Best iPhone car mount for dashcam?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by jent, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. jent macrumors 6502a

    jent

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    I just upgraded to the iPhone 5s and have an iPhone 4s I'd like to use as a dedicated dashcam.

    I will either buy a new car mount designed for an iPhone 5/5c/5s and use my current iPhone holder with my 4s to make it into a dashcam. Otherwise I'll buy a mount to use with my 4s and just keep using my old mount with the iPhone 5s, even though it's pre-Lightning and it holds the phone at an awkward angle.

    The main question here is, what are good iPhone car mounts that don't obstruct the back camera in any way? Thanks!
     
  2. Dascoyne macrumors 6502

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    Winnergear Montar.

    It's a very solid and stable lockup. The angle adjusts nicely.
    I don't find it obtrusive to my phone camera.
     
  3. ikejr macrumors member

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  4. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Looks line the pole gets in the way:
    Op I understand what you are saying and I recommend this one:

    Koomus Dashboard Windshield Universal Smartphone iPhone Car Mount Holder Cradle for iPhone 5 5S 5C 4S 4 3GS iPod Touch Samsung Galaxy S3 S4 Note 2 Google Droid GPS Smartphone car mount in White
    http://amzn.com/B0075PQM1Y

    Or

    iOttie HLCRIO102 One Touch Windshield Dashboard Universal Car Mount Holder for iPhone 4S/5/5S/5C, Galaxy S4/S3/S2, HTC One DROID RAZR HD - Retail Packaging - Black
    http://amzn.com/B007FHX9OK
     
  5. Tortri macrumors 6502a

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    If you go caseless with your iphone and want to mount on your windshield I suggest this:
    http://www.amazon.com/RAM-Mount-iPhone-Composite-Suction/dp/B009SUGC5K/

    For actual dash mount (caseless)

    Actual dash but with case(case weight depending)
    This one you put a metal plate in the case and it holds via magnet. I'm current using this setup with my iphone 5s with the apple leather case.

    And if you move your dash mount a lot to find the perfect spot I suggest 3m scotch mount


    With all that said I use iSYMDVR for my dashcam as it's does almost everything I can think of that I need(blacking the screen out, allocating a certain hard drive space so the app doesn't use all your iPhones, setting the resolution, etc.)
     
  6. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I have a cheap, well built, and small suction mount called Aduro. It has high ratings on Amazon for good reason and is only $20. Camera is completely clear as the holder can be positioned at the bottom of the device. It'll hold a phone up to a GSG4 so an iPhone with any case will fit. You can put it in and take it out one handed and it rotates 360° with a ball friction mount. It'll mount to a non-smooth surface as well with an included sticker circle.
     
  7. rakuaixian macrumors newbie

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    good info,It'll mount to a non-smooth surface as well with an included sticker circle. thanks[​IMG]
     
  8. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    This one looks like the best choice because it looks like nothing is blocking the camera.
     
  9. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Define "good". For example, any mount that doesn't securely fix itself with bolts to the vehicle (e.g. suction cups, adhesives, friction, etc) is a non-starter for me. What's your budget? Do you use a case on your device?
     
  10. Dascoyne macrumors 6502

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    I use the Winnergear Montar with the iRoad app which functions like a virtual HUD with the camera fixed to the road. No obstruction from the base whatsoever.
     
  11. Audban macrumors newbie

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  12. amporas macrumors newbie

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    Have you used this before? It looks like it might not be very sturdy. :eek: Unless the magnet is really strong...
     
  13. Audban macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I do use it and so far it's been great. Honestly, if there was one thing I would have wanted it to have... it's a built-in charging line for the phone.
     
  14. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    Does this affect the phone in any way at all? Distorted screen? Reception issues?

    I was always taught that magnets cannot be used too closely to electronics.
     
  15. Audban macrumors newbie

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    I was afraid of that too before I tried it. Actually, I did some research before pulling the trigger. Just like you, I'd hate to get my phone damaged...

    This article might help answer your questions though.

    http://blog.imagnetmount.com/why-magnets-wont-damage-your-smartphone-electronics-and-data/
     

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