Once upon a time, we used our trusty old refidex to get us from A to B and then came along the GPS devices such as the Navman, which was a real gain changer. However, over time this got replaced with Google Maps on our phone or even fancy in-car infotainment systems that could not only get you from A to B but do a whole lot more.
So you may be thinking why are we reviewing Navman’s brand new MiCam Explore if the Navam is now outdated? Well because after a year in the making, the MiCam Explore is ready to give our trusty old smartphones and in-car infotainment systems a real run for their money.
Not only does the MiCam Explore get you from A to B, but it can do a full lot more. Basically, this device is designed to be your navigation system, handsfree mobile device and dashcam in one – as well as provide you with a whole lot more useful information as your travelling around the country.
I’ve never actually used a Navman before. But I have used my iPhone to get me from A to B and I have used my in-car infotainment system too. Nevertheless, I was thrilled when Navman reached out and asked if I’d take their newest product the MiCam Explore for a spin and tell them what I thought.
So being completely brand new to Navman, I’m really not able to compare their latest product with any of their previous products – which may be a good or bad thing – however, what I can do is give you a completely honest and unbiased opinion of the brand new MiCam Explore – read on for more!
Plus I’m by no means a technical person, if you’re a layperson like me – then this review is for you!
Let’s check it out!
Navman has teamed up with Queensland Camping and is giving away to one lucky member a brand new MiCam Explore.
Keep reading below to see how you can enter our competition.
As I said, the MiCam Explore is so much more than about getting you from A to B. This little device is going to be your navigation system, your handsfree mobile and provide you with a whole lot more super helpful information. Whether you use it day to day while you’re driving around town or use it to help plan your road trips around Australia this device is going to be super handy.
I’ve only just received the MiCam Explore – so haven’t had a chance to really put it through its paces, but I’ve had a bit of a play and do like what I see so far. Below I’ve going to give you a quick overview of the various features of the brand new MiCam Explore and let you know what I think of it on first glance.
We’re then going to take actually take it with us on our upcoming 3 week camping trip in December / January – which includes some off road travel and after that we will come back and update this review with our first hand experience.
So let’s look at some of the features of the MiCam Explore.
Satellite Navigation System
Ok, so we all know that Navman is known for being an awesome satellite navigation system and nothing has changed with the MiCam Explore – however, they have taken this feature to a whole new level.
Not only will this product get you from A to B it also incorporates live traffic updates, provides lane guidance, provides an estimated time of arrival, lets you know next turn directions in advance, provides a choice of routes (tolls, no tolls etc) and it even lets you know how far to the next speed or red light camera.
Other things it can help with include finding the closest parking, petrol station, ATM and where to grab food.
The maps can be updated monthly via Wi-Fi for free for a period of up to 12 months.
Texts and Phone Calls
The MiCam Explore will even help manage your text messages and phone calls while out and about. Simply pair it with your smartphone via Bluetooth and the MiCam will read out your texts and let you take your phone calls handsfree. Click to see how this works.
Handy Travel Features
One area I’m super keen to try out is all the different handy travel features the product has. The MiCam Explore is jammed packed with features designed to help you as you travel around oz. Check out some of these awesome features:
- Towing a van or trailer or have a load on your roof racks? Simply programme this in the vehicle mode and the device will help you avoid narrow streets or low overpasses. Click here to see more about this function.
- Wanting to get off road? Then you’ll love the 140,00 0km of off road 4WD tracks – you will never get lost again! You can even search for the nearest 4WD tracks to where you are so you can go off on your own adventures. See more about the 4WD tracks available here.
- Pop in your destination and the MiCam can show you the tourist attractions you might like to stop off on the way. It can find things like swimming holes, campsites, lookouts, BBQ spots and petrol stations – perfect for planning a road trip.
I’ve never had a dashcam before, so this is new to me, but according to 2019 Allianz data one in five Aussies uses a dashcam for things such as evidence in road accidents or helping out with insurance claims.
If you’re travelling around Australia, it could also be a fun way to record some of your travels. And given the MiCam Explore is the very first dashcam that can record in full HD 1080P you’re guaranteed super crisp and clear footage. It also has a 140 degree field of view so you’ll never miss a thing. Plus it will record perfectly day or night!
The footage is easy to view as well either on the device, or you can download it to your computer via the MIVUE Manager.
The MiCam will also help you stick to the speed limits by monitoring your speed in relation to the local speed limits. It will even let you know the location of school zones, red lights and safety cameras. It does all this verbally – so you’ll never get another speeding ticket again!
Record Driving Hours
Need to log your driving hours for tax? The MiCam will take care of that for you too and you can even export the data to a spreadsheet so you can easily complete your tax returns. This is also handy for learner drivers who need to record their mileage. Click here for more about this.
For someone who has never used a Navman before, I found it reasonably easy to use. It’s pretty simple to set up straight out of the box – just turn it on, and charge it up via the included USB cable.
The MiCam Explore comes with a Quick Start guide in the box and there is a more detailed manual that you can download from their website as well. And if you really get stuck, there is plenty of “how to” videos as well.
Final Thoughts on the Navman MiCam Explore
I can see this being a super handy little product for us and others like us who love exploring the great outdoors. So often when you’re off the beaten track, Google Maps just won’t provide you with a route, or you have no reception and so you’ve just got to guess which way to go.
But even above just navigation, I’m super keen to try it out for trip planning. I mean how awesome that it will help you find the nearest petrol station, as well as point out any places of interest that you may want to check out along the way.
And once you reach your destination, I love how it will help you find the nearest parking, ATM and food. No more hungry kids or hangry drivers!
I have to say I’ve never thought of the need for a Navman before – but I’m super keen to try this out properly during our upcoming 3 week camping trip. I reckon it’s going to be super handy – particularly for the off road tracks over on Fraser Island. Even so, I reckon it will be handy for everyday use as well.
Selling for $499, I think the Navman MiCam Explore offers quite a lot of bang for your buck.
Stay tuned for our final thoughts!
Want to get your hands on your very own MiCam Explore?
Well we are pleased to announce that Navman has teamed up with Queensland Camping and wants to give one lucky member their very own MiCam Explore. Click here for full details on how to enter the draw.