Full review of the small and discreet dashcam, the T1 from Goluk.
Goluk T1 dashboard camera shoots highly clear, full HD videos at 30 fps at a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with its super wide angle, 152 degree lens without any distortion. The superior 6-layer glass lens is further powered by a powerful CMOS sensor and WDR technology to help you record high quality footage even in low light conditions.
The unit features an ultra compact design and comes with quality warranty of 18 months.
Apart from standard dashcam features like G-sensor for auto detection and recording of incidents, loop recording for uninterrupted saving of files to memory card, etc., this mini dashcam unit has parking security, MagicKey remote button, and inbuilt support for Wi-Fi. You can install the free Goluk App for Android or iOS on your smart phone and use it to control the unit, play the recorded clips, and share them on social media. So, the camera unit basically has a minimalistic design with no complicated buttons and navigation options on the screen. This makes it extremely easy to operate.
Earlier, the Android app required hotspot connectivity to connect your phone to the unit but this has been fixed now. Just like the iOS app, the Android app now too connects without requiring the hotspot feature.
Except for the memory card, everything else you need to install and get the unit working (power cable, power adapter, docking station, remote key, routing clips, adhesive pads, etc.) is included in the package. You need to buy a microSD card separately and of course you should have a smart phone to use the app. Goluk T1 supports a TF microSD card of up to 64 GB and Samsung card of class 10 or above is recommended by the manufacturers; other brand cards may cause compatibility issue. View our dash cam memory card buying guide for the best card for this camera.
One of the outstanding features of this DVR unit is that it’s 360 degrees rotatable. So, you can conveniently turn the camera any side you want to focus on. Thus, it can even be used to record what’s going on inside the car. This can be a good option for car owners who also drive for Uber or Lyft and want to record inside their car. The camera can also be easily taken out from its windshield mount and used for any other recording inside/outside the car. The MagicKey remote button, when tapped, will record a 12 second long video and click one still photograph for you; for recording of longer duration, you can make use of the phone app.
The quality of daytime recording when compared with other dash cameras in the market is acceptable; you can read license plate numbers of cars within a range of 4-5 meters. But when it comes to low light performance, it leaves many of its competitors far behind.
Goluk T1 is powered by a super capacitor instead of a battery. So, it is long lasting and has solid heat resistance. The working temperature ranges from 10 degrees Fahrenheit to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. But still it’s better to remove the unit from the windshield when you are parking your vehicle. For the parking security feature to work, you will need to have a power bank and a voltage regulator cable.
This dashcam supports audio recording as well. If you want to mute the microphone, you can do it from the settings menu of the app. It however it does not have a GPS.
- Dimensions: 1.2 LX1.2 WX3.5 H inches
- Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Chipset: Ambarella S2LM
- Sensor: Aptina 2 megapixel CMOS
- Video: 1920*1080 Full-HD Video at 30 fps
- Video file: .MP4
- Display: No screen, view on smartphone via WiFi
- Lens Angle:152 degrees
- Storage: up to 64GB TF card, class 10 or above
- Battery or Capacitor: Capacitor
- Operating Temperature: 10°F to 140°F
- GPS: No
- G-Sensor: Yes
- Audio: Yes
- Dual Dashcam: No
- Model Number: T1
What’s on the box?
- Goluk T1 dash camera
- Docking station
- Wireless remote/MagicKey
- Car power adapter
- Micro USB Power cable, 13.12 feet (4 meters)
- 8 Cable routing clips
- 3 3M adhesive pads
- User Manual
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat multipurpose camera!
Here’s a quick review of the Goluk T1 camera.
I did a lot of research on different types of dash cams from the $20 range to the $300 ones. One thing i was looking for small form factor so it doesn’t obstruct my view while driving. Preview screens usually take up a bit of the size for usual dash cams. This one is pretty new on the market and the size attracted me. Looking at the specs, it had everything I was looking for.
Two features on this cam really attracted me to it.
1) wifi connectivity to your phone for settings, downloads, and previews. Thus removes all need for buttons and a screen. Also allows you to instantly review the loop files and any urgent accelerometer triggered recordings. No cords or downloads required.
2) Snapshot button. This wireless button when pressed saves 6 seconds before and 6 seconds after. Enough to capture something interesting. Saves the file permanently.
Your phone does not need to be connected to work. Loops are 3 min in length and operate like most dash cams overriding the oldest files. It takes up to a 64GB micro SD Mem card.
Connecting your phone allows for syncing of snapshot videos and urgent videos. It also allows you to adjust camera settings. These include resolution (1080p max), accelerometer sensitivity, etc… Two features I have not tried are parking guard which activates if someone bumps your car while parked. If they are in view of the camera, it’ll record them. This requires the camera to be powered at all times either through a battery pack or hardwired. Another is emergency approach speed warnings for when traffic slows and you should brake. No idea how well these work. Only thing missing is GPS which I don’t really need or care about.
The camera can be powered by any usb power bank which allows you to use it as a regular camcorder. It’s not as tough as a go pro but can be used in similar fashion. It can also live broadcast through your phone and services such as Facebook live.
Overall, this camera is a great value at $130. I bought it during a amazon lightning sale for about $105. The extra added features and easy wireless accessibility to videos are definitely a plus which is missing from other comparable dash cams. This can come in handy if you get into an accident so you can out the other driver’s BS right there on the road. No need to take the Mem card out and use a computer.