Honestly I really don't know if I need a Dash Cam. I just bought it because I like gadgets. The thing I didn't want to do was buy a crappy one so I've been watching this Guy's reviews for a year until he found a model that he said is the one he's going to keep in his car.
Just hooked up the Dash Cam in front of the rear-view mirror. I ran the power line under the ceiling liner and down the windshield all hidden and out of sight.
The Cam has a Motion mode that will record as soon as it detects motion for 1 minute. the bad thing is that the internal battery only last 10 mins (which the reviewer states) I'll need to test it out.
But I am planning on running a direct connection from the 12V battery to keep it on all the time. I also would like one in the back. Going to test this one first up front and if it works out well I'll get another one.
The car cam has saved our family from multiple tickets, showed accident scenes, near accident scenes, etc. Definitely worth the money. We have had a couple for at least 5 years. The audio recording part is great when the officer tells your kid that he ran a red light and of coarse the gps and video when they were at that stop light for 6 seconds. The same video and gps are great to show the judge just how some officers treat young high school drivers! They are also a great tool to use for teenage drivers because you can review their driving habits.
I like the small size of the one in the video. Mine was in the $400. range and is bulky and doesn't have all the cool features. Looks like we are going to be getting a upgrade soon.
Lasareath: It would be of interest to some people (and perhaps yourself) to explore the possibility of using microSDXC memory cards that had been formatted for FAT32 (replacing the original exFAT), such as the Sandisk 64GB Ultra microSDXC. If this works OK, I would expect that as larger capacity microSDXC cards become available that they may be usable as well by this device when formatted appropriately using FAT32.
The BlackVue DR-400G-HD has worked well for me the past few years. It's a few generations old now. Their latest version has a front and rear camera that saves to one card and supports WiFi for reviewing files on your phone. http://www.amazon.com/BlackVue-Channel- ... B00FK7QFM0
In Russia, dashcams are commonly used for protection against insurance scams. Here in the US, they are good for protecting innocent people from police that lack integrity, and for capturing general stupidity (either my own, or other people).
braebyrn wrote:They are also a great tool to use for teenage drivers because you can review their driving habits.
Great idea. I wish more parents thought of this. My dashcam is getting sort of old, but it still has GPS and will log trips (with events) using Googe Maps API on the DVR application. It also captures the date, time, and speed. If parents were smart, they would invest this small amount of money into their car. I honestly think it would save lives.
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adric22 wrote:Would it be possible to get power from the rear-view mirror? My Leaf has buttons on the mirror for opening garage doors, etc.
It would be very possible. When Amazon delivers mine I will post.
The only thing I'm not sure about, though.. Do any of the power sources in the mirror get turned on and off when the cars' ignition is turned on? I think the mirror may have power all of the time. I'd definitely want the camera to know when the car is on so it starts recording, then stops when the car is turned off.
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