No, the comparison was between roav and reality. This device is capable to do better, it has only been shot in the foot by coding this horrible image processing.
Speculation of things that lead to current situation:
Early reviewers had said that roav c1 (starting from non-pro) had a slightly softer image than some competitors. (video with c1 pro fw 1.6, which looks just fine for the price)
Marketing department shitted themselves --> ordered coders to fix it --> they knew the "problem" is in hardware (probably in optics), complained that fixing almost non existing problem is impossible --> got yelled about it --> put a very unreal digital sharpening to firmware.
Marketing department got "sharp image" and could tell reviewers and readers of those early reviews that it is now taken care of. And you can see the results in that another video. And throw up, if not staring directly to nearest licence plate.
And yes, I do check product forums before i order stuff. Where else do you think i can find information about these problems? In this case, only thing i found out was marketing wank about "its been fixed", but did not realize that it was way worse.
Youtube has proof that this device can do what i wanted it to do. I did use couple of hours to install mine so that cabling and dc-dc converter are totally hidden. I'm not going to send it back now, not without a fight for a better device for every customer.
Again, its an easy fix. Just let users choose if they want that over sharpened mess.