015 at 1:38 am

    Terrific post however I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit
    further. Appreciate it!

  • Gary Hoffmann
    19 January 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Camera is disappointing, video is always out of focus, you can’t read number plates and after 15 months the low resolution rear camera has died. I will be a lot more careful before buying my next dash cam.

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