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Old 03-13-2015, 05:26 PM   #1
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Thumbs up 5 Reasons Why You Need A Dash Cam

We where discussing this in another thread. The reasons though, are plain and simple. Other people cannot be trusted.

1. Driving Accidents
Getting into a car accident is one of the worst experiences imaginable. If no one is seriously injured, then the blame game starts. "You cut me off!" "You shouldn't have braked so hard!" "I'm calling my lawyer!"

We want to avoid all of this nonsense. Installing a dashcam can prevent many post-accident legal headaches by recording the facts.

2. Parking Accidents

3. Insurance Fraud
Believe it or not, there are people out there who actively try to get hit by oncoming traffic—they're happy to accept a broken arm in exchange for a fat insurance settlement.

4. Documenting Your Road Trip
Some of the best vacations I've taken have been road trips. What begins as a means to get from Point A to Point B often turns into an unforgettable journey. You always end up finding something weird, exciting, or both on the way—something that you never planned for.

5. Capturing the Unexpected
Who hasn't seen those crazy Russian videos. If you own a dashcam, it's probably wise to use pretty much 24/7. While the prime motivator is your own safety and legal protection, you can also capture some pretty unbelievable footage just by keeping these cameras powered on.

You've probably heard about the Chelyabinsk meteor that flew over Russia this past February. There are plenty of videos of this spectacular event, primarily because so many drivers in Russia use dashcams.

And lastly, here is a video of just driving around and all the clowns you are likely to encounter.

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Old 03-13-2015, 05:33 PM   #2
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Your cam records hours of driving? Do you just delete the footage each day if nothing is worth saving?

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That's interesting. Tell us more about using and storing the information.

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The dash cam I have runs on 12V, it starts recording when the ignition turns on, and it holds a 32gb SD micro card and records in 3 or 5 minute clips that it saves to the card. Once the card fills up, it just starts writing over the oldest files and does this continuously.

There is a button that you press and you can lock the previous 3 or 5 minute clip, depending on which setting you have chosen. I went with 3 min interval clips. Locked files won't be over-written.

It also features a G sensor that detects impact and automatically locks the past 6 or 10 minutes.

The angle is extremely wide, has built in battery so it records for a few moments when you turn off your vehicle. Also features a motion detector and can come on and record for 60 seconds or until motion stops. I don't use this feature personally.

Also it has the option to write GPS coordinates to each video file including speed with a sold separately GPS antenna.

Retrieving video is one of two ways, remove the card and put it in your computer if you have an SD reader or USB to the Camera.

All in all I paid under $80 on Amazon for mine.

I figure since we are full-timing I will take the piece of mind of having it on at all times.

I know some folks freak out about being recorded, but the truth is, your expectation of privacy exists only inside your vehicle, not outside on the public road ways. Tint your windows if you want privacy. This is also the same justification the police use to ride around recording and scanning everyones licenses plates.

And one word of advice. While this is a tool, do not jump out of your car if you are involved in an accident screaming, I HAVE YOU ON TAPE. Not until you've had your lawyer or a professional review it. No one wants to give away or admit they have incriminating evidence against themselves. Just saying.
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Old 03-13-2015, 06:10 PM   #5
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After several recent incidents, I am considering a dash cam for each of our vehicles. Can you give us a link to the one you have, and we can maybe search and compare features?
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This is the one I purchased, I've been pretty happy with it for a sub $100 dash cam, feature wise: http://www.amazon.com/AUTO-VOX-A118-...&keywords=A118

Also, really great video review:

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With the 32GB card, how long a period does that record before over-writing the oldest data?

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1080p video uses about 100 MB per minute of video, so a 32 GB card gives you between 4 and 5 hours of recording time before it starts overwriting the oldest files

This is the same Camera sold by someone else, for a few more, but with more reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Spy-Tec-A118-D...&keywords=A118
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I have one facing forward, but expect that another is needed in there rear window (with no AS attached) to record being rear ended. Where does it end? One on each side too?
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I've seen more expensive setups, with front, rear and side mirror cameras. Know a guy with a very heavily modified C6 who did so after having a hit and run driver clip him in his previous vehicle.
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I've had an HD version in the Sprinter's windshield for 2 years. Never need it, but I get all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it being there.....just in case!
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I have been wanting to get one. We see some pretty amazing aggressive driving on a daily basis, sometimes from people who should know better like school busses. I'd love to have video of those incidents, and like you said, protect myself in an accident.

I do disagree with one thing though: if I made a mistake I'm willing to admit it, so having video evidence of my own mistake doesn't worry me. It would also encourage me to drive more carefully knowing that my actions would be scrutinized.
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I ordered one of the A118 cams, based on Bold's and other reviewers findings. They appear to shipping very slowly. Some merchants show "backorder". It may have to do with a switch over to the A118C model and the elimination of the A118??????

The GPS module shipped and came in a few days, and Amazon still hasn't shipped the camera.
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where did you route your 12V power from? I have a dodge as well and was hoping to pull it from the rearview mirror / overhead console.
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