Dash cam recommendations

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  1. akash.nu macrumors 604

    akash.nu

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    Guys, not sure where to ask but thought I’ll give it a go here.

    If you use a dash cam, please could you suggest me some?

    Just a few points like the ones below will help me a lot.

    - model no
    - positives
    - negatives
    - your view

    Cheers
     
  2. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    Any of the NEXT brand seem really good.

    I personally have a cheap china one.
    640x480 rear and 1080p front.

    The front camera is not 1080p and it not even 720p quality.
    Rear is amazing quality even in low light.
    front is bad in low light.
    limited to 16GB card (2 hours recording, then loops)
    This unit under £30 on ebay.

    I have a new unit i got at xmas but not fitted yet, again dual lens.
    1080p front and 800x600 rear

    playing around inside the house the front camera is very very good so seems it is true (or very close to) 1080p.
    not tried rear yet.
    on new unit rear cam can be mounted outside car unlike the old unit.
    32GB card limit which will record 16 hours from instruction booklet.
    front cam is built into rear view mirror unit. It clips over the mirror with small screen built into right hand side of mirror glass. Good for UK as driver on right, maybe not so good for USA drivers.

    Unknown cost as was gift, brand is: StreetWise
     
  3. Moakesy macrumors regular

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    Purchased an Apeman unit (UK based, not sure where you are). Has front and rear cameras which are easy enough to tuck away so it looks neat. Main thing I like about it is it's just so small. Honestly forget I have it a lot of the time.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01F5C950I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    My car automatically shuts off the cigar lighter feed after 5 mins, so I leave it plugged in all the time. Might be worth checking if your car does this, as some leave the connection live all the time and it will flatten your battery quite easily.

    Decent price and video is good enough. If I ever need it after an accident I'll get enough detail to sort out who was at fault.
     
  4. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    yes my car shuts off ciggy socket when ignition off.

    came has a 10s delay using its internal battery before shutting down when power is removed.
     
  5. akash.nu thread starter macrumors 604

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    My husband has BlackVue. Front and back and he's got it hardwired.
     
  8. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    Size is more important to me than price. I want something almost invisible. Any one got a small one they could post a picture of in their car?
     
  9. kgphotos macrumors regular

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    He has the Blackvue 650S 2 channel, but it appears they don't make it anymore so here is the link to the 750S 2 channel which I think it replaced. He has it located right under the rear view mirror on the front, and on the top of the back window.

    https://www.blackvue.com/product/dr750s-2ch/
     
  10. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    Front cam, not visible from driver seat as hidden behind the mirror.
    Picture taken in passenger seat.
    [​IMG]IMG_20170406_182045 by John Hosking, on Flickr

    Rear cam...
    [​IMG]IMG_20170406_182034 by John Hosking, on Flickr
    Need cable on rear cam as the cam is on boot which opens so needs enough spare cable to flex when opening the boot.

    Cables are routed behind plastic trim of roof trim. Almost no visible cables in the cabin.
     
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