Originally Posted by Specalt
I would also like to know who else is using a Dash cam and what your set up is.
I installed a radar detector and a dashcam with audio/video after I got pulled over going 35 in a 35 coming home from a poker game late one night (cop was coming the opposite direction and flipped a u-turn). The cop asked to do a breathalizer, and I was fine with it as I hadn't had any drinks. He went back to his car to get it and when he came back he was about to have me blow into the device when he said, "Oh, this one has some alcohol left on it from the last guy, one sec." and proceeded to go back and get a "new" tip or whatever. I back police almost 100% of the time, and I'm all for keeping drunks off the road, but I was like, WTF!? I could have gotten a DUI after not drinking, and after getting pulled over for not speeding and not getting hit with radar!? Not going to let something like that happen again.
So, after doing quite a bit of research, I purchased this dash cam off amazon
about 6 months ago and it has been perfect: http://www.amazon.com/2-5-inch-Vehic...words=Dash+cam
Here it is installed:
I have an 8gig memory card (12$ best buy) in it. I have it set to record in 15 minute cycles. Once the card fills up, it starts back from the beginning and rewrites your older files. Saves around 3 hours of video.
It records in daylight, and then has a sort of night vision for low light. It comes with a long cord so you can position it wherever you want, as well as a pretty beefy suction cup for putting it on your windshield.
Here is a real good youtube channel of a long-haul trucker who uses the same dash cam and has some good video of what he encounters. It will give you a good idea of the audio/video quality and types of situations it will capture: http://www.youtube.com/user/unitruth/videos?view=0
- Inexpensive (no worry of it getting stolen/breaking)
- Basic and gets the job done
- Night-mode with 6 IR leds
- Internal rechargable battery (can grab it and go mobile if needed)
- Wide, fisheye video
- Fully adjustable windshield mount
- Long power cord
- No way to turn the built-in screen off, so you can see a little bit of a glow even when the screen is flipped up. Not bad or annoying, just a pet-peeve of mine
- 3-5 second "gap" while it is switching to a new 15minute recording. Hope nothing drastic happens in that timeframe, but the changes are nil.
- Not the best video quality, but I'm not looking for wedding-quality video, especially for less then $40 invested.
- Your unit may turn on with a different language loaded in it. Follow the directions and you can switch it to english easily enough (I didn't follow the directions until I wasted 30 minutes trying to figure it out, ha!)
All in all, I'm 100% satisfied. In the video I accidently erased, a lady cut across 2-white lines (illegal here in Washington State) going 30mph slower than I. I came within a foot of rearending her, which would have looked a hell of a lot like it was my fault, except I would have been able to prove she crossed the white lines with the video (until I erased it, ha! lesson learned!). FYI, when I honked, she flipped me off, LOL.
A couple lessons I've learned with it: when you go to take memory card out, make sure you let the unit fully save and power off, otherwise it will erase a good portion of the last video it took. I almost got an accident and was so excited to watch it on my computer that I took the memory card out too fast and didn't get to see it, ha! Also, have a backup memory card, or a larger size then 8gb if you plan to do any long road/trail trips.
Hope this helps with your decision making process and feel free to ask any questions you may have. I can get more pictures/video if you want.