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Advice Dash Cams

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by BiggaJ, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. BiggaJ

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    Over to you guys .....

    Who has them?
    Where did you buy it?
    How much did you pay?
    What features did you want i.e. G sensor, GPS etc?
    I am looking at buying one, nearly all Russians have to have them or have to have one for insurance purposes. They are becoming more popular over here due to scammers and fraud claims etc.

    There are so many to choose from but no idea what quality you get for your money. Looking to spend upto £100 each on two ... one for me the other for my boss.
     
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    I use the ISYMDVR app on the iPhone, it is really good and records all telemetry data, the only problems are

    1/Limited data storage space - it works on the 8GB okay but ideally 16GB.

    2/The phone has a tendency to overheat in the summer and cut out when using the app - it's best to dim the screen right down when using it - easily done with a finger swipe on the screen from within the app.

    The few pounds it cost to install it paid off hundreds of times over recently when an articulated lorry drove into me and proved beyond doubt who was to blame.
     
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    Why is it I never think to look at free apps on my phone? Just bought AutoGuard Pro ( blackbox recorder) for my Xperia Z1 ..... if its no good then I have only paid £1.76

    Thanks for the heads up.
     
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    Been looking to get one for my daughter, atb
     
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    i've got a nextbase 202 in front of mine from halfords and the picture quality in daylight is bang on but it needs lots of illumination at night though it's a good bit of kit but i've also got one mounted on the parcel shelf facing the rear that i got off ebay a year or two back for about £15.99 free postage from china which to be honest is just as good as the more expensive nextbase aexcept for the audio but i guess with alot of things from china you take the chance of it being a bag of bonk or something that actually works :eek: luckily i dropped in lucky and got one that works :D and both can accept sd cards to 32gb
    http://www.halfords.com/technology/...ors/dash-cams/nextbase-incarcam-202-lite#tab1
     
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    I had an isuzu trooper that got the drivers door window smashed so they could steal a garmin sat nav that was worth nowt , so i worry that a permanent fixture might make a target !
     
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    I've bought all of the iPhone Apple Store black-box recorder type apps and settled on the ISYMDVR, it just has everything I need, the night vision clarity is also excellent but I think that's primarily down to the quality of the iPhone camera. You have full control over the video editing and can remove audio (or not record it in the first place) - a video full of expletives wouldn't go down well with insurers :D

    A nice function it has is to send an SMS or emergency call in the event of an accident event with the GPS data, It has a G-Shock function but I have it set on a very low sensitivity to prevent it sending texts every day lol
     
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    Hi

    If you look at Auto Express on the web and search they reviewed and rated highly (over a number of criteria) a Transcend model ?? for around 79£.........worth a look-see.

    L
     
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    I have a G1WC which is the capacitor based version of the G1W. Capacitors are generally much more reliable than batteries which tend to be the bit that goes first. If the battery goes totally then it may not save the last video in a crash which is of course the important one. Beware of fake G1Ws which record in avi. Proper ones record in mov which is a much smaller file.

    I looked into this a lot just several months ago before I bought one. Apart from the G1W the only other one to consider until over £100 is the A118 also known as B40. This one is a doddle to mount which the G1W is not. I used a cheap dash phone clamp glued to the back of my mirror as a mount.

    Phone apps are fine right up to the point where you fail to pull the phone from your pocket and mount it on the dash. Do you really want to do that every trip with the resultant battery drain or constant plugging in to charge. It can make a small journey a PITA and also there's the issue of mounting. The best place for a good view is behind the mirror. I suspect most people using phones have them mounted low compromising their view. The main issue though is FOV. It's very narrow on most phones compared to a dash cam so you miss a lot of what is going on around your bonnet. FOV of A188 = 170deg. FOV Iphone5 = 56deg!
     
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    I tried the phone system out, luckily I have a phone mount, the phone is always on charge in the car and always sits in its cradle. It's just a pain when I have to make calls etc.

    So I think I will end up buying a stand alone unit.
     
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    I made a removable hybrid suction bracket from a few iphone and other brackets, this is a good idea otherwise you might find that you need to replace your windows occasionally. It's nice to be able to mount the camera for shooting too, I filmed some rabbits that I was targeting a few days ago - good footage. :up:
     
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    Thanks Steve, did think of looking to mount with suction cups, was thinking of mounting on the rear of the rear view mirror. It's only going in the company car and paid for by them too.
     
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    Beware of GPS logging! There is almost never any dispute over where an incident occurred, how yes but where no, and the actual footage will locate the incident anyway. What the GPS logging will do is proove you were going 4 mph over the speed limit. This may have been zero contributing factor in any accident but do you want to be arguing that in a court? Your own evidence may very well be used against you. I would disable the GPS function. This is the general view on dashcamtalk.com.

    As to a mount I glued one of these to the back of my mirror.
    [​IMG]
     
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    i have one and i think its as bad as it is good. if i crash and the police take my memory card before i delete old footage it might be bad for me.

    not many drive like their doing the driving test.
     
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    have thought of getting one myself has theres more than a few dick heads on the roads around here. Yesterday was a case in point, 40 plus something biker on my wing mirror on a series of bends thats killed many over the years whilst takeing son to swimming:eek: , old fool reversing without looking and having to sound horn loudly 3 times to avoid a crash of his car in to mine whilst entering supermarket car park, white van man on my bumper on way home on a b class road with lots of traffic. etc.:eek: feed up of driving to avoid all of the above on the road.:eek: I used to enjoy my driveing, not any more.
     
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    With the amount of idiots on the road now days and the recent close calls ive had with them ive been seriouslu tempted to buy one.

    If anything happens you cant argue with hard video evidence! A work colleague was involved in a "crash for cash" accident which also makes me more susceptible to getting one.

    Ive heard theres a budget one for about £30 called the G1W that is meant to be one of the best budget dash cams out there and puts a few superior ones to shame.
     

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