The Mi Dash Cam 1S is configured with a professional in-car recording chip and image sensor. It supports voice control and helps you capture high-quality driving videos.
Please read this user manual carefully before using the product, and use it in accordance with the instructions provided.

Appearance description

Button description

On/off button

While off: press the on/off button to turn on the device.

While on:

  • Press the on/off button: the screen turns on/off.
  • Press and hold the on/off button: the device turns off/enters parking surveillance mode (the Parking surveillance function is disabled by default. Please go to Settings > Parking surveillance to enable it).

Function button

The dash cam has 4 touch screen buttons which have different functions in different interfaces. The specific function of a given button will be described in the notification area at the bottom of the screen.

Status indicator description

The indicator is on the left side of the camera (when facing the screen). Different indicator light statuses are indicated as following:

Device is off: indicator light is off

Device is on:

  • Recording normally: stays white
  • Recording emergency video: blinks white
  • Error occurred while in recording: stays red
  • Not recording: indicator light is off

Voice control description

The dash cam supports voice-activated quick control. When it is turned on, you can say a command to trigger the corresponding function. The following voice commands are supported:

  • Take picture: the dash cam takes a photo
  • Record video: the dash cam records an emergency video and stores it in the emergency video directory
  • Turn on screen: turns on the dash cam’s screen
  • Turn off screen: turns off the dash cam’s screen

The dash cam does not support voice command in the following situations:

  • While shutting down
  • While formatting
  • While updating
  • While taking a photo
  • While recording an emergency video
  • While restoring to factory settings
  • While turning Wi-Fi on/off
  • While starting/ending a recording

Interface description

Main interface

Top status bar icon description (from left to right):

  • Recording status: when recording normally, the red light blinks and Rec is displayed on the screen; If there is a recording error, the red light dims and “not recording” will be displayed.
  • Date and time: displays the dash cam’s current date and time. The date and time can be modified in Settings in the Mi Home app.
  • Parking surveillance: this icon is displayed after you enable the parking surveillance function.
  • Wi-Fi status: displays Wi-Fi on/off status.

Icon description on the bottom status bar (from left to right):

  • Audio recording on/off: tap this icon to turn audio recording on/off (audio recording is off by default).
  • Emergency video: tap this icon to start recording an emergency video.
  • Album: tap this icon to enter the album.
  • Settings: tap this icon to enter the settings.

Album

 

When you first open the video list, the following notification will appear:

 

This notification will only appear once. It will appear again if you restore to factory settings or update the system.

If you tap Cancel and return to the main interface, you will see this notification again the next time you open the album. If you tap Confirm, you will enter the main page of the album list.

Settings

To configure the dash cam, select the corresponding settings options.

 

Video recording description

Normal video recording and storage

Recording length: 2 minutes
Storage path: SD card > Normal folder
Storage mode: loop recording

Emergency video recording and storage

Recording length: 30 seconds from pressing the recording button
Storage path: SD card > Event folder
Storage mode: loop recording

Parking surveillance video

Recording length: 2 minutes of emergency video from detecting a collision
Storage path: SD card > Monitor folder
Storage mode: loop recording

Photo taking and storage

  • Via the app: tap the “Take photo” button in the Mi Home app preview
    Storage path: SD card > Picture folder, and your phone’s local photo album
    Storage mode: up to 300 photos can be stored on the SD card. If there is not enough space, you will be notified to delete photos.
  • Voice command mode: say “Take picture” directly to the dash cam to carry out this action

Memory card instructions

Storage space description

This dash cam supports standard MicroSD cards. Please use 16~64 GB memory cards that have a rating of Class 10 or above. Before using a new memory card, please format it in the dash cam. The number of videos that your memory card can hold depends on its capacity. See the following as a reference:

Type16 GB32 GB64 GB
Normal videoApprox.1.5 hoursApprox.3 hoursApprox. 6 hours
Emergency videoApprox.12 timesApprox.25 timesApprox.45 times
Parking surveillance video10 times20 times40 times
Photo300 photos

Normal video and emergency video both use loop recording. Make sure that you immediately export important videos to your phone, computer, or another device to ensure they are not erased.

The memory card may become damaged or deteriorate after repeated cycles of overwriting, this may affect its ability to save video files. If this occurs, you should immediately replace it with a new one.

Please use a reliable, high-quality memory card produced by a reputable manufacturers. Inferior memory cards may have issues including writing speeds that do not match the card’s stated ratings and capacities that are lower than their stated amounts. We are not responsible for any loss or damage to video or images caused by the use of an inferior memory card.

In order to avoid reading and writing speeds decreasing after prolonged use, we recommend formatting the memory card in the dash cam every two weeks. Please note that formatting will delete all files on the memory card. Therefore, please save all important videos and photos before starting this process.

Do not insert a memory card while the camera is on.

Memory card error description

If the memory card encounters an error that prevents recording, notifications related to the memory card error will be displayed. Follow the instructions given by the notifications. Memory card error notifications include:

  • Memory card is smaller than 8 GB
  • Memory card’s reading and writing speeds are less than Class 10 rating
  • Memory card’s performance is declining
  • Memory card’s writing speed is slow
  • Memory card identifying error
  • Memory card contains files that are not recorded by the dash cam
  • Memory card’s format is incorrect. When inserted for the first time, the memory card needs to be formatted by the dash cam prior to use.

Parking surveillance

The parking surveillance function is disabled by default. Go to Settings > Parking surveillance to enable it.

After you enable the parking surveillance function, whenever the power is turned off, the dash cam will enter parking surveillance mode. If the vehicle is hit by another car while in this mode, the dash cam will automatically start recording a parking surveillance video and save the footage in the parking surveillance video directory. The next time the camera is turned on, it will notify the user to view this footage.

If the cigarette lighter continues to supply power to the dash cam after the vehicle is turned off, then the dash cam will enter parking surveillance mode 20 minutes after the car has been parked. In this situation, the parking surveillance function may continue to be powered by the vehicle’s battery, and it could significantly deplete the battery if the car is not driven for a long period of time. When vehicles like these use the parking surveillance function, it is recommended that you use a parking surveillance cord with battery protection.

Parking surveillance relies on an accelerometer to detect collisions while the car is parked. Due to the complexity of the environment in which your vehicle may be located, we cannot guarantee that the dash cam will be able to accurately determine every collision that occurs, and there may be accidental or incorrect detections reported. If frequent false reports are being generated due to non-collision-related vehicle movement, you can disable the parking surveillance function.

Power supply instructions

The dash cam uses the vehicle’s cigarette lighter as its power supply. In order to ensure the power supply remains stable, please use the included car charger and power cord. The company is not liable for any loss or damage caused by the use of other power sources (a power supply other than the vehicle’s cigarette lighter), chargers, or power cords.

Certain vehicles continue to supply power to the cigarette lighter after the vehicle is turned off. In order to avoid battery drainage caused by the dash cam being used for an extended period of time, if you have not enabled the parking surveillance function, please make sure to manually turn off the dash cam or unplug the charger after turning off the vehicle. The next time you start your vehicle, you will then need to manually turn the dash cam back on. We are not responsible for any loss or damage caused by manually turning off the dash cam.

If you have a vehicle that continues to supply power to the cigarette lighter after the vehicle is turned off and have enabled the parking surveillance function. We recommend unplugging the charger to avoid battery drainage, if your vehicle will be parked for long period of time.

Battery usage instructions

The dash cam’s built-in battery is only for finishing and storing videos when the camera is off and providing power when in parking surveillance mode. Please do not use the dash cam without the external power supply or attempt to disassemble the internal battery yourself.

If the dash cam is not used for a long period of time, the battery level may drop to zero. After plugging it into the power supply, it will function normally, although the system time may have been reset to the factory default setting. If this occurs, please reset the time after turning on the camera.

When the battery level is low and you do not have access to an external power supply, you may not be able to turn on the dash cam. If this occurs, you must plug it into an external power supply first, then turn it on and use as normal.

If the battery becomes overheated, becomes deformed, expands, or leaks, you should immediately stop using it and contact our customer service center.

Precautions

1. This dash cam is intended to assist drivers by recording the external environment surrounding the vehicle. It is not intended to protect the safety of the user. The company is not responsible for any accidents caused by product failure, loss of information, or operation of the dash cam while driving.

2. Some of the dash cam’s functions may not work properly due to factors such as vehicle conditions, driving style, or driving environment. If the power is turned off, the surrounding environment exceeds normal temperature and humidity levels, there is a collision, or the memory card is damaged, the video may fail to work properly. We do not guarantee that the dash cam will be able to fully record videos under any circumstances, and all footage recorded by the dash cam is for reference only.

3. To avoid product failure or personal injury, please ensure that the dash cam has been installed properly and does not block the driver’s line of sight nor the airbags.

4. Keep the dash cam away from any strong magnetic fields, as they may damage the product.

5. The dash cam should never be operated at temperatures over 60°C or below -10°C.

6. If the dash cam is not used for a long period of time, the battery level may drop to zero. If this occurs, then you will need to reset the system time when you next turn it on.

7. In order to avoid damaging the product, do not subject it to any strong shocks or vibrations. This may cause the dash cam to malfunction or become inoperable.

8. Do not use any chemical solvents or cleaning solutions on the dash cam.

9. Please use the dash cam within the scope permitted by law.

Mi Home app operating instructions

App plugin homepage

1. Add the Mi Dash Cam 1S

Open the list of devices in the Mi Home app, find the Mi Dash Cam 1S icon and add it. After you have successfully added it, tap Open now to open the Mi Dash Cam 1S plugin homepage.

2. Connect the Mi Dash Cam 1S

On the app plugin home page, choose to connect the dash cam, and follow the notifications provided in the app to complete the connection.

3. Check for dash cam firmware updates

A notification will display on the app’s dash cam plugin home page to tell you there are new firmware updates available. Tap to download new firmware updates, connect the dash cam and follow the instructions on the app to send the new firmware package to the dash cam. The dash cam will stop recording video while the update is in progress.

If the dash cam already has the latest firmware version, you can choose to remove the local firmware package from your phone.

App dash cam homepage

1. Screen preview

In order to see the preview screen, that shows what the camera will record, tap the full screen icon in the lower right corner of the screen. Please note that when the dash cam is connected to your phone, this function is not available.

2. Taking photos

Tap the take photo button. When the dash cam takes a photo, it will make a “clicking” sound. After it is done, a voice message will notify you by saying, “photo taken.” The photo will be stored both on the memory card and in your phone’s photo album.

3. Viewing the album on the device

Tap the Album button, located on the dash cam’s plugin home page. This will take you to the device’s photo album, where you can view all videos and photos that have been stored on the memory card.

The device-side album contains the following four directories: normal videos, emergency videos, parking surveillance videos, and photos. After opening a specific album list, you can choose to either watch a video on the device or download the video or photo to your phone’s local photo album.

4. More

On the main interface of the dash cam, tap the “…” icon in the top right corner of the screen to open More.

You can perform the following operations: set the dash cam, modify the name of the dash cam displayed in the app, check the dash cam’s version number, or delete the device.

* The system interfaces of the Mi Dash Cam 1S and Mi Home app may look slightly different due to differences in version numbers. Specific functions depend on what is actually displayed on the device and the Mi Home app.