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    • Poppy9
    • By Poppy9 30th Jan 16, 8:04 PM
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    Dash cam - where to start
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    • 30th Jan 16, 8:04 PM
    Dash cam - where to start 30th Jan 16 at 8:04 PM
    After some barsteward hit my car and drove off leaving a load of damage to my car while parked in Sainsbury's I'm thinking of getting a dash cam but not a clue what to look for or how much I need to pay.

    Help!
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    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 31st Jan 16, 1:54 PM
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    After some barsteward hit my car and drove off leaving a load of damage to my car while parked in Sainsbury's I'm thinking of getting a dash cam but not a clue what to look for or how much I need to pay.

    Help!
    Originally posted by Poppy9
    Be very careful when researching this - the majority of dashcams will only work when powered on ie. when you're in the car and moving. If you're parked at Sainbury's you will need something that also has battery power and senses motion nearby. Plus you will need one front and back if you want to cover yourself while parked.

    Even then it won't see someone hit your door or run a trolley into your car from the side. Did you ask Sainsbury's if they have any cctv of the incident?
    • Poppy9
    • By Poppy9 31st Jan 16, 2:07 PM
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    Be very careful when researching this - the majority of dashcams will only work when powered on ie. when you're in the car and moving. If you're parked at Sainbury's you will need something that also has battery power and senses motion nearby. Plus you will need one front and back if you want to cover yourself while parked.

    Even then it won't see someone hit your door or run a trolley into your car from the side. Did you ask Sainsbury's if they have any cctv of the incident?
    Originally posted by robatwork
    I didn't realise that they only recorded when engine on!

    I did ask Sainsbury's but they said their CCTV didn't cover the car park. The near side bumper and wing was scraped quite badly with white paint. The car park was quiet as it was about 9pm and I was only in the shop 30 mins top! I was parked in middle of empty bays and there was a bay in front of me empty so not sure how they hit me
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    • Moto2
    • By Moto2 31st Jan 16, 3:37 PM
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    Some have a G sensor that will start them recording when they get a bump.

    I have an Innovv C3 that I'm currently playing about with on my motorbike for some training instruction, that has a G sensor but I have it disabled.
    Have a look at @ ~17min in on the video in this review for details.

    http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2014/11/2/innovv-c3-review-the-wired-lens-mini-camera.html
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    • Richie-from-the-Boro
    • By Richie-from-the-Boro 31st Jan 16, 4:17 PM
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    Another vote for Mobius its been around for a long time and is one of few with a whole support & improvement comunity. Numpties start here. Full list and honest reviews here. Best of luck.
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    • Fortyfoot
    • By Fortyfoot 9th Mar 16, 2:31 PM
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    I am reading about these cams and noticed the one in the link below claims a great battery life.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B019XN1T6S?psc=1

    Fortyfoot
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 9th Mar 16, 4:52 PM
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    I recently got one from a Tesco petrol station, for £20.

    It took a while to figure it out, because the instructions are a bit vague, but it's working fine now, and the details of how I finally set it up, are in thread on this forum.
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    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 9th Mar 16, 4:55 PM
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    Some have a G sensor that will start them recording when they get a bump.]
    Originally posted by Moto2
    A bit pointless, to start recording AFTER a bump, isn't it?
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    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 9th Mar 16, 4:59 PM
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    the majority of dashcams will only work when powered on ie. when you're in the car and moving. If you're parked at Sainbury's you will need something that also has battery power and senses motion nearby.
    Originally posted by robatwork
    Unless, like mine, your lighter socket remains live, with the ignition off.
    Last edited by Bedsit Bob; 09-03-2016 at 8:14 PM.
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    • Fortyfoot
    • By Fortyfoot 13th Apr 16, 3:19 PM
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    I eventually bought the Auto Vox dash cam and it was very poor, windows 10 did not recognise it and on a vista lap top I could see the files but not run them.

    I reviewed the item on the 17th March on the Amazon site but they have not got round to displaying my review.

    Today it still gets 5* on Amazon.

    See my recording on utube, it goes hazy about two minutes into the video. My windscreen was clear and the air conditioning was fine, no foggy windows!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PEeCuqxMw4&feature=youtu.be

    I must give credit to Amazon for their returns system, I was refunded within a couple of hours of sending it back.

    I have since bought a Nextbase and I am now trying it out.


    Fortyfoot
    Last edited by Fortyfoot; 13-04-2016 at 6:37 PM.
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 13th Apr 16, 8:58 PM
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    I never connect my Dashcam to my computer. Apart from anything else, it'd mean removing it from the car, which would disturb the alignment.

    Instead I remove the Micro SD Card, and insert it into the SD Card reader on my computer.
    Last edited by Bedsit Bob; 14-04-2016 at 7:58 PM.
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    • Marktheshark
    • By Marktheshark 13th Apr 16, 9:06 PM
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    The bonus is, you can drive aggressively, cause your own problems through sheer aggressiveness, swear and curse and upload the video to you tube.

    From watching the videos, I think insurance companies should be increasing premiums for some dash cam drivers, they get themselves in to some right pickles by ignoring the collective good courtesy that gets us all home safe and well.
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    • markfj
    • By markfj 13th Apr 16, 10:06 PM
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    ive got a Mobius in the front and the rear, they are great. However last time I tried the motion detection on them it didn't work very well, this maybe addressed in future firmware though

    For regular driving though, i'd happily recommend and as mentioned above, you're best off with a SD card reader, rather than connecting the camera to the pc via usb.
    • Fortyfoot
    • By Fortyfoot 14th Apr 16, 9:42 AM
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    Thanks, I do not leave my cam on view when my car is not being used, it would probably get stolen.

    It is very fiddly to removed the micro card without disturbing the position of the cam. It is not easy to remove it from the cam when removed from holder.

    I tried the Nextbase 402G yesterday and it was great. I have not tried all the functions yet. Fingers crossed!

    Fortyfoot
    • Kernow666
    • By Kernow666 14th Apr 16, 10:50 AM
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    I use an SJ4000 (Go-Pro alike), cost me £45, runs on battery for 1.5 hours. I take it out after each journey, I delete old footage and recharge it, then put in back in the car when I go out.

    All this stuff with dashcams that are hard wired and turn on/off automatically etc......... Seriously? what's the point? They cost a fortune and ultimately do exactly the same job.
    Originally posted by Strider590


    I have exact same but have it running from the power socket and use the car mode on cam to it starts recording when its switched on


    works very well
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    • fenlander_uk
    • By fenlander_uk 14th Apr 16, 2:17 PM
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    I was looking at, this one.

    It's the one Techmoan is currently using.

    Nice and unobtrusive, not too expensive (in fact about the same price as Strider590's SJ4000 ).

    I don't want the faff of taking one in and out of the car every time, I just want to fit and forget.
    Originally posted by RichardD1970
    From 'Product safety' on Amazon's page for this item:
    "Warning: Protective equipment should be worn. Not to be used in traffic"
    Interesting concept.
    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 17th Oct 16, 1:31 PM
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    Just resurrecting this thread.

    I have been looking at buying a dash cam and am appalled at how many reliability problems owners experience.

    There is no question that, when working properly, they produce superb videos, and there are loads of owner's reviews that confirm that conclusion - but most of these reviews are from delighted owners who bought a few weeks ago. Techmoan's reviews are excellent, but only tests for a few weeks.

    However there are loads of 1* reviews on Amazon etc, even by new owners, of faults or design defects.

    I can do without the 'bells and whistles' if only I could get a reliable dash cam.
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