Viofo A119 V3 Firmware

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This is a post with the various Viofo A119 V3 firmware revisions. Please feel free to contribute any missing firmware files, and I will update and add them to the post here. I'm putting the release dates as accurately as I can find evidence of them. If you can cite a more accurate release date for the firmware versions, let me know.

Currently I recommend FW v1.03 (2019.09.11), as every version after this including the v2.x releases, have a bug present that creates a fuzzy wave on the picture in low light conditions.


v2.03 (2021.01.25) - Not recommended

  • Added 2560 x 1080P 60fps resolution.
  • Note: 60fps is not available when using HDR.
Code:
Sha1: asdf
Sha256: asdf
Sha512: asdf

v2.01c (2020.11.13) - Not recommended
  • Added Norwegian language support
  • Fix the problem that the camera won't get into the parking mode without the HK3 hardwire kit.
Code:
Sha1: 5bba50d3ac3122ccf00d0ba9b4ac969a76093f68
Sha256: 83afdf646ed0df322396ac5cd2cc993925b6f8746c357d7098c148e263433e79
Sha512: a23d31242ce06af40732d1f70167fd9dc6f3220d489279dc552edd58ce9b8a9a285fd3bf2f834af4e8cdbd012018db601e26562e9fb77c96f13453cb60be0c68

v2.01b (2020.09.30) - Not recommended
Code:
sha1: bc5f4ec20d45b037f3828b66e3a6a25d8b4c0f5f
sha256: d293844338afbb6f3b2bc517cd74c93e23604f4759b1c050727d300adf10a205
sha512: bb0daac07acef066b1398128013dbefa266260a75dba9a88b7ca75597f37c71a9e816c0775cde39606c4a6b71cc3cfd1d74239d9701b101bf55154369ffd31d7

v2.01a (2020.09.01) - Not recommended
Code:
Sha1: 4bf2ef080a2c36f34e514f9299957d57eecc75a3
Sha256: 0a20113c829501245f0c782a737a18bc1c6059e1145d6be44118f4fff95800cd
Sha512: c684b90d3e1682b5527927f78b6e2626cac3be736a06c68a7c4b632a97a60e2707d918516e9ae98c26e24c6498c34ef72a97a00a5c9862857658b17bade4c72b

v2.00 (2020.06.15) - Not recommended
  • Added 2560 x 1440P 60fps video resolution
  • Added HDR support.
  • Added Image Mirror option
  • Added Parking Recording Timer option
  • Added Enter Parking Mode Timer option
  • Added auto fix the corrupted file after restart
  • Fixed .TS format video in-camera playback issue
  • Fixed time-lapse 60fps, 120fps playback issue.
  • Fixed EV setting not saved issue after the restart
  • Menu language translation update
Code:
Sha1: ed70476e025e125f1bef1137615cd0164addaf4f
Sha256: b07e3556464895fe8411551e16556fe93bef1b361e7c8ee0747fd463841397d7
Sha512: 72ed4b8f790bc52f80f511e6a607a8c388a6fa1b3f677df0cff407118f716d45a9cf448176a1f02617a68add4ba69a7d38e7730f9bb42b7a3f16834a62cf600d

v1.03 (2019.09.24) - Not recommended - Do not use. Bug causing visible fuzzy waves to appear and move vertically in very low light conditions. Use (2019.09.11) build instead. See thread here: https://www.rdforum.org/threads/99086/
Fixed 1080P 60fps resolution issue*
Code:
Sha1: e3134de99e2fd4eb8420c9edba885db8e5e8aaea
Sha256: dd579f6bf1d9c292f178e1da267d9676b4c4d5591ad857fa0d868ec2ae3374a9
Sha512: 96949cc1b461e96c5948e260f26cc983989d8ce4efb444f57f875ef88fd09cb576e1bf5abf10d188d2c04400922b2e62067a3a4db7498d88f48d74f19b7ec6b8

v1.03 (2019.09.11) - RECOMMENDED
  • Other bugs fix.
Code:
Sha1: ec59ae7e2796a460e75b8797632a2e9d47a33d09
Sha256: b5b3b3dd17e489f537490d06900c8f95dd5100cef427751ebafeecb99f4b9ddd
Sha512: 86e061b4baa394cd924db6848459cb836f8ba2a532b25d10101c95ff7f5bd5c82582c4e473eeaf314127c8a6d01cd664a8ebc95cff2a76faaa7a9245c195f420

v1.02 (2019.08.18) - Not recommended
  • Improved Video Bitrate in High option
  • Improved recording audio level
Code:
Sha1: 861978c793c4b65b7768a9aef057c322dc4523b2
Sha256: 14a7e648210fb089137bccd78e9ef01beabfcc2ad3f476d7a49a6f8711541f31
Sha512: 9f49b3e5171f770391af2f48d5a5d4852a284bcf556f9cbfae48d97bbc6e6f8521c0621e8086c4eef508764a7f987b2768727fe256af04ec6385dc3eadb085e6

v1.01 (2019.06.21) - Not recommended
  • Improved WDR; WDR bug from v1.00 fixed.
Code:
Sha1: 4e6fe0fecf8deae1043db402819751092592c819
Sha256: ac3f0849cc263651dbec78d2dd148933de6a7a6cc0a6e08b108147ead1938474
Sha512: 60bbfa13e6953a7f1cf0e9c6ed59c2fe9a15af8c4ec07e7163399db3d0ecbbd1c6bbd3fa7f7f2f51f76924aae53b9aa97698560b478c826fbef3a673a380709c

v1.00 - Not recommended
  • Initial firmware release
  • The A119 V3 current firmware v1.00 has a BUG that prevents WDR from activating even when Menu setting shows ON. The obvious clue was no WDR icon appears on main screen after exiting the menu which has already been reported.
Code:
Sha1: 5f3a99d0130dbaa2a3d0a90ef1a88dc9b26aafd4
Sha256: 8bfafc07688b9e643d9bfe514adb5268843cad91caac00a9027d980b867480b1
Sha512: 32ed5e154f702ed0dc04cdb3bbbcee605a47cddffdce7e663171c876fca6ad82f6c99724371df24fb1eac918394c96b1b1fb2cad65703b0de7ee7f719e042649
 

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I haven't used it by choice after I read over some feedback at DashCamTalk and saw video comparisons between the firmware from another user. from The biggest changes with the 2.x firmware is the implementation of 60 frames per second (FPS) and High Dynamic Range (HDR). In my opinion, neither are any good for this camera and both end up making the overall image quality worse; I would stick with FW v1.03 (2019.09.11).


HDR:

HDR is supposed to help make the overall image more vivid and help bring out the detail in the shadows, while also not letting extremely bright areas of the image become over exposed. The HDR implementation for the Viofo A119v3 in firmware v2.x is really very bad. Normally to create an HDR image, you take two photos and then combine them into a single photo. One photo has a very short exposure length, letting less light in, for the purpose of dealing with areas of the scene that are extremely bright. The second photo has a longer exposure length for the purpose of capturing details in the darker areas of the scene. The camera is then to takes the two images and superimposes the darker image above of the brighter image. This balances out the light and dark while letting you see the detail clearly.

Unfortunately the Viofo falls short in how it actually performs HDR. Because the dashcam is moving as it captures these frames, the image captured for the slow exposure image is different than the image from the fast exposure image. When they're superimposed together, the resulting image has a "ghosting" effect if there are other objects such as a car passing by you - objects moving within the field of view. User "Dashmellow" from DashCamTalk points this out in a sample image capture from video he took while using HDR.

V3_HDR.jpg


As you can see, there is awful ghosting in the image due to the superimposition of the two images used to form the single HDR frame.


60 FPS:

The other big change with the 2.x version of firmware for the Viofo A119v3 is the addition of support for 60 FPS. This is supposed to let you capture 2x the frames per second, ideally giving you more samples of picture to reference. People had hoped that the higher frame rate would mean that it would be easier to read details such as license plates of vehicles that pass by at high speed. Again, Viofo's implementation of this falls short. The problem is that Viofo did not actually increase the bitrate of the video data to support the doubling of the frame rate. This means that while we're doubling the rate at which we take still images, we're essentially cutting in half how much data we allocate each image to use to store the details. At 60 FPS, individual frames only allowed 1/2 the amount of data to encode the image contents. This means a more compressed image, with more details lost due to compression that is required in order to keep the overall bitrate the same. If Viofo had allowed a doubling of the video bitrate to match the doubling of the framerate, then perhaps image quality at 60FPS would be decent. From the samples I have seen, 60FPS resulted in less detail and more blur, making it harder to make out details such as license plates on moving vehicles.

TL,DR: @sdrawkcaB 's Viofo A119v3 Configuration Recommendations
  • Do: Use firmware v1.03 (2019.09.11)
  • Do: Set bitrate to high
  • Do not: activate Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
  • Do not: activate High Dynamic Range (HDR) available in FW v2.x
  • Do not use 60 FPS. Do use 30 FPS instead.
 

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Hi, I wonder if someone can help me to install the firmware back to that recommended above (v1.03 (2019.09.11))?
Presently my A119V3 is on 2.1.
I formatted the card in the camera, then connected the camera to my PC, copied the bin file across, removed the connection to the PC, then after 10 seconds reconnected the camera to the PC. Nothing happened except the camera powered on with the little USB icon showing. I left it like that for 5 mins then disconnected from the PC. (There were no flashing lights during this 5 mins.)
After reconnecting the camera to a 1Amp connector, the F/W however, is still on 2.1. i.e. no change.
Could someone pls explain the steps needed to revert the f/w back?
Thankyou.
 

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I haven't used it by choice after I read over some feedback at DashCamTalk and saw video comparisons between the firmware from another user. from The biggest changes with the 2.x firmware is the implementation of 60 frames per second (FPS) and High Dynamic Range (HDR). In my opinion, neither are any good for this camera and both end up making the overall image quality worse; I would stick with FW v1.03 (2019.09.11).


HDR:

HDR is supposed to help make the overall image more vivid and help bring out the detail in the shadows, while also not letting extremely bright areas of the image become over exposed. The HDR implementation for the Viofo A119v3 in firmware v2.x is really very bad. Normally to create an HDR image, you take two photos and then combine them into a single photo. One photo has a very short exposure length, letting less light in, for the purpose of dealing with areas of the scene that are extremely bright. The second photo has a longer exposure length for the purpose of capturing details in the darker areas of the scene. The camera is then to takes the two images and superimposes the darker image above of the brighter image. This balances out the light and dark while letting you see the detail clearly.

Unfortunately the Viofo falls short in how it actually performs HDR. Because the dashcam is moving as it captures these frames, the image captured for the slow exposure image is different than the image from the fast exposure image. When they're superimposed together, the resulting image has a "ghosting" effect if there are other objects such as a car passing by you - objects moving within the field of view. User "Dashmellow" from DashCamTalk points this out in a sample image capture from video he took while using HDR.

View attachment 174048

As you can see, there is awful ghosting in the image due to the superimposition of the two images used to form the single HDR frame.


60 FPS:

The other big change with the 2.x version of firmware for the Viofo A119v3 is the addition of support for 60 FPS. This is supposed to let you capture 2x the frames per second, ideally giving you more samples of picture to reference. People had hoped that the higher frame rate would mean that it would be easier to read details such as license plates of vehicles that pass by at high speed. Again, Viofo's implementation of this falls short. The problem is that Viofo did not actually increase the bitrate of the video data to support the doubling of the frame rate. This means that while we're doubling the rate at which we take still images, we're essentially cutting in half how much data we allocate each image to use to store the details. At 60 FPS, individual frames only allowed 1/2 the amount of data to encode the image contents. This means a more compressed image, with more details lost due to compression that is required in order to keep the overall bitrate the same. If Viofo had allowed a doubling of the video bitrate to match the doubling of the framerate, then perhaps image quality at 60FPS would be decent. From the samples I have seen, 60FPS resulted in less detail and more blur, making it harder to make out details such as license plates on moving vehicles.

TL,DR: @sdrawkcaB 's Viofo A119v3 Configuration Recommendations
  • Do: Use firmware v1.03 (2019.09.11)
  • Do: Set bitrate to high
  • Do not: activate Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
  • Do not: activate High Dynamic Range (HDR) available in FW v2.x
  • Do not use 60 FPS. Do use 30 FPS instead.
I'm all set up as per your specs!
Hoping for a little better videos now.
Q: Do you use the blue lens filter? We are getting longer days now and wondering if I should put it back on for the sunlight.
 

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The polarized light filter? It’s only blue if you don’t peel off the blue protective plastic covering the lens. :)
 

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The polarized light filter? It’s only blue if you don’t peel off the blue protective plastic covering the lens. :)
Ohhh, you had me for a minute! LOL.
Yes, the polarized filter. Use or not to use?
It has a slight grey tint to it.
The blue plastic came off upon purchase.
You made me look, and pry. :D
 

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Sorry for the scare. I wanted to make sure you pulled the film off. I didn’t know mine was on there for a few months. It looked so uniform that I had no idea it was anything besides the glass.

I use a polarized light filter for my front camera where there is no tint on the glass. I don’t use one on my rear camera where it is behind 5% tint.

Be aware the lens of the polarized filter is actually round and can be rotated by pinching the glass and gently turning it independent of the square housing it comes in. It is linearly polarized. This means you can reduce reflections of light that arrive from one primary direction. I believe I have mine oriented to block reflections off of my own vehicle hood and off of the glass and chrome areas of other vehicles in front of me. If you were to rotate it 90 degrees from such a configuration, you would find that now you’re allowing these reflections in to the camera while blocking side to side reflections. During the bright daylight, blocking light vertically tends to be the most useful for me.

To be sure I got the orientation correct, I sat in my car during the day, took off the filter, rotated it, recorded a few seconds of video, then shut off the camera and took the memory card out and places it in my laptop I brought out to the car with me. Using a laptop, it is easier to see the differences as you try rotating the lens. Do this a few times until you have dialed
it in. Actual driving and comparison of clips is good too.
 

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2.4 is out.... Any thoughts? Or same as before?
 

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