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Old 05-18-15, 01:10 PM
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Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

In the market for one, I know zero about them - recommendations/advice....?
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

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In the market for one, I know zero about them - recommendations/advice....?
Do you live in Russia?
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^ That's what I thought when I saw the tread title. Ask a Russian.
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What's there to know about? Type www.amazon.com, search dash cam, add to cart, check out, receive in the mail, mount, upload wild car crash footage daily to youtube, send some really wild ones to local news media, and profit.
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Don't forget to post the hijinks that you film on the highway
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is the one I bought about a month ago.

So far I've been very happy with it...although I haven't needed to download any video yet.

I have a GoPro on my dash also...but thats not a true dash camera. I use that for National Park drives.

The KDLinks camera is recording whenever the vehicle is on.

Shows MPH and GPS coordinates...and the screen goes dark after 3 minutes so its not a nuisance.

I have the sound turned off also.

Zooms in and out if needed.

Dash cams haven't caught on much here in the US but in Europe and Russia they are getting popular.

You can go cheaper....or more expensive.

Garmin has one thats about $200.

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Dash-St.../dp/B00HFMN46S


Mine is tucked away behind the rear view mirror, up top, so I can barely see it when driving...which is how I wanted it.
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Couple things....I forgot to add:

I'd suggest one (and most do) that overwrite and loop video.

Mine loops on a 32gb micro SD card. If I push a button it "locks" the 10 minute video its taking. It takes 10 minute videos and starts a new video...if you lock one...and it loops back recording...it skips over the locked video and just continues.

Get something thats small...so its not conspicous but is still easily used and the screen isn't too small.

Get something that isn't 2-3 stars out of 5 on Amazon...stick to a 4 star +. This is newer technology and lots of companies are trying to get into the game...and making sub par stuff.

Read the reviews and see the problems people have had.

Just a few thoughts.

Good luck!
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

I've been using one in my car for about three years now. This is what I use:
http://www.amazon.com/BlackVue-DR400G-HD-II-Recorder-Tracking/dp/B009K5D9V8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1432001474&sr=1-1&keywords=blackvue+dr400

I mounted it behind my rear view mirror so it does not obstruct my vision in any way. It's plugged into my cigarette outlet and it pretty much plug and play. Blackvue makes several different models and is a well known company amongst the dashcam enthusiasts. I'm considering getting their new model that has a camera that records the front and the back simultaneously.
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

Why?
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

I have two. One in the front and one in the rear (SUV). The one I put in the rear is a G1W, which is the most recommended camera out there. I happened to get a bootleg version, so I talked the seller (in China) down to a refund and I opted to keep it for a rear cam. It's the kind that looks like you have a camera in your windshield. After I saw it in place, I didn't really like that look in the front anyway. I don't want people to know I have a camera so obviously for a couple reasons. 1) If someone were thinking about lying to the cops about hitting me, or running a light, or whatever, it would be much more awesome for them to spin their lies and then have me mention the camera and watch the blood drain from their face. And 2) I don't really want people seeing a mounted camera and thinking, "Hey, let's break into this car and steal his camera".

The one I ended up going with for the front is this one. It's so small and streamlined that no one ever notices it until I point it out. Don't go by the pic Amazon uses, that shows it with an optional cable management attachment (not needed) and includes the rear-view mirror in the photo, so it ends up looking huge. Scroll down to the user photos and you'll see how small it actually is. Wide-angle lens, HD, etc. Here's a nice YouTube review of this camera. Whichever camera you think of getting, hit up YouTube, there is bound to be a few nerds that have done reviews of it there.

Make sure you also buy the appropriate micro SD card with any camera you purchase. Most don't come with one.

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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

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Why?

Insurance fraud...people doing really stupid things in front of you...catching crashes on camera.

Multiple uses.
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Isn't this what wives are for?
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

I've been wanting to get one for a while, but worrying about what the hot summer sun will do to it while the vehicle is parked outside is an issue. I also want something that doesn't draw too much attention to itself, which also means that I want to conceal the power cable as much as possible. If it's mounted high on the windshield, running the power around the windshield trim to the cigarette lighter works... but both of my vehicle's lighter sockets are powered 100% of the time and I really don't need the dash cam to be recording 10 hours of the car sitting in my garage overnight.

I've been looking at this model:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KOUJO12

Size:
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Because it just clamps on to the existing rearview mirror, has all of the features I'm looking for. Unfortunately, the stock factory mirror in my Escape is bloated with light sensors and map light switches and other items that makes it 2 mm too tall for this unit to clamp on to (gotta be in the 54-79mm range). The factory mirror in my Impala is even worse, with all of the unused OnStar control buttons and auto-dimming sensors. I've actually considered replacing the mirrors in both vehicles just so I can use this dashcam unit.
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

they are on the dash of most cop cars

just keep your eyes open and wait for a cop to leave his car unlocked
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

But if you do, approach from BEHIND the camera.. otherwise it'll see you steal it!
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

I have a dash cam, but I keep it pointed at myself. It's bluetooth so I can post selfies from my smartphone while I drive.
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

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Why?
This:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a0PtRevECE
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

Thanks fellas.....
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The one I ended up going with for the front is this one. It's so small and streamlined that no one ever notices it until I point it out.

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Here's a nice YouTube review of this camera.
I went ahead and got this one, but I picked up the A118-C model, which does not have an internal AA battery but instead uses an integrated Capacitor. It apparently is better-able to endure bakingly-hot summer days sitting in an enclosed car. Both models are available via Amazon for the same $80 price, but the -C model is the only one sold now by the manufacturer.

I'll give it a spin this weekend - I've got a road trip to/from St Louis for a show. If I like it, I'll get a 2nd mount and power cable so I can transfer it between my vehicles.

That YouTube video, by the way, seems really helpful. Thanks!
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

I use a GoPro, just fun to see what happens. I caught a street race on 66 right outside DC last fall.
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

just about every mention of a product has disappeared out of this topoic.

We are in the market for a decent dash cam.
Down here in swf the people drive like crazy so we want something to protect out point of view on crazy drivers.

Also are driving from swf to Minnesota next month so would like to have one for that.

Trying to keep it arounf $100 but will go higher if it's a good cam.
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

I bought this one for around $50 last month. It goes on sale from time to time. If you are in a warm climate area then i would recommend one with a super capacitor (no battery) since the battery ones tend to heat up and bulge, not to mention potentially damage sd card.

Downside of course is it won't record without power like when someone hits you when parked unless you are using a power source that's always on, but I wouldn't recommend that.


https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-Dashboard-Supercapacitor-Nighttime-Recording/dp/B072FGL63X/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1544665699&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=aukey+dash+cam&dpPl=1&dpID=417mO15boCL&ref=plSrch
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

I've had a Viofo 119 (
Amazon Amazon
) since last year. I installed it myself to route all cables behind the dash. I have not kept up with dashcams since to know what's best now.

In addition to what DPham said above, get a decent memory card because the card will see many read-write cycles, unlike a memory card for a camera for example. There are cards made specifically for dashcams and similar devices.
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Re: Dash Cams - Anyone use them?

Thanks.

I put that Aukey in my cart to remember it.

In my short bit of research I found a Viofo that looks prettygood.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...2M2RL2DJ&psc=1


Also looking at this but it might be over kill at $200

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...1QXVZY0G&psc=1
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Over kill? Otters spend $200 on a couple meals at Mexican restaurants.

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