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Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby Jonny Salsman » Wed 21 Aug 2013 4:43 pm

Does anyone here use dash cams and could make a Recommendation?
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dautomotive&field-keywords=dash+cam

I'll start researching them tonight but wanted to see if any UCC members had experience using them.
I would like good audio and decent Video (enough to identify license plates and reasonable facial features) nothing HD fancy.
Also a decent memory capacity, that auto writes over itself when needed.
Some in the $30-$50 seem pretty reasonable for what i'm after.
Wanting rear and front dash cams.

If no one here uses them, i'll research and buy and write a review.
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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby UtahJarhead » Wed 21 Aug 2013 6:29 pm

http://rationalgun.blogspot.com/2013/07 ... rance.html

Two short weeks ago, a friend in law enforcement recommended buying a in-vehicle DVR (digital video recorder). I looked at the price of the K6000 Vehicle DVR Car Recorder that he recommended from personal experience and impulse bought it along with a SanDisk Ultra 32 GB MicroSDHC card. Under $70 out the door, delivered with Amazon Prime. I liked the price, the night vision recording, the auto on/auto off feature when plugged into the vehicle, and the G-shock sensor that automatically saves the recording in case of an accident. The device also records audio with a built in microphone.

Set up was minimal and easy. Basically, mount the device, insert the Micro SD card, power on, set the time and date, and GO! Playback using the SD card adaptor worked flawlessly on a Windows 7 desktop and Macbook Pro. I can very easily turn it towards any angle I want to record.


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABW ... ratio07-20
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009QZ ... ratio07-20

And now a sample of what it can produce:

Today, I was driving to work and a Cadillac veered across three lanes of traffic to make an illegal U-turn. I braked in time but can't help being thankful for clear cut, incontrovertible evidence of the other driver's wrongdoing and recklessness.

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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby Jonny Salsman » Thu 22 Aug 2013 4:11 pm

Thanks for the recommendation i will look into that model it appears to have everything i need, and for the right price :)

Features:http://www.carcameradvr.com/k6000-hd-1080p-vehicle-camera-car-video-recorder-p-146.html

1. Color video recording with sound
2. Photo taking
3. Video recording with high resolution (Full HD 1080P)
4. HDMI output for watching videos on your HDTV
5. 140°wide angle lens
6. Two bright LED lights for dark Environment and night use
7. Motion detect function and cycle recording
8. 4X Digital zoom
9. 2.7” LCD Screen for video/photo display
10. File protect function, when the File protect button is pressed when recording, the file can’t be deleted from the DVR.
11. Support TF/Micro SD card up to 8GB (No card is included in our price)



Specs:http://www.amazon.com/Vehicle-Recorder-Camera-Traffic-Dashboard/dp/B00ABW6L5K#productDetails
Sensor:5MP CMOS
LCD:2.7inch LTPS
Lens: 140 degree A+ grade High Resolution Wide Angle Lens
Night Vision: Support(2 lights)
Video Resolution: 1920*1080(1080P Full HD) 1440*1080(1080P) 1280*720(720P) 848*480(WVGA) 640*480(VGA) 320*240 (QVGA)
Video Format: AVI/M-JPEG, Audio: AAC
Photo Format: JPEG
Photo Resolution: 12M/10M/8M/5M/3M/2MHD/VGA/1.3M
Media Storage: Internal Memory 64MB
TF card: up to 32GB
Optional Language:English/French/Spanish/Portugal/Germany/Italian/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese/Russian/Japanese/Korean
Interface:support USB&HDMI
TV Output:PAL/NTSC
Audio:Built in microphone/speaker
Battery:Built-in battery, 600mAH
Gift Box Size:17.5*13.5*8.5cm
Accessories:User Manual x 1
USB cable x 1
car charger x 1
mount framer x 1
Manual x 1
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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby dewittdj » Mon 26 Aug 2013 7:22 pm

http://dashboardcamerareviews.com/
... simply enter dashcam into any search engine. IMHO, the digital models are the best bet.
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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby bltdonahue » Tue 27 Aug 2013 4:52 pm

I have a cheap camera that I have setup as a dash-cam. I can't recommend using it as a dash-cam, because the field of view is a bit narrow, and it must be turned on and off manually.

That said, just simply HAVING a dash-cam has been a serious investment in piece of mind!

The camera I bought was a variation of one of these 808 models:

http://www.amazon.com/Camera-Record-Dri ... rds=808+16

I bought it with the intention of using it for aerial video on my R/C planes. I've done plenty of that, but it is otherwise a dash-cam.
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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby UtahCFP » Tue 27 Aug 2013 6:11 pm

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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby Car Knocker » Tue 27 Aug 2013 6:21 pm

Use whatever the Russians use...they capture some epic footage.
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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby cdrhoad » Tue 27 Aug 2013 9:17 pm

This is what I am saving my pennies for http://www.amazon.com/Finevu-CR-500HD-Vehicle-Recorder-1920x1080p/dp/B00AIBEBZG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377663357&sr=8-1&keywords=fine+view+cr+500 in the mean time I've been using a dash cam app and windshield mount on my android device.
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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby Nicksp » Wed 28 Aug 2013 10:56 am

One could also use the Mobius Action camera. It can be bought for $75. It can take 1080p 30fps and be set up to record when powered up via USB taking overlapping and recycling segments of set periods.

I use one as an HD camcorder on my EVIL Drone! :twisted:
(actually, it's an RC UAV, aka quadrotor)

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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby HG21 » Fri 20 Jun 2014 12:41 am

I have a GoPro mounted on my windshield. I asked about in car dvrs awhile back because of situations just like NY. The roads I drive on people don't car and crap, mufflers and more fall out of vehicles. I really wanted to find one that records 360 on car. Day 1 owning my X5 I would have loved to have one. Had someone put two door dings, front door and back door, the first time parking at work.
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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby UtahCFP » Fri 20 Jun 2014 6:31 am

I use a BlackVue Wi-Fi DR500GW-HD. Works great, is on when the car is on -- set and forget. I also put in a Power Magic Pro, so the camera will record for several hours after the car is turned off.

The GoPro is itself something a goof might find enticing enough to smash your window to get to. My camera is as discreet as I could make it (behind rear view mirror) and it is permanently mounted.
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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby Photocell » Fri 20 Jun 2014 9:09 am

When this thread first came about I started looking into them and trying to decide which one I should get. Within that time I was nearly involved in a head on collision, the vehicle traveled across the yellow line and actually hit the semi's trailer in front of me, I was able to avoid the collision even though the car spun directly in front of me. I imidiately ordered an Abeo HDVR-150 from amazon and have been using it since last September. You can see it Here, it is disguised as a regular rear view mirror and clips over the top of your existing mirror. It has came down in price since I bought it and is very reasonable. I usually leave mine running 24hrs. But if you do unplug it, there is a parking feature that if the vehicle gets jarred it will turn on and record off an internal battery. It resides in my work truck, so when I get in other vehicles I feel like i'm missing it. I put a 32gb SD card in it, and when running in HD it only takes a couple hours to fill the card and start rewriting, but when I do pull it off the card and transfer it to a computer the quality is great.
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Re: Dash Cam Recommendations?

Postby bltdonahue » Fri 20 Jun 2014 11:03 am

I have this model, purchased since my August post:

http://www.amazon.com/Genius-DVR-FHD590 ... s+dash+cam

Works brilliantly, though you'll want to change some of the unit settings when first installing it.

I should post some of my videos. I got in a gnarly crash the DAY AFTER MY LAST POST IN THIS THREAD, if you can believe that! Luckily, the crash showed my driving was not at fault, and that it was mechanical failure. That helped with the highway patrol write-up and with the insurance company.

Exactly a week after my crash, I was on Legacy Hwy with a UDOT truck just decided to U-turn on the highway without looking too closely for cars, and knocked a Honda into the shoulder. I got that on camera, and the Honda owner, the UHP trooper, and the UDOT supervisor were quite happy that I did. The UDOT driver was rather less happy, as reality didn't jive with his rather "creative" story he told the UHP Trooper, not realizing I had a HUGE smug grin on my face because I knew I had footage, and hadn't told anyone yet :)

Edit: EVERY should have a rescue-tool of some sort to cut seat-belts and break car windows. One dedicated to the task. You will NOT be breaking a window very easily without an appropriate tool.
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